La Dependance is a spacious and comfortable 3 bedroom home in a pretty hamlet in the Perigord Vert region of the Dordogne. Renovated in 2011/12 it offers 2 extensive living areas, 2 bathrooms plus a sunny roof top terrace with captivating views out over the Lizonne river valley.
Nearby villages provide for your immediate needs, while the regional centre of Riberac offers hypermarkets and a range of specialty shops, and is well known for its huge Friday market. The art deco Café des Colonnes (1831) is a local institution and popular meeting place.
In this unspoilt region of France, locals share their enjoyment of good food and conviviality in the village bar restaurants, at their annual fetes, festivals and in the weekly village markets. Famous wine regions lie within easy reach.
In this region of great natural beauty there is an abundance of easily accessible history, art and architecture. The lovely rivers provide swimming beaches and facilities for water sports, along with the Water Park of Lake Jemaye. The entire family is well catered for with a whole range of holiday activites, including golf and horse riding. There are many world class restaurants in nearby towns.
Explore prehistoric cave art, Roman ruins, feudal fortresses and classical chateaux, formal gardens and some of the most beautiful villages of France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aubeterre sur Dronne 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux, Bergerac, Angouleme and Limoges, Nearest railway: Angouleme 50 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The front door of La Dependance opens onto a spacious foyer with wrought iron staircase leading to upstairs accommodation. The foyer also gives access to a second downstairs bedroom with twin beds.
Upstairs, the original loft is dramatic, spacious and light filled. The timber beams, many the shape of the original tree, are fastened without nails in a fashion dating back to the 11th century. A south facing double glazed wall bathes the interior in sunshine and light.
Here, an open plan salon divides into four, with a tete a tete area, an area with settee and armchairs, a quiet reading/writing space, plus a dining area. There is a well equipped kitchen with all new electric appliances. At the far end is a double bedroom and separate bathroom with dressing room and generous shower recess.
The downstairs foyer also gives access to a modern, new living room with lounge chairs and dining table particulalry suited to relaxed entertaining, with large double doors opening to the outside. There is a 2nd refrigerator and microwave here, and a washing machine and dryer. The new 3rd bedroom has a king size bed and there is a 2nd bathroom with shower and toilet alongside.
There is electric central heating throughout and ample drawer and hanging space. There is satellite TV on both floors with DVD downstairs. A selection of board games, CDs and books, including comprehensive guide literature, is provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The roof top terrace, accessed via an internal timber staircase, is equipped with lighting and out door furniture enabling you to relax and dine alfresco morning till night.
There is private parking in our front garden.
La Dependance is normally let Saturday to Saturday from April to October. Management is under an English (French speaking) couple who live nearby.
Price includes linen and bath towels and all utilities.
The Dordogne is one of the most popular regions in France with holiday makers returning year upon year for its cultural richness, lifestyle and gentle climate.
There are over 1000 castles in the Dordogne, from feudal fortresses to the finest of Renaissance chateaux. The World Heritage listed Vezere river valley attracts visitors world wide for its extraordinary cave art created over 17,000 years ago by the Cro-Magnon peoples. Examples of 12th century Romanesque architecture, based on the sacred geometry of the east and brought back with the crusades, are found in every small village and town.
The region is particularly noted for its fine wines. The internationally famed Perigordin cuisine is likewise a feature of the many restaurants in the region.
The Dordogne is traversed by several major river systems and offers a huge variety of natural scenery with endless opportunities for exploration and recreation.
The Perigord Vert was named by the 19th century writer Jules Verne for its lush green woodlands and its streams. It is considered by many to be the prettiest region of the Dordogne. Characterized by its lovely rolling countryside, the many small villages with their Romanesque churches are little changed since the Middle Ages.
In this region of great natural beauty there is an abundance of easily accessible art, architecture and history.
Some of the oldest and finest chateaux are to be found in the Perigord Vert, such as the 13th century feudal fortress of Bourdeilles. Within its massive defensive walls there also stands a 16th century Renaissance chateau, decorated by artisans of the Leonardo da Vinci school of Fontainebleau. There are also important examples of the Decorative and Classical Renaissance such as Puyguilhem, Jumilhac le Grand and Hautefort. Many of them surrounded by beautiful gardens.
In the city of Perigueux which dates back over 2000 years, there are some remarkable Roman ruins on display. The beautiful five-domed Byzantine cathedral of St Front sits alongside a well preserved Renaissance centre ville with its fashionable boutiques and eateries. Busy markets fill the city squares several times a week.
The old abbey town of Brantome was founded by Charlemagne. It is known as the Venice of the Perigord; its fine dining establishments overlooking the river Dronne.
Nearby is Grotte de Villars with cave art of the same period as Lascaux, which is a little further to the east in the Vezere.
There is a lovely river beach at nearby Aubeterre sur Dronne. Named by Roman legions for its white cliffs, out of which was carved one of the largest Monolithic churches in Europe, the main square of this small village is a popular meeting place, full of music and people and cafes, with artisans' studios lining the narrow streets leading off.
Riberac is a bustling and vibrant regional centre with hypermarkets and specialty shops, famous for its Friday market,the largest in the Dordogne. There are many weekly markets throughout the region. Always colourful; truffles, foie gras and walnuts each has their season.
Local villages are lively and full of fun; the welcome at the village bar/restaurants is warm, and the four and five course menus of local cuisine exceptionally good value. Within a 6Km radius there are a dozen eating places to choose from, while nearby St Severin and Verteillac can meet all your self catering requirements.
There are festivals of music and literature throughout the summer. From spring onwards there are annual village fetes and floral festivals. Popular music fills the bars and the village squares. Of particular note is the Felibrée, a celebration of ancient Occitaine culture, which is held in a different town each year. Angoulême hosts a vintage car race which takes place around the old city ramparts, garnering huge international attention and European participation. Both the floral boat pageant on the river Dronne at nearby Epeluche and the springtime flower festival of St Jean de Cole are very popular events drawing big crowds
Recreational pursuits abound, including nearby golf and tennis and swimming at the Lake Jemaye water park and at Riberac and Brantome. There are lovely river beaches at Aubeterre sur Dronne and St-Aulaye and many staging posts along the river for kayaking. There is horse riding within 15 minutes and walking trails, and bicycles are available for hire nearby.
At La Dependance we offer a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore this wonderful region of France, whilst enjoying a relaxed and truly French experience.