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Charming Cottage with pool situated in the countryside of the Loire Valley

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Private 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Country House

Gite du Lavande is on the borders of the Auvergne, Limousin and Centre Region, is ideally situated to explore an area full of history, charm and beauty.

Within half an hour's drive you can discover castles and chateaux, picturesque historical market towns and villages, swimming lakes with sandy beaches and cafés, woodland walks, and plenty of wonderful picnic sites.

Go a little further and you will get more of the same, in any direction.

However, there is no need to go very far. You could simply spend your holiday relaxing at "home" by the pool, sipping chilled local wine, reading your favourite books and cooking up a delicious BBQ in the evening. You'll go home feeling refreshed and happy whatever you choose to do.

Gite du Lavande has a private enclosed mature garden which also boasts an above ground swimming-pool , and views over the adjoining fields. the locality is ideal for walking, biking and swimming, or simply a place to relax within its tranquil rural surroundings. Chez Jabier also has the unique feature of having no street lights, making it ideal for star-gazers.

PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL - above ground approx 4.5m, ideal to cool off on a hot sumers day Beach towels can be provided. Inflatables provided.

PLAY GARDEN with playhouse, trampoline,sandpit and slide, outdoor games are available, badminton, boules etc. Enclosed and suitable to let dog off lead.

FLOWER & VEGETABLE GARDENS with edible herbs and salad crops in season, a selectin of herbs are available outside the gite

Hiking and Cycling trails avialable direct from the door.

BEACHES and SWIMMING LAKES Three marvellous local swimming lakes (with fishing as well) within 20 to 35 minutes drive.All lakes have lifeguards in high season and swimming areas are cordoned off for safety, you can hire pedalos, canoes and rowing boats. At Sidiailles there is an adventure in the trees suitable for young and older and also a cafe on site.

GOLF Within 15 mins drive there is a superb international 18 hole course.One at Pouligny Notre Dame and another at Gouzon. There is also a spa at Poligny Notre Dame should you feel the need for a pampering treat.

CYCLING is very popular here in France and there are some excellent cycle routes.

FISHING there are numerous local fishing lakes, where you can get daily permits.

LOCAL CUISINE A wide variety of cuisine is available in our local towns and villages, with menus from 11 euros for 3 to 4 courses.

CHATEAUX and GARDENS and HISTORICAL SITES There are many fabulous places to visit - full details are in the gite

FAMILY ACTIVITIES There are numerous family activities to keep all the family amused, there are two adventure in the trees parks close by, laser shooting, bouncy castles and trampolines, Llama treking, Pony Treking, Zoo de Beauval is the largest zoo in Europe and well worth a visit, Le Pal is a zoo and theme park with rides for all ages a fantastic day out for all the family, Futuroscope is about 2hours drive away, again a fun packed day, closer to home there is the wolf park and giant maze at Guéret, Kayaking and electric boats at St Amand Montrond.

MARKETS Everyone wants to visit a traditional French Market, our closest are Boussac - Thursday morning, St Aout animal market - Tuesday morning, Chateaumeillant - Friday morning and La Chatre- Saturday morning.

Why not try your hand at bartering at one of the many brocantes held on weekend here in France, you will discover some beautiful villages and taste the true meaning of France. Children are well catered for with rides and games to keep them amused. Full details are available in the gite.

More Details

Ann Gorvett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Welsh
Calendar last updated:
28 August, 2017

Why Ann Gorvett chose Saint-Priest-la-Marche

We endeavour to make Gite de Lavande feel like home from, with the intention of the property being suitable for groups of families and friends to enjoy time together in a private and enclosed environment.

What makes this cottage unique

It is wonderful to sit with a glass of local wine when our daughter is in bed & watch swallows & bats swooping over the countryside whilst looking up into the sea of stars, there are no street lights here and therefore it's wonderful for star gazers.. We love the country walks just outside our door , here you stop the car for deer ,pheasant , boar and other wildlife that cross the road. In this part of France it is like the UK maybe 60-70 years ago , a time warp where life is at a relaxed pace. Walking & cycling is a delight in the virtually traffic free lanes & paths around Chez Jabier. Everything about living here is just perfect.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Merci beaucoup! Nous avons passé une super semaine dans votre gite.Tout était parfait: la piscine, la jardin, la terrasse et la maison bien sur.

