La Belle de Jour
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
La Belle de Jour is the gite which is closest to the pool. A spacious and comfortably furnished gite, with a settee which opens up as a sofa bed, coffee table, two arm chairs, colour TV with over 100 satellite channels, DVD player; book cases with books and ornaments. Lovely table and floor lamps create a warm and beautiful ambience in this living area with stone walls and exposed beams.
The gite has its separate entrance and a private terrace with marvellous views. Ideal for al-fresco dinning and sharing precious moments with your family or friends with a nice glass of wine. You can admire the gorgeous stars in those warm summer nights and several of the guests had spotted shooting stars across the sky.
Brand new pool liner for the season of 2012.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The gite had been re-decorated throughout for the season of 2011.
The living, dinning and kitchen areas are all open plan.
The fitted well-equipped kitchen has a electric hob, microwave, oven & grill, fridge with freezer, cafetéria, new sauce and frying pans as well as a washing machine.
There is a downstairs toilet with wash basin and an enclosed shower. The 2 bedrooms and bathroom with new shower attachment and shower curtain are upstairs.
Brand new bed linen and towels are provided in all the bedrooms.
The double bedroom has a built in wardrobe and full length mirror, bedside cabinets with table lamps and a chest of drawer. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds and each has it owns bedside cabinet with table lamp on it. There is also a wardrobe, a chest of drawer and a large mirror. Both bedrooms feature exposed beams and stone walls.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace is planted with lavenders and marigolds.
There are outdoors furniture, sun loungers and parasol by the pool.
The property has generous gardens, lawns, meadow & woodland. Guests are welcome to wander on the ground, play badminton, boules and other ball games.
All the gites have their separate entrance, private terrace, sun loungers, outdoor furniture and BBQ. The gites overlook the lovely large 12 x 6 pool.
You will love the open view of the marvellous surrounding countryside, the lovely light that changes throughout the day and at night the wonderful stars in the big open sky.
The huge walnut tree provides welcome shading in the summer. And you can take advantage of the popular gazebo by the pool which has been fondly called by guests as the VIP lounge. Under there, you can read, play games, share a drink and chat to the other guests.
There are red squirrels at La Devinie. You may even spot a deer or two going across the ground. There had been occasions that guests were amused and entertained by the herd of cows in the adjoining field. One wandered in to gorge on the fruit tree!
At various times of the day, it is enchanting to hear the church bells floating across the rolling hills from the distant village.
Boules are provided for guests who like to take up a game of petanque. Badminton is available for the guests to enjoy on site.
The swimming pool is alarmed. For safety reason, young children must be under the supervision of an adult at all time during their stay at La Petite Devinie..
Private driveway access to the gites, with ample parking space for cars.
La Devinie is an ideal base to explore the wine regions of Bergerac, Perchament & Mobazillac which are close by. The owner Isabel, is an aficianado of the wines of South Western France with Diplomas from The Wine & Spirits Trust in London. She offers daily wine tasting tours for a minimum of 2 persons, on an intimate and flexible basis. If you like to add another pleasurable dimension to your holiday to visit chateaux and vineyards and to improve your wine knowledge, this is the ideal place for you! Please advise her if such a day trip would be of interest when you make the booking of the gite. She will be happy to give you further details of the tours. You can find more details of the wine tours on the owners' website www.gite-wine-tours.com
Nearby Villamblard and Vergt offer unique opportunities to take the flavours of the region home. Villamblard has its own nationally renowned distillery where you can purchase liquors and cordials in the quaint distillery shop. Vergt has a strawberry fair each June where many different varieties grown around here can be sampled.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Dordogne is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in France.
The region is renowned for its diversity of landscapes, the richness of its cuisine and a wealth of activities on offer to visitors. It is steeped in history and culture with prehistoric caves, bastide towns, churches, gardens, castles and medieval villages. Your will enjoy wandering through the famous towns and villages such Sarlat, Domme, La Roque-Gageac and Bergerac with the twisted back streets and ancient buildings; discovering their heritage of bygone ages as well as shopping in the French markets.
The Dordogne river is enchanting. Take a boat ride on one of those old barges and glide past some of Perigord's most beautiful sights. It is great for those who like activities in the open air, such as canoeing, rafting, fishing and swimming. Hot air ballooning is another adventure which is popular, visitors can admire the stunning landscapes and beautiful sites from above.
The climate is hot in the summer and warm in the Spring and Autumn season.
