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Large, Spacious, Single Level Gite With Private Pool And Stunning Country Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Chalus, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France - Tranquil Hamlet, 5 Minutes Drive From Chalus Town With Supermarkets, Restaurants Etc

Close to the historic town of Châlus, on the Richard the Lionheart route, just 5 minutes drive from the Dordogne and 45 minutes drive from the beautiful capital of the Dordogne Perigueux. Chalus is just 25 minutes from the historic City of Limoges world famous for it's porcelain. Our property is perfect as a base to explore the region, for families and friends looking for a relaxing outdoor holiday. Gouhaut is the perfect location for walkers, runners and cyclists with quiet roads, stunning views and abundant nature. Leisure facilities can be found close by including tennis courts and plan d'eau's where more vigorous activities such as tree top walks, zip wires and vela rail can be found. Our property has a heated pool which fully complies with all security requirements featuring a safety gate and fence around the pool area. The property has a large south facing patio ideal for al fresco dining and has a large barbecue. We welcome well behaved pets (maximum 2 dogs).

Mel Leishman
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Mel Leishman

Alan & Melanie divide their time between the UK and France. Melanie is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Manchester and Alan works in IT Services.

They bought Gouhaut in 2007 and with the help and support of Mel's parents have renovated the old barn adjoining their property and created a holiday home they are truly proud of.

Mel Leishman purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Mel Leishman chose Châlus

Alan and Mel fell in love with the rural tranquility of the area, the unspoilt countryside and the abundant nature. The Limousin enjoys proper seasons, green in the spring, hot in the summer, brown in the Autumn and absolutely freezing in the winter!

There is so much to see and do in the area, details of which can be found in the property.

They are both keen outdoors people. Mel cycles and runs miles on the unbelievably quiet roads in the region, whilst Alan can often be found fishing (or sleeping) by one of the thousands of small ponds or lakes in the area. The Limousin is one of the carp fishing capitals of the world and is often referred to as 'the French lake district'.

The area is easily accessible, being only a short flight from the UK and a short drive from the local airp

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our beautiful gite is conveniently located and fully equipped to ensure you have a relaxing, comfortable holiday. The original thick stone walls and ventilation system maintain a comfortable temperature even in the hottest of weather.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Châlus in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • The main family bathroom, annexed to family bedroom contains shower cubicle and roll top bath. All other bedrooms have ensuite shower and toilet facilities and are finished to the highest standard.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) + Cot bed Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Family room with King size double bed, Bedroom 2 - Large room with King size double bed has French doors opening on to patio, Bedroom 3 - Large room with twin beds, Bedroom 4 - Large room with twin beds. Memory foam topped comfy mattresses.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: There are steps from the patio to access garden and pool area.The Gite is adjoined by the owners house who will not usually be in residence during 2014 whilst guests are in the gite. If they are in residence, they will not disturb your privacy at all. The pool will be maintained during your stay. Outside: Comfortable, high quality rattan furniture (2 tables and 8 chairs) with 2 large parasols are provided for use on the terrace, 8 sun loungers, 4 small drinks tables and 4 smaller parasols are provided poolside. There is a private 8m x 4m heated swimming pool. The pool is 1.5m deep with a Roman end and large steps. There is also a large charcoal barbeque. A badminton set and a set of boules is provided for playing in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels including pool towels will be provided. All bed linen provided and a change of linen and towels will be provided for customers staying for two weeks.


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Large, Spacious, Single Level Gite With Private Pool And Stunning Country Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent 2 week break, the gite was perfect for us, all the mod cons, and location good for exploring the region. Loads of walking routes in the area, and the cottage has a great patio and pool for chilling after a days romp.

Very quiet, no one around, and best of all no light pollution, the night sky is fantastic.

The test is... We ask ourselves whether we would come back, the answer is "Yes".

Thank you Mel and Al for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear James. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are thrilled that you had a lovely time (despite the dodgy weather!). We hope to see you again in the future. 😊
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Macclesfield England

Fabulous stay in a fabulous property.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were lucky enough to celebrate my 50th birthday with friends in this beautiful location.

We flew to Limoges airport, picked up hire car and set off. .. As we got nearer to the gite, our stresses from UK life melted away as we drove through the beautiful countryside.

