Cottage in Limousin France

“A perfect Home from Home" Steve & Joyce

Superb holiday - totally relaxing.

We spent 2 weeks in Maison Lavaud and thoroughly enjoyed it. From our research we knew it was very quiet, which is exactly what we wanted, allowing us to 100% relax., We made a good few trips to various local attractions - all of which we were informed of by our superb hosts, who knew where the places were, how long to get there, best time to travel etc. The evenings were very quiet - which we enjoyed, sitting outside until late - we were then able to enjoy British tv and wifi facilities. All in all an excellent fortnight - you must go to Rocamadour (stunning place) and Oradour Sur Glane (historic memorial - very touching). A great base from which we enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing holiday.

Steve Jones

Cardiff, Royaume-Uni.

Relaxed verblijf

Wij hebben genoten van het huis, met goede voorzieningen, in een mooie, rustige omgeving. Van de eigenaren (via hunzelf en de aanwezige informatie) kregen we goede tips voor trips en wandelingen. We konden heerlijk op onszelf zijn, maar ook gezellig met Joan, Ian, Susan en Norman kletsen. Hun hartelijkheid maakte zeker deel uit van het thuisgevoel. Er is veel te doen in de omgeving, een week is te kort voor alle leuke en interessante dingen.

Gérard & Marianne

Nijmegen, Pays-Bas

Août 2015

“Secluded gite in charming country location”

We have just spent 3 days at this lovely gite whilst visiting friends in the area.
It is perfect for two people and also "dog friendly", an essential for us!
We had beautiful weather which was a bonus and were too lazy to do any cooking so just used the barbecue!
The owners were friendly but unobtrusive. The gite was clean, comfortable and well equipped.
Would recommend Maison Lavaud for a relaxing Holiday in the peace and quiet of the Limousin.



“Peace & tranquillity in the French countryside!”

I stayed in Maison Lavaud with my sister for a week's break in late April 2015. The one-bedroomed gite (twin beds with en-suite) is extremely comfortable & completely self-contained, but the owners were all very helpful with local knowledge. The property is deep in the Limousin countryside, a half-hour drive Northwest of Limoges Airport. If you're looking for a break in absolute peace & quiet this is the place for you!

Pauline S

Daventry, United Kingdom

"A perfect Home from Home”

We stayed at Maison Lavaud as a stop over on our return trip home from house hunting in Portugal.
After staying in this wonderfully renovated property with our hosts Joe. Ian, Sue and Norman who are now our good friends, I am afraid to say that Portugal is now a distant memory and we have decided to settle in France. Maison Lavaud has everything that you might need for a short (or long!) stay and the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful with lots to do and see within short driving distances. We have two dogs and they were in there element with lots of long country walks on the doorstep and there own enclosed garden.
We will definitely be coming back.
Steve & Joyce

“Lovely stay in a charming property”

We had a week in the beautifully renovated gite along with members of our family who stayed in one of the houses, both of which provided everything you need to enjoy your stay. Our hosts Joe, Ian, Sue & Norman were marvellous and full of ideas of places to visit and to go and explore the Haute Vienne.
We were invited to Jo's birthday party during our stay which we all enjoyed very much, it was great to mix with their friends, chat and ask questions about life in France. 
Joe & Ian kindly supplied us with cycles to explore the local area, we made use of them every day to help burn off some of the calories we consumed, as I must have eaten my weight in Croissant's during the week !
The surrounding area is extremely quiet and peaceful just what was needed to relax and unwind, despite this, local amenities were only a short drive away and the large Hyper U markets are so well stocked with everything you need and more !
There is plenty to do if you feel you want to drive out, I recommend a visit to Limoges, we spent almost a day as there are so many shops to get round, cafe's restaurants etc.
Thank you Joe, Ian, Sue & Norman for making our break such a success, we wish you all the best for the future.
Sue & Steve

“Perfect little French gite- with everything you need and great hosts.”

