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Traditional stone cottage in the heart of rural Limousin

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Self catering 2 bedroom cottage close to lakes for 1 - 4 people.

Explore the unspoilt delights of rural France from “Les Geais”. This completely renovated traditional stone cottage is situated in the centre of the Millevaches National Park area of the Limousin, also known as the French “Lake District” due to its numerous lakes, rivers and waterways. This beautiful region offers endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, cycling & mountain biking while swimming, kayaking and other water sports are possible on the many nearby lakes and rivers. The cottage has a large open-plan living space with well equipped kitchen dining area and comfortable lounge, featuring a traditional fireplace with cosy wood burning stove. The 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both have views across the valley and the modern shower room is on the ground floor. The small, fully enclosed garden area is south facing and the patio benefits from the partial shade of an Ash tree.

“Les Geais” enjoys a quiet hamlet location without being remote as all essential local services are available in the village of Bugeat which is just a short drive or 15 minutes walk away.

How to get there -

Low cost airlines fly to Limoges Bellegarde airport from Birmingham, Gatwick, Southampton, Newcastle, Manchester and Edinburgh, Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Liverpool & Leeds. Car hire is available directly outside the terminal and the airport is about 90mins drive away.

Alternatively, if you drive from the UK, the 465 mostly motorway miles from Calais can be driven in just over 8 hours (excluding stops) or you can reduce the car journey by choosing a longer sea crossing, to LeHavre for example.

We do recommend having a car to fully explore the area.

Brive airport also has a service from London City and Manchester airports.

High speed Rail travel is possible taking the Eurostar to Lille and changing for Limoges.

Sightseeing and places to visit: Five of the 'most beautiful villages of France' can be found in the department of the Correze, Collognes-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Saint-Robert, Segur-le-Chateau and Turenne, all of which are well worth a visit. The administrative capital of the region - the historic city of Limoges with its tradition of producing fine enamel and porcelain, has museums, cathedral, botanical gardens and plenty of restaurants and shopping. The town of Aubusson famous for its tapestries. Gallo-Roman ruins at Les Cars. The Contempoary Art Centre with its sculpture trail on the Isle de Vassiviere and close the tree top activity centre of Arbre en Arbre. The chateau and home to the National stud at Arnac-Pompadour. The peat bog wetland habitat of Les Tourbieres. The natural landscape at Bort les Orgues. The waterfalls at Gimmel les Cascades. Oradour-sur-glane, is a town left untouched as a poignant tribute to all the inhabitants who lost their lives there, shortly before the end WWII.

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Sue O'Hara
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

Why Sue O'Hara chose Ussel

We still consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have found this property. We were looking for somewhere with access to plenty of open water to indulge our passion for various watersports but didn't realise (at the time) what a wonderful natural playground this region is.

What makes this cottage unique

This is our refuge from the frantic pace of daily working life in the South of England. We find we can really slow down and 'recharge our batteries' when we stay here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely cottage - one of the best equipped we've had in 30yrs. Lovely hamlet - very friendly people. Lovely countryside - we've had many beautiful walks thanks to the routes found in the home. We've had a most glorious holiday.
Jul 2013
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Bugeat Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower room has spacious shower enclosure with thermostatic shower mixer. Bed linen and towels are included for the first two guests (£5 p/w per additional guest).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Also has vanity wash basin and a travel cot is available
  • Bedroom 1 also has a marble washbasin and vanity unit. All beds have mattress and pillow covers and duvets & pillows are provided. Bed linen and towels are included for the first two guests (£5 p/w per additional guest).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
You may see on another listing that there is a separate barn annexe to this property. Please note that this is only available to rent if you are renting the cottage (to enable larger groups of up to 8 people to stay at our property).


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Traditional stone cottage in the heart of rural Limousin
average rating of 4.375 based on 13 reviews

A colourful cottage in rural France

  • 4 of 5

A lovely little very well equipped cottage. We stayed 3 weeks, the first one with no vehicle but found the 15 min walk to the village no problem. A rented vehicle to really see the surrounding sights is necessary. As Queenslanders, we found the trading hours of the village a little challenging, they seemed to open and shut when it pleased them and always (as is the general case in France) remained closed for 2 or more hours in the middle of the day. The neighbours are very close but also very colourful which adds to the experience and the cats are a delight. Technology is a little challenging, mobile phone coverage is achievable from the upstairs bedroom window but the very friendly house keeper, who lives about 50 m away, allowed access to her WiFi which helped a lot. Be wary of the power fluctuations, they blew away one of our lap top power supplies.

All in all. a great cottage and well worth while the experience. The local village was also a lot of fun even for us who only spoke a real schoolboy sort of French. Yes, we recommend the cottage because it really is comfortable and away from the commercial world

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Wonderful "Les Geais"

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful and relaxing stay at "Les Geais". The cottage and the area are beautiful. So pretty and peaceful.

Sue and Tim, the owners have thought of every little detail to make your stay perfect. Everything is top quality.

Many thanks for letting us share your lovely hideaway.

Jane and Peter

PS The housekeepers Mo and Rich are so helpful and full of information.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Our Lovely French holiday - Summer 2011.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday here and would highly recommend a stay. A very peaceful and scenic area to holiday in with lots of countryside to explore - a chance to experience the 'real' France! Lots of places to visit - towns, lakes, etc all easily accessable by car. You can be as busy as you want here because there is lots to see but for us it was too tempting to relax and enjoy one of the local lakes with their lovely clean beaches. Watersports can be found at every lake if you feel energetic!

