No. 4

beautiful Limousin (lake district), central France
Guests: 7       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

No. 4

about the property

A fabulous restores late medieval family holiday home in the heart of the Limousin, France. Situated next to the ancient church in Bellac village, one of the prettiest places to stay in France. Great for kids. Dogs welcome.

Officially one of the best places to stay in Europe! No. 7 in the Sunday Times top 50 'Sensational Villas' list!

"This 15th-century townhouse in the village of Bellac has been exquisitely renovated by a British stonemason. Granite fireplaces, medieval floor tiles: the place is bursting with French flavour, and there are lovely views from the terrace at the back. At this price, you wouldn’t expect a pool — but Bellac has a public one with slides for kids, so who cares? Limoges airport is a 40-minute drive." Sunday Times

Enjoy a peaceful holiday in this truly ancient French medieval townhouse in Bellac - a 'cite de caractere' in the beautiful Limousin region of central France. This is the smaller of our two properties on the old Church square which were originally part of the original fortification of this small 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 a magnificent staircase over 500 years old, late medieval floor tiles and cut granite fireplaces. Click for larger photos of this marvellous French property.

If the Landmark Trust had properties in France then they'd rescue a building like this - with original and ancient features in every room. It is even home to a traditional full French 'box bed' - possibly the only place left in France where you can sleep in such a piece of history. There is also a choice of other antique and modern beds to suit a family, and a patio with glorious views across the valley and to the local viaduct. There is a swimming pool with slides for kids a short walk away, in town.



latest review

"a thoroughly enjoyable break in this comfortable and peaceful house. So quiet and relaxing here in this picturesque village." Shirley from Nuneaton

June 2014

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arrival at
depart by
7 nights from
£377.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£1001.00 (based on two staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Twin (ground floor), Double, Single, Twin

facilities at No. 4

wifi broadband available
open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
television and reception
cleaning services
washing machine

map - location

travel info

How to Arrive?

By air: 40 minute drive to Limoges airport - See all international airports that fly there.

  • 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


  • Small gravelled patio to the front, facing the square.
  • Walled terrace to rear with views over the valley, with patio set.
  • There is plenty of parking (no charge) in the public square in front of the house.


  • Entrance Hall: limewashed green, with spiral stairs to first floor and doors to shower room and ground floor bedroom.
  • Shower Room: With 'dinner plate' shower head. Loo downstairs. Washing machine.
  • The 'Box-Bed' Bedroom: A twin bedroom with two singles (both full size mattresses). Remarkable, original antique French box bed fully restored - perhaps the only surviving bed of its kind in use. Windows to side and rear with great views to the viaduct.


  • Salon: Comfortable sitting room with fine views to the viaduct and down the valley from window & 'Juliette' balcony. Wood-burning stove in antique limestone fireplace, antique dining furniture and dresser with Limoges porcelain. TV with (French) digital channels & DVD player. Radio & iPod docking station. Internet Wi-Fi.
  • Kitchen: Simple, modern kitchen with gas stove, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with small ice box (no freezer). Views over the church square.


  • Master Bedroom: A large comfortable room with antique bed and armoire. Lie in bed and enjoy the views down the valley to the viaduct. A lovely room.
  • Toilet: Separate modern toilet adjacent to the master bedroom
  • Bathroom: The bathroom (shower over bath) sits midway on the corridor between the two bedrooms on this floor.
  • Single bedroom: Large antique 3/4 beds (a single, but could at a push sleep a couple) and view over the square.


  • Attic bedroom: Large twin bedroom with views to the church.

The property is heated via a large, modern and efficient 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, but guests will need to buy kindling.

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customer reviews for No. 4

"a thoroughly enjoyable break in this comfortable and peaceful house. So quiet and relaxing here in this picturesque village." Shirley from Nuneaton

June 2014

"We have loved staying at this remarkable is full of atmosphere, wonderful surprises and great has enabled us to completely relax!"

June 2014
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