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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

SPACIOUS PERIGORDINE STONE HOUSE AND PIGEONNIER IN THE VALLEY OF THE DORDOGNE.

3 to 5 Bedrooms

Sérendipité is a large Perigordine farmhouse, with Pigeonnier, set on 2 acres of grounds. Suitable for 1 or 2 families or a family and in-laws.

Located in a quiet hamlet, it is only a few minutes away from medieval villages, castles, AOC vineyards and the bustling open air markets typical of the Dordogne. Location: 30 minutes by car southeast of Bergerac.

The property is a beautiful ensemble of 17th century Perigordine architecture with spacious rooms. Built of golden limestone, with a steeply pitched Perigordine roof, the house was fully restored to respect its rustic character, while adding modern conveniences. It features 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), 2 sitting rooms, a sun room and 2 well-equipped kitchens. You will find beautiful interior stonework, exposed beams, mansard bedrooms, 3 large fireplaces, a stone well, other period features. Furnishings include antiques as well as comfortable furniture.

The house is edged by lawns and terraces on several levels with sweeping views of the countryside. The surrounding open fields are dotted with walnut, hazelnut and almond, cherry and plum trees. There is a lovely above ground pool (professionally maintained) set in a grassy area with sun deck lounges and a separate pool house. A south facing terrace is a favourite for morning coffee and breakfast. Another garden is ideal for shaded dining at every hour of the day.

The Main House and attached Pigeonnier can be rented together for up to 10 persons OR rented separately while maintaining perfect privacy. Each has a separate kitchen and is self-catering. If rented together, the house can accommodate 10 persons (in 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. If rented separately, the Main House accommodates 6 people (in 3 bedrooms) and the Pigeonnier holds 4 people (in 2 bedrooms.)

In 2014, the property is available for stays of 2 weeks or more. Pricing for a joint let of the Main House and Pigeonnier together or for the Main House alone is listed under the pricing section. The Pigeonnier is separately available, except for 5 July – 2 August 2014, for 450 euros/week. Reduced quotations for off season lets or extended stays can be obtained from the owner on request.

Term Lets of 2 weeks or more

Access Car essential

Nearest Amenities 3.5 km

Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac (20 min.) or Bordeaux (110 km, 90-120 min).

Road trip from Geneva, Switzerland (6.5 hours (380 miles (610 km).

FURTHER ACCOMMODATION DETAILS:

INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: two floors (3 cellars are below).

MAIN HOUSE: (6-8 persons)

The ground floor comprises:

- A spacious living room (seating 10) with a huge fireplace, giving access to a sunny outdoor terrace overlooking the garden and pool below. A Weber barbecue gas grill is on the terrace for convenient dining.

- A large fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator/freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher, cuisinart) with a spacious dining area (seating 8-10 people) and stone fireplace.

- A comfortable sunroom with UK satellite TV (seating 4-6) and large sliding glass doors, which leads outdoors to wide stone steps and a shaded garden with a large dining table (seating 10).

- Separate toilet

From the living room of the Main House, a staircase leads to its upper floor with:

- 1 large mansard bedroom, featuring a beautiful open beamed ceiling, with a queen-size bed, cupboards, a wardrobe, carpeted, and en suite bath.

- 2 smaller mansard bedrooms, each with two single beds and cupboards, one with wash basin.

- A shower room with sink, washing machine.

- Separate toilet.

PIGEONNIER: (2-3 persons)

The ground floor comprises:

- A newly installed fully equipped kitchen adjacent to a sitting area, with a beautiful stone fireplace.

- 1 small bedroom with two single beds, cupboard and en suite bathroom.

From the sitting area of the Pigeonnier, a staircase leads to its upper floor with:

- 1 large mansard bedroom, featuring a lovely open beamed ceiling, with two single beds, a wardrobe and a large en suite bathroom.

OUTSIDE DESCRIPTION:

The house stands on 1.9 acres of grounds with walnut and hazelnut trees, plum trees, cherry trees, a fig tree and an almond tree. Opposite the house on the southeast side is a vegetable garden.

In back of the house is a large open terrace with lovely views over the slopping gardens and adjoining walls, and the pool and countryside beyond. There is an adjacent shaded terrace equipped with a large table and chairs (seating 10 people) for outside dining. A stone well and bread oven (not currently in use) are in this area.

On the side of the house and in the surrounding area of the pool are large flat grassed areas with sun loungers for relaxing, separated by removable fencing, from the open fields at the rear of the property. A separate pool house is fully stocked with supplies. The above ground pool is professionally maintained on a weekly basis.

In front and at each side of the house is a graveled driveway with parking for a number of cars.

SUITABILITY:

• pets considered

• children welcome (where playing in the terraced areas, monitoring needed)

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Set in a tiny hamlet, Sérendipité is surrounded by rolling countryside in Périgord Pourpre, a region famous for its wine and vineyards. On the wine route of Bergerac and Monbazillac, the property is a comfortable, convenient base for exploring the Dordogne.

