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Stone House in the Perigord/Limousin National Park, with many nearby attractions

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

Located in the Limousin and borders the Dordogne and Charente

The house is located in the Limousin region, of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Haute Vienne department of France, near the borders with the Dordogne and Charente, and is within the 'Parc Naturel Limousin Perigord'.

It has 3 bedrooms upstairs,(2 doubles & 1 twin ) and one additional room in basement with en-suite shower/WC.

Lounge has sofas and dining table seats 6,

Sky TV (UK Channels only), DVD player and Music system with mp3/usb input.

House has double glazing and electric heating throughout, plus an efficient wood-burner.

Kitchen and utility room is fully equipped with fridge,freezer,dishwasher,washing machine & tumble drier, Iron & ironing board. Also toaster,microwave, kettle & cafetiere.

All the pots and pans, utensils and cutlery one could need.

Champagnac-la-Rivière is a small typically French village that has a bakers (+ some provisions), Dino's which is a bar/restaurant/pizzeria, and "La Gare" which is a newly opened Chic restaurant in the converted old Champagnac railway station. Other shops and supermarkets (+ banks) are in the surrounding villages (typically 3 miles away). An old railway line (Voie Verte) is at the top of the village and is now a 9 mile paved cycle route linking the neighbouring villages, so you can easily get to them without taking the car. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants in the neighbouring villages. There are many nearby swimming lakes with beaches, fishing and sports facilities. There is a very small market in the village on Tuesdays but an excellent market covering many streets on Wednesday at Piégut-Pluviers in the Dordogne only a half hour drive away.

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Stuart Lawes
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Stuart Lawes

We acquired our beautiful house in France a few years ago and rent it out, not for huge profits, but just to let others appreciate it and to help towards its upkeep.

It has recently had a bright new finish outside and a newly re-surfaced terrace.

We love France and spend as much time there ourselves as time allows and plan to retire there too.

Stuart Lawes purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Stuart Lawes chose Champagnac-la-Rivière

We bought there because it's in 'au coeur de la France profonde'. Easily accessible but just far enough South to be exotic and warm. Yet it's green and pleasant in the varying seasons.

We see the drive down as part of our Holiday,sometimes stopping off for lunch.

The city of Limoges is an easy hop if you fancy some urban culture. Otherwise its local quaint villages with their charm and interesting festivals.

The coast and many interesting towns are a pleasant drive away.

In Autumn and Winter its sunny days and crisp frosty mornings, long walks and cosy evenings sat in front of the roaring fire, bliss! Rochechouart with its grand chateau, restaurants and surrounding lakes is a pleasant drive away. Plenty of outdoor sports like golf, fishing and horse riding are locally available in season.

What makes this cottage unique

The large tiled terrace is ours and our guests' favourite place. The elevated view of the surrounding quiet village and countryside is beguiling. We often sit out late into the evening sipping wine and listening to the birds and sounds of the night. The dark sky (Our village streetlights extinguish at 11pm sharp!) full of stars unseen in other towns and villages or more urban Britain making familiar constellations quite vague amongst them. Picnics are easy, there's chairs, a rug, a cool bag, flask and some unbreakable crockery. With a village bakery and shop for supplies. There's a village green and boules pitch and a park just down the lane from which way-marked trails start and through which the river and stream babble. We often take 2 of the bikes along the cycle path to the next village, either Chalus or Oradour sur Vayres and see what wildlife we encounter en route.

Guestbook comments from the owner

#1 “The house, weather and location were lovely. A well equipped kitchen, very comfortable sitting room, and gorgeous terrace made our stay in Haute Vienne La Riviere a truly happy and relaxing one. It was great to have the boulangerie and bar nearby, too. (We were lucky enough to be around for the fete and were treated to a magnificent firework display on the last night!) Although we all brought bikes, the owners were kind enough to let us borrow theirs which came in handy, as one of our party damaged his own bike. A brilliant area for cycling, especially for families, as there is a network of very safe cycle paths, which we rode on most days.” A brilliant time was had by all, many thanks."You home is lovely, Everything we needed was there.Very well thought out for an enjoyable stay"

#2 "We had a brilliant week - your home is delightful and had everything to meet our needs and more! We found it really comfortable and homely - including the cat which appeared each evening"
Jun 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Champagnac-la-Rivière in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Large with vanity unit, full length bath and a shower cabin
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower, basin and toilet
  • Large, family sized room with shower, WC, vanity unit, heated towel rail and full length bath. The other an en-suite with shower, WC and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6-8 (3+ Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with double bed and fine view Bedroom 3 with twin beds adjoins bedroom 2 Possible additional bedroom 4 on the lower ground floor, with a quality double sofa-bed and en-suite shower/WC
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Heating is by wood burning stove in the lounge area, and by electric convector radiators throughout. The house also has hardwood double glazing. Firewood is included in the rate. Outside: Outside there is an attractive elevated south facing terrace with a fine view of the wooded Tardoire valley. It has a large parasol, dining furniture, barbecue and lighting. Utility Room: There's a large fridge/freezer, washer and tumble dryer, and iron, sink and brooms/mops. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding (duvets and pillows) are provided, but please note that bed linen and towels are not provided as standard, although they can be supplied for an extra charge. The house will be clean for your arrival. Non-smokers only please! Other: Large, lockable wood store - ideal for bikes, roof racks etc. Just don't forget to take them home!


