LES GRANDS CHENES in DORDOGNE
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Villa | 12 bedrooms | sleeps 25
Near the Golf of Château des Vigiers and close to the Castes of Monbazillac & Bridoire, Les Grands Chênes, situated in a lovely area of the Western Dordogne, between the medieval towns of Bergerac, Duras & Eymet and just 10 minutes south of Bergerac airport ( Daily low cost flights from UK, Belgium , Holland & Germany).
Set on 8 acres of unspoiled, safe and peaceful land, the large and luxurious Villa, full of charm and character, has recently been renovated in order to retain its original stone walls, beamed ceilings and furnished with elegance and comfort. The attractive property has been modernised to the highest standards and includes the latest facilities.
Les Grands Chênes is ideal for outdoor living with a large heated swimming pool (11m x5m), a vast covered terrace just in front of the kitchen & several others around, stunning south facing views overlooking a rolling countryside, vineyards and a lake.
Includes 12 large & comfortable bedrooms, 10 bathrooms/shower rooms, 10 toilets and caters for parties of all sizes up to 25 people ( Family or friends gatherings, anniversaries, wine tasting parties, club meetings…), this charming property is able to accommodate both the very young ( cots, high chairs, games, bikes…) and the elderly (2 independent self-contained apartments with secondary equipped kitchens).
Video of property interior: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdK3scm_2FU
Exterior property video is below.
|Size||Sleeps up to 25, 12 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Beach at 120 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac Roumanière 8 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||12 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 6 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (7), Single beds (11), Cots (2), Dining seats for 25, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The light and spacious house has its living quarters on a single floor, and comprises a fully equipped kitchen, large dining room and a spacious lounge with billiard room. There are 12 comfortable bedrooms and 9 shower rooms / bathrooms + 1 shower room in the relaxation building ( Most of them with jacuzzi). There is a spa building dedicated to relaxation with a large jacuzzi/Hot tub ( 5 persons), sauna, fitness equipment and shower room.
A) main living accommodation:
Fully equipped kitchen 25m² catering for all needs and for keen cooks to try out the local specialities (an adjoining laundry room provides washing and drying facilities), a large dining room 40m² with oak tables and comfortable chairs, a large and pleasant living room 45m² with fire place and easy leather armchairs and settees, a billiard room 40m² with bar , 8 comfortable bedrooms (from 13m² to 27m²), each with top quality bedding, some with queen size bed, en-suite bathroom and private terrace, 4 shower-rooms ( 2 with balneo), 1 bathroom and 5 wc.
b) 4 independent bedrooms with en-suite bathroom or shower and wc.
These last four large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms / shower rooms (balneo), at the end of the house facing the swimming pool, have their own entries leading out onto a pleasant patio. They are all fitted with top quality bedding and queen or king size beds. Two of them have a fully fitted kitchen area and can communicate with the other bedrooms if so desired. These rooms make up 2 independent lodgings
and, except in summer while the property is let in its entirety, can be rented separately, housing up to 8 people.
All the house's rooms are well decorated and furnished. Most have high, beamed, ceilings. The whole property is centrally heated.
c) A 120m² recently renovated building dedicated to relaxation:
with a room including a large spa for 5 persons, a sauna, physical training equipment and a shower room with balneo shower and wc.
Dishwashers, freezers, American and European fridges, ovens, microwave ovens, expresso machine, washing machines, tumble dryer, ironing facilities, etc...
Additional internal facilities:
Free internet access, Satelitte television, video recorder, DVD player, Hi-Fi system with a CD and K7 collection available in the living room. Lowrey organ and classic guitar in the billiard room.
|Further details outdoors|
On the spot:
- The pool terraces have been designed to offer the maximum space for guests whilst maximising individual space. The 11x5m heated pool, equipped with an immersion alarm for the safety of small children, is surrounded by several levels of terraces and beautiful flower groves.
In addition, there is 7 other terraces around the villa:
* a 3,5 x 3,5m stone terrace outside the kitchen ideal for having breakfast while breathing crisp morning air.
* a 10 x 3,5m covered terrace for the outdoor meals of the whole group, just in front the main kitchen to save too much walking.
* a 4,5 x 3,5m south terrace under superb pine trees, overlooking the pool, ideal to watch the swimming area and view the breathtaking sunsets while having a drink.
* a 4 x 3m sheltered stone terrace on one side of the villa, surrounded by flowers and trees.
* a 3,2 x 3,2m cosy stone terrace bordered by a fig tree outside the master bedroom.
* a 4,7 x 3,5m stone terrace at the other side of the villa, shared by both a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, surrounded by stone walls and flowers groves.
* a 3 x 3,5m romantic terrace with bench under a century old oak, facing woods, beside the Jacuzzi and Sauna building.
Outdoor lighting throughout enables the pool and terraces to be used late into the evening.
- a relaxation room with Jacuzzi (5 people), sauna, balneo shower and fitness equipment
- the billiard room is always available, also a Lowrey organ and a guitar
- the mature garden makes for peaceful relaxation,
- there is a children's area with trampoline, swings, ping-pong, table football, volley-ball, mountain bikes, darts; Complete garden furniture, a large barbecue, sun loungers, several covered or open air terraces around the house and a parking area.
