The Gîte

The main living space is triple aspect and flooded with light. Bi-fold doors open onto the west facing terrace which overlooks the fields and woods.

Look on our Facebook page to see more photos of how we did all this!

 

About the Conversion

Facilities

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

  • Well equipped kitchen
  • SMEG hob and oven
  • Dishwasher and washing machine
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Nespresso Coffee machine (pods)
  • Bi-fold door to terrace and garden
  • Dining area; oak table and chairs
  • Seating area with comfy sofa and TV/DVD/bookcase
  • Stairs to the Mezzanine level

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

  • Double bed with high quality linen
  • Single bed (made up as a sofa unless used as a twin room)
  • Storage including hairdryer, mirror and ample sockets

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

  • Hansghroe shower
  • Glass shower screen
  • Toilet and hand basin
  • Heated towel rail

Key Information

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 local market in Treignac on Friday evening in summer and on Thursday 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.

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 at La Grange?

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.
    • Your ‘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 and cold beer in the fridge will be waiting to ensure you can relax as soon as you get here after the journey.

About Us

We moved to France in 2014. Before that we lived in Somerset in the Exmoor National Park. Anna was a Headteacher in a primary school and Andrew was a Landscape Gardener. We had a smallholding and bred pedigree Hereford cattle.
The commune of St Hilaire Les Courbes has been incredibly welcoming and beyond kind to us; our neighbours are now our friends. We love the landscape, the emptiness and the quiet. We love the wine and the weather. …there are proper seasons here and it’s really hot in the summer! In between working we love to walk, run, swim and cycle, and when we are too tired for any of that we sit on the terrace, drink wine and watch the sun set.

Testimonials

“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!”