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Cottage With Stunning Views Of The Creuse Countryside From Private Terrace

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Chambon sur Voueize, Creuse - Peaceful Location, Perfect For Week Long Holidays, Weekend Getaways Or House Hunting Visits

Gite Etoile Bleu was renovated in 2012. A detached stone built cottage situated near the owner's house. Whilst the original oak beams & bread oven have been left exposed, the quality accommodation is modern and spacious. Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Creuse, it offers a peaceful environment for those who want to get away from it all. The hamlet of Marmouret has only 6 houses (including the gite) and our property is at the end of a no through lane. The open view with big, ever changing sky will surely be a source of inspiration to any artist - writer, painter, sculptor, needleworker etc.

Elaine Forster
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 May, 2018

About Elaine Forster

We are Martin & Elaine. Our first visit to the Creuse was in April 2011 and it left us totally bowled over. When we saw this property and its location, we just knew we had to retire, sell up in the UK and relocate as soon as possible - we had already intended doing this at some point. By mid- November we were here!

Elaine Forster purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Elaine Forster chose Tardes

The peace and tranquillity first and foremost but also the opportunity to leave behind the daily grind and try our hands at a new venture. The Creuse has forests and lakes aplenty and you are more likely to come across the wildlife than another person when you take to the lanes and tracks on foot or bicycle. However, when you do stumble upon another person, you will find them to be welcoming and helpful.

What makes this cottage unique

By day, the views from the terraces are of unspoilt, open countryside. In the evening, the sunsets are truly amazing and then, in the absence of light pollution, the night sky shows so many stars it takes your breath away. We look forward to sharing it all with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our holiday was tranquil and the gite was beyond our expectations. It was only with reluctance that we left after a very relaxing and enjoyable 2 weeks - Oh and Yes we would go again. Maybe again and again..." Roby from Rome, August 2012

"Thank you both so very much for your delightful friendship during our week's stay. All our best wishes & happiness to your successful life in gorgeous France." Cal & Paul, Bath, August 2012

"The sunsets and the vast starry skies exceeded our expectations! Such peace & tranquility! Thanks Elaine & Martin, your gite was perfect!"

Alyssa & Nick, Derby, September 2012

"Our first stay in a gite & we found it very relaxing with lots of home comforts & a fantastic shower." Rochelle & Paul, Carmarthenshire, Wales, May 2013

"A week of mixed weather but great hospitality. Thank you for such a peaceful place to stay." Robin & Eileen, North Yorksire, June 2013

"Fabulous gite full of thoughtful touches, thank you." Caroline & Keith, Devon, June
May 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Tardes in Creuse

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Well appointed luxury shower room with basin & WC. Access from bedroom. Electric socket, heated towel rail, hair dryer. Storage area for vacuum cleaner, iron & ironing board and basic cleaning items.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: A large bedroom with king-size bed and the possibility of a cot for an infant. High vaulted ceiling with Velux window gives a light & airy feel. Hanging space and large chest of drawers for storage. Door through to shower room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The house is a non-smoking property but you are free to smoke on the terrace. We do not accept pets. Outside: Private terrace with table, chairs, loungers, barbecue, hot tub/jacuzzi [seasonal]. Herb garden for your use. Utility Room: Guests are free to use my washing machine if required. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen, towels, bath robes, bath mat, tea towels, oven glove & apron are provided and changed weekly. Cleaning is the responsibility of the tenant until departure when a full clean will be carried out. Please leave the gite as clean & tidy as possible. Other: Dining table with 4 chairs in the kitchen/diner. Picnic hamper and Thermos flask provided for days out around the area. Towels for outdoor use - hot tub, lake, swimming pool etc - are also provided.


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Cottage With Stunning Views Of The Creuse Countryside From Private Terrace
average rating of 4.857143 based on 22 reviews

Absolutely lovely!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay (the only gite to which we've ever returned) and it didn't disappoint.

Beautiful views, tranquil setting and very well appointed accommodation.

The owners are lovely, and the welcome basket of breads, pastries, jams etc was very much appreciated after a long drive.

The hot tub is great, and makes for a great, relaxing end to the day.

We loved it...again!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Nicola. It was good to see you both again and we are delighted to hear that you chose Gite Etoile Bleue as the first gite to return to in 20 years of gite holidays. That truly means a lot to us!
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Peace, quiet and starry nights

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this lovely place. The gite is very clean, modern and well-equipped. Elaine and Martin are perfect hosts and had a thoughtfully provided a welcome pack of essentials to help us settle in. The area is very peaceful and we spent a lot of our time relaxing and recharging our batteries. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing week.

  • 5 of 5

Just what we needed - a lovely, quiet retreat to recharge the batteries. This is the first gite we have used and it certainly lived up to our expectations. Second to last on a lane with stunning views of the French countryside, its location was perfect. The 'Welcome Pack' of food was also a lovely touch. Thoroughly recommended - we shall return.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location with every thing you could ask for.

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at this beautiful gite Elaine and Martin welcomed us, it didn't take long to discover what nice people they are and good fun. Elaine had prepared a welcome basket of supplies for us which meant we didn't have to rush off out to get shopping etc, just as well because the nearest shops are about 12 km/7 miles away in a lovely little town called Chambon.

The gite was spotlessly clean with every thing you could possibly need. The views are breath taking and so quiet, ideal for walking or if not quite as fit just to relax and admire the gorgeous landscape. Elaine and Martin are great hosts and full of fun. We also met a couple of neighbours who also were very hospitable. We are hoping to return next year providing my health permits.

Thanks Elaine and Martin we really enjoyed our stay and hope to see you next year.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We LOVED this gite!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this gite. The owners were lovely, the gite stunning, the hot tub luxurious and the location was perfect for us.

We loved exploring the area, and had regular drinks at the bar in Chambon.

The gite terrace was great for chilling out by day and star gazing by night. It had everything we needed, including a very comfy bed, and a gorgeous bathroom with walk-in shower.

We've stayed in many gites over the years; this was one of the very best.


  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely little gite, perfect for a couple who like a "get away from it all" break.

  • 5 of 5

The property is a very pretty little French cottage. It is so quiet and the views were beautiful. The owners were very friendly and helpful and the cottage had everything we needed...it really was a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Chambon sur Voueize
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Chambon sur Voueize
Car: necessary


Lac de Vasiviere, the largest man made lake in France, with its beaches, walks, tree top assault course & water sports, is a 90min drive. Other lakes nearby include those at Gueret and La Souteraine with beaches and lifeguards.

There are various fishing lakes, including a fishing school in Betete [50km] The Etang des Landes nature reserve is 15mins drive.


Limoges airport [served by Ryanair and Flybe] is 90 minutes away as is Clermont-Ferrand airport [flybe, airFrance], car hire is recommended and is available at the airport. Paris 3.5 hours drive. Channel ports are approximately 7 hours drive.

Further Details:

Gueret, the regional capital, is 50km away. Here you will find larger supermarkets & small shops in the pedestrianised centre. Also a botanic garden, art & archaeological museums. Close by are the wolf sanctuary of Chabrieres and the Labyrinthe Geante.

Montlucon [45km] has an olympic size swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and outside pool for summer use. A swimming pool, sauna, steam bath & gym are available in the nearby thermal spa town of Evaux les Bains [16km].

The UNESCO site of Aubusson and its tapestry is 35km away.

All in all, something for everybody. Whether you want to relax or exercise, culture, history and nature are on our doorstep.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Special Offer
Book 2 weeks 8-22 September 2018 for £650

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.