Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Vézère couldn't be any nearer to the river Vézère without actually being afloat. So if you're looking for a riverside location... look no further!
The property is situated in perhaps the most popular area of The Dordogne on the outskirts of the thriving market town of Le Bugue within easy reach of Sarlat, Domme and many others and within an easy drive of some of the most famous wine growing châteaux of Bordeaux.
Villa Vézère offers views of wooded valleys and countryside whilst being only a 10 minute walk to the village boulangerie, epicerie and bar as well as LIDL and ALDI supermarkets. The charming Dordogne riverside town of Bergerac and the medieval towns of Issigeac and Duras are only a 50-minute drive away.
Villa Vézère has it’s own drive with ample parking space for its guests from which it is only a short walk to the veranda and the front door.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 65 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
As you enter the main hallway you will find large storage cupboards on either side. The villa is built open plan.
The main living room is situated to your left with large windows and a door to the terrace. The adjoining sitting area offers the comfort of sattelite TV and Hi-fi.
The dining area and well-equipped kitchen with 4 gas hobs, a dishwasher, oven, microwave and fridge are situated to you right with a separate ‘cellier’ which houses the washing machine. The cellier also leads through to the lockable garage which offers secure storage for bicycles/motorcycles.
The ground floor also accommodates one double bedroom, a bathroom and a separate toilet.
A set of beautiful wooden stairs lead up to the 1st floor which has two very spacious bedrooms both with double beds, another bathroom with a shower and the second separate toilet. We can offer a cot and high chair on request.
|Further details outdoors|
If you have a passion for fishing the riverbank and bridge next to the Villa Vézère are favoured spots by local fishermen. Fly-fishing is also very popular during the trout season and the river is shallow enough in parts for waders. There is an abundance of large Carp and Pike in the river; Perch and Barbel are also plentiful. Canoes can be hired from a kiosk on the riverbank in the village should you wish to explore the Vézère that way. A fishing permit is required to fish the Dordogne and costs € 30 for 15 days (obtainable locally).
Swimming pool not available from October until June
Arrivals between 15:00 and 18:00 hrs, departure before 10:00 hrs
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Innumerable books exist on this most beautiful part of southwest France but they are no substitute for experiencing its delights yourself. The region is incomparably rich in all the ingredients for a good holiday - uncluttered landscapes, quiet roads, gorgeous views at every turn, good regional food and a wealth of sites to visit as well as numerous activities for the energetic young and old alike. So far as prehistory is concerned, the Vézère valley in particular has such exceptional sites as Lascaux, Le Roc St Christophe, Le Moustier and La Madeleine. If archaeology is any guide, this region has been continuously inhabited by mankind for tens of thousands of years and the evidence is there to discover for yourself in the great cave sites, the castles, bastides, massive churches and ancient towns and villages built of honey-coloured stone.
The most lovely, not to be missed, parts of the Périgord:
Perigueux is the capital city of the department. The oldest traces of settlement here date back to prehistoric times but it was the Romans who overlaid their own structure and organisation on the ancient land previously dominated by Gallic tribes. During the Roman period of relative peace and prosperity beautiful villas were constructed and an amphitheatre which could probably seat 20,000 people. All that remains of it now are a few walls preserved in a lovely park. The Gallo-Roman museum displays the remains of frescoes, mosaic floors, colonnades and the hypocaust heating system. After the Romans the city experienced turbulent times, in common with the rest of Europe and went through centures of wars in one name or another. However even through this upheaval some splendid edifices were constructed such as the Cathedral St Front and in fact the St Front district, being well protected behind its ramparts has preserved its mediaeval buildings and it is a must to wander into the maze of streets to find wonderful stone carved facades, gothic arches and massive ancient studded wooden doors. The City now is rather sophisticated and has managed to combine the mediaeval magnificence with a modern boulevard well endowed with designer shops and wonderful cafés and restaurants spilling out into a series of intimate squares.
Sarlat is a most remarkable town. It is amazing that so many buildings and monuments are still intact considering the violent times it has witnessed since a Benedictine Abbey was founded here in 830AD. The town boasts the highest concentration of mediaeval, renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France; A stroll through the narrow lanes behind the modern main street, transports you to another era. It is effectively an open air museum and every Saturday has an enormous, colourful and very lively market which is concentrated in the main square and then straggles its way through the winding cobbled streets. The local produce on sale such as foie gras, truffles, walnuts, cheeses and wines provides a good slice of the town’s revenue in exactly the same way as it would have done at the height of its prosperity during the 13th and 14th centuries. Add to that the fact that the town centre features in many a period film or television drama and you’ll not be surprised if occasionally you bump into a musketeer!.
