- Montmorillon Gite
- Sleeps 2 to 8, 3 bedrooms
- £400 to £700 per week
On the border of Vienne and Limousin, just an hour from both Limoges and Poitiers airports with their daily cheap flights, or 5-6 hours' drive from the Channel ports, the cottage is reached down a narrow farm lane. There is a fully enclosed and secure garden, with an 18' above-ground swimming pool, trampoline and hammocks, and a lovely terrace with a barbecue. There are three adult and two kids bikes in the garage for guests to use.
Inside there is spacious accommodation with beamed ceilings and tiled floors. A fully fitted kitchen and breakfast room with fridge freezer, eye level oven and microwave. A separate utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer. Two double bedrooms, one with a stunning en-suite, and a twin bedroom. Separate loo and shower room.
A sitting/dining room with a wood-burning stove and lots of games and toys. A separate mezzanine sitting area with a double sofa bed, Satellite tv and dvd player, plus a good selection of dvds, and an extra sleeping area.
Wireless broadband, iPod dock.
Cleaning is included in the price.
The local village has two boulangeries, a Spar shop, a bank and a bar. There is a great restaurant just across the river from the cottage. You will find some lovely walks and cycle rides; plus fishing and horse-riding within minutes of the cottage. There are several lake beaches in the area. Lake St Pardoux is about 45 minutes away - it has a lovely sandy beach, safe swimming and lots of water sports.
In the summer there is plenty of swimming in the river 5 minutes away. Plus a local kids' adventure school where there are all sorts of activities, from kayaking and abseiling to archery and circus skills.
Montmorillon is a delightful medieval town with lots of restaurants, cafes, a market and plenty of activities for adults and children. There a 12th Century church, Octagon and Monastery and the world famous Macaroon Museum. The old towns of Bellac, Le Dorat, Chauvigny and Le Blanc are all near, with lots to explore and discover.
Futuroscope - a 21st Century attraction park devoted to films and images - is less than an hour away; so is a Monkey Sanctuary and a Reptile Centre. The monthly market at Les Herolles is the largest in the region and well worth a visit. As is the velo-rail at Chavingny where you 'cycle' along an old railway track 8km into the countryside and back.
Microlighting, bungee jumping, motor racing and 4x4 off-roading are all available close by.
La Voulzie is a lovely restaurant with terrace overlooking the river, and only 15 minutes walk from the house. Good value, booking essential. Montmorillon has some super places to eat, from a classic creperie to a more sophisticated restaurant right on the river. There's also a great pizza place and even a Moroccan restaurant. One of the best places in the area is La Marmite, 15 minutes away at Le Dorat.
Lathus St Remy