"Le Noyer", La Séveille
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
"Le Noyer" is a charming old stone cottage, named after the magnificent walnut tree which provides welcome shade in the summer. Completely renovated over recent years, it offers a perfect base for those who enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful area of the "Périgord Noir". The accommodation comprises a double bedroom and a twin, a shower room and a sitting room/kitchen/dining room with log-burning stove. Arranged on a single story, it is characterful and comfortable, rather than luxurious. Glazed doors open onto a shaded veranda with lovely countryside views, from which a stone staircase descends to the grounds of around half an acre. This is a haven for wildlife - deer and woodpeckers, red squirrels, butterflies and wild flowers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lakeside beach at Cazals 9 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 70 km, Nearest railway: Gourdon 22 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The thick stone walls keep the inside of "Le Noyer" pleasantly cool in summer and warm in winter. There is electric heating in all rooms, however, should you need it. All windows have shutters, as do the three glazed doors - two in the sitting room ("séjour"), one in the double bedroom. The house is bright and airy, but cosy, and has several nice examples of local antique furniture. We have aimed to keep things simple and in character, so there is no microwave, dishwasher, television or internet. What there is, however, is more than adequate - a built in fridge/freezer, a sink (with tea-towels provided), a built in electric oven (which can toast if necessary) with gas hob, a washing machine in one of the cellars ("caves") and charm in abundance. The views from the séjour and verandah are lovely both by day and on dark, starry evenings. The quiet can be deafening...
|Further details outdoors|
There are two hardwood chairs (we call them our "thrones") on the small veranda, from which the local wildlife can be viewed (binoculars provided). Deer and red squirrels, buzzards, woodpeckers and jays are frequent visitors, and butterflies abound in our small field. This is below the disused track ("chemin") and is a managed wild garden - no chemicals have been used on any of our land for at least 8 years - and it shows! Some more garden chairs are stored in one of the cellars ("caves"). The part of the chemin at the foot of the stone steps is a wonderful place to play pétanque, or eat lunch or dinner (if you carry the dining table down there). There are only eight houses in the friendly hamlet of La Séveille, and no through traffic. Three French families are resident, whilst England, Holland, Germany and New Zealand are also represented in the others. Help is therefore easy to find - even if you do not speak much French.
The veranda and stone staircase make our house unsuitable for small children or wheelchair users, I'm afraid. Being on a single level does mean the accommodation can suit people with restricted mobility (of whom I am one myself). There is a small step between the sitting room and bathroom, and a flight of three steps from the sitting room into the twin bedroom. This room is fine for adults or older children (of perhaps 10 years age or so). The verandah and house can be accessed from the lane, if the stone staircase is too forbidding.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Aquitaine / Dordogne region.
The Dordogne is part of the Aquitaine region in the South West of France and is famed for its wonderful wooded valleys, glorious rivers and impressive chateaux. The area is steeped in history with many delightful medieval towns and villages, as well as the world famous prehistory cave settlements at Les Eyzies and Lascaux.
Even in the height of summer, when some of the most popular places for tourists are lively and "buzzing", it is still easy to escape and enjoy your surroundings quietly, if you prefer. Apart from visiting chateaux or gardens, there are always numerous activities organised locally. From "vide greniers" (literally "empty attics") and "brocantes", where you can browse for bargains, to demonstrations of old farm machines, from dog shows to music concerts, there is much to delight and entertain. There is even open air theatre and cinema, from time to time.
The whole area is rich in arts and crafts with many interesting galleries and studios. The marvellous river Dordogne is only 22 km away for boat trips, canoeing (always downstream!), paddling, swimming, and picnics. Across the Dordogne/Lot departmental boundary, which one crosses at the village of Marminiac, the beautiful river Lot is just 32km away to the South.
The Bergerac area, on the Dordogne, and the Cahors one, on the Lot, are both renowned for their wines, Vineyard tours and wine tastings are available and great fun.
The Campagnac - les - Quercy area
The property sits in unspoilt countryside, perfect for walking, cycling, or just relaxing. The locality is rich in wildlife - deer, red squirrels, butterflies, and abundant birdlife and wild flowers.
