Limousin Farm Holidays
When English farmers Hugh and Michael moved to La Tuilerie, a 240-acre farm in rural Limousin, they knew they were on to a winner. This, after all, is France’s farming heartland and, with their passion for quality, homegrown food, the pair were ideally positioned for their agricultural adventure. Yet, if the idea to start farming here seemed good, than the idea to open the place up for rural glamping holidays is simply inspired. Where else can you kip outdoors in such comfort whilst also helping bottle feed newly-born lambs, search for wild boar in the neighbouring woodland or ride a bike from petit ville to petit ville before swimming in the pool?
Set in one of La Tuilerie’s grassy south-facing meadows, Limousin Farm Holidays hosts two fully-furnished safari tents, each sleeping a family of up to six people, and a pair of Mongolian yurts, similarly decked out with birch wood bedsteads and light, cool interiors. Outside, each unit has its own private firepit, where evenings are whiled away around the campfire enjoying the sort of starry skies that only a truly rural spot like this can offer, while ample open space has been left for littl’uns to run wild by day. The real joy of ‘LFH’, however, is the tasteful way the old stone barns and buildings have been converted for holiday use. Each safari tent and yurt has its own private toilet and shower room, complete with cute old windows and French-made toiletries, while a communal dining space and excellent cooking area are available for all guests to use.
Along with managing the cows, sheep and free-range hens (campers are welcome to lend a hand around the farm), Hugh and Michael are also admirably green-fingered in La Tuilerie’s kitchen garden, where fruit and vegetables grow in abundance. The result is a plethora of homemade produce available on site – from lamb chops to jam pots – as well as the opportunity to join in communal barbecues on Mondays and superbly cooked ‘table d’hôte’ dinners on Friday nights.
When it comes to exploring, many guests don’t get much further than the farm. Between the nature-friendly woodland next door and the nine-metre outdoor swimming pool, there’s plenty to keep you busy and plenty of spaces to lounge with a good book. All the same, Michael and Hugh are happy to lend you bikes if you fancy heading further afield and have plenty of recommendations on where to go with the car – south to Lac d'Eguzon for watersports; on to Limoges for some local culture; or west to the labyrinthine maze in Guéret where you might just be lost for days.
A communal camp house with 4 shower rooms (including sink and toilet) with a private one for each accommodation unit. Plus 2 kitchens, 1 laundry room, a dining room and a children’s playroom. Continental breakfast and linen and towels are all included in the price. Elsewhere on the Limousin Farm Holidays site there is a swimming pool, bikes (for adults and children) available to borrow, firepits and cook-sets for each tent, 2 BBQs for communal use, a large communal campfire and free firewood. On the farm there are guided walks and you are welcome to help out with farm tasks, including feeding the hens and collecting eggs, feeding the pigs, moving sheep and, at the right time of year, helping with the lambs.
Glamping only. Tents, campervans, caravans and pets not permitted.
For outdoor activities, the two largest local lakes offer plenty of watersports – Lac de Saint-Pardoux (25km) and Lac d'Eguzon (50km) – with canoeing, kayaking, sailing and more. Or stick with dry-land and get high in the canopy at Tarz en Arbre (40km; 06 3317 8738) on the northern edge of Limoges, where you can clamber up trees and fly around on zip-wires to your hearts content. Limoges itself is a wonderful old city, famed for porcelain and enamelware and well worth a visit too. You should also head east to Guéret (45km), home to an excellent market (La Souterraine, 11km, and Dun Le Palestel, 40km, are also good for markets) as well as a giant maze and activity park at Labyrinthe Géant des monts de Guéret (05 5541 0197). The area is also famous for its native wolves, which are being re-introduced within the boundaries of a new park, open to visitors – Les loups de Chabrières at Guéret (05 5581 2323).
Food & Drink
The kitchens have everything you need for a self-catered holiday. The site hosts BBQ nights on Mondays, a table d’hote menu on Fridays and you can buy the farm's own produced – eggs, lamb, pork, fruit and vegetables, jams and home-baking – at the campsite. Off-site, it's a 10-minute drive into La Souterraine, where the best spots are Le Passe Muraille (0033 5 5563 2934), the Inter-Hotel Alexia (0033 5 5563 0101) and Restaurant Le Saint Jean (0033 5 5563 9000). Alternatively, La Perle d'Asie (0033 5 5563 2826) does great Chinese food and Pizza Régal (0033 5 5563 9687) is good for Italian grub. There is also a suitably named crêperie there, too – La Crêperie (0033 5 5563 3347).
June, July & August
The Owner Says
Imagine the freedom of a farm holiday in the idyllic Limousin countryside. Where you can camp out in comfort under the stars in a safari tent or yurt. Where your children can play in the woods and fields, help round up the animals or watch a lamb or calf being born. Where you can swim, walk or cycle by day, and relax around the campfire savouring delicious French food and wine by night... Welcome to La Tuilerie, your dream holiday down on the farm.
Nestled in the centre of rural France in an area of outstanding natural beauty, La Tuilerie is a 240 acre working farm run by English farmers, Hugh and Michael. We breed cows and sheep, have free-range chickens, and grow our own fruit and vegetables for you to enjoy. Surrounding our farm are acres of beautiful woodland, a haven for wildlife, everything from wild boar to deer, osprey to woodpeckers. So remember to pack your binoculars!
There’s nothing to beat the romance and adventure of sleeping under canvas in a warm and cosy safari-tent or a yurt. Carefully positioned in a pretty south-facing meadow, our two yurts and two safari-tents have their own individual firepits and cooking facilities so you can get the true camping experience. A stone’s throw away in an old renovated farmhouse, you’ll also have the luxury of your own private toilet and shower, and a communal cooking and dining area.
With Limousin Farm Holidays as your host, you can be as active (or inactive) as you want. Take a walk; there’s lots of countryside to explore on foot. Or you could borrow bikes from us and take in the many picturesque villages and hamlets that surround the farm. If you just want to catch up on your reading you could spend a lazy day swimming and sunbathing. Our new nine metre heated pool is perfect for cooling off on hot summer days. Go further afield and you’ll discover many stunning lakeside beaches and beauty spots as well as a wide choice of other outdoor and cultural activities.
If you’re a food lover, you’re in for a treat with Limousin Farm Holidays. We’re passionate about good quality, home-grown, farm-reared food. In La Tuilerie’s kitchen garden we grow a wide range of vegetables and fruits which you can buy from us (along with our tender lamb and free-range eggs). And to experience French cooking at its very best, during your stay you have the opportunity to join us for a ‘table d’hôte’ dinner, a mouth-watering meal made from our own succulent meat and fresh vegetables.
2 safari tents (each sleeping up to 6 people), a large yurt (sleeping up to 6) and a smaller yurt (sleeping 4).
Large Mongolian Yurt
From the A20 southbound, leave at exit 23. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the N145 towards Guéret. From the north, exit 23a which joins the N145 towards Guéret. From both directions, the next step is to exit at junction 56, and follow the direction to Saint-Maurice-La-Souterraine. At the top of the slip road, turn right, and drive into the centre of Saint-Maurice-La-Souterraine. At the crossroads, turn left towards Bussière-Madeleine. After 2km at a crossroads marked Merle Blanc, turn left. Drive for 2km. Limousin Farm Holidays is on the left. Lookout for the 'La Tuillerie' sign at start of the drive.
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