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Le Petit Fort Hobbit`s house
Le Petit Fort Hobbit`s house
7 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
2 baths
7 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
2 baths
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Ages 2 - 12
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A rare survivor; a rustic and original 15th century medieval town house.
A melange of Pablo Picasso and Game of Thrones.

The space

A magical house in a wonderful area, the holiday starts the moment you set your foot inside! ~ Sue and Jim -

The house is built on the site of a 10th century chateau belonging to the Counts of March. It commands spectacular view over the Vincou valley.
The house is15th century with original oak spiral staircase with original treads (rather worn and wonky).

Tiled hall with 1930s woodburning stove. Utility room with shower, washing machine, sink and lavatory.
Twin bedroom with two singles including a fully restored original antique Breton box bed (lit-clos)-possibly the only one in use today.
Original 15th century oak spiral staircase with the original treads.
First floor kitchen has a cooker with gas hobs and electric oven and grill, microwave, dishwasher, double drainer sink , fridge with an icebox, Limoges crockery.
Sitting room with double sofa and two armchairs. Limestone fireplace with large woodburning stove. Juliet balcony overlooking the Vincou valley .
Main bedroom with panelled fireplace, oak armoire,and 17th century chest of drawers. Beautiful views to valley and church. Tiled bedroom with 17th century armoire and large single chestnut sleigh bed.
Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC
Attic bedroom with large oak sleigh bed and small single iron bedstead. Magnificent views of the church.

There is a small walled terrace to the rear, facing south-west, with wonderful views over the Vincou valley and the railway viaduct. Patio set for 7.

The house was featured in January's Sunday Times 50 fabulous villas at number 7.

Logs for the large wood burning stove is included
in price.

The house was constructed to the standards of earlier times. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect its particular character but deserve due care and attention, for example uneven floors Young children should be supervised.
This is an historic building and so cannot be entirely draught-proofed without spoiling its character.

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.

The furniture is mainly antique, with a mix of contemporary and art.

It can accommodate 7 people in 4 bedrooms.

Four minutes walk to shops, restaurants and bars. Outdoor pool and tennis courts nearby.

By Air: from UK

From Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool or Southampton to Limoges Bellegarde Airport (45 mins by car or taxi to house)

By Rail: from UK

Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or viva Paris then Limoges, or Lille - Poitiers by TGV, then Poitiers - Bellac by local train. The house is 10 minutes walk from the very small railway station.
If booked in advance it can be reasonably priced and better for ones carbons foot print.
If you have big bags it could be arranged to be collected by car.

Interaction with guests

You will not be greeted at the hous, but we have English and French neighbours who will help out and our housekeeper is able to come and assist, if needed.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

Health and Safety (sorry)

The house was constructed to the standards of earlier times. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect its particular character but deserve due care and attention, particularly for the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. There are, for example, low beams, some low doorways, very steep spiral staircases constructed in 1400s , and uneven floors, and there is a big drop behind the house.

We cannot be held responsible for any injury.

NO SMOKING in the house.

On arrival, the house key will be found in a key safe, whose code will be supplied on confirmation of booking. Guests are advised to bring a torch, as the exterior of the back of the house is deliberately not illuminated to avoid light pollution and enable guests to see the stars.
Our neighbours have a spare key and can happily show you around the house, though this should be arranged before arrival .
Our housekeeper will clean and prepare the house and beds for you by 4pm on the day you arrive.

On your last day we ask that you vacate the house by 10am.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs


32 Reviews

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Jacob User Profile
September 2016
A wonderful house in a wonderful location. In restoring and re-building the house Michael and Mary have kept the intrinsic character of this ancient building and created a warm and welcoming home. A very special place to stay. Everything needed (including advice) was provided and we felt very much at home - many thanks.

Paul User ProfilePaul is a superhost.
October 2015
The host canceled this reservation 272 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Sam User Profile
September 2015
The house was amazing. The period details are fantastic, as are the small film themed details that have been dotted around the house! The town has a good selection of bars and restaurants. The terrace and view are fantastic and the building is cool, even on the hottest days.

Leanne User Profile
August 2015
Unfortunately the listing was not accurate... THIS PROPERTY IS BY FAR THE BEST, MOST UNIQUE, MOST BEAUTIFUL FRENCH HOUSE WE HAVE EVER STAYED IN!!!!! We were made to feel wonderfully welcome with our beds made up - perfect for a long days journey and really quite rare this day and age! We also then found a lovely bottle of fizz chilling in the fridge and set to work straight away on consuming it on a beautiful evening overlooking what can only be described as a heavenly french view. To complete the experience, the "handy man" left a note on our arrival stating the dishwasher was not working and he will be in to fix it immediately at an acceptable time to us. He was fabulously friendly and more than happy to not only fix this extremely minor issue but also absolutely anything we had problems with! Our neighbours were equally friendly and helped us on a number of occasions with places to go, things to do and general advice. So warm and friendly. Finally, Michael is also famous in Bellac. We went to a number of bars and restaurants who praised The Hobbit House on its true beauty and what a wonderful person Mike is to have in the village. Bellac is certainly full of love :) Our children age 7 and 10 LOVED it. The chimes of the church bells were enchanting, the decor of the house mesmerising - everything about it was fantastic. On entering the house we were blown away! Everyone stops to admire the outside but once you are inside, its even more special. We arrived home in the early hours of this morning and we are already wishing we were back in Bellac, in Rue De Fort, sitting on the veranda watching the sun going down, hearing the faint rush of the river, the chimes of the bells and the trains whoosh along the viaduct....

Lee User Profile
July 2015
Following a really last minute booking and some great and helpful comms from Michael, we travelled to Le Petit Fort. After a ten-minute walk to the station we found the house quite easily - and what a house! Oozing character and charm with loads of great, quirky decorative touches, the place is a great place in and of itself - if you were confined to the house for your trip, it'd still be worth it (so long as you're sure on your feet - the stairs are not for the elderly or nervous!) Assuming you're not house-bound, Bellac is a good base for travels in the area with regular trains - we visited Limoges, Le Dorat, Poitiers and Angoulême by rail, plus a couple of other villages on the bikes. Bellac itself offers all the basic shopping you'll need, and down the hill from the house you can get the best burger in town and a good pint at the picturesque Café De Pont De Pierre (I think that was its name!) All in all it was a lovely stay in a lovely house that'd easily sleep loads of you - get booking!

Edward User Profile
August 2012
This place is a little gem - I went to do some writing and got a great deal done. It's so very characterful (in a great way, not estate agent way!) and the photos simply don't do it justice at all - it's over four floors with a fantastic winding staircase dating from the 15th C I think?! It stays very cool in the Summer and it was just a delight to sit in the main sitting room, with the door open onto that great view of the viaduct and little old houses down into the valley. I myself didn't go for the enclosed lit experience - I think I could have been a bit tall! Despite its total rustic charm, it's got all mod cons, and nice bathrooms e.t.c. I would certainly go back again. I miss it already.

Karen User Profile
March 2017
Stairs are challenging: think parcour! incomparable view, excellently appointed, will take time to fill your bath but the hot water is plentiful.

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I am a sculptor and conservator and have preserved and renovated our houses in Bellac, France and in Somerset, England. I am interested in quirkiness too, which is reflected in some aspects of the houses. We enjoy travelling, and sometimes bring our adult children along as they…
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