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Restored Country Cottage With Private Heated Pool



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
Cottage near Lussac les Eglises, Limousin, France - Tranquil Rural Location

Built around 160 years ago as a farm labourer's home, Rose Cottage is now fully restored and converted into a comfortable self-catering holiday home. Sympathetically modernised, it retains its rustic charm with exposed original oak beams and an impressive old wood burning stove. Quiet location, tranquility on a plate! The cottage is adjacent to our home, so we are on hand to provide any help or information you may need. Rose Cottage has a sunny courtyard for outside dining, private parking and an isotonic saline swimming pool, with automated chlorinator providing correct water chemical balance. The pool has solar heating and an adjacent 24sq.m decked sun terrace with gas barbecue, all for exclusive use by guests.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Chris and Joan Callaghan. We retired to enjoy the beauty of rural France nine years ago. But as we want to stay active we chose an old property with potential for improvement, with an adjacent derelict cottage crying out for total renovation. It was certainly a challenge!

Our first priority is our total commitment to ensure that our guests feel completely at home. If there is anything you need, just ask, we are on hand right next door.

Rose Cottage is totally renovated in a style which retains its essential character. The main beams were literally hewn from the trunks of large oaks. The original crosscut saws, found in the roof, are now wall decorations! The project has been a great joy to plan, undertake and complete. It is beautiful. Come and see for yourselves.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Many thanks Chris and Joan, you have been great hosts. Lovely cottage, felt very much 'at home'. Impressive setup, obviously plenty of thought and effort went into it. Had a very relaxing week. Sincerely hope you continue to enjoy your retirement in this peaceful, warm and hospitable part of France."

"We've had a simply lovely time, doing all manner of absolutely nothing! Can't wait to come back, 50 weeks and counting."

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The area is so peaceful and quiet and we enjoyed going for long walks straight from the front door. There are also so many interesting places to visit, all within reasonable distance. Thank you for all your help and advice; in fact nothing was too much trouble. The meals we had with you and at your recommended restaurants were wonderful."

"Our second time at Rose Cottage, fantastic! Thank you for a brilliant stay, as always. Wonderful place for R&R. We'll be back, again and again."
Sep 2009
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  • 5 of 5

We as a family cannot recommend this gite enough.Chris and Joan have done there selves proud with the conversion of this barn.There attention to detail is all there.We had 2 weeks of shear happiness as promised at time of booking. Joan's cooking is out of this world,we had chicken curry on arrival as arranged and a very special meal for our pearl(30th) wedding anniversary.As hosts they deserve every bit of praise they get.We will be back (infact already booked for 2017) and will keep in touch with them as friends.

Sincere regards

Keith,Sharon,Sarah and Aaron

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We felt honoured when our guests chose Rose Cottage as the place where they would be celebrating their special day. It was a genuine pleasure to meet them and to be able to participate in their family celebrations. All our guests are special and some are very special!
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From the Owner

When we re-located we were seeking a complete change. Somewhere peaceful and stress-free, quiet but not inconveniently remote, where newcomers could quickly settle and feel at home. Here in the Limousin area we found our idyll. We are within relatively easy driving distance of the U.K., yet far enough south to enjoy a significantly better climate. Our region is known as “The land of a thousand lakes”, so there are plenty of good sites for keen anglers. Some lakes within short driving distance have beaches and leisure facilities including swimming, water sports, bars and restaurants. The stunning natural beauty of the landscape, quiet roads, superb cuisine and great affordable wines make this the ideal place in which to relax and unwind completely.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 52 Miles Nearest Beach : Saint Pardoux at 31 Miles Car: recommended


The area abounds in fishing lakes and woodlands, with Lac du Mondon about ten minutes' drive away. The larger Lac de St. Pardoux, well-known for its excellent leisure facilities is about 30 mins drive away. It has 3 safe sandy beaches for swimming and a variety of water sports (lifeguard supervised in summer) plus a good restaurant. Plenty of space to relax and enjoy the facilities, even in the height of summer.


