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Beautiful medieval farmhouse in the Monedieres National Park

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Stone character cottage, perfect retreat, with suberb countryside views

Just steps away from the centre of the lovely traditional vilage of Chaumeil, this ancient house is your cosy home from home for the holidays. Our house has thick stone walls and a huge granite fireplace. It is featured in the prestigious Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay guide and you can find a review on their website. It is one of very few Sawday's-approved houses in this lovely area. Doubtless you will want to look?

The village of Chaumeil is in the heart of the beautiful Monedieres mountain range with wonderful views and lovely walks straight from your door. A short walk away is a pretty swimming lake. There is a bar that has changed little since 1550 which serves food all day long in July and August. You can also eat well in the family-run village auberge.

Inside the house abounds with ancient charm; stone walls and floors and antique furniture. The salon has a magnificent stone fireplace with a large wood burning stove if the evenings turn chilly. (Please note there is a small additional charge for wood - 25 euros maximum per week.) Sofas and chairs are comfortable and there is a small antique table for games or tea for two. Original oil paintings and watercolours sit alongside old prints on the thick granite walls.

There is a traditional majolica woodburning cooker in the French farmhouse kitchen/dining room and also an integrated electric over and a gas hob for convenience or for big family meals. There is a dishwasher, coffee maker, good quality crockery and utensils aplenty. The large oak table invites friendly family dinners. Although thick walls keep everything cool in hot weather, sunshine fills the kitchen from the south-facing garden all afternoon.

Dating from 1640, the house retains many original features. It was for once the village school and the stone steps are well worn by the patter of children's feet. Up the medieval staircase you find four light and airy bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom with overbath shower, toilet and antique washstand with a marble basin. Travertine marble tiles surround the bath and it is finished in oak panelling. There is also a separate, newly refurbished, shower room with toilet on the landing.

Each of the front facing rooms has lovely views over to the church, the traditional ancient Marie and the old houses that make up this small and ancient village. The front bedrooms have a double beds. Those behind have twin beds; one has metre wide beds and enjoys lovely view of the mountains. The second twin is accessed through one of the double rooms. The en-suite bathroom makes this perfect for bathing and putting to bed little ones and it is furnished with a mid-century style twin bedroom suite. All bed linen is high quality cotton, duvets are light in summer and warm in winter and quality towels are plentiful.

Outside there is a private garden surrounding the house on three sides with our barn making up the fourth side and ensuring your privacy. There is a gravelled drive to the front and a marble table set up on a terrace. There are sun loungers and a deck chair that you can use on the terrace or take out on to the lawn.

The large barn at the back is part of the property giving total privacy. From the terrace and garden there are views across the village and up into the Monediere mountains. A tranquil setting to enjoy summer meals or drinks with the scent of roses nestling against the old stone walls. The house takes it's name from the spring that appears just over the garden wall - a torrent in winter, though often completely absent in summer.

For three years we have been included in the prestigious travel guide, Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay, following a rigourous inspection. We are the only gite in this region with the award and we are very proud to be recognized as a special place to stay. Our house has been used by writers as a retreat and they find it an inspirational and tranquil place to be creative. We offer special rates for writers and artists, either for short stays or longer-term periods of getting away from it all.

We also offer a special rate for pilgrims who are passing through on the Camino de Santiago. We can also offer good rental rates to anyone who wants to spend an extended stay whilst looking for their perfect French home. Please contact us for more details.

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Sheila Schofield Large
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 July, 2018

About Sheila Schofield Large

We are a British couple who have been coming to this area of France for many of years. We live about 20 minutes away in the medieval village of Treignac. We have considerable experience of renovating ancient and period houses. We have made many improvements to the house and we continue to add new features each year.

We intend to restore oak window frames and a front door more in keeping with the house in time but for now it works very well as a combination of ancient charm and modern practicality.

Sheila Schofield Large purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why Sheila Schofield Large chose Chaumeil

If you are looking for a house in rural France that gives you character and charm along with comfort and convenience, this is the house for you. We are delighted to be included in Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay travel guide. Our guests have all enjoyed the peaceful charm of the lovely village of Chaumeil as well as the comfort and ambience of our lovely house. For families, parents, children, grandparents, aunties and uncles it is perfect. For larger groups of adults you may need to think about how the two adjoining rooms will work. There is a washing machine and a dishwasher to reduce the work on your holiday.

