House | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Enjoy superb spacious accommodation and fantastic facilities for a totally relaxing break. Imagine lazing by the 10x5 private heated swimming pool or enjoying a glass of wine and an al fresco meal on one of the 3 terraces. Take an evening stroll by the lake or sit under the shade of the fig trees. An excellent choice for families, with facilities for all ages. Children are especially well catered for. Spread over 3 floors, the house is light and airy with large bedrooms and wonderfully furnished communal areas, with comfy sofas and homely touches. Chanteloube is not isolated but it is in a peaceful area with easy access to the local town of Vergt and only 15k from Perigueux a beautiful city with cobbled streets and a wonderful Cathedral.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (4), Cots (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
On the 1st floor there is a kitchen, lounge/dining room, cloakroom/toilet. a twin and double bedroom plus large shower room. From here stairs lead up to the main bedroom with ensuite and 2 further bedrooms and main bathroom and down to the 2 bed apartment, TV room, laundry/utility room and garage on the ground floor.
Despite being modern, the kitchen has a rustic charm with beamed ceiling and terracotta floor tiles, it is fully equipped with an electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and toaster etc. French doors lead onto the covered south facing front terrace. It is perfectly positioned for al fresco meals, croissants and morning coffee, lunch time bread and cheese and a BBQ and cool glass of wine in the evening whilst watching the sun go down.
The large L shaped lounge/dining room has wonderful old oak beams, stone walls, chestnut parquet flooring and a wood burner. There are plenty of soft comfy sofas and chairs and large dining table, plus a collection of books, cards games etc. French doors lead onto the front terrace and there are 4 windows on 2 other aspects, making this a very light and airy room with views over the orchard, swimming pool and lake.
On the opposite side of the hall the cloakroom has a toilet and wash hand basin. Another door leads into a corridor where you will find a front aspect double bedroom with ceiling fan and French doors leading to the front terrace and a rear aspect twin bedroom with views over the pool and lake. Both rooms have chestnut parquet flooring. There is a shower room with large walk in shower, toilet, wash hand basin and bidet. The floors and walls are tiled and there is a high ceiling with beams which enhance the style of this modern room.
Off the large landing on the 2nd floor is the master bedroom which has a king size bed and en-suite with corner bath, wash hand basin and separate toilet and bidet. There are 2 ceiling fans for your comfort during warm summer nights and the beams and feature stone walling in this room are wonderful. It has a double aspect, looking over the terrace at the front of the house, with woodland views and the swimming pool and lake at the back. 2 other bedrooms occupy this floor, one double rear aspect room overlooking the pool and lake and a twin front aspect room looking south toward Bergerac. Both rooms have fantastic beams.
On the ground floor is the apartment. Entry is via French doors off the rear patio or an internal door in the lower hallway. It has a kitchen/diner, TV lounge with DVD and video player, a twin and double bedroom and a bathroom with ¾ bath, wash hand basin and toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped for 4 people with gas cooker, fridge, kettle, coffee machine and toaster. It overlooks the rear patio and swimming pool. The kitchen is ideally placed when dining al fresco on the rear patio.
|Further details outdoors|
Chanteloube is situated in 1.5 acres of wonderfully peaceful grounds. there is a large grassed areas, an orchard, a small lake which is stocked with fish, 3 sun terraces on 3 different aspects and a 10m x 5m swimming pool with full width steps leading into the pool, a large surrounding sun bathing area and an outdoor shower.
For your safety the pool is protected by regulation height fencing with a self closing gate mechanism and the lake is fenced off from the main garden with gates which enable access for you to walk round.
There is a barbecue and ample garden furniture.
The orchard contains peach, plum, fig, apple and cob nut trees. Please feel free to help yourselves to any fruit in season during your stay.
There is a large climbing frame and swings for children to enjoy, as well as other outdoor toys.
