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Les Trois Chenes - our B&B in Limousin, France
Les Trois Chenes - our B&B in Limousin, France

At Les Trois Chenes we do lots of things

I moved to Videix, Limousin, France in 2002 with my husband and son, Molly our dog and Saffron our cat, plus a few hens to try to live the good life. We created a Bed and Breakfast and a holiday cottage, or gite, and we now run painting classes. Are we living the good life? I'd say we are doing just that, and although it hasn't always been easy it's been fun!.

Have you ever thought about doing the same thing? If you've ever considered trying something new, following the dream of moving to France, or taking on your own Bed and Breakfast or holiday cottage business, then you might be interested in our experience.

Why don't you come and stay with us and find out what it's all about for yourself?

Feel free to contact me for more information on Info@lestroischenes.com, by phone on +33 (0)5 55 48 29 84 or take a look at our website www.lestroischenes.com or my other articles about Limousin


Where is Les Trois Chenes Bed and Breakfast?

A markervideix -
87600 Videix, France
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We spent eight years building our guest house and gite in Limousin

First we converted our house into a Bed and Breakfast with four guest bedrooms. They are all en-suite. Then we converted a barn into a three bedroom 3 star gite (French for Holiday Cottage. It mean little niche that an animal makes its home).

It was not easy to organise the work in French and we had to learn alot about building, plumbing, electricity and tiling.

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Our farmhouse B&B in Limousin needed quite a bit of work!

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This is our Bed and Breakfast before we took off the rendering coating over the stone. Here we are putting in drains.This is the gite. We have started to change it from a pig sty and tractor garage. Hay was stored on the top floor.This is what the gite looked like when we startedwe are laying the floor of the gite.
This is our Bed and Breakfast before we took off the rendering coating over the stone. Here we are putting in drains.
This is our Bed and Breakfast before we took off the rendering coating over the stone. Here we are putting in drains.
This is the gite. We have started to change it from a pig sty and tractor garage. Hay was stored on the top floor.
This is the gite. We have started to change it from a pig sty and tractor garage. Hay was stored on the top floor.
This is what the gite looked like when we started
This is what the gite looked like when we started
we are laying the floor of the gite.
we are laying the floor of the gite.

This is how our guest house in Videix looks today

We offer accommodation in our house. There is a dining room, sitting room and four bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a double bed. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, bedroom 3 has a double and a single and bedroom 4 has three or four single beds. All in all 11 people can sleep here.

It is ideal for groups. If the gite is included then 18 people can stay here.

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This is how the house looks todayThis is where I serve breakfast and dinnerThis is our living room and you are welcome to share it with us. We have a piano, computer, TV, video, CD player. WIFI availableBedroom 1 has a double bed.Bedroom 4 has three single beds and we can add another one. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and bedroom 3 has a double and a single. All in all 11 people can sleep here.All be bedrooms have their own showers and WC's. Bedroom 2 has a bath as well.
This is how the house looks today
This is how the house looks today
This is where I serve breakfast and dinner
This is where I serve breakfast and dinner
This is our living room and you are welcome to share it with us. We have a piano, computer, TV, video, CD player. WIFI available
This is our living room and you are welcome to share it with us. We have a piano, computer, TV, video, CD player. WIFI available
Bedroom 1 has a double bed.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed.
Bedroom 4 has three single beds and we can add another one. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and bedroom 3 has a double and a single. All in all 11 people can sleep here.
Bedroom 4 has three single beds and we can add another one. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and bedroom 3 has a double and a single. All in all 11 people can sleep here.
All be bedrooms have their own showers and WC's. Bedroom 2 has a bath as well.
All be bedrooms have their own showers and WC's. Bedroom 2 has a bath as well.

This is how the gite looks today

We finished the gite in July 2010. It has an open plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room and three bedrooms. It is very well equipped and has everything you need. Seven people can sleep here.

