House in Rochechouart, Limousin, France - Peaceful Rural Location Just 15 Minutes From The Dordogne
About Richard Skerritt
Myself and my wife Heidi live in Sussex and with my five kids (shared with ex) and our mad dog. I bought the French property about 15 years ago and have spent a lot of very enjoyable time and far too much money renovating the various properties over this period of time. We have had a many as 9 builders staying at the properties during the renovations, but all of the work is now complete and we have the property of our dreams. Work and family commitments mean that we can't spend as much time as we would like in the French house, so having found Gay, an English ex-pat living nearby and being happy to manage the properties, we have decided to let the properties when we are not there.
Richard Skerritt purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Richard Skerritt chose Rochechouart
We were looking for a retreat and escape from the pressures of English life, so wanted a rural, peaceful place. I felt that the Dordogne, although beautiful, was perhaps too full of English, so decided on the Limousin area, the French Lake District, which is less Anglified, but only 15 minutes from the Dordogne. We looked as many properties that met our requirements for space, idyllic setting, pool etc, but when we found our place, we immediately knew it was the one. Probably under estimated the amount of work involved, but very happy we have done it.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
With the new bypass being finished in 2013, the property is only about a 20 minute drive from Limoges Airport, which is well served by Ryanair and Flybe who fly from a number of UK airports. There are also regular flights to Paris and other French cities such as Nice. We have driven from our property to Barcelona (long drive), Biarritz and even Nice. The property is in a peaceful and relaxed setting, but has the convenience of a village, town and city within easy driving distance. We are within easy reach of many lakes, some with lakeside bars and restaurants, and a range of sailing activities. The nearby Vienne river offers canoeing and kayaking, which is something that everybody should try.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Fantastic Location & House
We stayed at this property at the end of August 2018, it had everything and more that four family's could possibly need for a week or longer stay. It is looked after by Gay & Pete who are English, but as good as locals, who were both lovely and extremely helpful. Kids enjoyed swimming, a dedicated play room with numerous toys, football table and TV along with the odd visit from the neighbors very playful and friendly dog. You could easily spend a week at the house and relax, kick back and chill. But for the more adventurous or energetic there is loads to do, see and explore, Gay & Pete will steer you in the right direction, dependent on what sort of holiday you are after. We would highly recommend a stay here for both accommodation and location, happy holidays!
Thank you for the kind words and really pleased that you had a great time. Would love to welcome you back in the future. Richard and Heidi
Awful beds throughout
The pool is freezing, the beds are awful, one of the mattresses was paper thin, non of the showers are sealed so leak through kitchen ceiling, dishwasher was rubbish, there's a wheel missing off the tray, the upstairs toilet in one of the houses, the pipe runs behind the bed downstairs so when the toilet is in use the increase in water in the toilet overflows through a pipe behind the bed downstairs very loudly, there's.not enough bathrooms for the amount of bedrooms, one of the upstairs bedrooms can only be accessed via an external staircase and doesn't have a toilet, on the plus side the outside space is very good with a large decked area. The play room is full of lots of different toys and games.
Thank you for your review, although it is the only poor review we have ever had. I have addressed your points below.
You say that the pool is freezing - we were there 2 weeks before and it is was fine. All pool water temperature is the same, we have no control over this.
Your comments about the mattresses are noted and we are now aware that one of them is poor and is being replaced immediately.
In terms of the plumbing, our maintenance man is a qualified plumber, so there are no issues we are aware of. The bathroom in the main house is being replaced at the end of the season and a toilet being installed in the upstairs of Maison Jack.
The dishwasher is new, so if a wheel is missing, this will be replaced.
Sorry you feel so negatively - as I say, we have never had this before, so this is a real shame. We are now aware of the bed and the missing wheel on the dishwasher so these will be rectified immediately.
Great week !
We were a big group, alomost 30 people, with many children and we spend a great week of holidays.
Thank you to Gay & Peter for their welcoming.
A big table for outside will be useful, otherwise the house is very well furnished.
A good adress to keep.
Thank you for your review and was great to have you as guests. Would love to have you back in the future.
Richard and Heidi
The property is just 20 minutes from Limoges airport - regular flights from Stansted (Ryanair), Southampton (Flybe), Nottingham (Ryanair) and Liverpool (Ryanair). Also regular flights to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nice.
Rochechouart, a delightful, very French village is a 5/10 minute drive (15 mins by bike) and has a range of bakeries, bars and restaurants. St Junien is a 10min drive and has the large hypermarkets and many restaurants and takeaways. Limoges is a lively town offering great shopping, with many boutiques and department stores, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes. There are several beautiful lakes within easy driving distance and Gay can advise on local attractions and activities.
Gay, who manages the property for us is able to guide you to all of the local tourist attractions and supermarkets etc. She is also able to provide you with provisions (food, wine, beer etc) if required (again at extra charge and agreed direct with him).
The area is known as the French Lake District and the local lakes are beautiful. Carp fishing is popular in the area (local licence required) and Gay can guide you where is best.
We have a number of favourite restaurants - Meteorite in Rochechouart provides simple French food and is ideal for large groups. Roc du Beouf is more suited to romantic/fine dining. Again we have full details on local restaurants and takeaways - there is even a McDonalds, although the local dining is so good, you may not make the drive through.