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
We do have Wi-Fi, but it is limited. Enough to check emails or look at the Internet but not enough to ‘download or upload’! There is a relatively reliable 3G 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. 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.
There are local 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 thirty acres of land. The gîte 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 and chickens but no livestock, our farming neighbour makes hay in our larger field. There are many interesting flowers and plants – a list is available. If you visit in the autumn you can forage for mushrooms. Marked paths meander around the woods; however please be aware that you walk at your own risk and that the paths are not suitable for flip-flops!! The public ‘chemin’ (like a bridleway in the UK) leads from our hamlet down to Lac de Bariousses.
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.
There are hundreds of gîtes in France. However, we think there are three main reasons, which should tempt you to stay at ‘La Grange’.