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Rural Gites In The Beautiful 3 Lakes Area Of The Creuse Valley



Updated: 03-Nov-2016
Gites de Montinazeau, Near Cheniers France - Peaceful Location Within 15 Minutes Of Lakeside Beaches And Amenities

The Gites offer comfortable and well equipped self-catering accommodation and are perfect for a quiet holiday in the beautiful 3 Lakes area of the Creuse Valley. Each of the Gites in this converted barn are comfortably furnished for four; one double bedroom and one twin with bunk beds; a good sized kitchen/diner and living area with a private deck which includes outside table and chairs overlooking the large shared garden. Set in a very tranquil and rural area, just the Gites, the English owners who are on hand if required for information and assistance and one retired French neighbour, we are surrounded by fabulous countryside where it appears as though time has stood still, dotted with lovely French villages and towns with lots of local markets and places to explore and enjoy. The quiet roads in this area, one of the least populated of France, make any outing a pleasure. An excellent spot for walking, cycling, fishing, wildlife watching, photography, painting..... or just sitting! As this is such a rural location we also benefit from no light pollution, providing fabulous night skies. Bed linen is included in the price but we are unable to offer Towels. High Chair, Travel Cot and a selection of games available on request. The Gites do not have heating, however a portable heater can be made available (there will be a charge for this service).

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having spent over 30 years holidaying throughout France, we finally moved here permanently in April 2012.

We love it here and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

Let us know if you need any further information or assistance and we'll be happy to help.

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I couldn't recommend this property highly enough, it was perfect for our holiday with the extended family with the 3 Gites next to each other. Thank you Andrew and Debbie - we will definitely be returning!"

Anna, May 2014

"The 3 lakes gites are excellent accommodation for a relaxing tranquil holiday in central France. We travelled with one teenager and younger sibling and they had a great time. There is lots to do around the area with quiet man made beaches, walks along beautiful waterways and many markets to browse. We did kayaking and went on a boat trip which was really good. The location and set up of the gite allows the family to really spend quality time together without the normal distractions of 21st century living. Would definitely visit this gite and area again."

Evelyn, August 2014

"Amazing location, wonderful hosts, incredible value."

Matt, May 2014

"Great family holiday..Absolutely loved staying at Le Montinazeau!..."

Hayley, August 2013.

"A wonderful holiday in a wonderful place...Our holiday in Le Montinazeau was a wonderful experience for my whole family. My wife and I loved the peace and quiet, my 3 year old daughter loved the space to be free..."

Billy, August 2013.

"Beautiful countryside, stunning walks, lovely accommodation..."

Sarah, August 2012.
Feb 2014
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful Limousin

  • 4 of 5

A relaxing holiday home.within a beautiful landscape. Friendly and helpful owners. Visit Chenerailles village followed by the afternoon in the Château de Villemontieux. Spend the day at lazing by the river at the Borg d'Hem. The Tuileries de Policy is worth seeing

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A village outside of Cleethorpes/Grimsby in Lincolnshire.

Rustic retreat

  • 4 of 5

On our arrival we were greeted to a very warm welcome by Andrew and Debbie. as we arrived a little later than anticipated they were there to greet us and show us the layout and facilities of the gite. Their knowledge of the area was so helpful it really made our holiday much more enjoyable.Even helped me with my appalling French pronunciation. One thing was outstanding was the fresh eggs that one could purchase from Debbie,s wee chickens.

We would highly recommend this gite to anyone who like peace and tranquillity in glorious countryside.

Thank you Andrew and Debbie for a lovely 2 weeks.

Kind Regards

Frank & Pauline McDermott from Lincolnshire

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay (and the wonderful weather!) and would be happy to welcome you back at any time. Best wishes Andrew & Debbie
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and had a wonderful week in the gite. To be honest when I was looking for our accommodation I wasn't sure if we needed to be nearer local amenities, ie within walking distance for morning pastries but we both enjoyed the tranquility of the gites and it worked well with the hustle and bustle of the cities we stayed in. Supermarket/bakery etc were only 10 minutes drive away and if returning from a day out you always had to drive through a nearby town so all accessible. The accommodation is well kept, clean, tidy and well presented (Andrew's photo's on the walls). You have your own decking space overlooking the large garden. It was so relaxing just listening to the birds and watching them and the butterflies move around. Andrew and Debbie are wonderful hosts, on hand for any questions about the area or problems. There was a problem with the shower (out of their control) and it was resolved very calmly, so thanks again for a memorable week Montinazeau.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure having you here and you can be assured of a warm welcome should you decide to return at any time. Best wishes, Andrew & Debbie
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Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

If you’re looking to get away from it all, this Gite is perfect. The accommodation is rustic and charming and fully absorbed in the most beautiful countryside.

The area is typically rural France with a gentler pace of life. Andrew and Debbie are always on hand if you need assistance and have left plenty of idea’s for days out.

The Gite is set in a group of three, which is ideal if you wish to holiday with your friends. The gardens are beautiful, with its own wild meadow. The children loved running round and chasing butterfly’s.