Ann, Tony & Zoé sont vraiment des hotes merveilleux avec plein d'attentioons tous les jours. Merci pour votre accueil
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Priest-la-Marche in Cher

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets will be charged an extra fee and are not permitted at the pool area, they must not be left unattended in the gite for prolonged periods of time.
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Washbasin, vanity unit
  • Bathroom with multi jet shower, toilet & wash hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed,Bedroom 2 with twin beds.Cot can be provided on request, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables with lamps. Bookcase with selection of books. Views over pool area and garden.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Secured enclosed parking All linen/towels are provided and changed weekly. TV, DVD & CD player. WiFi free connection. Good selection of books, DVDs, CDs and garden games. BBQ Logs available for the woodburner Cycle track and vineyards are on the doorstep. Plenty of maps, walking guides and information leaflets available in the cottage. Babysitting is available at an extra charge with a fully qualified NNEB/ RGN, Bookings for restaurants can be arranged free of charge and if you would like to enjoy an evening out without the worries of driving, a service can be arranged at an extra charge. We just hope you will have a wonderful, happy holiday with us at Gite du Lavande. Outside: There is a private small garden to the side of the gite ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, a patio to the front with table, chairs, parasol and BBQ, plus off road parking. In the main garden you have use of the above ground pool, a play area for younger children including slide & sandpit. Utility Room: There is no washing machine in the gite this year but there is a washing machine avail for use at 2 euros a load. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned to a high standard on the morning before you arrive. Fresh linen & towels are provided for your stay. Your comfort is our goal. We have created restful retreat that you can think of as your home away from home when you’re in the a


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Charming Cottage with pool situated in the countryside of the Loire Valley
average rating of 4.714286 based on 16 reviews

Immaculately clean, private enclosed garden, tranquil and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. The gîte looks even better in real life than the photos. The front garden which extends to the side (with parking) is completely enclosed even for our very small dogs. The garden was full of lavender and birds, bees and butterflies. The rear garden with the pool was lovely and we had it all to ourselves. We even played some swing ball. The gîte had all that we needed. Very comfortable. Ann and family were very accommodating. The info pack in the gîte is a little out of date but Ann was very generous with her recommendations.

The only reason small downside is that the stairs are quite steep and would not be suitable for someone with limited mobility (we would love to bring our aunt her but these stairs would make it impossible.)

We loved seeing the stars at night, visiting the blueberry farm nearby (highly recommended), the pierres de jaumatres were peaceful and unusual. Boussac is a great, small town with some good places to eat. Sidialles lake is lovely with beaches, volleyball, a wooded area, walks, picnic area, play area and a high ropes course.

We felt very comfortable as a gay couple in this bit of rural France. The neighbours and villagers were super welcoming. We stayed as a couple but the gîte is plenty big enough for a family to enjoy.

Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, peaceful and welcoming place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Anne, Tony and Zoe were warm and friendly. The Gite was spotless and had everything you could need for a great stay. The area was peaceful and beautiful. Would defiantly return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet, tranquil, relaxing, ...........

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to spend our two week summer break. It was so quiet, time just flew by. The gite is a little gem, clean and welcoming and has everything and more that you may need during your stay. The owners, Ann and Tony were brilliant, on hand for anything we needed, yet giving us all the space we required. The gardens and pool are the big plus at the gite, very enclosed and private which is great when you have kids. Le Pal Zoo and Adventure Park is well worth a visit as are the local markets at Boussac and La Chatre.

Overall, we've had a superb holiday at the best gite we've stayed at in France. Many thanks to Ann and Tony for your hospitality and the use of your gite!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming gite, great location, lovely hosts

  • 4 of 5

Highly recommended! We had a wonderfu stay at Gite du Lavande with our family.

A beautiful hideaway in tranquil surroundings, yet close to lots of family attractions.

The gite itself is charming, immaculayely clean, well maintained and has everything you could possibly need for your holiday, all provided to a really high standard.

Hosts Tony, Ann & Zoe are delightful, friendly and helpful, nothing is ever too much. They go that extra mile to ensure that the holiday is perfect.

We will definately be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Kevin, Thank you for your kind review for Gite du Lavande, it is truely appreciated. We enjoyed having you and your wondeful family stay with us and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Tony, Ann & Zoe xx
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A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Gite Du Lavandre with our two children aged 7+4 in August 2014. After a long drive we were welcomed warmly by Tony, Ann and Zoe and there was even a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge for us.

The gite was beautiful, well equipped and spotlessly clean. It had been lovingly renovated by Tony and Ann and they really went out of their way to be thoughtful hosts i.e putting children's duvet covers on, pink butterflies for our daughter and a football cover on our son's bed - much to his delight. They had even put out a selection of toys, books and films that they thought our children would enjoy - they particularly liked the swingball. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners. Don't be put off by the fact that the gite is in their garden. They are very discreet- there if you need anything but they do not impose at all. The children loved to go out and see Zoe everyday when she was cleaning the pool - and she was lovely with them.