Bergerac lies on the banks of the river Dordogne in the middle of a small alluvial plain. The town was first built in the Middle Ages and during the 12th century a bridge was constructed spanning the Dordogne and turning Bergerac into an important commercial port. The river, in those days, was the most important trade thoroughfare and even as late as the 18th and 19th centuries, Bergerac was considered to be one of France’s major ports. There are some very acceptable red wines, notably Pécharmant and perhaps the most celebrated white wine is the sweet Monbazillac, produced just a few kilometres away and which provides an excellent accompaniement to the foie gras just as much as the dessert. The original old town of course is situated on the edge of the embankment where the ancient cobbled streets weave back up the hill towards the modern day centre. Although the centre is naturally where the shops are, don’t miss wandering through the old part where the streets are lined with half-timbered houses and the squares are graced by the old Récollets monastery which houses the Wine Board of the Bergerac Region and the Museum of Wine, Lighterage and Coopery occupies both floors of a half-timbered house at one end the Place de la Myrpe.
Surrounded by wooded hills, built on the right bank of a bend in the river Vézère, the welcoming little town of Le Bugue, with it's 3,000 inhabitants, is one of the main localities in the Périgord Noir. Situated as it is at the crossroads of the Périgord, Le Bugue dominates the southern entrance of the Vézère valley. Le Bugue offers numerous possibilities to holiday makers: modern sports facilities, excellent restaurants, interesting and unusual sites to visit, which, added to the 18th century architecture and the beautiful setting, make Le Bugue a rich destination for all types of holiday. The town was completely transformed during the 19th century and in 1857, one of its own inhabitants, Léon Dessailles, an archivist and historian published its history. The little town was totally rebuilt, huddled around its churches of St. Marcel and St. Sulpice, and its convent situated just a little way down from the current bridge. Le Bugue is the home of the largest private aquarium in Europe, Canoe trips along the Vézére in summer, and some truly excellent restaurants.
Just on the ourskirts of the town they have constructed a living replica of a typical 19th century French village. Le Village du Bournat is unique, here you will find every day life and objects from a bygone age. Local craftsmen are on hand to demonstrate the dying arts and ancient skills of the Blacksmith, Tanner and Basket Weaver to name a few. A working farm with its ancient tools and implements, a School House with authentic furniture and toys, many of which are there to be played with, the church with its wedding in progress, the Walnut Oil Mill and the Still are all here, a whole microcosm of the French countyside as it was 100 years ago.
There are a number of Pre-Historic sites in and around Le Bugue which are open to the public. One kilometre to the north-west, we find Bara-Bahau cave. discovered in 1951 by the speleologist Norbert Casteret. In this 100 m long cavity formed from the soft crumbly rock - Father Glory compared to cream cheese - prehistoric artists engraved mysterious signs and outlines of aurochs, bears, bison, ibexes and horses with fingers, flint or sticks. The highly rustic style of these works make then difficult to date; they are probably from the ancient Magdalenian era ( 15,000 years B.C. ).
Three kilometres to the south (and only a kilometre from villa Vézère) you will find the Gouffre de Proumeyssac. It has been described as a "crystal lighthouse on the edge of a vanished ocean". It is a vast limestone cavern almost 50 metres high, a large number of translucent stalactites which are still alive, thanks to a passing stream. "One of the finest showcases of underground France", according to Norbert Casteret, Proumeyssac is a must for any visitor to the Périgord. With the remarkable efforts made by the owners to develop the site, you will not forget the experience of descending the chasm, from the summit, in a fragile basket.
Four kilometres to the east, the little village of Saint-Cirq has a prehistoric cave which features a representation of a full, human face. The Sorcier Cave or Sorcerer's Cave as it is known, has a few dozen very fine engravings, including a dapple grey horse and a male figure with a complete human face. His particularly expressive features make him one of the most perfect wall engravings of humans ever found. Market day in Le Bugue is on Tuesday when the whole town comes alive with the vibrant colours and smells of the local produce that is on display. This has become one of the best markets in the region. Here you can buy anything from a lawn mower to freshly cooked Paella and what better past time than to sit in one of the many cafès with a glass of wine or a "Chocolat Chaud" and watch the world go by.
