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Medieval Watch Tower In Town Location With Superb Views And Private Heated Pool



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
House in Bellac, Limousin, France - Rural France With Access To Historic Towns, Woodlands, Fishing And Horseriding

This large family house perched on the ramparts of the medieval town combines tranquillity with walking access to restaurants, range of shops and bars, public swimming pool and tennis courts. The accommodation comprises 4 bedrooms, sitting room with study area, large dining room with adjacent fully fitted kitchen, laundry room and cellar. The stone walls, wooden beams, wood burner and furniture offer a cosy but airy environment for family celebrations. The thick walls and natural ventilation keep the house cool in the summer. The terraced gardens offer a choice of sun and shade for relaxing and dining. The front garden with fig trees and external kitchen provides a shaded area for midday meals. The rear terrace, overlooking the valley, is a stunning breakfast location. The heated swimming pool also benefits from the views The adjacent decking area is partially shaded. The house is equipped with central heating, satellite TV, high speed wifi internet access throughout house and garden.

  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a retired Director of Education who has taken early retirement to spend the summer months in the sunshine developing wonderful old properties and growing vegetables. My wife joins me as much as she can before she retires in a few years time. My daughter likes to spend time in Bellac when she is resting (an actor).

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a really good break in your lovely house and came away with some intrigue, feeling we had barely only scratched the surface of French rural life. The house was not lacking in any respect whatsoever and we loved every aspect of it. Anne & Martin Gordon (Summer 2012)

We have rented houses in France on a number of occasions and this is the best equipped house by far and in a superb location for all members of the family. Carol O'Shea (Summer 2012)
Jan 2012
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic historic accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Well!, well! - what does one say about the ‘Watchtower’ at Bellac?

There are not sufficient superlatives to describe it: splendid, idyllic, sumptuous, grand, gorgeous, picturesque, comfortable do not do it justice!

The ‘Kaye family’; grandchildren, grown up children and ourselves spent a family holiday there in August 2015 and it proved idea for all ages and all tastes. The amenities of the ‘Watchtower’ were equal to our own abode in many respects with a fine kitchen, computer, videos, C.D, music tapes, a fine assortment of books and virtually everything that one might require except possible a hollow glass walking stick for holding very small red flannel shirts and an appropriately dressed ‘French maid’.

Bellac itself is an ideal location for a holiday: thirty minutes from the airport and a typical small provincial town: it is not ‘over-run’ with tourists and the shops and restaurants are good and reasonably priced.

The owner, who is usually resident in the town, is helpful, informative and courteous.

The residence itself is furnished to a very high standard and scrumptiously clean and we have no hesitation whatsoever in giving it virtually 100% in every respect - real 5 star top grade holiday accommodation

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your review, great. Sorry for taking time to reply but I have been off line for a few days following yet another storm!!!! Best wishes to you all and I hope to welcome you again sometime.
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Fantastic house and location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a family holiday a couple of years ago. The house is stunning, and beautifully cool in hot weather. Lots of places to sit on very comfy chairs in the garden, and plenty of toys for the pool. House is beautifully furnished with more than enough crockery, cutlery etc. No true of everywhere we have stayed. The location is stunning, Bellac is a great town with plenty of shops , cafes, and restaurants and is big enough to have a real working life. Fishing in the river 5 minutes walk away resulted in lots of fish being caught and many happy afternoons. Was a great location for either staying put and enjoying the house and town and immediate countryside, or sightseeing further afield. Must admit we mainly stayed put! The owner is very helpful. We are looking forward to going back, it was held to be the best all round holiday by all the family.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought the property after spending 3 years looking for the ideal location in France to offer us a base for relaxed holidays and family celebrations. We chose a property with character and history, with breathtaking views, very different to our home in the UK. This quiet town location has the necessary amenities and interest for our daughter and yet is a relaxing environment for me and my wife as a contrast to our busy working lives. We have enjoyed developing the house and gardens and hosting many members of the extended family. We have been so taken with the town and easy access from the UK that we have subsequently invested in 2 further neighbouring properties. We now see the opportunity to share the house and supplement my pension in the longer term.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bellac at 300 Metres Nearest Train : Bellac at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bellac at 300 Metres Car: not necessary


Large inland lake at St Pardoux with beach and water sports, 25 minutes by car.


The local airport at Limoges (30 minutes by car) has Ryanair flights from a number of UK destinations and car hire available. Comfortable 4.5 hours driving distance from the Channel port at Caen.


Limoges (40 minutes by car or by local train) with historic cathedral, aquarium, famous porcelaine manufacturers' outlets and museums. Museum of Martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane 30 mins. Poitiers (70 minutes by car or by local train)- historic cathedral, Futuroscope theme park and animal parks. Children's theme park by Limoges airport. Fishing lakes and rivers local.

Loire valley - Tours 2 hour drive, chateaux and vineyards. 2 hours to Bordeaux vineyards, 3 hours to Bergerac vineyards.

Further Details:

Local public swimming pool with flumes within easy walking distance.

Horse riding and fishing available locally. Theatre, cinema.

5 supermarkets, range of local shops (boulangeries, butchers, greengrocers), regular markets, Post Office, library, hairdressers and banks.

Several restaurants, fast food outlets and bars.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
17 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required on booking, balance required 10 days before arrival.
Payment in pounds to UK bank.

Changeover Day:
Saturday change over during high season, flexible change over outside high season.

20% on booking, 100% 30 days before arrival. 20% retained as security deposit

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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From the Owner

Quiet location but easy access to ammenities. No need to use the car once you have arrived. The town is peaceful and safe. Collecting the breakfast baguettes and croissants has become part of our holiday experience that can be enjoyed by all members of the family, young and old. During the day everyone can find their own special place in the house or garden. The private swimming pool has proved very popular with my mother-in-law! Walking to restaurants in the evening is a joy and the journey home is downhill!!!

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Annex bathroom
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with wc, thermostatic shower and basin Family bathroom with large corner bath, shower unit, basin and wc Separate wc and basin adjacent to bedroom 2 Outside wc plus basin, solar heated pool shower.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot, ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, pair of bunk beds and a double sofa bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, In an adjoining annex with ensuite shower/bath room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/11 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one with king sized bed and a single bed, en suite shower room Bedroom two with twin beds (convertable to king size), adjacent cloakroom Bedroom three with twin single beds Bedroom four with bunk beds, double sofa bed and children's play area


  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: As extensive amenities are within easy walking distance (5 minutes), there is no need for a car. However, 2 private car parking spaces are available in the road under the property. A further annex with bedroom, shower room and sitting room is available on request. Outside: Split level gardens with decking area for sunbathing. Private swimming pool (6m x 3m) with a heat pump to maintain a comfortable swimming temperature from May through to October. Dining terrace, overlooking the river Vincou and the 12th century packhorse bridge and views to the church in the neighbouring village of St Sauveur. Front garden with vines and fig trees offers a shaded area for meals with outside kitchen containing barbecue, hob, fridge and water supply. A full set of outside furniture is provided for sunbathing and relaxing and dining. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer, ironing board and iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality towels and bedding supplied, changed weekly. Pool towels provided. Mid-week changes and cleaning available at an additional cost. Other: DVD library and a further DVD, video and CD player available in bedroom 3. Playstation and games, range of books, toys, board games, jigsaws.

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