The House & Area

Built in the early 19th century, probably as part of the nearby now ruinous Chateau de Bagnac, the house has undergone many changes. Despite a disastrous attempt at some improvement a few years ago, when we discovered the house it had fallen into a state of great disrepair and neglect. We have expended a great deal of blood, sweat and even a few tears, as well as large amounts of money, to bring it back to life in the 21st century. We have tried to maintain the character of the house as much as possible, as well as beginning the restoration of the garden and the large meadow it leads to.  

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St Bonnet de Bellac, Haute Vienne, Limousin
Some 500 yards from the house are the remains of the once glorious Chateau de Bagnac, The only remaining part of the original XIVth century building is the big tower of the chateau, which was capped with a steep sloping roof during the rebuilding of the chateau. Originally the Marquis and the Marchioness of Bagnac did not intend to rebuild it but to restore it. However what seemed to be a restoration passed to a rebuilding project after 1875. The Chateau remained nothing more than a building site for more than 25 years and the Bagnac family spent insane sums of money on the project. The style of the chateau is unique and in its heyday  it was a building seemingly more at home in a fairy tale than the Haute Vienne.  
Go a few hundred yards further and you will come to the banks of the Gartempe, a 205 km long tributary of the river Creuse. Flowing in a north westerly direction it passes through some of the most scenic areas of the Vienne. Along the banks of the Gartempe can be found pretty little hamlets, ancient chapels, riverside and country walks, and places you can fish, swim or canoe if you have a mind to.

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Traditionally, not only the food basket of France and a thriving farming region, but also the playground of the richer Parisians who delight in the countryside and countryside pursuits. These tend to build weekend cottages in the region, particularly within driving distance of the many lakes in the Haute Vienne region. Known as the 'Lake District' of France, the region has also always actively encouraged a variety of healthy outdoor sports and pursuits.


The thriving market town of Bellac is just a few short minutes drive. With its beautiful old town, river walks, ancient stone bridges and lovely views it has much to offer. It is of course also wonderfully convenient to be within walking distance, not only of the doctor, dentist, bank, swimming-pool, boulangerie and shops, but also, as is the case in Bellac, of the Theatre and Cinema. Bellac boasts a brand new, state-of-the-art Theatre, which hosts not only plays transferred from London and Paris but also International cabaret from around Europe.

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