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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German

Converted Stone Barn with 4 En-suite Double/Twin Bedrooms 2kms from Village Shops, Free WiFi

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Rochechouart area - FR6744

Gite in St. Mathieu, near Rochechouart, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France - Peaceful, Rural Location 10 Min Drive From St Mathieu Lake, Free WiFi

Charming 4 bedroom (all en-suite) converted stone barn. Free WIFI. The open plan design of the ground floor provides spacious, well furnished living and dining areas, a fitted kitchen with ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer plus a downstairs cloakroom. There is free to air UK satellite TV, French terrestrial TV and a DVD player. French doors open onto the terrace and private garden beyond. A galleried staircase leads to the first floor where 4 comfortably furnished bedrooms are situated, all with en-suite facilities, making L'Hirondelle perfect for groups of friends or families. There are 2 double rooms featuring king-size beds and 2 twin rooms. The gîte benefits from full central heating for the cooler months.(Supplement for heating oil based upon consumption and charged at cost) Towels and bed linen are included, with beds made ready for your arrival. Beach towels are available at a small extra charge. There is a washing machine for guest use in the owner's utility room.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German

About The Owner

We moved to the wonderful Haute Vienne department of the Limousin in January 2009, giving up careers in the NHS and commercial sectors to start a new life in rural France. We now enjoy a much less stressful life with plenty of fresh air and a total change of lifestyle.

We enjoy having the time to grow our own vegetables & whenever possible use our own produce for guest dinners. Evenings often end with Chris playing guitar.

We love welcoming guests to our gite and farmhouse B&B and hope we help them enjoy this wonderful area during their stay.

We also offer fully catered Guitar Holidays so if you want to improve your guitar playing then get in touch with Chris.

The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why The Owner chose Rochechouart area

We chose the Haute Vienne Department of the Limousin for its wonderful, rolling hills, extensive woodlands, numerous lakes and quiet, rural life style.

The get away from it all life style is surprisingly easily accessed with flights to Limoges, Bergerac, Bordeaux or Poitiers. Car hire is available at all the airports. Limoges is the neares, just a 45 min drive. For those who prefer to bring their own car, it's about 7 hours actual driving time from the Channel Ports. You can also let the train take the strain with Eurostar from London to Lille or Paris and then the TGV to Angouleme. Car hire is available at Angouleme station; an hours drive away.

We run a small B&B in addition to L'Hirondelle Gite and are on-hand as needed for advice or help to make your holiday the best it can be

What makes this farmhouse unique

With all four bedrooms having en-suite facilities, the gite is ideal for groups of friends and families. There is plenty of parking and it has its own private garden and terrace. The village of St Mathieu has all the day to day shopping requirements and is just 2 kms away. With unlimited, free Broadband Internet Access the gite is ideal for those who need to "keep in touch".

St Mathieu lake is less than 10 minutes away with plenty of parking and offers supervised swimming in the peak summer along with a children's play area, volley ball, crazy golf, canoe & pedalo hire, fishing, a selection of exercise frames and plenty of shade for lazy picnics. There's also a snack bar.

Two other leisure lakes are within a 20 minutes drive, each with a different ambiance; great for relaxing day

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at LHirondelle for a week June 2011. We came for a complete rest and got it. The gite is a lovely, spacious old farmhouse, recently modernised and redecorated and incredibly well equipped (fridges, cooker, UK TV, CD, Video, BBQ etc)..... conveniently situated in the Limousin countryside about a mile from St Mathieu and a well stocked supermarket. There is great deal to do in the area if you like outdoor pursuits such as hiking, swimming, cycling.....with some interesting history nearby (Chalus, Rochechouart and La Rochefoucauld) The wildlife (particularly birds) is great. Gail and Chris (the hosts) were fantastic. Nothing is too much for them, including pre stocking the fridge with basics as we had arrived late. All in all a great stay. We will definitely be back.

Very comfortable with lots of room. Great family days had on the beach at the lake.

En-suite bedrooms made this ideal for our holiday group of friends/walkers Broadband access was great for keeping in touch
May 2010
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Special interest holidays:

Beginners/Improvers Residential Guitar Courses -

On selected dates, we offer full-board residential courses for adults interested in learning to play guitar. Tuition is in small groups (max 4) plus one to one sessions. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal - it's a holiday! Non-playing guests are also welcome and we'll offer ideas to fill their days if they'd like to do more than simply relax in the garden! Contact Chris for further information or follow the link from our own website. We are happy to discuss dates other than those currently published which may suit you.

Watercolour Painting Holidays -

In 2012 we teamed up with locally based artist Nigel Fletcher to offer residential watercolour painting holidays. These are holidays rather than structured courses, with emphasis on informality. Group size is limited to 8. Contact Gail for full information or follow the link on our own website.


West coast resorts (Atlantic) eg La Rochelle are a 2-3 hrs drive.


