Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Rigal is available for rental ALL YEAR there is so much to see and do, wonderful walks and trails (orchids and wild flower meadows in May), special offers out of season, there is full central heating and and a gorgeous woodburner- use the website link below to access our own website for lots more details and photos
Peace of mind for parents
We are endorsed by Tots to Travel, an award winning business that helps families with small children and babies to go away on safe, genuinely family friendly holidays. Their approach is unique, we have been inspected by one of the team of mums to ensure that Le Rigal is safe and suitable for babies and small children and is as beautiful as it looks in the photos.
A crunchy drive sweeps into the entrancing courtyard of the Manor de Rigal, a stunning organic farm. You will find a cluster of ancient honey-toned stone farm buildings and, secluded at the far end, your delightful 18th century, lovingly restored, farmhouse. The interior has a contemporary French feel, the 3 elegant bedrooms are dressed in crisp luxurious linen, each is en-suite ( one bedroom is downstairs with a bath/shower en-suite) filled with soft towels. The new fully equipped kitchen awaits your gastronomic creations, but worry not, for those less inclined there are numerous restaurants, bistros and auberges just waiting to delight your taste-buds we can recommend and book for you if required. The huge beamed sitting/dining room, with imposing ancient fireplace overlooks the suntrap patio with its barbeque and plethora of chairs to sit and relax or chat or read or sip wine or …..
French windows to the rear, with views of silky, waving grass, it's a place for children to romp in over 100 acres of picture-book organic pasture and woodland without fear of damaging anything. The garden and grounds have it all, fenced heated salt-water pool with toddler friendly roman steps, extensive wooden play area for older children and smaller play area for little-ones, trampoline, table-tennis,badminton,ball games ,cricket, ponies grazing, cats snoozing and Misty the sheepdog keeping a watchful eye on everything.
Wander freely and safely amongst the rare breed chickens ( their eggs are so good – they even have their own stone home too which they share with quails ) there is a little shop selling free range eggs when there is a surplus. Come and help feed the animals,pigs,cattle, hens, rabbits, guinea-pigs,ponies,doves... there's always plenty to see and stroke. You will discover an orchard of apple, cherry, pear, plum, fig, walnuts and you will stumble upon the medieval designed vegetable garden complete with sundial, not that time is an issue here. However, you may want to soak up the scene at one of the colourful nearby markets, visit a fairytale chateau or for the more energetic cycle or canoe down the Dordogne valley, there are beautiful shady woodland walks from the doorstep ( maps and laminated walking guides available) where you can marvel at the myriad of wild flowers, butterflies and bird life, many species of birds can be spotted including buzzard, kite and in spring cuckoo sounds fill the air with swallows busily building nests all around the farm, we even have a little owl who has moved into the ponies barn, it's a birdwatchers heaven on our 100 acre farm. Last year one spotter spotted over 30 different types of bird. Misty our gorgeous border collie will willingly accompany you on your walks if you so desire ,many are straight from the front door and well signposted along shady woodland paths where you will stumble upon a ruin or a pigeon tower or see deer at dusk. Just down the road you will find the Chateau Les Merles golf course, great golf and super restaurant and bistro.
The gite is suitable for families including toddlers and babies, we have been endorsed by Tots to Travel( all facilities, cots ,stairgates, highchairs,booster seat,baby monitor, 3 wheeler all terrain buggy,baby backpack, stroller,books,toys games cbeebeies! dvds, potty, changing mats,childs bed, steam sterilizer, baby sitting by arrangement, animals to pet and touch or just look at ! ) family farm trails. We have lots of families visiting with grandparents as the upstairs is great for family sleeping arrangements and downstairs perfect for grandparents giving everybody space and privacy.
The gite is also fabulous for couples or a small group of friends just wanting a break and to get away from it all, (perhaps for a walking holiday of the area, birdwatching or a golfing break) at this gorgeous rural retreat. There are many cheap flights to Bergerac ( 20 minutes away) and out of season we can fit in with your travel plans. The gite is able to be totally centrally heated when required, using coppiced wood from the estate and there is a romantic woodburner in the living room.
Enjoy wild flower meadows ( wild orchids a in abundance in May) . The walking in this area is wonderful, with trails literally straight from the front door along wooded lanes and tracks. The wildlife and birdlife is prolific including little owls, tawny owls, buzzards and kites. The first cuckoo can be heard late March, throughout April and most of May. Wildlife conservation is encouraged with nesting boxes for robins, tits , little owls and woodpeckers. There are hares and deer to be seen at dusk nibbling the green shoots in the fields and it is the perfect place to relax in a safe, peaceful haven.
