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Gite On Organic Smallholding

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage

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About the property

Rural Gite in Mainsat, Nr. Auzances, Creuse, France - Wonderful Views Over The French Countryside

Pellevoisin is an organic small holding situated in the heart of rural France. The gite, set within the grounds of the small holding, has wonderful views across the unspoilt rolling countryside. Recently converted from an old barn, the gite has two light and airy bedrooms, which have been tastefully renovated and a bathroom on the first floor. Downstairs the open plan kitchen and living area leads out onto the secluded courtyard and private garden where you can relax and unwind in the hammock or prepare a meal on the barbeque, to be enjoyed on one of the outdoor eating areas. Fresh produce from the garden is available depending on the season. La Creuse is an ideal location if you want to 'get away from it all'. The quiet roads and footpaths make it ideal for walkers and cyclists.The local swimming lakes with beaches are great for the children and the historic towns of Aubusson and Felletin with it's wonderful Friday market, are nearby.

Tom and Susan Neill
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
3 June, 2016

About Tom and Susan Neill

We moved to La Creuse ten years ago to establish our smallholding and to find a tranquil corner of the world where we could bring up our children. We are both practicing artists, running art classes in the local community. We are interested in self sufficiency and have sheep, chickens and an extensive vegetable garden, selling seasonal organic veg boxes. We are also currently involved in felt-making using the fleece from our Jacob sheep.

Tom and Susan Neill purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Tom and Susan Neill chose Creuse

We fell in love with the property as soon as we saw it. We were bowled over by the lovely views across the open, rolling countryside. The smallholding is set at the end of a country lane which ends at our house, so there is no passing traffic and we are tucked away from it all in our little piece of heaven.

What makes this cottage unique

No passing traffic. Footpath for rural walks on the doorstep. Organic produce fresh from the smallholding garden. Painting and felt making lessons if desired. Beautiful views in this quiet rural location.


4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Rural retreat away from it all

  • 4 of 5

Excellent owners who couldn't have been more helpful. We arrived in the evening and our hosts had left us everything we would need for a comfortable stay. Lovely touch was the blackboard with local events for our stay and a box file full of leaflets with tourist attractions. Comfortable gite with everything thought of - lovely outside area with sunloungers and picnic table.

Would say that finding restaurants that were open was an issue - so expect to cook - that said the oven was great as was the barbecue and a good range of pots, pans and utensils.

Beds were comfy and hot water plentyful with a lovely clean bathroom. Washing machine was very useful and to be honest the gite is well thought out.

It is a wonderful place to relax and unwind and again super people in Susan and Tom.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hosts, superb location, perfect comfort

  • 5 of 5

I had the great pleasure of staying at this gite with my son this summer and, like the previous reviewer, cannot recommend it highly enough. Tom and Susan have done an absolutely superb job of renovating a beautiful building and we simply could not have been happier or made more welcome or more comfortable.

The location, Pellevoisin, is superb, just out of the village of Mainsat but secluded enough to make you feel that your cares are a million miles away. The view from the outdoor area in front of the gite (there are two other lovely outdoor areas behind) is just stunning and to say that it's simply beautiful rolling countryside as far as they eye can see doesn't begin to do it justice.

In a country where the beds can often feel like topographical reliefs of the terrain, all hills and valleys, the beds here are firm without feeling at all hard and very, very comfortable. The bedrooms upstairs are light, spacious, and welcoming. The bathroom is bright and nicely done, with an enormous tub should one prefer that to the shower. The water supply is strong and hot.

Downstairs is a well-equipped kitchen and living area. The kitchen, which was a real pleasure to use, also contains a washing machine so laundry is no problem if your stay is an extended one (which you'll wish it was). The comfortable living area, with tv, stereo, and plenty to read, leads through to the leafy outdoor areas at the back of the gite.

If you can tear yourself away from the comforts of Pellevoisin, there's plenty to do and see in the area and some wonderful little markets in the villages nearby. Don't miss the croissants from the boulangerie in Mainsat, the equal of any I've had anywhere.

Tom and Susan, artists, farmers, hosts par excellence, are simply wonderful people, warm, charming, and helpful. They've created something very special in Pellevoisin, not to mention some very special memories for my son and I. We can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bliss in the deepest countryside

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most peaceful and relaxing weeks I have ever had. If you are after tranquil, quiet and beautiful surroundings, a friendly welcome and the chance to totally unwind, I cannot recommend Susan and Thomas's gite highly enough. Everything you could possibly need was provided and its the small touches that make all the difference. Having your own private garden, with plenty of seating, a barbecue and hammock under the trees, where you can watch the cows graze and the butterflies flit around is so relaxing. It really is off the beaten track, but with easy access to a multitude of lovely places to visit. Would particularly recommend seeing the wolves near Gueret and the Lac de Vassiviere, but if you like wildlife, even just going for a walk locally is an experience.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid season
15 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Low season
2 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible, though we do ask that guests check in no earlier then 3pm on their day of arrival and that they leave before 11am on their day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mainsat in Limousin

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 56 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath/shower, wc, sink, towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The property is heated in winter with a wood burner/radiators. A welcome hamper is provided, including tea, coffee, milk, juice, butter, jam, a bottle of wine and cold beers! We will deliver to your door croissants and fresh bread on the morning after your arrival. Outside: Private courtyard and sizeable garden with immediate access to the surrounding countryside. BBQ and outdoor eating areas to the front and to the rear of the property. There is also a hammock in the garden and use of a table tennis table. Bikes are also available free of charge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included (changed once a week).

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