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MAISON VILLEBARD

Run by Martin & Kate Pegler

Maison Villebard
Maison Villebard
1. Double Bedroom
1. Double Bedroom
2. Double Bedroom
2. Double Bedroom
3. Double Bedroom
3. Double Bedroom
1. Twin Room
1. Twin Room
2. Twin Room
2. Twin Room
3. Twin Room
3. Twin Room
1. Lounge
1. Lounge
2. Lounge
2. Lounge
3. Lounge
3. Lounge
1. Kitchen
1. Kitchen
2. Kitchen
2. Kitchen
3. Kitchen
3. Kitchen
4. Table laid for a meal
4. Table laid for a meal
1. Hall/Library
1. Hall/Library
2. Hall/Library
2. Hall/Library
Private Entrance to Apartment
Private Entrance to Apartment
View of the Meadow
View of the Meadow
Guest's Patio
Guest's Patio
Plough on our Guest's Patio
Plough on our Guest's Patio
Undercover parking for bikes
Undercover parking for bikes
Kate & Martin Welcome You
Kate & Martin Welcome You
D62 Villebard Haut (Approach from Bussiere Boffy)
D62 Villebard Haut (Approach from Bussiere Boffy)
Entrance to Villebard Haut, Spring 2020
Entrance to Villebard Haut, Spring 2020
D62 Villebard Haut (Approach from the North/Champeaux)
D62 Villebard Haut (Approach from the North/Champeaux)
Bussiere Boffy Church
Bussiere Boffy Church
The local Bar/Restaurant and shop
The local Bar/Restaurant and shop

Welcome to Maison Villebard
Having spent 11 years running a successful and popular biker friendly bed & breakfast and gite business on the Somme Great War battlefields in Picardy we became well known for our warm welcome and hospitality. We are both lifelong motorcyclists and always welcome fellow riders. We have secure parking, a bike trailer for emergencies and a workshop for minor repairs. The roads are made for bikes and we can offer suggestions of routes to try out. Bicycles are hugely popular in France and we welcome cyclists too, of course, and we have bicycles to hire.
We regret that our accommodation may not be suitable for some disabled persons, as not only is the apartment accessed via a set of external stairs, but there are two more separate steps inside the apartment.
THE HOUSE Our 200 year old farmhouse is nestled in its own grounds of about an acre set in a quiet area of rural France in the Limousin. We are located just an hour's drive north-west of Limoges, the capital of the Limousin, famous for porcelain production, in a region also famed for exquisite leather glove manufacture (www.agnelle.fr) and with a lot of history to explore. You will find plenty of information and local maps in the gite to help you plan each day. Or you may choose to stay around the property and make use of the patio/terrace that is yours to relax on. You could also plan to use the BBQ provided.
Our guest accommodation comprises of a beautifully appointed first floor apartment available to book for a self-catering holiday. This gite has a private entrance and is fully fitted with a modern kitchen and a shower room with everything provided. There are two bedrooms sleeping a total of four people, one being the master bedroom which has a 6ft double divan bed (which can split into two singles) and the other bedroom has two single beds. We also have a good quality inflatable mattress, if required. Both rooms have dressing gowns and there are slip-on slippers provided by the front door. The living room area is light and airy with exposed beams throughout and a view across the valley. There is a large television with a large collection of DVDs to borrow, plus a stereo/CD player. In the 'library' area you will find a large selection of books with a comfy chair and good reading light. We aim to supply everything you may need for your stay and include bedding and towels and bathroom items in the price. Guests will find a 'welcome pack' which includes tea, coffee, sugar and fresh milk. We are happy to pick up some fresh foodstuffs for your arrival, if ordered in advance. There is free WiFi available.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS There are medieval villages and chateaux to explore, beautiful scenery to gaze upon, the river Vienne is close by and there are many lakes. Some are open for public use with swimming, sunbathing and boating. There is a lot of local history in the region. The area was heavily settled by the Romans and there are still many signs of their occupation, including www.cassinomagus.fr. The Black Prince and Richard the Lionheart were both, in their time, the Duke of Aquitaine and Prince of Wales. There is a Richard Coeur de Lion and a Black Prince historic route and both are ideal to follow and a great way to explore the region (routerichardcoeurdelion.com). We have a self-guided route around the village and beyond with brief histories of the ancient properties. The village-owned café/bar and shop in the village is very welcoming and only 1.5kms walk away. For more ideas, we have local guides and maps for your use in planning your time here. Our local village, Bussiere Boffy, boasts a very early church with a leaning, twisted spire, a walking route to see the medieval houses within the village with information on who once lived there.
Moving into this century, it is worth making the sobering visit to the remains of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane (www.oradour.info) just half an hour away. (A WW2 atrocity by the Nazi Waffen SS on 10 June 1944, killing 642 inhabitants and destroying the entire village which is now a memorial with many buildings still standing. If you wish to continue the theme of WW2, there is a Resistance Museum in central Limoges near the Cathedral and the Beaux Arts Museum. The area has always been linked to the manufacture of fine quality leather gloves, and you can visit the remaining factory and shop in St. Junien, book a tour or browse the display of superb gloves at knock-down prices. https://www.agnelle.com/en/.
GETTING HERE We are just 1.5kms north - on D62 - of the village of Bussiere Boffy, and in a triangle formed by Bellac to the east and Confolens to the west and St. Junien to the south, all three towns have excellent shopping facilities! We are not far from the National Forest and there are some terrific roads for those who enjoy bend swinging! (And we might join you!) We are within half an hour's drive of the International Airport of Limoges Bellegarde with flights from the UK: including Stansted, Southampton, Manchester and Nottingham. (Book early with Ryanair you might get a return flight for as little as £20!) Car hire is bookable in advance at Limoges Airport (https://www.travelsupermarket.com/en-gb/car-hire/france/limoges/). We are about an hour from the TGV (fast train) station at Angouleme which is on the Lille (Eurostar) and Paris to Bordeaux line. If you catch the right train you can be in Angouleme from Lille in just over 3 hours, but note that you will need to hire a car at the station and we are just over an hour and 85 kms drive away. We have no public bus service here, so transport is essential. The autoroute link to the A20 between Limoges and the north is less than hour's drive away. For those who want to drive or ride down, there are several Channel crossings to consider, including Brittany Ferries' Portsmouth daytime (5 hours minimum) or overnight crossings into Caen. Brittany Ferries also run a summer time Fast Catamaran Ferry at 3 hours into Cherbourg but you add an hour's riding down the peninsula (Kate has used this several times and it does ultimately save some travel time).
Having mentioned our local village, Bussiere Boffy, it is worth noting that the village square boasts a café/bar with outside seating, which serves lunches (all year) and evening meals (and on two nights they serve their own homemade pizzas to eat in or takeaway!). The café has a grocery store attached which sells baguettes, croissants and fruit & vegetables every day. Some guests get breakfast there with a fresh coffee. There is a Post Office and a tiny Tourist Office which is occasionally open!
All you need to do it book with us, arrive, unpack and r-e-l-a-x !!!

