About this listing
A rare survivor; a rustic and original 15th century medieval town house.
A melange of Pablo Picasso and Game of Thrones.
A magical house in a wonderful area, the holiday starts the moment you set your foot inside! ~ Sue and Jim -
The house is built on the site of a 10th century chateau belonging to the Counts of March. It commands spectacular view over the Vincou valley.
The house is15th century with original oak spiral staircase with original treads (rather worn and wonky).
Tiled hall with 1930s woodburning stove. Utility room with shower, washing machine, sink and lavatory.
Twin bedroom with two singles including a fully restored original antique Breton box bed (lit-clos)-possibly the only one in use today.
Original 15th century oak spiral staircase with the original treads.
First floor kitchen has a cooker with gas hobs and electric oven and grill, microwave, dishwasher, double drainer sink , fridge with an icebox, Limoges crockery.
Sitting room with double sofa and two armchairs. Limestone fireplace with large woodburning stove. Juliet balcony overlooking the Vincou valley .
Main bedroom with panelled fireplace, oak armoire,and 17th century chest of drawers. Beautiful views to valley and church. Tiled bedroom with 17th century armoire and large single chestnut sleigh bed.
Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC
Attic bedroom with large oak sleigh bed and small single iron bedstead. Magnificent views of the church.
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 house was featured in January's Sunday Times 50 fabulous villas at number 7.
Logs for the large wood burning stove is included
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, for example uneven floors Young children should be supervised.
This is an historic building and so cannot be entirely draught-proofed without spoiling its character.
The property is heated via a large, modern and efficient woodburning stove in the lounge, which has a newly-installed heat-transfer flue system to the rooms above. There are also newly installed electric storage radiators in these and other rooms. Wood for the stove is supplied in the holiday price at this property.
The furniture is mainly antique, with a mix of contemporary and art.
It can accommodate 7 people in 4 bedrooms.
Four minutes walk to shops, restaurants and bars. Outdoor pool and tennis courts nearby.
By Air: from UK
From Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool or Southampton to Limoges Bellegarde Airport (45 mins by car or taxi to house)
By Rail: from UK
Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or viva Paris then Limoges, or Lille - Poitiers by TGV, then Poitiers - Bellac by local train. The house is 10 minutes walk from the very small railway station.
If booked in advance it can be reasonably priced and better for ones carbons foot print.
If you have big bags it could be arranged to be collected by car.
Interaction with guests
You will not be greeted at the hous, but we have English and French neighbours who will help out and our housekeeper is able to come and assist, if needed.
Bellac by local train. The house is 10 minutes walk from the very small railway station.
Health and Safety (sorry)
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, very steep spiral staircases constructed in 1400s , and uneven floors, and there is a big drop behind the house.
We cannot be held responsible for any injury.
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 neighbours have a spare key and can happily show you around the house, though this should be arranged before arrival .
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.
I am a sculptor and conservator and have preserved and renovated our houses in Bellac, France and in Somerset, England.
I am interested in quirkiness too, which is reflected in some aspects of the houses.
We enjoy travelling, and sometimes bring our adult children along as they like being paid for.