Oak-beamed House with Pool
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
*** 10% DISCOUNT FOR ALL BOOKINGS MADE BEFORE 31 MARCH 2014 ***
*** Les Cypres is less than 20 minutes drive from Bergerac airport, which has regular UK flights by Ryanair and Flybe, and just over an hour's drive from Bourdeaux airport, which has flights by many airlines including British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair ***
Dating back to 1455, this beautiful oak-beamed house, fed entirely by fresh spring water, is located in the idyllic village of Laveyssiere in the wine-rich Perigord Pourpre region of the Dordogne. The setting feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of city life yet the village restaurant/boulangerie is only 25 metres away and historic Bergerac is only a 10 minute drive away.
The house has full central heating as well as a log burning stove and so is ideal for year-round rental. It has 4 spacious bedrooms (three with king size doubles, one with twin beds) and two newly fitted bathrooms. There is an additional double sofa bed on the first floor landing.
As well as the normal facilities we have the following:
- Free WIFI
- UK satellite TV
- Wall-mounted flat screen 42" TV
- Multi-region DVD player
- Gaggia coffee maker
- Full size outdoor table tennis table
- Pub size Foosball (table football) table
- 10 foot diameter trampoline with enclosure/protective net
The above ground 8m x 4m swimming pool (filled with spring water!) has steps that can be covered to prevent access by small children.
The patio is equipped with a large dining table and 8 chairs plus an extremely large adjustable canopy which can be moved to provide shade throughout the day. Perfect for al fresco dining from morning til night (weather dependent!)
The front and rear gardens are screened by a laurel hedge and wall and are enclosed by a double metal gate for added security if you have small children.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 160 km|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 15 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne is an area in the south west of France that is very popular with foreign tourists because of, amongst other things, its natural beauty, it's fine food and its history. It has many ancient fortified castles, stunning cave paintings and beautiful villages.
There are lots of options for trips from short to whole day, eg Bergerac (10-15 mins), Villamblard (15 mins), Perigueux (35 mins), Brantome (50 mins), Les Eyzies (cave paintings, 60 minutes), Sarlat (80 mins), Bordeaux (75 mins). Brantome (known as the Venice of the Dordogne) and Sarlat are very picturesque and are definitely worth trips.
Bergerac is small enough to explore on foot but large enough to have most of the things you might need including many bars and restaurants, banks, pharmacies, a swimming pool and water park, and a hospital. It's medieval centre is very pretty and has many interesting buildings and restaurants. Bergerac is renowned for its wine and the vineyards that surround the town produce some of the best wines in the region.
Other highlights local to our holiday home include:
- The village's only bar/restaurant 20 metres from your front door (you can buy bread and pastries here too)
- Weekly local produce markets in Bergerac and surrounding villages
- Visiting the medieval town of Bergerac with its many restaurants from budget to fine dining
- River trips along the Dordogne, starting in Bergerac
- Numerous vineyards to visit (nearby Chateau Sainte Foy des Vignes has some good very reasonably priced wines)
- Chateau de Bridoire (chateau in beautiful setting with approximately 50 medieval games for children and adults to play). Has a cafe. A short drive from Laveyssiere.
- Petting farm with all the animals you'd want just a few minutes drive from Laveyssiere.
- Large garden centre with nice cafe and lots of interesting pets, 25 mins away. It is always open, even on Sundays.
- Forest parcours (tree top adventure with rope bridges, zip wires, climbing etc - similar to 'Go Ape' in UK) due to open at Easter 2013. Suitable for ages 10 years up. On the outskirts of Laveyssiere so very close and walkable.
- Large swimming lake with water slide etc, 40 mins drive away.
- Large outdoor water park with high slides etc, 30 mins drive away on the other side of Bergerac.