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The gite has a big, enclosed gardenThere is a terrace with garden furniture and BBQThis is the dining room and kitchen.This is the living room. You can look out into the garden.This is one of 2 double bedrooms. This one has French windows that opens onto the garden.This bedroom has three single beds and opens onto the garden. All the bedrooms have their own private showers and WC's
The gite has a big, enclosed garden
The gite has a big, enclosed garden
There is a terrace with garden furniture and BBQ
There is a terrace with garden furniture and BBQ
This is the dining room and kitchen.
This is the dining room and kitchen.
This is the living room. You can look out into the garden.
This is the living room. You can look out into the garden.
This is one of 2 double bedrooms. This one has French windows that opens onto the garden.
This is one of 2 double bedrooms. This one has French windows that opens onto the garden.
This bedroom has three single beds and opens onto the garden. All the bedrooms have their own private showers and WC's
This bedroom has three single beds and opens onto the garden. All the bedrooms have their own private showers and WC's

Join us for a painting holiday in Limousin

I run painting holidays for adults and enjoy teaching as well as painting. I have to sort out my thoughts carefully as explaining things simply and clearly is anything but easy. Being able to do something is one thing, but being able to say how to do it is quite another.

My students have to enjoy learning, but equally, they have to work hard to improve. This is a careful balancing act.

I organise outings to see as much as possible of the Limousin countryside around us, and I include at least one all-day outing to see places like Mortemart and Brantome, two places that have been judged to be amongst the most beautiful villages in France.

I have also taught in schools, adult education and colleges.

A painting holiday in Limousin is an ideal way to relax

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Painting by Videix LakeRoses in a gardenPerspective in Rochechouart CastleRelaxing in the woodsIt wasn't easy drawing crowds in the market place but the students did a fantastic job'Playing' with media is a great way to learn, although the students don't always believe meWe go out to visits and here we painted in the breathtakingly beautiful town of Brantome
Painting by Videix Lake
Painting by Videix Lake
Roses in a garden
Roses in a garden
Perspective in Rochechouart Castle
Perspective in Rochechouart Castle
Relaxing in the woods
Relaxing in the woods
It wasn't easy drawing crowds in the market place but the students did a fantastic job
It wasn't easy drawing crowds in the market place but the students did a fantastic job
'Playing' with media is a great way to learn, although the students don't always believe me
'Playing' with media is a great way to learn, although the students don't always believe me
We go out to visits and here we painted in the breathtakingly beautiful town of Brantome
We go out to visits and here we painted in the breathtakingly beautiful town of Brantome

We love to garden and grow our own flowers, fruit and vegetables

We have lots of fruit trees, a lovely vegetable garden and a flower garden. We grow flowers with the vegetables and don't use chemicals because we like organic food and we like to take care of our land.


I love our gardens and our guests appreciate them too

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Our planter looks lovely in SpringWe have lots of hollyhocksWe have lots of lovely roses. I choose varieties that are vigerous and healthy and don't need spraying.I love bright colours. These are my new day lilies and I planted them with blue geraniums. All my plants are chosen because they are suited to our conditions and grow well naturally.The autumn garden is pretty and provides food for the birds in winter.We grow lots of fruit and have peaches, apples, grapes, plumbs, raspberries, pears, hazelnuts, medlars and wild fruits like brambles and elderberries.We grow herbs and vegetables. These are Jerusalem Artichokes. (They give you wind and make you fart!)
Our planter looks lovely in Spring
Our planter looks lovely in Spring
We have lots of hollyhocks
We have lots of hollyhocks
We have lots of lovely roses. I choose varieties that are vigerous and healthy and don't need spraying.
We have lots of lovely roses. I choose varieties that are vigerous and healthy and don't need spraying.
I love bright colours. These are my new day lilies and I planted them with blue geraniums. All my plants are chosen because they are suited to our conditions and grow well naturally.
I love bright colours. These are my new day lilies and I planted them with blue geraniums. All my plants are chosen because they are suited to our conditions and grow well naturally.
The autumn garden is pretty and provides food for the birds in winter.
The autumn garden is pretty and provides food for the birds in winter.
We grow lots of fruit and have peaches, apples, grapes, plumbs, raspberries, pears, hazelnuts, medlars and wild fruits like brambles and elderberries.
We grow lots of fruit and have peaches, apples, grapes, plumbs, raspberries, pears, hazelnuts, medlars and wild fruits like brambles and elderberries.
We grow herbs and vegetables. These are Jerusalem Artichokes. (They give you wind and make you fart!)
We grow herbs and vegetables. These are Jerusalem Artichokes. (They give you wind and make you fart!)

