Our holiday home, which was built in the late 1800's, is a stone and granite terraced house on the edge of Benevent L'Abbaye, a typical French mediaeval town in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Central France. The central point of this town is its beautiful 12th Century Abbey which is famous for its Celtic-Romanesque architecture . Benevent is also on one of Frances 4 Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim routes.
The Creuse area of France is also known as the French Lake District with its many lakes, stunning lush scenery and rolling countryside. These lakes, many with clean and sandy man-made beaches, are freely available for you to relax and enjoy swimming, water sports or indeed fishing. This area is also perfect to enjoy a break any time of year and is perfect for walking or cycling holidays with stunning scenery right on your doorstep.
Benevent L'Abbaye is a medium sized town about an hours drive from Limoges with its airport which have regular flights from many UK airports, including London Stansted, London Gatwick, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton. Alternatively you can drive from Calais, which will take approx 7 hours. We are happy to share our routes with you.
The town has plenty of facilities to make your holiday stress free. These include 2 bakers, a butchers, pharmacist, gift shop, two bars/restaurants plus a Carrefour Contact just on the edge of town which caters for all your needs, including a petrol station. The town has recently been awarded the french 'Petite Cite de Caractere' which is an award given by the French Tourism association.
Our house has been modernised with open plan living downstairs, with one large room accessed front and rear.
The lounge end is heated by a huge wood burner ( logs available) and an electric radiator and is comfortably furnished with 2 and 3-seater sofas. There is also a TV/DVD with a Freeview box as well, which pick up all basic English Freeview channels and English radio stations and a large selection of DVD's/Videos for all ages, plus a music radio/CD player with a large selection of CD's for all music tastes.
In the kitchen, there is a calor-gas hob and electric oven and an adequate size refrigerator with ice box and plenty of work top and cupboard space.
The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of crockery, pots, pans, cutlery, glassware and a few gadgets to make your mealtimes easier.
The dining area seats 6 comfortably and has another electric radiator.
There are ceramic floor tiles throughout downstairs which are easy to keep clean and help to keep the house cool in the summer months.
There is a door which leads to the south facing private courtyard and terraced garden. The courtyard is pet and child friendly and is a real suntrap and wonderful to relax in and enjoy a glass of wine or al fresco dining . There is a secure gate leading to a concrete staircase with 59 steps to the 3 terraced gardens, where at the top, there is a much appreciated bench to relax and take in the beautiful views of the rolling countryside and the stunning Abbey which this mediaeval french town is named after.
Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms, all with laminated floors for easy cleaning and rugs for your comfort.
Bedroom 1 has a king size bed and a single bed, plenty of wardrobe and storage space and double aspect overlooking the surrounding countryside at the front of the property.There is also an electric radiator and 2 windows.
Bedroom 2 has a beautiful French style queen bed , plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and overlooks the rear terraced garden. There is an electric radiator.
Bedroom 3 has a single bed, built in wardrobe and storage unit, plus a door with steps that also lead to the courtyard.
All bedding is provided along with pillows, duvets and also a spare duvet and couple of pillows . There is plenty of spare bedding, and a small sofa bed suitable for children or small adults.
The bathroom is a very large room with a bath, shower and large cupboard which houses the water heater and store cupboard for hoover, clothes airers , ironing board etc. There is also a washing machine for your use and a unit with plenty of towels plus beach towels.
Other facilities in the house for your use are:
• A food processor and hand blender
• Hairdryers X 2
• Iron and ironing board
• Washing machine
• Play station 2 and large selection of games
• A selection of board games, including scrabble, trivial pursuit and monopoly.
• French Boules set
• Cards and cribbage board
• BBQ with paella pan
• Patio set, umbrella and 6 chairs
• 2 benches
• IPOD docking station ( also charges IPods, bring your charging USB lead)
• Music centre with over 100 CD’s to choose from
• Picnic box and cool bags
• Information book with leaflets and ideas of places to visit
• Ladies and gents bicycles in the garage. ( puncture repair kits in workshop)
• English library with variety of books, including French/English dictionaries, translation books and French grammar
In addition to the above, there are also free toilet rolls, cleaning products, basic toiletries, herbs, spices and condiments. Plus whatever bits other guests or us leaves in the cupboards. Usually plenty of tea and coffee too.
Electricity is expensive in France, but we ensure there is plenty for an average families use. This includes leaving the large water tank on for your whole stay. If you should need the heaters on 24/7, we charge the basis rate of the cost of a unit provided by EDF and take from your deposit after the meter is read and agreed with you.
Likewise there is a supply of logs and we can arrange delivery should you need it.
Full Terms and Conditions are available on request and will be sent with any booking enquiry.
We are blessed to have wonderful English friends who live opposite the house and they are happy to help you with any issues or advice you may need. they also speak French! Donna attends to our cleaning and Dave does the garden.
A cleaning and laundry fee of £50 per trip is charged. If your stay is longer than a week, a mid stay bed change and clean can be arranged.
Pets are very welcome for an additional charge of £10 for the week and we ask that they are not allowed in the bedrooms and you bring their own bedding. We also ask that you clear up after your pet and preferably not bring a young puppy. Dogs especially are very welcome in France and there is an English speaking vet in the town who will attend to your pets needs and passport for your journey home to the UK .
The house is non-smoking except for the garden where there is an ash tray.
Although the house is on the main road into town, there is plenty of parking outside the house.