Airports (driving times) - Limoges 40 minutes, Bordeaux 2 hours, Bergerac 2.5 hours. Car hire is available at all airports (car essential). Driving time from Channel Ports - Calais 7.5 hours, Boulogne 7 hours, Caen 6 hours, Le Havre 6 hours. We're pleased to offer advice on driving routes from the channel ports that will avoid the Paris area.


St. Mathieu 2kms, Rochechouart 15kms, St.Junien 20kms, Limoges 40kms, Angouleme 50kms, Bordeaux 140kms.

Further Details:

The village of St Mathieu is home to a picturesque leisure lake, which provides a sandy beach with supervised swimming, fishing, sailing and pedalo hire plus crazy golf in peak summer with plenty of opportunity and space to enjoy a picnic in the shade of the trees. There are several other amenity lakes within a half-hour drive of L'Hirondelle each offering their own ambiance and opportunities for great family days out.

St. Mathieu has most day to day amenities, including a well-stocked supermarket, bars, restaurant, a bank, post office, cash machines, 2 bakers, a newsagent/tobacconist, 2 hairdressers and a petrol station. The village plays host to lively evening markets throughout the summer where you can purchase local produce and have it cooked for you on a communal barbecue. Drinks and entertainment are also available to ensure a fantastic alfresco experience.

Discover the magnificent Châteaux on the Richard the Lionheart route. There are 16 in total from the magical castle at Montbron, to the majestic hilltop chateau at Rochechouart. Limoges, the porcelain capital of France, is only 45 minutes away. The beautiful cities of Périgueux and Angoulême are also under an hour away. Brantôme, 40 minutes south, is known as the Venice of the Périgord being surrounded on all sides by water with a magnificent centrepiece abbey overlooking the weir on the river Dronne.

Unlock the sights, sounds and tastes of the local markets, the largest being the market at Piégut, only 15 minutes away by car. For the more energetic we can guide you to the many activities available in the area such as horse riding, fishing, cycling, kart racing, swimming, golf and sailing. For walkers there are a great many 'Randonnées' (marked walks) two of which pass within 400 metres of L'Hirondelle.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Mathieu, Rochechouart area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
21 May 2016 - 8 Jul 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Peak Summer
9 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £228
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking, with the balance payable in Euros a month before arrival. A 300 Euro damages deposit is payable upon arrival at the property. Full terms & conditions are given in the Booking Contract and are available upon request. Try a catered house-party 4-8 people with breakfast and 4 course dinner, wine & coffee - contact us for info.

Changeover Day:
Weekly rentals Saturday to Saturday. Alternative changeover days may be available outside high season. Arrival time 16:00. Departure time 10:00.

Notes on prices:
All prices shown are in Euros and are weekly, inclusive of bedlinen, towels, electricity and water. The local Tourist Tax (Taxe de Sejour) of 20 cents per adult per night is chargeable for all bookings from 1st May to 30th August

Rentals of less than 7 nights:
Contact us for prices for rentals of less than a week (excludes peak school holiday weeks)

Groups of up to 4 people using just 2 bedrooms:
Outside of school holiday weeks, a discount is available for groups of up to 4 people using just 2 of the 4 bedrooms. Contact us for a special quote.

Winter heating oil is charged at cost based upon oil consumed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Rochechouart area in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 with wc, shower, basin. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with wc, bath with shower over, basin. En-suite shower room to bedroom 3 with wc, shower, basin. En-suite shower room to bedroom 4 with wc, shower, basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed. Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed and cot if required. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with twin beds plus DVD player - great for children/teenagers. All have wardrobes, drawers, bedside cabinets, bedside lamps and full length mirrors
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: Well behaved dogs accepted by prior arrangement. There is full central heating for the cooler months, charged at cost based upon oil consumed. Catered house-party option for 4-8 people with breakfast and four course dinner with wine plus coffee from 25 euros per person per day supplement. Contact us for details. B&B accommodation is also available at 60 euros per double/twin en-suite room along with 4 course dinners at 20 euros/person including wine. We also run improvers residential guitar holidays. Contact Chris for more information and the dates of our Guitar Holidays. Outside: The secluded garden and terrace of the gîte overlook a wooded river valley and the views of rolling hills, fields and woodland are fabulous in all seasons of the year. The terrace has wooden garden furniture, a parasol and a barbecue and there are sun loungers and another parasol on the grass. Buzzards and kites are often seen circling overhead, whilst blue tits, wrens, black redstarts, great tits, goldfinches, robins, blackbirds, thrushes, dunnocks and of course swallows are regular visitors. You may also catch a glimpse of less common birds, for example hoopoes and hen harriers. Deer can occasionally be spotted at the margin of the woods and visitors have also spotted foxes and wild boar! Utility Room: Double sink, washing machine and dryer. Store area for garden umbrellas, sun lounger cushions, boules set, balls, racquets and other outdoor toys. Rack for walking boots/outdoor shoes. Space to store pushchairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are included, with beds made ready for your arrival. Beach towels are available at a small extra charge. Towels are changed mid week. Bed linen is changed weekly. Other: Ground floor cloakroom with WC, washbasin & coat hooks. Rear entrance lobby. Selection of family games, CDs, DVDs and books.

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