In the long hot mountain summer Chaumeil dozes peacefully and hot, dry lizards dart amongst the old stones. The village comes to life in July and August with the ancient bar serving food all day long and a number of festival days when visitors arrive in large numbers to dance to traditional music in the village square.

During the autumn and winter months the Monedieres and Chaumeil are quite beautiful. Often shimmering in frost and sometimes under a deep blanket of snow. The hills and forests of the Plateau de Millevache will not disappoint walkers and cyclists. The house, garden and village are also perfect for anyone who want to get away from it all. For writers, artists or peace-lovers of any kind the setting and the charm of the house are perfect. As arts professionals we offer special rates to fellow artists who want to enjoy the house as a creative base for their work.

Our house is also available for people looking for their own little bit of French life. We can offer very favourable terms for longer stays if you want to spend getting to know the area and finding your dream home. If you have already bought your house we can also offer special terms while you do the work. We can also offer friendly advice about design, building work and sourcing materials if that helps you.

What makes this farmhouse unique

With it's old stone walls and floor and magnificent fireplace, La Source provides the perfect retreat all year long. Many popular walks and cycle tracks run through Chaumeil and you can enjoy your route straight from the front door. A few steps across to the village takes you to the 16thC bar where Alexi, the friendly owner, waits to welcome you mornings and evening. During July and August the bar also serves food all day. There is also the traditional Auberge which serves good food daily and by reservation in the evening. There are many other restaurants in the adjoining villages and you can enjoy fine meals or light dishes to suit your budget. So you have the seclusion and tranquility of the mountains and the convenience of bars and restaurants.

Less than five minutes drive away is the village of St Augustin where there is a convenience mini market, petrol station and boulangerie. The medieval town of Correze is less than 15 minutes away and Treignac is 20 minutes away. Here there is a lake beach with fantastic swimming and water sports all summer long. There is an Intermarche supermarket at Treignac and a choice of all other shopping in the fine old city of Tulle, with it's Saturday market, or the town of Egleton, each about half an hour's drive from Chaumeil. There are many other interesting villages and towns in the area and no shortage of quaint French shops, patisseries, charcuterie and a famous chocolatier at Treignac.

Correze is often referred to as the Lake District of France although it is more like the English Lake district as it was a hundred years ago. The air is fresh, the weather, though seasonably changeable, is usually warm and sunny from May to October and the scenery is spectacular - yet visitors remain few and the area retains its tranquility and the originality of rural France.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Chaumeil in Corrèze

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Wood for stoves (+ firelighters) is charged at 5€ per day, max 25€ per week
  • Pets should be kept downstairs. There is an extra cleaning charge of 12€ for pets
  • There is a 250€ security deposit payable 2 weeks before arrival. House should be left tidy & clean. We reserve the right to deduct cleaning fees.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , The washing machine is also in this bathroom
  • The newly refurbished shower room is reached from the 1st floor landing. It has a modern two-way shower, granite washbasin and toilet. The bathroom is en-suite to the family suite and includes a bath, two-way over-bath shower, toilet and antique washstand with marble basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Baby cot for a child of <2 yrs may be provided on request
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , This room is accessed via bedroom 1
  • There are two separate rooms, 1 double and 1 with two single beds, and a family suite of two interconnected rooms, 1 double and 1 with two beds. The family suite has it’s own en-suite bathroom with bath, overbath shower, wash stand and toilet. There is another shower room with toilet on the landing.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our house is perfect as a writers' and artists' retreat and we have had several writers and poets to stay. The peace and tranquility of the village is perfect for getting away from it all to be creative and the beautiful mountain scenery is inspirational. Meals may be provided for groups of writers by arrangement.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews

A wonderful week in Chaumeil!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We all had a really good time at the lovely home in Chaumeil. There were 4 of us and we were very comfortable.The kitchen was a joy and i would gladly tell my friends about our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paula, her daughter Georgia and her friends were delightful guests and really looked after our house well. We had a common interest in antiques and they enjoyed looking around the brocantes and vide-greniers that spring up all over the area in summer. The party seemed to really appreciate our ancient house and we are delighted they had such a rewarding holiday in this lovely part of France. Thank you Paula for looking after our house so well.
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Nice house in friendly village with lovely bar

