Looking from the hall into the kitchen Kitchen/dining room

Entire home/flat

8 guests

4 bedrooms

7 beds
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About this listing

The house is built on the site of a 10th century chateau
This unique house dates back to the 15th Century and has been carefully conserved, retaining original features including floorboards, and en caustic tiles wattle and daub walls.

The space

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.

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


The house is built on the site of a 10th century chateau belonging to the Counts of March. It commands spectacular views over the Vincou valley.

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.

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

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 8.
Logs for the large wood burning stove is included in price.

The furniture is antique with contemporary pictures on the walls.
It can accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms.


The house has WiFi DVD washing machine dish washer 2 loos 2 bath rooms
And finally - the local Theatre du Cloitre has an excellent year-long programme:

Guest access

They can access the cave to explore and get logs for they the fire.


The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 7
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 5 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 66
Weekly Discount: 11%
Weekend Price: 85 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Health and Safety

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, and uneven floors, and there is a steep drop behind the house.

Arrival and Departure

Our housekeeper will clean and prepare the house and beds for you by 4pm on the day you arrive.

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.
Also you can get the key from our neighbours.
They would happily show you around the house this should be arranged before arrival .
On your last day we ask that you vacate the house by 10am.

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs are welcome


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Hilary User Profile
February 2017
Staying in this house was a blast. We brought our cat and snuggled in for a quiet week away from the city. The house is super impressive, especially for Americans who are used to houses that are 0-30 years old (us). The restoration is beautiful and the exposed beams, wide plank flooring, odd angle and nooks and crannies all together are overwhelmingly charming. Be sure to read the back pages of the blue binder for house history/trivia, and look through the photo album in the sitting room. A note for winter stays - the house is not centrally heated, which means there is no heat magically flowing through ducts in the walls. I realize this must sound ridiculous, but we didn't really understand what that meant until we arrived. The heat comes from wall heaters in each room, and a huge stove in the living room. Start your fire by mid-afternoon, keep it going all evening, and throw a last log on before bedtime (close the stove door tight!). You will be perfectly cozy. Long johns, sweaters and woolly socks (layers, generally) are recommended.

Alicia User Profile
October 2016
Last minute decision to stay here and it was memorable due to the house being so unusual. Everything we needed was provided. The fireplace was terrific, including plenty of firewood, plenty of parking, comfortable beds and incredible view. The owners have spent a huge amount of time creating such an unusual place and the work and furniture are of high quality. It is worth keeping in mind however that the house is quite dark and, although the quirky touches were humorous to me (flick a switch and see what appears behind the mirror!), my children were quite spooked and felt uncomfortable being alone in some parts of the house. Just something to keep in mind if you have younger children. Overall though, a very unique place we will never forget with a very special view.

Nico User Profile
July 2016
Stunning view from the balcony. Perfect for BBQ. The house was really special and atypical. If you like old stone, you're going to have a blast.

Randy User Profile
May 2016
We spent a delightful 2 days in Bellac. The weather was cool and rainy, but this remarkable property made up for it. The roaring fire in the living room kept us warm. The kids loved exploring all the rooms and sleeping in the attic bedroom. The only thing we regretted was not being able to sit out on the terrace. The view is amazing. The house was plenty big enough for our group of 7, with room to never feel crowded and have plenty of personal space. Thank you for making our stay in Bellac great.

Jamie User Profile
March 2016
What an incredible place! The house is packed with charm and character and even with 8 people has acres of space. The fire in the livingroom was incredible too and I'll admit to dosing off more than once in front of it. The village is beautiful and was fun to explore. The views of the sunsets and rises from the house and terrace were spectacular while we were there. I can't rate this listing highly enough, thank you Michael for a great place to stay!

Alice User Profile
November 2015
The house was splendid, authentic, very charming! We spent a really nice week-end in there, and thanks to the beautiful weather, we did enjoy the terrace for breakfast and lunch, in November that's quite unusual! The view is fabulous, the rooms comfortable, all basic equipment was there, we would definitely come back if we have the opportunity to come back in this beautiful area. Michael was really reactive and we found all the information very easily.

Lorna User Profile
August 2015
Was such an easy process dealing with Michael. The house itself is in an amazing location and even though it was pouring with rain when we arrived it was still an incredible experience arriving and exploring the house! It is a house full of atmosphere and history and you really feel like you are stepping back in time. It is in a great location, walking distance to the town and market with really good restaurants near by (some should be booked in advance). My nan struggles with walking, the house itself was fine but struggled with the hills around.

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Baltonsborough, United KingdomJoined in January 2012
Michael User ProfileMichael is a superhost.

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 like being paid for.

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