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Family Friendly in Idyllic Setting in Heart of Perigord/Limousin Natural Park.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,022 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable 3 Bedroom House with Extensive Gardens & Private Pool.

You have a world of choice considering where to go and where to stay, there are thousands of lovely holiday homes out there, so why come and stay here? To start with you could look at our reviews and find out what people who have actually stayed here love about the place and why some of them even come back again and again!

We understand that not everyone looks for the same thing in a holiday home but if you are reading this then something about our house has already appealed to you. So let me describe it a little for you.

The house is a gite on it's own so you are not sharing the pool or garden with anyone else. We do live next door so we are on hand to help with any questions or suggestions about places to visit. We will keep the pool clean during your stay and we can often be found working in the garden and keeping the grass cut.

It's so quiet here, you can sit in the garden and hear nothing but the birds twittering, crickets singing and maybe a cockerel crowing. From time to time you will hear the frogs in the pond, they get a little amorous and vocal at times! Yes, of course, cars go through the hamlet, you will need one yourself if you stay here. But, this is really rural France, deep in the heart of the Perigord/Limousin Natural Park.

We are surrounded by forests and lakes and the sky is so blue and clear. The night sky is a wonderment, so clear and vast and you can watch the satellites going over.

Also in the evenings the bats come out of the nearby barns and fly off for the night, if you are awake early you can see them return and climb up the barn wall and crawl into their nesting holes.

The outside space here is lovely and is continuing to evolve as we come up with new ideas and schemes. We have made various outside areas for you to enjoy. Firstly, by the house is the front terrace and barbecue area, near to the kitchen to make life simple. This area gets very warm during long, hot summer days as it is surrounded by the walls of the house and barn but in the evening it provides the perfect setting for dining al fresco as the walls radiate the warmth they have accumulated. You can dine at the sturdy picnic bench John has made and use the solid built BBQ.

The pool is an above ground, wooden one, perfect for cooling off when it gets a little too warm, with a wooden decked area and an area of grass where you will find sunbeds, and a parasol for some shade. Nearby is a paved terrace under the plum tree, providing some shade. Here there are two comfortable adirondack chairs also made by John with a view over the large garden.

Further down the garden you will find a rustic swing hanging in an oak tree and a badminton net strung between two poles for those energetic moments. Next to this is a rustic bench for those who prefer to watch the action.

Inside the house on the ground floor, you will find a large,light, well equipped kitchen, with gas/electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. The back door provides access to the back garden and a washing line, the ancient bread oven and some more shady areas under the fig and linden tree.

The lounge is both spacious and at the same time cosy, providing french windows opening on to the front terrace for summer and logburner for those chilly winter evenings.

Leading off the kitchen is the large bathroom and separate toilet. With a spacious shower cubicle, providing an overhead shower and a hand shower and a bath tub, also with a hand shower, ideal for bathing young children. We supply a big bath towel and a hand towel for each guest, we also have towels for use by the pool. These will be changed halfway through a two week stay or upon request.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, the first has an extremely comfortable king size bed, the second a French style double and the third, twin single beds, which can be pushed together if needed. All are supplied with fresh white bed linen, which will be changed halfway through a two week stay or upon request.

The hamlet is small, so we do not have a bar restaurant within walking distance but I was a chef for many years, so we are happy to provide freshly cooked meals for you for any day of your holiday. To whet your appetite, here is one of our current menus;

Light and Creamy Salmon Mousse with Dressed Leaves and Crusty French Bread

Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce, Potato Rosti and Green Beans

A Trio of French Cheeses with Onion Marmalade

Rich and Decadent Raspberry and White Chocolate Terrine.

We hope you will be interested in coming to spend your holiday here and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them.

More Details

Ruth Sharman
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Ruth Sharman

John and I used to take holidays in France, usually in Normandy but we also ventured further south on occasion. We loved the more relaxed pace of life and the feeling of space you find here and the politeness of the French people. So we formulated a loose five year plan to sell up in England and move to France permanently. After two years, we could not remember what we were waiting for and put our house on the market! We arrived in May 2010 and found this house soon after, it needed some work and updating before we were happy that we had somewhere other people would like too.

We are a relaxed couple, (who wouldn't be living here?!) we enjoy our lives just the way they are. We are friendly and approachable and will be only too happy to help you have a great holiday, whether this is suggesting places to visit, cooking for you or just sharing a glass of wine and having a chat! We will be delighted to meet you if you feel that you will enjoy this experience too.

Ruth Sharman purchased this house in 2010

Why Ruth Sharman chose La Chapelle-Montbrandeix

When we first saw the house it felt right, we were looking for two properties, one for us to live in and one we could let out as a holiday home. The house had been empty and unloved for several years so we needed to give it back some character, it also became our home for the first year as we began the task of turning the barn next door into our home. We now spend our summers in the barn and winters in the house as the heating system is not yet in place in the barn, so we know the house is comfortable and we are always on hand to answer any questions and for anything you may need. We love this part of France, it is green and peaceful and very much an escape from the speed of modern life, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

We are not a gite complex so you are not sharing a peaceful location with others or all trying to use the pool at the same time! If you are looking for quiet, then we are certain you will find it here. Sometimes, sitting outside, all you can hear are the birds.

