Converted 17th century farmhouse on a peaceful hilltop with beautiful open views from the private garden. All modern comforts, plus many original features such as solid timber beams, open fireplaces and the thick stone walls that keep it beautifully cool indoors when the weather heats up outside. An ideal choice for family holidays, friends sharing or couples wanting to get away from it all.
Only 5 minutes' drive from the pretty village of Allemans, which has a baker's and a bar/restaurant. Less than 10 minutes from Ribérac, with its restaurants, cafes, a full range of shops and supermarkets, and one of the best weekly markets in the region.The perfect base for walking, cycling, exploring the wider Dordogne region by car or simply taking life easy
Local facilities include swimming in lakes and rivers, and canoeing on the river in Ribérac, as well as summer music festivals and open-air cinema. Attractive towns and villages such as Aubeterre, Perigueux and Brantome are within easy driving distance, and the River Dordogne itself, with its many castles, caves, historic and cultural sites is ideal for a day trip.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 55 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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||Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Large lounge with original ceiling beams, thick stone walls and French doors to the garden. Generous sofas, TV (main English satellite channels) and DVD player. Second smaller living room with 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 has two single beds.
Family bathroom with jacuzzi bath, separate shower, wc, basin.
En-suite shower room off bedroom 4 with shower, wc, basin.
Separate downstairs cloakroom with wc, basin.
|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.