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Medieval town-houses with spectacular views, in a quiet, pretty part of town. - 2 Rue du Fort

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Description

2 Rue du Fort

Large 1st floor sitting room with wood burning stove set in 15th century granite fire place. Comfy sofas. Large cherry armoire. Grandfather clock.

TV, DVD, games and books.

Large ground-floor kitchen/diner with electric/gas hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Limoges crockery and all cooking utensils supplied.

Panelled master bedroom with four-poster bed.

Double bedroom with walnut bed.

Twin bedroom with canopied sleigh beds.

Attic bedroom with two iron bedsteads.

Travel cot available-please bring your own bedding for this

Downstairs WC with separate shower.

Ground-floor walk in shower/wet room. Separate WC.

2nd floor bathroom and WC with over-bath shower.

Towels, kitchen and bed linen are provided.

The stairs in this house date from the 17th century and so are broad and easy to climb.

The patio behind the house can be accessed through the cave which has been hewn from granite. Alternatively, you can walk around the side of the house.

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About the property

4 Rue du Fort

These unique houses date back to the 15th Century and stand on the site of a 10th century chateau in Bellac, a small town between Limoges and Poitiers The houses have been carefully conserved by the English owner, retaining original features including floorboards, tiles, fireplaces, panelling and wattle and daub walls. They are situated in the Place d'Eglise where there is ample free parking. There are small patio gardens with views over the Vincou valley.

Both houses are available for rent, either separately or together.

More Details

Owner
Mary Michael Chapman
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
November 9, 2017

About Mary Michael Chapman

I have a long background in the conservation of old buildings. I was a director of Nimbus Conservation and was involved in working on the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Wells Cathedral, among many others.

I am an artist and the house includes contemporary pieces of mine and others.

The people in the town have been fabulously welcoming and have made every effort to understand what I'm on about.

Mary Michael Chapman purchased this house in 2005

Why Mary Michael Chapman chose Bellac

I have always wanted to own and preserve my own medieval house and was delighted to be able to buy our property in Bellac in 2005. It was in a sorry state, and needed urgent structural repair. Parts of the building were on the verge of collapse. I have worked hard there and it has taken much longer than I had imagined, of course. I have maintained as much of the original features as is compatible with modern living, and have added some contemporary twists too.

We chose the region as my sister had just moved nearby- she promptly left for Portugal, but we had fallen for the area, which is quiet and rural-another forgotten corner of France.

What makes this house unique

It's a home from home for us. We tried to make the place like a Landmark Trust property, only affordable, and have enjoyed furnishing and decorating a place on a very different scale to our cottage at home in Somerset. There are some quirky touches-some take a bit of seeking out, which we hope people will enjoy doing. We have made friends locally and know where to shop, eat and swim etc. Everything is really accessible and close. We didn't want to have to get in a car in order to buy our morning baguette, or to go out for a meal. The Limousin has the feel of the Cotswolds or the Lake District, but without the traffic and you somehow feel lighter whenever you're there.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 3 night stay at Le Grand Fort was a last minute decision for my wife and I while travelling through the Bellac - Limoges area. With only one day's notice, Michael was very obliging and confirmed acceptance within an hour or two of our request.

The house itself was nothing short of amazing. Great character and history, and Michael has done a fantastic job in restoring it. With the church next door and views overlooking the river and viaduct out back, my wife describes it as "magical". Beautiful quiet location in Bellac and thoroughly recommended.
Oct 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Limoges
Nearest Ferry
250 Miles
Caen
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Bellac 10 minute walk
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
A20
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Lac St Pardoux
Car: not necessary

Coast/Beach:

Lac de St Pardoux is 20 minutes drive away. It has a free beach, cycle paths, sailing and pedaloes.

Travel:

By Rail:

Eurostar from London St Pancras to Poitiers or Limoges, via Lille or Paris. There is a commuter train between Poitiers and Limoges, which stops at Bellac. The house is 10 minutes walk from the very small railway station.

By Air:

From Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool or Southampton by Ryanair and Flybe, to Limoges Bellegarde Airport (30 mins by car or taxi to house)

By Road:

Via ferries to Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg or St Malo. Then a 6-8 hour drive to Bellac.

Distances:

Ancient villages of Mortemart, Chateauponsac, Montrol Senard and le Dorat all 15-30 minutes away.

Close to the Blond "mountains".

Limoges-30 minute drive. Poitiers-1 hour. (Both easily accessible by train). Futuroscope (great for kids) - one and a half hour drive.

Oradour sur Glane-a village destroyed by the Gestapo, maintained as a moving memorial-25 mins.

