Authentic Gite in Balledent, Haute Vienne, Limousin - Picturesque, Tranquil Location With All Amenities Close By
A fully equipped Gite with great character and authenticity. The venue is situated in a small hamlet on the boundary of Balledent and Châteauponsac, with all local amenities; supermarkets, bakeries, bars, shops, restaurants, doctors, dentists, Vets are just 5-10 mins drive. The building is of natural stone which is approximately 200 years old, with original oak beams. Plenty of sightseeing to do in the area, local walks and a good choice of activities for all ages. Only 25 mins away from Limoges, the capital of Haute Vienne. The gite consists of a large main bedroom with a double bed and 2 single beds and a second double bedroom. The Gite can sleep 6 comfortably, 8 when using the sofa beds in the lounge. A fully fitted kitchen and an authentic lounge with its own patio area overlooking the carp fishing lake. Wi-Fi is available. Log fire and electric heating.
Top Traveller Review
Superb location, exceeded expectations, 1st class!
About the Owner
Owned by a friendly couple; Kiran & Angelo.
We have 2 dogs; Cookie (Brown Cocker Spaniel) and Leo (White German Shepherd), 3 Cats; Jasper, Ziggi & Marlo.
We fell in love with the property, the village, the people and the lifestyle.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We stayed at the Gite at Le Planchon for 4 nights. The owners are very friendly, likeable people. Kiran, in particular is a walking Tourist information centre - she advised us on places to go around the area and recommended a couple of superb restaurants for us to have lunch at. She even made the reservations for us! It was clean and well maintained. We would love to return if ever we get back to France. Lyn & Gary
The Gite was lovely, had everything you could need for a short or long stay. Set in the idyllic French countryside, overlooking the lake. It was perfect for a relaxing holiday and we couldn’t have asked for more.This really felt like a home from home, a combination of a beautiful setting, lovely Gite, fantastic host and all the amenities you could need. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone looking to get away from it all! We’ve already booked in to go again….thanks Kiran! Kate May (Leicester)
5 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
Superb location, exceeded expectations, 1st class!
We stayed here just for two nights on our way home from the med coast. The only thing that we got wrong is that we should have booked a fortnight! The immediate location of the Gite is superb and the surrounding area is as beautiful as you would expect in this part of France. The Gite is very well equipped and the description on the listing if anything undersells the accommodation, communications with the owner throughout the booking process were really good. The owner, Kiran gave us the warmest welcome that anyone could expect, and has a detailed knowledge of the area, restaurants etc, and first class customer service! As we were only staying two nights, we only had opportunity to eat out at one restaurant, this had been recommended by Kiran, and the food was excellent and great value for money. We will definitely be back for another visit and would recommend the Gite to anyone. A lovely rural location, but close enough to lots of amenities, ample parking space and set in a lovely environment.
Gorgeous peaceful setting
A lovely old stone renovated barn, thick stone walls that kept us cool in the hot week that we stayed there. To wake up to the sound of birds singing and to look out over the lake with the early mist rising was spectacular. Kiran and Angelo were perfect hosts and their little boy Louis is delightful. If you looking for a peaceful relaxing holiday this is the place for you.
Sue & Colin
This charming gite is run by the very personable Kiran and Angelo - very friendly and welcoming, nothing is too much bother. Kiran and Angelo specialise in Carp fishing so there is a large well-stocked fishing lake.
However, you don’t have to be an angler (we don’t fish) to enjoy what this gite has to offer.
The gite is a traditional old stone walled property attached to the owners' home. The accommodation is huge and well equipped and very good value. The gite makes a great base for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside, villages and towns.
We had a very enjoyable few days staying at Etang de Planchon. Thank you.
Lovely Gite in a lovely rural area
Lovely rustic Gite in a rural area not to far away from a the city of Limoge. It is situated on a lovely (fishing) lake. We booked it for 7 days as a part of our fishing week at the lake. We brought our two dogs with us and they where more then welcome.
