This unique house dates back to the 15th Century and has been carefully conserved, retaining original features including floorboards, tiles and wattle and daub walls.
The house is built on the site of a 10th century château belonging to the Counts of March. It commands spectacular views over the Vincou valley.
The property is heated via a large, modern and efficient wood-burning stove in the lounge. This has a heat-transfer flue system to the rooms above. Logs for the stove are included in the rental price.
There are also electric radiators in this and other rooms.
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 8.
The furniture is antique with contemporary pictures on the walls.
The house is in a quiet part of a pretty town and can accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms.
Local facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Shops and restaurants are within walking distance. There are pretty walks nearby.
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 UK
• Many natural & salvaged products used in restoration
• Natural oils, natural pigments throughout
• Largely antique furnishings throughout
• Low energy light bulbs
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, and uneven floors, and there is a steep drop behind the house.
Arrival and Departure
Our housekeeper will clean and prepare the house and beds for you by 4pm on the day you arrive.
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.
On your last day we ask that you vacate the house by 10am.
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The Limousin is a relatively undiscovered region of France and is therefore comparatively uncrowded. It is both the garden and the 'Lake District' of France and is a delight to visit. Whether exploring the area by car (and it is quite possible to have a very good time without a car!) or on foot there is much to enjoy.
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.
The nearest large city - 25 minutes drive - is Limoges, 'The Red City', famed for its porcelain and enamel work. It is a wonderful mixture of the old and the new.
Poitiers is a one-hour journey away - home of Eleanor of Aquitaine, site of many beautiful Romanesque churches, and, by way of complete contrast, site of Futuroscope (link opens in new window).
There is a tennis court and open air swimmng pool with slides (men beware - only Speedos allowed!) within a ten-minute walk from the house, a boules pitch at the riverside cafĂŠ a five minute walk away, licensed fishing is available on all the rivers and lakes in the vicinity, and there is a golf course outside the nearby town of Montmartre.
Four Minutes Walk to Shops, Restaurants and Bars.
Left on 04/10/2012 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 10, 2012Stayed Oct 2011
We stayed in the cottage shown on the right which from memory is referred to as Shepton Mallet.
The house is anything but conventional and has some amazingly fun features to make your stay truly unforgettable. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during our shortish stay and enjoyed Bellac and the surrounding countryside. We had super dinners at reasonable prices. The landlord is very friendly and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable. I can highly recommend this place!
Left on 06/15/2011 for a stay in February 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 15, 2011Stayed Feb 2010
I had a wonderful holiday in Bellac. I have never stayed in a house like this; it is like living in a museum but without any pesky staff telling you not to touch anything!
Bellac is a very nice, peaceful town and a perfect retreat for anyone wanting a break from the ratrace. The area is a cyclist/walker's heaven. I spent most of my time cycling around the many beautiful and empty country lanes and feel I have barely scratched the surface of what is on offer. Will definitely be back again soon!
Left on 06/02/2011 for a stay in June 2010 | AL SE23Reviewed Jun 2, 2011Stayed Jun 2010
Michael has created a minor masterpiece in Bellac merging eccentricity and comfort within a palpably ancient setting. The house combines artistic quirkiness with a wonderful truth to traditional materials.
It is a testament to his conservation skills and understanding of old structures that Michael has brought the building truly alive rather than erradicating its character by forcing it to comply with C21st blandness.
Bellac is small and functional but has all the right facilities and you will get to meet real French people rather than just tourists and ex-pats! There are plenty of worthwhile day trips to be had with Poitiers, Limoges and the lakes all within easy reach.
The bats and swallows racing round the building every evening provide wonderful entertainment as the sun sets on a very special place.
Don't come here if you're after the usual boring holiday rental - this is unique and all the better for that.
Left on 05/30/2011 for a stay in July 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 30, 2011Stayed Jul 2009
A lovely holiday based in this central but quiet location, covenient to shops and restaurants etc.
The house has been renovated to high spec reflecting the owners interest in conservation,but includes all modern facilities. A way to experience a true French medieval townhouse with original features.
“We've been twice now, as its totally charming, relaxing bliss!”
Left on 05/24/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 24, 2011Stayed May 2011
This house is incredible, and the faithful restoration does not stop it being comfortable & warm, lighting the big fire is one of my favourite bits! The view of the aquaduct is lovely in the morning & you also get a good view of the tiny english bar down by the river. Watch out for local shop opening times, but there's even an emergency core of staple items there ready for you (tea, sugar, coffee etc). It really is lovely.
Left on 05/02/2011 for a stay in September 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 2, 2011Stayed Sep 2008
A beautifully and lovingly restored old house, full of antique furniture with modern quirky touches. Step out of the front door, and you're in the heart of a typical small French town with shops and bars just a few yards away. We spent hours sitting on the little terrace at the rear of the house gazing down the narrow valley with its elegant viaduct. On cooler evenings the woodburning stove provided a cosy focus. Lots of attractive little towns and villages to visit, and some great walks in the Monts de Blond. We'll definitely be returning.
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