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully furnished house in friendly, quiet village. Although small, and without shop, Chaumeil had surprising amounts to offer: great bar within a few hundred meters - sometimes with live accordeon music and dancing, huge bike race event and an excellent tourist information place. The nights were magically quiet with great starry sky to watch. There are nice walks from the door step and small lovely towns to visit within less than 45 minutes away. Kayaking on the Dordogne from Argentat towards Beaulieu is about 1 hour away. The owners were very helpful and responsive whenever we had a question. There is not much cupboard space, but this was not an issue, because it was warm and there is a washing machine.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We'd like to thank Daniela and her party for this very positive review of their holiday. They were a delightful family to host. Daniela and her family members seemed to truly appreciate the ancient charm of our house and the unspoilt character of Chaumeil. Our neighbours remarked how friendly they all were and we are pleased that they had such a lovely holiday, with beautiful long days of sunshine, at La Source, Chaumeil.
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Superbe vacances à chaumeil

  • 5 of 5

Nous sommes arrivés à chaumeil sous un superbe soleil qui ne nous aura pas quitté de la semaine. Très belle demeure avec tous les charmes des vieilles bâtisses corréziennes. Très bien équipée, tres bonnes literies.

Nombreuses et jolies randonnées au départ du village. Nous avons visité Tulle et Brive qui nous ont beaucoup plus.

Et enfin, Sheila et Pip, de tres agréables et dévoués propriétaires, toujours à l'écoute des locataires.

Carole, Emilie et Christophe

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions de votre avis genre. Nous avons vraiment apprécié d'avoir Christophe, Carole et Emilie de rester dans notre maison de Chaumeil. Ils ont vraiment apprécié le charme ancien de la maison et ils ont regardé après extrêmement bien, en laissant tout magnifiquement rangé et propre. Je suis tellement heureux qu'ils ont apprécié leur séjour et qu'ils avaient si beau temps pour la marche, ce qu'ils ont fait tous les jours. La famille ont également été vraiment comprendre quand nous avions un attelage avec le téléviseur et ils nous ont attendu patiemment pour qu'il soit fixé. Ils sont une famille charmante et nous les accueillir à La Source et être heureux de les revoir tout moment dans l'avenir.Thank you for your kind review. We really enjoyed having Christophe, Carole and Emilie to stay in our house in Chaumeil. They really appreciated the ancient charm of the house and they looked after it extremely well, leaving everything beautifully tidy and clean. I am so pleased that they enjoyed their stay and that they had such lovely weather for walking, which they did every day. The family were also really understanding when we had a hitch with the TV and they waited patiently for it to be fixed. They are a charming family and we would welcome them back to La Source and be delighted to see them again any time in the future.
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Beautiful old house in quiet surroundings

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in this lovely 16th century house, which was beautifully looked after and the rooms just like the photos. We were new to the experience of renting in France, so were very grateful for the informative help from the English speaking owners prior to our travels.They also were there to greet us and provided some welcome refreshments after our long journey from Calais. The quiet village surroundings and the friendly local tavern were a delight, and the local restaurant, the 'Auberge' very reasonably priced.

We spent time visiting several lakeside beaches and enjoyed a visit to the amazing Dordogne gorge, where our swimming enthusiast son swam in the river too.

I would recommend brushing up on your French as being in the heart of France, even at the local visitor centre, they spoke very little English. Although the owners were very willing to help and only a text away if we had needed them.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a restful holiday and a taste of life in a typical French village.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay in Chaumeil

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful find this house is ! An historic former schoolhouse with lots of character, that has been simply transformed by the new owner into a comfortable and attractive holiday home.We managed to get a last minute booking for an impromptu touring holiday in this untouched part of France. Sheila was incredibly helpful, and explained in great detail the situation of the house. The village of Chaumeil is an undiscovered treat for those looking for the true "belle France". We will certainly be returning to visit Sheila and La Source again !

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maison de charme dans son jus

  • 4 of 5

Maison de charme au calme dans un village certes désert mais très sympathique. Prévoir de faire les courses avant d arriver. La moindre ville Est à 20mn de voiture.

L étang à 20 mn à pied Est très sympa pour passer un moment, pique niquer et se baigner.

Piece à vivre et cuisine agréable même si un peu sombre en journée. Chambre bien décorée, literie correcte. Attention deux chambres sont en enfilades.

Cuisine bien équipée avec des ustensiles un peu vétuste notamment le four.