The village of Campagnac-les-Quercy is 2 km from "Le Noyer". It has a Café/Restaurant, which opens in Summer (and sometimes in Spring and Autumn too), a public phone box, and a "Salle des Fetes" where social and cultural events are put on, mainly in the summer. The nearest garage (for running repairs) may be found here too.
6 km to the East lies the nearest wine "chai" at Florimont Gaumier, to which you are urged to pay a visit, whether to sample the reds and rosé or to climb the viewing tower. A further 3 km in this direction brings you to the charming village of Salviac which as well as several shops, has an open-air swimming pool, and a Tourist Information Centre equipped with several computers with internet access, which may be used for a nominal fee.
9 km to the South you will find the pretty medieval fortified "bastide" town of Cazals, which has a weekly market and a range of shops and cafes which deserve your attention. There is also a swimming lake ("plan d'eau"), with a small beach, where swimming is free. Tennis may also be played and fishing permits are available in the town.
5 km to the North lies the village of St Pompon, the nearest source of supplies. Here you can find a great bakery, a butcher's, pharmacy, post office, a small supermarket and petrol station, as well as bars and restaurants. Summer Saturday evenings feature open air eating, with local food, wine, and music. The medieval village of Daglan with its gourmet restaurant and public tennis court is a further 4 km away.
The romantic cliff villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac on the river Dordogne are within easy reach, as is the bastide town of Domme, with its wonderful views over the Dordogne river valley.
The historic town of Sarlat is 30km to the North of Campagnac. It boasts numerous restaurants, pavement cafes and colourful street markets It also has a multi-screen cinema.
Cahors, 45 km to the South, is a lively town, with a magnificent ancient bridge (the "Pont Valentré") over the river Lot.
There are restaurants too many to mention in the region, many specialising in local specialities such as duck, foie gras, and truffles, whilst offering a wider choice of menus too.
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7 Oct 2013
"An idyllic journey in time."
This trip was our first holiday in France. We had great expectations to see a simple French countryside and local life as much as possible. Funny, but being tourists we wished avoid as much tourists … More
16 Sep 2013
"Tranquil, beautiful rural position with local facilities and places to visit not far away."
We spent two peaceful weeks at 'Le Noyer' mainly just lazing around reading, drawing and writing. The house is well equipped and had enough room for 2 adults and a teenager. The bathroom has… More
16 Aug 2013
"A spot of peace"
Le Noyer is a hidden gem in a beautiful rural part of the Perigord region situated in a tiny village. The house is rustic on the outside but has a modern heart. Fantastic day trips were made from this… More
10 Jul 2013
"Ideal for a relaxing break away from it all..."
We stayed here for the first two weeks in June and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage itself is decorated in a traditional style but with some modern touches and had everything we needed for our stay.… More
4 Sep 2012
"Comfort and character in peaceful surroundings"
We had a lovely time at Le Noyer. We had our teenage daughters with us for the first week, and then a few days on our own. We had a minor problem with the hot water at first but that was quickly sorted and we soon settled in. Even the girls appreciated the peace and quiet, and the opportunity to be together without TV or Internet. The night skies were stunning and spotting shooting stars kept us occupied on several evenings. Days were taken up with markets, canoeing and swimming, and it was great to get back to relax on the balcony and appreciate the beauty and calm of the countryside. We had everything we needed in the house, the beds were very comfortable and the shower was fantastic.
13 May 2012
"A little paradise"
Le Noyer is a quiet rural retreat ideal for a relaxing break, within easy reach of towns and villages for holiday essentials and perfectly located for outdoor activities- swimming, canoeing, walking and cycling. We particularly enjoyed its comfortable simplicity and relaxing atmosphere. We enjoy being outdoors as much as possible and there are plenty of opportunities to do that in the area - swimming in the Dordogne or the lake at Cazals, rambling on the tracks and footpaths near the house or walking further afield and taking a canoe down the Dordogne appealed to us. Le Noyer offered welcoming return and after supper sitting on the terrace with the sun going down hearing only the sounds of the countryside was a perfect end to the day. It is ideal for those looking for a break from the rat race and a welcome break from television and emails.
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