Le Petit Fort Hobbit House is possibly my favourite rental we’ve had from Airbnb. It is a house like no other. Consequently, it’s so hard to describe because it oozes so much unique character. The quirky touches and incredible views genuinely make it one of a kind.
Most importantly, from a historical point of view, the house itself is built on the original site of a 10th Century chateau. The house, as it stands today, is 15th Century. The mesmerising property has been painstakingly renovated by the incredibly talented owners who have somehow managed to keep the wonderfully wonky original spiral staircase as a primary feature. The holiday-home boasts ample space across four floors and areas with the original low ceilings with beams, imperfect doorways and uppy-downy floor.
The house was constructed to the standards of earlier times and consequently, you may encounter features that reflect its particular character but deserve due care and attention, particularly for the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. There are, for example, low beams, some low doorways, very steep spiral staircases constructed in 1400s, and uneven floors, and there is a big drop behind the house.
^ That’s the health and safety part out of the way! ^
This is the most picture-perfect retreat. Beard spent the mornings with a cup of tea and a book gazing out of the Juliet balcony. The evening’s by candlelight with a glass of whisky and the wood-burning stove for company. Afternoons were always enjoyed al-fresco dining, admiring the views over the Vincou Valley and railway viaduct. They were simply breathtaking. It was beautiful seeing the train chugging along as the sun was setting in the background. Completely enchanting.
If you fancy going for a wander, turn left out of the house and proceed up the hill and Bellac is a lovely village with plenty of shops, little tavernas and eateries within walking distance.
Turn right out of the house and head down the valley and you’ll stumble across a quaint river with lovely walks and an excellent little restaurant, Cafe Le Pont de la Pierre. Many a day was spent here. Furthermore, the owners were lovely, and the food was divine, the drinks were thirst-quenching, and the setting stunning. In other words, it was just perfect.
The Hobbit House is so wonderfully unique and the area is one of those gorgeous sleepy villages that is utterly enchanting. Think rustic charm with a playful twist, including all the mod-cons you could wish for. The owners have managed to seamlessly keep the majority of the furniture antique, yet teaming this design perfectly with contemporary. But then there’s something special. The cherry on the top! All around the house, there is some really unique art and awe-inspiring revelations along the way. I won’t spoil it for you, but every day you will stumble across something surprising by opening a little door or seeing something in a different light. The kids spent ages each day (and night) on the hunt for something new we hadn’t noticed. It was such a wonderful added twist of fun!
It really is such a wonderful break from the norm, but don’t take my word for it – book it now through Airbnb.