Barn | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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A child friendly top quality rental property with amazing features, fully equipped and beautifully furnished. Set in its own grounds. Private and secluded. Exclusive swimming pool - heated.
Set in its own grounds and surrounded by stunning countryside the Marronnier is a beautiful old barn in a private secluded setting, tucked away at the back of a tiny hamlet away from the quiet lane. It has been lovingly renovated retaining all its old features, stone work and oak beams, it oozes character. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms this property offers accommodation for up to 8 people. With exposed beams and a kingsize 4 poster bed in the master bedroom with views across the countryside it is a delightful place to wake up in the morning.
The whole property is furnished to a very high standard. The kitchen is a well equipped fitted kitchen overlooking the courtyard. With its large range cooker as well as wood burning Rayburn it is a real French country kitchen. The large picture window, with its stone features, over looks the walled garden and swimming pool. Formerly parking for the tractor, the lounge and dining area, are light and airy, with patio doors onto the large terrace.
Beautiful salt water swimming pool, (*heated pool) walled gardens, large terrace, wonderful courtyard, covered gazabos, decking alongside the pool, plenty of outdoor seating, sun loungers, tables and chairs the Marronnier is as beautiful outside as it is in.
Come and sit out on the terrace, dine alfresco and take in the peaceful pace of life here in this idyllic part of France.
Its an ideal base to explore the many local tourist sites. Countryside lovers will appreciate the peace and tranquility this area offers. There are many walking and cycling tracks to explore. Local rivers to picnic next to, châteaux to visit, restaurants to savour the gourmet delights this regions is reknown for, famous caves to visit, markets to discover, ..............................the list goes on.
Golf lovers will be pleased to hear that the Perigueux 18 hole course is just 30 min drive away and a 9 hole at nearby Excideuil.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac or Limoges 77 km, Nearest railway: Perigueux 26 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, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Formerly an old Truffle Farm, female pigs "Truies" were used to seek out the "black gold" truffle that the Perigord is so famous for. The barn was used to house the "Truies", and the attached little barn was were they cooked up the pig food. With hundreds of kilos of truffles found each year actually on the property of Le Marronnier it is a shame that those quantities are not found anymore !
The barn with its lovely stonework retains its character with "pierre apparent" throughout the property. With the old oak beams exposed it oozes character and charm.
Renovated to a high standard and finished with quality fixtures and fittings the Marronnier offers top quality accommodation.
The solid wooden dining table and leather covered chairs look out onto the terrace through the patio doors. Sit in the quality comfortable leather sofas imported from Italy and appreciate the view through the picture window to the walled garden and swimming pool.
The downstairs shower room with its overhead shower and pebble shower tray is spacious and airy. There is also a downstairs toilet, and basin.
Upstairs was the old hay loft and has now been transformed.
The hand crafted oak staircase is a prominent feature of the lounge and leads to the 4 bedrooms.
The master bedroom has a kingsize four poster wooden bed, oak wardrobe, easy chairs, table and drawers. Being at the gable end there are views over the courtyard, fields and rear garden. With is "pierre apparent", high ceiling and exposed beams this bedroom offers total comfort. The en suite bathroom has roll top bath with claw feet, situated against the stone wall and below the window, making it a perfect place to relax after a hard days sunbathing!
The double bedroom at the other gable end of the barn offers views over the swimming pool and walled garden. It has a wooden double bed, quality furnishing and fittings as well as a en suite shower room.
The third bedroom has a metal Napoleon bed frame, and is a one and a half bed size (small double) and a single bed, with traditional pine furnishings .
The smaller fourth twin bedroom over looks the courtyard and has one of the original barn windows that the hay was lifted through to store in the "grenier".
|Further details outdoors|
Large courtyard at the front of the house with the shady Marronnier tree and tables and chairs for sitting and eating breakfast in the seclusion of the courtyard in the gentle morning sun.
The walled garden to the rear is grassed and with access to the patio for dining in the evening. Listening to the birdsong and enjoying the evening balmy evenings dining alfresco on the terrace.
The swimming pool is nestled in the original "potager", retaining all the character the garden offers with its stone walls.
*Heated Swimming Pool. The pool will be heated from May till September. There is decking beside the pool and sun loungers for relaxing and sunbathing in the peaceful setting.
There are fruit trees of peaches, plums and cherries. Sit on the decking beside the pool under the shade of the peach trees.
The second half of the walled garden has been transformed to resemble a traditional french garden, with its raised beds, espalier fruit trees against the stone walls and a sweeping path of lavender around the top side of the pool.
* Bikes available
* Table tennis
* Tennis courts 5 & 10 mins drive away
Electricity, gas, water
Heating charge for winter lets. (Property has underfloor heating throughout, plus wood burning stoves.)
*Pool is heated from May to September (unless adverse weather conditions)
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne region of France offers a wealth of interesting places to visit and see. The Marronnier is situated in truffle country, with acres of wonderful oak forests. The Perigord truffles are world famous, know as black gold !
