"Wisteria Cottage", the former farmhouse is a detached cottage that has been renovated and tastefully decorated throughout. It features stone walls with solid oak beams, and retains all its old charm and character. A doorway leads from this open plan area to the downstairs double bedroom . The shower room with toilet and wash hand basin is virtually en suite for the downstairs bedroom.
Up the stairs (fairly steep) there is a large open plan style bedroom area, which is divided into 2 separate and distinct sleeping areas by a small landing and a bathroom which is fitted with a large shower, wash basin, bidet and W.C. Passing under a low beam to the right is a double bed and similarily to the left side there is a large sleeping area equipped with 4 single beds or 2 singles and a double. In total, the cottage will sleep up to 8 people ( 4 adult 4 children ideally). Clients staying in "Wisteria Cottage" enjoy their own wisteria shaded patio, terrace and own BBQ. Linen and towels are provided.
Wisteria Cottage has a sun terrace with table and chairs for alfresco dining and of course have access to the large enclosed swimming pool in the delightfully kept mature 2 acres of gardens. The fenced and gated solar panel heated pool measures 12.5 metres x 5.5 metres, with spa type air/water massage jets into the steps and also has a solar shower and a covered pergola area for shade for those with sensitive skins.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Shared garden, BBQ|
Warm sunshine in early spring transforms the landscape with a myriad of colours, making stunning backdrops to the many castles, bastide towns and prehistoric sites.
With an array of wild flowers at every step, May and June are the most colourful months. June, July and August are usually hot with occasional dramatic thunderstorms. Street markets and village fetes with balmy evenings give an opportunity to enjoy the wealth of local produce. September brings a fragrance and colour scheme of unmatched splendour.
Enjoy the beautiful countryside, explore the medieval towns and villages with many delightful restaurants, visit the many grand chateaux
The region is a dream for those who wish to include horse riding in their holidays. There are miles of signposted routes, and many stables and riding clubs.
There are fifteen or so sites along the Vezere Valley bearing testimony to the lives of tribes of hunters who lived there over 400,000 years ago. Discovered in 1940 by four teenagers looking for a lost dog, the Lascaux cave near Montignac is the 'Sistine Chapel' of prehistoric art.
The Grottes de Villars with caverns and chambers with stunning white concretions boast incredible formations of yellow and ochre draperies, 17,000 year old prehistoric paintings, rimstone pools, and thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
Some 60 km north of Labarthe is the ancient city of Perigueux, with the Byzantine silhouette of the cathedral bristling with pinnacles and overlooking the medieval Puy St. Front district. This truly gastronomic city should be visited on market days (Wednesday and Saturday), when stalls in the lively squares offer the pick of local specialities, including truffles, charcuterie and the succulent pies called pates de Perigueux. Local foie gras has become world famous. Discover the Renaissance facades, courtyards, staircases, elegant town houses and shops on a walk around the old town.
Sarlat-la-Caneda possesses the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th-century facades of any town in France, with its narrow lanes and archways, and ancient, ochre-coloured stone houses rich in ornamental detail. Protected by law since 1962, Sarlat's buildings now form an open-air museum. The town is also famous for one of the best markets in France.
The Dordogne is one of the largest departments in France and yet it has a very low population density.
The amalgamation of geographical and climatic factors which make up the local 'terroir' of Bergerac's wines are those of a great and long-established wine-producing region. During the English occupation, local vignerons were exempt from taxes on wine in order to facilitate wine exports to England. Henry III of England was happy to hand out safe-conducts to ensure his personal supply of barrels of Bergerac wine, as was Charles de Valois, Philip the Fair's brother. As early as the fourteenth century, Bergerac barrels were exceptionally granted the right to distinguish their barrels with a griffin and a tower as a mark of recognition. Later, with the Reformation, Holland became virtually the exclusive importer of Monbazillac. Throughout history far-ranging exports have perpetuated the nomadic tradition of Bergerac's wines: England, the Low Countries, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Japan, and China have all been steady importers. Bergerac's wines can be found in the most prestigious restaurants and on the tables of the rich and famous across the world.
The leading wine producing centre in the region is Bergerac. There is a well-marked wine route around the vineyards. The varieties grown are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Labarthe consists of four properties (main house, cottage, pigeonnier and art studio/workshop) which surround a large gravelled central yard at the end of a 250 metre private drive way. The main house is occupied by Jenette and family and we are available on site to provide help and assistance if required.