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Pet-friendly, with lake and long riverside walks nearby. Fishing. Great wi-fi.

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Mailhac-sur-Benaize - Holiday Cottage, Limousin

Traditional village cottage in quiet setting with lake & riverside walks nearby.

Limousin-Cottage is a quaint, stone-built village home, thoughtfully renovated to retain all of it's 18C character. The 18C cottage is quietly situated, off-road, in the village of Mailhac sur Benaize. There is safe, off-road parking in a little courtyard directly in front of your door. It is in the Haute Vienne department of the Limousin, known as the French Lake District. Limoges is just half an hour away, and Limoges airport 45 minutes, with Ryanair budget flights from several UK destinations, including East Midlands, Stansted, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Bristol and Southampton. Also Birmingham with Flybe.

The one-bedroomed, pet-friendly, cottage sleeps 2-4. The spacious double bedroom is on the first floor, and has plenty of storage for your clothing. There are open countryside views from your bedroom window. The light and airy shower room, with power shower and heated towel rail is right next door to the bedroom.

The cottage is situated in a quiet, off-road location in a small village around half an hour north of Limoges. In front of the cottage is a residents parking courtyard, where you can park safely directly in front of your door. It is extremely well situated for access to the whole of the Limousin region, being just 5 minutes drive away from junctions 21/22 of the toll-free A20 motorway. The quiet village is in no way remote, and the nearby town of St Sulpice les Feuilles is just a mile or so along the road, and has all the facilities you may need. La Souterraine, Creuse, is 10 miles away, for a much larger selection of supermarkets and amenities and is a lovely town to visit.

The cottage is available for lettings all year round, with 3 month stays available between October and March. It is very well-equipped for a longer stay. The log-burning stove keeps the cottage very snug and warm in Winter, and during the heat of the Summer (when 30+ deg Celsius is quite normal) the thick granite walls keep the cottage beautifully cool. When it is very hot outside it feels like you are stepping into an air-conditioned interior.

Behind the cottage there is open countryside, and you can watch birds of prey soaring on the warm air currents above the garden,, and deer often cross the fields behind.

There is an excellent FREE Wi-Fi connection for your mobile or tablet, plus UK or French television for your enjoyment. You can choose a book from our bookshelves, and if you don't manage to finish it during your stay, please feel free to take it with you in exchange for one you have read.

The cottage is a perfect retreat for a couple, but there is also a comfortable double sofabed in the sitting room, or a handy fold-up single bed. We also provide a travel cot, safety stair-gate and highchair at no extra cost.

Just along the road from the cottage is a lovely lake Lac de Mondon, with an outdoor swimming pool in season, and a British-owned poolside bar restaurant, who do themed nights and have live music at weekends. You can take a walk along the River Benaize, passing through ancient forest, with caves and a waterfall. We can also recommend the Auberge du Lac de Mondon for a special meal. You can fish in the lake or the river - day permits are available at the campsite reception. Throughout the Summer there are events going on at the campsite, open to visitors, such as the barbecue and disco last Summer, where there were hot-air balloon rides! They also hold regular night markets, and on mid-Summers day there is a great, free, music festival going on all afternoon and into the night.

About a 15 minute drive away is one of France's biggest markets, Les Herolles, which is held monthly, on the 29th of each month, unless the 29th falls on a Sunday, in which case it is held on the Monday. There are car boot sales going on throughout the Summer. Le Dorat has horse-racing meetings in June, July and August plus a very popular farmers market, where you can buy fresh Limousin beef and join in the huge barbecue!

On the ground floor is the comfortable sitting/dining room, with an excellent free Wi-Fi connection plus UK and French TV. There is ample crockery and tableware in the cottage for four to dine in style, whether inside our outside.

The compact but well-equipped kitchen also has a washing machine, and overlooks the outside patio and small garden area.

There is an outdoor dining set, sunloungers and a barbecue. You can sit outside well into the night in warm weather, with exterior lighting for your convenience. The crystal-clear night sky is amazing to see with very little light pollution. We often sit and get a good view of the International Space Station passing over.

In the sitting room you will find a comprehensive information pack so you will be spoiled for choice with the range of things to do and places to visit. There is a good range of books to choose from in the cottage, plus a dvd player with a selection of films, and board games, plus a petanque (boules) set should you wish to join the locals in a game, just over the bridge by the Salle de Fetes.