Further Details:

There is a tennis court and open air swimming pool with slides a 10 minute walk from the house, a boules pitch by the river a 5 minute walk away. Licensed fishing is available on all the rivers and lakes in the vicinity, and there is a golf course outside the nearby village of Mortemart.

There are many excellent restaurants in the area. The Limousin is famed for its beef, and also has a reputation in France for some of the finest lamb. Although wine is not made locally, the Limousin borders many wine producing regions and therefore offers a wide variety of wines at delightfully low prices.

Available Rentals

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Notes

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
Flexible.
The house will be ready by 3 pm on the day of arrival.
We ask that you leave by 10 am on the day of departure. This allows our cleaners to prepare the house for the next guests.

Notes on prices:

Prices quoted are for two people. There is a surcharge of £5 a night for each extra person.

Please do contact us with any queries.


Deposit of 25% will be required, payable on booking. The balance is due 6 weeks before the stay.


Amenities

Bellac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Shower room 1 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Health and Safety (sorry) The house was constructed to the standards of earlier times. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect its particular character but deserve due care and attention, particularly for the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. There are, for example, low beams, some low doorways, steep staircases, uneven floors, and there is a big drop behind the house. We cannot be held responsible for any injury. Outside: There is a small walled terrace garden to the rear, facing south-west with wonderful views over the Vincou valley and the railway viaduct.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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Amazing

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place to stay. It's like living in a piece of history! Everything we needed was provided. The house was really clean and comfortable. The view from the terrace is great although not accessible from the back of the house but we just passed our bits through the window and walked round.

The house is half way up a hill, so no getting out of a climb one way or the other. Down is the river, very pretty and a nice bar/restaurant to sit and while away the hours. Up is the town, sadly not many shops still open but a few restaurants, boulangerie, boucherie, supermarkets and a tourist office. I can highly recommend 'Le Cheval Blanc' for an excellent french meal at a great price. There are a few larger supermarkets about a 2 minute drive away.

We didn't do a lot in the area as only at the house for 3 nights and we were there to relax and enjoy the house and town.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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5

Beautiful old house in the heart of France accessible by train

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful old house, restored faithfully by Michael Chapman. It is in great ( and quiet) location in the old part of town with a great view over a valley to the rear, and to the church at the front. It is reputed to be the oldest house on the town, so do expect creaks , sloping floors, lots of stairs and other characterful eccentricities! It is very comfortable and well equipped, and Bellac itself is a very charming town, that felt to us like 'La France profonde' Only a little over 2.5 hours by train from Paris, but a world away. Plenty of shops in the town for all you need, a couple of excellent restaurants,cinema and swimming pool, and with a good train service you don't need to bring a car. There are plenty of good walks form the town, and if you have a bike you will be in heaven on the many tiny lanes. Michael and Mary were very responsive and helpful throughout the booking process.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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5

Unique experience

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a one off accommodation dating back hundreds of years yet lovingly restored.

Plenty of room for a large family and a beautiful patio area overlooking the viaduct.

Recommended

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Loved it here for our second stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay here and we could have stayed closer to what we we doing but we enjoyed our stay here last time so came back. The house is very clean and tidy, which I must say is so nice to have when going away. The house has everything you could need for your stay, from water bottles, blankets to snuggle under on a cold night, to a full kitchen of appliances and cooking items. The large fire has an amazing stock of wood and when it is going really sets the romantic feel, as well as a board game and bottle of wine or two.......

The house has been restored to a good standard, with how it looked before the labour of love began to restore the house to way it is today. great position in Bellac, close to most things on foot and a very short drive to the main supermarkets.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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This house was amazing

  • 5 of 5

From the start the owners were helpful and answered any questions and have good knowledge of the local area. The house was just so nice and very well equipped for the stay. It was so interesting to look round and see what a wonderful place it was and how hard the owners had worked to bring this house back to life. All the rooms were comfortable and had extra blankets for when it go cold and there is heating in all of the rooms, just keep the doors closed to keep them warm. So nice to collect the wood from the cellar and have the fire going in the evening and play board games and enjoy a glass or two ....... of wine. Outside area to the rear of the property has a nice view and listen to the water from the river and look up at the stars in the evening with not much light pollution to spoil the view.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really unique, welcoming and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 weeks at 2 Rue du Fort. This property is absolutely unique and quirky. Whilst benefitting from up-to-date facilities and WIFI you get a real sense of entering into a past world with sloping floors, authentic woodwork and walls and old furniture. It's located in the church square, a 2 minute walk to the shops but the house is in a really quiet and peaceful location with breath-taking views. This was a truly enjoyable and memorable holiday for all of us.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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