Open-beamed ceilings, wood floors and whitewashed-walls – this rural village house stylishly combines modern interiors with beautiful period features. Charmingly traditional on the outside, cooly chic on the inside. Ranged over three floors it offers three bedrooms making it ideal for larger families, groups of friends or perhaps two small families. Perfect for both active family holidays or just chilling out and taking in the genuine French atmosphere.
The lifestyle here tends to be more laid back, but if you do feel the need to rush about being active, there's plenty to do locally, from canoeing and horse riding, to visiting caves and chateaux. And of course, there's always the beautiful scenery to gaze at - acres of it - and the countless restaurants and cafes to try out. Alternatively, visit one of the many local markets and return home with a basketful of goodies to prepare for a long, leisurely lunch or dinner on the terrace.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Saud (lake) 10 km|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 67 km, Nearest railway: Thivier 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||King Beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Master Bedroom and Bathroom
On the first floor a king-sized modern country style bed and large double windows overlooking the narrow street below, all in shades of brilliant white and Gustavian blue, star in the master bedroom. Whilst across the spacious landing is the wonderfully roomy bathroom, with huge freestanding bath and a walk-in shower big enough for a whole gaggle of grubby kids.
You might find yourself lingering on the first floor landing to compose the odd postcard home at the thoughtfully positioned table, or simply spending time gazing out of the window over the garden listening to the distant sound of the church bells before climbing the original wooden stairs up to the attic.
Second and Third Bedrooms
The two attic bedrooms combine white walls with rustic beams and new pine doors. The rear attic room has two single beds. It's all white painted furniture with occasional hits of zingy green. In addition to the two veluxes, which let the light stream in, there's a cute (non opening) floor level window overlooking the garden.
The second attic room features smooth lined contemporary furniture, a pretty hand me down eiderdown and embroidered cushions. There is a comfortable convertible bed which can be used as a single, two singles or a super king size. Access down one side of the bed is slightly restricted when it is used as a super king, due to the slope of the roof and the position of the beams. Egyptian cotton bedlinen is used throughout and pillows and duvets are all hypoallergenic.
Kitchen, Living Room and Garden
Fully equipped with white high gloss cupboards, beech worktops and built in oven and dishwasher, you will find all the basics in the kitchen such as salt and pepper, olive oil, tea and coffee, as well as a hand blender, mixer and cook books.
During the balmy summer nights, chill in the living/dining room with the door open to the terrace. It's a great space for dining or relaxing, being totally private and not overlooked. Beyond the terrace is a pretty, secure garden where,on hot days, a couple of small trees offer a shady place to sit for a while with a good book and a glass of something chilled. Garden furniture and a family-sized charcoal barbecue are provided.
On cooler evenings you can light the wood burner and cosy up in front of the widescreen TV. With recordable UK satellite channels, you won't have to miss a single episode of The Apprentice! The PS3 console will keep gaming fanatics (young and old!) happy, whilst also providing DVD and Mp3 usage. Alternatively bring your ipod and dock it in the Roberts hifi.
You will also find a small library of reading material, a selection of DVDs and a box of children's toys.
Sleeps six, but plenty of room for a cot, which is provided, along with cot bedding. Stairgate provided. High chair provided. Potty provided and the washing basket also doubles up as a great baby bath!
Please note that the property is on three floors with two sets of stairs. The stairs up to the attic bedrooms are fairly steep, but there is a handrail and the stairs are well lit.
|Further details outdoors|
The real France - official!
Short distance from swimming lake with beach. Beach towels, and mats provided. Snorkels and masks, buckets and spades etc also provided.
All basic amenities in village, including restaurants, bank (with ATM) and post office. Classic French market in village on Sundays.
Welcome pack provided on arrival, including fresh local produce.
English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
Environmentally friendly cleaning products and recycling facilities are provided.
Housekeeping - ordinarily it is just between stays, but if it's longer than a week then an extra clean can be arranged for an additional fee.
This beautiful, though largely undiscovered part of France is, geographically speaking, part of the highly fashionable and, during high season, exceedingly busy, Dordogne. Luckily the crowds tend to stay pretty close to the Dordogne valley leaving Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière and many of the other pretty little towns and villages of the north Dordogne area relatively untouched by the tourist trade. Life here goes on much as it has done for many a generation, with the pace being set largely by the church bells.
That said, this area, also known as the Perigord Vert, because of its extensive woodlands and lush green fields, was recently designated a "Parc Naturel", helping to put it more firmly on the tourist map. For those who discover its unique magic, you can still enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area, the friendliness of its people and the "Frenchness" of its lifestyle.
Unlike many British villages of the same size, St-Pardoux still retains its local shops and restaurants, all within a short walk of the house. Have a lie-in whilst the kids pop round to the boulangerie to ask for freshly baked croissant and chocolatine for breakfast. But remember, you are in rural France and (thankfully!) shops and services aren’t open 24/7.
With a warm climate from May through to October, life here has a different pace and for those lucky enough to stumble across it, you may find yourself compelled to slip into “French time”!
Days Out- Visit the incredible caves at Villars or Lascaux.
Take a leisurely stroll around pretty towns and villages, such as Brantome (known as the Venice of the Dordogne), Nontron, an ancient medieval town famed for its knife making or the picturesque St Jean de Côle (designated one of the most beautiful villages in France). Or travel slightly further afield to the spectacular Dordogne valley.
Be charmed by the the chateaux of Puyguilhem, Bourdeilles and Hautefort. While away a hot lazy day on one of the local lakeside beaches, such as St Saud or St Estephe, or take a short stroll to the end of the road for a paddle in the river Dronne.
Enjoy the numerous local markets. Be adventurous and have a go at horse riding, go-karting or canoeing,all within easy reach. Or take in a round of golf - the nearest course is about 45 mins away.