We are about six hours' driving time from the Channel ports. French motorways have relatively light traffic with plenty of clean, well-appointed service and rest areas. Our local airports are Limoges and Poitiers, each about 50 minutes away and well served by budget airlines. We offer transfers by arrangement but strongly recommend car hire at the airport. We consider a car to be essential if you wish to tour the area.


We are about 2km from Lussac-Les-Eglises for local shopping. The ancient picturesque Roman towns of Montmorillon and Argenton are within 30 minutes drive. The historic cities of Limoges and Poitiers are less than an hour away by car. Limoges is world famous for its porcelain industry. Factory/kiln visits and the National Porcelaine Museum. Poitiers has Futuroscope, a day out adventure experience.

Further Details:

We are close to a light aircraft flying school where owners Dave and Amanda Lord offer 15 minute microlight flights. Our excellent weather means that flights can invariably be arranged at any time to suit our guests. At Magnac Laval 12km away there is a large supermarket, banks and ATM machines and restaurants. Nearby historic Le Dorat with its medieval alleyways offers a variety of excellent restaurants. Large, well-equipped hypermarkets are within 30 minutes drive at Montmorillon and La Souterraine. The latter has a TGV station offering the opportunity of a day trip to Paris, where the 'step on/step off' Seine river Batobus is within a few minutes walk of the Paris train terminal. The city of Limoges is well worth a visit. Lots of shops, a 'Treetops' adventure playground and a good golf course.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
9 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking/admin deposit 15% of total, 50% due 60 days before occupancy. Balance 35% due upon arrival at the property and before occupancy. No need to shop before you arrive. We can get in whatever you want at cost. If you don't feel like cooking, we offer three course meals (first night only, please) at 17 Euros each, plus a bottle of quality wine with our compliments.

Changeover Day:
Changeover normally a Saturday, this can be flexible. Arrival any time after 3:00 pm, departure before 10:30am. These can be flexible subject to prior agreement.

Notes on prices:
Everything as advertised is included. We do NOT do "extras"!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 29-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

Rose Cottage is self-contained and fully equipped for easy self-catering. There is dedicated private parking immediately outside, adjacent to a sunny south-facing patio for outside dining by guests only. Alternatively you may wish to dine on the pool terrace with gas barbecue whilst sunbathing and enjoying the heated swimming pool. It is nearly eight metres long but only four feet deep, safe for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. There are good local hiking trails, or you can enjoy a leisurely walk along one of the many nearby tracks. There is a bird sanctuary lake with a hide just ten minutes' walk away. Our local village Lussac-les-Eglises is typical of the very best of rural France. It has a boulangerie, a small supermarket and two friendly bar/restaurants.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Modern bathroom with quality shower cabinet, pedestal hand basin, WC and convector radiator. Also WC and basin en-suite to bedroom 2.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5, two bedroom Notes on bedrooms: Large family bedroom with one double and one single bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and en-suite WC with handbasin.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Pets welcome with prior notification please. We regret that we cannot allow smoking inside the building. Outside: Sunny dining courtyard, outdoor furniture, guests' parking bay. Oval pool 7.6 x 3.8m, with solar heating and metal sides, affording water temperatures of 24/30 C. in summer months. It is a saline isotonic ('body friendly') pool with a solar blanket and automatic chlorinator. Clear, sparkling water, no smell or taste of chlorine, no stinging eyes, no damage to swimwear. Correct chemical balance for safety and bathing pleasure. The pool is private and not overlooked. Sun deck terrace, gas barbecue and sun loungers are all for private use by guests only. To the side of the cottage is a farm 'chemin' (track) into woodland. Perfect for a peaceful leisurely walk, there is no other habitation beyond the cottage. We are just 500 metres from the stunning Etang Murat bird sanctuary lake and its viewing hut. Tranquility on a plate! Utility Room: Retractable washing line in courtyard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly. The property is cleaned prior to every let.

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