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Spacious, yet Cozy, Stone Cottage in Charming Hamlet: in Heart of Natural Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms (+mezzanine - Can Easily Sleep 5), With Private Garden & Patio

The ground floor has a large sitting room with exposed beams, stone walls & cathedral ceiling. The master bedroom (with queen bed [160]) is on this floor, as is the bathroom (with spa shower). There is a well-equipped, large, kitchen with double doors giving onto private patio and garden. This room also includes dining space for 6 or more people.

Upstairs, there is the second bedroom (with two twin beds), and a mezzanine with double pull-out sofa.

For cooler evenings, there is a wood stove; also electric heaters in all rooms (Please note: We charge a heating supplement of 20 pounds [25 euros] per week in October and April. From November through March, this heating supplement is 35 pounds [45 euros] per week. Heating supplement payments are received by the owners of the property upon guest arrival.)


There is a good supply of books and other reading materials, as well as DVDs. TV includes both English and French stations. Internet access (broadband) is available with WIFI.

The private back garden and patio looks out over fields & woods - and is a nice place for summer BBQs.

For an after-dinner stroll or for more ambitious adventures during the day, there is a varied range of trails and other walks that are accessible directly from the cottage.

More Details

Jane & Peter
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Jane & Peter

Jane & Peter split their time between France and the coast of Maine (north-eastern USA). In La Boissonnie, we live in the old 'épicerie' (grocer's shop) and are enjoying converting an adjoining barn into extended living space. Jane is a French teacher and has lived in Paris and Belgium, in addition to (now) Limousin. Peter, who grew up in Somerset, England, is an environmental scientist (& part-time musician). Between the two of us, we are fluent in French & Spanish (also English...). We also owned / operated a hotel for a number of years, which on the whole was fun.

Jane & Peter purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jane & Peter chose Champagnac-la-Rivière

After vacationing over the years in different parts of France, we settled on the Haute Vienne because of its peaceful, verdant, scenery. Also, La Boissonnie is a very convenient centre for visiting a wonderful array of other locations, not only in Limousin, but also over the border in Dordogne.

What makes this cottage unique

La Boissonnie is the typical Limousin hamlet that we were searching for - with winding lanes, plenty of peace and characterful French neighbours. There are some wonderful walks, readily accessible right from the cottage, and plenty of interesting sites within easy reach. And, while sitting in back garden enjoying a glass of wine of an evening, the stars are brighter here than anywhere else we have lived (which says quite a lot!).

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Review posted on airbnb.com - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/983355?s=l7_4)

This cottage is sincerely the best place to discover Limousin. It is very appreciable to sleep and relax. The house style is very typical. Jane & Peter were excellent host. As you can read we really liked our holidays. Do not hesitate anymore, you will see splendid towns, go hiking, go cycling and you will have tips for visiting the region.

Cette maison est vraiment un des meilleurs endroits pour découvrir le Limousin. Située dans un parc régional, vous serez au calme pour vous relaxer, visiter et découvrir la région. Le style de la maison est typique des granges de la région. Jane et Peter ont été des hôtes très appréciables, et sympathiques. Comme vous pouvez le lire, nous avons adoré nos vacances et vous recommandons cet endroit. N'hésitez plus ! Vous pourrez découvrir de magnifiques villes et villages à côté, faire de la randonnée, du vélo et vous recevrez de très bons conseils de leur part.

Solene & Anthony (France)
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Champagnac-la-Rivière in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Lovely space, exposed rock with cathedral ceiling and velux window, heated towel rail and spa shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Mezzanine - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Ground floor master bedroom with queen-size bed (160cm). Exposed beams and stonework in all bedrooms & mezzanine.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
There are many small lakes, rivers and some lovely public pools in the area for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and other outdoor fun. There are also tons of walking trails and 'grande randonnee' routes in the area.


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Spacious, yet Cozy, Stone Cottage in Charming Hamlet: in Heart of Natural Park
average rating of 4.869565 based on 24 reviews

Charming little cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The stay was enjoyable. The Gite was well furnished and well equipped to cater for our needs. I had no negative points to report. The hosts, Peter and Jane, are very nice people who were very approachable and did everything to make us feel welcomed. Would I re book again? Yes very much so.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious yet cosy, a nice place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

A spacious yet cosy property with good facilities and very friendly and helpful hosts. Recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to meet you, Kay & Mike and we are glad that you had such a good time in this area!
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

A genuine French cottage with lovely hosts, in a bucolic location, well equipped

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely time we had at this nicely restored cottage. Peter and Jane have incorporated many thoughtful touches to make your stay comfortable and memorable.

