Bryan and Catherine moved to Chez Lameix a small hamlet in Bosmoreau-Les-Mines in the Creuse Department of the Limousin in 2014 from Shropshire, UK. Being keen motorcyclists they were drawn by the quiet open roads and stunning scenery and enjoy, when time is available to them, exploring near and far by two or four wheels.
Bryan spent nearly 28 years in the army, then following retirement followed his interest in motorcycles by becoming a motorcycle instructor, then worked for Harley-Davidson. Cath comes from an administration background and has a keen interest in photography and secretly admits being a bit of a bird watcher.
Above Chez Lameix
At the beginning of this year Bryan and Cath welcomed Lula and Hugo into Maison du Hibou. Their four legged antics always make them laugh and when they are not curled up asleep, they are romping around the grounds as fast as their little legs will take them.
Built in 1929, Maison du Hibou (The Owl House) has undergone some challenging renovations by these novice DIY'ers after being empty for nearly ten years. The house has an interesting history being linked to the mines at Bosmoreau-Les-Mines and was owned by the same family since it was built. The original community bread oven is still attached to the property inside the Studio, although sadly not in use. The name of the "Owl House" came about due to the amount of owls they heard during the night, calling each other in the dark.
Maison du Hibou has an acre of ground, with large barns too and is surrounded by rolling fields and hills and the wildlife is abundant. Deer graze in the nearby fields at dusk, frogs can be occasionally heard croaking; evidence of foxes and hedgehogs can be seen, and just outside the front door there are copious amounts of various species of wild birds landing on the bird tables, in fact the moment you step out of the front door, your exploration begins. Wild boar roam the woodlands and in spring and autumn hundreds of cranes undertake their annual migration.
If you want to relax and unwind or try something more energetic or adventurous, then this is the place to visit as the Creuse is stunning in all weathers and is one of the least populated areas of France making it rather unique. It allows visitors to relax and unwind "getting away from it all" without the hustle and bustle like other parts of France; and there is something for everyone.
And that is why Bryan and Cath love it here and hope that you will too!