Brousseau, the annexe
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Brousseau is ideal for relaxing and is a great base from which to explore the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, the peaceful countryside, local gastronomy, ancient architecture, history and prehistory. The setting is a peaceful, rural environment in the orchard of France, with easy access from Bergerac airport (20 minutes) and within 5 to 10 minutes' drive of three charming historical market towns, The annexe adjoins the main house, an unusual 16th-century oaken log cabin, one wall of which features in the annexe. The property is set in 7 acres of garden and pasture, with an ancient timber-framed barn.
The annexe has its own entrance via a glassed-in terrace, and its own small garden, with barbecue and garden furniture. The main bedsitting room is 32 metres square, with double bed, dining corner, French windows looking on to the garden. The bathroom has a bath with shower, basin and WC. The fitted kitchen is equipped with gas cooker, washing machine, fridge with freezer compartment, coffee percolator, toaster and kettle, iron etc.
You can simply relax in the garden and pool, shared just with the owners, or enjoy all the activities on hand locally: tennis, riding, golf courses (within 40 minutes' drive), birdwatching, restaurants, signed footpaths and three colourful local markets a week. In spring and summer there are numerous bric-a-brac fairs, special markets and arts, music and foodie fests. The local cinema shows an English-language film once a week in general.
The English owners of the main house are on hand to orient you as much or as little as you wish.
Smokers and well-mannered pets are welcome. A cot and baby sheets are available on request.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 30 km|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
The Aquitaine region
The Aquitaine, an ancient English possession dating back to the Plantagenets, is charged with history and evidence of the past is everywhere in hte remarkably well-preserved architecture of all sorts, from Romanesque churches, 12th-century villages and fine Renaissance châteaux, to wattle and daub barns and dovecotes. The region runs from the Southern Atlantic coast (Biarritz), up through the sandy beaches of the Landes to Bordeaux and its area and inland to take in the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne. Brousseau is on the border of these last two départements so is perfect for exploring the decorated prehistoric caves of the Périgord and enjoying the local gastronomy of the area. The wines of Bordeaux and Bergerac need no introduction, nor do the delicious fat duck specialities, cep mushrooms, truffles and walnuts sourced locally.
The climate is hot and sunny, with July 14th to August 15th usually enjoying a heatwave. Spring comes early here and Easter is a popular time to visit. Winters are generally mild until after Christmas with January and February usually the coldest months. Autumn is a particularly lovely time of year, still warm and sunny until end of October at least, and a great opportunity to sample local edible fungi at one of the mushroom markets.
There are many ways to explore the area, from rambling and cycling, to horse, horse and cart, horse and caravan, river boat or even hot-air balloon. An absolute favourite is canoeing, some routes taking you past the most beautiful châteaux of the area.
Brousseau is within easy driving of several charming old market towns (villages really): the bastides of Castillonnès and Villeréal, frequented by the English since the 12th century, medieval Issigeac and a little further away, the picturesque hilltop villages of Monflanquin and Monpazier and, to the West, Eymet. All these villages put on a packed menu of events throughout the holiday season and beyond. The area caters for the many English and foreign retirees living here part or full time and English is more or less well spoken everywhere although the locals will be delighted if you'd rather practise your French.
The lake at nearby Lougratte offers windsurfing and many villages around organise trotting races, a delightful afternoon or evening out with a small flutter on the horses if you wish!
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