We keep animals to help us manage the garden, for compost and for food

We have a big garden and it is very hard work to keep the grass cut. We had sheep and geese to help us. They were our 'green lawnmowers', but as the B&B and gite became more successful, I had to choose between our business and our animals - I had to choose our guests!

We still keep hens for fresh eggs for breakfasts - despite attacks from foxes. We also have a cat to chase the mice away and a dog for company.

We love all the baby animals.

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Geese and goslings. They lay eggs that are lovely to eat and great for painting.We hatch chicks and goslings out in an incubatorOne of the goslings hatching outWe have a dog. She is a pointer and a hunting dog. In Limousin they hunt deer and wild boar because there are no natural predators since they killed the wolves.Our dog had three puppies.This was the first lamb to be born. The sheep are Ouessants from Brittany. A hardy, old breed and the smallest sheep.We keep chickens for eggs... and bees for honey
Geese and goslings. They lay eggs that are lovely to eat and great for painting.
Geese and goslings. They lay eggs that are lovely to eat and great for painting.
We hatch chicks and goslings out in an incubator
We hatch chicks and goslings out in an incubator
One of the goslings hatching out
One of the goslings hatching out
We have a dog. She is a pointer and a hunting dog. In Limousin they hunt deer and wild boar because there are no natural predators since they killed the wolves.
We have a dog. She is a pointer and a hunting dog. In Limousin they hunt deer and wild boar because there are no natural predators since they killed the wolves.
Our dog had three puppies.
Our dog had three puppies.
This was the first lamb to be born. The sheep are Ouessants from Brittany. A hardy, old breed and the smallest sheep.
This was the first lamb to be born. The sheep are Ouessants from Brittany. A hardy, old breed and the smallest sheep.
We keep chickens for eggs
We keep chickens for eggs
... and bees for honey
... and bees for honey

I love to cook and to eat

We provide breakfasts and dinners at the Bed and Breakfast and I try to use our own produce if possible.

I try to cook traditional French food and use our own produce

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Baked peaches from our gardenArtichoke soup - we grew these ourselvesIngredients for cheesy pumpkin soup - the pumpkin was a gift from our neighbourClafoutis, a local Limousin dessert made with cherries or other fruit. Yes, our own cherriesWe like this fish bake. No, I didn't catch the fish myself!Chicken tajine for that exotic touch. (Not our chickens either)
Baked peaches from our garden
Baked peaches from our garden
Artichoke soup - we grew these ourselves
Artichoke soup - we grew these ourselves
Ingredients for cheesy pumpkin soup - the pumpkin was a gift from our neighbour
Ingredients for cheesy pumpkin soup - the pumpkin was a gift from our neighbour
Clafoutis, a local Limousin dessert made with cherries or other fruit. Yes, our own cherries
Clafoutis, a local Limousin dessert made with cherries or other fruit. Yes, our own cherries
We like this fish bake. No, I didn't catch the fish myself!
We like this fish bake. No, I didn't catch the fish myself!
Chicken tajine for that exotic touch. (Not our chickens either)
Chicken tajine for that exotic touch. (Not our chickens either)

More about our Bed and Breakfast and Limousin

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Spiced tea bread and stollen for Christmas Breakfastswood warms you twice, once when you cut it and once when you burn itSunshine on the front door at ChristmasA bad photo, but I like the misty quality the sunshine has given this imageOur guest dining room at Christmas
Spiced tea bread and stollen for Christmas Breakfasts
Spiced tea bread and stollen for Christmas Breakfasts
wood warms you twice, once when you cut it and once when you burn it
wood warms you twice, once when you cut it and once when you burn it
Sunshine on the front door at Christmas
Sunshine on the front door at Christmas
A bad photo, but I like the misty quality the sunshine has given this image
A bad photo, but I like the misty quality the sunshine has given this image
Our guest dining room at Christmas
Our guest dining room at Christmas

Limousin is lovely in the winter

We do get snow, but not very much and not very often so we make the most of that magical winter wonderland. Otherwise Limousin is cold in December, January and February, but often bright with clear blue skies and a good deal of sunshine. This is the time to wrap up well and get on the hiking boots! Come home to a cracking log fire, mulled wine and spiced bread.