The living areas inside the house are light and airy and there is so much outside space you need never feel over crowded. At the same time we are not far from amenities and places of interest and the roads are so quiet it is a pleasure to travel around.

In addition, we would love to cook for you. Ruth was a chef in her previous life and we have developed a selection of menus using fresh, local ingredients. We may not have a restaurant within walking distance but we have something even better!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely relaxing stay in this peaceful, quiet part of France. We've all enjoyed the space and the pool and the delicious meals. We particularly enjoyed the local walks on the way to Cussac. A fabulous stay.

Jane, Rita & Sheila August 2013

Thank you for being so welcoming and friendly, we have loved staying here in your wonderful house. Thank you Ruth for our superb meals - truly enjoyed by all.

Barbara, Paul and Hannah July/August 2013

Just a short visit (not long enough) to enjoy the peace and tranquility of La Grenouille Verte. Thanks Ruth and John for being great hosts. We'll be back.

Tony and Val June 2013
Oct 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in La Chapelle-Montbrandeix in Haute-Vienne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1022 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Toilet is separate from Bathroom
  • Large family bathroom with a bath which has a shower attachment, handy for hair washing and a separate spacious shower cubicle. Heated towel rail and a wash hand basin. The wc is separate.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) plus a cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe and bookcase. Bedroom 2 with french style double bed, victorian washstand and large wardrobe. Bedroom 3 with twin beds, chest of drawers and wardrobe. We also have a cot and a highchair available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Our aim is that you have a comfortable and relaxing holiday. So why not book a freshly cooked meal for your day of arrival so you can relax after your long journey and get your holiday off to the right start? We have compiled a selection of menus from which choose, these are flexible and if your favourite dish is not there I am always happy to discuss your requirements. Heating. For the cooler months, we do have oil fired central heating but as oil is expensive we have to make an extra daily charge of 10€ for use of the heating. There is a logburner in the lounge and we are happy to supply logs for this.


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Family Friendly in Idyllic Setting in Heart of Perigord/Limousin Natural Park.
average rating of 4.85 based on 21 reviews

Rural character property close to outdoor pursuits

  • 5 of 5

Ruth and John are fabulous hosts, thank you for sharing your idyllic corner of France. The area is beautiful with lots of outdoor activities. The house is spacious with lovely decor and well equipped. The garden is perfect for relaxing with a pool, barbeque area, shaded areas for the children to play and seating for relaxing. I can't recommend Ruth and John's property enough.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and relaxing location

  • 5 of 5

We had very relaxing week. The house was charming and more spacious than we imagined, plenty of room for 5 of us. The huge garden was amazing and when the weather was hot you wouldn't want to be anywhere else, it was just perfect. You could relax by the pool in the sun loungers or find a shady spot to yourself somewhere in the garden. Our children loved the pool and also made use of the swing ball, badminton and swing. We had a couple of days when the weather wasn't so good but it made us venture out to a nearby lake that had treetop adventures (like GoApe), which was a great day out. Ruth and John were on hand if you needed them but left us to enjoy the house and gardens as we wanted. Also a big thank you to Ruth who helped us out on our first day when we forgot French supermarkets closed at midday on a Sunday! We especially appreciated the complementary bottle of rose in the fridge.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed 3 nights at La Grenouille Verte. Arriving very late in the dark and in the pouring rain we weren't really able to appreciate how nice the setting is. Ruth and John had been kind enough to prepare us some food on our arrival and get us a much needed bottle or two of wine!

On our second night we had an excellent 3-course meal prepared for us by Ruth and John, along with some lovely paired wines.

The house is very well maintained and clean. There is ample room for 6 people (we were a group of 4), with a large kitchen (very well stocked with pots/pans/utensils/glasses/etc), large lounge with a log burner, a large bathroom and separate toilet along with 3 good sized bedrooms (1 king, 1 double, 1 twin).

The gardens are immaculately maintained and is the weather was good I imagine would be a nice place to relax with a glass of wine!

Ruth and John are great hosts and the place represents excellent value for money. We would definitely return there in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped, superb garden

  • 5 of 5

Quiet hamlet 20 mins from large village with decent supermarket and excellent boulangerie/patissierie. Plenty to see in area, chateaux, caves, villages on the best in France list. Three comfortable bedrooms upstairs, bathroom downstairs but not far away. Big kitchen with dining table for 6+, great lounge with 2 big sofas. Books everywhere, board games provided, every kitchen utensil you might need. Enormous garden with games- badminton, boules, swing-ball. Pool great for cooling down in heat of summer but house is good for stay anytime of year. Marvelous welcome from Ruth and John with super meal on first night at very reasonable cost.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful family holiday at La Grenouille Verte

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family holiday at La Grenouille Verte. The house was full of French character with all necessary living requirements, including indoor and outdoor towels. the setting was beautiful and the pool was perfect. Indeed our five year old swam without floats or noodles ( provided ) by the end of the week. The children loved the "Secret Garden" and helping John pump water from the well to water the plants.

