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 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.
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.
The furniture is antique with contemporary pictures on the walls.
It can accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms.
- Hallway with shower and separate WC.
- Large kitchen/dining room with cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and sofa. Views over the Vincou valley.
- Sitting room with wood burning stove, sofas, armoire, and same lovely views as kitchen but higher.
- Double bedroom overlooking the church square.
- Main bedroom - panelled, with four poster bed.
- Bathroom with WC, bath and shower.
- Twin bedroom with large canopied sleigh beds.
- Attic twin bedroom with iron bedsteads.
- Heating - night storage heaters. The wood burning stove has a system of concealed flues which heat the rooms above. Wood supplied.
- Rotary washing line and garden chairs.
- Towels, kitchen and bed linen provided.
- Four minutes walk to shops, restaurant and bars.
- Eight minutes walk to the local pool with slides.
- Easy walk down to the river.
Arrival and Departure
Our housekeeper will clean and prepare the house 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.
On your last day we ask that you vacate the house entirely by 10am. Please leave the house clean and tidy.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome
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. In particular, there is a very steep spiral staircase with uneven treads dating from the fifteenth century. There are also low beams, some low doorways, and uneven floors, and there is a steep drop behind the house.
We cannot be held responsible for any injury.
I loved it here - great place to stay. I loved sitting outside in the sun . The pool down the road is great - they had slides and a children's bit too! Overall had a fabulous time. We hope to come back soon.
~ the Thomas family.
Thanks to our genial host Mr Chapman, whose vision can only be admired. Love the features. The fireplace made me feel like Orson Welles at the end of Citizen Kane.
~ Derek Thomas.
A magical house in a wonderful area, the holiday starts the moment you set your foot inside!
~ Sue and Jim - Cardiff,Wales August 09.
We chose this place as our honeymoon destination - an unusual place some might say? It has lived up to all expectations (and then some). It has been lovingly and sensitively restored! Bellac the town is also very pretty and we were fortunate to have great weather too. Cooking our own meal and eating on the terrace watching the sunset by candle light was probably better than any restaurant (very romantic). Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely and memorable house.
Love Becky and Sam Parker Sept 09.
No 2 rue du Fort is a place I would have bought if I had the imagination of the wonderful Michael Chapman.
~ Chris Carnie, Galicia who stayed Sept 2008.
This house looks like it's walked out of a postcard. Inside it's incredibly picturesque and welcoming. The enormous quantity of stairs makes it impossible to know which storey you're on. Around the house there is some roller coaster like cycling, which is great fun when you're in a group. So, basically, it's a great place to stay when you're looking for rest and camaraderie.
~ Greer Jarrett, Galicia who stayed Summer 2008.
Soft curved wood underhand, rough grippy tiles underfoot, butter lemon pale paint, welcoming visitors, architectural education, hard-backed stately beds, shower to die for, we'll be back.
~ Crinan Jarrett, Galicia who stayed Summer 2008.