LOCATION & THE LIMOUSIN
Although the property is in an isolated setting, surrounded by trees, fields and hills you are still within easy reach of shops and the main roads.
The property is located in a small village called Coulerolles which is in the region of Limousin in France and comes under the department of Haute-Vienne. We are around 400 miles south of Calais.
The village of Colourolles is near Bessines-sur-Gartempe which is around 20 minutes drive North of Limoges and a short journey west of Bourganeuf. This is a really unspoilt part of France with some superb countryside.
The local towns are Bessines and La Souterraine. La Souterraine is the larger of the two towns and has all the amenities you require, although you do have an Intermarche 5 kilometres drive from the property.
Driving time from Calais is around 6 hours – depending on how fast you drive! You can also go to Le Havre which is a shorter driving time but the ferry journey is longer. The drive from either Ferry Port, takes you through many beautiful villages of France and you will see stunning scenery on the way. You will also find the Motorway Services a joy, even the locals go to the services for picnics!
The drive is very easy being on motorway roads virtually all the way. If you have not driven in France before don’t panic!
The roads are far less congested than in the UK and very easy to drive on. However, I would suggest that you keep away from Paris in the rush hour, as this can get very busy.
Why not fly into Limoges Airport and Hire a Car for the duration of your holiday. Flights from the UK to Limoges Airport are very cheap and the Airport is only a 30 minutes drive to the Villa.
Following your final payment we will forward to you the House Pack, which will provide directions to the Villa and the local supermarket – there is nothing worse than trying to find the local supermarket in a foreign country after a long journey!
To give you a better idea of the normal weather in the Limousin area, the average summer is like the very best you could expect in the UK. For many weeks in the summer the temperature can be in the nineties and can be hotter than Spain!
We do get a slighltly higher rainfall than many places and this is apparent when you see how green this area is. In general you would expect March to see some days in the seventies with odd days of rain. The temperature can drop dramatically and then rise again within a day.
The months of April and May can see some very hard rain but this is usually over in 24 hours. Late May can see a few electrical storms, however, many people still come back with a tan as the temperatures are in the eighties!
The months of June, July & August are usually very warm and sunny with the odd thunderstorm, usually at night – some without rain! Some days can be extremely hot but the evenings are always pleasantly mild.
The months of September and October are superb months with the leaves changing colour and the weather generally still very mild.
In this part of the world spring is generally a month earlier than the UK and autumn a month later.
You will still get many days of unbroken sunshine in November with temperature up to 60 degrees, although the nights will be cold.
December, January and February can be very much like the UK. Although we have been to France many times at this time of year and on the whole we have found the weather milder than the UK.