Southwest of Bergerac, it is just 7 km from the well-known, medieval village of Issigeac (filled with winding streets and ancient buildings) and 3.5 km from the traditional bastide town of Castillones (with full amenities). It is close to many bastide towns and villages (Beaumont, Monpazier, Villereal, Eymet) and the historic castles and chateaux of the beautiful Dordogne valley, all interesting to explore.

Bustling open air markets featuring the traditional delicacies of France's Southwest cuisine are close by. (One market is held in a nearby town every day, along with nite-time markets.) Music, art and culinary festivals are regularly featured. For bargain-hunters, there is a *brocante* or *vide grenier* at a nearby location each weekend.

An equestrian center, canoeing (a lovely way to see the chateaux along the banks of the bucolic Dordogne), tennis, lake swimming, hiking trails and countryside walks, biking, fishing, golf and excellent restaurants are all available locally. Watch nearby cricket or rugby matches with a mixed French and British audience. There are facilities for hot-air ballooning as well as scenic air tours in light aircraft. Attractive theme parks, with water sports and high ropes courses, are favourites with youngsters.

The beautiful, culturally rich City of Bordeaux is easily accessible by train or car, as is the superb town of Sarlat with its medieval and renaissance buildings, festivals and fine restaurants. Farther afield, but within proximity, are the extraordinary castles, cliffs and villages (Beynac, Domme, Castelnaud, and Rocamadour) in the Périgord Noir; along with the world's largest concentration of prehistoric art.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Arcachon (2 hours away) including surfing
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 18 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 20 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 16
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

FURTHER DETAILS INDOORS:

As noted above, the main house and pigeonnier can be rented as an ensemble for 2 families or in-laws (up to 10 persons), or they can be rented separately while maintaining perfect privacy. The main house and pigeonnier each contain separate fully equipped kitchens and sitting/dining/sleeping accommodations.

The living and dining spaces throughout are very spacious and comfortable. In the main house, the sitting room and a sun room are in different sections, affording additional privacy and quiet. The sun room can also be used as a children's playroom.

Further details outdoors

FURTHER DETAILS OUTDOORS:

Sérendipité is situated in an elevated position with both flat grassy areas and a sloping rock garden on 1.9 acres. The garden at the left side of the house is comprised of a flat grass lawn and a kitchen garden (“le jardin potager”), edged with fruit trees. The gardens at the rear of the house have a lovely rustic ambiance, with both open sunny areas and shaded areas. There is a sloping terrace and rock garden leading to the pool. The pool (4.25 feet (1.3 m) deep and 14 feet (4.3 m ) in diameter) is situated on a large flat grassy lawn with lounges and a separate pool house. Behind the lawn are fenced-in open fields behind (fencing can be closed off or left accessible).

There are spacious areas suitable for children's play on the grounds. However, because of the sloping terrace to the rear of the house, very young children should be supervised.The lovely old stone well has been secured for safety.

Games include a badminton set, French bocce ball set (pétanque), a dart board and soccer balls.

Further details

BASIC RENTAL CONDITIONS

The main house (3 bedrooms) and the Pigeonnier (2 bedrooms) can be rented together for a larger group (or in-laws) (for a total of 10 people in 5 bedrooms), OR rented separately. Both are self-catering.

In 2014, the property is available for stays of 2 weeks or more. Pricing for a joint let of the Main House and Pigeonnier together or for the Main House alone is listed under the pricing section. The Pigeonnier is separately available, except for 5 July – 2 August 2014, for 450 euros/week. Reduced quotations for off season lets or extended stays can be obtained from the owner on request.

The pool is generally available for only guests of the main house, unless jointly rented.

OTHER RENTAL CONDITIONS.

Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival after 4 pm. Please check out before 10 am and strip all beds.

-- Out of high season, arrival dates can be flexible.

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required on booking. If this deposit is not received within 7 days, the property will again be made available to others. The remaining balance is due 12 weeks before arrival. Ifl prices are quoted in GBP, this is for convenience only, as are payable in Euros, preferably by bank transfer to the owner (details to be provided). Please ensure that you are insured against cancellation.

A security deposit of 250 euros (for damage/breakage) is payable with the Rental. (A higher deposit may be required for longer rentals.) Once confirmation is made that no damage or extra phone charges were incurred nor any need for extra cleaning after departure, the security deposit will be refunded.

All bed linen and towels (excluding pool towels) are provided and included in the rental price, as is WiFi, electricity and gas. A supplement for cleaning is payable at site on departure (100 Euros). There is a heating surcharge if guests require the heating on during their stay

A welcome pack includes household instructions and a listing of suggested outings, restaurants and market days, which is provided to help visitors make full use of their stay.

OTHER FEATURES:

- Welcome pack provided on arrival.

- English information and help available.

- Games include a bocce ball set (pétanque), badminton set, soccer balls, and dart board.

- Pool maintenance carried out at least once a week.

- Smokers welcome outside only.

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

The Dordogne is a stunning department of Southwestern France in the Aquitaine region which is world famous for its tranquil countryside, provincial cuisine and fine vitners and vineyards. A bon vivant's dream, the area is renowned for truffles, wild mushrooms, duck, strawberries, walnuts, foie gras, confit and cassoulet, cheese and many other culinary specialties.