The Gite has all the things you need, a comfy bed, shower and separate toilet. The kitchen had everything you need: cooker/oven, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave (and all the other "usual" appliances". Kiran and Angelo are the most welcoming and friendly people to be with. Nothing is to much and they have the patience of angles.
Brilliant Hospitality at Etang de Plancho
This Gite is rustic but comfortable. It has a lovelly new bathroom with a wide and powerful multi shower. The kitchen is large with a big dining talble which can comfortably accommodate 6 diners.
It has two bedrooms, and all beds are very comfortable. The main bedroom has both a double and a single bed in and is extremly spacious so ideal for a family. The second double is a little quirky as it has been formed in the ceiling space of the ajoining building which is also part of the Etaang de Planchon. It is spacious but because of the smallish entrance at the top of the stairs, may seem a little clostraphobic to some, but my Son and his partner loved it. Very cozy!
What is absolutely STUNNING about this gite is the setting. 10 acres of Tranquillity personified. The owners run a carp fishing lake right outside. The memories of sitting on the gite's terrace with a glass of wine in the glorious sunshine watching carp over 30ib in size leap out of the water, will stay with me forever. The owner, Angelo and Kiran and their beautiful new son Lois are the best hosts ever. They live in the cottage next door and nothing is too much trouble. They are able to advise on lovelly places to visit in the area, can give advice on which restaurants to visit and even offered to book for us. Simply a fabulous week. 100% recommendation. You will need to drive though if you want to get about but if you prefer to stay in one place and simply enjoy this paradise and say read your holiday novels, then this place is great for that too. The gite is set up for a most relaxing stay and is fully kitted to accommodate that. If you don't facy catering for yourselves at anytime, Kiran also does evening meals and although er didn't indulge, the 3 fishermen who stayed on the lake throughout our week raved about kiran's food and hospitality. My advice - don't wait, just book it!!! Thanks Angelo and Kiran for a FABULOUS WEEK.
From the Owner
“The property offers peace, tranquility and seclusion, yet 5 minutes away is the market town of Chateuponsac. The village has got great character where you can stroll the streets, admire the buildings and architecture, browse in the shops and boutiques or stop for a drink and a bite to eat and watch the world go by. All the facilities and amenities are close by offering you a range of activities and options to choose from for your holiday.”
Activity and Interests
The nearest coast line is approximately 3 hours drive, however the nearest beach is no more than 15 minutes drive away. Lac Saint Pardoux is an "inland sea" with 3 man-made beaches, as well as the swimming, Lac St Pardoux offers a range of water sports and also has activity play areas for children. There are public swimming pools nearby, the closest one is 5 minutes drive from the venue in Chateauponsac.
Closest Tourist office - 5 mins drive in Chateauponsac
Limoges airport is 25 mins drive from the gite.
Approximately 6-7 hours drive from the ferry ports.
Car hire is recommended if you fancy exploring the area for site seeing and activities.
La Souterraine and Limoges train station are approximately 30 mins from the venue, there are direct trains to Paris and Toulouse.
Châteauponsac is the nearest town, 5-10 mins drive. It houses a famous museum, a campsite, shops and restaurants, stunning views and walks.
There is also a free open-air swimming pool.
Lac de Saint Pardoux, 15 mins drive, here you will find an "inland sea", a marina, watersports facilities and beaches of fine sand.
Bellac - 20 mins drive, shops, restaurants, bars and markets every Wedsnesday and Saturday.
Limoges - the capital of the Limousin, 25 mins drive.
Le Dorat - 30 mins drive.
A welcome pack with a map, places to visit, points on interest, bars, restaurants and nearby villages will be provided on-site.
Le Dorat with it's magnificent roman church built between the 9th and 12th centuries and fortified in the 15th century. A lovely medieval town with a market on the 13th of each month. There is an English garden, magnificent architecture, cobbled streets and two convents.
