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Spacious and Comfortable House with Private Pool in Idyllic, Rural Setting.



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
3 bedroom house in small, quiet hamlet, 2 gardens, so plenty of outside space, views over fields and woods.

I am sure that by the time you find our house on this site, you already know where in France you want to go and what sort of property you want to stay in, so if I list the wonderful features of our house I am sure that they will start to look much the same as every other property you have already looked at!

So, why come here?

We love it and I know that doesn't necessarily mean you will but let me tell you why we love it.

It's so quiet, you can sit in the garden and hear nothing but the birds twittering, crickets singing and maybe a cockerel crowing. From time to time you will hear the frogs in the pond, they get a little amorous and vocal at times! Yes, of course, cars go through the hamlet, you will need one yourself if you stay here. But, this is really rural France, deep in the heart of the Perigord/Limousin Natural Park.

We are surrounded by forests and lakes and the sky is so blue and clear. The night sky is a wonderment, so clear and vast and you can watch the satellites going over.

Also in the evenings the bats come out of the nearby barns and fly off for the night, if you are awake early you can see them return and climb up the barn wall and crawl into their nesting holes.

The outside space here is lovely and is continuing to evolve as we come up with new ideas and schemes. We have made various outside areas for you to enjoy. Firstly, by the house is the front terrace and barbecue area, near to the kitchen to make life simple. This area gets very warm during a hot summers day as it is surrounded by the walls of the house and a barn but in the evening it provides the perfect setting for dining al fresco as the walls radiate the warmth they have accumulated.

The pool is a wooden above ground one, perfect for cooling off when it gets a little too warm, with a wooden decked area and an area of grass where you will find sunbeds, a parasol and a gazebo for some shade. Next to this is another table and chairs under the shade of a plum tree.

Further down the garden you will find a rustic swing hanging in an oak tree and a badminton net strung between two poles for those energetic moments!

Inside the house on the ground floor, you will find a large, well equipped kitchen and a comfortably furnished lounge and a bathroom with a separate toilet. The bathroom has both shower cubicle and a bath tub. We supply a big bath towel and hand towel for each guest, we also have towels for use by the pool.

Up the stairs you will find the three bedrooms, the first has a magnificent king size bed, the second a French style double and the third, twin single beds, which can be pushed together if needed. All are supplied with fresh white bed linen.

The hamlet is small, so we do not have a bar restaurant within walking distance but I used to work as a cook and still get great pleasure from cooking. We are happy to provide freshly cooked meals for you for any day of your holiday. To whet your appetite, here is one of our current menus;

Light and Creamy Salmon Mousse with Dressed Leaves and Crusty French Bread

Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce, Potato Rosti and Green Beans

A Trio of French Cheeses with Onion Marmalade

Rich and Decadent Raspberry and White Chocolate Terrine.

Now, if I have kept your attention all the way to the end of this description, surely, you want to come and spend some time here, don't you?

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

John and I used to take holidays in France, usually in Normandy but we also ventured further south on occasion. We loved the more relaxed pace of life and the feeling of space you find here and the politeness of the French people. So we formulated a loose five year plan to sell up in England and move to France permanently. After two years, we could not remember what we were waiting for and put our house on the market! We arrived in May 2010 and found this house soon after, it needed some work and updating before we were happy that we had something we could let to others.

We are a relaxed couple, (who wouldn't be living here?!) who enjoy our lives just the way they are. We are quite happy to share this with anyone who thinks that they may like this experience too!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely relaxing stay in this peaceful, quiet part of France. We've all enjoyed the space and the pool and the delicious meals. We particularly enjoyed the local walks on the way to Cussac. A fabulous stay.

Jane, Rita & Sheila August 2013

Thank you for being so welcoming and friendly, we have loved staying here in your wonderful house. Thank you Ruth for our superb meals - truly enjoyed by all.

Barbara, Paul and Hannah July/August 2013

Just a short visit (not long enough) to enjoy the peace and tranquility of La Grenouille Verte. Thanks Ruth and John for being great hosts. We'll be back.

