Our holiday home is a 150 year old restored farmhouse with stunning views and spacious rooms (4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms), located in the countryside on the Charente/Dordogne border. The house is within easy reach of the Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cognac vineyards, less than a mile from a village with shops, restaurants/café-bars and has river beaches & a swimming lake nearby.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aubeterre river beach 8 km|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 46 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme 46 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground floor, a large entrance hall leads to a French country kitchen, equipped with gas stove, fridge/freezer and microwave as well as a traditional buffet, table and chairs (seating for 6 adults). Glass doors lead from the kitchen to the garden for dining outside. Off the kitchen, the living room contains a sofa and easy chairs (seating for 6 adults), a TV with access to UK & international channels and a multisystem DVD player. There is also a WC on the ground floor and a utility room with a washing machine, iron & ironing board.
Upstairs, the master double bedroom suite contains a king-sized bed, a walk in closet and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, separate shower, washbasin and separate toilet. On the same floor, the second bedroom has a four poster bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. Another set of stairs leads to the (full height) converted attic where there are two other bedrooms, both with double beds and the third bathroom. The third bathroom contains a shower, washbasin and toilet. A cot and an extra fold-out single bed can be made available if required.
|Further details outdoors|
The gardens, with views of the village and surrounding countryside, extend nearly an acre on two sides of the property. They include flower beds and fruit trees (guests can help themselves to the cherries, plums, figs, peaches & apples according to the season) and a large area laid to lawn. Garden furniture and a gas BBQ are provided for eating and lounging around outside. Attached to the back of the property is a barn, and the only near neighbours are a French family who own the barn and a house at the far side of the barn.
Located on the Charente/Dordogne border, the house is perfectly situated for visits to some of the world's best vineyards as well as caves displaying examples of prehistoric art and the other attractions of the Dordogne valley.
WINE & COGNAC: The Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cognac vineyards are within a 90 minute drive of the property. Many vineyards offer tastings and the opportunity to buy first rate wines at the cellar door. In the town of Cognac, Martell, Hennessy and Remy Martin offer tours of their cellars/estates. Also well worth visiting is the hilltop town of St Emilion.
CHATEAUX & CHURCHES: Numerous châteaux and Romanesque churches in the area are open for the public to visit. Particularly noteworthy are the nearby monolithic church of St Jean in Aubeterre, and further away the Château de Puyguilhem and Château de Hautefort. A visit to Brantome with its Benedictine Abbey makes a pleasant half day trip, stopping off at the Château de Bordeilles on the way.
CAVES & CLIFFS: Stalagmites and stalactites can be found in the Villars caves near Brantome (about 35 minutes from the house) and in the Vézère valley (about 90 minutes drive) the cave of Lascaux contains one of the most outstanding displays of prehistoric art ever found. The original cave is now closed to the public, but an exact copy can be found in an adjacent cave which is open to visitors. Nearby attractions include the mediaeval town of Sarlat, and the towns of Beynac and Rocamadour which are built into the cliff face overlooking the Dordogne.
The house is less than a kilometre from the pretty village of Saint Severin, which has restaurants/bar-cafés, as well as a range of shops including a bakers/patisserie, butchers, chemist, newsagents and grocers.
DINING: Several restaurants and cafés/bars serving food within walking distance of the house in the village of Saint Séverin. Fine dining nearby in Aubeterre, and at chateau restaurants in Petit Bersac and Chalais. Numerous other good, reasonably priced restaurants locally at Lusignac, Palluaud, Verteillac, Aubeterre, Salle Lavalette, Saint-Romain and Ribérac.
WALKING/CYCLING: A great way to appreciate the beautiful local scenery. From the front door, you can follow local walking routes of 3km-25km mapped out by the commune that use ancient tracks and paths across fields and along river banks avoiding main roads, and well-marked VTT bike paths of various lengths. Walking & cycling route maps & 2 bikes are available at the house, with others for hire locally.
SWIMMING: The river beach at Aubeterre is 10 minutes away by car and a further 10 minutes takes you to another river beach at Saint Aulaye. The swimming lake at la Jémaye in the Foret de la Double is a 20 minute drive. The beaches of the Atlantic coast are 90 minutes away.
GOLF: 9 hole golf courses at le Manoir du Longeveau in Pillac (a long walk or 10 minutes drive) and Domaine de la Lande at Servanches (20 minutes) or 18 holes at Golf de Périgueux & Golf de l'Hirondelle, Angoulême.
CANOEING: Available locally on the River Dronne at Aubeterre, Ribérac, Bordeilles and Brantome and further afield at various towns and villages along the Dordogne and Charente rivers.