Here, you can also visit the famous Limoges pottery factory shop.
Bellac founded in the middle ages with a 12th century church and many 16th to 18th century houses. It's parks and squares are most attractive and pleasant to sit in watching the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets. The playright Jean Giraudoux was born here and Bellac has opened a museum in his memory. Bellac has two weekly markets on a Wednesday and Saturday morning and a trade fair on the 1st of each month. It is a thriving shopping town with many cultural and sporting events taking place throughout the year. In July the Jean Giraudoux Festival attracts a high standard of theatre, music and dance.
Oradour Sur Glane is a must see for everyone at least once in their lives just to witness man's inhumanity towards man. The ruin bears witness to the tragic events of 10th June 1944 when 642 men women and children were massacred by the Nazis.
La Souterraine is the stopping place on the St. Jacques-de-Compostello pilgrim route. A pretty town with cobbled streets and lovely shops, hypermarkets, cinema and gardens. From here you can take a regular train direct to Paris.
Les Herolles has a famous market on the 29th of each month. It is a massive event selling everything you can think of. The people come from miles around, very atmospheric, very french and get there early!
Confolens is a beautiful town with the river Vienne dividing it. For two weeks in August there is a world music festival where participants attend from all over the world.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
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|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
|Stay tax||£1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.|
Full terms and conditions will be sent out at time of booking. Keys will be provided on arrival and you will be asked to make a refundable security deposit of €250 to cover any damages to the property.
Notes on prices:
Prices are in Pounds for the property.
Prices have been provided for a week (1 night minimum).
Please contact the owner directly for prices on shorter or longer stay deals.
Payment can be made in Pounds directly to an English bank account or in euros to a French bank account (which ever is easier for you).
Logs are available during winter months and can be purchased on site.
A 25% deposit is required at time of booking to confirm your booking. The final balance is required at the latest one month prior to your arrival. If your booking is in less than 4 weeks, full payment is required immediately. €1 stay tax per person per night is requested at arrival, this does not apply to under 13 year olds.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Chateauponsac is 5 mins drive, a small town situated in the valley of the Gartempe river. It houses a famous museum, a campsite, shops and restaurants. There is also a free open aired swimming pool. Lac de Saint Pardoux is 15 mins drive where you will find an "inland sea"with coves, a marina, water sports facilities and beaches of fine sand. A perfect venue for a family day out. Bellac - 20 mins drive, its parks and squares are most attractive and pleasant to sit in watching the hustle and bustle of the streets. Limoges - the capital of the Haute Vienne region is 25 mins drive, best known for the finest porcelain in the world.”
- Away From It All
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Toys ...
- Video Library ...
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only ...
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- roller blading
- water skiing
- 47 m²
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite shower and an en-suite WC to bedroom 1. Electric towel rail in the bathroom.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, A cot can be provided on request.
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/8 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - has a double bed and 2 single beds, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Electric heater and fan provided. Bedroom 2 - consists of a double futon bed, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers. There are also 2 sofa beds in the lounge that can comfortably sleep 2 adults.
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Notes on accommodation: For heating, there is a wood burner in the lounge and there is also a portable gas heater that can be borrowed. There is an electric heater in the bathroom, kitchen and master bedroom . A selection of reading books, board games and DVDs are available on request. Wi-Fi is available at no extra charge. Outside: There is access from the lounge to the Exclusive patio area at the back of the gite, perfect for peaceful afternoons to chill out whilst overlooking the carp fishing lake. A kettle BBQ will be provided and charcoal can be purchased on site if you fancy some outdoor cooking. There is a garden patio set on the outskirts of the lake with a childrens swing set. Also available on request for a small supplement are a couple of sun loungers for you to laze around and get a nice tan. Cleaning: Please leave the Gite in the condition you found it in. If it is not clean on departure, or if you prefer to have it cleaned, a 50 euros cleaning fee will be charged.