Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
A stylish and beautifully presented home furnished and equipped throughout to the highest standard: it's spacious and airy, and looks out over a pretty wooded valley. The kitchen with its huge farmhouse table is a great place for relaxing with friends or family. The house is surrounded by lovely gardens and there's a large, sunny and secure swimming pool with plenty of seating both in and out of the sun. A delightful tented dining area adjacent to the kitchen will easily seat everyone in your party if you choose to eat al fresco! Or perhaps you'd prefer to take supper on our stunning terrace looking out over the valley - great for sundowners! La Vieille Ferme really does offer an outstanding venue to share a holiday with family or friends
The house is part of a tiny hamlet, set in tranquil, rolling countryside. We're just a few miles from Montignac and the famous Lascaux caves, but there are many other attractions in the immediate area to suit the whole family. There's a high quality woodland zipwiring experience, many wonderful canoeing opportunities and glorious turreted castles to explore, touching on just a part of what's on offer locally.
For foodies there's a local market to be found on every day of the week in the near vicinity for the very best that French producers have to offer. There are relaxed through to gourmet restaurant opportunities - you'll be spoiled for choice!
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brive, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Limoges all within easy 25 km, Nearest railway: Brive 25 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Stunning double aspect kitchen with flagstone floor, lavishly equipped throughout including a range cooker, fridge and dishwasher. The lovely oak refectory table seats ten and makes the kitchen is a great place to relax. For Christmas and New Year the kitchen also has a round Scan woodburning stove.
The elegant but comfortable sitting room has an original flagstone floor, huge open hearth, cantilevered stone staircase and three large and very comfortable sofas!
The delightful 2nd sitting room/snug (or bedroom 4/ or both!) has Sky TV, a stove and sofa beds.
Fantastic loggia, stylishly furnished with with wicker armchairs perfectly placed for the valley views
Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board, iron, microwave.
Upstairs there are three double bedrooms: two with double beds, one with shower room ensuite and one with WC and basin ensuite, and a large room to sleep 3 (3 single beds two of which can be pushed together to make a continental double. complete with bathroom ensuite.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens all enclosed by hedges and stonewalls. The gated, very private 8x5m pool is set in a mainly walled garden at the end of the house. The outside areas are amply supplied with very comfortable, finest quality furniture as well as poolside chairs and loungers. There are seating/dining areas outside the kitchen, around the pool and on the huge loggia with views across the valley. The property stands on a tiny country lane only used occasionally by the postman! Beyond it woodland falls away to a pretty valley - lovely for walks to the frog pool or the butterfly fields. There is a barbecue for visitors' use, and a car port plus other parking space. On our land in front of the house there is also your very own 'bouleodrome' (for petanque!) which doubles as a Badminton court.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
For the most part the Dordogne is gloriously slow-moving and the locals so very friendly and polite - it's like stepping back in time. While in the UK the population density is 383 per square kilometer in the Dordogne it's only 45; about the same as in England in 1340 so sightseeing and moving around in the unspoiled countryside is a joy. The local flora and fauna is truly abundant and agin like going back in time. Sometimes just sitting in the garden, listening to the birds, watching the butterflies (masses) and smelling the roses is just the job.
There's absolutely bags for families to do while adults have masses of culture to devour. Certainly it would take weeks to cover everything that's on offer.
Montignac is a delightful town market of medieval origin with the river Vezere running through it. Interesting variety of shops and restaurants. It is just outside Monignac that the famous Lascaux caves are found.
Thenon is quiet town providing our local shopping - market day is Tuesday.
La Vieielle Ferme is within the commune of Ajat which has an ancient fortified church and a history of the Knights Templar.
Castles like Richard the Lionheart's at Beynac were built and razed and built again. To the north the wonderful Hauteforte offers more tourist opportunities.
The town of Ruffignac (large Sunday market) was burnt to the ground by the Nazis as a reprisal against the French Resistance which was very strong very strong in the south west of France.fortified like Domme.
Hautefort famous for both it's gardens and the house itself, is another local destination.