AVAILABLE NOW! Garrigue is an extensive and peaceful property suitable for any age. Each gite is self-contained and self-catering and has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan living/dining room/kitchen - there is a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor of each gite so a couple on their own whether old or young may be just as happy here as a bigger group with or without family. WIFI and internet available in each gite. NEW: choice of double or twin beds. Extra single bed, cot and baby kit in 2 of the 4 gites.
Garrigue is surrounded by varied working farms - cattle, poplars, sunflowers, maize, vines etc. It is 20kms south of the ancient wine town of Bergerac on the Dordogne river, 6kms north of the medieval bastide town of Eymet which boasts that it has held a market every Thursday since June 1270, and 4kms west of little Fonroque which lies on one of the pilgrim routes to Compostela and was an English village in the days of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Listen out for nightingales and hoopoes in early Summer, watch the swallows dipping for a drink of water, maybe a glimpse of a golden oriole, then the majestic migration of the grey cranes in October and March. For several years now we have had kestrels nesting in a put-log hole in the wall overlooking the swimming pool and delighting us with their first flying lessons and wobbly waddling on the roof of the house. And dark red squirrels, deer, stick insects, rhino beetles and glow-worms, shooting stars in Summer.....
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac Roumanière 20 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||TV, Video player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Equipment in each gite includes electric cooker, refrigerator, clothes washing machine, digital/radio/video. Linen and towels are provided for use at Garrigue and we prepare the gites for arrival - beds made up, fridge and water heater on, fire laid in winter.
Each gite is equipped for 6 with 1 double-bedded room, 1 double or twin bedded room, 1 twin bed room with 1 extra single possible; 1 bathroom with bath basin and wc, and 1 bathroom with shower, basin and wc; a living/dining-room/kitchenette with wood burner for winter months. An extra bed and a cot may be available.
The resident multi-lingual British owners Charles and Elizabeth are normally able to help with e-mails, messages, WIFI; babysitting; video and book library, maps, brochures for places to visit and things to do; and to get in provisions for your arrival.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside each gite is a wooden table and chairs under a pergola. Barbecue. The 10m x 5m fenced saline swimming-pool has Roman steps and an ample enclosed area with loungers, parasols, tables, chairs and hammocks for good weather.
In the barn are ping pong and pool tables, together with kit for badminton, boules, croquet etc. We have 7 acres of grounds in which to enjoy walks, picnics, kick a football, the informal 9-hole multi-sport course (pitch & putt golf, foot course & croquet golf) we laid out for the guests at Garrigue is usually in operation. We have some full-size bicycles to borrow.
Local sports include tennis, golf, fishing, canoeing, riding, biking, hiking, hot-air ballooning, tree-top adventure trails. Visit châteaux, abbeys, medieval towns and villages, markets and vides greniers, prehistoric caves and paintings. Go wine-tasting at local vineyards or maybe just relax with a soothing bottle of the local Bergerac AOC wines in our peaceful surroundings and enjoy the birdsong!
We have 2 sociable dogs Pickles and Pepper who would love to take you jogging or for walks, 2 tabby cats Ninja and his sister Nebi, a nosey dwarf goat called Vicki who loves to be hand-fed biscottes and 5 chatty chickens who hopefully will oblige with fresh bio eggs. Would you like to bring your pets to stay?
Aquitaine is the region that covers South-West France with its sandy Atlantic surfing beaches and glamorous seaside resorts such as Biarritz, to the spectacular mountains of the Pyrenees and then inland to the incomparable beauty of the Dordogne - an area often called the Cradle of Mankind because of the many caves lived in by prehistoric man which you may still visit today and wonder at the paintings they made to illustrate their lives.
The Dordogne is divided into 4 regions known by colours and its pre-Napoleonic name of Périgord - The White Perigord is so-called because of the area's white stones. The Black Perigord for the region's famous truffles of global gastronomic fame, The Green Perigord because there are just so many forests and The Purple Perigord, where we live, because of the grapes in the much-acclaimed Bergerac vineyards.
Bergerac is a vibrant town with a thriving low cost airlines airport serving England, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands. It straddles the Dordogne river, used for hundred of years to transport the wines growing on the sunny sloping vineyards all around down the river to the great wine city of Bordeaux - how about a river trip on one of those boats. A stroll through the timbered houses with their upper floors hanging out over the narrow alleys of old Bergerac takes one's imagination back to the 17th century times of the legendary Cyrano de Bergerac.
Eymet, our nearest town has held a weekly market since June 1270 whose popularity does not seem to have been dented by the excellent new Carrefour supermarket on the edge of town. Eymet is proud of its origins and holds a medieval festival every summer with jousting and street theatre and a banquet in the square with many locals and visitors dressed in medieval fashion for the occasion !