- riding school (800m) which offers horse riding in the nearby countryside
- hiking in the neighbourhood along numerous marked routes
- tennis courts and stretch of water 5 minutes away catering for various pursuits
- a well-known golf course 15 minutes away
- canoeing, aqua parc, karting, first flight or discovery flights, bowling, tennis courts, discotheques, cinema… in Bergerac
From April to October, the property is let in its entirety to the same party of people who alone takes advantage of the setting.
About this location
The Dordogne region
Dordogne is one of the most popular areas of France as well as one of the warmest and most clement.
It is said that Dordogne is the land of a thousand and one castles: It is not a legend!
Main Medieval Cities:
- Sarlat : Capital of the Périgord Noir region. A number of hotels and other buildings display the classic architecture of the XVth century including some exquisite roofs. A number of hotels and other buildings have retained their original XVth century architecture with their light stone and roofing techniques. Sarlat has a higher number of listed or inscribed builings in one square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe
- Périgueux: Capital of the Dordogne, and namesake of the local 'Perigord' area, the town contains 39 buildings and monuments of historical interest. Vesunna, the gallo-roman museum, is well worth a visit. As you wind through the lanes of Perigueux, built during the medieval-Renaissance era, you can sense that your surroundings are steeped in nearly 2000 years of history.
- Bergerac: Between the River Dordogne, one of the most beautiful rivers of France, and the vineyards of Pecharmant, Bergerac offers you roman churches, narrow lanes, half-timbered houses, walks in Gabarre, excursions pedestrian along the old paths near the river, etc...
The south-west corner of the Perigord is also famous for its Bastides, a string of "new" towns created in the 13th century, by both the English and the French, essentially to promote commerce. Later, fortified, they became very important in the Hundred Years War and changed hands many times. Sainte Foy la Grande, Bergerac, Eymet, Duras, Beaumont, Monpazier, Issigeac & Monflanquin are just some of the medieval towns within a short drive.
Château des Vigiers, 27 hole golf course, one of the best golf resorts of France, is only 10 minutes away.
In addition to the general relaxation and various sporting activities on the property, you can explore the many treasures of the Perigord, an abundance of prehistoric painted & carved caves, picturesque markets & medieval villages, bastide towns, roman churches and abbeys, excellent restaurants, outstanding food, some of the world’s finest wines: Monbazillac, Saint-Emilion and just a little further afield, Sauternes, Margaux, Pomerol, Saint-Estèphe… and at least thirteen different kind of Bergerac wine to discover locally.
The Bergerac region is a sightseer’s delight with its historical monuments, cloisters and caves. There is something to surprise you at every turn.
The region is particularly lively in Spring, Summer and beginning of Autumn, with outdoor events galore.
Each town or village has its own fetes and events. Open-air markets at local bastide towns are a daily event, also night markets with outdoor meals, arts, crafts, clothing and attractions: E.g.,in Eymet (10 mn), where you can seat down on the market square and savour mussels, barbecued duck, foie gras and other delicacies with some local red, white or rosé wine while the youngsters can wander off and find a few souvenirs.
In Bergerac ( 10 minutes)
Take your time strolling through the lanes bordered by wood-worked homes and several residences of yesteryear. Cyrano de Bergerac awaits you!…for wine tasting, a ride aboard a traditional barge or a tour by “little train”. Enter the wine history thanks to exhibitions, projections and tasting sessions offered by La Maison des Vins with a charming cloister, and where events & entertainments take place all year round.
Continue your tour with the Tobacco Museum and the Museum of Wine and Barging Tradition which highlight the important role of the river in the social and economic development of Bergerac over the last centuries. Within a a stone throw, any sculpture lover will enjoy visiting the remarkable Musée Costi.
In every direction around Bergerac, the undulating countryside is stripped with vines.
Going from many castles ( Monbazillac, Lanquais…) to marvellous places of interest
( Moulin de la Rouzique in Couze, the medieval village of Issigeac, Caves de Maxange in Le Buisson de Cadouin…), give yourself enough spare time to also discover Le Pays des Bastides ( Monpazier, Beaumont du Périgord…). In the opposite direction, leading to Saint Emilion, have a stop at Tower of Montaigne and visit Gallo-Roman Ruins in Montcaret.
Sigoulès, the nearest village (4 km) has all the amenities of a typical French village including restaurants, supermarket, bakery, delicatessen, tabac, newsagents, café, pharmacy,
dentist, doctor’s office…
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2 Sep 2014
"Perfect property for group holidays"
We chose the property for practical reasons such as the bedroom to bathroom ratio, as we had 5 different families for a 70th birthday celebration week. We loved it for the great location, Beautiful sc… More
2 Sep 2014
A fabulous place to stay. We were met by Daniel and Marie Jeanne, both lovely people who were very helpful and sorted out any problems immediately. The villa was in tip top condition , bathrooms and k… More
9 Jul 2014
"Spacious and convenient villa in beautiful garden"
Actual standard and impression of the property exceeded description and all 10 adults and 11 children were delighted with the place. The owners were very friendly and helpful. A nearby stable was a su… More
29 Sep 2013
"Une semaine inoubliable, un cadre magnifique."