The Gite also comes with a selection of garden toys (swing ball, boules, etc) which the children loved so much I had to buy on our return.

I couldn't recommend this enough and would recommend your email Andrew and Debbie if you need to know anything before you book.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and would be happy to welcome you back at any time.
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From the Owner

We chose this area because of its natural beauty, peace and quiet. There is always plenty to see and do, whether you enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, photography, painting, wildlife, local markets, eating out, swimming, canoeing, visiting some of the many local sites, or even just sitting, reading and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the area. It also enjoys a beautiful climate!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 95 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Chenier at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 430 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Les Dryades at 28 Kilometres Nearest Train : La Souterraine at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A20 at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cheniers at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Le Bourg d'Hem at 13 Kilometres Car: necessary


13 kilometers to the nearest lakeside beach (one of several within 40 minutes drive) which also provides cafe/restaurant and designated swimming areas during the summer months.


Access to Le Montinazeau is easy and we can be reached within a day using a network of good roads leading from the ports of Calais (approx. 6 hours), Caen (under 5 hours), Cherbourg (approx. 6 hours) or Saint Malo (approx. 5½ hours). We are situated roughly 25 minutes off the main A20 Motorway.

The Airport of Limoges is only one hour away if you want to fly-drive (a car really is essential to fully appreciate the area).


The nearest village is under 5 kilometres away and provides a grocery shop; Post Office and Bar/Restaurant. Larger towns are within 10 kilometres providing all services including Banks; Supermarkets; Restaurants; weekly Markets etc.

Further Details:

The Creuse covers about 5,565 km² with a population of less than 125,000 making it one of the least populated departments in the whole of France and definitely one of the most enjoyable to explore, with glorious rolling countryside; quiet roads; many beautiful lakes, rivers and historic towns, villages and sites to see.

Le Montinazeau can be found in the North of La Creuse in an area known as Les Trois Lacs (The Three Lakes) the nearest of which is just 15 minutes away and boasts a man-made beach with safe swimming, boating, a small bar and cafe/restaurant, free parking and walks.

There are many areas of interest all within 30 minutes of the Gites including (but certainly not limited to) the castle at Crozant, overlooking the valley where the Sedelle and the Creuse Rivers meet; Fresseline, where Monet and other artists came to paint; The Pilgrims Way (Le Chemin de St. Jaques de Compostelle), where it follows the beautiful Sedelle River; La Souterraine with it's medieval gateways and bustling market.

Only slightly further afield is Gueret where you can find the Wolf sanctuary; the Giant Labyrinth; the famous Monts de Gueret (with miles of beautiful walks and cycling routes); Limoges (famous for its porcelain and the birthplace of Renoir); Aubusson (designated Unesco site with its tapestries); Argenton-sur-Creuse (beautiful medieval town on the river with famous historic Roman site 'Argentomagus'); Le Haute Touche (animal reserve with over 1,000 animals from all five continents in a natural environment covering over 1,000 acres).

After a busy(!) day exploring, walking, swimming, sitting... you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden at Le Montinazeau and watch out for the local wildlife to be seen which in the last year has included; Deer; Red Squirrel; Stone Marten; Black Kites; Buzzards; Hobby's; Woodpeckers (Green, Greater Spotted and even Black!).

If you would like any further information please just let us know and we'll be happy to help.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £84
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Booking Notes:

A €100 damage/security deposit will be required on arrival. This will be returned to you when the gite has been checked prior to departure.

The current tourist tax (Taxe de Sejour) is set at 20 cents per night for each person over the age of 16.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover days. We ask that guests arrive after 4pm and leave by 10am on the morning of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Les Gites de Montinazeau in the beautiful 3 Lakes area of the Creuse Valley provide comfortable, fully equipped accommodation offering great value for money. The Creuse covers about 5,565 km² with a population of less than 125,000. (Covering roughly 1,000 km² more than the whole of Lancashire and South Yorkshire combined, which have a population of more than 2.5 million!) This makes it one of the least populated departments in the whole of France and definitely one of the most enjoyable to explore, with glorious rolling countryside; quiet roads; many beautiful lakes, rivers and historic towns, villages and sites to see, all easily accessible via an excellent road network and only 20 minutes from the main A20 Motorway.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room containing a modern shower unit and toilet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with double bed, and one bedroom with bunk beds.


  • Notes on accommodation: One of three Gites in a converted barn next to the owners house. Each Gite is comfortably furnished for four people and has its own private deck area leading on to the large shared garden. The Gites can be rented separately or together, (therefore accommodating up to 12 people, allowing groups of friends or family the opportunity to holiday together whilst maintaining a good degree of privacy). Outside: Each Gite has its own private deck with outside table, chairs and parasol provided. This leads on to the large shared garden (over an acre of lawn and meadow) suitable for walking, sitting and games. An outdoor table tennis table is available for guests use along with other outdoor games. Bed linen is included but please bring your own towels.

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