The house is 15th century with original oak spiral staircase with original treads and is built on the site of a 10th century château belonging to the Counts of March. It commands spectacular view over the Vincou valley.
Tiled hall with 1930s wood-burning stove. Utility room with shower, washing machine, sink and lavatory.
Twin bedroom with two single beds including a fully restored original antique Breton box bed-possibly the only one in use today.
15th century oak spiral staircase with the original treads- very steep and uneven .
The first floor kitchen has a cooker with gas hobs and an electric oven and grill, microwave, dishwasher, double drainer sink , fridge with an icebox and Limoges crockery.
The sitting room has a double sofa and two armchairs. There is a limestone fireplace with a large wood-burning stove . Logs for the stove are included in the rental price. A Juliet balcony overlooks the Vincou valley .
The main bedroom has a panelled fireplace, oak armoire and a 17th century chest of drawers. There are beautiful views to the valley and the church.
The tiled bedroom has a 17th century armoire and a large single chestnut sleigh-bed.
The bathroom has an over-bath shower. There is a separate WC
The attic bedroom has a large oak sleigh bed and a small single iron bedstead. There are magnificent views of the church.
We have tried to be as green as possible
• Lime products throughout = breathable walls
• Heating system using sustainably sourced wood
• Rescue of historic building at risk
• Accessible by train from the UK
• Many natural & salvaged products used in restoration
• Natural oils and pigments throughout
• Largely antique furnishings
• Low energy light bulbs
There is a small walled terrace to the rear, facing south-west, with wonderful views over the Vincou valley and the railway viaduct. Patio set for 7.
The furniture is mainly antique, with a mix of contemporary and historical art.
It can accommodate 7 people in 4 bedrooms.
There is a lit-clos (enclosed bed) in one of the bedrooms - a unique antique sleeping
The house was constructed to the standards of earlier times. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect its particular character but deserve due care and attention, particularly for the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. There are, for example, low beams, some low doorways, steep spiral staircases, and uneven floors, and there is a big drop behind the house.
We cannot be held responsible for any injury.
This is an historic building and so cannot be entirely draught-proofed without spoiling its character.
NO SMOKING in the house.
On arrival, the house key will be found in a key safe, whose code will be supplied on confirmation of booking. Guests are advised to bring a torch, as the exterior of the back of the house is deliberately not illuminated to avoid light pollution and enable guests to see the stars.
Our housekeeper will clean and prepare the house and beds for you by 4pm on the day you arrive.
On your last day we ask that you vacate the house by 10am....Read more
The area is one of great historic interest spanning many centuries. There are a variety of places to visit in the footsteps of Richard the Lionheart ranging from Coussac Bonneval and the Chateau de Bonneval to Arnac-Pompadour, which boasts a fine chateau. We are also very close to the Blond Mountains, which have marvellous walks, and the ancient village of Montmartre, where an art or antique show is often in progress.
More About This Location
Nearest ferry port, 350 miles Nearest airport, 20 miles Nearest train station, 0.5 miles Car is not necessary
Left on 10/09/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 9, 2012Stayed Sep 2012
I had a great holiday here. The house is full of character and very comfortable. I want a bed like that for my house!!
Bellac is a nice town and the surrounding countryside is great for walking/cycling. Will definitely be back!
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