About Limousin

We are situated in the tiny hamlet of Videix about ten minutes from the medieval town of Rochechouart and about half an hour from Saint Junien and La Rochfoucauld. We are just on the borders of Limousin, The Charente and The Dordogne. Limoges and Angouleme are about an hour away. There are many interesting things to see and do including no less than 13 castles within travelling distance. We are on the Route of Richard the Lion Heart and the Pilgrim path of St Jacques de Santiago. There are many festivals and fetes to see and many things to see and do.

See more pictures of our Limousin gite and farm house

New for 2011

Our new trampoline! Great for the kids and keeps them amused so that you can get a bit of peace and quiet. Having said that, our Mums and Dads can't resist a bounce. Excellent way to keep fit.

Kids love our new trampoline
Kids love our new trampoline

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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Hey, James, thanks for all your kind words. Yes, lots work and it continues, but is lovely to see it looking gorgeous this long, warm spring. Gladdens the heart. Drop by and pay us a visit!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed this in-depth look at your fabulous project. I can see a ton of work has been performed. The place looks beautiful. A great vacation spot.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Thanks so much, Peggy, for vote and comments. It was fun to put together, and made me realise how far we've come.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is a fantastic hub with all of the photos and showing not only your great looking B & B but the scenery, animals, plants, your cooking skills, etc. If we ever decide to go to France, I have this tucked away for reference. Voted up, useful and beautiful.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Hi, Nell. Many thanks. We are just a couple of hours from La Rochelle, so she's not far away. Be sure to call if you're visiting. Landscape very different here from her neck of the woods;


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, what a lovely place you have there, I have a friend who has done something similar, she has bought a big chateau there about an hours drive from La Rochelle, inland, so I am not sure how far that is from you, after doing it up she is now letting it for holidays, what a great place to relax, cheers nell


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

France Travel Inf Well, I must admit it is a dream. When we sit on a warm, sunny evening sipping our aperitifs, watching the sun going down over the house and looking across the peach orchards down the field and over Limousin ... we count our blessings.


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France Travel Inf 5 years ago

You are living my dream. What a beautiful place!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

INFJay, Many thanks for your kind words.


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INFJay 5 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

Beautiful! Your pictures are worth a 1000 words.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Bard of Ely, thanks for your comment. We do count our blessings.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

What an amazing place you have there and a brilliant hub here!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

akirchner, I do love writing but I'm really an artist at heart and like to see pictures. Also short of time for lots of reading. Many thanks for voting up.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Definitely lovely place and love all your thumbnails and clicking to enlarge! I will have to try that once I get my brain working on it. I think coming up with creative ways to tell the story is where we all need to head so kudos and voted up!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Thank you for your comments, Simone. I was a bit worried that after my previous, more text-based Hubs, this one might not be very well-received. I do think pictures can tell a story.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

This is a lovely overview- and I was hoping to get a more detailed look at the place after all of the lovely references to it from other hubs you've written. You've created a beautiful Bed & Breakfast!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

kimballtrombone Thank you. Sometimes it's nice not to have to bother to read much.


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kimballtrombone 5 years ago

Beautiful! You've done a great job. Congratulations!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Jai, Thank you so much. It is hard work but not all the time. We can have 11 adults in the B&B at a time and, yes, we have had full house. The breakfasts are a bit of a challenge. The gite guests, though, are self-catering and so take care of themselves. Mostly we don't even see them but we do sometimes invite them for evening drinks in our garden to get to know them a little better.


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Jai Warren 5 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

What a beautiful B&B, Barbara! I'll bet it's a lot of hard work, but it sounds like you're extremely passionate. Have you ever had a full house? WHEW!!! I have a hard time taking care of myself, let alone, 18 guests... Great Hub, the pictures were wonderful. Thanks, Ciao!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Many thanks for your comments drbj. Lots of hard work. Pleased it looks nice.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Good luck, Barbara, with your newly renovated "gite." From your photos, your B&B looks charming and inviting.

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