About the home
La Bidonne is a beautiful old stone house perched on the side of the hill overlooking the valley with unforgettable views over the vineyards to the village of Saussignac with its chateau and church on the horizon. Approached along a quiet lane through the vineyards the house rests at the end of the road in its own private grounds. The house, which dates from the 16th century, has been sympathetically restored to include all modern amenities without detracting from its ancient charm and character.
La Bidonne is in the Comune of Gaegec et Rouillac. The village's stunning 12th century, family owned, fortified Chateau is a short walk from the house. The village is also the home of Patricia Atkinson, the award winning wine maker and author.
The main doors to the house open into a spacious double height salon with great timber pillars that reach up into the high roof beams. A period fireplace, solid oak floor and local stonework with antique Perigourdine furniture and large comfortable sofas make it a very welcoming room that is the heart of the house. There are 3 double bedrooms and a bathroom and shower on the ground floor and a further double bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the first floor. The large kitchen/dining room opens off a wide passageway that runs the width of the house.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden|
Further details indoors:
Kitchen: Gas Hob with Electric oven, Dishwasher, Deep fat fryer, Fridge/Freezer
Dining Room: Table and chairs for 10, open wood fire
Salon: 2 x 3 seater sofas, comfortable chairs, large traditional fireplace
4 Bedrooms: 3 twin, 1 Double
2+ Bathrooms: 1 en-suite and 1 separate (both with bath, shower, toilet and washbasin). Separate toilet. Further shower and washbasin in twin Bedroom.
Further details outdoors:
The very private 15 x 6 metre swimming pool has a safety alarm, a springboard and is set just below the house on the side of the hill. It is paved all around and is excellent for sunbathers whilst providing spectacular views of the valley. There is a deep end for diving and wide steps lead into the shallow end.
10 acres of grass and woodland
• 15m x 6m swimming pool with spring board and wide steps in shallow end.
• Garden table and chairs
The house is well equipped and furnished with bed linen and house towels provided. Mobile phones work reasonably well.
There is electric central heating throughout the house and electricity is provided free in the summer and is charged at cost for the rest of the year.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Dordogne region
The towns of Bergerac (15km) and Sainte Foy La Grande (10 km) are wonderful medieval market towns on the Dordogne and both have fine local markets and restaurants. There are many other places to visit, from St Emilion to the Lascaux caves and Roc Gageac where the Dordogne carves its way through a canyon and houses are built into the vast rock face. Historic castles and chateaux abound some with superb gardens including the famous 11th century chateau at Monbazillac. Nearly all the vineyards in the region will be only too pleased to welcome you into their ‘cave’ for a free wine tasting. Apart from the different local open markets there is a large Leclerc supermarket near Bergerac which has all you may need.
The Bergerac / Saussignac area
There are a number of local walks - Saussignac, for example, takes 15 to 20 minutes along an old Roman road through the vines. In Gageac there is the beautiful Chateau and the superb vineyard of Clos d'Yvigne, recently the subject of Patricia Atkinson's best selling book 'The Ripening Sun'. (Don't miss a tasting of her award winning wines!).
This part of France is a haven for wild birds. We regularly see a wide variety, from great buzzards to golden orioles, and at the right time of year the migration of thousands of storks overhead. Bring your binoculars with you! The fields around the house are full of wild flowers, orchids and butterflies, and, at night, glow-worms.
The area is very popular with cyclists as there are lots of quiet roads. There are also popular 1 to 3 day canoeing trips down the Dordogne with camping provided. Golf at Chateau de Vigiers is only a few miles away and may be followed by an excellent lunch or dinner in their restaurant. Tennis and horse riding are among the many other sports locally available.
How to get there
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The nearest airport is Bergerac some 20 minutes away from which Ryanair and Flybe operate as well as internal French flights. Cars are available at the airport but early booking is recommended. Taxis are also at the airport. Bordeaux Airport is about an hour and a half by road.
Calais takes about 8 hours and St Malo about 6 hours, both on good motorways.
The TGV train runs to Libourne from Paris and there is a good regular local train from Libourne to Gardonne, a small local village 5 minutes away.
Activities near Bergerac
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
09 Jan 2012
La Bidonne is a spacious, well appointed farmhouse in a beautiful, private setting. It is excellent for entertaining friends and family, with a large pool and space for children.
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|Prices for group size 8|
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|10 Sept - 24 Sept||10 Sep 11||24 Sep 11||£ 1130||-||-||1 Week|
|25 Sept - 17 Dec||24 Sep 11||17 Dec 11||£ 860||-||-||1 Week|
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|7th Jan - 19th May||7 Jan 12||20 May 12||£ 860||-||-||1 Week|
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|21st Sept - 15th Dec||22 Sep 12||16 Dec 12||£ 860||-||-||1 Week|
|15th Dec - 4th Jan||16 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 1130||-||-||Flexible|
|26 Jan 13||23 Mar 13||£ 860||-||-||1 Week|
|23 Mar 13||6 Apr 13||£ 1130||-||-||1 Week|
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|14 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 1130||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||£ 860||-||-||1 Week|
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