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Large, Spacious, Single Level Gite With Private Pool And Stunning Country Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House in Chalus, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France - Tranquil Hamlet, 5 Minutes Drive From Chalus Town With Supermarkets, Restaurants Etc

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).

Mel Leishman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2016

About Mel Leishman

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

Why Mel Leishman chose Limoges

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

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Large, Spacious, Single Level Gite With Private Pool And Stunning Country Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Five star. And more!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Delightful holiday in a calm picturesque setting

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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West Yorkshire

A fantastic family get away

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful place - excellent helpful and friendly owners.

Would thoroughly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great review. We are thrilled that you had a lovely time here.
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West Sussex

Just Perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful review, we are thrilled you had such an enjoyable week.
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $308

Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
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

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.
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Châlus Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 3 - shower
  • The main family bathroom, annexed to family bedroom contains shower cubicle and roll top bath. All other bedrooms have ensuite shower and toilet facilities and are finished to the highest standard.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) + Cot bed Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Family room with King size double bed, Bedroom 2 - Large room with King size double bed has French doors opening on to patio, Bedroom 3 - Large room with twin beds, Bedroom 4 - Large room with twin beds. Memory foam topped comfy mattresses.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: There are steps from the patio to access garden and pool area.The Gite is adjoined by the owners house who will not usually be in residence during 2014 whilst guests are in the gite. If they are in residence, they will not disturb your privacy at all. The pool will be maintained during your stay. Outside: Comfortable, high quality rattan furniture (2 tables and 8 chairs) with 2 large parasols are provided for use on the terrace, 8 sun loungers, 4 small drinks tables and 4 smaller parasols are provided poolside. There is a private 8m x 4m heated swimming pool. The pool is 1.5m deep with a Roman end and large steps. There is also a large charcoal barbeque. A badminton set and a set of boules is provided for playing in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels including pool towels will be provided. All bed linen provided and a change of linen and towels will be provided for customers staying for two weeks.

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