Tony and Val June 2013
Oct 2011
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews


Well equipped, superb garden

  • 5 of 5

Quiet hamlet 20 mins from large village with decent supermarket and excellent boulangerie/patissierie. Plenty to see in area, chateaux, caves, villages on the best in France list. Three comfortable bedrooms upstairs, bathroom downstairs but not far away. Big kitchen with dining table for 6+, great lounge with 2 big sofas. Books everywhere, board games provided, every kitchen utensil you might need. Enormous garden with games- badminton, boules, swing-ball. Pool great for cooling down in heat of summer but house is good for stay anytime of year. Marvelous welcome from Ruth and John with super meal on first night at very reasonable cost.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful family holiday at La Grenouille Verte

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family holiday at La Grenouille Verte. The house was full of French character with all necessary living requirements, including indoor and outdoor towels. the setting was beautiful and the pool was perfect. Indeed our five year old swam without floats or noodles ( provided ) by the end of the week. The children loved the "Secret Garden" and helping John pump water from the well to water the plants.

Ruth and John gave a real welcome and our meal on arrival was perfect and sufficient to run into the next day. Their advice on visits were spot on, and the wine tasting was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Everything about our week at La Grenouille was beyond expectation. Thanks Ruth and John

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beatifully furnished and decorated house with pool and large gardens

  • 5 of 5

The spacious house is beautifully decorated and furnished. The beds were comfortable with crisp clean white sheets. The book shelves are packed with books and there are many interesting pictures hanging on the walls. We found the house clean and had all the mod cons needed for a comfortable holiday. The kitchen was well equipped and the towels provided (bath and pool) were nice and plush. The lovely gardens are large.There is a swing in a large oak tree, badminton net and set, swing ball, but the pool was the favourite with us. Ruth and John made us feel very welcome. They were very helpful but always respected our privacy. Ruth cooked us a meal on the last night there. And I can honestly say it was the best meal we'd had in two weeks. I highly recommend Ruth's cooking. There's a variety of things to do in the area. We visited Limoges, châteaus, went on a walk round the nearby forest and went to a tree top adventure park (like GoApe). We really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another Memorable Family Holiday

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at La Grenouille Verte and, despite the rain, we had such fun. Every day we explored new markets towns and chateaux, there is so much to do in the area! John and Ruth were, as ever, wonderful hosts and their wine evening was a blast!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to see V, K and A again and their enthusiasm for our region is very contagious! We found ourselves visiting towns that we had always meant to visit but we were "too busy"! We made time and discovered so many hidden gems right on our doorstep, merci bien et a bientot!
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Spacious holiday house

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable with lots of room and very well equipped , the gardens and pool were wonderful to spend time in with the family , we enjoyed eating outside in the evenings watching the stars and the wildlife .

Ruth's excellent meals were especially welcome after along drive. This was a very beautiful part of France and we look forward to returning to Le Grenouille Vert .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rlaxing stay in idylic setting

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this property to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in a perfect setting. The house had everything we needed and was well maintained and spotlessly clean.

John and Ruth were on hand and we were met with homemade cakes on our arrival.

The gardens and pool were perfect as we had great weather and we BBQ most evenings.

Lovely family getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Heather, it is nice to hear that we are getting things right as we are always looking to improve the house and garden and add to the facilities we offer. This was always a family home, so comfort is a priority and we want you to feel that you have everything you need for a great stay.
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From the Owner

When we first saw the house it felt right, we were looking for two properties, one for us to live in and one we could let out as a holiday home. The house had been empty and unloved for several years so we needed to give it back some character, it also became our home for the first year as we began the task of turning the barn next door into our home. We now spend our summers in the barn and winters in the house as the heating system is not yet in place in the barn, so we know the house is comfortable and we are always on hand to answer any questions and for anything you may need. We love this part of France, it is green and peaceful and very much an escape from the speed of modern life, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : La Chapelle-Montbrandeix at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 500 Kilometres Nearest Train : Limoges at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Limoges at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Grenouille Verte Nearest Beach : Royan at 190 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We are now advertising on themedholidayideas.com this is a company who specialise in organising holidays under certain themes. They do not provide accommodation but feature properties in the areas where the activities take place. We are featured under Birdwatching, Fishing and Walking. You can book with us first and contact them afterwards if you want to do an activity while staying here. They offer discounts for those guests staying in featured holiday houses, so if you want to do something different to those activities we are featured in, that is not a problem. For this area, their activities as well as those already mentioned, are; Historical Breaks and Cycling.

If you prefer to do your own cycling thing we but aren't able to bring bikes with you, we can arrange cycle hire through Bike Hire Direct. They provide good quality bikes and all necessary equipment for your use on holiday.You can see what they offer here http://www.bikehiredirect.com/

The bikes will be delivered free to the house, so if you feel like an energetic break this may be for you!