One of the oak trees at Marronnier yielded 60kg of truffles in days gone past. With stories of truffles being taken to the local markets by horse and trap my neighbour recounts endless stories of past history.
With many tracks and little chemins you can take in the wild life on walks and cycle rides round he countryside. Just exit the drive and away you go exploring. Take a walk or bike ride to the local cheese farm and purchase freshly made cheese from a local producer.
Markets are a plenty with the choice of several market towns to choose from. Get your fresh fruit, vegetables, chicken, cheese, bread and meats. They are a real delight to visit, a feast for all the senses !
Perigueux is the capital of the Dordogne, this historic city is well worth a visit. Wander round the old medieval streets, sit and eat at one of the many restaurants and take in the atmosphere.
Just 25 minute drive from Le Marronnier, Perigueux is easily accessible.
The little village of Coulaures with its half church and wonderful stone bridge over the river takes you back in time. The small boulangerie offers a traditional artisan bread and patisseries and the local shop has plenty of basics in stock.
Excideuil is a thriving market town, with its old chateau towering over the local countryside, this very quaint town is worth wandering round. Pop down to the weekly Excedeuil market and sample some of the traditional French life. Sit and take coffee in the square after purchasing your deliciously fresh local produce, before heading back to La Marronnier to cook your wares !
There is an abundance of local places of interest to visit, as well as just exploring the local villages.
The famouse caves of Lascaux are just over 40 mins drive away, making this a "must do" on your holiday. The grotto de Villiars is also a wonderful cave well worth visiting, with its famous cave drawings.
Brantome, named the Venice of the Perigord, is a must. Hire a canoe and paddle sedately round Brantome, or make a day of it and paddle down to the next wonderful village of Bourdeilles, with its impressive chateau towering above you when you arrive. Pop into the one of the local bars or tea rooms or enjoy a "menu du jour" in either of these villages set beside the wonderful river surroundings. Whilst in Bourdeuilles spot the boat shaped house that straddles the river, with its flowers overflowing from the house, it is one of those "camera must moments".
Sorges, the Truffle capital of the Perigord, is only 15 min drive away. Visit the new truffle museum and maybe treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Auberge de le Truffe - a gastonomic delight !
For those of you looking for some activity, then just outside the lovely village of St Germain de Pres there is an acro parc. You can follow the adventure trail through the tree tops, wizz wires, nets, tarzan ropes, it is a whole afternoon of entertainment.
The VeloRail at Corgnac Sur L'isle offers two rides along the old train rail, one direction to Thiviers and the other to St Germain de Pres.
A 25 minute drive from Le Marronnier there is a lovely lake beach set in a park setting with play facilities and restaurant/bar, situated just outside Thiviers. There are tennis courts in the nearby village of Savignac Les Eglises. Fancy trying your hand at Geocaching in the Dordogne ? Then you will be pleased to know that there are lots of interesting caches nearby.
A trip to Le Bugue is also recommended, and Les Eyzies a must with its prehistoric caves.
There is a whole wealth of places to visit and places to explore, this regions really does have something for everyone.
There are an abundance of cycling and walking paths directly from the Marronnier, or of course if you just wish to chill out beside the pool at Marronnier with a glass of wine, or two , there is something for everyone !
Important ..................... for the golfing fans, there is an 18 hole golf course in Perigueux ! and 9 hole in Excideuil !
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5 Aug 2013
"A wonderful property with superb pool and family facilities"
We simply could not have chosen a better property for our family holiday - which comprised 3 generations with ages from 20 months to 73 - all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the luxury surroundings and sup… More
7 Jul 2013
"A perfect home in the South of France. Loved it!!"
This place is a must for anyone looking far a base in the South of France.Fantastic service from our initial booking until we left.The home was immaculate with beautiful warm furnishings. The beds wer… More
28 Jun 2013
"Fabulous place to stay in beautiful, peaceful countryside. Great."
We had a wonderful week at Le Marronnier. The cottage is absolutely beautiful and extremely comfortable with all the facilities for a perfect holiday. It is ideally located within easy reach of many s… More
8 Oct 2012
"A fantastic place! You will simply never want to leave!!"
Le Marronnier is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility. A fabulous barn conversion lovingly undertaken with great attention to detail throughout providing for an exceptionally comfortable holiday stay.
It is wonderfully located amidst rural France in a tiny little hamlet yet it is only 10 minutes from lots of of lovely towns with good amenities.
The house itself is very tastefully furnished yet extremely comfortable and clean with charming bedrooms, comfy beds, a well stocked kitchen and a very comfortable open plan living area complete with leather couches, a 42 inch flat screen tv with Freesat and the added bonus of wifi.
The garden with it's many seating areas for outdoor dining, it's play area for the children and lovely sunken pool set amidst a kitchen garden brimming with fresh veg and fruit is a delightful place to relax and unwind on one pf the many sun beds provided.