Ruth and John gave a real welcome and our meal on arrival was perfect and sufficient to run into the next day. Their advice on visits were spot on, and the wine tasting was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Everything about our week at La Grenouille was beyond expectation. Thanks Ruth and John

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beatifully furnished and decorated house with pool and large gardens

  • 5 of 5

The spacious house is beautifully decorated and furnished. The beds were comfortable with crisp clean white sheets. The book shelves are packed with books and there are many interesting pictures hanging on the walls. We found the house clean and had all the mod cons needed for a comfortable holiday. The kitchen was well equipped and the towels provided (bath and pool) were nice and plush. The lovely gardens are large.There is a swing in a large oak tree, badminton net and set, swing ball, but the pool was the favourite with us. Ruth and John made us feel very welcome. They were very helpful but always respected our privacy. Ruth cooked us a meal on the last night there. And I can honestly say it was the best meal we'd had in two weeks. I highly recommend Ruth's cooking. There's a variety of things to do in the area. We visited Limoges, châteaus, went on a walk round the nearby forest and went to a tree top adventure park (like GoApe). We really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
La Chapelle-Montbrandeix
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
La Grenouille Verte
Nearest Beach
190 Kilometres
Car: necessary

As the Limousin is in the centre of France we are a long way from the coast but lakes are plentiful here including four leisure lakes within easy driving reach which provide beach areas for swimming and kayak or pedalo hire. These all have lifeguards on duty at the times when swimming is allowed and are immaculately kept. Entrance and parking is free!

Limoges Airport is our nearest, just 40 minutes away and car hire is available from there. There are also airports at Bergerac and Bordeaux which would give a car journey to here of about two hours.

The TGV runs to Angouleme and Limoges so journeys via Eurostar are also possible but it is recommended that you have a car here to explore the area.

Vimpere has several visiting van/shops throughout the week, which provide some basics such as bread, meat and groceries. There are a number of small towns near us with supermarkets, boulangeries, banks(ATM) and tabacs/restaurant/bars. Cussac is 6kms away, Chalus 10kms, St Matthieu 12kms. For the hypermarkets we would recommend St. Junien about 40 mins away with a Hyper U, Le Clerc, Lidl etc etc!

If you like to cycle but aren't able to bring bikes with you, we can arrange cycle hire through Bike Hire Direct. They provide good quality bikes and all necessary equipment for your use on holiday.You can see what they offer here

The bikes will be delivered free to the house, so if you feel like an energetic break this may be for you!

Vimpere is in the heart of the Perigord/Limousin Natural park and trees and lakes are plentiful. There are at least four leisure lakes within easy reach which provide beach areas for swimming and kayak or pedalo hire. There is a fishing lake 2kms away where you can fish for carp, roach and trout for 6€ a day or perhaps just stop for a picnic lunch by the lakeside. We have two chateaux nearby which are open to visitors and are on the route taken by Richard the Lionheart at the end of the 12th century. I must mention the Chateau de Montbrun, rebuilt in the 15th century it is reputedly the last chateau visited by Richard the Lionheart before his death. It has been restored to a very high standard by the present owner. I am one of the guides for this chateau which is definately worth a visit. It costs 10€ for adults and 5€ for children.

Limoges is an interesting city with its historic buildings, museums, modern shops and porcelain production. There is a small sightseeing train which will take you around the old quarter.

Oradour sur Glane the village of the martyrs destroyed by the Waffen SS in 1944, is a worthwhile if sobering place to visit.

About half an hour away is the small town of Piegut, quiet and sleepy most of the week but on Wednesday morning it is packed with market stalls selling everything from moules to baskets, pottery to mattresses! Sit at one of the cafes with a coffee and people watch and then buy your baguette and cheese for lunch but remember to get there early, it all starts to close up at midday for the traditional long french lunchtime!

Throughout the summer there are frequent evening food producers markets in the local towns, local producers set up stalls to sell their wares, you will find all sorts of wonderful local produce and the commune provide a stall selling chips and baguettes to accompany your meal. You are invited to buy your dinner and have it cooked on one of the barbecues. Then sit and eat at the trestle tables as the sun goes down. There is live music and dancing if you can still move!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking and the balance to be paid six weeks before the holiday, we use Paypal for these transactions as it is a quick and safe way to complete a booking. The £250 refundable deposit against damages will be requested separately one week before your holiday, this will be returned via Paypal after the property has been checked. Deductions from the deposit will be made if the house requires extra cleaning after your departure.

Changeover Day:
We prefer changeover day to be a Saturday in high season but we can be more flexible at other times. We ask that you plan your arrival for after 4pm and your departure by 11am. But we are prepared to be flexible, please ask!

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.