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The Cottage

House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 30km

GREAT DEAL FOR SUMMER 2014, ALL PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED BY £100 PER WEEK.

Fully restored 12 acre farm with walnut & fruit orchards and wild flower meadows. Maintained as habitat for wildlife & birds, with walks through mixed grassland, deciduous woods and ponds.

2 stone barns & the authentic "Farmhouse" plus the "Cottage", surround the gardens and lawns. The views are of tranquil unspoilt countryside.

A lane, down through the woods, opens onto a secret valley, utterly private, and incredibly pretty, with a mixed wood on either side.The huge walnut meadow stretches away down to the giant Poplar with its feet in the marsh, about a long golf hole from the top end. Ponds attract dragonflies. Whilst wild flowers, grasses, lush thick bramble, hawthorn and blackthorn provide habitat for birds & butterflies.

Privacy is assured for sun bathing, painting and picnics within 300 yards of the house!

To cool off, 10 mins by car to Meyssac open air pool, or 20 mins to pools and beauty spots along the Dordogne and it's tributaries. Boat trips or Kayaking are available. Visit the many timeless villages during one of their fetes or indulge yourself in a country restaurant. All listed in the welcome pack.

Camping in the garden could be an option for extra people in your group. Details on request.

If you wish to know of local Yoga or Art groups we'll do our best to put you in touch. We have an excellent barn-studio with a first floor view to die for, and some art materials can be provided at extra cost. We'll respond if the demand is there.

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 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac Du Causse 30 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
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, DVD player
Pool Children's pool
General CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

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 dissappointed, 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.

Meyssac

The Cottage 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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