Jeanette was lovely to deal with and was there to great us when we arrived and to show us around which added a lovely touch. All in all I couldn't recommend it more. We had a lovely time and look very much forward to going back!
15 Sep 2012
Beautiful luxurious property with lovely vegetable garden in wonderful countryside.
Familly and dog friendly it couldn't have been more perfect.
12 Sep 2012
"Great converted barn in the heart of the French countryside"
A sympathetically converted well proportioned barn in the heart of the Dordogne, the perfect destination for friends or a family group that want to get away from it all and enjoy everything the French countryside has to offer.
The barn is beautifully furnished and is obviously a much cared for family home. It has all the mod cons and plenty of extras to keep friends or family entertained, even down to a garage full of mountain bikes.
We were warmly welcomed and the operation of everything we might need listed in some detail. A great vegetable and fruit garden was in full production and we were told to help ourselves. We had great fun picking our own food and preparing it in the lovely kitchen and then enjoying it at one on the many tables outside the property, placed to make the best of sun all day round.
All in all this was the perfect holiday and we would recommend it to anyone. A big thank you to our hosts Jeanette and Neil.
7 Sep 2012
"Idyllic location, beautiful home"
Our family of 5 spent a week in early July. The quality of the restoration is outstanding, whilst the surrounding pool, gardens etc were both beautiful and functional. Whilst a somewhat remote locat… More
2 Jul 2012
"Wow! Idyllic rural retreat!"
Me, my husband and adult family of eight stayed at Jeanette's beautiful converted barn for 11 nights mid June for a family holiday. This property has been renovated to a very high standard and we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of amenities on hand for us all. We didnt need for anything. The house and outside space was more than adequate for a large group especially the pool area which was spacious enough to house us all on the lovely sunny days we had. The eating areas outside were plentiful in that you could choose where you wanted to sit; even around the pool area was a lovely shaded gazebo amongst the aromatic herb and flower beds. Even though in a rural location there was lots to keep us amused if we didnt want to venture out; freeview TV, mountain bikes; trampoline, table tennis and badminton as well as good internet access. We wouldnt hesitate in recommending staying here for either a short or longer stay and we were never ever fed up of the surroundings. Jeanette was very quick to respond to a couple of tourist questions as there wasnt enough time to cover all the points of interest in the Dordogne area - which we all agreed is well worth another visit!
28 May 2012
"Beautiful house & rural surroundings in the Dordogne"
After arriving in unseasonal cold and very wet weather at Bergerac Airport we were greeted very warmly by the owner, despite our later than expected arrival at the property.The house was spotlessly cl… More
8 May 2012
"Beautiful location, comfortable accommodation friendly and efficient owner."
There were minor technical problems with the gas, electrics, and internet connection. These were all dealt with by a phone call to the owner. We were hoping to use the bicycles in the garage but only one was operational. There did not seem to be enough hot water for 8 adults all needing to shower in the morning or throughout the day. The coffee and tea making could be improved by having a tea pot and tea cosy and a cafetiere suitable for the number of occupants. However, apart from these small irritations, the communication between the owner and us was excellent. The accommodation was more remote than we would have hoped but in a beautiful area ideal for walking and cycling and a quiet retreat. This was a spacious house with lots to do for a group of fit active people and lots to entertain a young family. The furnishings and decor was tasteful but practical and homely. We appreciated the fact that the owner invited us to a local walk and lunch on the day following our arrival.
Thank you for your kind comments Rachel.
I always like to show my guests around on arrival, however circumstances and a late arrival unfortunately meant I was unable to do this. It is then easier for me to explain about the foibles of living in rural France. One of which is us having to cope with a slightly different electrical system to the UK. In France having for example dishwasher, washing machine, large electric guzzling cooker, pool pump, 2 large water heaters, microwave, kettle etc working alongside all the other everyday technical gadgets a large family will use, then unfortunately sometimes, the electric trips on the main trip board. The switch is located in the house, so no major inconvenience in flicking it back on. Once my guests are aware of why this happens it doesn't normally reoccur. Just something we all accept living in rural France and I can understand it seeming a bit bizarre. Same with the internet, which I believe went off for some hours and came back on – most frustrating when co-ordinating a wedding.
There are 2 large water heaters, one to do the 2 shower rooms and one to do the 2 baths (with showers heads) that are on morning and night. I apologise for not having pointed this out, as yes 8 people showering off one water heater would not have given enough hot water for 8 showers, but there would have been a full tank for the other 2 bathrooms.
It was most unfortunate that when I spoke with the bride and best friend the morning after your arrival and I mentioned bikes, I was requested to leave 2 bikes out, as I have quite a selection of mountain bikes.
I will endeavour to find a teapot and have already replace the cafetiere, I do however also supply a Philips Coffee Maker :-)
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