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Beautifully Renovated, Detached, Stone Cottage In Charming Hamlet

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 (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 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 Vaux
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2017

About Jane & Peter Vaux

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 Vaux purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jane & Peter Vaux chose Rochechouart area

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Beautifully Renovated, Detached, Stone Cottage In Charming Hamlet
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 19 reviews
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: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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Once again - Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

For the 3rd year in a row, we have had such a wonderful time here. Peter and Jane are the perfect hosts and the gite is beautiful. It looks like it may be 4th time lucky for us next year too.

Peter and Jane - thank you again for a truly amazing stay in France.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to welcome you & your family back to La Boissonnie, Debbie! We would most certainly welcome you here again next year - at which time you will also be able to consider our 2 new gites: a 2-bedroom barn conversion and the one-bedroom "la vielle epicerie" (a.k.a. the former village grocer's shop). All the best! Peter & Jane.
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sejour la boissonnie

  • 5 of 5

Accueil chaleureux du propriétaire. Gîte spacieux et très bien aménagé. Endroit tranquille et reposant. Nous y avons passé un séjour très agréable

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci de votre visite! Nous esperons vous voir à nouveau ici a La Boissonnie!
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Gorgeous, charming little cottage

  • 5 of 5

Once again, a perfect stay in this quaint, gorgeous little cottage. Peter and Jane made us feel very welcome and even allowed us the priviledge of staying an extra day so we could take the time to load all our stuff into the car.

Beautiful cottage with all the facilities that you could ask for. My 5 year old daughter especially loved her 'attic' bedroom with the secret window in it that allows her to look into the kitchen.

This is the second time we have stayed here and it definitely wont be the last - even though we've said we may not holiday next year due to a wedding to pay for, we have 'agreed' that we will and this charming little house will be top of our list of places to stay.

Would definitely recommend anyone to come here for their holidays.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie & family are super people and we'd love to welcome them back to La Boissonnie!
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a nice simple clean gite in a picturesque location

  • 5 of 5

We all really enjoyed our stay here it was exactly as described and we instantly felt at home here for our 10 day holiday.

The small garden was perfect for our baby to play in all day.

The gite was very clean and had everything we needed and peter made us feel welcome and was very helpful during our stay.

A nice area with lots of walks among woodland and pretty hamlets.

Would defiantly recommend.

thanks carl

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great having you & your family staying here in La Boissonnie, Carl! We hope we'll see you again in this corner of Haute Vienne. Peter & Jane
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  • 5 of 5

We've very much enjoyed our stay at the rural gîte in La Boissonnie.

The cottage was lovely, clean and well furnished. We've felt instantly at home and welcome.

The wood burner made the evenings even more pleasant and cozy.

The garden was just big enough to enjoy both sun and shadow.

The neighbouring villages are fun to visit, the people are nice and helpful.

There is also a big market which is absolutely worthy to visit in one of the nearby villages.

Thanks to Peter we got to know a restaurant not far away, run by English people, where you can find reasonably priced nice meals, served with a smile!

We've had a holiday we will remember for long!

We hebben genoten van ons verblijf in de landelijke gîte in La Boissonnie.

Ons huisje was mooi, proper, goed ingericht en we voelden ons erg welkom!

De houtkachel 's avonds was erg aangenaam en gezellig.

Het tuintje is juist groot genoeg om van de zon en de schaduw te genieten.

De dorpjes in de buurt zijn gezellig om te bezoeken, de mensen vriendelijk en behulpzaam.

Ook in de buurt is een heel grote markt die het bezoeken waard is.

Door Peter hebben we in de buurt een restaurantje gevonden, opengehouden door engelsen, waar ze goede betaalbare maaltijden serveren, met de glimlach!

Dit verlof zullen we niet snel vergeten!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us, Olga & Willy. We're hoping that you'll come back to see us again! Best wishes, Peter & Jane
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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
8 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
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 £100
Stay tax £0.15 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.
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