On the first floor is the spacious, comfortable, double bedroom, very quietly situated at the rear of the cottage, with views over open countryside, and the light and airy shower room with power shower and heated towel radiator for your comfort, is right next to the bedroom. There is ample storage in the bedroom and the shower room for all your clothes. Nothing worse than living out of a suitcase!

If you decide not to cook, we can recommend the French chef in the village, Herve, who has a catering kitchen and does take out meals at weekends of authentic French dishes at a surprisingly reasonable price. For example, coq au vin at just €6,50 per head!

The cottage is quietly tucked in behind the village church, and there is beautiful open countryside in all directions from the village. You can walk along quiet back lanes into St. Sulpice - about 45 minutes away at a leisurely pace - and enjoy a quiet drink at the bar restaurant in the church square, while you watch the World go by. The two bar-restaurants in St Sulpice both do a great value menu at lunchtime, including wine, at around €12 per person! They welcome your well-behaved pet.

All in all, you can do as little or as much as takes your fancy if you choose to stay at Limousin-Cottage, and really relax and re-charge your batteries.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Linda or Sam
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 October, 2016

About Linda or Sam

Although from the UK, with grown-up family and Grandchildren still living there, we have been fully resident in France since 2003. We are on hand to assist our guests during their stay at Limousin-Cottage, should they need any local information on things to do and places to visit, or there are any issues with the accommodation that require our attention.

Linda or Sam purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Linda or Sam chose Bellac area

The Limousin region is known as the French Lake District, and there are so many lovely places to visit. The landscape varies from rolling hills, lakes and forested mountains, all within easy driving distance from the cottage. We loved this village for it's peace and quiet, and for the beautiful countryside right on the doorstep, but we didn't want to be remote. It's in an ideal spot to fully explore the Limousin. The region was the favourite choice for famous artists such as Renoir, as the light can be astonishing and so special that you have to see it for yourselves. Our children and Grandchildren absolutely adore coming every Summer and never tire of it. You can completely chill out and unwind once you are here, and can do as much or as little as takes your fancy. We have had previous guests who have barely ventured out of the back garden, preferring instead to make the most of the tranquility, to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with a good book and a glass of the very inexpensive and very good wine you can find here, and have barbecues every day! Our French guests also greatly appreciate what the cottage and the region have to offer.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage was in a very dilapidated state when we first saw it, and had been unoccupied for at least 30 years, but we loved it's charm. It was built around 1750, the second house in the village after the construction of the neighbouring cottage, which was the priests home. It is tucked in behind the village church, which is sadly no longer used for regular masses, but is still fully functional and you can look inside. It holds the remains of two saints, St Gervais and St Protais, and there is a yearly ceremony where the remains are taken outside in a little procession along the lane to the cemetery. Years and years ago the little courtyard directly in front of the cottages was a graveyard, which was subsequently moved to the cemetery. We have a little momento of this, as our doorstep is actually one of the old granite gravestones, with a Saxon cross on it! Behind the cottage is open countryside, and we often see deer crossing, and once even sat in the garden watching two young deer playing hide and seek around a bale of hay. From the little garden you can watch birds of prey, or bats in the evening. There is a nightingale who sings his little heart out all through the night, a beautiful sound to drift off to sleep to.


1 holidaymaker review

Pet-friendly, with lake and long riverside walks nearby. Fishing. Great wi-fi.
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Limousin Holiday Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This holiday cottage exceeded all expectations. Spacious. comfortable bed, great shower, full of character and equipped with everything you need and more. The next door neighbours are Sam and Linda and they could not be any more welcoming and helpful. One damp evening we set off on the 30min walk to the restaurant at Lac de Mondon. We had obviously been spotted because after 100 yards Sam pulled up in his car and insisted on giving us a lift. Customer service? You bet!

The local area is very rural and peaceful, yet it catered for all our wants and needs. Great bars selling good food, a well stocked supermarket, pharmacies, bakeries, butchers, swimming pool, beautiful walks, cycle rides ( bikes supplied by Sam and Linda ) and a very reliable and friendly local taxi service.

