Archive for February, 2008

Maison Petit Chatenet

Maison Petit Chatenet | 15 Rue Porte Beraud | Rochechouart | Haute-Vienne | Limousin | 87600

Reference 6700150 Property Sleeps 6

There is a choice of a one bedroom second floor apartment or larger two double bedroom accommodation arranged over two floors, both of which form part of an imposing residence, 

formerly a coaching house, which dates from1620.   


Both apartments boast a wealth of character with features including original beams and oak floors, an imposing oak staircase and fine views. 

Fully equipped for self catering, breakfast can be available on request. 

Outside, the apartments have use of a 24 metre long Terrace, overlooking the valley below and a large garden, accessible by way of a double stone staircase.    


The location of these two properties is very convenient for the airport at Limoges, which is served by more regional UK airports than almost anywhere else in France. The apartments are central to the beautiful town of Rochechouart, which dates from the 15th century, and is famous for its Chateau, but to some, even more for containing evidence of the largest meteor ever to hit Earth.     
The Chateau, shops, bars and restaurants are all within easy walking distance, with delightful lakes for swimming and water sports, a short drive away.                                          

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17/02/2008 03:55:35

Chateau De La Coutanciere

Chateau De La Coutanciere | 4 Route De La Coutanciere | Brain Sur Allonnes | Maine-et-Loire | Pays de la Loire | 49650

Reference 6700149 Property Sleeps 20


Chateau de la Coutancière is a beautiful and charming early 19th century château, which offers stylish and luxurious accommodation for groups up to 20 people. It’s located in the centre of the Loire-Valley, France’s most beautiful region, famous for its castles and vineyards. Situated in its idyllic park of more than 11 ha, crossed by a small river with waterfall, this property is abundant with privacy and beauty.Chateau de la Coutancière is furnished and decorated with French antiquesThe traditional gentlemen’s room and the hunting room provide you the ideal setting for stylish relaxation. Furthermore the castle has three other sitting rooms at the ground floor.  The castle’s kitchen is professionally equipped with amongst others an 8-burner Boretti cooker. Chateau de la Coutancière has 10 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. All bedrooms are furnished and decorated in style and each has its own warm character. Chateau de la Coutancière is specialized in exclusive rental for groups, families and companies by the self-catering principle. During your stay at the château, you will have the exclusive use of the property, including all its facilities.

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15/02/2008 03:54:55

Chez Tartaud

Chez Tartaud | 1 Chez Tartaud | Lathus St Remy | Vienne | Poitou-Charentes | 86390

Reference 6700148 Property Sleeps 2

Conveniently situated on the border of POITOU CHARANTES and the LIMOUSIN departments and only one hour in each direction to their capital cities of Poitiers and Limoges, CHEZ TARTAUD is surrounded by undulating farmland with tree-lined fields, cut into the dramatic rocky waters of the Gartampe river.

Much of this landscape can be explored on foot or by bike on many of the leafy lanes (chemins) accessible directly from our smallholding where an abundance of flora and wildlife abounds. Bird-watchers and wildlife-spotters will love it here.

You have access to the 12 acres of our organic smallholding. Our children love the animals, fresh vegetables, pond, fields, trees and the stream – we even have plans to restore the old lake. They build dens, play hide and seek in the ?secret area? and come home with rosy cheeks and hearty appetites.

We offer eggs and seasonal vegetables direct from our potager, which beats supermarket taste with its just picked freshness. Preserved bottled vegetables, jams and pickles are also available.

In the summer months, our above ground pool in the landscaped gardens behind the house and cottage is popular with both children and adults alike.


About 1.5km by road (or chemin) passing the equestrian centre is the village of LATHUS with a small supermarket which includes the butchers, there are two boulangeries (one who deliver direct to our farm most mornings), florist, doctor, pharmacy, post office, bar/restaurant and bank.

Lathus dating from Gallo-Roman times, has its granite-built Church of Saint Maurice (12th – 13th Century) plus dolmen (rocks) of Marchain and several chateaux (e.g. Ouzilly, le Ché and Cluzeau-Bonneau).

The River Gartempe

Heading 1km in the opposite direction to the village from the cottage, you find the wild beauty of the Roc d’Enfer (Stone of Hell) astride the rapids of the Gartempe river.

In a quieter part of the river past the chateau de Chez Rogan but still within 1.5km of Chez Tartaud, is the small swimming beach, picnic area and an excellent restaurant.

A whole host of activities are on offer locally

on the river and at the neighbouring Centre de Plein Air and Equestrian Centre such as

* fishing,

* canoeing,

* sailing,

* tennis,

* mountain bikes,

* rock climbing,

* archery,

* horse riding and

* the educational farm.

Lathus is the regional capitol of canoe-kayak and is appreciated for slalom (class 3 & 4) with regular competitions and training events throughout the year.

There are a wealth of other activities and sights too long to mention on this site but are included in the Information Pack in the cottage.

Whether your seeking energetic and sensational sports or simply wishing to relax and enjoy the peaceful beauty (perhaps with a helping of local gastronomy and wines) I hope you have gathered a flavour of the area surrounding Chez Tartaud.

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06/02/2008 12:54:26