The Gites offer comfortable and well equipped self-catering accommodation and are perfect for a quiet holiday in the beautiful 3 Lakes area of the Creuse Valley. The Gites in this converted barn are comfortably furnished, this one for two; a double bedroom and a 'dressing room'; a good sized kitchen/diner and living area with a private patio area which includes outside table and chairs overlooking the large shared garden. Set in a very tranquil and rural area, just the Gites, the English owners who are on hand if required for information and assistance and one retired French neighbour, we are surrounded by fabulous countryside where it appears as though time has stood still, dotted with lovely French villages and towns with lots of local markets and places to explore and enjoy. The quiet roads in this area, one of the least populated of France, make any outing a pleasure. An excellent spot for walking, cycling, fishing, wildlife watching, photography, painting..... or just sitting! As this is such a rural location we also benefit from no light pollution, providing fabulous night skies. Walk routes, maps and guided walks are available, please ask for information at the time of booking. We also offer personalised walking holidays and short breaks that can be tailored to your specific requirements and can include lunch stops at a variety of local restaurants providing a unique experience of this beautiful area. Bed linen is included in the price but we are unable to offer Towels. Travel Cot without linen can be available on request (at time of booking). The Gites do not have heating, however a portable heater can be made available (there will be a charge for this service).
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- Min. Stay2 - 7 nights
Gites de Montinazeau, Peaceful location Within 15 Minutes of lakeside beaches
Andrew and Debbie Bowden
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- English, French
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- 17 Aug 2018
About Andrew and Debbie Bowden
Having spent over 30 years holidaying throughout France, we finally moved here permanently in April 2012. We love the peace and tranquility, the beautiful countryside, the quiet roads and the friendly locals.
Andrew and Debbie Bowden purchased this Cottage in 2012
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Perfect, peaceful, away from it all gite!
This gite is perfect for an away from it all holiday to recharge your batteries. The location is beautiful - total peace and quiet all you can hear are the birds. The Gite was spotlessly clean and one of the best equipped we have stayed in. The kitchen had everything we needed which often isn't the case in holiday rentals.
The grounds are beautiful and full of birds - we saw loads including a hoopoe and a green woodpecker while there. The private decking area is lovely to sit having a glass of wine. The bedrooms were lovely and cosy.
Andrew and Debbie are the perfect hosts, really friendly and welcoming and the eggs from their chickens are superb - so good we even brought some home.
We would have no hesitation recommending this property, it was perfect for our holiday and we will definitely be returning!
Many thanks for your positive feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay. We would love to welcome you back at any time.
Nous avons passé un agréable séjour, au calme, dans cette belle région.
Merci, nous sommes très heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour.
Gîte isolé dans un lieu-dit très calme
Les propriétaires de ce gîte isolé dans un lieu-dit très calme sont discrets et agréables. De nombreuses visites à faire aux alentours sans parcourir trop de kms. Le gîte bien aménagé est propre, on apprécie la terrasse ombragée qui donne sur le grand terrain à l'arrière.
Vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles - nous vous accueillir pour revenir en toute occasion.
13 kilometers to the nearest lakeside beach (one of several within 40 minutes drive) which also provides cafe/restaurant and designated swimming areas during the summer months.
Access to Le Montinazeau is easy and we can be reached within a day using a network of good roads leading from the ports of Calais (approx. 6 hours), Caen (under 5 hours), Cherbourg (approx. 6 hours) or Saint Malo (approx. 5½ hours). We are situated roughly 25 minutes off the main A20 Motorway.
The Airport of Limoges is only one hour away if you want to fly-drive (a car really is essential to fully appreciate the area).
The nearest village is under 5 kilometres away and provides a grocery shop; Post Office and Bar/Restaurant. Larger towns are within 10 kilometres providing all services including Banks; Supermarkets; Restaurants; weekly Markets etc.
The Creuse covers about 5,565 km² with a population of less than 125,000 making it one of the least populated departments in the whole of France and definitely one of the most enjoyable to explore, with glorious rolling countryside; quiet roads; many beautiful lakes, rivers and historic towns, villages and sites to see.
Le Montinazeau can be found in the North of La Creuse in an area known as Les Trois Lacs (The Three Lakes) the nearest of which is just 15 minutes away and boasts a man-made beach with safe swimming, boating, a small bar and cafe/restaurant, free parking and walks.
There are many areas of interest all within 30 minutes of the Gites including (but certainly not limited to) the castle at Crozant, overlooking the valley where the Sedelle and the Creuse Rivers meet; Fresseline, where Monet and other artists came to paint; The Pilgrims Way (Le Chemin de St. Jaques de Compostelle), where it follows the beautiful Sedelle River; La Souterraine with it's medieval gateways and bustling market.
Only slightly further afield is Gueret where you can find the Wolf sanctuary; the Giant Labyrinth; the famous Monts de Gueret (with miles of beautiful walks and cycling routes); Limoges (famous for its porcelain and the birthplace of Renoir); Aubusson (designated Unesco site with its tapestries); Argenton-sur-Creuse (beautiful medieval town on the river with famous historic Roman site 'Argentomagus'); Le Haute Touche (animal reserve with over 1,000 animals from all five continents in a natural environment covering over 1,000 acres).
There are several marked country walks close to Le Montinazeau varying in length between 5 and 10 kilometres, many of which end close to a local restaurant serving a 'plat du jour' (3 course meal for under 14 euros), often with wine/coffee included.
After a busy(!) day exploring, walking, swimming, sitting... you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden at Le Montinazeau and watch out for the local wildlife to be seen which in the last year has included; Deer; Red Squirrel; Stone Marten; Black & Red Kites; Buzzards; Hobby's; Woodpeckers (Green, Greater Spotted and even Black!).
If you would like any further information please just let us know and we'll be happy to help
A €100 damage/security deposit will be required on arrival. This will be returned to you when the gite has been checked prior to departure. The current tourist tax (Taxe de Sejour) is set at 44 cents per night for each person over the age of 16. Changeover Day: Flexible changeover days. We ask that guests arrive after 4pm and leave by 10am on the morning of departure.