Nous avons eu la chance de passer une semaine en famille au domaine des grands chênes en mai dernier. Le cadre est magnifique, les propriétaires charmants et les activités infinies...… More
8 Sep 2013
"Excellent retreat for family and friends holiday"
We booked this gite to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday with 5 families, all with children under 5. It was stress free (surprisingly) due to the ample space and good facilities provided. We l… More
29 Sep 2012
"A dream come true"
We had the most wonderful experience at Les Grands Chenes. We held a very small wedding with family and friends (hailing from Australia, USA, and Denmark). Our wedding was a dream thanks to the beauty and charm of the villa and because it provided the perfect atmosphere to relax with each other. There was certainly enough space for all 19 of us. There are large areas to gather and play games as a group but also little nooks to have peace and quiet. The local area is full of beautiful places to visit. Bergerac market (Saturday and Wednesday) is fantastic. The castle (Chateau Bridoire) right down the road from the villa is recently renovated and well worth the visit (great for kids too!). The wine and food in the region is some of the best I have ever had (and at very good prices!). Marie-Jean and Daniel were incredibly helpful and welcoming from the first email request we sent to the day we left (very sadly). The place is magical and by the end of the week we were all plotting a reunion at Les Grands Chenes.
9 Sep 2012
"Souvenirs inoubliables d'une famille de 11 personnes"
Je serai brève : maison confortable, grand espace, possibilité de se perdre!!! Cuisine fonctionnelle, bien pensée, arrière cuisine pratique, BBQ imposant mais modulable et maniable. Chambres spacieuses et literie de grande qualité (important). Grand terrain arboré, tous les jeux imaginables (volley, ping-pong- baby-foot, fléchettes, VTT, billard, parmi les préférés). Piscine irrésistible, chauffée, transats en surnombre, tonnelles, balancelle, tout pour la convivialité des moments apéritifs avec le coucher de soleil en prime, la rêverie, la solitude, la lecture, les apartés. TOUT pour les désirs de CHACUN.
Une semaine totalement inoubliable, qui restera un trésor au fond de nos coeurs.
Merci à M. et Mme Girauld, les propriétaires, de nous avoir permis de vivre ces magnifiques moments.
28 Aug 2012
"A resounding success for all ages - we'll be back!"
This year we decided to have an extended family holiday, the first for years; we ranged from 12 - 81 years.
The facilities at Les Grand Chenes are of a superb quality, extensive and varied, you name it, we tried it from simply sunbathing to fishing, frisby, cycling, swimming, yoga, aquarobics, pool volley ball, riding, drinking delicious local wine, dips in the jacuzzi, boules, piano playing, snooker, and eating lots of exquisite local produce; the list is endless.
Many thanks to you both for the lovely, refreshing, invigorating and motivating holiday we spent at Les Grands Chenes. We'll be checking your website and plan to come back in a couple of years
We all had a such wonderful time and couldn't recommend you highly enough - so much to do, beautiful area, and perfect weather
10 Jun 2012
"A " must visit" villa. Exactly as discribed and more !"
An excellent time was had by all. I organised a lads trip away but in the end through illness could'nt go. Anyway. All the chaps report an excellent stay with nothing lacking in facilities. The hosts were very kind and paperwork etc kept to a minimum. Facilities were so good that they didn't go out very much at all. Beautiful spot too with lovely views. All extras working as described. They even let 7 stay even though it sleeps many more. They had such a lovely time we may take our other halves to stay. Good website too for accuracy. Well done all. Regards Ian.
14 May 2012
"Perfect place for a large family gathering"
I had first chosen this villa primarily to be able to accomodate our large party - 15 adults and 7 kids ranging from the age of 1 to 9 to celebrate my Mothers 60th birthday.
However, It was so much more than just a large villa - First of all, the setting was beautiful, surrounded by acres of land, horses, stunning views which all made everyone feel that we really were on holiday, like an escape from the hustle and bustle. The beauty of the location was that although you felt you were deep in the heart of rural France, in 10-15 mins you could reach Bergerac or other towns to get the best of both worlds. The supermarkets/hypermarkets were not far away when we need to stock up.
There are so many places of interest nearby to visit yet it was always very reassuring and comforting to be back at the villa after a long day, due to it's homely feel and the children had the freedom and space to amuse themselves . As many of us were having a family reunion as well, it wasalso a pleasure to just enjoy being together at the villa, eating together outside on the terasse or having a mid afternoon snack on one of the several seating areas in the garden. The villa is extremely well equipped not only in terms of having every possible kitchen utensil you would need, but also there was plenty of games, sports equipment, bikes of all sizes and a bbq which we made good use of!! We were not blessed with great weather, we missed it by a week!! However, we made good use of the Jacuzzi and sauna!! And the one day, when there were flashes of sun, the kids jumped in the pool! We had a great stay there and the time flew!!!! Now every time we look at the photos of our trip, it brings back such fond memories our stay!!
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