Our kids loved the pool and we had to tear them away from the gite and the garden. The lake at Sidiailles is a 15 minute drive away and great for swimming, relaxing and hiring boats. Again a popular place to visit with our children.

The gite is very rural and peaceful - time seems to stand still here. It is perfect for a relaxing holiday and worth the drive.

We were all sad to leave. This was Tony and Ann's first season and we wish them all the very best for the future.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Living a hectic life - in the UK, it was wonderful to find ourselves in this unspoilt part of France. The family came out to greet us and provided a welcoming cold beer upon arrival (and a lovely bottle of wine in the fridge for later). They even provided extra items for the baby and when she was found with holly berries in her hand - they picked all the berries from the bush! The house is comfortable and well furnished and we even found they had purchased a gift for the baby. How kind and thoughtful they were! They were discreet and sensitive, we had a wonderful rest and would like to say thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
152 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
447 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Pouligny Notre Dame
Nearest Train
62 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
55 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
207 Kilometres
Super Besse
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Pouligny Notre Dame
Car: necessary


There are plenty of swimming lakes in the area: Sidiailles 10- 15 mins drive away. Herculat 25 mins drive away near Boussac and Chatealus-Malvaleix 25 mins drive away. They have cafes, play areas, beaches, water-sports and swimming.


Caen and Le Havre are about 5 hours drive 300 miles. Calais Eurotunnel is approx 6 hours drive 400 miles. Limoges International Airport is 1 hour 30 mins car hire is available from the airport. Car is essential.


10kms to the Village of Boussac which has a chateau that can be visited throughout the summer months. 2 Supermarkets, cash machines, cafe's, bars & restaurants. Market day is Thursday morning up until midday. 10Kms to St Sévére sur Indre with local bakers, small supermarket/cash machine Jour du Fete museum.

28km to La Chatre - large market town, 4 large supermarkets, market Saturdays 9-12pm.

Further Details:

Located in the very centre of France yet only 90 minutes from Limoges International airport, on the boundaries of the Cher, Indre, Creuse (Limousin) and Allier Departments, you will find 'Chez Jabier' surrounded by Chateaus, Medieval towns, Ancient sites and many warm and friendly villages.

As yet, this is a relatively undiscovered part of France. Perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life. With Sunflower fields around every corner and sleepy villages along every lane. The cottage is set in over an acre of land with the Grand Chateau a short stroll along the lane, and local towns offering modern amenities - banks, shops, restaurants, leisure centre etc - 10 mins in either direction.

There are plenty of things to do in the area whether it be swimming at the local lakes complete with life guards, beaches, pedalos, canoeing and picnic areas, horse and llama riding or visiting the modern leisure centre in town with water slides, children's pools and outdoor pools. Walking and cycling are also very popular locally and the area has many well mapped walking trails.

Golfing is available at the nearby 4 star hotel/golf course. Access to the golf course with all the facilities offered by a 4 star hotel is within a 10 minute drive. The green fees are incredibly low for the quality of the course, and with an idilyic setting a brilliant setting for a round of golf.

The cottage offers views across the valley to the rolling hills and forests surrounding area, with a vast amount of Flora and Fauna in the immediate area and many birds, including birds of prey, deer and wild boar.

One of the most popular leisure activities at Chez Jabier is relaxing by the pool, enjoying a bottle of locally produced wine and watching the sun set across the valley.

If you are looking to buy a property in Central France this will be an excellent base with help and advice for you to find the necessary legal assistance.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Priest-la-Marche, Centre

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
29 Oct 2017 - 25 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid Season
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £90
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Out of season you can book the whole gite for nightly stay for that out of season break.
During cooler months we offer electric heating at an extra charge of £70 per week.
First basket of wood for the wood burner is included in the price any further wood is charged at 5 euros per basket to be paid directly to the owner.

Changeover Day:
Check in is from 4pm and Check out is by 10am - alternative arrangements maybe available - please ask in advance of check out date. Change over days are flexible but are normally Saturday, depending on bookings in the month.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the gite and not per person and includes all linen & towels, first basket of logs for the fire.
During July & August the prices are for 7 days, for any extra days e.g 10 days the weekly price will apply plus a nightly cost of £70 for the whole gite.
Babysitting is available by a qualified british registered NNEN /RGN. Children's activities are organised on certain days of the week.
Any reservations you would like to make we would be more than happy to help out.

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.
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