Maison d'Eglise

beautiful Limousin (lake district), central France
Guests: 8       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Maison d'Eglise

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A remarkable and romantic holiday cottage home for the family in Bellac, Limousin, France. Amazing architectural detail and rustic antique furniture, as well as huge open views down the valley – your perfect large family holiday home in the Limousin.

A fabulous, rustic and original French medieval townhouse in Bellac - a 'cite de caractere' in the beautiful Limousin region of central France. This house and its neighbour, La Vieille Maison that we also let is perfect for families and groups, yet intimate enough for just two.

It has a peaceful location on the old square and forms part of the original fortification of the medieval town. Restored by one of the best stonemason conservators in the UK, this unique house dates back to the 15th Century and has been carefully conserved, retaining original features including floorboards, tiles and wattle and daub walls. Modifications in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (a wonderful staircase and panelling) have left the house with a great depth of history and with original features in every room. Swimming pool with slides for kids just down the road. 



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We have had a fantastic time, a completely stunning house and location! :-)

Mr shashi desai , August 2019

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£415 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£940 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin, Double and the Twin only

facilities at Maison d'Eglise

open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

How to Arrive?

By air: 40-minute drive to Limoges airport 

  • Ryanair - from London Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Liverpool & Leeds
  • Flybe - Newcastle and Southampton.
  • Air France flies in from Edinburgh, Dublin, Birmingham and Manchester.

Or Bergerac airport (2-hour drive, flights from Bristol etc).

By road: 6 hours from Caen and 8 hours from Calais. Good access from A20 or N147

By train: Eurostar Paddington London > Lille or Paris with TGV rail to Poitiers, & local train to Bellac station (10 min walk). Car hire available at Limoges airport and Poitiers & Limoges railway stations.


in detail

The property is heated via a large, modern and efficient 'Godin' woodburning stove in the lounge, which has a newly-installed heat-transfer flue system to the rooms above. There are also newly installed electric storage radiators in these and other rooms. Wood for the stove is supplied in the holiday price at this property.

Small gravelled patio to the front, facing the square.

Small walled terrace to rear with views over the valley and viaduct, patio set for 8.


Entrance Hall: Down two steps from the entrance. Further (steep) steps (behind the door) down to the cellar and out to the rear terrace.

Cloakroom toilet

Shower Room: Quality 'wet room' with a contemporary shower head. Medieval sink (not in use).

Kitchen/ Dining: A large room with antique country furniture and also a 'modern' end with all the conveniences you'd expect (fridge freezer, microwave, gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher. Washing machine. Overall the kitchen has a simple, rustic feel. Great views to the viaduct.


Salon: Spacious and comfortable sitting room with fine views to the viaduct and down the valley. Wood-burning stove, more country furnishings (e.g. lovely longcase clock and Armoire).

Note there is no TV. A portable TV and DVD player is in the kitchen, but the house has no TV reception.

Double Bedroom with views over to the Place d'Eglise. Antique French country bed.


Master Bedroom: A lovely, panelled room with antique tester (four-poster) bed in the original niche. Lie in bed and enjoy the views down the valley to the viaduct. All the character of a true 'cabinet' room.

Twin bedroom: Twin bedroom with views to the front, over the square. Both beds are antique 3/4 beds (so could sleep a couple), but probably best used as singles.

Family bathroom: with shower over bath and heated towel rail.


(note the low bannister rail is between the 2nd and 3rd floors)

Attic bedroom: Large twin bedroom with restricted headroom in parts, so best suited to kids.

There is plenty of parking (no charge) in the public square in front of the house.

Cot available in the house - bring own bedding for the cot.

local area

  • Cinema, theatre, pool, restaurants, river - short walk
  • Ancient Notre Dame Church - square in front of the cottage
  • Limousin - the 'garden of France'/'French Lake District'
  • Coussac Bonneval, - fine chateau
  • Nearby ancient village of Mortemart
  • Limoges - 25-minute drive
  • Poitiers - medieval town & Futuroscope , great for kids - 1hr
  • Parc Animalier de la Colline Enchantee - 30 km/ 45 mins
  • La Vallee Des Singes - a monkey sanctuary.
  • Oradour - village untouched since WWII - 30 min drive

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customer reviews for Maison d'Eglise

We have had a fantastic time, a completely stunning house and location! :-)

- Mr shashi desai ,
August 2019

I highly recommend this stunning house as a place to stay in on holiday. It really made our trip. The house is beautiful and we loved everything about it, especially the old sloping flooring, the stunning views across the valley and the way the light comes into the house through the medieval windows. Sleep in the back master bedroom to hear the owls at night.

- Joy M,
September 2018

A truly unique house - ancient yet comfortable and beautiful views across the valley.

- Susannah toward ,
August 2015

"This house is going back in time, which resulted in a holiday from which we leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. A big thank you for a FABULOUS holiday." ~ Laurence and Victoria Houghton, Cambridge

July 2014

"This picturesque medieval town house hides a stunning interior. The beautiful wooden floors, doors, old chests and French beds together with quirky artworks make inspirational surroundings in which to spend a few days." ~ Kate Brown, Cambridge

July 2014

"We chose Bellac for our Honeymoon and fell in love with the house. It has lived up to all our expectations, and then some. The town is very pretty, we had great weather, and eating on the terrace by candlelight, watching the sunset was so romantic." Becky & Sam Parker

July 2014