The gite is even nicer than the website 'photos. It's lovely and airy, beautifully furnished with delightful views from the huge kitchen- the local supermarket stocks everything you could want- and has a smashing wine selection!

So with the American fridge stocked, we poured some wine and relaxed on the terrace. It has a fabulous view of the brilliant pool and countryside- and we spent most evenings savouring that view.

The bedrooms are beautifully furnished and have good quality bed linen. Which lead to a week of perfect nights sleep.

The gite is perfectly situated to be able to drive to many different places of interest. I can recommend Brantôme- where I spent a memorable birthday, lunching in the shadow of a fabulous chateau.

Mel and Al were wonderful. They provided lots of information, both in the extensive file and in person. We were lucky enough to share a few bottles of recommended wine with them too!

I would return in a heartbeat- a truly wonderful place.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Manchester, United Kingdom

Fabulous Gite in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Gite with our two young children and our very close friends. The Gite is very clean, spacious and modern with some lovely original features for added character.

We spent a few days by the pool enjoying the sunshine in the peaceful surroundings and many times eating al fresco on the patio while the children could safely play in the garden as the pool was separated by a safety gate. Mel and Al were fantastic, the information file in the Gite directed us to some beautiful places, would highly recommend Brantôme, absolutely stunning little place. The Gite is in a fabulous location, a short drive from lamoges airport, very rural but with a great supermarket and Boulangerie a short drive away to get your fresh bread and essentials. Would highly recommend staying here, the only disappointing thing was having to leave to get back to reality at home.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Five star. And more!

  • 5 of 5

The gite is absolutely delightful and in a gorgeous region of la belle France which we hadn't visited before. The accommodation is spacious, beautifully furnished, with quality gear and appliances (including super comfy beds!!) — luxury all round. An idyllic rural retreat, with only birdsong and the odd tractor breaking the silence. There can be few things finer than sitting on the terrace looking at the lush countryside with a glass of something chilled. About as near to heaven as you can get. Alan and Mel are perfect hosts too. Absolutely highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful holiday in a calm picturesque setting

  • 5 of 5

On arrival I was struck with the delightfully quiet and calm setting. For miles you can see lush green fields, cows grazing and the sound of silence punctuated by birds singing. The accommodation was perfect. Extremely spacious, a separate bathroom for each guest, huge open plan lounge and kitchen/diner. All the mod cons you could need. Fabulous huge outside terrace, which we regularly barbecued at with the family. Extremely good sized well maintained garden that my 11 month old son was safe to play in. A lovely sized pool, offering several comfy loungers and parasols, which was a welcome break from the scorching heat.

Couldn't fault the accommodation or area. Also a nice short 20 min drive from the airport, close to a local supermarket and petrol station, and a nice leisurely drive from brantome (well worth a day out). Can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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West Yorkshire

A fantastic family get away

  • 5 of 5

It's been 18 months since our visit to The Gouhaut in Chalus and we are just checking availability for a return visit. The house is perfect to relax and is in such a scenic part of the world. Anyone paying a visit should have a tour round Perigueux which is stunning in summer, lunch by the river was a great experience. A hire car is recommended and transport links from Limoges can get you anywhere in France, we enjoyed days out travelling to Bordeux by train. A fantastic holiday location for either young families, or older couples looking to relax, the house easily caters for both.

A last word for the hosts who catered for all our needs and more, really looking forward to going back.

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Car: necessary


25 minutes drive from Limoges Airport. 7 hours drive from Calais.


5 minutes drive from Chalus, 25 minute drive from Limoges, 45 minute drive from Perigueux, 45 minute drive from Brantome, 30 minute drive from Oradour sur-Glane.

Further Details:

Supermarkets, restaurants, shops and banks can be found in Chalus town which is a 5 minute drive from our property.

The area is superb for cyclists, runners and walkers.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Châlus, Haute-Vienne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
19 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% must be paid to secure booking by cheque or bank transfer and the balance must be settled eight weeks prior to arrival.

In addition, a £250 security deposit is required which will be refunded within 14 days following departure.

Changeover Day:
All changeovers occur on a Saturday, arrivals no earlier than 4pm. Departure by 10am, however, the owners will aim to be as flexible as possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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