Traditional bed and breakfast in hosts' farmhouse
- English, French
About Denise Holdsworth
We lived in Sussex before coming to France 17 years ago. Purely by accident on a house hunting exercise, we found this 200 year old stone farmhouse which had been empty for several years and just knew it was what we had been looking for. Little by little, we have renovated inside, keeping as much of the original character as we can - including sloping floors and wiggly walls! The garden was just a field when we came and is now full of trees and flower beds. In the attached barn, we are still in the process of creating a gite but, for the moment, we can use the bedroom and shower room as a second room for bed and breakfast guests as access to the main house is inside. We have welcomed guests from all over the world; our main aim is to create a homely and relaxed atmosphere.
Denise Holdsworth purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Denise Holdsworth chose Châteauneuf-la-Forêt
We fell in love with this area because of its beautiful hills and valleys. If you've never been to the Limousin, and many people have never heard of it, you have missed a totally unspoiled part of France which has been kept a secret for many years; tourists just went through it on their way further south, never stopping. Now, it has been discovered as a place to come and relax, walk in the woods, bathe in the lakes when you want to get away from it all. Or you can visit any number of old towns and cities within an hour or so's drive. We have easy access from the A20 which runs north to south, also from Limoges airport (40 mins. drive), there are golf course nearby, fishing, mountain biking trails - all manor of things to entertain you, plus a wide range of good food.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
When you stay with us, you experience the traditional French Chambre d'hote which means you live with us as part of the family.. you eat breakfast with us at our kitchen table. You will not be sent to a room apart all on your own. We enjoy hearing about your lives, why you are here, whether you are on holiday or house hunting and we share our experiences of how we came to be here and what we have done since being here. This is rural France, a farming community where you will hear sheep, cattle, chickens and cockerels going about their business.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A lovely friendly stay.
We had a lovely stay, hosts Denise and Gordon are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about the local area.
Thank you! Hope you had a safe journey home and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Xx
Delightful setting, requires car to get around. Able to walk in the forest easily and enjoy spectacular scenery. everywhere. Wonderful attentive hospitality from the hosts.
Lovely old farmhouse
A warm welcome awaits when you arrive at this beautiful old farmhouse, not just from the owners, but from their cats and the old dog.
The large bedroom and bathroom facilities were lovely and clean and towels were supplied along with tea and coffee making facilities.. The owners are happy to suggest places to visit over an ample continental breakfast making this a real gem of a place to stay.
It's always a pleasure to meet and greet new people to our home. We have made many friends from those who have passed through this area or who have subsequently bought a house nearby. So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, you know you are always welcome.
gite qui ne correspondait pas à nos attentes surement par notre faute dans le choix du gite
Nous avons été reçu par des gens charmants
endroit agréable et nos hôtes très charmants
Merci, c'est gentile. J'espere nous vous voyerons une autre fois.
sympas pour un court séjour
Accueil chaleureux, maison au calme mais léger bémol sur la propreté...
5 mins drive from lake, beach and play area for children.
During school holidays (July/August) there is a lifeguard on beach every day. Beach is man made, clean and well kept. Water is monitored regularly for health and safety. There is a bar nearby for refreshments.
Limoges Bellegarde airport 45 minutes drive. 460 miles drive from Calais. Car hire available and recommended at airport. Route from airport sent via email on request
2kms to Chateauneuf la Foret, 17 kms to Eymoutiers or St. Leonard de Noblat, 30 kms from Limoges. Medieval towns, porcelain factories, Limoges Cathedral and old city and many more.
Half an hour's drive away is the largest man made lake in this area (Lac Vassiviere), definitely a must for a day out. Breathtaking scenery en route, excellent restaurant, beaches, water sports and even a dotto train across to the island.
Chateauneuf has banks, doctors, dentists, bars and cafes as well as bakers, a supermarket and estate agent.