Les Trois Chenes Profile in Pictures
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?
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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
More about our Life in Limousin
- A Scrap Book of Limousin France
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- Painting courses at Les Trois Chenes B and B, Limousin, France
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- The Story of a Bed and Breakfast in France
The story of our Bed and Breakfast, Videix, Limousin France. How we renovated our farmhouse in Haute-Vienne, and created a gite in rural France.
- Life in Limousin: Tips for the B&B to be (Part 1)
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- Wedding Romance in Limousin, France
Star in your own movie when you get married in this film star setting at the Domaine des Etangs.
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 relaxClick thumbnail to view full-size
Painting and art courses at Les Trois Chenes
- Painting Limousin
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- How to choose a painting holiday in France
Choosing a painting holiday from the internet or a magazine article can be a bit of a gamble, but here are a few pointers which might help you choose the ideal holiday for you. Here at Les Trois Chenes we run...
- Contemporary Art in the Chateau of Rochechouart, South West France
Rochechouart Castle in south west France is now a Centre for Contemporary Art. The Chateau provided the perfect venue for works of art and takes a delight in juxtaposing the old with the new. Rochechouart is situated between the cities of Limoges and
- Learn to Paint in France
As a young artist I taught painting and drawing in school, colleges and in adult education centres, but I could never have dreamed that I would be running painting holidays in France, in a large French farm...
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 tooClick thumbnail to view full-size
More about our gardens and gardening
- The Spring Garden
Spring is a lovely time to be in Limousin. The French gardens are full of spring bulbs and flowers. The trees are full of blossom and the wild flowers bloom along the roadsides and the hedgerows. Come to...
- The Autumn fruit and vegetable garden
Autumn is always a busy time at Les Trois Chenes, our farm house bed and breakfast in deepest rural France when all the fruit and vegetables in the orchards, hedgerows and garden ripen at the same time. It is...
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.
About our animals
- Ecological Lawn Mowers, The Goose
Do you dream of a lawn mower that would work by itself, run on free fuel and provide you with free fertilizer as it goes? What if I added that this lawn mower would cost you between six and eleven euros? How...
- The Story of our Pointer Puppies
Here I am living the good life at our farm house bed and breakfast in deepest rural Limousin, France, and our pet dog, Molly,an English pointer, makes a fair contibution to...
- Bee-keeping for beginners. Why keep bees?
Bee keeping is fascinating, ecologically essential and produces pounds of deliciously healthy honey. Recent worldwide bee colony losses have worried experts who are calling on ordinary people to set up hives in their back gardens.
- Keep geese and sheep to cut your grass
If you are fed up of mowing the lawn, why not get a little help from our animal friends. A pair of geese will keep a large lawn cropped pretty short, and a couple of sheep will deal with a bigger area. You will also find that you have some friendly f
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 produceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Some easy and delicious recipes from Les Trois Chenes
- Quick and Easy Sweet or Savoury: French Toast
Not long after we moved to France to open our Bed and Breakfast and run painting courses, my (then) five year old son came home from school asking me to make 'pain perdu'. I gathered from him that this was a...
- Queen of Puddings
Queen of Puddings is one of our Great British pudings, economical, thrifty but delicious. We make it as a family pudding even though we serve French food for guests at our Bed and Breakfast in Limousin, France? You won't believe how wonderful, cheap
- How to make Peach and Apple Chutney for Christmas
We had a glut of peaches at Les Trois Chenes Bed and Breakfast this year, and what better way to preserve all that summer sunshine goodness, than to make jam and chutney? This recipe makes a chutney so rich,...
- Clafouti with Cherries: a Traditional French Dessert Recipe
Sometimes life really does seem to be a bowl of cherries in Limousin, this hidden corner of rural France! It's June, the sun is shining, wild flowers line the country lanes, the woodlands and fields are green...
- Apple Cake - a Limousin Speciality
A regional speciality of the Limousin, France, you can make this moist cake using either apples or pears. An apple cake is easy to make and very economical so we often serve it in our chambres d'hotes as a dessert. It looks pretty as a picture on our
More about our Bed and Breakfast and Limousin
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.
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.