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Gite On Organic Smallholding

Bedrooms 2
Space 602 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

Rural Gite in Mainsat, Nr. Auzances, Creuse, France - Wonderful Views Over The French Countryside

Pellevoisin is an organic small holding situated in the heart of rural France. The gite, set within the grounds of the small holding, has wonderful views across the unspoilt rolling countryside. Recently converted from an old barn, the gite has two light and airy bedrooms, which have been tastefully renovated and a bathroom on the first floor. Downstairs the open plan kitchen and living area leads out onto the secluded courtyard and private garden where you can relax and unwind in the hammock or prepare a meal on the barbeque, to be enjoyed on one of the outdoor eating areas. Fresh produce from the garden is available depending on the season. La Creuse is an ideal location if you want to 'get away from it all'. The quiet roads and footpaths make it ideal for walkers and cyclists.The local swimming lakes with beaches are great for the children and the historic towns of Aubusson and Felletin with it's wonderful Friday market, are nearby.

Tom and Susan Neill
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Tom and Susan Neill

We moved to La Creuse ten years ago to establish our smallholding and to find a tranquil corner of the world where we could bring up our children. We are both practicing artists, running art classes in the local community. We are interested in self sufficiency and have sheep, chickens and an extensive vegetable garden, selling seasonal organic veg boxes. We are also currently involved in felt-making using the fleece from our Jacob sheep.

Tom and Susan Neill purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Tom and Susan Neill chose Mainsat

We fell in love with the property as soon as we saw it. We were bowled over by the lovely views across the open, rolling countryside. The smallholding is set at the end of a country lane which ends at our house, so there is no passing traffic and we are tucked away from it all in our little piece of heaven.

What makes this cottage unique

No passing traffic. Footpath for rural walks on the doorstep. Organic produce fresh from the smallholding garden. Painting and felt making lessons if desired. Beautiful views in this quiet rural location.


Mainsat Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 602 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with bath/shower, wc, sink, towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The property is heated in winter with a wood burner/radiators. A welcome hamper is provided, including tea, coffee, milk, juice, butter, jam, a bottle of wine and cold beers! We will deliver to your door croissants and fresh bread on the morning after your arrival. Outside: Private courtyard and sizeable garden with immediate access to the surrounding countryside. BBQ and outdoor eating areas to the front and to the rear of the property. There is also a hammock in the garden and use of a table tennis table. Bikes are also available free of charge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included (changed once a week).


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Gite On Organic Smallholding
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Basic and very remote,

  • 3 of 5

This property was probably our least favourite, which was a shame. The surroundings are lovely, and very scenic, but it was so remote, everywhere was shut so we found it very difficult to find a supermarket or restaurant. If you want to get away from it all, then this is your place. The owners very kindly left us some bread, milk and jam which was most welcome as we had travelled many hours to reach this destination. Although, the owners were away, their friend greeted us upon arrival and was most friendly. We did, however, adopt their cat who was just gorgeous! The Ikea bed collapsed twice, which was distressing, and my husband had to chop some wood to make it a viable sleeping place, but we have informed the owners and hopefully this has been fixed now. There was nothing lacking from this property, it was just very basic, but had lovely views and was clean and tidy with a nice bathroom and lots of clean towels and bed linen.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best possible place to unwind...

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th stay at Pellevoisin and as ever was fantastic, so relaxing. Sue and Tom are kind, thoughtful and welcoming hosts and it feels just like home from home. Gorgeous countryside, brimming with wildlife, there is always something to look at and the Creuse scenery is so calming,whilst the people are friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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A three-week stay in a comfortable gite deep in rural France

  • 5 of 5

Our three-week stay in June 2017 at Tom and Susan Neill’s gîte was delightful. Their property is set in the Limousin countryside, a couple of hours’ drive from Limoges Bellegarde airport. The nearest village with a mini-market, post office and café was a couple of kilometres away, while a bigger supermarket meeting all our day-to-day needs was in Auzances, 20 minutes away by car. There’s no public transport, like buses, to speak of, by the way, so you will need your own or a hired car. The gîte was in an ideal place to experience the quiet and beauty of rural France – an area of rolling countryside, fields of cattle and sheep, and lots of trees, separating fields or in the form of woods and larger forests. The gîte had a private lawned garden where you could sit and enjoy the countryside in front of you and have absolute quiet, apart that is from the occasional breeze in the trees and the birds and crickets. The villages and towns a short drive away – not to mention the odd château and abbey here and there – were also a delight: Chénérailles, Eveaux-les-Bains, Chambon-sur-Voueize, Crocq, Moutier-Ahun, Boussac and Lupersat, for example, were all delightful small places, with historical architecture and interest. Further away, the larger places of Aubusson, Guéret and Limoges were available if you wanted a taste of city life. A longer drive of a couple of hours took us to the dramatic volcanic region in the Puy-de-Dôme. Tom and Susan were the friendliest of hosts, providing us with a welcome food basket on our arrival which included freshly laid eggs from their chickens – they have an organic small-holding – and we frequently found a colander of freshly picked lettuce on our table. Overall, it was an opportunity to enjoy the quiet and beauty of the countryside, its nearby places of interest, and its quiet walks along the relatively traffic-free roads connecting the many little villages and hamlets in the region. If it’s a break from the hurly-burly of city life you want, this is the place to be.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural retreat away from it all

  • 4 of 5

Excellent owners who couldn't have been more helpful. We arrived in the evening and our hosts had left us everything we would need for a comfortable stay. Lovely touch was the blackboard with local events for our stay and a box file full of leaflets with tourist attractions. Comfortable gite with everything thought of - lovely outside area with sunloungers and picnic table.

