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Tranquil Rural Retreat, Nr St Mathieu, Haute V/Dordogne - Farm Cottage



Updated: 28-Jul-2016
Farm near Saint-Mathieu, Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France - Farmhouse (2 Bedrooms) Sleeps 4/6, Cottage (1 bedroom) sleeps 2/3 Rural Location

Deep in the heart of rural France, peace and tranquility found, a haven for those looking to reconnect with nature and recharge. Our renovated farm is located at the end of a lane, is south facing and surrounded by 5 acres of our private gardens, fields and forests. There is an orchard to the west (with a sunset/dining point with views across the valley to the Dordogne), meadow and forest to the north and gardens and meadows to the south. We also have a number of small forest parcels in the surrounding forests which our guests are welcome to access via the many grassy lanes. The tarmac ends at our farm and becomes a bridleway so the only traffic is from the ocasional walker, mountain biker or horse rider etc. These bridleways connect to numerous others of course, so direct access to literally hundreds of kilometres of forest trails around the area is right on your doorstep, making this an ideal location for hikers, joggers, cyclists, horse riders, & wildlife spotting, (maps, tourist guides & advice are freely available to guests at the farm). Camping a la farm can also be arranged (exclusively for those booking a gite), so larger groups can be accommodated for.

Some the best wildlife spotting can be done around the farm in the company a glass of wine at a place of your choosing, as the deer emerge from the surrounding forest to graze at dust. Wild boar, badgers, foxes and all the usual countryside wildlife you’d expect (and some you might not) are around including our resident barn owls & little owls nesting in our out buildings (fledging end of July).

With ample space available to relax and numerous benches, tables, loungers and chairs available, it is up to you where you want to spend your leisure, following the sun or following the shade. And then of course there's lunch, under the oak, apple or cherry tree (?) or perhaps a barbeque instead?

Bored of relaxing ? there are boules/petanque balls available and badminton nets & rackets for those feeling more energetic.

A popular local restaurant is only 10 minutes walk through the forest to the south (ideal for when you‘ve grown tired of cooking) and the beautiful chateau Rocher is 5 minutes walk to the west.

The surrounding countryside offers scenic tranquil villages, vibrant local markets, friendly village restaurants/ bars, beautiful country houses and stunning & majestic chateaux, all within an easy cycle ride. Rolling hills with steep sided valleys vast woodlands with secluded lakes and lazy rivers and abundant wildlife make this area a great place to explore on foot, by cycle or by car.

Further afield popular tourist destinations of the Dordogne are on your doorstep, starting at Nontron 15 mins drive to the south.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Farm Cottage, Studio, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

Farm cottage, 1 bedroom, ideal for couples with small children.

1 spacious upstairs bedroom with a double & single bed. Down stairs kitchen/living area with a sofa bed and large private bathroom.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having worked in the overseas development/aid sector for the past 18 years I had grown tired of living out of a suitcase (not to mention the inconsistencies of the aid world) and so I purchased this property in 2013. I have since, to a large extent renovated it myself.

I stay most of the year at the farm cottage as chief grass cutter & gardner so can be available when needed.

There is a peace and tranquility about the farm that I am sure you will appreciate and I'm sure you will enjoy your stay.

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Speaks English, Basic French

1 Reviews

based on 1 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely cottage and very pleasant surroundings

  • 4 of 5

Our party of 6 stayed at both of Neil's gites and it was the perfect family get-away.

Both cottages were ideal for our needs and the gardens were spacious for the kids to run around and still let the grandparents have some peace and quiet.

The nearby village is a short 5 minute driver away and has everything needed.

The surrounding villages and towns offer a wide array of activities to suit all ages.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 60 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : le moulin chabroulie at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : le lac Saint Mathieu at 4 Kilometres


The nearest beach is at the lake at Saint Mathieu 10 minutes drive away. There are also leisure lakes to the north & south (20 minutes by car or a pleasant 40/45 mins cycle ride through the back lanes) that offer swimming, boating, fishing, wind surfing, restaurants & bars etc.


Limoges airport is 50 minutes drive away; Ryan air has direct flights to Limoges from Nottingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Stansted and Leeds/Bradford. Flybe has direct flights from Southampton.

Car hire at Limoges airport starts at around 18 euro/day


There are a number of chateaus in the area open to visitors. Opening hours and other information is available at the farm and additional information can be found at tourist information offices at Saint Mathieu lake (3km for haute Vienne) and Piegut Pluviers (4 km for the Dordogne)

The caves of Lascaux, the Dordogne valley gorges, Rochamador and other famous tourist attractions start at approximately 35 mins to 1.5 hours drive to the south making a pleasant day trip.

Further Details:

The nearest restaurant is just 10 minutes walk through the forest.

Saint Mathieu our nearest town at 3 km offers; bank, visa atm, tabac, super marche, garage, restaurants, bar, pharmacie, boulangeries, hair dressers & a church.

Piegut Pluviers 4 km to the south offers a greater variety of all the above plus an antique warehouse, tourist information office and more.

There are a number of chateaus in the area open to visitors. Opening hours and other information can be found at tourist information offices at Saint Mathieu lake (3km for haute Vienne) and Piegut Pluviers (4 km for the Dordogne)


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 28-Jul-2016
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From the Owner

Peace, tranquility, access to wildlife, access to outdoor leisure activities, hiking, cycling, site seeing, bars & restaurants etc

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Television ...


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

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 95 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Spacious bathroom with bath/shower, toilet, sink and bidet.


  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Spacious loft conversion done in pine with sky lights, ideal for star gazing at night. Double and single bed with a single folding bed ideal for infants. There is also a sofa bed downstairs.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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