Chez Yurt

Europe France Limousin Haute-Vienne

Small scale glamping in France with the most amiable of hosts.

It's a time-honoured tale; UK family discover rural French paradise. Said family move to said paradise in pursuit of 'the good life'. When Cathy Wills first laid eyes upon the Limousin farmhouse that now hosts her much-lauded Chez Yurt, she knew she'd soon be kissing goodbye to dear old Blighty. Secluded in a small hamlet in the Haute-Vienne department of the French South-West, this bewitchingly idyllic glampsite is tailor-made for a blissfully fuss-free vacation.

The yurt itself – varnished wooden flooring, vibrant, ornately-painted woodwork, latticed walls – seamlessly marries luxury with authenticity. It's well-insulated, bright and airy – cool in the height of summer and cosy during chillier nights.

The renovated stone barn ('La Petite Grange') has been handily fitted with wash facilities, fully-equipped kitchen, and a games room. A labour of love for these enterprising hosts, the cultivated veg patch also bears lots of lovely organic seasonal treats.

The air is rich with romance too. Picture the scene; sat beneath an ancient oak, fragrant wildflowers strewn below, the evergreen expanse of the Gartempe Valley before you. If you aren't here on honeymoon, you may well be proposing before you leave.

Venture forth from this herbacious hideaway and you'll soon discover the region's many hidden gems. Gems like the brocantes (antiques markets) and vide greniers (car boot sales) of charming market town Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche. Or the rolling pastures and tranquil swimming lake at Saint-Mathieu. Or the incredibly well-preserved 10th century village of Mortemart – its quaint stone buildings and the exquisite wooden carvings of its church.

Cathy really has discovered 'the good life' here in the French Lake District. Swaying lazily on the hammock, a post-dinner glass of local pineau in hand, you too may well find the call to 'leave it all behind', just too hard to resist.

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