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Detached Stone Cottage, Large Garden, Above Ground Pool with Decking,& Free Wifi

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Country cottage with pool near Fresselines, Creuse, France - Tranquil With Country Walks From The Doorstep, Yet Only A Few Minutes Drive To Local Amenities.

'Les Poiriers' is a pretty, stone house set in a hamlet, whose French doors lead out onto the large garden, which has far-reaching views over the beautiful countryside of Limousin. Combining traditional features and modern facilities, the property provides the perfect haven for relaxation. The downstairs open-plan living area features an old bread oven, exposed stone wall, beams and woodburner alongside all the modern facilities to make your holiday comfortable. Upstairs are 3 bright bedrooms with original beams and a modern bathroom. Outside is perfect for unwinding over a glass of wine and barbecue, or snoozing in the hammock while the children play in the garden. Above-ground pool with decking available from mid-June until September. There is something for everyone in the area, from having a long lunch at a local restaurant to being pulled behind a speedboat on an inflatable; from exploring the countryside on foot or bike to picnicking by the river; from horse-riding through woodland to sunbathing on a beach.

Wendy Atkinson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Wendy Atkinson

We are a couple in our 40s from Yorkshire, with 2 daughters aged 12 and 14. I am a teacher and my husband is a sales rep. We have a dream to move to France one day! Our daughters have agreed to come with us as long as they can have horses, goats, pigs, hens, several dogs etc! We were handed the keys to 'Les Poiriers' (The Pear Trees) in December 2007, and we have memories of a freezing night spent on a hard floor with the sleeping bag tied tightly over our heads - the longest night of our life!

Wendy Atkinson purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Wendy Atkinson chose Fresselines

Fortunately a lot has changed since then - we now have heating, furniture... and even bedrooms!

We bought our house on our first ever visit to the Limousin. We had singled out the area partly because there were flights from convenient airports and partly because we yearned for 'the good life', and the Creuse certainly had plenty of scope for that. We didn't know what to expect but fell in love straight away. We were amazed at how much there is to do and see for all tastes and ages, from having a picnic by the river to being dragged behind a speed boat on an inflatable seat! From going for an evening walk from your doorstep to getting lost in a giant maze. From exploring pretty towns to playing on the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

It is a cliche but 'Les Poiriers' really is a home from home. It is cosy, comfortable but stylish (we hope!) and despite the wealth of activities and attractions being so accessible, we sometimes find it hard to drag ourselves away from 'home', where we can happily waste hours pottering, watching the children play from the comfort of the hammock and admiring the views from the garden, muttering 'We could never have this in England -when are we moving?'

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Plenty of room with everything we needed."

"We’ve already been singing the praises of your house to our friends and my parents who would absolutely love the house and area."

"Your cottage is fabulous and very well equipped."

"Undoubtedly a beautiful area."

"We had a lovely relaxing long weekend at your cottage. Having not visited the area before and not knowing much about it, we were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this part of France is and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending your cottage, especially given the excellent value for money it offers."

"It is the best place we've stayed in - the house had everything we needed and more."

"We absolutely loved it and would love to return."

"We enjoyed the peace and gorgeous countryside and swimming in lakes and rivers."

"The house and location were perfect and the pool was a bonus especially in the wonderful weather."
Sep 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fresselines in Creuse

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs shower room with sink and wc. Downstairs shower room with sink and wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Downstairs 2 x double sofa bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Strictly no smoking please. Take care with small children on the stairs. Besides the cosy woodburner, there are heaters in all rooms and electric blankets for our winter visitors. For summer use fans are provided in bedrooms. Parking space available. There is a selection of books and indoor games for visitors' use, plus binoculars, maps, leaflets and visitors' book for information on the area. Coolbox and picnic blanket. Pool available from June until September. Outside: Space to park on the country lane at the front of the house or behind lockable gates. There is a huge, peaceful garden shaded by a horse-chestnut and pear trees, with beautiful, far-reaching countryside views all year round. Guests have sole use of the 7.5x4x1.2m above-ground pool with spacious decking, overlooking fields. Bikes, barbecue, fire-pit, garden furniture, hammock, tyre swing, selection of outdoor games eg badminton and tennis sets, frisbee. Outside light for warm evenings while you listen to the owls and crickets and watch the bats. Help yourselves to fresh herbs from the garden in season. Utility Room: Tumble dryer available in 'cave' on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, beach towels, bed linen included. Mid-stay clean on request for longer stays. Welcome pack. English couple available to share local knowledge, give advice and practical help with any issues that may arise, giving total peace of mind to guests.


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Detached Stone Cottage, Large Garden, Above Ground Pool with Decking,& Free Wifi
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 16 reviews

Excellent Holiday Home

  • 4 of 5

We have recently returned from our stay in France where we stayed for 1 week in this delightful cottage.

It had everything we needed for a relaxing stay.

The pool and outside area are great and a real sun trap. Most days the temp was around 38 deg, so the pool got a lot of use.

It is in a very rural area so we needed to use a little of the French we know.

The inside space is open and a great place to relax in the evening once the sun has gone down.

the local area is beautiful with lots to see and do.

