la Belle de Jour is one of the three charming self-catering cottages set in La Petite Devinie with 7 acres of ground, on the outskirt of the village of Pont St Mamet in the Dordogne. It is conveniently situated for holiday makers being just under 20 minutes from Bergerac and its airport and easy access to a motorway junction. It is full of rural charm but not isolated.
Situated on an elevated position, La Petite Devinie offers stunning panoramic views of the rolling countryside, the surrounding farmland and woods. It has a large 12 x 6 pool in a sun trenched position from morning till dust.
There is an added bonus of being just 5 minutes' walk from the village of Pont St Mamet which has an excellent village shop that does not even close at lunch hours. Enjoy your morning strolls into the village for croissants and freshly baked baguette, pick up an English newspapers and even some tonic water! Our neighbours down the lane are market gardeners. They are happy to supply our guests with really fresh produces such as lettuces, vegetables, free range eggs and chicken.
La Belle de Jour is the self-catering gite nearest to the pool. The accommodation is spacious and comfortably furnished with a settee, coffee table, two arm chairs, colour TV with over 100 satellite channels, DVD player; book cases with books and ornaments. Lovely table and floor lamps create a warm and beautiful ambience in this living area with stone walls and exposed beams.
It has its separate entrance and a private terrace with marvellous views. Ideal for al-fresco dinning and sharing precious moments with your family or friends over a glass of wine. You can admire the gorgeous stars in the warm summer nights and spot shooting stars across the sky.
La Petite Devinie is situated off the N21 between Perigueux and Bergerac.
Perigueux, the capital city of the Dordogne has a charming cathedral, lovely shops and vibrant weekly markets and it is only a short distance away. Bergerac with its narrow streets, timber houses and harbour is under 20 minutes from the holliday gite.
The tourist hotspots such as Sarlat, Dommes an Les Eyzies are all within easy reach by car.
In the summer months, there are plenty of attractions and entertainments in the area, such as jazz and blue concerts, free music festival in the street, mime festival, night markets, etc in different towns and villages.
There is canoeing in Perigueux, Mussidan and Limeuil
For those who enjoy biking and walking, the countryside is at your door step. There are plenty of good walks nearby and paths for cycling.
La Petite Devinie is truly the perfect place for a family holiday, to explore the beauty and the history of Perigord, to enjoy its cuisine and its wines and to experience rural South West France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The gite had been re-decorated throughout for the season of 2011.
The living, dinning and kitchen areas are all open plan.
The fitted well-equipped kitchen has a electric hob, microwave, oven & grill, fridge with freezer, cafetéria, new sauce and frying pans as well as a washing machine.
There is a downstairs toilet with wash basin and an enclosed shower. The 2 bedrooms and bathroom with new shower attachment and shower curtain are upstairs.
The double bedroom has a built in wardrobe and full length mirror, bedside cabinets with table lamps and a chest of drawer. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds and each has it owns bedside cabinet with table lamp on it. There is also a wardrobe, a chest of drawer and a large mirror. Both bedrooms feature exposed beams and stone walls.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace is planted with lavenders and marigolds.
There are outdoors furniture, sun loungers and parasol by the pool.
The property has generous gardens, lawns, meadow & woodland. Guests are welcome to wander on the ground, play badminton, boules and other ball games.
All the gites have their separate entrance, private terrace, sun loungers, outdoor furniture and BBQ. The gites overlook the lovely large 12 x 6 pool.
You will love the open view of the marvellous surrounding countryside, the lovely light that changes throughout the day and at night the wonderful stars in the big open sky.
The huge walnut tree provides welcome shading in the summer.
The popular gazebo by the pool which has been fondly named by some of the guests as the VIP lounge. A place for the children to n
play games, read and to socialize with the other guests.
There are red squirrels at La Petite Devinie. You may even spot a deer or two going across the ground. There had been occasions that guests were amused and entertained by the herd of cows in the adjoining field. One wandered in to gorge on the fruit tree!
At various times of the day, it is enchanting to hear the church bells floating across the rolling hills from the distant village of Douville.
Boules are provided for guests who like to take up a game of petanque. Badminton is available for the guests to enjoy on site.
The swimming pool is alarmed. The pool is cleaned and maintained daily and it has a new pool lining in 2012.
For safety reason, young children must be under the supervision of an adult at all time during their stay at the holiday home.
Private driveway access to the gites, with ample parking space for cars.
La Devinie is located in the Purple Perigord, an ideal base to explore the wine of Bergerac, Perchament & Mobazillac which are close by. The owner Isabel, is an aficianado of the wines of South Western France with Diplomas from The Wine & Spirits Trust in London. She offers daily wine tasting tours for a minimum of 2 persons, on an intimate and flexible basis. If you like to add another pleasurable dimension to your holiday to visit chateaux and vineyards and to improve your wine knowledge, this is the ideal place for you! Please advise her if such a day trip would be of interest when you make the booking of the gite. She will be more than happy to give you further details of the tours and share her knowledge of the local wine with you over a glass of her favourite.
Nearby Villamblard and Vergt offer unique opportunities to take the flavours of the region home. Villamblard has its own nationally renowned distillery where you can purchase liquors and cordials in the quaint distillery shop. Vergt has a strawberry fair each June where many different varieties grown around here can be sampled.
Dordogne is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in France.
The region is renowned for its diversity of landscapes, the richness of its cuisine and a wealth of activities on offer to visitors. It is steeped in history and culture with prehistoric caves, bastide towns, churches, gardens, castles and medieval villages. Your will enjoy wandering through the famous towns and villages such Sarlat, Domme, La Roque-Gageac and Bergerac with the twisted back streets and ancient buildings; discovering their heritage of bygone ages as well as shopping in the French markets.
The Dordogne river is enchanting. Take a boat ride on one of those old barges and glide past some of Perigord's most beautiful sights. It is great for those who like activities in the open air, such as canoeing, rafting, fishing and swimming. Hot air ballooning is another adventure which is popular, visitors can admire the stunning landscapes and beautiful sites from above.
The climate is hot in the summer and warm in the Spring and Autumn season.
Bergerac is a lovely town which offers all the amenities. The old town has wonderful timber buildings, narrow streets and a statue of Cyrano de Bergerac. You can embark on a barge tour on the river Dordogne, at the Maison du Vines sample the sumptuous local wines and the adjacent cloister holds free evening concerts in the summer months. Saturday and Wednesdays are market days in Bergerac. You will find seasonal local produces such as strawberries, honey, vegetables, walnuts, truffles, free range meats and chicken and lovely fresh baked breads in abundant.
In our area, there are many jazz concerts throughout the year and they are often held in château and vineyards. A pre-concert dinner is sometimes on offer at a very reasonable price.
InJuly and August , the 'night markets' in various villages are a great favourite of the locals and tourists alike where one could enjoy the delights of the local cuisine outdoors in the warm summer evenings with music and sometimes dance and often end with fire works towards midnight.
It is an ideal place to discover and 'déguster' the wines of Bergerac, Perchament & Mobazillac, the vineyards are just a short drive from the gites. Other famous châteaux in St Emilion, Pomerol and Bordeaux are also within easy reach.
The area has many restaurants offering local gastronomy with such mouth watering cuisine like confit de canard and foie gras. There is a Michelin starred restaurant just 20 minutes away from the gites.
For those who like walking or cycling, the gorgeous countryside is at the doorstep of La Petite Devinie.
There is a riding school 15 minutes away and golf courses are about 1/2 hour drive.