4 rue du fort, Bellac, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France - Four minutes walk to shops, restaurants and bars. Outdoor pool and tennis courts nearby.
This unique house dates back to the 15th Century and stands on the site of a 10th century chateau in Bellac, a small town between Limoges and Poitiers The house has been carefully conserved by the English owner, retaining original features including floorboards, tiles, fireplaces, panelling and wattle and daub walls. It is situated in the Place d'Eglise where there is ample free parking. There is a small patio garden with views over the Vincou valley.
The next door house is also available for rent.
Details for holiday home Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 2 Bathrooms
The house has a first floor sitting/dining room, with wood burning stove and a Juliet balcony overlooking the Vincou valley. This adjoins the kitchen, which is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker and dishwasher. Limoges crockery and all cooking utensils are provided.
The master bedroom with double bed and view over the valley is on the 2nd floor, where there is also a bedroom with a single bed. The main bathroom with WC, sink and bath with overhead shower is on this floor.
There is a twin bedded room on the 3rd floor.
The fourth bedroom, also twin bedded (including an ancient cot de lit-pretty rare!), is on the ground floor, next to the 2nd bathroom which has a sink, WC and shower. The washing machine is also in this bathroom.
Towels, kitchen and bed linen are provided (the only Ikea evidence in the house).
The stairs in this house are the original spiral ones and so are steep and narrow.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
I have a long background in the conservation of old buildings. I was a director of Nimbus Conservation and was involved in working on the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Wells Cathedral, among many others.
I am an artist and the house includes contemporary pieces of mine and others.
The people in the town have been fabulously welcoming and have made every effort to understand what I'm on about.
Guestbook comments from the owner
This half house is just amazing. It is EXACTLY as per the photos. The medieval era is my favourite for history, and this place lives the dream, except with some of the mod cons. When a heater failed to work we had Help knock on the door almost as soon as I sent off the email. Great service.
Bellac is a great jumping off point for sight-seeing. Oradour is a poignant must see and is very close. Aubusson for tapestry museum and a lovely medieval town; Aulnay and Saintes; Poitiers; Chauvigny; Angles sur L'Anglin; Saint Savin; Montmorillon. The roads are great for driving and Bellac has the cheapest petrol we've seen in France.
Thank you Michael. This has been a spectacular experience.
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From the Owner
“I have always wanted to own and preserve my own medieval house and was delighted to be able to buy our property in Bellac in 2005. It was in a sorry state, and needed urgent structural repair. Parts of the building were on the verge of collapse. I have worked hard there and it has taken much longer than I had imagined, of course. I have maintained as much of the original features as is compatible with modern living, and have added some contemporary twists too. We chose the region as my sister had just moved nearby- she promptly left for Portugal, but we had fallen for the area, which is quiet and rural-another forgotten corner of France.”
Activity and Interests
Lac de St Pardoux is 20 minutes drive away. It has a free beach, cycle paths, sailing and pedaloes.
Eurostar from London St Pancras to Poitiers or Limoges, via Lille or Paris. There is a commuter train between Poitiers and Limoges, which stops at Bellac. The house is 10 minutes walk from the very small railway station.
From Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool or Southampton by Ryanair and Flybe, to Limoges Bellegarde Airport (30 mins by car or taxi to house)
Via ferries to Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg or St Malo. Then a 6-8 hour drive to Bellac.
Ancient villages of Mortemart, Chateauponsac, Montrol Senard and le Dorat all 15-30 minutes away.
Close to the Blond "mountains".
Limoges-30 minute drive. Poitiers-1 hour. (Both easily accessible by train). Futuroscope (great for kids) - one and a half hour drive.
Oradour sur Glane-a village destroyed by the Gestapo, maintained as a moving memorial-25 mins.
There is a tennis court and open air swimming pool with slides a 10 minute walk from the house, a boules pitch by the river a 5 minute walk away. Licensed fishing is available on all the rivers and lakes in the vicinity, and there is a golf course outside the nearby village of Mortemart.
There are many excellent restaurants in the area. The Limousin is famed for its beef, and also has a reputation in France for some of the finest lamb. Although wine is not made locally, the Limousin borders many wine producing regions and therefore offers a wide variety of wines at delightfully low prices.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information
Prices start from £420 for 7 days. Shorter stays are welcome, minimum 2 nights. Please contact us for availability and pricing details or for shorter or longer stays. We ask for a 25% non returnable deposit on booking, the balance due 6 weeks before the stay. Payment is by bank transfer, or cheque, by arrangement. Please consider taking out holiday insurance, as we cannot refund a payment if cancelled within 6 weeks of the holiday date.
The house will be ready by 3 pm on the day of arrival.
We ask that you leave by 10 am on the day of departure. This allows our cleaners to prepare the house for the next guests.
Notes on prices:
Price Range from £420 for a week
(please contact us for pricing details depending on the season)
Prices quoted are for two people. After two people, there is a 5% surcharge for each additional person.
Deposit of 25% will be required, payable on booking. The balance is due 6 weeks before the stay.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“It's a home from home for us. We tried to make the place like a Landmark Trust property, only affordable, and have enjoyed furnishing and decorating a place on a very different scale to our cottage at home in Somerset. There are some quirky touches-some take a bit of seeking out, which we hope people will enjoy doing. We have made friends locally and know where to shop, eat and swim etc. Everything is really accessible and close. We didn't want to have to get in a car in order to buy our morning baguette, or to go out for a meal. The Limousin has the feel of the Cotswolds or the Lake District, but without the traffic and you somehow feel lighter whenever you're there.”
- Dining Area
- pets considered
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Health and Safety (sorry) The house was constructed to the standards of earlier times. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect its particular character but deserve due care and attention, particularly for the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. There are, for example, low beams, some low doorways, steep staircases, uneven floors, and there is a big drop behind the house. We cannot be held responsible for any injury. Outside: There is a small walled terrace garden to the rear, facing south-west with wonderful views over the Vincou valley and the railway viaduct.