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French country farmhouse & carp fishing lake with swimming pool

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Refurbished 3 double bedroom period farmhouse and barns, sleeps 8

The luxury accommodation consists of three large double bedrooms. The shabby chic bedroom, light and airy, on the ground floor adjacent to the bathroom, with a King size bed and shabby chic Louis XV style furniture.

The Baroque bedroom, is decorated in decadent French baroque style with a black king size bed, black shabby chic furniture, damask feature wallpaper and gilt gold accents with dual aspect windows.

The Fourchaud bedroom is named after the family that lived in this French country farmhouse for four generations. This traditional luxury bedroom is also double aspect and has the handmade solid wood furniture carved by the Fourchaud family of carpenters. There is a brand new bathroom with a rain shower in between these two bedrooms on the first floor. The ground floor bathroom has a roll top bath, walk in shower and his/hers sinks. There is also a separate WC on the ground floor. The kitchen is traditional French country style and stocked full of crockery and cooking equipment. The neutral yet cosy lounge has two large sofas and French doors leading to the garden overlooking the fishing lake. Outside -swimming pool, terrace.

Sleeping Arrangements: The bedrooms consist of a double bed in the Fourchaud Bedroom and King size beds in the Shabby Chic and Baroque Bedroom. There are also two single put up beds which can be placed in the room of your choice or in the private landing area at the top of the house. A cot is also available.

This is your opportunity to enjoy an exclusive French carp lake of 2 acres in size. In 2013 the lake was landscaped with a feature island added in the middle. We have a fantastic stock of fish, now around 60 french carp; common and mirror 20lb to 50.1lb. There is also good head of 30 tench at 6lb to 9lb, roach, and perch of various weights. Fishing is permitted anytime of the day or night.

NEW STOCK FOR 2015

We are very happy to confirm our new stock have arrived.

As a extra treat for our guests we have managed to find a immaculate 38.7lb mirror, 33lb and a cracking 29lb mirror with a beautiful pink tinge.

All of these fish are at there lowest winter weight, so we will hopefully see some new 40lbs+ later this season.

The 38lb had a very hollow belly on the day of stocking, given the overall size of the fish it could be huge!!

We are also very excited to see the weight of the 10 carp stocked last year between 25-30lb, which were not all caught last season.

We have been waiting for the right fish to come along since last September and now we have them.

The 10 carp consist of 5 beautiful long commons, 4 mixed colour mirror and a stunning plated mirror. These carp have been stocked at their lowest winter weight so were hoping for some of the fish to reach the mid thirty mark this coming season.

We are looking forward to seeing the results of the feeding program of 2013, our first stock of fish should be starting to put the weight on this year, so we expect our guests to be catching alot more 20lb+ and some more 30lb+, a very exciting year ahead!!

Were also waiting on the delivery of 2 more carp over the 30lb mark, not sure what type yet but commons have been requested, we will post photos and weights as soon as they arrive.

The lake is the ideal place to teach a child the joys of fishing.... anyone with a passion for angling who started as a child will never forget the thrill of catching their first carp and the way it makes you feel. Natures Retreat has everything you need for carp fishing in France with family. We offer quality baits, please enquire for further information. We offer full tackle packages, for more information contact us

Garden furniture: There are 6 sun loungers available for use at the property and two wooden garden tables with eight wooden garden chairs and a sun parasol.

An ideal location for autumn walks along the local rivers, around the lakes and through the stunning forests that surround. Why not forage for ceps and other mushrooms, the wild fruits and nuts including chestnuts, hazelnuts, cob nuts and walnuts. We can offer tips on good spots to discover an ample harvest. Then come back to a cosy lounge and enjoy a wholesome casserole with your favourite tipple in front of the log woodburner. Or pop out to a local restaurant to enjoy the seasonal food including game and wild boar.

Christmas & New Year packages include a tree all the trimmings, beautiful classic quality decorations including wreaths made from local holly, mistletoe & pines & a basket of chestnuts to roast on the fire. We can also do the Christmas shopping for you wish so that the cupboards are stocked on your arrival & the turkey is in the fridge. Tell us what we can provide to make your Christmas extra special & your New Year the best ever.

More Details

Owner
Gary Pearson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About Gary Pearson

Natures Retreat is based on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to get away from their daily routine and have the opportunity to experience a special holiday, soaking up the French country way of life whilst carp fishing in France.

This family friendly French carp lake offers the keen angler a chance to catch french carp on a fishing holiday whilst having his loved ones around him. We offer fishing holidays in France with luxury accommodation. This is a special place that remains a wildlife haven.

We wish for everyone who stays at this beautiful french country farmhouse to have a relaxing happy time with friends and family. At the least, to take away with them happy memories to treasure, at most perhaps, to carry on their way with a new and refreshed outlook on life......