Who We Are
Martin Pegler

Martin Pegler

My wife and I have had a love affair with France for almost forty years, and have toured most of it by motorcycle over that time. We decided to leave our jobs in England in 2005 and set up a B&B business and battlefield tour company in northern France, on the old Somme battlefields of the 1914-1918 conflict. My profession, as a military historian and curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, enabled me to use my skills, (which were not easily transferable!) to provide a fairly unique view of the battlefields, not only of the Great War, but also the D-Day beaches in Normandy. After 11 very hectic but hugely interesting years, during which time I somehow also managed to work as a militaria specialist on the BBC TV’s Antiques Road Show, we decided we wanted to take things a little more quietly, so moved to this beautiful part of south western France. We are only forty minutes from Limoges with its many attractions - see our Things To Do page - and the area is littered with excellent restaurants. We offer a comfortable gite as self-catering accommodation, and can advise on the best roads for those who like to travel by pedal or powered two-wheelers. The region has many attractions, not the least being the fact it is the largest and most sparsely populated 'department' in the country. We still ride regularly but my wife also has the lure of a yellow sports car which needs no excuses to be brought out for a roof down drive!
Katie Pegler

Katie Pegler

Prior to moving to France in 2005, my career was as a P.A./Secretary in a variety of commercial companies, but I probably enjoyed working in higher education the most, working in University of Surrey's 'Centre for Satellite Engineering Research' and then in the Leeds Business School within Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire. We have had motorcycles for many years, touring large parts of Western Europe and my last bike was a BMW F650GS which I loved and regularly used to commute between York and Leeds. However, I now prefer driving my 15-year-old sportscar, but Martin and I still head out together on the bike when we can. After some 11 years of running our Somme Battlefield B&B and despite enjoying it far more than we ever expected, making many friends - some of whom have visited us at Maison Villebard already - and having fascinating conversations around the dining table with guests from all walks of life, we decided to retire in 2017 to the Limousin where we already had some friends and knew the area from visiting over the years. The region is great to explore with roman ruins, many medieval villages, vast lakes and chateaux - so come and stay with us, pack up a picnic (a wicker picnic hamper is provided), take one of our maps and head off for a day of delights.

Limousin

The Limousin

Before us unrolled a green and ever-changing countryside.
Silent, impenetrable, cut by thick hedges, filled with dark shadows and watered by running brooks.
No rivers, only streams...
No lakes, only pools...
No ravines, only valleys...
(From 'La Maitresse Servante' by Jerome & Jean Tharaud, 1923)

The Limousin Region
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