Peace and Tranquillity in France
- english, french
About Pauline Handover
Nick and Polly live in THE COTSWOLDS and have been holidaying in France for the last 35 years. They bought first of all a barn which they converted into a beautiful second home with an exceptional view only 5 kms from Pennyfarthing and thoroughly enjoyed doing the conversion so much so that they sought another property to convert purely to let out .
Pauline Handover purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Pauline Handover chose Cussac
We fell in love with Pennyfarthing as soon as we saw it. It was made up of several small rooms and was asking for some TLC and modernising so we made it open plan downstairs and put in 2 en suite bathrooms upstairs. It is tucked away in a very pretty hamlet with friendly neighbours some French and some English and it is only 5 minutes from the town of Cussac where there all the amenities one needs.At the same time it is located in the Limousin National Park full of lakes and trees and wonderful views and places of interest to visit.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Rural France retreat
Finding the property firstly was a little challenge as we weren't given any directions and the name of the cottage is not displayed on the building. It is tucked away around the corner from the main road through Negrelat which means that it is very quiet. It's a small hamlet, in the heart of the forest, and the locals (who mostly seemed to be British) were reasonably friendly . But with no Wi-Fi and severely limited mobile signal you can feel very cut off from the rest of the world. Fortunately the TV could receive one UK channel so we could have some sense of the outside world.
We had hoped to do plenty of walking in the area - and the walks are beautiful amongst the forest, tranquil and restorative. Unfortunately however, we hit the break in the weather and our time outside was restricted by a lot of rainfall. Additionally, it is worth noting that in late September virtually all local restaurants and attractions are closed up.
The cottage was unheated but the log burner kept us cosy and warm in the evenings. The furnishings and facilities in the cottage are adequate, rather than luxurious. There are a few quirks - the electricity supply cuts out if you are using the washing machine and the oven at the same time. And the ensuite bathroom in the front bedroom is snug!
Throughly enjoyable. Comfortable accommodation in a quiet location.
Thank you. Really glad you enjoyed it. Hope you will come again if we haven’t sold
very secluded, which was just what we wanted.
the only negative was the noise from the loft in the evenings made by squirrels.
kept our friends in the back bedroom awake at times.
Superb little cottage in a beautiful location
We loved this small well appointed cottage in it's quiet hamlet setting. There was lots of room for our family of four though with its two ensuite bathrooms (and additional downstairs loo), we could easily see this cottage being used by two couples as well.
The cottage has been well renovated and still has lots of character. The barns were also good for safely storing our bikes though the setting is so quiet that there were no worries of security.
Cussac the closest village has a good and well stocked supermarket and there is a patisserie and boulangerie too as well as a couple of restaurants. There are a good number of lakes 25-35 mins drive from the cottage that have sandy beach/bathing areas (lifeguard attended), and boating activities. We liked St Estephe which had a nice walk and Espace Hermline which had a Velo-Rail and tree top adventure park (GoApe).
The Limousine is a fantastic area of rolling hills, woodland small farms, hamlets and pretty villages/small towns and the cottage is also very close to the edge of the Dordogne making visits to this area's attractions all very easy (Brantome and canoeing down the river is a must).
There are lots of frequent local activities and we enjoyed a large fair at nearby Oradour Sur Vayres and a night market at the pretty town of Rochechouart (location of a meteorite impact 200 million years ago causing a crater 20km wide and 6km deep). Another must see/do is the Oradour Sur Glane WW2 village that was frozen in time after the Waffen SS Panzer division massacred 642 inhabitants on 10-June 1944 - a real living history lesson.
After a good days activity it was nice to return to the comfortable cottage to relax and recover.
Home from home
We loved our stay at penny fathing and would recommend to family and friends. The beds were very comfortable the bed linen was clean, fresh. The kitchen was well equipped. We just couldn't find fault with our stay. People in the hamlet, French and English very friendly.
If we had to say one bad thing about this property is, it wasn't our home!
You won't regret booking this gite.
My wife was taken seriously ill two days before we were due to sail & our trip to France (three weeks) was therefore cancelled.
The quiet village of Negrelat is on the Route of Richard the Lion Heart. There are also at least three lovely Chateaux within approximately 5 to 6 kilometres from the cottage. The best is called Chateaux Montbrun which is about 3 kilometres from Negrelat a superb setting and with a pub/restaurant.
The area has a good selection of restaurants of varying food types and options from basic French to full International cooking of a very high calibre.
The position is ideal for anyone in search of a property to buy in the area or anyone who needs a quiet base from which to work or holiday.
The area is set in a National Park with beautiful forests and lakes -an ideal place for rambling or pony trekking.Some of the lakes provide water sports such as water skiing & sailing and some where you can fish-all you need is a licence from the local tabac.
The river Vienne has several Canoe centres -the nearest is at Aix sur Vienne and also at Bourdeilles and Brantome.
Local markets are everywhere but Piegut and Brantome are Must See places and offer the most variety for tourists as well as locals.
There are other Chateaux within an hour's drive such as Bourdeilles, Puyguilleme, Hauteford and Jumilac.
One of the prettiest villages in France is St. Jean de Cole-this is a MUST SEE-if you time it well there is a flower festival in the first weekend of May and near there are Grottos which are well worth a visit.
If you like towns and cities-Limoges is only one hour away-a beautiful old university town, famous for it's porcelaine and knives-At Aixe sur Vienne there is a large outlet which sells Limoges porcelain. Further afield the towns of Sarlat and Bergerac-both beautiful old towns with cobbled streets and ancient buildings.
If you would like to try some wine tasting-Cognac is not far away and St. Emilion is a 2 hour drive-well worth a visit and not far from the coast if you want to make a full day of it.