- Large supermarkets within 10 mins drive
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11 Sep 2014
"A relaxing home from home"
We really enjoyed our 2 weeks in Laveyssiere. The gite was beautiful, clean and extremely well-equipped. The pool, table football, ping pong table, trampoline & large garden meant that our boys had plenty to do on those days spent relaxing. The historic town of Bergerac with its shops, museums and restaurants was only 15 minutes away. Our children loved the go-ape style aerial park just 5 minutes up the road, although it's wise to visit in the morning - it can be very busy in the afternoon. We recommend the Auberge du Musee in Mussidan - simple, well cooked traditional French cuisine, proper food. Far better than some of the touristy fare some of the restaurants in Bergerac serve up.
Our 2 weeks flew by far too quickly. If we revisit the area we'll definitely return to Les Cypres.
19 Aug 2014
"Holiday in Paradise"
My wife Jackie and I spent two wonderful weeks last September,with Friends, in Les Cypres, it is a 15century oak beamed house, full of character yet remarkably spacious !! It is situated in the char… More
18 Sep 2013
"A beautiful farm house set in idyllic rural surroundings"
We spent a wonderful week as a family of 7 In this beautiful house! There were 6 adults, 1 teenager and a baby. The house was fantastic for all ages and we couldn't have asked for anything else.… More
12 Mar 2013
"Idyllic rural French retreat"
We stayed at the house in Laveyssiere in August last year with another family (4 adults and 4 children aged from 1-7). The house is extremely spacious and well equipped and the location is beautiful. You can do as much or as little as you like (we tended towards the latter!). We have already booked in go back in July this year!
Having small kids in the party, we cooked ourselves most nights, buying beautiful fresh ingredients from the market in Bergerac and we ate outside on the large table every evening, sipping wine, playing cards and just relaxing.
There is a small pool, which was just right for cooling off in the 30C heat and when we did feel more energetic there are plenty of tracks/quiet roads to go for a run or a cycle.
If you are more ambitious there are lots of interesting places around for day trips, including Bergerac itself and towns such as Sarlat and Beynac. Next time we go we promised to take our sons to see the prehistoric caves at Les Eyzies.
7 Mar 2013
"A wonderful relaxing break in the beautiful Dordogne"
We had a wonderful and relaxing stay in this lovely part of the Dordogne. The cottage was spacious, very comfortable and extremely well equipped and one of the highlights was eating al fresco beside the pool in the evenings. The village is idyllic and the surrounding countryside ideal for walking and cycling. It was very convenient for visiting Bergerac and ideally placed for exploring the Dordogne and adjacent areas. The delightful towns along the river, like Sarlat and Beynac, and the prehistoric caves at Les Eyzies and a variety of chateau are all within the scope of a day trip. And, needless to say, there was plenty of opportunity to try the many excellent places to eat, bars and patisseries - one of the great pleasures of holidaying in France. This cottage and location are ideal for a family holiday or as a quiet retreat to recharge batteries and smell the coffee. We can't wait to return.
7 Mar 2013
"Charming, beautiful house!"
We loved our stay in this charming, beautiful house! It was the perfect destination for our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 daughters - of 11 and 13 yrs). Having a decent-sized pool in the private garden was great and we appreciated the large parasol, which meant that we could dine al fresco and keep out of the sun if we wanted to. All the bedrooms are good sizes, and 2 bathrooms meant that teen preening sessions didn't affect the whole family. We found some nice forest walks very nearby and the village is extremely pretty. Being able to buy fresh bread at the restaurant next door was a bonus too and the locals were very tolerant of my rusty French! Bergerac is only a short drive away, and it is worth the trip for the ice cream alone (their lemon meringue pie flavour is hard to beat!). We'll definitely be booking again for this year.
Bob Jamieson and family
7 Mar 2013
"Lovely family holiday"
We had a great time staying here in July. The house has large cool rooms, comfortable beds , lovely bathrooms and is well equipped. The pretty village has an interesting history (ask in the local church) and is only i0 mins drive away from Bergerac where we enjoyed the winetasting in the wine museum on the banks of the Dordogne and the popular icecream shop in the centre of the old town. Lots of interesting shops there to explore but the grandchildren couldn't wait to get back to the pool so they could have a water fight while the adults relaxed and got the barbeque going. Everyone had a lovely holiday and we've already booked for this July.
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