Would say that finding restaurants that were open was an issue - so expect to cook - that said the oven was great as was the barbecue and a good range of pots, pans and utensils.

Beds were comfy and hot water plentyful with a lovely clean bathroom. Washing machine was very useful and to be honest the gite is well thought out.

It is a wonderful place to relax and unwind and again super people in Susan and Tom.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hosts, superb location, perfect comfort

  • 5 of 5

I had the great pleasure of staying at this gite with my son this summer and, like the previous reviewer, cannot recommend it highly enough. Tom and Susan have done an absolutely superb job of renovating a beautiful building and we simply could not have been happier or made more welcome or more comfortable.

The location, Pellevoisin, is superb, just out of the village of Mainsat but secluded enough to make you feel that your cares are a million miles away. The view from the outdoor area in front of the gite (there are two other lovely outdoor areas behind) is just stunning and to say that it's simply beautiful rolling countryside as far as they eye can see doesn't begin to do it justice.

In a country where the beds can often feel like topographical reliefs of the terrain, all hills and valleys, the beds here are firm without feeling at all hard and very, very comfortable. The bedrooms upstairs are light, spacious, and welcoming. The bathroom is bright and nicely done, with an enormous tub should one prefer that to the shower. The water supply is strong and hot.

Downstairs is a well-equipped kitchen and living area. The kitchen, which was a real pleasure to use, also contains a washing machine so laundry is no problem if your stay is an extended one (which you'll wish it was). The comfortable living area, with tv, stereo, and plenty to read, leads through to the leafy outdoor areas at the back of the gite.

If you can tear yourself away from the comforts of Pellevoisin, there's plenty to do and see in the area and some wonderful little markets in the villages nearby. Don't miss the croissants from the boulangerie in Mainsat, the equal of any I've had anywhere.

Tom and Susan, artists, farmers, hosts par excellence, are simply wonderful people, warm, charming, and helpful. They've created something very special in Pellevoisin, not to mention some very special memories for my son and I. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bliss in the deepest countryside

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most peaceful and relaxing weeks I have ever had. If you are after tranquil, quiet and beautiful surroundings, a friendly welcome and the chance to totally unwind, I cannot recommend Susan and Thomas's gite highly enough. Everything you could possibly need was provided and its the small touches that make all the difference. Having your own private garden, with plenty of seating, a barbecue and hammock under the trees, where you can watch the cows graze and the butterflies flit around is so relaxing. It really is off the beaten track, but with easy access to a multitude of lovely places to visit. Would particularly recommend seeing the wolves near Gueret and the Lac de Vassiviere, but if you like wildlife, even just going for a walk locally is an experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
325 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Swimming lake at Chaux

Special interest holidays:

At Pellevoisin we also offer painting courses at different times throughout the year, as well as some one day courses. If you are an experienced artist and would like to have a couple of hours drawing or painting tuition or a total beginner who would like to try your hand at something creative then we would be very happy to arrange a session or two with you during your stay at the gite.


Swimming lake 10 minutes.


By air: Limoges is the nearest airport, about 1 hour 45 mins drive away (140kms), served by Ryanair and Flybe from several UK airports including Stansted, Southampton, Liverpool, Bristol, Nottingham and Newcastle. Car hire is available at the airport (book through Ryanair).

By car: Calais is about an 8 hour drive, with stops. Chartres and its magnificent cathedral makes a good half way stop, either for a bite to eat or even overnight!


The local village of Mainsat with a baker, chemist, post office, mini supermarkets, butcher, restaurant /bar is just 2kms away.

Auzances with further shops and a large supermarket is 12kms. The historic town of Aubusson with tapestry museum, cinema, theatre, restaurants and bars 25kms. Evaux-les-Bains - thermal spa town / centre of well being 20kms. Walking, Fishing, Cycling, Painting - on the door step! Historic city of Limoges, famous for its porcelain 140kms. Volcanic region of the Auvergne 60kms.

Further Details:

The local baker stops by on Sunday and Thursday mornings with his van filled with fresh bread, croissants etc. Organic vegetable boxes are available with seasonal fruit and vegetables from the garden. We are both practicing artists and are interested in felt making.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible, though we do ask that guests check in no earlier then 3pm on their day of arrival and that they leave before 11am on their day of departure.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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