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9 reviews
Fully fitted kitchen, leading into the conservatory; ideal for relaxing late breakfasts.
Twin beds in bedroom 2 which face the rear garden, also with shutters for cool summer nights.
Anyone for an aperetif on the terrace under the new sail-shade?
Relax in the conservatory with a cup of coffee or a  glass of wine, daytime or evening.
Rear entrance with steps up to rear garden
Rear Garden with apple and cherry trees
River Benaize - This trout river is just a few minute stroll away
An absolute must; Les Herolles one of France's largest open-air markets only a 20 minute drive away.
Rue de Boucherie - Spend a memorable day in Limoges - we can suggest a good restaurant!
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Saint Martin le Mault, Haute-Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Russ44
Limoges, France
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“Superb in every respect.”
Reviewed 24 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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We stumbled across this property whilst looking for a house to buy in the area. We needed a base for a few months and wanted somewhere comfortable. From our first contact with the owners we felt we had found the perfect accommodation.

The owners, Lynne and Nick, were so very kind and helpful as we were quite new to the area. They helped us settle in and made quite sure we had everything we needed for an extended stay….even to ensuring we had a fine bottle of wine, but were never intrusive.

The cottage was clean, comfortable, and everything worked as it should. Parking and access was great and the rooms light and airy. We are frequently critical of unwholesome showers which fluctuate from unpleasantly cold to scolding hot and losing sleep due to poor quality beds. But this wasn’t the case here as the shower had a very efficient, user-friendly, temperature control and beds were of the highest quality. Actually, ‘quality’ will be the enduring memory of our stay here. One recommendation is to remember to close the external shutters at night…the experience of throwing them open in the morning to reveal a pastoral paradise was one we never tired of. Towards the end of our stay it was getting chilly overnight and the superb heating system worked very well with the newly installed loft insulation keeping the cottage warm overnight without the need for additional heating.

Vital during our stay was the WiFi connection and we had a great connection which was 100% reliable. Additionally, the satellite TV was superb.

The surrounding area is just too perfect to adequately describe. It exudes rural tranquillity with the calm only broken by the postman. However, the natural beauty also has vibrancy with riverside walks and a sighting of colourful Fire Salamanders and two wild deer in our first day. If you feel the need to ‘get away from it all’ then we could not recommend this location more highly. The local villages are charmingly picturesque with very good supermarkets and small shops within easy reach. Travelling around the area is so easy due to the lack of traffic. Something that takes a while to get used to.

During our stay Nick and Lynne were generous, supportive, convivial and, importantly, approachable…just as hosts should be but, sadly, rarely encountered.

Many reviewers frequently state “it was perfect and I didn’t want to leave” which is a superb sentiment. In our case, as we had completed the purchase of our new house, we could have vacated the property before our stay was due to end. But we chose to stay until the very end. In fact, the excitement of moving into our new home was tempered with sadness at leaving such a wonderful retreat…need I say more. For us, it made the process of searching for a house so much more enjoyable. Thanks Nick and Lynne. We hope to return as soon as we can for a summer break.

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Liked best: The wonderful hospitality of the owners and perfect tranquility
Liked least: Having to leave. We would be quite happy to live here.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 September 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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Liked best: The quiet, French, Country atmosphere with the ability to be locate close to so many attractions
Liked least: having to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 8 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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Liked best: The position of the property
Liked least: Lack of attention paid to facilities
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
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Management Response
17 Oct 2012
To maintain our high standards, it was necessary to replace the washing machine which was becoming unreliable. Delivery of the new replacement was delayed until shortly after this guest departed. In addition we have now installed a new, top quality dish washer. There are in fact a total of 8 additional metal or cane framed chairs to be used with the garden table. This is in addition to the 6 dining chairs. To provide maximum comfort for our guests, all these garden chairs have been specially upholstered in a charming, soft fabric. Accordingly these are available in the house for guests to use with the garden table as they wish. Yes, the ironing board and iron are in the kitchen with house-keeping instructions prominently placed to help guests to also find the dust pan, the mop and the bucket. All wardrobes have many, good quality wooden hangers, including the wardrobe in the small bedroom. Other guests have remarked how useful the solid oak and antique wall cupboards are for additional, secure storage space for valuables, effects and clothes. They have never, ever been described as intrusive.
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