Bergerac is a lovely town which offers all the amenities. The old town has wonderful timber buildings, narrow streets and a statue of Cyrano de Bergerac. You can embark on a barge tour on the river Dordogne, at the Maison du Vines sample the sumptuous local wines and the adjacent cloister holds free evening concerts in the summer months. Saturday and Wednesdays are market days in Bergerac. You will find seasonal local produces such as strawberries, honey, vegetables, walnuts, truffles, free range meats and chicken and lovely fresh baked breads in abundant.
In our area, there are many jazz concerts throughout the year and they are often held in château and vineyards. A pre-concert dinner is sometimes on offer at a very reasonable price.
InJuly and August , the 'night markets' in various villages are a great favourite of the locals and tourists alike where one could enjoy the delights of the local cuisine outdoors in the warm summer evenings with music and sometimes dance and often end with fire works towards midnight.
It is an ideal place to discover and 'déguster' the wines of Bergerac, Perchament & Mobazillac, the vineyards are just a short drive from the gites. Other famous châteaux in St Emilion, Pomerol and Bordeaux are also within easy reach.
The area has many restaurants offering local gastronomy with such mouth watering cuisine like confit de canard and foie gras. There is a Michelin starred restaurant just 20 minutes away from the gites.
For those who like walking or cycling, the gorgeous countryside is at the doorstep of La Petite Devinie.
There is a riding school 15 minutes away and golf courses are about 1/2 hour drive.
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26 Jul 2013
"Lovely green surroundings and friendly hosts"
The property is exacly as described and displayed, so no nasty surprises when arriving. We received a very warm welcome, in fact, from the owners Isabel and Rowan, who remained very helpful and chatty throughout our stay. They are always on hand to offer advice and put in a lot of time and effort to keep their grounds and pool in top condition.
The location was also perfect for us. We could easily reach many points of interest and found plenty to do in the region. It was also pleasant to return to the gite at the end of the day and have relaxing surroundings with a pretty view and plenty of space for our little son to enjoy himself and stretch his legs.
1 Jul 2013
"Total relaxation and gorgeous views."
This was our second visit to La Belle de Jour and once again we loved it. If you are looking for a relaxed pace of life with plenty to see and do then this is the place. The pool is fantastic for sunny days lounging by the gite and we explored the local area by car on the not so sunny days - gorgeour scenery, rustic villages, amazing french cuisine and of course the legendary wine of the region! But make sure you plan in lunch between 12 and 2 as the French are fairly religious about their restaurant opening hours! Our fantastic hosts made us so welcome once again. We plan to visit again next year,
28 Jun 2013
"Beautiful and totally relaxing"
Very pretty and well equipped gites set in a lovely location. There were great views overlooking the countryside and the pool was a great size. Our hosts were lovely, both knowledgeable and entertaining. Looking forward to going again.
8 Oct 2012
"A warm welcome and stunning scenery"
I would thoroughly recommend this property for a relaxing holiday in stunning countryside. We used it as a base to explore the Dordogne region and were in no way disappointed. Less than 20 mins drive from Bergerac airport and you are in the rolling countryside of rural France. Very quiet, except for the hooting of the barn own and ringing of the local church bells! The property is perfect for a couple or small family. Extensively equipped for a self catering property so we cooked at home most evenings. The pool is gorgeous, thanks to very regular and thorough cleaning by the owners who could not have been more hospitible. They recommended some excellent places to visit including first class restaurants - it is really worth speaking to them to get their local knowledge.
The only critisism I have was that there was too much to see and do in a week - so we are going back next year!
4 Oct 2012
"Amazing Gite near beautiful Bergerac"
Sometimes pictures can be deceptive of a property, you arrive and think oh they must have taken these on a lovely day and forgot to show this or that, well not here, the pictures are very accurate of fantastic holiday Gites, in an amzing setting surrounded by beautiful sceneary. The swimming is stunning and very inviting and the two owners Isobel and Rowan are very accommodationg with outstanding hospitality. We were lucky enough that we were the other couple staying and the servcie and suggestions were second to none. I would suggest anyone who wants some peace and a chilled holiday stay here. Go sightseeingh, see Salat and Bergerac, follow the advice from the Hosts and you won't go far wrong from a great holiday!
31 Aug 2012
"Highly Recommended Place To Stay"
We were returning clients to La Petite Devinie and this time stayed in La Belle de Jour. The gite is furnished to a very high standard with all the facilities to make a very comfortable stay. I came with my husband and our two teenage children who loved having WiFi, satalite TV and a swimming pool. The patio area overlooks a fantastic view of the Dordogne countryside. It is a very quiet and peaceful area and also easy access to drive to all local amenities. There is also a small grocery shop which is 10 mins walk away which sells very good bread that is baked on the premises. The owners, Isabel and Rowan, are onhand to give very helpful advice on the area and places to visit etc. A highly recommended place to stay for families, couples etc.
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