Si vous recherchez une maison de caractère dans son jus avec un bon rapport qualité prix je vous conseille cette maison.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Stephane pour votre gentil critique. Pour le bénéfice de futurs invités, je voudrais souligner qu'il existe un mini-marché dans le village de St Augustin, à 5 minutes en voiture. Le salon et la cuisine sont assez sombres comme on peut s'y attendre dans une maison du 17ème siècle mais l'étage est très lumineux et ensoleillé. Nous ferons attention aux ustensiles de cuisine, bien que tout dans le cuisine soit moderne, en dehors de l'étoile de la cuisine, qui est la belle cuisinière à bois que nos invités adorent habituellement. Stéphane et sa famille étaient d'excellents invités qui s'occupaient bien de notre maison et nous aimerions les voir à La Source à nouveau dans le futur. Thank you Stephane for your kind review. For the benefit of future guests I should like to point out that there is a mini-market in the village of St Augustin, 5 minutes by car. The salon and kitchen are rather dark as you might expect in a 17th C house but upstairs is very bright and sunny. We will pay attention to the cooking utensils although everything in the kitchen is modern, apart from the star of the kitchen which is the beautiful wood burning range cooker that our guests usually love. All of this information regarding the house is included in our description on this site. Stephane and his family were excellent guests who looked after our house well and we would love to see them at La Source again in the future. Best wishes Sheila & Philip Schofield
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Nearest Airport
96 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
In Chaumeil
Nearest Ferry
670 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
48 Kilometres
Golf d'Aubazine
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
In Chaumeil
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Le Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Chaumeil is a medieval village in the heart of the Monedieres National Park on the Plateau de Millevaches. It is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many walks and cycle routes direct from the door of the house and a fishing and swimming lake a few minutes walk from the village. Chaumeil is on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Featured in many local tourist photographs, the village epitomizes the charm of the French countryside with its 11thC church and ancient Marie. There is also an almost untouched bar dating from 1550. The house itself, a schoolhouse in a former life, dates from 1640.

Although in the heart of the village, with it's bar, restaurant and auberge, the house is surrounded by wooded hills and beautiful, green countryside. A short walk along the lane brings you to a lovely swimming lake with surprising warm water from June onwards.

There is a grocery store, petrol station, butchers, boulangerie and another restaurant just over five minutes away at St Augustin; tourist office, post office, supermarket and the usual range of pharmacy, bakers and butchers plus more bars in Correze, fifteen minutes away; supermarket, lake beach and restaurant plus other bards and restaurants in picturesque Treignac at 20 minuntes and all major shops and supermarkets in the cities of Tulle and Egletons, each half an hour away. The A89 motorway for routes South is less than 25 minutes away and the A20 going North is 40 minutes. The route from the A20 to Chaumeil takes you through Seihac where there is a large supermarket open Monday to Saturday and Sunday mornings.

A visit to the town of Correze gives you cobbled streets meandering into the ancient cobbled quarter and down to the river, through a marked route of buildings of historic interest.

Twenty minutes away, Treignac sits precariously on the Vezere Gorge and boasts a 12thC viewing tower, two medieval churches and numerous medieval stone house toppling over cobbled streets. It also has the lovely safe lakeside beach and bar-restaurant at Le Lac de Barriouses where there are watersports, pedalos and kayaking all summer long.

Within twenty minutes of Chaumeil is the musée du président Jacques Chirac at Sarran. Open all year with an amazing display of the former president's collected gifts from all over the world, the museum also hosts special international exhibitions each year.

For city life you have Tulle (30 mins) and Limoges or Brive le Gaillarde (each 1 hr 15 mins). Limoges still has streets dating from the 13thC as well as it's magnificent cathedral. There are many charming shops tucked away down narrow cobbled streets and a number of interesting galleries and museums, one telling the history and growth of Limoges from it's pre-Roman origins. Brive also has an interesting museum that charts the local history and many fine Belle Epoque, Baroque and Roccoco buildings. It is a beautiful city to spend an afternoon meandering around . Tulle has a charming medieval centre stretching along the river and numerous characterful bars and restaurants. For those who want night life it can be found in all three cities as well as in Seihac and many of the villages around Correze throughout the busy summer months.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £17.86

Please note that a security deposit of 250 euros or £200 is required and that this can be paid direct to us up to one week before your holiday. The deposit or deposit cheque will be returned to you 1 week after your holiday, assuming all is well.
Veuillez noter qu'un dépôt de garantie (caution) de 250 euros ou 200 € est exigé et que cela peut nous être versé immédiatement avant vos vacances. Le dépôt ou le chèque de dépôt vous sera retourné 1 semaine après vos vacances, en supposant que tout soit bien passé.
We also offer special deals for people who want to stay longer in the area. The house is ideal for house hunting in Limousin and gives a real flavour of rural life in Correze. It is also a perfect retreat to write or for quiet work. Please ask for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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