Rue de la Gare is our Dordogne cottage, situated between Limoges and Périgueux, close to the Haute-Vienne and Corrèze regions and east of Bordeaux. Fully refurbished and modernised in 2005 with a large garden and terrace, close to many attractions and amenities, in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside in France.
This traditional Perigordine detached stone cottage has been refurbished and modernised to a high standard. It is arranged over two floors (plus enormous loft for cases and storage) and sleeps eight people. Thick stone walls, double glazing and shutters on all windows keep the interior of the property cool in the summer, full central heating keeps the property warm in the winter.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake Ruffiac 5 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 50 km, Nearest railway: St Yrieix la Perche 15 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Large fitted kitchen with five ring cooker, lounge and dining room with large french doors opening onto a huge walled terrace and garden. Four large double bedrooms, two double, two twins.
Cottage features broadband, PC and phone.
There are bathrooms on both the ground and first floors, both with shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin, the first floor also has a full size bath.
All rooms are modernised, both of the bathrooms have been refitted and tiled.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage has 2/3 acre of mature gardens around three sides of the cottage, fruit trees to the rear of the garden, several large Lime and Cherry trees provide shade. Double French doors from the lounge and dining room open onto the tiled walled terrace, with built in bbq and garden furniture.
The Perigord Vert is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has many fairytale chateaux, medieval villages and prehistoric caves. The area is also famous for its cuisine, truffles and foie gras. The historic centres of Sarlat, Domme, Limoges, Périgueux, Beynac and Brantome are all within an hour's drive..
The remarkable caves at Lascaux with their prehistoric paintings are within reasonable driving distance and whilst the original cave system is closed to the public, the replica, Lascaux 2, is a very busy tourist attraction. It is worth planning a visit to Lascaux in advance as tickets are not available onsite: they have to be purchased at the tourist centre in Montignac.
Near Lascaux is the medieval town of Sarlat, it is perfectly restored and a delight to wander around its narrow streets and alleys. Sarlat has a magnificent market on Saturdays.
Beynac and Rocamadour are beautiful examples of towns built into the cliff faces overlooking the Dordogne and are of course great attractions. Driving along the winding roads around Rocamadour is not for the faint-hearted!
The countryside around Payzac is full of beautiful and historic villages, chateaux appear on almost every hill, two of the finest are at Jumilhac le Grande and Hautfort, both giving guided tours in English. Nearby St Jean de Cole is a past 'prettiest village in France'. Brantome is known as 'Perigord's Venice' and is a genuine 'must see'. It is celebrated by visitors and archeologists alike for its museum of prehistory, prehistorical and megalithical sites, and troglodyte houses carved into cliff faces. Its belfry is said to be the oldest in France and its Benedictine abbey was founded by Charlemagne.
There are many other superb small villages - La Chapelle Faucher with a magnificent castle, Saint Pierre de Cole with the remains of Bruzac Castle and the church of Saint Romain. In Villars you will find Puyguilhem castle, Villars cave, and the 12th century Boshaud Abbey.
In the village of Sorges, the Maison de la Truffe (Truffle House) has guided tours of the Truffières Path and the Ecomusée de la Truffe (Truffle Ecomuseum) and offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysteries of truffle cultivation. Thiviers, a former feudal city built around its castles and church, is the region's commercial and agricultural centre. Gourmet lovers everywhere are attracted to its Goose and Duck museum and the Maison du foie gras (foie gras house).
Périgueux, Perigord's capital, has all the shops and services you expect of a modern town, whilst retaining it's ancient houses, squares and alleyways.
Payzac is a small rural village with all the basic facilities, a bank with cashpoint, a hotel and good restaurant, baker, butcher, two bars, an off licence, tabac and a fully stocked supermarket. And a very big and historic church.
Two local lakes offer boating and sandy beaches. A local campsite offers a range of lake fishing.
And of course there's stacks of things to do and see in all directions.