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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

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. Walk routes, maps and guided walks can be available, please ask for information at the time of booking. We also offer personalised walking holidays and short breaks that can be tailored to your specific requirements and can include lunch stops at a variety of local restaurants providing a unique experience of this beautiful area. 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).

Andrew and Debbie Bowden
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
7 December, 2016

About Andrew and Debbie Bowden

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.

Andrew and Debbie Bowden purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Andrew and Debbie Bowden chose Creuse

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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 is 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.

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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4.5/5 -
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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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North East


  • 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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United Kingdom

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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Prices & Availability

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
Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 7 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £85
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 22 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chéniers in Limousin

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room containing a modern shower unit and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with double bed, and one bedroom with bunk beds.
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
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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