Recycling doesn't get better than this , in 2007 Rigal was a delipaidated estate and has been painstakingly and lovingly restored to its former glory. Parts of the estate have stood since medieval times although it was mostly rebuilt and remodelled in the 18th century. We have scoured reclaimation yards for authentic fireplaces, revealed old sinks and beams that were long since hidden, recycled parquet flooring and used traditional techniques such as lime plastering to be as sympathetic to the structure as possible. Eco paints have been used throughout . We have water recuperation tanks sunk into the garden and the whole of Rigal can be heated using an eco friendly woodburning boiler system that uses coppiced wood from our own estate...zero fuel miles and carbon neutral. When it is not cold enough to use the boiler there is a woodburning stove in the entree that has a hot air recuperation system to heat the master bedroom upstairs. The cattle are reared for organic beef and we have an organic potager supplying tasty veg in the summer, we rear rare breed pigs, and hens.Children ( and adults) are welcome to help feed the animals and collect the eggs. Our guests are encouraged to recycle their left over food , either for the hens, rabbits or pigs or compost heap. Recycling of packaging is also encouraged with recycling bins for paper, cartons,glass and so on.The pool is heated via solar panels and a heat exchange system connected to the woodburning boiler making Rigal a great experience for you and a low impact on the environment.
No wonder our guests keep coming back.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km, Nearest railway: Lalinde 8 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, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The Gite can comfortably sleep 6 plus cots and a floating bed if a child wants to or needs to sleep in a different room.With 3 en-suite bedrooms ,a kingsized bedroom and twin bedroom upstairs and a kingsized bedroom downstairs with en-suite bath/shower room.Both the king sized mattresses are pocket sprung orthopedic and very comfy.There is a wooden cot and a travel cot if required. There is a new fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and washing machine, a spacious lounge with wood-burning stove and satellite television and DVD player. There is a dining area and outside you will find a walled courtyard to the front and to the rear a terrace and grassed area for BBQ's (provided) and watching the sunset. Everyone comments on how spacious the gite is and that it looks like it is straight out of a magazine..which is it....Country homes and Interiors Feb2011 and Living France March 2011
Of course there is WIFI to keep you up to date with waht's happening in the world as time seems to standstill at Rigal.
Le Rigal estate is run organically; no chemicals are used on the pastures and re-cycling is a way of life. You will find recycling bins close to the gite where paper, card, plastic containers, boxes, bags, bottles, tins, cans and so on can be collected and recycled. A composting system is in place and most kitchen waste (apart from meat) can be composted. The compost produced is then spread onto our organic vegetable plot.
The wood burning stove in the gite is an environmentally friendly form of heating (if required!) using wood coppiced and collected from the estate.There is also wood burning central heating making out of season visits warm and comfortable. The brand new pool conforms to all the latest safety and filtration standards. The pool is a salt water pool thus avoiding chemicals that damage the skin and environment.
We have a variety of livestock, including several ponies. Much of the estate is grazed by cattle all safely fenced and we have a flock of hens including rare breeds.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside there is a new large heated salt-water swimming pool, table tennis, swings, sand-pit and a trampoline with acres of space for games of frisby, badminton, football or cricket in a safe environment. There is woodland to explore and walks straight from the front door. With farm trails, areas to make dens, and feeding the animals the children who come to stay at Rigal have so much to do.There are laminated details of all the marked walks in the local area. There garden is best described as parkland as there is so much of it! but in the courtyard there is an apple orchard with very safe gardens you can view from the comfort of the patio.
There is a terrace in front of the gite with table and chairs for dining( bbq providied) and also a table by the pool for relaxed poolside dining. There are sun loungers and wooden chairs by the pool.
At dusk you can often see deer and hear owls hooting, crickets cricketing! and frogs croaking.
We have a variety of livestock, including several horses and ponies.There is Misty the sheepdog who keeps a watchful eye on our small flock of rare breed free range chickens. The rest of our land is grazed by cattle.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
One of the most beautiful parts of the country. The gite is nestled in an area called the golden triangle where there are more tourist activities available area per square mile than any other area. Chateaux , vineyards ( our own special pechamant region is on our doorstep) rivers, the beautiful Dordogne and Verzere can satisfy any canoeist of any age.
The area is renowned for its gourmet restaurants and home produced foods and the markets host the most amazing array of fresh produce from the region. With beautiful honey coloured villages, some perched clinging to the side of rocks and others set around planned squares and courtyards the medieval Bastide towns beckon you to have a coffee and take in the atmosphere and the history of the area.
There is so much to visit on our doorstep. The local village boasts the ruins of the oldest castle keep in France, honey coloured houses and pretty roof lines. There are local fetes and fayres in the summer and medieval fayres at Issigeac and Cadouin during July and August. Every Thursday there is a huge market in Lalinde all year round with wonderful fresh produce, ( the area is famed for its strawberries and the olives are delicious) and interesting local goods. The area is wooded which makes for wonderful walking and cycling along shaded paths.
The pecharmant vineyards are dotted around producing excellent wines and Chateaux les Merles less than 5 minutes away has a wonderful restaurant, bistro and golf course. There hand made paper mills on the river Dordogne 10 minutes away dating from the 18th century and of course canoing and water skiing at Tremolat a short distance away. The problem is deciding what not to do or whether to do anything at all!!