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A Terraced Riverside House With Stunning Views Located Alongside A Tranquil Park



Updated: 14-Sep-2016
Les Hirondelles, Bellac, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France - Situated In A Conservation Area By A Medieval Bridge With Views To The Town Beyond

A totally renovated terraced house with uninterrupted views across the park and river to the medieval town of Bellac on the hill. The property is on 3 floors with 2 bedrooms, bathroom, large open plan kitchen, dining and living area On the lower ground floor there is an entrance hall, a separate WC, and a laundry area with washing machine and ironing facilities. At the rear of the property there is a lawned area for al fresco meals and barbecues.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

We retired in 2001 from our retail sports business in the west country of England. We had always loved visiting different countries on holiday and so we bought a motorhome and spent several months at a time exploring Europe. Our interests then were involved with anything to do with water and snow and for many years we indulged our passion for subaqua diving and ski-ing. Although we no longer dive, we still enjoy our annual ski-ing trip. We have 3 grown up children and 6 grandchildren in England and we love having them on holiday with us in Bellac. There are so many lovely places to take them plus of course the fun times we have on our local river or the nearby lakes.We are now permanently resident in France and live next to the gite.

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19 Reviews

based on 19 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned after a wonderful week stay in this lovely Gite. Everything was as discribed on Owners Direct and the communication with the owners (Viv and Rodger) was second to non. The setting of the property is in the most fantastic spot by the river looking up to the church and old town. The Gite is excellent in every way extremely clean, well maintained and the garden is a perfect spot to dinner in. We had such a wonderful time and thank you to Viv and Rodger for helping to make it that. Hope to see you all soon.

Paul, Karen and Ethan

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure having you as neighbours for a short time. The perfect guests and please to let Ethan know that the Coypu has been seen several more times since you left. Hopefully you'll visit again to stay or if just passing through.
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August Summer holiday in France

  • 5 of 5

Family of 4

We had a lovely stay in a very tranquil Location. The owners live next door and were simply the best hosts you could wish for.. Lovely garden with great views, but still private.

The house is a good layout and worked well for us, plenty of space. Anything we needed & more.

Would recommend and would return to stay ourselves.

Food good in a close by quiet bar.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What lovely comments - thank you so much. It was lovely having you both and your gorgeous boys to stay and we are very pleased that you had a good time.
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Lovely Gite - Great for Cyclists

  • 5 of 5

Excellent spotless facilities - gite lovingly restored with attention to detail. Hosts Vivienne and Roger really care about their guests, starting with a generous welcome hamper, and helpful and friendly throughout the week. Location great - 10 min walk uphill for the morning croissants and town centre, and off into the country just around the corner. The garden (shared with hosts) is delightful and we were invited to help ourselves to tomatoes, herbs and grapes from it.

Bikes are put downstairs in the hallway - there is plenty of room and no steps. The surrounding countryside provides great days out, among them approx 40 mile round trips to Oradour-sur-glane and Lac St Pardoux. Plenty of steady gradients and also shade along the way on the minor roads. Very little traffic, even for France, and good road surfaces. Perfect for cyclists!

Thoroughly recommended - would like to return ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for the lovely review. we didn't realise that it was so ideal for cyclists. Please recommend us to any cycling buddies!
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Liked it so much the first time, we came back!

  • 5 of 5

Took my mum to Bellac as I wanted her to experience the beautiful location and fabulous hospitality that my husband and I had, two years ago. We were not let down! Beautiful gite and gardens (shared) with wonderful views over the valley and town. Stairs are steep as very old building but even "me olde mum" was happy to take on the challenge.

Vivienne and Roger were outstanding hosts and could not do enough to make our stay the best ever. Thank you!!

Would highly recommend this clean, characterful and welcoming accommodation which has gorgeous views over gardens and river. Even has a nice little restaurant within a few metres of the front door!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christine for the lovely comments. It wasn't difficult being lovely to you and your Mum as you are the perfect guests. I haven't forgotten to send you the lovely photo of you both but I am in Bath now at my sisters and I don't have my laptop with me only the Apple iPad. With fondest wishes Vivienne
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very relaxing week at this beautifully restored house. The owners, Vivienne and Roger, have provided everything you could possibly need. They made us feel very welcome and their knowledge of the area was extremely useful to us.

The view to the front of the property, overlooking the river with the town beyond, is idyllic. The lovely garden to the rear is just perfect for relaxing in.

With restaurants, bars and shops nearby, it's the perfect location for a great holiday.

Thanks once again to Vivienne and Roger.