Great information (the walking maps, especially), a well equipped kitchen, English TV stations, loads of books and DVDs if you want.... And a genuinely warm welcome from great hosts.

The Limousin is fascinating to explore, and the cottage is well located to do this.

Also, there's excellent shopping only a 10-15 minute drive or so. We can see why it's so hard to book the cottage....Get in early for your trip (or miss out!) and meet some lovely people in a beautiful part of France!

Thanks Peter, Jane... And Mollie, for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely cottage full of character

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at La Boissonnie very much . The property was well equipped and in a very peaceful situation. Was a pleasure to meet Peter and Jane. We would recommend the property particularly if anyone is looking for a quiet holiday. Area very pleasant.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah and Roddy were excellent guests! We are glad that they enjoyed our cottage as well as the tranquility and beauty of the La Boissonnie area. We will welcome their return here should their future travels bring them back to Haute-Vienne!
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Relaxing stay in rural cottage

  • 5 of 5

Peter and Jane made us very welcome at their beautiful gite. It is very well equipped and set in a tranquil area of great beauty. However, there are plenty of things to see and do. Recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host Peter and Annette and we would welcome them back here on a return trip. We are glad that they were able to explore some of the many beautiful and interesting walks and trails in this part of the Haute Vienne!
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Sandbach, Cheshire

Superb stay at La Boissonnie September 2016

  • 5 of 5

We found the Gite clean, comfortable and provided everything we needed. Our hosts Jane and Peter were very welcoming, amicable and helpful. Very tranquil setting for relaxation and walks with easy travel to local attractions.

ps Many thanks for the cherry tomatoes, very tasty !

Regards, Peter & Liz

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was very good meeting you, Liz & Peter - and to know that you enjoyed both our cottage and surrounding area. Come back and see us again sometime! Jane & Peter
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Nearest Airport
47 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Saint Junien
Nearest Train
47 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3.9 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lac Saint Mathieu
Car: necessary

La Boissonnie is in the middle of the beautiful countryside of the Parc Naturel Perigord-Limousin, with its rolling hills, fields, forests and many quaint, delightful, historic towns and villages. To explore this scenery, there is a rich network of walking trails and quiet roads. This network includes the Voie Vert (a converted railway line, running 13 km from Chalus to Oradour sur Vayres), just 3 km from our property. Here you can jog, bike, walk or roller-blade along a flat, well-paved surface. Bicycles, quadricycles and roller-blades are all available for rent at the visitors' centre.

In La Boissonnie, you can buy fresh bread and pastries from the local baker's delivery van that stops right outside our cottage on weekdays. A grocer's van - with fresh produce and an amazing variety of other foods - makes weekly stops, again right by the cottage. Supermarkets are within easy reach, in 3 small towns between 5-15 minutes away.

A few minutes away is the Saint Mathieu lake and park - a very nice place for swimming, mini-golf, picnics and taking it easy on hot summer days.

Several chateaux are within easy reach, including Montbrun (with its inviting, cosy tavern, a short 7 km away), Chalus (with its chateau where Richard the Lionheart met his demise in 1199; 7 km), Rochechouart (stunning chateau, containing a modern art museum; 21 km), Chalucet (restored ruins set among densely wooded hills; 45 km), and Coussac-Bonneville (48 km). The 'martyr village', Oradour sur Glane is less than an hour away, as is Brantome - known as the 'Venice of Perigord'. Brantome Abbey, founded by Charlemagne, reportedly has the oldest bell tower in France and offers notable concerts during the summer and autumn. Limoges, with its medieval streets lined by 'tudor' buildings, is wonderful for exploring on-foot (47 km away). Large, modern shopping centres are available in Limoges - also in St. Junien (32 km). The Grotte (caves) de Villar, with several cave paintings, are also an easy drive from La Boissonnie (36 km).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Champagnac-la-Rivière, Haute-Vienne

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
7 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £87.41
Stay tax £0.13 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 15 years.

* Payments may also be made in Euros or US dollars.
* We request a GBP 100 deposit at time of booking which will convert to the security deposit, refundable at the end of the rental. The full rental payment is due 60 days prior to start of rental period.
* Rental rates include normal cleaning.
* Rates for longer or shorter periods are negotiable.
* We charge a heating supplement during the cooler months as follows:October and April = 20 GBP [25 euros] per week. November - March = 35 GBP [45 euros] per week. Payment is made upon booking or upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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