|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Close to the historic town of Châlus, on the Richard the Lionheart route, just 5 minutes drive from the Dordogne and 45 minutes drive from the beautiful capital of the Dordogne Perigueux. Chalus is just 25 minutes from the historic City of Limoges world famous for it's porcelain. Our property is perfect as a base to explore the region, for families and friends looking for a relaxing outdoor holiday. Gouhaut is the perfect location for walkers, runners and cyclists with quiet roads, stunning views and abundant nature. Leisure facilities can be found close by including tennis courts and plan d'eau's where more vigorous activities such as tree top walks, zip wires and vela rail can be found. Our property has a heated pool which fully complies with all security requirements featuring a safety gate and fence around the pool area. The property has a large south facing patio ideal for al fresco dining and has a large barbecue. We welcome well behaved pets (maximum 2 dogs).
Alan & Melanie divide their time between the UK and France. Melanie is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Manchester and Alan works in IT Services.
They bought Gouhaut in 2007 and with the help and support of Mel's parents have renovated the old barn adjoining their property and created a holiday home they are truly proud of.
Mel Leishman purchased this farmhouse in 2007
Alan and Mel fell in love with the rural tranquility of the area, the unspoilt countryside and the abundant nature. The Limousin enjoys proper seasons, green in the spring, hot in the summer, brown in the Autumn and absolutely freezing in the winter!
There is so much to see and do in the area, details of which can be found in the property.
They are both keen outdoors people. Mel cycles and runs miles on the unbelievably quiet roads in the region, whilst Alan can often be found fishing (or sleeping) by one of the thousands of small ponds or lakes in the area. The Limousin is one of the carp fishing capitals of the world and is often referred to as 'the French lake district'.
The area is easily accessible, being only a short flight from the UK and a short drive from the local airp
Our beautiful gite is conveniently located and fully equipped to ensure you have a relaxing, comfortable holiday. The original thick stone walls and ventilation system maintain a comfortable temperature even in the hottest of weather.
The gite is absolutely delightful and in a gorgeous region of la belle France which we hadn't visited before. The accommodation is spacious, beautifully furnished, with quality gear and appliances (including super comfy beds!!) — luxury all round. An idyllic rural retreat, with only birdsong and the odd tractor breaking the silence. There can be few things finer than sitting on the terrace looking at the lush countryside with a glass of something chilled. About as near to heaven as you can get. Alan and Mel are perfect hosts too. Absolutely highly recommended.
On arrival I was struck with the delightfully quiet and calm setting. For miles you can see lush green fields, cows grazing and the sound of silence punctuated by birds singing. The accommodation was perfect. Extremely spacious, a separate bathroom for each guest, huge open plan lounge and kitchen/diner. All the mod cons you could need. Fabulous huge outside terrace, which we regularly barbecued at with the family. Extremely good sized well maintained garden that my 11 month old son was safe to play in. A lovely sized pool, offering several comfy loungers and parasols, which was a welcome break from the scorching heat.
Couldn't fault the accommodation or area. Also a nice short 20 min drive from the airport, close to a local supermarket and petrol station, and a nice leisurely drive from brantome (well worth a day out). Can't wait to go back!
It's been 18 months since our visit to The Gouhaut in Chalus and we are just checking availability for a return visit. The house is perfect to relax and is in such a scenic part of the world. Anyone paying a visit should have a tour round Perigueux which is stunning in summer, lunch by the river was a great experience. A hire car is recommended and transport links from Limoges can get you anywhere in France, we enjoyed days out travelling to Bordeux by train. A fantastic holiday location for either young families, or older couples looking to relax, the house easily caters for both.
A last word for the hosts who catered for all our needs and more, really looking forward to going back.
Absolutely beautiful place - excellent helpful and friendly owners.
Would thoroughly recommend it!
Just perfect, is the only way to describe this property and the whole rental experience. From start to finish Mel made us feel welcome and made the whole paperwork/booking side of things easy. When we arrived to the property things continued to be perfect, we found a very comfortable, clean, well appointed property. The little touches like, memory foam mattresses, ensuites , touch lights, DVD's, books, games & American style fridge made the stay worth a 5 star review. Our party aged from 2 to 42 and all of us had a very relaxed, fun time. We found the fence around the deck & pool really made it safe for the little ones, which meant the older ones could relax as we didn't need to be watching out all the time. The deck was a great chill out area when the kids went to bed & the UK TV was a welcome distraction when they didn't want to sleep. We will be back!! (if you do stay you have to try the game of 'not setting off the automatic hall lights'' great for when you have had few glassed of French wine). To top it all Mel has been really quick to return our deposit too. Thank you for a great holiday.
The welcome from Mel and her team was perfect, drinks on arrival to the sun shining down on the pool. The property is perfect for a group of friends or family wanting to explore the area, chill out, kick back and sample some delicious food.
If you are into walking or biking there are plenty of local routes to choose from. Lots of small local villages with their own Boulangerie or Pattisserie. Chalus is very charming with a lot of local activities within 30 minute drives
The cottage is well proportioned, ensuite facilities for all rooms and a great living/kitchen area with broadband and for those that want it UK TV. The pool is a delicious oasis at the end of the garden and the BBQ on the terrace was ideal for alfresco dining. The rooms were spotlessly clean and beds very comfortable. And if you don't want to move from the terrace post breakfast then snooze, read a book or sunbathe to your hearts content
Really lovely holiday had by all
25 minutes drive from Limoges Airport. 7 hours drive from Calais.
5 minutes drive from Chalus, 25 minute drive from Limoges, 45 minute drive from Perigueux, 45 minute drive from Brantome, 30 minute drive from Oradour sur-Glane.
Supermarkets, restaurants, shops and banks can be found in Chalus town which is a 5 minute drive from our property.
The area is superb for cyclists, runners and walkers.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$308|
A deposit of 25% must be paid to secure booking by cheque or bank transfer and the balance must be settled eight weeks prior to arrival.
In addition, a £250 security deposit is required which will be refunded within 14 days following departure.
All changeovers occur on a Saturday, arrivals no earlier than 4pm. Departure by 10am, however, the owners will aim to be as flexible as possible.
To be paid in full plus security deposit 8 weeks prior to arrival by cheque of bank transfer