Access to the motorway network is only 6 miles away and direct trains to Paris are only 12 miles away in La Souterraine.

All in all, a great holiday and if you are visiting from Northern Ireland, bring Tayto crisps and potato bread. Sam and Linda deserve them!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ian and Shirley, It was a real pleasure to welcome you both to our quiet little corner of France! How fantastic for you to get to go to the N. Ireland EUFA cup matches during your stay. The Tayto crisps and potato bread are going down very nicely indeed - and Puss says thank you for feeding her when we were away. Friends for life LoL. We really hope to see you back in the Limousin again sometime. Thanks again, Linda & Sam X
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Lac de Mondon and St Sulpice les Feuilles
Nearest Ferry
520 Kilometres
Calais, Le Havre or Dieppe
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Limoges, Mortemart or St Junien
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
La Souterraine
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Toll-free A20 motorway just 5-10 minutes away
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Auberge de Lac Mondon just 2 kms away
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Lake and swimming pool nearby with poolside bar.
Car: necessary

The area is a paradise for bargain hunters, with car boot sales and fleamarkets going on all over the region for much of the year. There is also a great Aladdin's cave just along the road from the cottage, where you can find just about anything, from reclamation and furniture to bric a brac!

A visit to Oradour sur Glane is not to be missed. This is the ruins of a village after a WW2 massacre which has been left as a tribute to the victims. There is a visitor centre and you can walk around the whole of the village. The site attracts visitors from all over the World. It is about half an hour from the cottage.

The nearby pool at Lac de Mondon is open to visitors in season, and there are amazing riverside walks from the lake, where you pass through medieval forests with waterfalls and prehistoric caves. There is a lovely Auberge, where you can get a superb meal, lunchtime or evening, Tuesday to Saturday. The lunchtime menu changes each day, they use home-grown and locally sourced produce, and it is just €13 for three courses. There is also a great poolside bar restaurant, Le Repos. Although a little further afield, we can thoroughly recommend ZooParc Beauval for a wonderful day out. It is rated amongst the top ten zoos in the World and the best in France. It is 90 minutes drive from the cottage, but well worth the drive. New for 2016 - see hippos swimming underwater!

Limoges is a lovely, open city, surrounded by hills and lakes, and has a beautiful river, the Vienne, passing right through the city. You can walk on pathways along much of the length of the river, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral (which is set in lovely botanical gardens) and have a wander through the flea-market in the medieval streets around the cathedral. Limoges is renowned for porcelain manufacture, and there are factory and museum visits.

A 20 minute drive away from the cottage is the huge monthly market at Les Herolles, which is also a stock market. Held on the 29th of each month, unless the 29th falls on a Sunday, and then it is on the Monday. The fresh produce is top quality. It is arguably the biggest market in France.

If you would like an authentic French meal freshly prepared for you to enjoy in the cottage, one of our neighbours, Herve, is a Paris-trained chef and has his own catering kitchen. You put your order in the day before, ready to be collected at a time of your choice. Weekends only. He doesn't speak English, but don't worry - we can always translate if needed.


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Prices for this holiday cottage in Mailhac-sur-Benaize, Bellac area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn season
3 Sep 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £133

Arrival time is 16h00 or later and departure time is up to 10h00, except by prior arrangement with ourselves. Electricity is charged by meter at the current EDF cost rate. Logs for the stove in Winter can be pre-ordered from the local woodman (we will arrange this for our guests) The nightly rate includes electricity and logs, and there is NO EXTRA CHARGE for electricity in High Season (July and August). The cottage owners are on hand to help or advise guests or to promptly deal with any problems in the cottage.

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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mailhac-sur-Benaize in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • 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 ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The light and airy shower room consists of step-in power shower cubicle, w.c. and hand basin, and is right next to the bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The very quietly situated double bedroom is at the rear of the cottage, with views out over open countryside beyond the garden. There is a comfortable double sofa bed in the living room, plus a handy fold-up single bed which can be put in the bedroom if required. Travel cot provided for a baby. The shower room and w.c. are right next to the bedroom. Our guests all remark on how well they sleep during their stay.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
There is a French chef in the village who can prepare authentic French cuisine (to order) in his catering kitchen, weekends only.

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