As the Limousin is in the centre of France we are a long way from the coast but lakes are plentiful here including four leisure lakes within easy driving reach which provide beach areas for swimming and kayak or pedalo hire. These all have lifeguards on duty at the times when swimming is allowed and are immaculately kept. Entrance and parking is free!


Limoges Airport is our nearest, just 40 minutes away and car hire is available from there. There are also airports at Bergerac and Bordeaux which would give a car journey to here of about two hours.

The TGV runs to Angouleme and Limoges so journeys via Eurostar are also possible but it is recommended that you have a car here to explore the area.


Vimpere has several visiting van/shops throughout the week, which provide some basics such as bread, meat and groceries. There are a number of small towns near us with supermarkets, boulangeries, banks(ATM) and tabacs/restaurant/bars. Cussac is 6kms away, Chalus 10kms, St Matthieu 12kms. For the hypermarkets we would recommend St. Junien about 40 mins away with a Hyper U, Le Clerc, Lidl etc etc!

Further Details:

Vimpere is in the heart of the Perigord/Limousin Natural park and trees and lakes are plentiful. There are at least four leisure lakes within easy reach which provide beach areas for swimming and kayak or pedalo hire. There is a fishing lake 2kms away where you can fish for carp, roach and trout for 6€ a day or perhaps just stop for a picnic lunch by the lakeside. We have two chateaux nearby which are open to visitors and are on the route taken by Richard the Lionheart at the end of the 12th century. I must mention the Chateau de Montbrun, rebuilt in the 15th century it is reputedly the last chateau visited by Richard the Lionheart before his death. It has been restored to a very high standard by the present owner. I do the hourly tours of the chateau each afternoon from 2pm-6pm, tickets are 10€ for adults and 5€ for children under twelve. Or why not visit Limoges with its historic buildings, museums, modern shops and porcelain production. There is a small sightseeing train which will take you around the old quarter. Oradour sur Glane the village of the martyrs destroyed by the Germans in WW11 is a worthy if sobering place to visit. About half an hour away is the small town of Piegut, quiet and sleepy most of the week but on Wednesday morning it is packed with market stalls selling everything from moules to baskets, pottery to mattresses! Sit at one of the cafes with a coffee and people watch and then buy your baguette and cheese for lunch but remember to get there early, it all starts to close up at midday for the traditional long french lunchtime!Throughout the summer there are frequent evening markets in some of the local towns, food producers set up stalls to sell their wares, you will find many varieties of meat, cheese, wine, beer and usually a stall serving chips and bread! You are invited to buy your dinner and have it cooked on one of the barbecues. Then sit and eat at the trestle tables, enjoying live music as the sun goes down.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
25 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking and the balance to be paid six weeks before the holiday, we use Paypal for these transactions as it is a quick and safe way to complete a booking. The £250 refundable deposit against damages will be requested separately one week before your holiday, this will be returned via Paypal after the property has been checked. Deductions from the deposit will be made if the house requires extra cleaning after your departure.

Changeover Day:
We prefer changeover day to be a Saturday in high season but we can be more flexible at other times. We ask that you plan your arrival for after 4pm and your departure by 11am. But we are prepared to be flexible, please ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We are not a gite complex so you are not sharing a peaceful location with others or all trying to use the pool at the same time! If you are looking for quiet, then we are certain you will find it here. Sometimes, sitting outside, all you can hear are the birds. The living areas inside the house are light and airy and there is so much outside space you need never feel over crowded. At the same time we are not far from amenities and places of interest and the roads are so quiet it is almost a pleasure to travel around! In addition, we would love to cook for you. Ruth was a chef in her previous life and we have developed a selection of menus using fresh, local ingredients. We may not have a restaurant within walking distance but we have something even better!

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Toilet is separate from Bathroom
  • Large family bathroom with a bath which has a shower attachment, handy for hair washing and a separate spacious shower cubicle. Heated towel rail and a wash hand basin. The wc is separate.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) plus a cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe and bookcase. Bedroom 2 with french style double bed, victorian washstand and large wardrobe. Bedroom 3 with twin beds, chest of drawers and wardrobe. We also have a cot and a highchair available


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • Notes on accommodation: Our aim is that you have a comfortable and relaxing holiday. So why not book a freshly cooked meal for your day of arrival so you can relax after your long journey and get your holiday off to the right start? We have compiled a selection of menus from which choose, these are flexible and if your favourite dish is not there I am always happy to discuss your requirements. Heating. For the cooler months, we do have oil fired central heating but as oil is expensive we have to make an extra daily charge of 10€ for use of the heating. There is a logburner in the lounge and we are happy to supply logs for this.

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