Relax & Unwind

The main living space of the gîte is triple aspect and flooded with light. Bi-fold doors open directly onto the west-facing terrace, which overlooks the fields and woods to the hills beyond. This landscape, the vast emptiness and the peace and quiet, the forests, rivers and lakes are a complete antidote to busy lives. Here, you can if you wish, like we do, hike, swim and cycle or picnic in the shade by a river. 

And after that, you can sit on the terrace with a glass of something and watch the sun go down. Our place at your pace…


The front door – in the huge glass front window, opens into
the double height, triple aspect living space, consisting of:

Two bedrooms, one leading from the living area and one
up on the mezzanine level, each having

Two bathrooms, one opposite the bedroom and one en-suite
up on the mezzanine, each having

Key information

We do have Wi-Fi, but it is very limited. Enough to check emails or look at the Internet but not enough to ‘download or upload’! There is a relatively reliable 4G signal.

As you can imagine in a barn full of ancient oak beams, surrounded by trees, there is a total NO SMOKING policy inside and outside the barn, and anywhere on our property.

There is ample parking for two large cars. Our road is ‘no through’ and just goes to us and the other two houses that make up our hamlet of ‘La Manigne’.

Our part of Corrèze (Haute Corrèze) and in particular the Millevaches Plateau is very rural and sparsely populated. Please be aware that there is no regular public transport.

 Treignac, ten minutes by car has a good supermarket (including fuel) two butchers and two boulangeries as well as Cafes, a chocolate shop and the Tourist Information Office. It is a beautiful medieval village and well worth a visit. There is a wider selection of shops at Eymoutiers, twenty minutes away.

There is a small local weekly market in Treignac in summer and on the first and third Thursdays and Saturday mornings in Eymoutiers all year round. A list of what’s on locally will be provided. 

There are local guides, books and maps to borrow and lists of suggested places to visit. We are very happy to offer advice if you want to do, or see something specific.

The barn sits in the field facing our fifteen hectares of land. The gîte terrace and garden leads into this field. You are welcome to walk through the fields and into the woods. These consist of Douglas Fir and mixed broadleaved; ancient chestnuts, beech, oak and hazel. We have a dog, chickens and geese but no livestock, our farming neighbour makes hay in our larger field. There are many interesting flowers and plants and if you visit in the autumn you can forage for mushrooms. If you are lucky you might see a black woodpecker as you meander around the paths! The public ‘chemin’ (like a bridleway) leads from our hamlet down to Lac de Bariousses.


The conversion

We bought the barn in 2012 and since then have been carefully and thoughtfully converting it from a cow shed to our home and the gîte.

All the work has been completed sympathetically retaining as much of the character of the barn as possible, with the highest possible quality finishes. The granite and old oak from the barn has been re-purposed and locally sourced green oak used for all the new structural work. Like the original builders we have utilised lime-based materials for the floors, the internal walls and for all the joints. An ancient method using hemp and lime mixture provides insulation as this ‘breathes’ and lets moisture move in and out of the walls and floors. Under-floor heating throughout ensures it is comfortably warm and cosy in the cooler months.

We are as environmentally friendly as possible. Solar panels and a huge wood boiler power the heating and hot water. The logs for this come from our own woods. Our ‘potager’ and polytunnel enables us to be self sufficient in seasonal vegetables all year round. Everything biodegradable is composted. We recycle and use eco-friendly products where possible. We have installed our own septic tank and the delicious un-chlorinated water comes straight from the local spring in our commune of St Hilaire Les Courbes.

Why stay with us?

There are hundreds of gîtes in France. However, we think there are three main reasons, which should tempt you to stay at ‘La Grange’.

  1. The landscape of the Millevaches Plateau is simply stunning. The green rolling hills, woodlands, rivers, lakes with scattered hamlets and farms are exceptionally peaceful and still retain their wildness. Its unspoilt natural scenery ensures you can walk or cycle in summer all day and never see a soul.
  2. We are completely pollution free. We have the best air quality in France. The wildlife is amazing – no chemicals guarantee a wide biodiversity. There is no light pollution either; no streetlights or built up areas ensure dark skies and incredible starry nights.
  3. We offer an exceptional service in a beautiful setting.
    • All the fixtures and fittings are high quality.
    • Cleaning at the end of the stay is included in the price. It is an additional cost or you do it yourself in most gîtes in France.
    • Initial supplies of kitchen and bathroom basics are included which means you don’t have to go shopping as soon as you arrive.
    • For stays of 6 nights or more, our ‘Welcome basket’ will have enough for a simple evening meal and for breakfast the following morning. It will include for example coffee, tea, milk, bread, butter, croissants, eggs, and seasonal vegetables/salads from the garden. A complimentary bottle of wine will be waiting to ensure you can relax as soon as you get here after the journey.
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“La Grange is stunning and so much bigger and more beautiful than the pictures show, so light and spacious. We have never stayed anywhere with such attention to detail everything has been thought of. The terrace and garden, again much bigger than we expected, was wonderful and we enjoyed lots of meals outside and watching the sunset. Our boys (11 & 13) loved the space and freedom; they especially enjoyed building dens in the wood. It’s the perfect place for peace and quiet yet only a short drive on lovely quiet roads to the pretty town or supermarket and the surroundings are magical and beautifully French.We would highly recommend La Grange and are already planning our next visit. Thank you both for a fantastic holiday!”

Covid-19 Statement

We are aware of the current situation; it is very difficult for everyone. We are not sure what the official advice will be on taking holidays and if the borders between the UK and France will be open, or that travel will even be possible within France. However to anyone thinking of considering a holiday or short break here is our position…

We are currently open for self-catering holidays. The gîte has no near neighbours. It is entirely surrounded by fields. The road is only one way and only the post lady, the farmer and the neighbours will use it. Most days it’s one passer-by, if any.

There is a supermarket twelve minutes away. It has everything you might need for a lovely holiday. It is never very busy. You can walk (or take a short drive) to endless footpaths and tracks, which are almost guaranteed to be empty. The lanes leading from La Grange are virtually traffic free for cycling and walking.

Our isolated location offers the seclusion you might find reassuring and appropriate to your needs at this time.  

What we are doing ensure the safety of our guests

  • On arrival and departure there can be a contactless handover
  • Our normally exceptional level of cleanliness has been further enhanced
  • All surfaces such as light switches and handles will be wiped down with bleach
  • All kitchen utensils/crockery etc. will be dish-washed at high temperatures
  • Pillows, bed-linen and towels will be washed at high temperatures
  • The floors will be steam cleaned
  • All communication between guests and us can be by telephone or text messages during the stay.

We pride ourselves in our commitment to customer safety and wish to ensure you will have a relaxing and safe holiday. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Take care and stay safe.

Anna & Andrew @La Grange

[email protected]

EN: 07951 124 074     FR: 01 11 13 12 53