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Very pretty village cottage situated in the National Park in the Limousine

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Peace and Tranquillity in France

This property which is affectionately called 'Penny Farthing' has been completely renovated and is as new in all aspects.

Downstairs: There is a sitting room, with wood burner which leads through to a big kitchen/dining room, all being open planned. The kitchen is fully equipped with all items being new, such as electrical appliances, crockery and cutlery.

Upstairs: Two bedrooms both en-suite with bath and shower.Both have double beds but there is a single bed if necessary as well.

Outside: The patio doors lead onto a wooden deck area, looking over the garden and countryside and placed perfectly for taking advantage of the late afternoon sun setting. There is a BBQ for the use of our guests.

The lakes:

We also own a superb property consisting of three lakes and a cabin which is available by arrangement,( at an additional cost of 50Euros for the week) for a different and quiet afternoon and BBQ.

More Details

Pauline Handover
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 27, 2018

About Pauline Handover

Nick and Polly live in THE COTSWOLDS and have been holidaying in France for the last 35 years. They bought first of all a barn which they converted into a beautiful second home with an exceptional view only 5 kms from Pennyfarthing and thoroughly enjoyed doing the conversion so much so that they sought another property to convert purely to let out to and also bought some lakes close by which are available for fishing etc.

Pauline Handover purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Pauline Handover chose Cussac

We fell in love with Pennyfarthing as soon as we saw it. It was made up of several small rooms and was asking for some TLC and modernising so we made it open plan downstairs and put in 2 en suite bathrooms upstairs. It is tucked away in a very pretty hamlet with friendly neighbours some French and some English and it is only 5 minutes from the town of Cussac where there all the amenities one needs.At the same time it is located in the Limousin National Park full of lakes and trees and wonderful views and places of interest to visit.


Cussac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. Both beds are queen size.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Very pretty village cottage situated in the National Park in the Limousine
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
Chelmsford, Essex U.K

generally good

  • 4 of 5

very secluded, which was just what we wanted.

the only negative was the noise from the loft in the evenings made by squirrels.

kept our friends in the back bedroom awake at times.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb little cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this small well appointed cottage in it's quiet hamlet setting. There was lots of room for our family of four though with its two ensuite bathrooms (and additional downstairs loo), we could easily see this cottage being used by two couples as well.

The cottage has been well renovated and still has lots of character. The barns were also good for safely storing our bikes though the setting is so quiet that there were no worries of security.

Cussac the closest village has a good and well stocked supermarket and there is a patisserie and boulangerie too as well as a couple of restaurants. There are a good number of lakes 25-35 mins drive from the cottage that have sandy beach/bathing areas (lifeguard attended), and boating activities. We liked St Estephe which had a nice walk and Espace Hermline which had a Velo-Rail and tree top adventure park (GoApe).

The Limousine is a fantastic area of rolling hills, woodland small farms, hamlets and pretty villages/small towns and the cottage is also very close to the edge of the Dordogne making visits to this area's attractions all very easy (Brantome and canoeing down the river is a must).

There are lots of frequent local activities and we enjoyed a large fair at nearby Oradour Sur Vayres and a night market at the pretty town of Rochechouart (location of a meteorite impact 200 million years ago causing a crater 20km wide and 6km deep). Another must see/do is the Oradour Sur Glane WW2 village that was frozen in time after the Waffen SS Panzer division massacred 642 inhabitants on 10-June 1944 - a real living history lesson.

After a good days activity it was nice to return to the comfortable cottage to relax and recover.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at penny fathing and would recommend to family and friends. The beds were very comfortable the bed linen was clean, fresh. The kitchen was well equipped. We just couldn't find fault with our stay. People in the hamlet, French and English very friendly.

If we had to say one bad thing about this property is, it wasn't our home!

You won't regret booking this gite.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


My wife was taken seriously ill two days before we were due to sail & our trip to France (three weeks) was therefore cancelled.


Maurice Brown

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable pretty cottage in rural Limousine

  • 5 of 5

Winter break in comfortable cottage with roaring woodburner and rural views. Imagine garden and outside perfect for spring and summer. Well maintained and with home comforts .

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The quiet village of Negrelat is on the Route of Richard the Lion Heart. There are also at least three lovely Chateaux within approximately 5 to 6 kilometres from the cottage. The best is called Chateaux Montbrun which is about 3 kilometres from Negrelat a superb setting and with a pub/restaurant.

The area has a good selection of restaurants of varying food types and options from basic French to full International cooking of a very high calibre.

The position is ideal for anyone in search of a property to buy in the area or anyone who needs a quiet base from which to work or holiday.

The area is set in a National Park with beautiful forests and lakes -an ideal place for rambling or pony trekking.Some of the lakes provide water sports such as water skiing & sailing and some where you can fish-all you need is a licence from the local tabac.

The river Vienne has several Canoe centres -the nearest is at Aix sur Vienne and also at Bourdeilles and Brantome.

Local markets are everywhere but Piegut and Brantome are Must See places and offer the most variety for tourists as well as locals.

There are other Chateaux within an hour's drive such as Bourdeilles, Puyguilleme, Hauteford and Jumilac.

One of the prettiest villages in France is St. Jean de Cole-this is a MUST SEE-if you time it well there is a flower festival in the first weekend of May and near there are Grottos which are well worth a visit.

If you like towns and cities-Limoges is only one hour away-a beautiful old university town, famous for it's porcelaine and knives-At Aixe sur Vienne there is a large outlet which sells Limoges porcelain. Further afield the towns of Sarlat and Bergerac-both beautiful old towns with cobbled streets and ancient buildings.

If you would like to try some wine tasting-Cognac is not far away and St. Emilion is a 2 hour drive-well worth a visit and not far from the coast if you want to make a full day of it.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

20% deposit to be paid at time of booking.
Balance to be paid 6 weeks before holiday date.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.