Visit the picturesque Perigord Region and stay in a contemporary architect-designed open plan home with a breathtaking valley view. The house is located on a quiet single track no through road, in a large private acreage with a magnificent valley view. Only completed in 2009, this stylish house benefits from hi-tech insulation and heat recovery ventilation system, features vaulted ceilings with an exposed oak frame, and has a private swimming pool, massive deck with glorious views and offers a comfortable private retreat for 6-8 guests.
Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, one with a double bed and in the other the bed can be configured as two singles or zipped together as a double.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges, Bergerac, Brive, Nearest railway: Brive 50 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Safe, 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 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Aquitaine is the most south-westerly region of France, stretching from the Spanish border towards the Massif Central. Dordogne lies to the north of the region, and is famous for its beautiful rolling green countryside as well as its chateaux and, of course, its cuisine, especially duck and foie gras. The climate is very pleasant and summer temperatures average over 24C from May till September. Although labelled as 'Dordogneshire', the north-eastern part of the department remains unspoilt by tourism and expatriates and is made up of small farming communities enjoying a quiet and traditional way of life.
Perigord, the former name of the Dordogne area, is divided into four regions, Noir (black, from the oak forests and truffles), Vert (from the lush green landscape), Blanc (from the white limestone) and Pourpre (from the purple grapes). Hautefort lies on the border of Perigord Noir and Vert, and the area is made up of gentle hills, pastures, woods and rivers. The history of the region goes back 25,000 years, and there are many signs of prehistoric man including the world-famous Lascaux caves.
Cherveix-Cubas, lying on the Auvezere river and less than a kilometre down the hill, has two good restaurants, a grocery, boulangerie, boucherie, pharmacy, wine merchants and post office. Less than 5km away lies Hautefort, with its architectural gem of a 17th century chateau and gardens. Under the castle walls you will find an excellent restaurant in the village square specializing in foie gras, as well as more small shops. En route to Hautefort is a well stocked supermarket and (economically priced!) petrol station.
The area is great for walking and cycling with rolling hills, valleys and woodland. Horse riding and canoeing is nearby, and hot air balloon flights and quad biking can be arranged.
In the Auvezere valley, winding to the north, attractions include an old forge, a paper mill, and one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, Segur le Chateau. Segur has an excellent farmer's market on Monday evenings in July and August, a lively venue where you can enjoy a barbecue run by the villagers. A little further on is Pompadour, site of the French National Stud and a beautiful race course overlooked by a chateau - a fantastic spot for a Sunday at the races... perhaps after a Sunday morning at the street market which takes over the nearby town of Objat.
The region is of course renowned for its prehistoric caves, including the world-famous Lascaux less than 30 minutes away, as well as the geological wonders at Tourtoirac, just 7km from the house, with its extensive galleries of stalactites. Other caves in the area include one which is toured by train and another by boat on an underground lake.
The A89 autoroute lies 15 minutes to the south, and provides rapid access to the west coast and the wine region of Bordeaux, and to the east to the Auvergne in the Massif Central with its majestic ancient volcanoes and ski resorts.