Beautiful farmhouse in Haute Vienne, Limousin, France. With stunning countryside views, 5 minutes from the shops and 20 minutes from A20
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About Louise Kennedy
We are Roy and Louise and Paradise is our escape from the stresses of our working live as Technical service providers to the conference industry. As we work all over Europe its useful to have our main base in France to use during the busier times of the conference season, and also to relax in when we get a rare few weeks off. As we spend so much of our working life travelling and living in hotels we wanted to create a place that we were able to unwind in without the need for us to go away on holiday, as for us, getting time at home is the best holiday ever !
Louise Kennedy purchased this Farmhouse in 2001
Why Louise Kennedy chose Balledent
At the time I was living in Cheshire and running a business meant that I could work from anywhere as long as I had a good internet connection. When looking at the options I wanted to make sure we could drive to the house in a day as I knew this would make it much more useable for us and local friends, so drew a line on a map of France which was within a days drive and another line where the better weather started, and found a region called the Limousin which at the time I hadnt heard of. Having made a few viewing appointments with a local estate agent (there was nothing on the internet at this time !) we headed out to see if we liked the area, and we knew immediately that we were so lucky to find a house with such wonderful views yet not isolated so bought it there and then!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Every time I arrive - at whatever time of day or night - its so nice to walk through the door and knowing we have some time here - even if its only a few days before we are off working again. The quiet lanes are perfect for a walk, and offer wonderful views at every turn. The 30 minute loop around to the next village and back is something I enjoy every day I can. Being part of a small commune is lovely as I spend a lot of time there on my own so having friendly neighbours is a huge benefit for me. However as we are the first house in the village, most of the windows just look out over the distant hills, so we have the best of both worlds.
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Lovely house and host
The house was perfect for a group of 8 adults and 2 babies. It's a typical French countryside house, big, fully equipped with modern kitchen/bathrooms but traditional charm. Perfect for indoor / outdoor living with two outdoor tables near the house and pool. It was cool inside during the heatwave. The pool is amazing, large, heated, very clean and the garden is spacious and very well maintained. We enjoyed playing pétanque, using the bikes. But, what made this stay most special was Louise, our host, she was always available, provided great advice and was very kind. Thank you for an amazing stay!
Perfect time in Paradise!
A wonderful visit to Paradise! We have thoroughly enjoyed everyday here spending time by the pool, out for walks, runs, and fun trips out! Parc Zoo du Reynou is definitely worth a visit, a great trip out for young children. Relaxing evenings playing in the games room and also watching DVD's, beautiful sunsets and skies. We hope to visit again. Thank you for the perfect holiday!
Thank you so much Abi - its lovely to read the comments from our visitors and to know people enjoy everything that makes Paradise so special. We were sorry we didn't get to meet you this time, but we were in the middle of moving house back in the UK ! I do hope you and your lovely family visit us again and we will be sure to make sure we are around to see you.
A fab holiday!
We had a lovely relaxing holiday. Many thanks for allowing us to use such a lovely home and pool. We have spent a lot of our time just unwinding and de-stressing and have enjoyed the peace and quiet in the village. On our trips we have been to the local towns of Chateauponsac and bellac where we have found everything we needed. We had a wonderful trip out to Saint Victurnien to hire kayaks for the afternoon and kayaked down the La Vienne, a great afternoon! Lots of walks, cycling and just enjoying the countryside. Such a fab holiday, thank you! :)
lives upto its name
Just returned from a wonderful week at this property which is in a lovely rural setting. The highlight was obviously the outdoor heated pool. We could actually spend the whole day at the pool as everything you need is right there, toilet, shower and full kitchen facilities. I used the downstairs twin room where I slept so well, probably as the shutters block out the light!
Plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas to suit all ages as long as you have a car.
Fantastic holiday in Paradise!
Recently returned from a very relaxing weekday retreat at this beautiful French farmhouse.
The views from this gite are stunning, and every one of the bedrooms has a lovely view of the surrounding countryside. The whole house was also kept incredibly clean, and to a very high standard. The bed I slept in (the four poster) was so comfortable, I didn't want to get out in the morning!
The pool and pool house was thoroughly enjoyed, and made good use out of, especially the heated pool! The location of the pool also means you get the sun all through the day, and then a stunning sunset to end the evening.
There's also plenty to do in the surrounding areas; quaint villages, Lac. Pardoux, countryside walks, local festivals/markets and museums/attractions. Enough to meet everyone's tastes!
The owners are both incredibly lovely and friendly. They made me feel immediately welcome, and happily catered to any needs I may have had from the outset.
This really was the perfect holiday, I've never felt so well rested! I would recommend everyone stay here, and I very much look forward to visiting again soon.
We had a wonderful time at this very comfortable property with our older teenage / young adult kids - a good internet connection available both in the house and at the pool meant everyone was very well provided for. The pool is magnificent and the well-appointed pool house makes for a wonderful base during the day. Long evenings on the terrace. An incredibly peaceful and beautiful location, very friendly and helpful owners, everything you could possibly wish for and more.
Special interest holidays:
Lovely area for cycling - bikes available to use at own risk, but also local hire of age / size specific bicycles for the enthusiast.
Fishing within walking distance - permits available at local shops.
Amazing birds of prey living in woodland close to the house. Adults and young seen daily from the gardens - along with many other small birds.
Swimming Lakes at Bessines and Lake St Pardoux - both 15 mins by car. The coast at La Rochelle is about 3 hours away but why bother? You have everything you need on your doorstep! Water skiing and kayaking available at Lake St Pardoux.
Limoges airport is 40 mins away to the south and has daily flights from many regional airports with Ryanair and Flybe. Car hire is easily available at the airport. Travelling by car is very easy as we are only 15 minutes from the main A20 motorway. It is about 5 - 6 hours drive from Calais or 4 and a half from Caen or Le Harve.
Village shop/restaurant in Balledent which is a pleasant walk to the next village 2km. Chateauponsac with supermarket, restaurants, all main amenities including doctors 4km / 5 mins by car. The larger town of Bellac has more shops and bigger supermarkets 16km / 15 mins. Lake St Pardoux 12km. Limoges airport 41km / 40 mins).
Fishing in the many nearby rivers and lakes is very popular and the local shops and supermarkets sell daily permits and tackle if required.
For lots of local information please contact owner.