Weir Cottage: Private Lakeside Gite In Idyllic Location. A Great Place To Relax!
- English, French
About Taunya Smith
We are, Brian and Taunya Smith, a couple from the North of England, now living permanently in France. We had a small hill farm in the Penines in West Yorkshire and, as Brian wanted to take early retirement, we decided to move!!!! We would appreciate the opportunity to welcome you to share our 'Little piece of Paradise'.
Taunya Smith purchased this Cabin in 2007
Why Taunya Smith chose Balledent
When we decided on France, Brian's only demand was that he had a lake to fish in. This house more than fulfils his wishes as, our house is actually built on the lake and, we are surrounded by a river. It obviously fulfils our guests wishes as well as we have lovely people we now call friends, who visit us time after time.
What makes this Cabin unique
We didn't originally plan to have gites but, this property came with two buildings, perfect for our friends and family to stay in. So, we did the renovations and now we love welcoming our family and friends old and yet to meet, to our beautiful, tranquil home!!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Holiday at Balldent
This is a very relaxing place to stay if you want complete quiet, lovely lake to fish on or just to relax around, I do feel however that the Gite or cabin could do with some comfyness the sofa is very low and well used as is the bed and unfortunately having arthritus we had a very hard job to get up from the sofa as it's bounce has really depleted, also the bed, the hosts were lovely and welcoming even though we had the wrong instructions of how to get to them, but was quickly corrected by Tanya by meeting us and taking us there, this review is not personal in anyway but feel that if these things are not mentioned then how would anyone know, some people don't mind being uncomfortable, but as we have got older we do enjoy having somewhere comfy to retreat to especially in such a remote location, but on saying this we did enjoy our week here
Thankyou very much for taking the time to leave this review. We are happy that you found our gite a relaxing place to stay. I am sorry that you had a couple of issues and thank you for your input; I agree with you about the sofa and that was already planned to be changed as soon as we can. We have not had any complaints about the bed, to the contrary other guests have said it was very comfy but beds are a personal thing I guess. I did send you the correct directions but one of the roads had been closed and so I was happy to come and help by meeting you.
Thanks again for your review.
Lovely, peaceful location, friendly welcome. Beautiful countryside in the surrounding area!
Thankyou very much for taking the time to leave this review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with, we enjoyed meeting you and would love to welcome you back if you're in the area again.
Excellent for our needs
Our stay at was delightful and perfect for our two small dogs.
The Gite was cosy and well equiped with everything needed.
We had bedding towels lots of hot water, TV with DVD and a selection of DVDs to watch and even some books. Waiting for us on arrival was a French stick butter cheese ham milk and a bottle of wine, perfect and very thoughtful. The loveliest of all was the sound of running water all around the Gite and the most picturesque scenes from all of the Windows, never stayed anywhere before with such lovely views.
Looking out the front of the Gite is a lake laden with huge carp and pleasant walks around it when the fish can be fed with any left over bread.
Tanya and Brian were very welcoming and we were welcomed with a drink and some friendly chat with advice about where to eat and places to visit.
There were some interesting places not too far from the Gite and when we weren't out and about we were able to relax in the quiet and tranquil outdoor area of the Gite, complete with a barbecue where all was provided in the way of utensils and coals.
We were offered use of a pool and hot tub however we didn't use any of these but they were available.
This Gite is in a beautiful spot away from it all but near enough to places for interesting visits. Would recommend this as a get away from it all break somewhere to wind down and recharge your batteries.
Hello, Thankyou very much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, it is really appreciated. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and found the gite to your liking, also that you enjoyed the surroundings so much. We hope that we get to welcome you and your dogs to our gites.
Ideal setting ,river on both sides & a weir.Nice shaded cabin & good sized front space
Due to unusual rainfall rivers were flowing rapidly & it was flowing dramatically over the weir.The cabin was equipt with all that we needed & more.Beautiful lake to walk the dog around in the morning. Lovely place to chill out,& I caught my first 20 lb carp.Taunya & Brian were very welcoming, & we received a welcoming goody bag of essentials. We had a great time, so did the dog,& we hope to return later in the year
Thankyou very much for taking the time to write your very kind review. We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and we would love to welcome you back any time.
It's when you look forward to go back
Idyllic retreat, beautiful scenery very quiet saw three cars one day and have counted mine! Loads of info provided by owners who unobtrusively could not be more helpful and pleasant brilliant
Hello, Thankyou very much for taking the time to write this review, we really do appreciate it. We are happy that you liked our gite and the location and we look forward to welcoming you both and Anya (sorry if this is the wrong spelling) again. Taunya & Brian
Un lieu très romantique
We are in the 87, Haute Vienne area of the Limousin. The area is famous for it's forests and beautiful countryside and, of course it's lakes. For lots of info about the Limousin, please check out 'I Love Limousin' website.
There are two famous lakes in the area, about 20 minutes away is Lac St. Pardoux which is a popular holiday destination with beaches, jungle swings, concerts and fireworks and, all the usual water sports available. Further afield, on the Haute Vienne/Creuse border, is the immense 1000 hectare Lac de Vassiviere again worth a trip for water sport and nature enthusiasts and also the dining cruises which I can book for you if you would like me to. About 5 minute walk from our gites is the river Gartempe, a favourite with locals and visitors alike for fishing and canoeing, you will enjoy walking along it's banks, also our own river Couze, to see the wonderful wildlife, there are wild boar and deer, the trees abound with birds both large and small.
We are able to arrange bicycle hire for you if that is of interest, the bikes are delivered to us here at Gites de Laprade, complete with helmets, locks and repair kit, with no charge for delivery from www.bikehiredirect.com
The famous II World War martyr village of Oradour sur Glane is somewhere that is well worth the short trip to visit, a place you won't forget once you have been.
The city of Limoges is famous for it's porcelain and has a superb historic centre with timbered shops , winding cobbled streets and houses which survived the war-time bombs, it is also on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella and has a stunning Cathedral and art deco train station.
There is the superb old town of Chauvigny with it's ruined mediaeval castle where you can watch the falconers flying a large variety of birds from Storks and Condors to Barn owls and Macaws, truly a visit not to be missed.
These are just a taste of what is on offer here,there are so many other places to see, too many to list here but, in the gite you will find a file with lots more places to visit all with maps and directions. But, if you need any help with your itinerary, just ask and we'll do all we can to help, we want you to fall in love with this stunning area, just as we did.