Renovated two bedroom gite with river views, secluded terrace and hot tub.
About Jennie McLaughlan
Took the plunge and moved to France in 2018 from the UK, two years after buying our own holiday home. The lifestyle, weather and location we're just too irrestible. Previously was a maths teacher at a high school and now use my experience with some tutoring and exam marking. I live here with my husband, who runs his own PR business, my teenage son, who goes to lycee plus two cats (Lois and Monty) and English setter Harley.
Jennie McLaughlan purchased this House in 2018
Why Jennie McLaughlan chose Saint-Bonnet-de-Bellac
We love the Haute Vienne, its charming villages, its slow pace of life, the beautiful scenery and the whole community feel with its fetes, markets and events. The food and wine is also amazing. So, we wanted a location that could enable guests to experience this as well but in a stunning location, when we found this house right on the river Gartempe, in a hamlet with a quaint church. It was so peaceful and beautiful. Since buying it, we have renovated it from top to bottom and added our unique eye for detail. We want it to be cosy and relaxing which is why we created a snug (that used to be the old bathroom!) and added a terrace to enjoy the stunning rockface that overlooks the garden.
What makes this House unique
The views of the river and the garden with the stunning rockface were alluring, while inside the house retained character with its wooden beamed ceilings. It has a quaintness that made ideal place to relax.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Minimum age of primary renter:6
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Perfect Limousin Weekend
Great experience booking arrival and check out with owners. Good advice and some essential groceries when we arrived. Lovely decor, perfect position on the river bank where we drank wine and watched the sunset. The rear terrace and hot tub were a bonus. Very quiet area but within 30/40 mins of lots of beautiful villages, lakes and forests. Highly recommended.
This is a beautiful area full of incredible scenery, traditional French villages, rivers and lakes and is perfect for walker and cyclists.
Villages that ooze character and charm Mortmarte and Montrol Senard, while Montmorillon is a haven for book lovers.
The World Two Martyr Village of Oradour sur Glane (a must visit), is 30 minutes away. It has just marked the 75th anniversary of its attack.
The large cities of Limoges (45 mins) and Poitiers (1 hour) are perfect for shopaholics. Poitiers is also home to Futuroscope theme park.
Try the velorail in Confolens, canoeing the Vienne, tree-climbing at Lac St Pardoux are other great family days out.
Visit historic chateaux on the Richard the Lionheart route, sample locally made and grown produce at atmospheric French markets.
For a day without a difference, there is a race course just 10 minutes away that has three meetings a year, June, July 14 and August 15. Lots of fun and highly recommended.
The gite is just 30 minutes from the Val de Vienne track that hosts motorsport and motorbike events throughout the year.