Located in the Haute Vienne and borders the Dordogne and Charente
About Stuart Lawes
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
Why Stuart Lawes chose Champagnac-la-Rivière
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.
What makes this Cottage unique
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 dark sky (Our village streetlights extinguish at 11pm sharp!) full of stars unseen in other towns and villages or 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.
Children allowed - We do not have high chairs or cotsWe do not have high chairs or cots
Pets allowed - Their own bedding and keep them off the furniture.Their own bedding and keep them off the furniture.
No parties/events - Ideally small groups for walking or fishingIdeally small groups for walking or fishing
No smoking - Strictly non-smoking indoors.Strictly non-smoking indoors.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults) - Strictly non-smoking indoors.Strictly non-smoking indoors.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Well equipped. A gem! Relaxing!
Thank you for your kind words. We do try to ensure that our guests have all they could need for a relaxing holiday. Although we also provide information to explore the neighbouring attractions too. And even some bicycles to explore with should the need arise.
A lovely house with all the amenities you’d need.
We had a pleasant stay at the house. It was beautifully clean and well laid out. Quite a few stairs but was fine for us. It was great for our two girls and close to our friends in Limoges. A stone throw from the bakery for breakfast. We had a lovely anniversary meal at Dino’s, also walking distance. We had great days out at the lake in Bussiere and Cognac le Floret. Brantome is definitely worth a visit too.
We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
We do try to think about all the little things a holiday-maker might need and offer some guidance to the many attractions we enjoy when we holiday there ourselves..
Great property and beautiful location
We spent 10 days in Champagnac-la-Riviere. We really enjoyed the property. It was spacious and gave us everything we needed. We cycled along the Voie Verte and and visited many of the surrounding villages.
Communication with the owner was excellent and informative and contributed to our very restful and enjoyable stay.
I can highly recommend the property and location.
So nice to see that are efforts to make our property welcoming and homely are so appreciated by our guests.
We love to see our house being used and treasured just like we do and as a base to explore all the local and further afield attractions.
Thanks for your kind review.
Champagnac La Riviere
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.
We do try to think of everything when equipping the house.
So pleased to hear all was to your liking.
The area is lovely even in winter and the low season and spring comes early.
We are fortunate to have Dino's bar & restaurant in the village, their food is lovely.
We visit our house often and try to keep it spruced up despite its age.
Thanks for your comments. Perhaps we'll welcome you again?
Very peaceful holiday
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.
So glad to hear you made good use of the house & Terrace and had a lovely time.
We enjoy walking too and the scenery is beautiful and lush. The Autumn is our favourite especially now the leaves are turning, yet one can still be lucky with some sunshine and warm afternoons.
The area is great to explore and even after several years we are always finding new villages lakes and walks. The quaint festivals are charming so we always try to pick up a “Calendrier des Manifestations” from the tourist office to see what’s on each month and leave a copy for our guests.
Hope you’ll visit again!
There are many nearby lakes with fishing, beaches for swimming, water sports and other sports facilities. e.g. Lac St Mathieu 6 miles away, 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 4 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 2018/19 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