Our accommodation was perfect - a charming French cottage, very well equipped with lots of character. Plenty of space to feel comfortable and for our family to 'spread' out, as well as being clean and bright. The kitchen has everything you need - all appliances and gadgets have been thought of, and this is reassuring as we have a young family and cooking comfortably was very important to us. The bedrooms are light and airy with plenty of room and storage space.

All in all we had a lovely memorable stay here and would recommend a visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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  • 4 of 5

Wer Ruhe sucht ist hier perfekt aufgehoben. Abends hört man nur noch die Grillen und das ein oder anderen Käutzchen, sonst herrscht wunderbare Stille. Landschaftlich liegt es sehr schön gelegen. Man kann direkt vom Haus aus loswandern und die Gegend erkunden. Weitere schöne Wanderwege sind in erreichbarer Nähe und ein guter Wanderführer gehört zu Ausstattung.

Das Haus ist liebevoll eingerichtet, wenngleich ein wenig mit Dekoration überfrachtet. Hier wäre weniger mehr gewesen. In der Mittagszeit lässt es sich auch im Sommer noch gut im Haus aushalten, vor allem das Erdgeschoss bleibt angenehm kühl.

Weitere Kritikpunkte gibt es eigentlich wenige. Durch viele Teppiche und die vollgestellten Flächen ist es mit der Reinigung etwas schwierig und der Garten könnte etwas größer sein. Das sind aber sicherlich Dinge, die man verschmerzen kann.

Insgesamt ein runde Sache! Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Knusse woning op een prachtige plek

  • 4 of 5

Hele knusse en nette woning en voorzien van alle gemak. Wij waren er eind januari, maar hadden over het algemeen heel mooi weer. Teruggekomen van een uitstapje ging natuurlijk wel meteen de open haard aan. Evengoed hebben we geen last gehad van kou en heerlijk geslapen.

Het huisje ligt heerlijk rustig in een klein gehuchtje net buiten Bugeat. Vanuit het huisje kun je mooie wandelingen maken en genieten van de mooie natuur.

De zeer vriendelijke beheerders wonen schuin tegenover de woning en wanneer nodig, stonden ze voor ons klaar.

De forellenkwekerij in Bugeat is zeker een bezoekje waard. Ook het indrukwekkende Oradour-sur-glane (net voorbij Limoges) is eigenlijk een 'must', ook al moet je daar wel even voor rijden (1,5 uur).

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Prima huis dichtbij vele prachtige meren!

  • 3 of 5

We hebben hier een heerlijke vakantieweek doorgebracht (2 volw + 2 kinderen (6 en 9 jr). De foto's kloppen met de werkelijkheid. Ter verduidelijking: je huurt het huis ZONDER bijgebouw (=dat kun je tegen een meerprijs bijboeken - zie foto 11 - voor 4 personen). Ook de foto's 12 en 13 behoren bij dit 'bijgebouw". Het huis zelf heeft 2 slaapkamers (1 x 2-persoonsbed en 2 x 1-persoonsbed). Het huis is van alle gemakken voorzien. Er is geen WIFI (maar dat vonden wij geen probleem à la campagne!).

Prachtige omgeving. Als je wilt, zou je elke dag in een ander meer kunnen zwemmen! Onze top 3:

1) Lac de Vassivière -> privé-strandjes

2) Lac de Viam (5 min. rijden van de cottage)

3) Lac de Bariousses -> bij Treignac; zandstrand + veel speelmogelijkheden voor kinderen - wel druk / toeristisch!).

Er is een bakkertje in het dorpje vlakbij (op 10 min. rijden).

Een aanrader voor wie van rust en de natuur houdt, maar ook geniet van het comfort van het huisje.

Wij hebben er een geweldige week met supermooi weer gehad!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Limoges Bellegarde
Nearest Barpub
1.7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
640 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Golf du Chammet
Nearest Train
1.7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Limoges or Ussel
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Mont Dore & Super Besse
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Lac de Viam
Car: recommended

Situated roughly 1 hours drive to the East of Limoges and the A20, the Millevaches Plateau is an area of natural beauty which is criss crossed with numerous footpaths, cycle routes and mountain-biking trails which can be equally explored on foot or in the saddle. The regional tradition of stone masonry is evident in the many granite crosses, wells and fountains marking the ancient routes as well as in the buildings, bread-ovens and medieval bridges. The Medieval towns of Eymoutiers, Treignac and Meymac are not far away. The lakes near Treignac, Ambrugeat and Vassiviere all have water sports activity centres and, in July and August, the lovely sandy beaches have swimming areas patrolled by lifeguards. While the Vézère and the Vienne rivers offer more adventurous Canoe and Kayaking excursions. South West towards Meymac Mont Bessou, the highest point in the Limousin, rises above the forest to a height of 1000 m with a viewing tower which offers views over the Cantal mountains.

Other Activities: Kart, quad biking, fishing, water sports and house hunting

Golf: The nearest course is Golf du Chammet at Peyrelevade (approx 25 km).

Ski: During the winter months the family ski resort of Le Mont Dore and Super Besse can be reached in just over an hour by car. They offer good snowboarding and skiing particularly for intermediates and beginners.


Rates & Availability

Bugeat Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Main cottage
Mar 18 2017 - May 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Main cottage
May 6 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Main cottage
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Main cottage
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Main cottage
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Main cottage
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Main Cottage
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Main cottage
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Main cottage
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $129.36
Pet Fee $32.34

The rental includes cooking gas, a seasonal allowance of firewood and up to 250kwh/w electricity.
Mattress covers, duvets and pillows are provided and you are welcome to bring your own bedlinen and towels or hire for an additional £4.50 per guest/week.
Throughout July and August changeover day is Saturday, but we can be more flexible at other times of the year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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