Au Perier - Les Etables
Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 2
A tiny village that is what it is, a tiny, very relaxed village with 4 houses (our own and a 2-, a 4-, and a 6 persons holiday house), its own square, a picnic spot, swimming pool, 'salle de fete' for our meet and greet dinner Monday evening (included in price) and with its own vegetable garden for its own temporary inhabitants. And that is exactly what you are in our tiny village; a very welcome temporary inhabitant.
Holidays must be pure relaxation. You need quiet surroundings, you must forget the rush of your work and that of the city. You need to sleep comfortably, eat well and get some exercise when you feel like it. You need to be able to sit outside in privacy, inside with your own music and meet some people if you want to.
This now luxury designer 2 pax apartment, used to be a shed divided in 4 very small stables. It is absolutely amazing what has been made of it. I love it. It is small but so comfortable. That is because we managed to include all the same attributes as the bigger apartments.
Here you also find the extremely well equipped kitchen, the comfortable double bed with soft duvet, dressing gowns and huge towels. It has a large bathroom.
The private terrace has lots of space around it.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, Studio|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 28 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 34 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|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
Apart from relaxing at the pool, on your terrace or inside with your own music. Apart from preparing and savoring a great lunch or dinner with some local wine. Apart from taking a stroll through the grounds picking some cherries, blackberries, apples, hazelnuts, walnuts or getting some fresh vegetables from the garden (or helping me in the garden), there are many more things to do.
Cycling: The cycling here is great. The surroundings are beautiful and the roads are quiet. You can choose for slope routes (go right) or more hilly routes (go left). There are also some mountain bike tracks and we have some very detailed maps available. Helmets are obligatory in France.
Walking: Again some good walks are laid out starting from different villages, like Sainte Sabine itself, but also Beaumont and Monpazier.
Markets: I love them for their fresh local vegetables, great sausages, roasted chicken, fresh goat's cheese, etc. The best market is on Sunday morning in Issigeac. It even has oysters (12 for €7!!) and you have an oyster knife in your kitchen and I can give a quick course on how to open them. This market has a great atmosphere with wine tastings and only friendly, mostly local, people selling their products. In summer try getting there before 10.00h because it gets extremely busy.
Tuesday morning in Beaumont
Wednesday morning in Villereal and Bergerac
Thursday morning in Lalinde, Monpazier and Monflaquin
Saturday morning in Villereal and Bergerac
In season Monpazier has the biggest porcini market in the Dordogne. The season however is variable. In 2013 it was at the beginning of October, in 2012 it was halfway August. It all depends on the weather: a little rain and then lots of sun make them appear.
Wine tastings: Of course with the great Bordeaux area as its neighbour Bergerac disappears a little as a wine area. Yet it has the same grape varieties and lots of great wines. There is so much to discover wine wise. And the wine makers are still very willing to have you taste the wines. I would strongly advise to visit Saint Emilion, since it is a beautiful village, but the wines are expensive and the people too used to selling to tourists. So for wine tasting and buying our neighbourhood is very interesting. Many winemakers are now producing organic wines, which I find a very positive development.
Village parties: They are great. We hadn't visited them over the years when we came here for our holidays. Now we've found out about them, we don't want to miss any of them. All kinds of local bands play, some really good and always performed with great joy. Superb atmosphere with everybody being involved and doing some kind of volunteer work. During our Sainte Sabine village lunches the Mayor a.o. serves the food. Also going to the Hippodrome in Villereal when there is horse trotting going on is an event not to be missed.
Then of course you can visit all the lovely bastides, the great castles but above all the many artists in the area. It is surprising how many artists live, work and sell in this area, and some really good ones as well. Again lots to discover.
Restaurants: It is amazing but half a mile from your doorstep, in Sainte Sabine Born, there is a very affordable one Michelin star Restaurant, called Etincelles. It is not a very traditional one. It is relaxed and friendly and you do not have to dress up. It is a bit like visiting friends when you arrive there. They do interesting food and have a very good wine list. In summer you have to book weeks in advance though, since it is very small and popular. La Bruceliere in Issigeac, is another favourite. It is more creative than your average French restaurant. Again friendly and they have a good wine list as well. But again: book in time. In Villereal our favourite among cheap and cheerful is Les Marronniers. Good pizzas, pastas, salads and meat dishes and extremely friendly…. and a big terrace. Le Moderne has great meat dishes from their own animals. They are friendly but not always very attentive. They have a big terrace but unfortunately 2 televisions are always on, inside. Les Pieds dans les Plats is another nice restaurant, friendly, some interesting dishes and some tapas. And then back in our own village Chez Edith. Again friendly, good size terrace with swimming pool, cheap and cheerful with some nice wines.
And then our old time favourite, the restaurant we always return to; Chateau Les Merles. It has a creative kitchen, great young staff, speaking lots of languages, a nice, very local, wine list, a superb terrace and a great fire place inside. Absolutely worth the half hour drive. Before we created our own place we always stayed here.
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19 Jun 2014
"Na één dag wil je er nooit meer weg!"
Wat een geweldige plek. Een vakantiehuis met alles erop en eraan.Het enige wat je mee moet nemen is je eigen kleding. De maaltijd die op maandagavond wordt aangeboden aan alle huurders is fantastisch… More
18 Jun 2014
"A wonderful holiday at Au Perier"
I had the pleasure of experiencing the wonderful hospitality of Annemieke when she owned an amazing restaurant in Amsterdam and had kept in touch with her via her monthly newsletter. When my husband … More
25 Feb 2014
"Charming, stylish & welcoming gites in the heart of beautiful Be"
Our stay at au Perier could not have been better. The gites themselves have been renovated to a luxurious standard (much better than most 'boutique hotels' and definitely way beyond expecta… More
24 Feb 2014
"Relax to the max"
Me and a friend stayed in this gite for a full week - and it was lovely! Annemieke made sure we had the warmest welcome and the gite surpassed our expectations in every possible way!In terms of amenit… More
20 Feb 2014
In mijn eentje verbleef ik een week in Les Etables. Wat een luxe. Alles, maar dan ook alles wat een mens nodig heeft om een mooie vakantie te beleven , was aanwezig. Een verrukkelijke badjas, zachte h… More
27 Jan 2014
"Een fantastisch verblijf in een luxe design gite"
Wij (1 volwassene, 2 kinderen) verbleven voor een week in "La Grange", een comfortabele 6 persoons gite. Bij aankomst werden wij verrast door een heerlijk Frans maal bereid en geserveerd in … More
23 Jan 2014
"Great stay in a place with taste and style."
We had a wonderful stay in au Perier. The appartments are newly renovated in a beautiful style and very comfortable. Each appartment has its own privacy. Staying with the other guests at the pool is … More
22 Jan 2014
"Design and Luxury in the countryside of France"
If you walk up the driveway, you already know... this is going to be a fantastic holiday! The original farm and stables are old and rustic. But when you're inside the house, you are surrounded by… More
19 Jan 2014
"A beautiful and peacefull place with very friendly people."
Last summer we where one of the first who got the change to stay in one of the gites at au Perier. For a week this very nice little house was ours. Only 30 minutes drive from the airport in Bergerac. … More
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