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Two Gites With Shared Swimming Pool Set In 3 Acres Of Land - Gite 1 - Papillon (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Le Dorat Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Gites in Le Dorat, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France - Peaceful Location, 10 Mins Walk To Medieval Town

Converted coach house and stables set in 3 acres of land with a shared 10 x 5 metre swimming pool complete with sun loungers and parasols. There is a private drive and large parking area. Both gites have their own individual gardens with shaded seating and barbecue areas. There is a large playing field with table tennis, badminton and swings. Adult bicycles are available for free hire. The property is situated on the edge of the medieval town of Le Dorat and within 10 mins easy walking distance of shops and cafes and restaurants. Limoges and Poitiers are both within 1 hour’s drive and offer excellent shopping opportunities and cultural attractions. An ideal area for walking, cycling, fishing, golf and horse riding. Watersports are available close by.

Details for Gite 1 - Papillon (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2) 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

Self-contained gite on one level with vaulted ceiling. Accommodation comprises of an open plan living/dining room with kitchen at one end, large double bedroom and shower room with shower cubicle, hand washbasin and WC. All windows overlook gardens and pool area and are fitted with screens. The lounge/diner has comfortable seating including a double sofa bed. Satellite TV, CD player and DVD player are provided. The kitchen is equipped with crockery and cutlery for 4 people, toaster, coffee maker, kettle, gas cooker, microwave oven and fridge.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Stuart and Shona Patterson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2016
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About Stuart and Shona Patterson

We, the owners, are Stuart and Shona Patterson, as well as our cat, Oscar and our golden retriever, Marley. Originally from Scotland, we had been living in Switzerland for five years before deciding on a complete life-change and a permanent move to France. We already owned a studio in Thollon-les-Memises (a ski resort in Haute Savoie) which we used throughout the year and loved the French way of life.

Stuart and Shona Patterson purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Stuart and Shona Patterson chose Bellac

As we already owned a home in the mountains, we wanted to buy something completely different and the Limousin suited us perfectly, with its uninterrupted expanses of sky. We are only five minutes’ walk from the town, which we felt was ideal, especially for those visitors who want to walk or cycle to get their fresh baguettes in the morning, or who don’t want to take their cars when going for a meal or drink at night.

What makes this cottage unique

Our house and gites have been converted from a coach house and its adjoining stables, so are full of character. For anyone not wanting to spend their days sightseeing, the 10m x 5m pool and gardens provide a welcome change. The more energetic can spend time at one of the local lakes, where fishing and various water sports can be enjoyed. For golf lovers, there are three courses within one hour’s drive. We also have bikes which can be used by visitors to explore the countryside on our doorstep.

Guestbook comments from the owner

New owners from October 2012

Thank you so much Shona for a wonderful stay. We were made to feel at home immediately and the gite had everything we could wish for. The swimming pool was fantastic (even in May!) and the kids had so much fun - us too! You are a perfect hostess and we hope to return one day soon.

Love from Susie, Tim, Alfie, and Daisy
Sep 2006
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1 traveler review

Gite 1 - Papillon (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Lovely gite lovely surroundings , lovely owners

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely 10 days stay in the papillon gite, great location for a stroll into the town.

Great base to discover the surrounding areas.

Really enjoyed the relaxing pool area.

We used the pedal bikes a few times to get around.

There's a few nice restaurants in the town, and Friday nights the chippy van a pizza van and a burger van came into the centre what made a nice change.

The hosts Stuart and Shona were really nice and very helpful we enjoyed bumping into them one night in the local Irish restaurant and had a meal and drinks with them.

The gite was scheduled to be redecorated this winter so should be even nicer next year.

And I have to mention Marley the dog who is such great company along with Oscar the cat and the 2 donkeys and chickens .

The only slight complaint is I like extra pillows at night time for sleeping on and I know this can be easily resolved.

Thanks again we had a great stay.

And we will return.

Best regards Sherman and Margaret.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
47 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
La Petite Fontaine
Nearest Ferry
664 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
73 Kilometres
Golf de Limoges
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Le Dorat
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Dent du Loup
Car: not necessary


The coast at La Rochelle is approx 2.30 hours drive away, however, Lac de Saint-Pardoux is a 40 minutes drive and has safe sandy beaches with activity play areas for children, water sports, fishing and many beautiful walks.


Le Dorat is situated between Limoges and Poiters. Both airports are approx 50 mins and 75 mins respectively. Calais is approx. 6 hours driving time. The town has a full range of shops including bars, restaurants, banks, antique shops and supermarkets. Car hire is available at Limoges & Poitiers airports and is recommended for those that like to get off the beaten track. There is a train station in Le Dorat that serves Poitiers and Limoges and is only 15 minutes walk from the gites.


We are situated on the edge of the medieval town of Le Dorat, a 10 minute walk to the magnificent 11th - 12th century Collegiate of Saint-Pierre, one of the Limousin's finest gems of pure Romanesque art. The 15th century fortified gates and ramparts of Le Dorat offer panoramic views over the beautiful countryside. Pavement cafes grace the squares within the town.

Further Details:

There are very good restaurants in the town as well as numerous cafe/bars where you can enjoy lunch or supper and watch the world go by. Antique shops, book shops, gift shops, factory outlets for Limoges pottery and fine lingerie are on the outskirts of the town. Also within a few minutes walk is a supermarket and laundrette. Three annual horse racing events (June, July & August) and National Horse show in September are held nearby. Further afield Futuroscope Park, Animal Parks, Bird shows and fun parks are well worth a visit.


Rates & Availability

Le Dorat Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Season
Sep 24 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
High season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
At the time of booking a 25% deposit is required and final payment is required 8 weeks prior to commencement of your holiday. A fully refundable deposit of £150 is required at the time of arrival, to cover any breakages or damage, and will be returned within 7 days of the end of the rental period. Full terms and conditions are sent out with the booking form.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday during the high season of July and August. Arrival time 4 pm and departure 10 am. Other changeover days may be available outwith these months.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the properties per week in UK Pounds. For Euro equivalent, please contact the owners. Both short and long term rentals may be available outside the high season. Long term rentals may attract a discount. Please ask the owners for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Le Dorat Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Both gites can be heated for winter letting. Bed linen, towels and tea-towels are provided. Guests are requested to provide their own pool towels. The pool is fitted with safety fencing and childproof gates to comply with the French pool safety regulations. The large playing field is gated and child friendly. The owners are on hand for any questions, but your privacy is respected at all times. Outside: Both gite gardens have barbecues and shaded patio areas with table and chairs. Sun loungers and parasols are provided around the shared 10 x 5 pool. The pool is maintained and cleaned daily and is open from May - September. The large playing field has table tennis, badminton swings and a trampoline. Adult bicycles are available for free hire.

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