We stayed for 3 weeks with two labradors in this perfect little gite, eveything was spotless and charming inside and out, it has everything you need with its own enclosed garden to relax and have long lunches in as well as the option to play in their beautiful extended garden with their beautiful labradors holly and benji!
My husband said he just felt so at home, as if you wanted any information Jo , Ian, Sue and Norman were around to help but also left you to relax and enjoy yourself if thats what you wanted- they didn't bat an eyelid if I got up at midday! Perfect!! Will hopefully book again as we both feel refreshed after our time there and with them. xx

“Warm, gracious hosts and a quiet setting”

Maison Lavaud is a quiet, cozy place, big enough for a couple or perhaps a family with one or two kids. Younger couples will want to note that the upstairs bedroom is outfitted with twin beds that are rather small to share, and can’t be comfortably pushed together. However, the downstairs couch converts into a double bed and the hosts Joanne, Ian, Susan, and Norman will provide appropriate bed linens.

The setting is gorgeous and peaceful. Although swimming and other recreation are nearby, this is really the place for folks who want to get away and relax. The back yard (garden) has a private sitting area for outdoor dining. You're in farm country here, and now and then you’ll hear a tractor go by. Cars stop at the spring house across the road to fill water jugs, but they're never obtrusive.

The kitchen has a useful assortment of dishes, silverware, and cookware, even a cutting board. Mixing bowls and the like may be stashed in unexpected places. Be sure to check the cabinets over the stove and look on top of the microwave oven. You'll need to supply all your own spices, though, even salt and pepper.

The hosts will stock the larder with the basics on request, but I recommend checking out the Saturday morning open air market in Saint-Junien for your grocery shopping. Saint-Junien and Bellac also offer your choice of several boulangeries and patisseries for bread and pastries (these are quite a bit more limited in nearer Cieux and Blond). If supermarkets are more your speed, you’ll find a Hyper-U in Saint-Junien and a Carrefour in Bellac. For these your sat-nav is your friend, or get directions from one of the hosts.

The “user manual" supplied says the hot water is sufficient for 3 showers and household use. As USians, we’re probably more wasteful than Europeans, but we found we could use it up with 2 showers and some careless dishwashing. Just be prudent and don’t let the water run while you soap up, and you should be fine. Be warned that if you do use up the hot water, there won’t be any more until the next morning, as the water seems to be heated only overnight.

The thick stone walls moderate day and night temperatures. For comfort we did as the French do - opened the windows to the cool night air, then closed the windows and shutters against the hot sun. Note that as with most European homes, the windows have no screens. We had a bit of trouble with this toward the end of our stay thanks to some persistent hornets (don’t they sleep?). We mentioned this to the hosts, and by the time you read this, they will probably have dispatched the troublemakers to hornet heaven.

Those hosts live in the renovated ex-barn which is attached to the gite, and have mastered the waiter’s fine art of being there when you need them and scarce when you want privacy. We arrived much later than we’d expected and Joanne graciously waited up for us. She also kindly came to our rescue when our car nearly ran out of fuel in Javerdat on a Sunday, and we discovered that US credit cards don’t work in Europe’s 24 hour automated filling stations. They even brought over a couple of homemade treats for us. They're from the UK, so of course communication was never an issue.

Cleanliness of the gite was very good to excellent. Guests are asked to do their own cleaning upon leaving, or pay a modest extra fee for the owners to do it for them. Cleaning supplies are provided.

This gite is not wheelchair accessible, but folks with mild disabilities may be able to handle it. Note that the only bathroom is upstairs off the bedroom. 

Some pets are welcome, but you should probably check with the owners before assuming anything.

Other sundry details: We were not able to book through Holiday Lettings, apparently because of a browser incompatibility, and had to book directly with the owners. Norman fixed a minor problem with the toilet promptly and efficiently. The front door lock was a bit fiddly, but with patience we were always able to lock up when we left (not that we really thought it very necessary in this quiet rural location). Careful, the wifi key given in the documentation is a WPA key, not WEP as stated, and it's thus case sensitive.

Everybody's favorite don't-be-evil street view has the gite, but if you type in the address, what it shows you is actually a hundred or two meters away. To see it, first look up 9 Lavaud, Cieux, France. Then navigate forward on the road to the left of the image (not the one right in front of you). Keep the stone wall with the cross-hatched fence on top of it to your left.. Click the forward arrows on the road 15-16 times, and the spring house with the blue door and a trough should appear on your left. One or two more forward arrow clicks, and the gite should be there on your right. You’ll park on the grass behind the white picket gate.

We really enjoyed our stay at Maison Lavaud and appreciated its owners. We hope to visit again. We recommend it highly.

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