|Minimum Stay||4 - 6 nights|
The house is located in the Limousin region, Haute Vienne department of France, near the borders with the Dordogne and Charente, and is within the 'Parc Naturel Limousin Perigord'.
It has 3 bedrooms upstairs,(2 doubles & 1 twin ) and one additional room in basement with en-suite shower/WC.
Lounge has sofas and dining table seats 6,
Sky TV (UK Channels only), DVD player and Music system with mp3/usb input.
House has double glazing and electric heating throughout, plus an efficient wood-burner.
Kitchen and utility room is fully equipped with fridge,freezer,dishwasher,washing machine & tumble drier, Iron & ironing board. Also toaster,microwave, kettle & cafetiere.
All the pots and pans, utensils and cutlery one could need.
Champagnac-la-Rivière is a small typically French village that has a bakers (+ some provisions), Dino's which is a bar/restaurant/pizzeria, and "La Gare" which is a newly opened Chic restaurant in the converted old Champagnac railway station. Other shops and supermarkets (+ banks) are in the surrounding villages (typically 3 miles away). An old railway line (Voie Verte) is at the top of the village and is now a 9 mile paved cycle route linking the neighbouring villages, so you can easily get to them without taking the car. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants in the neighbouring villages. There are many nearby swimming lakes with beaches, fishing and sports facilities. There is a very small market in the village on Tuesdays but an excellent market covering many streets on Wednesday at Piégut-Pluviers in the Dordogne only a half hour drive away.
We acquired our beautiful house in France a few years ago and rent it out, not for huge profits, but just to let others appreciate it and to help towards its upkeep.
It has recently had a bright new finish outside and a newly re-surfaced terrace.
We love France and spend as much time there ourselves as time allows and plan to retire there too.
Stuart Lawes purchased this cottage in 2008
We bought there because it's in 'au coeur de la France profonde'. Easily accessible but just far enough South to be exotic and warm. Yet it's green and pleasant in the varying seasons.
We see the drive down as part of our Holiday,sometimes stopping off for lunch.
The city of Limoges is an easy hop if you fancy some urban culture. Otherwise its local quaint villages with their charm and interesting festivals.
The coast and many interesting towns are a pleasant drive away.
In Autumn and Winter its sunny days and crisp frosty mornings, long walks and cosy evenings sat in front of the roaring fire, bliss! Rochechouart with its grand chateau, restaurants and surrounding lakes is a pleasant drive away. Plenty of outdoor sports like golf, fishing and horse riding are locally available in season.
The large tiled terrace is ours and our guests' favourite place. The elevated view of the surrounding quiet village and countryside is beguiling. We often sit out late into the evening sipping wine and listening to the birds and sounds of the night. The sky full of stars unseen in more urban Britain making familiar constellations quite vague amongst them. Picnics are easy, there's chairs, a rug, a cool bag, flask and some unbreakable crockery. With a village bakery and shop for supplies. There's a village green and boules pitch and a park just down the lane from which way-marked trails start and through which the river and stream babble. We often take 2 of the bikes along the cycle path to the next village, either Chalus or Oradour sur Vayres and see what wildlife we encounter en route.
#1 “The house, weather and location were lovely. A well equipped kitchen, very comfortable sitting room, and gorgeous terrace made our stay in Haute Vienne La Riviere a truly happy and relaxing one. It was great to have the boulangerie and bar nearby, too. (We were lucky enough to be around for the fete and were treated to a magnificent firework display on the last night!) Although we all brought bikes, the owners were kind enough to let us borrow theirs which came in handy, as one of our party damaged his own bike. A brilliant area for cycling, especially for families, as there is a network of very safe cycle paths, which we rode on most days.” A brilliant time was had by all, many thanks."You home is lovely, Everything we needed was there.Very well thought out for an enjoyable stay"
#2 "We had a brilliant week - your home is delightful and had everything to meet our needs and more! We found it really comfortable and homely - including the cat which appeared each evening"
The house provided superb accommodation in lovely French village. The living area provided everything we required for our stay. A fully equipped kitchen, dining area and seating around the very effective wood burning stove and wide screen tv. The beds were extremely comfortable and everything was clean and tidy. My dealings with the owner were very easy. The village has a little neighbourhood bar and restaurant where we were made very welcome. All in all a lovely location in great countryside.
The house is lovely, very cosy and full of character. Nice terrace to catch the sun and for bbqs. The area is so peaceful and surrounded by lots of little towns, good bakers within two minutes walk for the morning pain au chocolats and great food at Dino's bar up the road. We enjoyed lots of walks with our dog at the nearby lakes.
There are many nearby lakes with fishing, beaches for swimming, water sports and other sports facilities. e.g. Lac St Mathieu 6 miles away, and also Lac St Esteph and Lac du Bussière Gallant. The Atlantic coast (eg. Royan) is within a 2.5 hours drive, passing through delightful Angouleme, Cognac and Saintes.
Limoges (Bellegarde) airport = 21 miles (Ryanair & Flybe)
Limoges train station = 27 miles.
Bussière-Galant & Aixe-sur-Vienne train stations are each only 18 miles away but have limited connecting services.
The use of a car is essential.
Hire cars available at both above
It's also possible to fly via Angouleme (1 hour), Brive la Gaillarde (1½ hours) or Bergerac a 2½ hour drive away.
6 hours easy drive from Le Havre.
< 7 hours from Calais.
23 miles to the beautiful medieval centre of Limoges. 35 miles to the 'Venice of the Dordogne' - Brantôme. 6 miles to Richard the Lion Heart's -Châlus. 12 miles to the château at Rochechouart. 20 miles to the golf courses at La Preze and St Junien.
Village has bakery/general stores, post office and bar/bistro. There's plenty of open green space for the kids and adults to play, picnic and relax. The surrounding villages/towns also have various shops, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets. The nearest supermarket (and cashpoint) is 2.5 miles away. The village and several others nearby have many fetes throughout the Summer and Autumn.
Fishing licences can be purchased for public lakes and rivers (in season) and for the many private fishing lakes all year. Horse riding is available nearby and there are various water-sports at the many lakes. There are two golf courses a short drive away.
The exciting, new French sport of 'Acrobranche' (in the high trees on zip wires etc.!) can be tried by the more adventurous at several locations nearby.
Ride a Zip wire over the lake at Bussiere Gallant!
There are 5 adult/teenager bikes that you're free to use, and additional bikes can be hired from the old Chalus railway station (along the paved bike trail from the village, about 5 miles away.
Local events for 2016 include:
The largest French fete outside of Paris in the next village (Oradour Sur Vayres) - last weekend of July
Champagnac la Riviere fete - mid August
Cidre et Cochinelles (Pork and Cider) festival in Champagnac la Riviere - third Sunday of October
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$123|
For any further information please contact the owner via email, text or telephone.
Changeover Day: All flexible and agreed before payment. Take advantage of those midweek travel bargains!
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.Part weeks are pro rata.
Euros accepted by bank transfer or cash. Rates £1 = 1.35 Euro.