Who fancies a holiday?

9 April 2021

France is currently back in lockdown so no-one is going anywhere at the moment, certainly not on holiday. But, and yes the but is a big one with lots of added ifs, if this damned virus recedes enough to allow travel into other towns, regions and even countries, we will be here, ready and very much able to welcome you to our new gite, La Terrace de Citron. It’s ours from early June and for the rest of the month we’ll be making it shine; making it a comfortable, characterful and perfect gite, just a few minutes walk from the chateau and centre of our beautiful home town, Rochechouart.

The gite will be available to rent from 3rd July this summer, so we’re keeping everything crossed that science, nature, human behaviour and just a little luck will be having the required positive effect on the virus to allow visitors to our lovely home town. Rochechouart is already looking beautiful, but it needs people and visitors to bring it to life. We aim to put the gite on two hosting sites, the first of which is Airbnb, the fastest-growing holiday rental website with huge public awareness worldwide. The second is work in progress but we can at last start to advertise Le Terrace de Citron. We are very much available to take bookings. If anyone has any questions, booking enquiries or would like more information or photographs please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Whilst France is still being gripped by covid we expect little in the way of bookings or enquiries, but we’re hoping after the April lockdown and the promised escalation of vaccines that the country will once again be able to open up. Our fingers are very much crossed that by July we will be able to welcome visitors from not just France, but from any country who want to savour the natural and cultural beauty of Rochechouart and the Haute-Vienne. We are also less than 3km from the Charente region and just 25km from the Dordogne, in a region rich with, and I quote from the Périgord-LImousin Natural Park website

“Picturesque villages, diversity of its landscapes, varieties of its productions, numerous activities and for all ages… everything here exudes the generosity of an environment in harmonious balance between man and nature. The Park therefore invites you to meet, discover, smell and feel its territory… around a drink, an Assiette de Pays®, a castle or even in the heart of a landscaped natural site, so many possibilities to discover the many riches of the Park!”

We very much hope to welcome you soon!

La Terrasse de Citron

21 March 2021

We have signed the compromis de vente, waited for the cooling off period to expire, paid our deposit and finally we can now start to advertise our new property; a gite rental in our historic, meteoric and extremely charming home town of Rochechouart. Well, we can at least show you some pictures and a little more detail such as location, as perfect as it is on the edge of countryside yet just a five minute stroll up the ancient ramparts to the 13th century chateau and pot pourri of shops, bars and restaurants. Over the next few weeks we will begin to set up pages on gite rental sites, but for now here’s a little more information.

We take ownership at the beginning of June and for a few weeks following we will be making the property perfectly safe, secure and immaculate. We are purchasing much of the current furnishings as they are in keeping with the feel of the gite, the rest will be hand-picked to compliment and add to its charm. The house is ancient, built in 1646 partly from meteorite stone, despite its age it will be equipped with all the mod cons such as electricity and water. And TV, WiFi, fresh cotton sheets (sleeping up to 4) and a barbecue.

The gite is nestled near the bottom of the ramparts, the chemin leading down from the chateau in the ancient quarter of the town. One side of the property is on the pretty path leading up to town, the other side looks out to the lake and countryside with a small, very conveniently placed car park less than a minute’s walk away. A few steps away from the property and a magnificent view up to the chateau reveals itself. We’ve decided to call the gite La Terrasse de Citron for two reasons. One, it sounds lovely and two because the gite’s private terrace will be home to a fragrant lemon tree and complimentary décor.

The gite is currently occupied so our ability to go in and take enticing photos is non-existent, so the exterior photos above are ours and the interior images below are borrowed from our kindly agent. The terrace for example will become more lemony, and the large hamburger art in the lounge is not an item we’ve purchased. We are looking to make the gite available for rental from the beginning of July and hopefully in a few weeks we will be able to point you in the direction of some rental sites, until then if anyone would like any more information we’re here and very much happy to help.

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