|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Just steps away from the centre of the lovely traditional vilage of Chaumeil, this ancient stone house is your cosy home from home for the holidays. The village 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, much enjoyed by all in Summer. There is a bar that has changed little since 1550 which serves food all day long in July and August. You can also eat very well in the equally close auberge.
Inside the house is all stone floors and antiques. 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 from 1st October to 31 March of 5 euros per night - 30 euros max per week.) Sofas and chairs are comfy 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.
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. There's a woodburning cooker in the French farmhouse kitchen and also an integrated electric over and a gas hob for convenience or for huge family meals. There is a dishwasher, coffee maker, good quality crockery and utensils aplenty. The large oak table just invites friendly family dinners. Although thick walls keep everything cool in hot weather, sunshine filters through from the south-facing garden all afternoon.
Up the medieval stone 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. There is also a separate, simple shower room and 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 village. The front bedrooms have a double beds. Those behind have twin beds, one has metre wide 'bamboo' beds and furniture to match 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 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 towels are plentiful and fluffy.
Outside there is a private garden surrounding the house on three sides with a long gravel drive to the front and a marble table set up on a gravelled terrace. There are also a couple of 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. In summer, pretty, scented roses nestle against the warm old stone of the house and the garden has a number of fruit trees and bushes. 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.
This summer we were inspected by the prestigious travel guide, Alastair Sawday's special places to stay and accepted for their guide. We are the only gite in the area with this 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 very special rates for writers, either for short stays or longer-term periods of getting away from it all. Please ask. We also offer a special rate for groups of walkers, hikers, cyclists and of course for pilgrims who are passing through on the Camino de Santiago. Please contact us to ask for more details if you are travelling on the 'Camino' or "Chemin' of Santiago and we will be happy to discuss your needs and a rate to suit your group.
We also offer very good rental rates to anyone who wants to spend an extended stay whilst looking at properties in the area. The listing is only a guide and rates can be negotiated. We know the area very well and we have considerable knowledge and experience of renovating old and period houses. We will be happy to share our knowledge if it helps in your search for your perfect French house.
We are a British couple who have been coming to this area of France for many of years. We live in Correze full time and we bought La Source as a holiday home for rent and for our family to enjoy with us during visits. We have considerable experience of renovating ancient and period houses and we still have some work to do on the house.
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
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.
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. Just 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. There are many 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.
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.
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
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.
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 !
La maison de Sheila est charmante et confortable. Nous y avons passé de très bonnes fêtes de Noël en famille.
Le salon est très chaleureux avec sa cheminée, ses nombreux canapés et fauteuils, ses grands tapis et ses objets anciens, nous y avons passé de jolies soirées autour de jeux de société. Les propriétaires nous avaient même préparé un joli sapin de Noël! La cuisine était parfaite avec son four à bois et sa grande table rustique, tous les ustensiles étaient disponibles.
Les 4 chambres peuvent accueillir confortablement une grande famille. Elles sont décorées avec goût et chauffées, on y a très bien dormi. Les deux salles de bains sont jolies et les draps et serviettes étaient fournis.
Autour de Chaumeil nous avons pu faire de jolies balades, ce qui a enchanté notre cocker et toute la famille!
Sheila et son mari étaient très arrangeants pour notre arrivée et nous ont bien accueillis. En somme, de jolies vacances dans une jolie maison. Merci beaucoup!
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour dans ce gîte. Nous nous sommes retrouvés en famille, dans cette impréssionnante demeure ancienne typique de la région.
Gîte confortable, spacieux. Les deux poêles nous ont bien rechauffé et on participé à la bonne ambiance.
Le village de Chaumeil est très mignon, et n'hésitez pas à flaner à pied pour mieux voir....
La région est superbe, riche d'intérêts. Et de plus nous avons eu la chance d'avoir le soleil!
Bref, à voir, à faire, à visiter.
Merci aux hôtes pour leur confiance et leur accueil.
Chaumeil is a medieval village in the heart of the Monedieres range of mountains on the Plateau de Millevaches, Limousin. 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, guarded in summer, with surprising warm water from June onwards.
There is a grocery store, petrol station, butchers, boulangerie and 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 and all major shops and supermarkets in Tulle and Egletons, each less than 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, (20 mins) and Limoges or Brive le Gaillarde (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 all has an interesting museum that charts the local history and many fine 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.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£217|
Please note that the house has 4 bedrooms but 2 rooms are connected via a door. One of these rooms has an ensuite bathroom with overbath shower. There is another independent shower room on the landing. Because of this we recommend the house for no more than 6 adults. The price quoted is for 6. We will take a group of 8 for an additional 20 euros per person per stay (10 euros for children).
We also offer very 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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.