About Maison Dina
Maison Dina is a one-bedroom, granite, period cottage of great charm, which was extensively restored and renovated in 2016/17. Today, it is a unique and gloriously situated gîte (holiday rental property) that commands one of Limousin's best bucolic views.
It now offers fresh and comfortable accommodation with 21st century amenities, including:
• A brand-new kitchen, hand built by a local artisan, with a full-size oven and hob
• A new bathroom with shower
• British satellite television with over 200 Freesat channels
• Excellent wifi/broadband
• Custom-made, king-sized bed -- elevated so you can enjoy the view
• New electrical wiring
• Smoke detectors
Naturally, Maison Dina was fully redecorated when it was restored. Its furniture is mostly new, but many carefully chosen antique pieces add period appeal.
Maison Dina was until recently a popular local art gallery run by its owner Hilde Kron. Original artworks from her personal collection remain on its walls.
The cottage's manicured and private garden is large and enjoys truly spectacular views. It is one ofthe gîte's most appealing features. There's plenty of space to eat, drink and barbecue on the terrace, and to sunbathe on the lawns, surrounded by colourful flowers and shrubs.
The owner, who lives nearby speaks English, French and German. She is happy to help with any querie before or during your stay.
Maison Dina's location
Maison Dina is perched atop a high hill with breathtaking, unspoilt views across the river hundreds of feet below to the green pastures and forest -- and a glimpse of a distant château -- on the opposite side of the valley.
The cottage is located in a quiet cul-de-sac, with no passing traffic, on the edge of the pretty village of Rancon in the Haute Vienne département (county), which recently became part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France. Its tranquil location makes it ideal for writers and those needing to finish work projects, as well as holidaymakers.
There's plenty of parking outside, and there's a barn in which you can store any bikes, canoes and windsurfing or other recreational equipment you bring with you.
Rancon's population is roughly 550, so everywhere in the village is within an easy walk of the gîte. That includes its two art galleries, teashop/healthfood store, a bar/restaurant and boulangerie (baker).
If you don't feel like driving, there are hiking trails surrounding Rancon, including one that begins a few metres from the gîte's front door.