The River House Limousin is the perfect place to relax and discover this beautiful part of France.
Totally renovated in 2019, it still retains its old charm and features including beamed ceilings and original stonework.
The house was orginally built into the ancient rockface, which also provides a stunning backdrop for the garden - reached from the first level.
The River House Limousin has all the modern facilities you need including wifi, bluetooth speaker and TV/DVD.
The front bedroom has been tastefully decorated and comes with a kingsize bed and views of the river.
The rear bedroom, which has been sympathetically furnished, can be set up as a twin room or as a double bed - please advise when booking.
There is also a cosy snug area which has an armchair and chaise longue to just chill out as well as direct access to the terrace.
Downstairs, the lounge and kitchen are in the main room. The kitchen is entirely brand new and includes washing machine, dishwasher, hob and oven, coffee machine, integrated fridge and freezer and all the equipment needed for self-catering.
The living space, which has the former fireplace as a central feature, has a dining table, a comfortable sofa and Poang-style chair. The room offers excellent views of the river.
The bathroom has been relocated to its original downstairs position and features a modern shower, stylish basin with large mirror and toilet.
Outside you can enjoy a charcoal BBQ and a large dining table and chairs for you to dine al fresco.
For the ultimate in relaxation, there is also a hot tub, reclining chairs and sunbeds. The hot tub is available from May to September and towels are provided.
If you want to bring bikes there is external storage space, or you can hire them (ask us for details).
To the side is a pathway that provides an alternative entrance to the terrace.
Parking is available outside the house.
*** Due to the design and location of the house and the rocky rear terrain, we advise that the gite is suitable for children aged 5 and above.
***Unfortunately, the River House Limousin is unsuitable for persons who have mobility difficulties due to stairs and the rocky terrain.
*** Please be aware there are low beams in the upstairs rooms.
***All towels and bed linen are provided - including towels for hot tub use.
There is plenty to see and explore all within easy reach from the gite and in the summer the area has so much going on.
For the more active, it is ideal for cycling, walking, horse riding and water sports with lots of places to enjoy the French countryside. Lac St Pardoux (30 mins drive) is a popular destination for families. It has an indoor and outdoor swimming pools (including slides), lake swimming, water sports, trails and a tree-climbing centre.
The nearest main town is Bellac, which is just 10 minute drive and has restaurants (including a wonderful creperie), supermarkets and a good array of shops to pick up any essentials, a cinema and an outdoor swimming pool with slides, which is open from early July to late September.
Nearby Le Dorat, is the place to go to sample one of the best night markets in the region during the summer. It also has a horse racing course, which has three meetings during the summer - mid June, July 14 and August 15.
The area is steeped in history with an array of chateaux and picturesque medieval villages to discover, while there is no shortage of festivals to go to - including the Confolens Dance and Music festival in August.
The gite is ideally located to visit Oradour-sur-Glane's World War Two martyr village, the Monts of Blond, as well as Mortmart - a Plus Beau Village - and the quaint Montrol Senard.
Further afield, the historic city of Limoges is 45 minutes away which has an abundance of shops, excellent museums, children's attractions and restaurants for all tastes and pockets, while Poitiers and the Futuroscope theme park is approximately one hour away.
See the 2020 Tour de France which starts at Chauvigny (45 mins away) and which passes through the area including Le Dorat on July 9.
For motorsport fans the gite is only 30 minutes from the Val de Vienne circuit which hosts events throughout the year.
|Address: 9 Pont St Martin|
|Zip/Postal Code: 87300|
| Latitude/Longitude: 46.18511 / 0.946565|
|Nearest airport||Limoges||46 km|
|Nearest bar / pub||Le Soledad||2 km|
|Nearest boulangerie||Le Fournil||2 km|
|Nearest market||Bellac||12 km|
|Nearest restaurant||La Gartempe||8 km|
|Nearest supermarket||Bellac||12 km|
|Nearest train station||Bellac||12 km|
Gite is located 45 minutes from Limoges Airport; 1 hour from Poitiers airport, five hours from Normandy ports, 6.5 hours from Calais.
The gite is just two minutes drive from the village of St Bonnet de Bellac, which has a local bakery and two restaurants.
The nearest main town is Bellac, which is just 10 minutes by car and has restaurants, supermarkets and a good array of shops to pick up any essentials, a cinema and an outdoor swimming pool with slides which is open in July and August.