About the home
Le Regnac is so light and airy - so refreshing and comfortably furnished and superbly equipped. Nestled in a secluded hamlet very near Riberac with stupendous views of the countryside, the villa has 3 bedrooms - the master bedroom has a queen size bed with an en-suite bath and shower and separate dressing room, a double bedroom and a twin-bedded room sharing a separate family bathroom with walk in shower.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Royan, 130km|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Gym, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
Access to the farmhouse, outdoor terrace and the ground floor comprising the living room, kitchen, dining area, two of the three bedrooms and shared family bathroom are all on one level with 1 metre wide doorways, making it easy for persons with mobility needs to move around the property.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Dordogne region
The whole year is mild in Aquitaine. The 2,200 sunshine hours per year make the region similar to the Mediterranean. Along with rainfall that is well distributed over the year, this sunshine is one of the elements which favour vine-growing in Aquitaine
Just a short distance away from Vanxains there is the little (remove the word ‘little’ as you say the town is quite large below) town of Riberac which is renowned for its Friday market – the best in the area and well worth a visit. There are canoes for hire on the river at Riberac. The town is quite large with several good supermarkets, banks, cafes and lots of shops. The Tourist Information centre in Riberac square is one of the biggest in the area giving lots of information of the many interesting places to visit in the Dordogne.
A short drive from Riberac there is the medieval town of Brantome where it is a delight to walk around the remarkable and ancient abbey founded by Charlemagne (742-814). With its soaring campanile this is one of the most elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings in the Dordogne, complete with the caves used by the monks as kitchens and cellars.
The town sits on a bend of the river Dronne and a stroll along the riverside is an unforgettable experience. Lots of brilliant restaurants complete the experience – you will come back. There are also boats trips available.
About 10 km down the river you come to the pretty village of Bourdeilles where there are two chateaux of different periods built on a fortified hill – a medieval fortress (13th – 14th century) and a Renaissance palace (16th century) with a remarkable collection of furniture. On the river Dronne you can rent a canoe.
Not very far away is the village of Villars and a short distance north of the town are the caves with some impressive stalactites and paintings more than 17,000 years old. It was discovered in 1953 and is the largest underground network in the Perigord. The underground river has hollowed out huge chambers connected to each other by galleries. Entrance about €7.50 including a commentary. Brilliant - not to be missed.
Nearby is the Chateau de Puyguilhem in a village of the same name. It is a fascinating structure way out in the woods a Renaissance masterpiece that fell into disrepair but was carefully restored after WW2 . It contains some superb Aubasson tapestries and fine furniture and several fireplaces that are carved with exceptional beauty.
Going a little way east from Vanxains (about 10km) just over the Charente border is Aubeterre sur Dronne. Its charming narrow streets wind through white stone houses and ancient buildings. Built in the shape of an amphitheatre this former stronghold is classified as one of France’s prettiest villages. The square and side streets are home to coffee shops, restaurants, art & craft shops (with the beautiful work being produced by the artists living on site). The most outstanding and impressive monument in Aubeterrre is the underground monolithic church of St John. Carved entirely out of rock the main naïve reaches a height of 20 m.
There is fishing and beaches at La Jemaye just down the road. La Jemaye is a large lake with sandy beaches, pedaloes, canoes, horse riding, picnic areas, a cafe etc. The above is just a few of the many attractions in the area. Come and see!!
The Riberac / Vanxains area
Within 8 kms at the village of Saint Severin there is a pleasant outdoor café and shops. Just a little further on about 7 kms at Bertric-Burre there is a superb restaurant specialising in fish
Excellent supermarkets – Leclerc & Intermarche - in Riberac, 10 mins away.
Verteillac, 25 mins away, also has an excellent bakery, large general store, Bank and cash machine and delightful cafes. Be sure to pay a visit to the Cafe du Commerce - serving the best 'Croque Monsieur' we have ever tasted. Bar le Calice serves a very good plat du jour Mon - Fri (about €8) as well as a selection of other dishes. There is also a bank and a cash machine. At Lisle, about 10 mins away, you will find a few small shops and bars and there is usually a Tuesday morning market selling a variety of fresh produce. Lisle also has a doctor and a pharmacy. Many places of interest are a short distance away and full details and pictures
There is a golf course at Pillac about 5km away. If you a real professional you need to go to Perigueux about 30 klms away –a first class 18 hole course
There is also an excellent Information Folder in the house covering Safety Procedures, ideas for eating out, supermarkets, market days and places to visit.
How to get there
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The distance from Calais is 760kms and takes about 8 hours. (Calais-Rouen-Le Mans-Poitiers- Angouleme-Riberac-Vanxains). There are a number of alternative ferry companies. We have found Sea France to be very competitive. If you are prepared for a little longer drive you can use Norfolk line to Dunkirk instead of Calais. This is about 45 kms additional but if you decide to come through Paris this is no disadvantage. There are also ferris from Portsmouth to Caen using Brittany Ferries and Portsmouth to Le Havre using LD Lines. Although these are longer sea crossings, Caen to Vanxains is only 520km and Le Havre to Vanxains 550km.
By air to Bergerac or Limoges we suggest Ryanair. They have a almost daily service from Stansted or East Midlands they are cheap if you book ahead. Alternatively Flybe from Exeter or Southampton or Gatwick Ryanair have just opened up Angouleme which is nearer. Flybe fly Limoges from Edinburgh.
Rentals cars are available from a large number of rental companies at Limoges/Bergerac/Angouleme. You can book Hertz through Ryanair and their rates are competitive. Europcar and Avis are also available.There is now a local company Buggs Car Hire.
Activities near Riberac
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
07 Sep 2012
We have just returned from a lovely stay at Le Regnac with two older children plus grandparents. It's a very well equipped gite in a beautiful, peaceful setting - one of the few places we have... more
24 Aug 2012
Le Regnac is better than I ever could have imagined. The property is fantastic and the scenery is breathtaking. Everything you need and much more. Our stay could not have been better our three... more
19 Aug 2012
Le Reynac is a lovely house, very well equipped and spacious. The barn acts as a great games room, perfect for all weather. A car is essential but there is plenty to do within a short drive. The beach at La Jermayne is really nice, clean, great swimming. The area is very good for cycling with quiet roads, rolling hills and shady forest roads. The owner is very helpful and keen to ensure guests have a good holiday.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Late Autumn/Early Winter||4 Oct 11||18 Nov 11||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/ New Year 11/12||17 Dec 11||7 Jan 12||£ 525||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Spring||10 Mar 12||31 Mar 12||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|Spring||31 Mar 12||2 Jun 12||£ 525||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||2 Jun 12||7 Jul 12||£ 735||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||7 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||£ 945||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||1 Sep 12||29 Sep 12||£ 735||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Autumn||29 Sep 12||26 Oct 12||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/ New Year 12/13||22 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 525||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Spring||9 Mar 13||30 Mar 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|Spring||30 Mar 13||1 Jun 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||1 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 630||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 945||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 630||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Autumn/ Early Winter||28 Sep 13||29 Nov 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/ New Year 13/14||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 525||-||-||1 Week|
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