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2 Sep 2014
We had a wonderful holiday in the villa and there was nothing more that we could have asked for or needed. The kitchen was equipt with every concievable item that you would ever need.
We've been in rented properties before and they are cheaply furnished so that breakages & damages are cheap to replace but the thing that stood out the most to us about Villa Vezere was that it was like walking into someones home that had been decorated and furnished with love and care and that is not the norm.
The property & grounds are stunning and we made good use of all the facilities. Le Bugue was such a pretty town and we ate out plenty.
We will definitely be returning in the future.
1 Aug 2014
We stayed at the villa for 2 weeks with our 11 and 14 year old sons. They liked the clean pool and the excellent wifi. We liked to relax under the shady tree in the spacious backyard or have a wine at the veranda. The kitchen is a good size and has everything you need. The house is very clean and comfortable, with more than enough place to put your stuff. We brought our bikes, so we could bike to the bakery every morning. But it is also a nice stroll to Le Bugue, especially when you use the path along the river. The house is an excellent starting point for your day trips.
20 Aug 2013
This is our second visit to Villa Vezere, having visited in the Summer of 2009. The house is as beautiful as we remember with the added benefit of a door to the rear of the house and outside space. A lovely clean house, large garden and clean pool and in the beautiful surroundings of the Vezere. Well worth a visit - you will want to return!
4 Aug 2013
"A perfect retreat"
We stayed at Villa Vezere for one week in July. The house was perfect. It was clean and well equipped. The rooms were large, bright and furnished with care.The kitchen was a good size and the pool was… More
29 Jul 2013
"A beautiful home from home!"
We so enjoyed our week at this beautiful villa. It was immaculately clean and incredibly well equipped. The location & local amenities made it very convenient for self catering and yet it felt miles away from anywhere with its situation right on the river edge. The pool and outside areas were particularly attractive and made for a truly relaxing break. Highly recommended!
21 Jul 2013
"Perfect villa in a perfect location"
Really lovely property with great attention to detail. The kitchen is particularly well equipped and outside area is extensive. Ideally situated to visit most attractions in the area and lots of quality restaurants within a short drive or a walk into Le Bugue.
8 Sep 2012
"Fabulous villa - ticked all the boxes"
Great holiday due to excellent facilities and location of the villa. Pleasant 20 minute stroll from Le Bugue centre with its extensive morning market and open air social food evening on Tuesdays. The location of the pool wasn't clear from the website photos so it was a bonus to find it so close to the house. The kitchen was well equipped & the living area very spacious, but the size of the shady outside seating area was the main feature for us.
31 Jul 2012
"Well equipped gite in an excellent location"
We found the booking process very simple and the directions from Bergerac airport to the gite were easy to follow. We were delighted on arrival to find the the gite was clean and very well equipped. Sue was very helpful and gave us some advice on local markets etc. We found the gite to be in a perfect location, right on the edge of the town so we had the benefit of all the facilities, but by the river in a non-built up setting. We found plenty to do visiting the local sights without having to spend hours in the car. We hired canoes in Le Bugue which was great fun, and also bikes from Les Eyzies which was enjoyable but hard work so we appreciated the pool on our return to relax in. We took advantage of the flat lawn to play boules and badminton and found the grounds to be well tended. We would be very happy to return next year as we had no complaints and enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing holiday.
11 Jun 2012
"Felt like coming home (just with a pool and sunshine!)"
My wife and in-laws have just come back from a lovely week at Villa Vezere - it's a great location just a short walk into Le Bugue and right by the river, and was a really spacious, comfortable and well appointed place to stay. Not that we were inside that much as the pool was excellent (and gets the sun all day long) and all of our meals were taken on the outside terrace overlooking the river.
4 Oct 2011
"Quite simply the finest house we have ever rented!"
The house, pool and grounds are all imaculately kept.
The accommodation and facilities are all first class and in excellent condition.
The house is ideally situated, being only a fifteen minute stroll into Le Bugue, but far enough out of town to be peaceful. Even the close proximitiy to the railway line isn't an issue, as the trains are infrequent, and to be honest, once we got home, we all missed the ringing of the bell which signified an approaching train!
The attention to detail deserves to be mentioned. It was the little things like extra washing baskets, matches and firelighters for the barbeque all provided, which cost virtually nothing, but because of that, are often overlooked.
An added bonus were the red squirels running through the trees down by the riverbank.
All in all, as stated above, quite simply the finest house we have ever rented.
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