'Les Marronniers' (The Chestnut Trees) is an idyllic former farm set in the tranquil Creuse département of France's Southwestern Limousin region, a walking and cycling paradise along riversides and through beautiful woodland where nature is pretty much undisturbed. We are situated on the edge of a pretty hamlet within a short drive (or bike ride!) of local shops, restaurants and bars, yet with 7 acres of our own private gardens and peaceful meadows. The nearby villages of Crozant with its castle ruins, and Fresselines made famous by Monet, boast spectacular views of the Rivers Creuse and Sedelle. Lake Chambon with its safe sandy beaches, fishing, water-sports, and lakeside restaurants and bars is only 10 minutes away. There is a large equestrian centre open to the public the same distance in the other direction, and golf, tennis and flying are also catered for. The famous Brenne wildlife and bird sanctuary is less than an hour away.
House Parties: We are happy to negotiate discounted rates to take the whole property for up to 17 people and for non-standard periods (outside of the peak summer season). We can help you to organise airport transfers, local transport, grocery and wine shopping, catering (in-house at Les Marronniers or in nearby restaurants), festive decorations, and special events such as sightseeing, boat trips, guided nature walks, horse-back treks, balloon and light aircraft flights, musical performances, theatre, etc. We will get the best local deals for you at cost - our own services come free with our compliments!
Getting Here: Limoges Airport is just 50 minutes away on the A20 motorway (Exit 28), and has frequent flights by Ryanair from Stansted, Nottingham (EMA), Manchester, Leeds or Bristol, by FlyBe from Southampton, by British Airways from Gatwick, and by Air France from other European cities. Car hire is available from the airport.
Journey time on the Eurostar from central London (Waterloo International) to Limoges is around 7 hours total.
If you prefer to drive, there are numerous motorway links from the Channel ports and Northern European countries to get you well South of Paris. From Orleans the A71, or from Tours the A85, both lead to the major interchanges at Vierzon, from where the A20 heads South past Châteauroux and on to Limoges – this section is toll-free, and usually traffic-free too.
Swimming Pool, etc.: The 11 x 5 metre pool with Roman steps and built-in jacuzzi is surrounded by a spacious lawn and loungers. It is checked and cleaned frequently, and complies with the stringent French safety standards. There is also a full-size trampoline, barbecues, boules, and a large selection of bicycles (and safety helmets) for you to use at no extra charge. There is a library of books and DVDs, a games room and free WiFi broadband access.
France sets strict safety standards for swimming pools. We are supportive of this initiative and will expect you to comply with the common-sense rules for the pool, as well as other facilities. We will explain these to you when you arrive (or you can request an advance copy).
To minimise the risk of injury, or of damage to the pool liner, glass and sharp objects are not permitted within the pool compound. We are pleased to provide plastic glasses and picnic equipment for your use.