Villa near St Junien, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France - Peaceful, 5 Mins Drive From Town And Golf Course
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About Clare Macnaughton
My husband is serving in the military and I am a writer and blogger. The house is our only house as we live in rented accommodation back in the UK.
Clare Macnaughton purchased this Villa in 2001
Why Clare Macnaughton chose Saint-Junien
We happened upon it by chance after seeing it advertised in The Sunday Times. We boarded a TGV train to the Limousin via Paris, and journeyed to the property. When we visited it - it was love at first sight. We put in an offer that was accepted and became french property owners! It really is a beautifully unique property with so many lovely spaces and features, we just had to have it and threw caution to the wind.
What makes this Villa unique
Very close to the nearest market town and supermarkets but still in a relatively isolated position. The pool is a sun trap and completely private and the garden is big, safe and full of fun adventures...
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great property in an ideal location to explore the area.
We had a great time at the property, it is a lovely old house, the south facing and secluded pool area is definitely a highlight, it has good facilities and is ideally located to explore the surrounding area.
Perfect summer retreat for the family
We had an amazing time, we loved the grounds as my son could explore, the pool was lovely and sheltered, when we’d had too much sun we had pool matches in the games room! The hot tub was an extra luxury in the evenings and we had the choice of eating inside or outside every evening. We ate in every night and enjoyed the facilities so much, a really relaxing holiday.
Thank you so much for a lovely review and being the most perfect guests. We are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday.
We were met by the very welcoming Housekeeper who gave us a comprehensive overview of Le Petit Pre. The gorgeous house was spotless and the kitchen far better equipped than ours at home! We luxuriated in the space that the property provided both inside and out. It would comfortably have accommodated two families. We used the pool all day, everyday and the when we need a change of scene, an ongoing table tennis tournament provided distraction in the barn. Children aged 15,12 & 5 were kept occupied and happy for a week with all that the property provided and we are only mildly ashamed to say that the only time we left the house was to drive the very short distance to the hypermarket for food! It was a fabulous setting for a family holiday, little things like the bed linen, the housekeeper's help with a query mid week, the trampoline and numerous different places to sit and read a book or sup a sundowner - oh and the wifi ( kids v. happy with this) made it a place to stay we all wholeheartedly recommend. It's very easy to find too!
Fabulous family holiday!
We were greeted on our arrival by Paula, the housekeeper, who gave us a friendly welcome and an informative tour of the property, without being too intrusive. The property was clean is is obviously well cared for. Paula was just a phone call away and could not do enough to help us when we had a couple of emergencies, especially when we required medical assistance for my son.
The amenities that the property offered allowed us to have a wonderfully relaxing holiday despite the changeable weather we had. There were two families staying in the property and we had sufficient space to accommodate all of us. The children were kept amused by the pool, trampoline and playing table-tennis or basketball in the barn when it was a bit rainy. The property is suitable for families with younger or older children. The hot tub is a welcome addition to the house and we enjoyed spending time in it during the evenings when the temperature had dropped.
The nearest town is a short drive away with large supermarkets on the outskirts. There seemed to be plenty of places to eat but we didn't eat out at all, we just enjoyed the BBQ or using the well equipped kitchen.
The surrounding area is very beautiful and I wish we had had more time to explore it.
Both families thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and all would definitely recommend to others.
Special interest holidays:
The lakes of the Charente and Haute Vienne provided excellent licensed fishing for anglers. The region offers canoeing, sailing, wakeboarding, tree top adventures, aquarium, zoo and chateaus.
Around the Haute Vienne and within a 30 min drive of the house are various lakes with beaches. The nearest 'Plan d'eau' or 'Place de Loisirs' is at Etagnac 5 mins away. The lake of Videix with water-sport facilities for hire is some 30 min drive away and the spectacular Lac de Paradoux, also with water-sports to hire is approximately 50 min drive away.
A car is essential due to the rural location of the property.
Limoges airports 20 mins drive. Flights from: Paris/Southampton/East Midlands/Liverpool/Stansted. Please contact owner should you require weblink addresses. Caen 4.5 hours drive. Cherbourg 6 hours drive. Calais 9 hours drive.
Local town St Junien 5 min drive. Rochechouart Chateau & local arts 10 min drive. Oradour Sur Glane (war history) 40 min drive. Bellac Outstanding beauty 30 mins. Lots of chateaus around nearby as the house is on the Route Richard Coeur de Lion. You will be staying in the heart of real France.
Banks, shopping, restaurants and 2 x hypermarkets in St Junien.