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We went as a group of 8 for landmark birthdays - the house and garden were beautiful. Very well stocked with cooking utensils and equipment. Surrounding area was stunning. Would definately return for longer and explore the local area
We arrived at this lovely family home in a small hamlet in the heart of the Dordogne, late afternoon and were greeted by the owners. Stephane and Valerie and their son are warm and friendly people and we immediately felt at ease and were looking forward to our holiday. They showed us how everything worked and then were kind enough to lend us some towels as we'd forgotten ours. Thank you.
The area at the south east tip of the Limousin national park is stunning. It's all forests, lakes and rivers, with winding roads throughout and a wonderfully unhurried sense of calm. Our two children aged 7 and 11 were worried about having nothing to do as we usually stay in campsites, but every day was an adventure and there is loads to do.
Our main centre of activity was Espace Hermiline, a huge lake with a beach and swimming area manned by lifeguards throughout July and August. It's about a 30-minute drive north from the house and it not only has the lake, but a treetop adventure playground with various stages of difficulty and plenty of zip-wire fun. There is also a huge zip-wire spanning the lake for the braver souls. If you don't like heights it's probably not for you, but our two have no sense of danger so they were off, with us treading cautiously behind. There is also a velorail cutting through the forest beyond the lake. This was great fun on the way out as it was mostly downhill, but the pedal back is a workout. You can hire a motor-assisted velo if you don't fancy it, but it really isn't that bad.
Another manned lake and beach we spent time on was in the other direction near Nantheuil. The water was crystal clear and there is a diving platform. We had great fun searching for baby crayfish on the lake bottom.
All in all, it was lovely having a proper house instead of a mobile home for two weeks. The house has plenty of space inside, with all amenities and hot water, and the garden is huge.
We ate outside most nights, making full use of the BBQ. Supermarkets are nearby and there are small towns with shops to get essentials.
Jumilhac-le-Grand is the nearest and the chateau is worth a visit. There is also a lovely walk down the river and round the forest, and we had a productive afternoon's fishing from the bank. Another interesting site to visit is the deserted town of Courbefy. It has a bizarre story which you can discover for yourself.
Thank you again to the family and I can fully recommend both the house and the area.