I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone who wants a quiet relaxing holiday.

WIFI would be nice, just to keep the kids quiet.


  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb holiday Gite

  • 5 of 5

Just spent 4 weeks staying in this wonderful holiday Gite. The facilities way out did our expectations and housed 8 people comfortably. The grounds are exceptionally big with a lovely pool that Tony, the Gite manager, came regularly to check and help maintain.

The Gite has patio doors that open onto a lovely patio area that is shaded by a chestnut tree. This we found was perfect to sit, dine and drink wine with our friends and family late into the evenings.

We would certainly recommend this property to anyone who wants a holiday that is relaxing and carefree.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week and had a wonderful time. Extended family (10 of us!) and there was plenty to do. The kids enjoyed the lake nearby and the oldies enjoyed being in 'proper France'

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and tranquility in the heart of France

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 3 weeks and our stay was totally as we expected it, from what we had read and seen in the details. The house is set up perfectly for families and those wanting to get away from it all. Plenty to do at the house, as there is an enormous garden and adequate pool, with games and toys to play with. The built in BBQ was frequently used. The house is comfortable with good facilities. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, lots of pretty villages, with the nearby Fressilines being attractive enough for Claude Monet to stay in and paint the nearby River Creuse. The owners were very helpful and answered any questions we had and the property manager Tony, was on hand to provide plenty of local knowledge. Thanks for a much needed break!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with large garden.

  • 5 of 5

Le Poiriers has everything needed for a peaceful relaxing stay.

A nice well equipped cottage with the benefit of a big safe garden for families with children.

A great area to explore and taste the local food and wine.

Tony the key holder made us feel very welcome and is a superb host.

We drove from the UK and the directions given by Wendy were easy to follow, no need for a satnav :)

We are happy to recommend the cottage to anyone, from family to those looking for peace & relaxation and those seeking to explore the French country side.

5 star experience thank you. :)

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice family accommodation, peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Really decent accommodation, tons of space and good facilities. Large garden, good pool, lovely and peaceful. Good quiet roads surrounding for morning runs and evening walks. Lots of great advice and assistance from Tony, who looks after the property. Some lovely lakes, towns and things to do. Had a great week. Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lake of Saint-Pardoux, France (Lac de Saint-Pardoux)
La Celle-Dunoise
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Fougeres beach
Car: necessary


The house is within 10 minutes drive of Fougeres beach on the Lac d'Eguzon. Here there is safe swimming and a couple of places to eat. There is a free boat to the other shore, the Plage de Chambon, where there is a sandy beach, water sports, restaurants. Montcocu, at 15 mins drive, offers a charming setting for bathing, walking and has a bar/restaurant. The 'Trois Lacs' area offers further swimming opportunities.The Lac de Vassiviere at 1hr 15 has beaches, pedaloes, boat trips and restaurants.


Nearest airport Limoges at 1hr 15 mins. Departures with Ryanair or Flybe from Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle or Southampton. 6 hours drive from Calais. Car recommended. If you don't want to bring the car, we can arrange transport to and from the airport (extra charge applies).


Country walks from the doorstep. Local facilities including boulangerie with small grocery section, bar, restaurant, art galleries 5-10 mins drive in lovely village of Fresselines (4.5km) with riverside walk. Full supermarket facilities within 20 mins drive at Eguzon or Dun le Palestel. Lake at 10 mins drive. Ruins and lake/river in Crozant 10 mins drive. Pretty towns of Gargilesse and La Celle Dunoise in '3 Lacs' area 20 mins drive. City of Limoges 1hr 15. Lac de Vassiviere 1hr15 mins drive.

Further Details:

The gite is situated in idyllic countryside on the Creuse/Indre border. The area is characterised by rolling fields dotted with lakes, rivers, woodland and villages and towns featuring the attractive stone typical of the region. We feel that it has something to offer for all ages. The lakes and rivers offer a range of leisure activities including sunbathing and swimming, boat hire and trips, water-skiing and 'flying fish'. Other attractions include a 'tree to tree' adventure park, the 'velorail', a wolf park and a giant maze. There is lots on offer for walkers all year round, with marked footpaths (maps provided at the house) and plentiful wildlife to spot including birds of prey, deer, red squirrels and badgers. The efficient woodburner and electric blankets ensure that you keep cosy during the colder months. Assistance with obtaining fishing licences can be arranged. For those feeling less energetic, we would recommend visiting one of the wealth of charming towns, with their ubiquitous patissseries and restaurants, or a gentle walk along a river or shady woodland path. Alternatively, you may simply want to stay at home and make use of the garden, pool and barbecue!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Bookings by email or telephone. 25% deposit within 14 days of booking. Balance to be paid 6 weeks in advance. £200 refundable deposit in respect of damage or breakages. Negotiable rates for stays of 2 weeks or more Oct-April.
Well behaved dogs allowed at £10 per stay.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day in July and August Saturdays only the rest of the year is flexible. Check-in after 4pm, check-out 10am to allow for cleaning, although this is flexible if there are no guests before/after you.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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