About the home
'Sérendipité' is a beautiful large Perigordian 17th century farmhouse in 'Le Perigord Pourpre'. The house has several living and dining areas for relaxation or quiet, with period features, lovely stonework, exposed beams and open fireplaces. It has spacious secluded garden and sunny pool areas, edged by rock terraces and open fields, overlooking rolling countryside. It is near the picturesque medieval village of Issigeac (7 km) and the bastide town of Castillonnes (5 km), and other historic villages, with all amenities. Bergerac airport is 24 km.
Sérendipité is ideal for a self catering holiday for a family or group, with roomy accommodations and large outdoor lounging and play areas, both sun and shade. From 29 June to 7 Sept 2013, 3 bedrooms for 6 persons are available. During the rest of year, 4 bedrooms sleep 8 persons with the adjacent Pigeonnier. Wi-fi is available throughout the house; French and U.K. satellite TV
-- SPACIOUS SITTING ROOM leading to sun terrace
-- LARGE FAMILY KITCHEN DINING ROOM
-- MORNING ROOM (can be used as a children's play area) leading to shady garden. If requested, a double futon is available for an extra bed.
-- BEDROOM 1 - queen size bed / ensuite bathroom
-- BEDROOM 2 - twin beds / handbasin
-- BEDOOM 3 - twin beds
-- SHOWER ROOM / LAUNDRY ROOM
-- SEPARATE WC
PIGEONNIER - available at all times except 29 June through 7 September WITH the Main House (ideal for grandparents or extra family group). Includes 4th BEDROOM on the Ground Floor with twin beds/ensuite bathroom
The property is surrounded by fields dotted with fruit and nut trees. It borders on a working farm with a farm shop selling regional specialities.
Edged by sloping rock gardens, 'Sérendipité's sun terrace and outdoor dining areas overlook the secluded pool area. The above-ground pool will be maintained throughout your stay. A BBQ is provided. There is ample shade for outdoor dining and relaxation.
There are several areas suitable for children's play on the grounds. However, because of the uneven terrain and the presence of rocky terraces at the rear of the property, young children should be supervised.
'Sérendipité' is located in the heart of the Bergerac and Monbazillac wine areas, with intimate wine tastings available in nearby vignobles. You can also enjoy disovering the countryside by walking or biking. Closeby, there is also tennis, horse riding, and golf. At your disposal are boules/bocce and badminton. There are also facilities for hot-air ballooning, fishing and canoeing (a lovely way to see the chateaux along the banks of the bucolic Dordogne), as well as scenic air tours in light aircraft.
With 'Sérendipité as your base, you can experience the Dordogne traditions of village, countryside, and cuisine. You will be near to historic villages with bustling open air markets, shops and cafes and restaurants featuring the traditional delicacies of France's southwest. (One market is held in a nearby town nearly every day.) You will stay in a lovely Perigordian home in a rural setting, close to magnificent chateaux and the Dordogne's iconic sites. The culturally rich City of Bordeaux and the beautiful town of Sarlat are within easy reach. Farther afield are the extraordinary cliffs and villages of the Perigord Noir and the world's largest concentration of prehistoric art in eastern Dordogne.
Come step back in time and join us for an enchanting stay.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Arcachon (2 hours away) including surfing|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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:||3 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 8, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
FURTHER DETAILS INDOORS:
The interior living and dining spaces are spacious, comfortable and charming with period features throughout. The family kitchen is large and fully equipped with a beautiful open stone fireplace. The separate sitting room and morning room each afford quiet and privacy. There are ample double bedroom and bathroom facilities.
Further details outdoors:
FURTHER DETAILS OUTDOORS:
Sérendipité is set in a small hamlet in a quiet and rural location. The house is situated in an elevated position with several rock gardens below. The rear gardens have a lovely rustic ambiance, with both open sunny and shaded areas. There are sloping terraces and, at the pool level, an adjacent grassy lawn, with fenced-in open fields behind (fencing can be closed off or left accessible). There is a separate pool house with controls, pool supplies and chaise lounges.
The garden at the left side of the house is a flat grassy area edged with fruit trees, as well as a large kitchen garden (“le jardin potager”). A lovely old stone well has been secured for safety.
There are several areas suitable for children's play on the grounds. However, because of the uneven terrain and the presence of rocky terrances at the rear of the property, young children should be supervised.
BASIC RENTAL CONDITIONS
For period of 29 June 2013 to 7 Sep 2013, the house is available with 3 bedrooms for 6 people, with the Pigeonnier being already taken. The pool and grounds are available for only guests of the main house. For an extra bed, a double futon is available upon request. During the rest of the year, the house is available is available with Pigeonnier with 4 bedrooms for 8 + people.
- Welcome pack provided on arrival.
- English information and help available.
- Pool maintenance carried out at least once a week.
- Smokers welcome outside.
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 and long weekend rentals are possible.
If double futon is desired, advance request is necessary, advance request is necessary.
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. All prices are quoted in GBP for convenience, but 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 (for damage/breakage) is payable with the Rental. Subject to inspection, it is refundable within 14 days after departure.
