Le Rouquet is in the old part of Castelnaud la Chapelle. The picturesque village runs down the hillside from the medieval castle to the River Dordogne and the property lies midway between the two. It is built in the local style of honey coloured stone, has a sunny South facing aspect and wonderful views across the valley from the windows and the terrace. Le Rouquet has been newly renovated to form two independant holiday gites which can be rented separately or together at a discount.
Le Rouquet is an ideal base for those wishing to explore this picturesque area of medieval villages and castles, markets and prehistoric sites. There are wonderful well marked walks from the doorstep throught the unspoilt countryside. The village has a range of shops, cafes and restaurants all within a few minutes walking distance of the apartment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||In the village 400 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 60 km, Nearest railway: Sarlat 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The Balcony apartment sleeps up to 4 people in comfort. It consists of a modern bright fully fitted kitchen (including oven, ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster and kettle) and has a log burning stove making Spring and Autumn holidays a delight. There is plenty of room for the large dining table in the kitchen but on warm sunny days you will probably choose to eat outside on the sunny balcony which overlooks the valley and church below. This is extremely convenient as it is directly outside the kitchen and there is a barbecue here for your use.
Stairs from the kitchen lead up to the pretty bedroom which has twin beds and is heavily beamed with polished chestnut flooring. There is a wardrobe and chest of drawers for clothes.
From the kitchen a few steps lead down to the sitting room which is again beamed and has lovely local stone features with views across the valley through the full height opening window. The settee easily converts into a comfortable double bed and there is a walk-in wardrobe for clothes. The bright modern bathroom is fully tiled and has a large shower and heated towel rail which ensures that it is always comfortably warm and towels are always dry.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment shares access to the gravelled garden and paved terrace with the Garden apartment. The garden is a real sun trap being sheltered by a hedge. The flower beds are filled with shrubs, roses and aromatic herbs. The garden is an ideal place to relax in the sun and loungers are provided.
The Balcony apartment can be booked together with the Garden apartment in which case a discount of 10% will be given. Payment may be made in either Sterling or in Euros.
All prices include linens and electricity. There is an additional charge of 50 Euros per apartment, payable locally to our housekeeper upon your arrival, to cover the cost of laundry and cleaning the apartment. A refundable Security Deposit of £300/400 Euros per apartment will be required to cover any losses or accidental damage.
The Dordogne is one of the most beautiful regions of France with its mix of pretty riverside villages, wooded valleys and castles dating back to medieval times. There are also many caves some with prehistoric paintings.
The Perigord Noir, as it is called in France, is easily accessible from the UK by either air or car. It is famous for its cuisine with local specilaities including duck, walnuts and truffles and no meal is complete without some of the excellent local wine.
The weather is warmer than in the UK with early mild springs and lots of sunny blue skies in the summer with lovely warm evenings to enjoy al fresco meals. The mild autumns last well into October.
Castelnaud is in an area of exceptional beauty with pretty medieval villages and castles to explore and was on the front line during the 100 years war between the French and the English. Nearby Sarlat,La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Domme are outstanding examples of villages with beautiful medieval architecture and all within just a few kms. Other attractions include the colourful markets selling local produce, formal gardens and the many prehistoric sites including the famous Lascaux caves with their wall paintings.
Our favourites are:-
-the garden at Marqueyssac with its unique style of topiary and marvellous views over the Dordogne valley and across to Castelnaud - we like to walk there from Le Rouquet to give the car a rest;
-the walled village of Domme with its fortified gateways into the town and the views over the river and the countryside below;
-the Saturday market at Sarlat with its hustle and bustle and local gourmet specialities (the architecture of the old town is exceptional with many alleyways and cafes in secluded spots);
-the bastide towns, including Monpazier (great market) and Villereal (there is an interesting self guided tour of the historic village);
-to stroll along the waterfront of La Roque Gageac and go to the troglodytic caves followed by a lazy meal looking over at the river; and finally
-no visit is complete without a canoe trip down the river which can be arranged from Castelnaud (you can choose how far you want to be taken upriver and then it is an easy paddle with the river doing most of the work and the chance to take a break at one of the riverside rest stops for refreshment and a swim).
There are also many well marked walks through the wooded countryside around Castelnaud for the more energetic (maps are provided in the apartment). On a hot day why not walk down to the river and enjoy a picnic on the grassy bank in the shade of the trees and cool off with a swim.