Farmhouse Correze Dordogne
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Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
GREAT DEAL FOR SUMMER 2014, ALL PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED BY £100 PER WEEK.
You have the full use of a newly restored authentic Correzien farmhouse, complete with many character features, such as inglenook fireplace with oak mantle; souillarde around the original back door; Oak beams and beautiful bedrooms with good ceiling height and calm country views from the dormer windows to the front and side, and velux to the rear. The house is spacious, especially the open plan kitchen/ dining room which has a large oak dining table to seat 8 if required. The bathroom, like everything else, is brand new. It has a large elegant jet shower with overhead wide spray and a bath.
The bathroom sits between two good size double bedrooms with 3 windows in each giving plenty of light. A roomy landing leads to the stairs descending to a beautiful flagstone lounge ( 25m2) with beams and huge fireplace. The whole house is well furnished like a family home. The 3 outside doors all lead to a patio or balcony to enjoy the sun from dawn till dusk ! The 5m x7m kitchen/ dining area provides elegant dining, and a fully equipped and cleverly designed working kitchen. 4 shuttered windows and a fully glazed door allow the Dordogne light to flood in. It's 15 minutes to the river.
From the kitchen, the glazed door leads out to a gorgeous oak timbered balcony ( All recycled from a dismantled oak farm building), The best place from which to soak up the tranquillity. 12 acres of the owner's woods and meadows provides a private circular walk of about 30 minutes bringing you back to the hamlet of "Limes". If your party is larger than 6, you can rent the 'Cottage' also, which comfortably takes 4. That can be found on the advert at a lower price.
The nearest shops can be found at Meyssac, a 10min drive from the farmhouse, Meyssac is next to Collonges La Rouge. Both are charming medieval villages with red sandstone buildings and turreted roofs. Brive la Gaillarde is the closest small city, 25mins away, very attractive city with it's centre based around the cathedral St Martin. Another lovely village is Beaulieu sur Dordogne, again 20mins drive, where you can walk along the Dordogne, famous for their Strawberry Fair.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac du causse 30 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brive Vallee de la Dordogne 20 km, Nearest railway: Brive La Gaillarde 26 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||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Limousin/Auvergne region
This huge French "departement" covers too much area to explore in one holiday. So I'm pleased to say the Correze/ Lot border is the most southern and interesting part, containing many famous Chateaux, Caves with paintings and spectacular natural features, and the great Dordogne river system below the dams, from Argentat, all the way to Sarlat.
It's the best Kayaking because rapids and tributaries punctuate this most diverse section. You can choose the more leisurely section from Martel if preferred. One tributary leads you to the monastery and medieval village at Rocamadour, set in its' own precipitous gorge. Along with the Gouffre de Padirac, 10 minutes east, it is one of the finest tourist sites in France. The Gouffre invites you to punt half a mile along an underground river then walk to a cave 900ft high. You won't be disappointed, it really is awesome! That is 35 mins south of our 12 acre wildlife farm with its' 2 cottages. In between lies the most sumptuous countryside you are ever likely to behold! Dining opportunities proliferate along the route, from elegantly rustic to chic gourmet, and in some charming settings that will have you joining the growing list of property hunters.
We had spent 4 extraordinary years in the south of the Lot, before moving to Meyssac/ Collonge La Rouge - the twin, red sandstone villages, just 15 mins from the pretty Cathedral city of Brive. We have since spent 5 happy years in the Correze. Both regions whisper "Welcome to authentic French rural life" in your ear, as you take it all in under cloudless skies.You can enjoy huge open air pools; horse riding 5 mins away at "Ranch de Chadenac"; "Gabare"-trad barge trips on the Dordogne with lunch and dinners near the Quay, or in one of our highly recommended local restaurants.
You will find yourself becoming part of normal local life. Each week of summer will herald more fetes of every description. One of my favourites is "Live Goat, Chicken and Donkey market" at 'Turenne', a village clustered around an exquisite castle perched high on it's great hill. It was from that hill that the former Viscount "lorded it" over his subjects who carried his minted coins in their pockets. The story goes he lost it all at the card tables. It became the property of the "crown", thus ending centuries as an independant principality. His most important administrators were housed in some splendour in the fine houses of Collonges La Rouge, still perfectly preserved.
The Farmhouse itself is perfectly placed on a south facing hillside in a quiet hamlet. 5 mins away is Branceilles "Milles et une Pierres" wine producer and Curemonte with it's wonderful market where you can purchase, then cook your meat or sweetcorn etc on a public BBQ, and set yourself up at the rows and rows of trestle tables provided ( some of the French really do bring the kitchen sink! ). Take your own wine, salad etc or buy it all there. But, don't forget your 'couverts' - cutlery/ beaker, napkins, plates. Music often ensues at these events.
We are 10 mins from Meyssac ( nearest pool ) and Collonges La Rouge with it's half dozen restaurants. In Meyssac sits our local bar, "Chez Gilles", where Danni and Gilles have established the friendliest waterhole around, over 20 years in residence. It's also our nearest open air market and night market with music once a week.
Our village, St.Julien Maumont, is on the "route de la noix", as in Walnut orchards. Vin de noix, walnut cake and oil for salad dressing are all sold locally, and crushed dried walnuts are also added to delicious Quercynoix goats cheese salads.
We have 24 mature trees on our parkland. The nuts can be collected in early October when they fall. We also have some fruit trees, as well as oak and mixed woodland. There are 3 ponds, and a great effort is made to maintain wild flower meadows of differing length and character. Last year, among the huge flourishes of colour, we were delighted to see great numbers of "orchids". At least 4 varieties abound. My particular passion is helping to create as much diverse habitat as possible, within the 12 acres, for birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. Photos appear on this advert, though some, like the red squirrels, are too elusive to capture. Feel free to try!
If you want to get straight into the action you could reserve your family a place at a local village feast and concert. Normally on Saturdays and costing about 20 € per adult-for all food and wine!! with a free concert with dance floor. They go on till 2 am or so, and form the main event in an average, annual 3 day "fete du village". For that you must take 'couverts'-cutlery, plastic plates, beakers, napkins in a picnic bag. It's well worth it as they're generally very well organised affairs. 'Couverts' can be found in the gites. We will supply tel no's of known fetes nearer the time for anyone interested, or book it for you ( tickets paid for on the night).
You will wish you chose to stay for 2 weeks, there is so much to do, and the weather is amazing, the nights being surprisingly warm, allowing you to imbibe late into the evening with your friends under the starry skies.
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"An amazing week in the Dorgodne"
Although the pictures on the website look great, they couldn't possibly do justice to the phenomenal setting. The house is immaculate and as described on the website. The deck, which overlooks th… More
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