Gary Pearson purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why Gary Pearson chose Coussac-Bonneval

This is a beautiful property in a superb location from which to explore this region of France. It has great fishing facilities for those who require to fish but is also perfectly placed for excursions into the French countryside.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely stay. Farmhouse amazing, weather glorious. Lake absolutely beautiful. Caught 11 carp. Had a really relaxing week. Clint made us feel really welcome
May 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Limoges
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Coussac bar
Nearest Ferry
550 Kilometres
Le Harve
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Domaine d'essendieras
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Gare de Coussac-Bonneval
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
A20
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Hotel Du Voyager
Nearest Ski
180 Kilometres
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
St Yrieix La Perche plan d'eau
Car: necessary

A holiday home set in the heart of the Limousin district of France, an area of 'outstanding natural beauty'. This is your opportunity to enjoy your own exclusive French Country Farmhouse and newly stocked fishing lake set in 12 acres. A beautiful place to stay in the Limousin, relax, unwind and soak up the wildlife and French country lifestyle.

The surrounding area is made up of beautiful little French villages, medieval towns, gorgeous château's and stunning countryside.

The local markets and gourmet food and wine are full of delights waiting to be discovered.

Natures Retreat is a great place to stay in the Limousin to explore the French towns, villages, markets and chateau's. The beautiful village of Coussac Bonneval, 5 minutes drive from the property, has a stunning chateau and a good selection of shops as well as a restaurant and two bars. A twelve minute drive brings you to the medieval town of St Yrieix La Perche where you will find a selection of supermarkets, boutiques and a lake with a beach and a new indoor sports complew with fun pool. Activities such as walking, golf, cycling, mountain biking, horseriding, kayaking, teleski and sailing are all well within an hours drive. The closest ski resort is Mount Dore is under two hours drive with winter sports and equipment hire available. The autumn walks through the Limousin forest are stunning....... foragers can delight in ceps, chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and blackberries and more.......

Amenities

Coussac-Bonneval Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - tub , shower , His and hers sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , First floor bathroom
  • There is a luxury bathroom on the ground floor with a roll top bath, walk in rain shower and his and hers sinks. There is also a separate toilet on the ground floor. There is a smaller bathroom with a rain shower, toilet and sink on the first floor in between the two bedrooms. A baby bath is available on request.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Shabby Chic - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Single beds can be provided in any room
    Baroque - 1 king
    Fourchaud - 1 double
  • The Shabby chic room is on the ground floor adjacent to the bathroom, with a king size bed and shabby chic Louis XV style furniture. The view from this room overlooks the swimming pool, a meadow field where the cows often graze and a pear orchard. The Baroque room, is decorated in decadent French baroque style with a black king size bed, black shabby chic furniture, damask feature wallpaper and gilt gold accents. The dual aspect windows in this very large luxury bedroom offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The windows give a light and airy feel during the day whilst at night the room is transformed into pure French indulgence!!!! The Fourchaud Room, named after the family that lived here for four generations. It is decorated in the beautiful delicate, original French wallpaper in periwinkle blue and cream. This traditional luxury bedroom is also double aspect and has the handmade solid wood furniture carved by the Fourchaud family of carpenters. A cot is available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Wildlife: A barn owl nests in the eaves of the house and has a couple of clutches of chicks each year. Spot the kingfishers dashing across the lake. The frog and lazy little lizards bask in the sun watching the butterflies. The swallows duck and dive in and out of the barn. Early birds catch the dear before the beautiful Limousin cows come out to graze. The fishing lake: This is your opportunity to enjoy exclusive use of a fishing lake of around 2 acres in size. In 2013 the lake was landscaped with a feature island added in the middle. We have a stock of fish, approximately 60 carp; grass, common, mirror 15lb to 41.8lb. There is also good head of 30 tench at 4lb to 7lb, roach, and perch of various weights. Fishing is permitted anytime of the day or night! Full tackle can be supplied on request including; 5 specimen carp rods and alarms,1 avon quiver rod, Landing nets and mat1 bivvy and chairs. There is a great fishing shop nearby

Reviews

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French country farmhouse & carp fishing lake with swimming pool
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 59 reviews
5

Beautiful house, grounds and amazing fishing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as a group; three couples and one child. The house was well appointed and had everything we needed to make it a home from home. The grounds were stunning and lake simply beautiful. My husband and brother in law fished every day and most nights and were rewarded well; catching over 25 fish between them, including 18 carp ranging in size from 23.5 lb to a colossal 38.6lb!

We arrived the week that ownership was passing over to Gary and Fran mid week and whilst this was not an ideal situation due to some of the listed amenities and facilities not being available, including bikes, ponies, chickens (which my daughter was very disappointed about) Gary and Fran were very welcoming and went over and above to ensure that the remainder of our stay was not impeded. They were very gracious hosts and nothing was too much trouble, from a cup of sugar to buying my husband a bottle of champagne for his 40th Birthday!

Overall this is a lovely place and on hearing the changes Gary and Fran have planned for the future we are looking forward to returning soon to an even better holiday home and fishing destination!

