Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
A very beautiful house on two floors with large rooms and a shady vine covered terrace, set in a pretty garden. It is situated between the picturesque market towns of Duras to the south and Ste Foy la Grande on the Dordogne river to the North, in a unique wine growing area of France.
With the wonderful weekly farmers' markets in the surrounding towns and the exceptionally well equipped kitchen , it's a paradise for cooks.(The bread oven can only be used by people who have had previous experience.)
For GOLF there are a number of courses (9, 10 and 18 holes) in the area , the nearest being the 18 hole course at Chateau des Vigiers, Monestier (12km)
For SWIMMING. For river swimming there is a beach with invigilated swimming at Porte Ste Foy (17km) and other invigilated places to be discovered along the Dordogne River .A day trip to the coast west of Bordeaux (130km) is also very feasible .
Lac de Gurson (44 km)
Cycling : There are 3 bicycles but we cannot guarantee their state as they are frequently left unrepaired. Bicycle hire is possible in the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dordogne Plage Porte Ste Foy 17 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 30 km, Nearest railway: Ste Foy la Grande 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The charm and atmosphere of the old house have been faithfully retained, the floors downstairs are tiled and upstairs there are polished oak boards. The walls inside are whitewashed. However it doesn't lack modern conveniences.. There are two beautiful bathrooms, a large sitting room and a large kitchen dining room with a huge working bread oven, an AGA and conventional cooker and a marble sink. The well equipped kitchen has a large work table and a separate dining room table. There are three large bedrooms, one with a balcony with, four beautiful old beds all with new sprung mattresses.There is one other , really lovely, bedroom in one of the out-houses with a single bed in it . Because we rarely have more than five to six guests staying at once we charge a separate 125 euros if you would like to use this room. This is a much loved house which has genuine character.•
|Further details outdoors|
The area is rich in wildlife and wild flowers. Red squirrels , foxes, martins, harmless ,but large ,grass snakes, clouds of butterflies and beautiful birds. There are a number of books in the house listing different walks in the area and region.
We offer a small welcome pack to our guests on arrival. The key-holders who look after the property are english and live locally.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The house is situated in a small hamlet surrounded by vines , plum orchards ,cereals , grazing for dairy cattle and woodland where you can often find cep mushrooms. A network of chemin rurals (footpaths) threads through the country side..The region is famous for its pretty medieval fortified towns (bastides), castles and fortified manors and chateaux. Its temperate climate which together with its soil have favoured the production of its famous wines, is also wonderful for enjoying country activities like walking, swimming and eating outside. Close by there are the bastide towns of Eymet ,Duras and Ste Foy la Grande with their weekly markets.
Both the towns of Duras and Ste Foy la Grande have lively weekly markets and through out the year there are brocante (antique) fairs in the surrounding towns where you can find treasures from armoires to old tools and toys and 78 records and textiles. A visit to the little church of Monbos with its unusual 11C capitals, the Tour de Montaigne (Montainge (1560s) was a leading light of he french renaissance and through his essays influenced people like Shakespeare and Rouseau) the frescoes of the dammed at the 12C church in Allemans and the chateaux of Duras and la Brede are just a few of the places you might visit. Many more could be suggested.
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12 Aug 2013
Years of travelling experience have taught us that it can be difficult chancing upon a gem of a property. But we certainly came up trumps when we booked Les Combes - such a beautiful house in a wonder… More
23 Aug 2012
My husband and three friends really enjoyed our stay at Les Combes and I wish I could have stayed longer. The house is wonderful and the inside is tastefully decorated with many wonderful and interest… More
6 Aug 2012
"Enchanting house and garden"
I have just returned from my second visit to 'Les Combes' and I will certainly return!. On this visit, our friend joined us for the first week and my son and his family joined for the second… More
4 Dec 2011
"The loveliest house of our holiday!"
By the time we arrived at Les Combes, our family of four (children 9 & 12 years) had been travelling through Italy and France by car for about 1.5 months. After a couple of disappointing accommodation experiences, we couldn't believe how lovely this house was and how much BETTER than we'd even hoped it would be. While the entire house was delightful, the best thing about this house was the incredible kitchen with everything you could need to cook up a storm! Great cook books, every kind of cooking utensil, quality pots and pans, dry pantry ingredients ready to go and of course the amazing big stove. The bedrooms were beautiful, property managers friendly - we never wanted to leave!!
6 Nov 2011
"The Most Magical Of Places To Stay"
My husband and I, and our dog atayed at Les Combes for two weeks during August 2011, to celebrate (or commiserate) my 50th birthday.
The house stands in idyllic grounds. Plenty of trees, including fruit trees, flowers and shrubs.Whilst we were there the fig tree produced lots of gorgeous ripe figs. and the different varieties of apples meant we were never without some sort of fresh fruit. The hens that visited the garden, from the farm buildings next door, also laid eggs under the lilac tree!!!
The interior of the house is absolutely beautiful, very calming and quiet. The kitchen is very well equipped, with everything you could wish for. The lounge is lovely and comfortable, and was a fabulously cool retreat from the baking afternoon sun. A large table outside is where we ate, and is sheltered by red and white grape vines.
The bedrooms are just a delight, so in keeping with th rest of the house, with antique linens and furniture. The beds are very comfortable.
The two bathrooms are glorious, and it was so relaxing soaking in either of the deep bath's with a glass of wine after a hard day....doing nothing!!
The surrounding countryside is devine, vineyards and sunflowers as far as the eye can see.
The market town of Ste Foy la Grande is worth a few visits, have a picnic on the banks of the River Dordogne.
We visited a few different towns on days when there would be a Brocante or Vide Grenier, to pick up some great French vintage items.
We fell in love with this part of France and the house at Les Combes was just the icing on the cake.
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