Joy and Kev.......Leicestershire

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It was a real pleasure welcoming you to Bellac and we enjoyed your company.
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Attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this beautiful house and could easily have stayed longer, The house is in a lovely setting and the hosts, Vivienne and Roger, could not have been more welcoming, helpful and friendly. Bellac is a charming little town, set above the beautiful Vincou river. There is a good selection of restaurants in the town and surrounding area; we particularly enjoyed La Marmite in Le Dorlat. We were also spoilt by the many walks in the area, both in the town and surrounding countryside. The train station at Bellac is a bonus that makes visiting both Limoges and Poitiers a treat if you want a break from driving. A truly wonderful house in a superb location!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: smashing review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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From the Owner

It was in 2003 while we were en route back to England from Italy when an untypical day of torrential rain prompted us to stop overnight in Bellac during the annual National Musical Festival. Late evening when the rain had stopped and it was warm and humid, we went for a stroll in the town and felt a charm that was difficult to analyse. The following day we explored the mediaeval quarters and then discovered the town was actually perched above a tranquil river that winds its way through the valley below. We were hooked and the following year we returned and bought our riverside properties. 9 years later we have no regrets and simply love this stunning region of France and the warmth of the people.Tourists haven't really discovered it yet which makes it extra special!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : LIMOGES at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : CAFE PONT DE LA PIERRE at 8 Metres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 480 Kilometres Nearest Golf : MORTEMART at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bellac at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A20 at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : CAFE PONT DE LA PIERRE at 8 Metres Nearest Beach : Saint Pardoux Lakes at 26 Kilometres Car: recommended


There is a large recreational lake at Saint Pardoux (16 miles) for boating, canoeing, swimming, walking, cycling and an adventure park through the tree canopy. The lake has 3 separate beaches which are lifeguard controlled in July and August.


Limoges airport with Ryanair and Flybe flights from several Uk airports is 35 minutes drive away with car hire available from the airport. However, the owners can arrange transport to and from the airport. The train station in Bellac connects to Paris and the Eurostar via Poitiers. By road it is excellent travelling by either national roads or motorways from the Channel ferry ports i.e. Calais (411 miles) or Le Havre (323 miles)


Limoges 25 miles. Poitiers 60 miles. Oradour sur Glane 18 miles. The Hills of Blond 6 miles. La Rochelle 121 miles

Further Details:

This area is the "green region" of France thanks to the abundance of woodland and rivers and far too many lakes to count! It is dotted with sleepy villages and is steeped in history and you are never far from the sight of the russet coloured Limousin cows. Limoges (25 miles) is famous for it's porcelaine and enamel industry and has many fine buildings and museums as befits a regional centre. Saint Junien (21 miles) is a very pleasant town which is renowned for it's glove making for the high end fashion industry. Both towns are worth a visit. If history is your interest, a visit to Oradour sur Glane (18 miles) will be memorable as well as the ruins of a Roman town near Rochechouart (27 miles). Sporting interests are also well catered for in the area. Due to the hilly nature of the Haute Vienne, cycling can be challenging and is really for the Bradley Wiggins amongst you. However, there are some lovely cycle routes in the area that are less demanding. There are several horse riding centres nearby where 2/3 day trekking excursions can be arranged. Fishing is available right outside the door, but there are many other opportunities locally. A licence will need to be purchased.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The changeover day is usually Saturday but subject to availability, it may be flexible. The property will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival and you will be required to vacate by 10.00am

A 20% non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of booking with the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival. A refundable deposit of £150 to cover possible accidental damage will be added to the final balance. Following a favourable inspection at the end of the stay, this will be refunded within 7 days,

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From the Owner

This perfect location combines semi-rural life with the convenience of a town within walking distance. Step out of the door into a pretty landscaped park which extends over both sides of the river. It features a boules pitch, picnic benches, fishing platforms as well as a small play area for children. The 13th century bridge spans the river and downstream there is a charming walk through the small gorge. We are very close to open countryside too and marked walks are literally on our doorstep. Bellac is in the very heart of France and situated halfway between the Channel ports and the Mediterranean.This makes an ideal spot to spend a short break. Driving here is a real pleasure on excellent, quiet roads.

Property Type

  • house


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Satellite / Cable


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • river
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc and basin. Separate WC on lower ground floor


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 overlooking the river, has twin beds, a wardrobe and good storage. Bedroom 2 with view over the garden, has a double bed, a wardrobe and good storage.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: The owners live next door. There is internet available free of charge by arrangement with the owners. It is a 10 minute uphill walk or a 5 minute drive to the town centre where there is a small supermarket as well as a good range of shops and restaurants. However larger supermarkets are located on the outskirts of town. Also in the town there is a modern theatre, cinema, open-air swimming pool, tennis courts and numerous boules pitches. The downhill walk back to the river is charming! Outside: Outside at the rear of the property the garden is lawned and there is a separate sitting area for sunny breakfasts. There is a barbecue available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included and are changed weekly. Other: The large entrance hall on the ground floor provides a useful space for bicycles etc. There is also a separate WC and washbasin. We have recently installed a washing machine, iron and ironing board for your convenience.

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