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Stone House in the Perigord/Limousin National Park, with many nearby attractions
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great property and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days in Champagnac-la-Riviere. We really enjoyed the property. It was spacious and gave us everything we needed. We cycled along the Voie Verte and and visited many of the surrounding villages.

Communication with the owner was excellent and informative and contributed to our very restful and enjoyable stay.

I can highly recommend the property and location.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to see that are efforts to make our property welcoming and homely are so appreciated by our guests. We love to see our house being used and treasured just like we do and as a base to explore all the local and further afield attractions. Thanks for your kind review. Stuart
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Champagnac La Riviere

  • 5 of 5

The house provided superb accommodation in lovely French village. The living area provided everything we required for our stay. A fully equipped kitchen, dining area and seating around the very effective wood burning stove and wide screen tv. The beds were extremely comfortable and everything was clean and tidy. My dealings with the owner were very easy. The village has a little neighbourhood bar and restaurant where we were made very welcome. All in all a lovely location in great countryside.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do try to think of everything when equipping the house. So pleased to hear all was to your liking. The area is lovely even in winter and the low season and spring comes early. We are fortunate to have Dino's bar & restaurant in the village, their food is lovely. We visit our house often and try to keep it spruced up despite its age. Thanks for your comments. Perhaps we'll welcome you again?
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Very peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely, very cosy and full of character. Nice terrace to catch the sun and for bbqs. The area is so peaceful and surrounded by lots of little towns, good bakers within two minutes walk for the morning pain au chocolats and great food at Dino's bar up the road. We enjoyed lots of walks with our dog at the nearby lakes.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you made good use of the house & Terrace and had a lovely time. We enjoy walking too and the scenery is beautiful and lush. The Autumn is our favourite especially now the leaves are turning, yet one can still be lucky with some sunshine and warm afternoons. The area is great to explore and even after several years we are always finding new villages lakes and walks. The quaint festivals are charming so we always try to pick up a “Calendrier des Manifestations” from the tourist office to see what’s on each month and leave a copy for our guests. Hope you’ll visit again!
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Limoges Bellgarde (LIG)
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Dino's Bar/Restaurant and Pizzaria
Nearest Ferry
607 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Golf De Saint Junien
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Dino's Bar/Restaurant and Pizzaria
Nearest Ski
225 Kilometres
Le Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
11 Kilometres
Lac St Mathieu
Car: necessary


There are many nearby lakes with fishing, beaches for swimming, water sports and other sports facilities. e.g. Lac St Mathieu 6 miles away, and also Lac St Esteph and Lac du Bussière Gallant. The Atlantic coast (eg. Royan) is within a 2.5 hours drive, passing through delightful Angouleme, Cognac and Saintes.


Limoges (Bellegarde) airport = 21 miles (Ryanair & Flybe)

Limoges train station = 27 miles.

Bussière-Galant & Aixe-sur-Vienne train stations are each only 18 miles away but have limited connecting services.

The use of a car is essential.

Hire cars available at both above

It's also possible to fly via Angouleme (1 hour), Brive la Gaillarde (1½ hours) or Bergerac a 2½ hour drive away.

6 hours easy drive from Le Havre.

< 7 hours from Calais.


23 miles to the beautiful medieval centre of Limoges. 35 miles to the 'Venice of the Dordogne' - Brantôme. 6 miles to Richard the Lion Heart's -Châlus. 12 miles to the château at Rochechouart. 20 miles to the golf courses at La Preze and St Junien.

Further Details:

Village has bakery/general stores, post office and bar/bistro. There's plenty of open green space for the kids and adults to play, picnic and relax. The surrounding villages/towns also have various shops, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets. The nearest supermarket (and cashpoint) is 2.5 miles away. The village and several others nearby have many fetes throughout the Summer and Autumn.

Fishing licences can be purchased for public lakes and rivers (in season) and for the many private fishing lakes all year. Horse riding is available nearby and there are various water-sports at the many lakes. There are two golf courses a short drive away.

The exciting, new French sport of 'Acrobranche' (in the high trees on zip wires etc.!) can be tried by the more adventurous at several locations nearby.

Ride a Zip wire over the lake at Bussiere Gallant!

There are 5 adult/teenager bikes that you're free to use, and additional bikes can be hired from the old Chalus railway station (along the paved bike trail from the village, about 5 miles away.

Local events for 2016 include:

The largest French fete outside of Paris in the next village (Oradour Sur Vayres) - last weekend of July

Champagnac la Riviere fete - mid August

Cidre et Cochinelles (Pork and Cider) festival in Champagnac la Riviere - third Sunday of October


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
For any further information please contact the owner via email, text or telephone.
Changeover Day: All flexible and agreed before payment. Take advantage of those midweek travel bargains!
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.Part weeks are pro rata.
Euros accepted by bank transfer or cash. Rates £1 = 1.08 Euro.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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