Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Les Garrigues is a spacious, luxurious, 200 year old stone village house that sits alone at the head of a quiet village green. It has a huge, secluded garden, part lawn, part wild, with views over rolling pastures and an old 'pigeonnier'. There are three large, traditionally tiled patios that catch sun at different times of the day and are ideal for al fresco dining and aperitifs. The house has been beautifully restored with Perigordine tiles, original stone block-work and oak beams and features. Stone archways connect the main living spaces and create a sense of flowing light and space. Despite its age it is a sunny and warm house. State-of-the art gas central heating warms the house in the colder months, while the thick stone walls retain the cool in the Summer heat. The fitted oak kitchen has range cooker and oak worktops (there is no IKEA here!) and the white goods are Miele and Bosch. Large French windows lead onto the patios. The accommodation is on three levels: living, dining, plus one double bedroom and bathroom on the ground (garden) level; two bedrooms (one double with large en-suite, one triple) on the upper level; and one 'breakfast/chillout' room on the lower (village green) level, with a door opening onto the village green.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 40 km, Nearest railway: Cahors 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Les Garrigues lies on the very border between the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, two areas of immense beauty and historical wealth. They also have some of the best foods (foie gras, magret de canard etc.) and wines (Cahors, Bergerac, Pecharmant, Monbazillac etc.) in all of France. The region has more chateaux per square kilometre than any other region of France. For long periods in the Middle Ages, Aquitaine used to be under the control of England's Plantagenets, but possession oscillated between the French and English, so defensive military castles abounded. This might explain why the area is still so popular with the Brits, though though that might be downplaying the draw of the wine and food! The Dordogne and Lot rivers both offer a host of water-sports activities. Canoe day trips take you past stunning castles such as Castelnaud and Beynac. The stirring Chateau-de-Biron is only two miles from our house. The Vézère valley lies only a short drive away - 15 caves including Rouffignac and Lascaux bear 12,000 year old Cro-Magnon prehistoric art, and the whole valley has been designated a World Heritage Site.
In short this area of Perigord/Aquitaine offers the best of all worlds - tranquility yet with an abundance of things to do and see (and eat and drink).
Les Garrigues is on the fringe of the lovely working village of Lacapelle-Biron, surrounded by deciduous woodland and pasture. The village has plenty of amenities: bakery; butcher's; grocer's; a small supermarket; two cafe/restaurants; post-office; 'mairie', excellent doctor's surgery; chemist; library; mobile pizza-van; weekly village market; local honey shop; stained-glass artisan; garage; rugby club; and public tennis-courts. The village also hosts the wonderful 'Parc en Ciel' adventure tree park and educational farm, which provides fantastic fun (and heart-stopping adventure!) for adults and kids alike. Parc en Ciel also has a lovely swimming pool that can be used on daily or weekly tariffs. Other nearby campsites also have lovely large pools open to the public. We love to swim in a nearby, quiet and tranquil lake.
Despite all the amenities, Lacapelle is a tranquil place in the heart of one of the least populated areas in the region.The house itself is only a few minutes' walk from open countryside and woodland. Clearly-posted public footpaths abound where deer and other forest wildlife are regular sights. This is countryside made for cycling, walking or horse-riding, and even if walking on roads, one barely sees cars, even in Summer. The beautiful Chateau-de-Biron is only 3 km away and two of the finest Bastide villages, Montpazier and Monflanquin, are only 15 minute drives away. All these towns have wonderful weekly markets offering vast arrays of local produce. Nothing is nicer than sitting at one of Montpazier market square's many cafes, watching the world go by. All the sights of the Dordogne and Lot can be reached within day trips.
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20 Mar 2014
"Beautifully appointed family gites in the heart of the rural Dordogne"
We stayed at Les Garrigues last year - two families: 4 adults and 6 kids from aged 13 down to 3 and there was room to spare. The house itself has been beautifully restored and decorated - living area … More
19 Mar 2014
"Great house in a wonderful location"
We stayed for 3 months (April - June) during which time we hosted many family members and friends. The house accomodated everyone very satisfactorily and all who came enjoyed their stay.
The location in the small village is wonderful and within easy travelling of lots of interesting places to visit - we never tired of taking new guests to revisit places we had already been to, particularly the many local markets.
Everything that you needed was provided, the beds were comfortable and the living areas spacious. All in all, a wonderful holiday experience.
18 Mar 2014
"Lovely, unique property in a gorgeous part of France"
We've stayed here twice, both times with groups of friends for which the property is ideal. It's a large, comfortable extended house with plenty of bedrooms and good-sized communal areas (kitchen, dining area, living room).
The outdoor areas are private and a good size with a lawn, shaded area and two separate patios (one immediately outside the rear of the house, and one in a lovely 'nook' in a corner of the garden raised above a local lane). Additionally, the lower level bedroom/living area opens directly onto a large 'village green' area which was entirely unused by others during both our stays and thus served as additional 'chilling' space or as a play area for the kids.
The house is located a short (5 min) walk from the centre of the little town of La Capelle Biron and its amenities. Supermarkets are an easy drive away. The local area is very rural with plenty of places to visit (historical, nature, viniculture), walk, swim, eat & drink etc., plus Bergerac is easily close enough for a day trip for those needing a decent sized town.
We've had lovely times here.
18 Mar 2014
"Ah the tranquillity"
Firstly it is a beautiful looking stone house adjacent to a small park. Inside is spacious with many wonderful details from the owners travels, with carved columns/beams from the subcontinent. The lay… More
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