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). The welcome pack includes household instructions and information regarding places to visit, restaurants and events. There is a heating surcharge if guests require the heating on during their stay
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Dordogne region
The Dordogne is a stunning department of Southwestern France in the Aquitaine region. Situated between the Loire valley and the High PyrÃ©nÃ©es, the Dordogne is world famous for its tranquil countryside, provincial cuisine and fine vitners. The area is a bon vivant's dream, renowned for truffles, wild mushrooms, duck, strawberries, walnuts, foie gras, confit and cassoulet, cheese and many other culinary specialties. Located in a rural setting, just south of the Dordogne River and 24 km from Bergerac (one of the Dordogneâ??s largest towns), SÃ©rendipitÃ© is ideally situated for exploring the region. From SÃ©rendipitÃ©, you can shop in one of the many colourful outdoor markets for the freshest local produce and delicacies. Wander, on foot, car or bicycle, through the rolling countryside with lush vineyards and lovely medieval / renaissance villages and towns and storied chateaux. Take canoe or boat trips on the bucolic Dordogne River. You can take day trips to the vibrant, culturally rich city of Bordeaux and the Atlantic coastline or to magnificent Sarlat and the surrounding villages, castles and natural sites of Perigord Noir, or, farther afield, to spectacular prehistoric sites in Les Eyzies and Lascaux.
The Bergerac / Plaisance area
Whether you enjoy market browsing, lazy lunches or sightseeing, or a more active time cycling, canoeing, golfing or horseback riding, the Bergerac area is ideal for a diverse holiday in the heart of traditional France. Among historical and cultural sites are fortified chateaux, including Duras, Bonaquil, Biron and Beynac, a masterpiece of medieval engineering that was once a stronghold of Richard the Lionheart. The beautiful Chateau de Bridoire at Bergerac has been recently opened to the public. The path of the pilgrimage of St Jacques de Compostella runs through the area, very near to the house. There are many bastide towns and villages in the area, built in the 13th century by both the English and the French. Nearby are the local Bastide towns of Eymet, Monflanquin, Castillonnes, VillerÃ©al, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. Also closeby are the beautiful villages of Issigeac (with its charming medieval houses and bishops palace and famous Sunday market), Monpazier, Pujols, and Beaumont. 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. Bordeaux, a vibrant city with elegant Parisian style architecture, outstanding museums and wonderful shopping and restaurants, is just an hour 30 minutes by train. In the immediate vicinity, various activities include: - Marvelous outdoor markets that offer local goods and delicacies - with at least one market being held in a nearby town nearly every day. In the summer many villages have delightful night markets to sample local wines and produce. - Superb restaurants featuring the wonderful and varied cuisine of southwest France. A list will be provided with the welcome packet. - Local wineries, several that offer intimate wine tastings. The renowned Chateau Monazillac 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. - 18 hole Golf Courses at Chateau des Vigiers and Castlenaud and nine holes at Tombeboeuf. - Aquapark on Route de Bordeaux out of Bergerac. - Other activities in Bergerac including a golf range, laser quest, children's soft play area. - 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. - Beach at Arcachon (2 hours away) including surfing. For practical and household necessities, SÃ©rendipitÃ© 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. For superb day excursions, the elegant town of Sarlat-la-Caneda is easily reached car or by train from Bergerac. Sarlat 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.
How to get there
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La Serendipite, which is located in a tiny hamlet in the countryside, is only 20 minutes (18kms) away from Bergerac Airport (Roumaniere).
From the UK, there are regular Flybe and Ryanair low-cost flights to Bergerac from Southampton, Bristol, East Midlands, Luton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds-Bradford and London Stansted Airport and London Gatwick. There are also scheduled flights to Bordeaux and Toulouse Airports with British Airways, Air France and Easy Jet.
Rental cars available through airlines at discount prices.
Train services from Paris/ Bordeaux/ Bergerac.
Activities near Bergerac
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
31 Aug 2012
A real gem of a holiday home. Perfect, away from it all holiday. Well equipped.
Lovely surroundings. We loved the visits from Freddie!
23 Jul 2012
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!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
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|29 Jun 13||7 Sep 13||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 8|
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|low||4 Feb 13||1 Jun 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|HIgh||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 725||-||-||1 Week|
|low||7 Sep 13||14 Dec 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
- The Main House is available, with pigeonnier, for 8+ persons throughout the year, from 2 Feb 2013 through 28 June 2013 and 8 Sept 2013 to mid-Dec 2013. Rate reductions available for stays of 2 weeks or longer.
-- For period of 29 June 2013 to 7 Sep 2013, the Main House is available for 6 people (reflected by rate reduction for high season) as pigeonnier taken.
-- In any event, throughout the year, grounds and pool are reserved for Main House guests ONLY. Property is very spacious and private at all times.
- Contact owner for flexible rates in April-May and September-Nov 2013 for 4 or 5 bedrooms, 4 baths.
- Prices stated in GBP are "for information" only. Payment is requested in equivalent euros (bank transfer preferred) to my French bank account - please ask for relevant details.
- House running costs such as electricity and water included, also household linen and towels. Cleaning and changeover costs of 20 euros per person is payable on site. Reduced rates for bookings of 2 weeks or more in any season are negotiable.
- Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.Enquire now
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