Swimming is not permitted in the lake but you can fish it. There is a rod available at the house, all we ask is that you return all that you catch.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne is the third largest department in France. It is split into 4 areas, Perigord Noir (black), Blanc (White), Vert (green) and Pourpre (purple). Perigord Blanc is central, it is so called because of the white limestone within the are. Perigueux is its capital, founded by the Romans many years ago. Perigord Vert stretches north and takes its name from the luscious green valleys, the area is hilly with many streams and rivers. Perigord Noir is famous for its prehistoric history and is centred round Sarlat with its wonderful 17th century buildings and narrow streets. The Vezere river flows through villages such as Sergeac and Les Eyzies until it merges with the Dordogne river beyond Le Bugue. The Dordogne then continues through Beynac, Domme and La Roque Gageac where over its banks tower cliffs where you will find houses built into the rock face. Perigord Poupre denotes the grapes which are grown along the banks of the Dordogne throughout this area. Here you will also find Bastide towns, such as Eymet, Monpazier and Domme, whose history are associated with the 100 year and religious wars.
The Dordogne has more chateaux and castles than anywhere in France.. Many were built during the 100 years war, some by the French some by the English. You will also find prehistoric cave paintings at places like Lascaux and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac.
The climate is temperate and is generally governed by the Atlantic, it brings in some rain which makes this area greener than the south but the sun is warmer than the north so spring starts earlier and it stays warmer well into autumn. Summers can be hot with temperatures at times reaching over 30°c.
Tthere are many activities available for all ages in the local area. Brochures are available at the house with info on things to do, or you can visit the local tourist information office in Vergt.
Sports enthusiasts and those of an energetic nature are well catered for with swimming, walking, tennis, rugby (there is a team in Perigueux and the local team at Vergt is well worth seeking out if you want to watch a good game) golf, canoeing, fishing (you will need a license which can be purchased in Vergt at the tabac), hot air ballooning, climbing, go-karting, paint balling, cycling, horse riding and various water sports. These are all within easy access of the house.
There is an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for buzzards, kingfishers, hoopoes, herons, woodpeckers and jays amongst others. At certain times of the year, storks migrate north and the house is below their flight path. It is an amazing sight to behold, hundreds of them darken the sky and you can hear the flapping of their wings for miles. You may also be lucky enough to see deer, red squirrels, wild boar and pine martens whilst on your travels.
For those of you that savour the finer things in life, a trip to a local vineyard is a must. Take a tour round a chateau and discover how they grow and harvest the grapes, learn about the process of fermenting and storing and then best of all you get to sample some of the excellent wines. Some local wines to look out for are, Pecharmant, Saussignac and Montbazillac. One of the most beautiful towns where there are many wine producers is St Emilion, with its honey coloured buildings and wonderful terracotta roofs.
Gastronomes will delight in dishes such as Magret de Canard (duck), foie gras, truffles, mushrooms, walnuts, fish and strawberries, which are specialities of the region. In nearly all restaurants you will see duck in various forms on the menu.
Exploring the region on foot, by car or river is an adventure in itself. Some of the places not to be missed are Sarlat, St Emilion, Limoges, Hauteforte, Gourdon, Rocamadour, Bordeaux and Angouleme as well as those already mentioned. The house is only 2 hours from the coast, which is a great day out for all the family.
There are markets in the area every day of the week to whet the appetites of the shopaholics amongst you. Wonderful fresh local produce, intriguing artifacts and antiques from by-gone days and the weirdest fashions you ever did see. Check out the cheeses, fresh vegetables, meat and fish.
Eating out is an experience. The local pizza restaurant in Vergt is a favourite for many of our guests, as is L’Accroche Coeur in Perigueux (details of both are at the house) two very different places to eat but great food. There are however many places to try and enjoy. The Café de Place in Perigueux, is a great meeting place for young French students and you can partake in a drink and get a good meal and the Truffe D'Or at St Mayme de Pereyol, which is great value. For English and French alike The Star Inn is a must visit, run by Bev and Mike it is an Irish Pub with a great atmosphere. The Friday night quiz is good light entertainment. It is frequented by French as well as English clientele and is really friendly.