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Gite near Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute Vienne - quiet, relaxing and great walks

Bedrooms 1
Space 505 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

One bedroom self-contained holiday home in a quiet hamlet with rural views

Beautifully designed exclusively for couples, the gite (Galanthus) is an open plan gite created within a 100-year-old barn.

The gite is ideally placed in a quiet hamlet amid the Haute Vienne countryside but with easy access to tourist attractions in the Limousin (Nouvelle Aquitaine).

This holiday home is located on the ground floor with a fresh clean colour scheme and open plan sitting, dining & kitchen area plus a bedroom and shower room. The total floorspace, including decking, is around 52sq.m.

The gite kitchen area is well equipped with cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine, kettle, toaster, coffee maker and, of course, a teapot! The living area has a TV (with all English free to air channels), a DVD player and Radio/CD player with Bluetooth to play the music from your laptop or other device. There is also a selection of books, DVD’s, CD’s, puzzles and games. And, of course, there is WiFi.

A fire extinguisher, fire blanket and a smoke alarm are fitted.

The bedroom has a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps. Here you’ll also find access to the decking through a French door, where you will find table and chairs, umbrella, charcoal barbeque and sun loungers. This is a perfect place to watch the sun go down.

The shower room is set with double countertop basins and a shower cabin with body sprays.

All bed linen and towels are provided, including beach towels and, for a 2 week booking, a fresh set of bedding and towels will be provided for the 2nd week.

Please note: The Gite is in half of the converted Barn and we live discretely in the other half. However, the advantage is that we are able to provide recommendations for you or deal quickly with any issues.

There is no pool at present but the gite is only 10 minute drive from a lake (Lac de Sagnat) with beach and swimming. Slightly further afield is large lake (Lac de Saint Pardoux) which, not only offers a beach and swimming but a swimming pool, watersports, walks and cycle tracks.

More Details

Caroline Howden
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Caroline Howden

Wehave been together for over 20 years and have each had several careers including interior design and car delivery.

Although office based, Caroline is also a qualified pilates instructor, registered with REPS, and runs classes & one-to-one sessions.

Andrew delivers cars around the UK successfully combining his love of driving and interest in public transport.

Caroline Howden purchased this barn in 2006

Why Caroline Howden chose Bessines-sur-Gartempe

We like the rural French countryside. The fields, forests and gentle rolling hills. We were also looking for a bit of a project so we were thrilled when we found the partly converted barn. Especially as it's located in a hamlet of around ten properties close to Bessines-sur-Gartempe (a village etape), quiet and relaxing yet close to the motorway system for easy access.

It's also only a short drive from lac de Sagnat and lac de St Pardoux where there are beaches and, during the summer, swimming and other watersports.

What makes this barn unique

Fresh herbs at the front to pick and use - rosemary, thyme and sage. Fruit bushes and trees have been planted so soon there will be fruit to pick during your stay (gooseberries, apples and rhubarb) depending on the time of year of your visit

Guestbook comments from the owner

Staying in this accommodation in the French countryside, far away from any hustle and bustle was the perfect antithesis of my UK city lifestyle.

The gite is located in a great rural area – perfect for long walks without any interruptions from traffic. The lounge, kitchen area, bedroom & bathroom were all very spacious, clean & comfortable in every way. All the modern conveniences (including wifi, washing machine, dish-washer, invigorating shower) were present to ensure that all I had to do was relax. I thoroughly enjoyed the trips to the local beauty spots, bars and restaurants (all within 3 miles), as well as eating, drinking, chatting, and star-gazing in the back garden late into the summer evening. I can highly recommend staying here.
May 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Bessines-sur-Gartempe in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 505 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Here you can find double basins, towel rails, all towels and a shower cabin with body sprays. There is plenty of hot water and water pressure is quite strong - so be careful!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The bedroom has a large kingsize bed (160 x 200), bedside cabinets and access to the decking & garden. The bed is made-up for your arrival
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Gite near Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute Vienne - quiet, relaxing and great walks
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Just right for two

  • 5 of 5

Although a small gite there seemed to be plenty of room for cooking, eating and sleeping. Of course it helped with lovely warm sunny weather so we could sit on the decking with a glass of wine. Very good location for us as near to our family. Good TV via freeway and good wi-fi. What more could anyone want. Will come back.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Klein maar fijn.

  • 4 of 5

Ontvangst heel hartelijk, ook tijdens het verblijf bleef de gastvrouw vriendelijk en beschikbaar. Het huisje is prettig wel klein en....mooi weer wat ons betreft wel een voorwaarde. Dit keer was dat prima, dus wij hebben genoten.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres
St Pardoux
Car: necessary

The gite is about 45mins from Oradour-sur-Glane


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
September 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £110

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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