We wish you all the best for the future,

The Reynolds, Cookson and Jacznik families!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We will do everything we can to lift this holiday experience back to the top. We very much look forward to being your hosts again. Gary Fran Faye and Sheena.
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Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Arrived at Natures Retreat to a lovely reception from Alan and Lesley. They showed us around the house, swimming pool and lake giving us all the information we needed. The house and grounds are absolutely stunning. All the rooms were exceptionally clean, with lovely linen and towels in the bedrooms. Everything was ready for our arrival with a lovely welcome pack of milk, juice etc, which was a very nice touch. The grounds are lovely with a very nice eating area looking over the lake, which we used most evenings to eat. The kitchen has everything you need with plenty of plates, cutlery, glasses etc. The swimming pool was very clean and was a delight to get in with the temperature at 32 degrees.

The fishing lake was very well kept, with large swims which suited us as we fish as couples. We caught a total of 13 fish over the week between four of us. We fished every day from 7am - 10pm and two nights, so put a lot of time in, but it was very hot and what we did catch were in beautiful condition - clearly the fishery is very well looked after. There is also a small but quite steep hill to get to the house from the lake, which would be fine for 99% of people, but one of our party needs a new knee, and he did struggle.

Overall the property, gardens and lake were the best we have been to in France (and we have been to quite a few!), and the house was the one I have been most sorry to leave - it really is stunning. We were four adults, but it would be an amazing big family holiday venue, we would 100% recommend it

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Dawn and Ernie, WOW.......what a lovely review, we are over the moon that you enjoyed your holiday so much. We put our heart and soul into making the place a little piece of heaven for our guests, so it's lovely to hear we succeeded ;) We very much look forward to you returning one day. All the very best and thank you so much for being great guests. Clint and Jane
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Amazing piece of heaven in rural France

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just returned from a wonderful stay at Natures Retreat (1-8 April 2017).

Where do I start?!

The hosts: from point of booking, Clint and Jane have answered many questions from us. helping with the hire of fishing equipment and general advice. The welcome was amazing and Clint was always on hand, if needed. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Whilst we were there Clint offered advice to the fishermen, and took countless photo's (I'm sure he'll be glad of the rest now that we've left)! His advice was invaluable and it is clear to see that he is very respectful of the fish and has looked after them superbly. The whole area is maintained to such a high standard - it really is something to be proud of.

The house... is utterly amazing. I wish I lived there! It has everything you could ever need. Large, spacious rooms with very comfortable beds, linen, towels, kitchen stocked to the brim with every utensil and piece of cutlery you could ever wish for! And it was lovely and clean on our arrival. The pool area is a lovely bonus to the property. A bit too cold for us oldies in April, although our kids did have a quick dip! Can imagine it being wonderful in the height of Summer.

We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed sitting by the lake in the sun all week, with the boys, while they fished. Now onto the fishing... the boys had a fantastic week, with their fish ranging from 24.5lbs to 46lbs and many, many more in between. They were absolutely chuffed to pieces - and will remember this holiday for the rest of their lives. Again, Clint's expertise and advice paid dividends!

The week flew by and we were all very sad to be leaving such a wonderful place. We had an absolutely amazing time, and would not hesitate to recommend this little piece of heaven :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday at Nature's Retreat, the accommodation was first class.We were warmly welcomed by Jane and Clint, and they couldn't have been more helpful. We enjoyed the fishing very much and the surroundings were beautiful with the Autumn colours, the wildlife and the lake views. After a day fishing in the sometimes, cold and wet weather, it was great to go back to the warm and comfortable farmhouse.. We look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

What more could you ask for....

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time as a family away on a fishing trip and with two young children (6 and 1) I can admit it wasn't something I was overly looking forward to. Husband fishing for 7 days and me childminding all day and night.

Then we arrived at natures retreat... Well when we got there all my worries disappeared straight away. Clint and Jane are THE MOST gracious hosts I've ever come across their welcome to us was so warm and inviting and we instantly feel in love with the place.

The house is both rustic and modern without taking away from the properties original charm. The house has everything you could possibly need, from clean towels to every kitchen utensil you could think of!

I didn't personally partake in any fishing but my husband has not stopped yapping on since we've been back about how good the fishing is. He caught a new PB within the mid 30lb range and another slightly smaller. The lake and surrounding bank is in beautiful condition, Clint takes a lot of pride in ensuring the surrounding area is very well maintained. The fish are in great condition and clearly well looked after.

The attention Clint pays to his visitors is absolutely spot on. You are never made to feel a nuisance nor anything you ask too much hassle. He offers great advice on the fishing and the local spots to visit.

We visited several of the local towns - Coussac Bonneval (Beautiful chateau) St Yrieix la perche and Limoges. We also visited the war memorial Oradour-sur-Glane, a village destroyed in the war that has been preserved in its final state. This is certainly worth a drive out to, a very eyeopening trip.

I really cannot recommend Jane and Clint at Natures Retreat anymore, the holiday was beautiful and we were lucky to have such lovely weather meeting the mid 20s so late in October.

We would definitely book to stay again and I cannot say enough to justify how really wonderful the place is. They should both be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Amazing people amazing time very clean and good fishing thank you do much will definitely coming back Gary bidewell

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Please note: Central heating and logs are included if required. This includes the loading and management of the furnace and the supply of logs for the woodburner in the lounge;

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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