Chez Vignaud is a converted farmhouse on a peaceful hilltop overlooking the beautiful Dordogne countryside. The house has four large bedrooms sleeping 8 people in all. It is the ideal location for enjoying your holiday just the way you want to, yet only 5 minutes from the nearest village and less than 10 minutes from Ribérac with its famous weekly market, shops and restaurants.
Indoors the house offers lots of original French charm with many features such as stone fireplaces, substantial timber beams and thick stone walls that keep it lovely and cool when the weather heats up. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The garden is entirely private, with a shaded eating area that is perfect for enjoying the views at any time of day. It is an ideal base for families, friends sharing or couples looking for a relaxed holiday.
Local facilities include swimming in lakes and rivers, and canoeing on the river in Ribérac. Attractive towns and villages such as Aubeterre, Perigueux and Brantome are within easy driving distance. The River Dordogne, castles, caves, historic and cultural sites are also easy to reach for a day trip.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 55 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The large lounge has the original ceiling beams, thick stone walls and French doors to the garden. Generous sofas, TV (main English satellite channels) and DVD player. The second smaller living room has a sofa, writing table and chair, radio/CD/MP3 player and piano.
The spacious farmhouse kitchen has a large table seating 8, double oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave. The stable door opens onto the garden. The adjoining utility room has a washing machine, large fridge, separate freezer, ironing board and iron.
Bedroom 1 has a large king size bed; Bedroom 2 has a four-poster double bed. Bedroom 3 has a double bed and en suite shower room. Bedroom 4 opens off Bedroom 1 and has two single beds, and is thus ideal for children.
The family bathroom has a jacuzzi bath, separate shower, wc, and washbasin.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is entirely private. It is flat and on two levels separated by 4 stone steps. The garden faces southwest and enjoys sunshine all day long, with a shady eating area under the old lime tree which is perfect for enjoying the view at any time of day. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided.
A path leads from the garden downhill to a "wilderness" area with a trampoline that is always popular with younger visitors.
The Dordogne has been popular with British visitors for many years. The sunshine and the colours of the blue sky, reddish soils and the stone houses with their terracotta tiled roofs make it enchantingly beautiful. The extensive fields of sunflowers in July and August are also a wonderful sight. The summers are warm to hot. Places of interest include Aubeterre sur Dronne, officially one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France (20 minutes); Perigueux, a town with lovely winding alleyways and a recently restored cathedral (40 minutes); Sarlat, a foie gras centre with beautful yellow stone buildings (one and a half hours); and the prehistoric sites around Les Eyzies (around 2 hours).
Wine lovers should not miss St Emilon, less than an hour and a half away, which not only offers a wide range of wine tasting options but is also stunningly beautiful and forms part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. The city of Bordeaux, which features wonderful civic architecture along the river and a wide range of large and small shops, is only an hour and a half away.
Riberac is a small market town which has a good range of shops including 2 large supermarkets. There is a good choice of restaurants and several little cafes where you can just sit and watch the world go by. The market on Fridays is one of the best in the Dordogne and not to be missed.
In summer there are open-air concerts in the evening in the main square, and the increasingly popular Grand Souk music festival is held in July.
Sports facilities include canoeing on the River Dronne, cycle hire, horse riding, tennis courts and the public swimming pool, plus the swimming lake at La Jemaye (20 minutes away) which is popular with locals and visitors alike.