Wander, on foot, car or bicycle, through the rolling countryside with lush vineyards, shop in one of the many colourful outdoor markets, explore the many medieval / renaissance villages and towns, castles and storied chateaux, or take canoe or boat trips on the bucolic Dordogne River. Day trips include the vibrant, culturally rich city of Bordeaux, the Atlantic coastline or magnificent Sarlat and the surrounding villages, castles and natural sites of Perigord Noir. For trips farther afield, the spectacular prehistoric sites in Les Eyzies and Lascaux are world reknowned.

Bergerac

Whether you prefer a more active time cycling, canoeing, golfing or horseback riding, or whether you enjoy market browsing, lazy lunches and sightseeing, the Bergerac area offers a diverse holiday in the heart of traditional France. Sérendipité, located just south of the Dordogne River and 24 km from Bergerac, is an ideal base for exploring the vicinity.

The countryside is dotted with Monbazillac and Bergerac AOC vineyards. The path of the pilgrimage of St Jacques de Compostella runs through the area, very near to the house. Only 7 kms away is the beautiful medieval village of Issigeac (with its charming historic houses, bishops palace and famous Sunday market). Also closeby are the lovely villages of Monpazier, Pujols, Le Buisson-de-Cadouin, and Beaumont, each with its own particular features and charm. There are many bastide towns and villages, built in the 13th century by both the English and the French. Nearby are the local Bastide towns of Eymet, Monflanquin, Castillonnes, Villereal, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande.

At least one open air market is held in a nearby town every day. Brocantes and flea markets are held every week at nearby locations.

Historical and cultural sites include fortified chateaux at Duras, Bonaquil, Biron and Beynac (a masterpiece of medieval engineering that was once a stronghold of Richard the Lionheart). In Bergerac itself, the beautiful Chateau de Bridoire has been recently opened to the public.

There are also facilities for hot-air ballooning, as well as scenic air tours in light aircraft.

For larger towns, Bergerac itself has a lovely old town with medieval half-timbered streets and squares, a good selection of boutiques, excellent wine and tobacco museums, and leisurely rides on the scenic Dordogne River. Its Saturday market is one of the largest and most colourful markets in the Dordogne.

For special excursions, Bordeaux, a vibrant city with elegant Parisian style architecture, outstanding museums and wonderful shopping and restaurants, is just an hour 30 minutes by train to the west. To the east, the elegant town of Sarlat-la-Caneda is easily reached car or train and has one of the greatest concentrations of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades in Europe. Other memorable day trips are the villages of Domme, with its superb 13th and 14th century architecture and beautiful views overlooking the Dordogne River; and La Roque-Gageac on the face of a cliff beside the river. Nearby are spectacular cliffs, gorges and other dramatic natural sites in beautiful valleys.

Farther afield are the prehistoric sites of the eastern Dordogne, such as the exquisite caves with wall paintings at Lascaux and Les Eyzies, the ancient cave dwellings of La Roque Saint-Christophe and other well preserved cliff dwellings along the Dordogne River, where prehistoric troglodyte villages flourished.

In the immediate vicinity, various activities include:

- Outdoor markets that offer local goods and delicacies - with at least one market being held in a nearby town every day. In the summer many villages have delightful night markets to sample local wines and produce.

- Marvelous restaurants featuring the wonderful and varied cuisine of southwest France. A list will be provided to guests with the welcome packet.

- Local wineries and cellars that offer intimate wine tastings. The renowned Chateau Monbazillac is minutes away.

- Canoeing on the Dordogne, Lot and Vezere Rivers.

- Leisurely biking on quiet roads through vineyards and farmland.

- Public pool and tennis facilities (5 km).

- Local stables for riding enthusiasts.

- Nearby local rugby and cricket matches

- 18 hole Golf Courses at Chateau des Vigiers and Castlenaud and nine holes at Tombeboeuf.

- Aquapark on Route de Bordeaux out of Bergerac.

- A golf range, laser quest, children's soft play area in Bergerac.

- Art, jazz and music festivals throughout the summer.

- Cinema is 5 kms.

- Bastille night fireworks and celebrations on the 14th July.

- Summer Bodegas and night markets in various towns and a travelling Medieval Festival throughout late July/August.

- Brocantes and flea markets held weekly at nearby locations

- Beach at Arcachon (2 hours away) including surfing.

For practical and household necessities, Sérendipité is well serviced. It is only 5 kms from Castillones, with local shops, supermarkets, an ATM machine, a pharmacy, sports facility, tennis, public pool, cinema and restaurants. Issigeac (7 kms away) and Eymet (14 kms) also have good shopping facilities and many restaurants. For a complete shopping experience, Bergerac has major shopping centres and brand name stores.

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A real gem of a holiday home. Perfect, away from it all holiday. Well equipped.Lovely surroundings. We loved the visits from Freddie!… More

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We loved the farm house and we loved the surrounding area. The holiday of a lifetime! Thank you so much. A fantastic place to stay!

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