About the home
Le Tilleul is a 150 year old farm cottage, retaining many original features including a large stone fireplace with wood-burner and exposed oak timbers in every room. The attractive three bedroom property on the Dordogne/Charente border enjoys a south facing aspect with panoramic views over beautiful rolling countryside. It is one of six holiday cottages sharing large grounds, swimming pool and tennis court. The pretty village of Vanxains is a short walk away with a boulangerie, bar, shop and post office.
This is an ideal location for walking, cycling, canoeing and horse riding or just relaxing in the landscaped grounds or at one of the nearby river and lake beaches. it is just 10 minutes drive from the town of Riberac, with its wonderful Friday market and 15 minutes from Aubeterre - officially one of the most picturesque villages of France. Both of these provide a wide range of cafes and restaurants and there are also a number of good places to eat in nearby hamlets and villages.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||La Jamaye, 12km|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Shared tennis court on site|
Further details indoors:
This attractive property is cleverly designed on three levels. The ground floor includes a comfortable sitting room with stone fireplace and wood-burning stove, dining area and well-equipped kitchen with electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave oven.
The television receives British radio and TV programmes via satellite. There are DVD and CD players with a great range of films and music, as well as an extensive library of books, guides and maps.
The lower level has been converted from the original cellar and includes a large double bedroom - cosy in winter and delightfully cool in summer - and a spacious bathroom. Glazed doors lead from the bedroom onto a sheltered patio - ideal for for a late night drink or a morning cup of tea. On this level, there is also a small utility area with automatic washing machine.
Upstairs are two further good-sized bedrooms, one double and one twin, together with a shower room with washbasin and WC.
Further details outdoors:
Double doors from the dining area lead onto an elevated sun terrace, which is partly shaded by a vine-covered pergola and has panoramic views of the surrounding farmland and forest. Red squirrels, deer and buzzards are regularly seen from here.
The landscaped grounds include a 14m x 9m swimming pool in a figure of eight shape which has been set into the hillside to take advantage of the beautiful views.
The north side of the property looks onto a grassed courtyard with a beautiful old lime tree (un tilleul) providing a shady retreat.
For added enjoyment, there is also a fine all-weather tennis court and suitable areas to play boules and other outdoor games. The cottage is equipped with sun loungers together with a stainless steel BBQ, garden table and chairs for the enjoyment of outdoor meals on the terrace.
We offer a £50 discount on the total rental cost for bookings of two weeks or more.
Included in the price are all services, bed linen and towels (not pool towels).
Tennis racquets/balls and boules also supplied.
We regret no pets and no smoking in the house or around the pool or tennis court.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Dordogne region
The Dordogne region of south west France is still one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Europe. It enjoys a warm climate and the rolling hills are dotted with vineyards and sunflowers. The wildlife is abundant and diverse and is especially attractive to birdwatchers. The flowing rivers are excellent for canoeing and fishing and the undulating terrain is ideal for cycling and walking. Superb Romanesque churches can be found in many local towns and villages. Some of these hold festivals in the summer, which can include barbecues, fairgrounds and spectacular firework displays.
The vineyards of St Emilion and Bergerac are only an hour or so away. St Emillion, a medieval village famous world wide for its red wines and designated a World Heritage Site, is situated on a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley. Bergerac is another interesting historic centre for wine, particularly renown for excellent whites and rose. Slightly further afield, the 17th century Chateau de Hautefort, the world famous cave paintings at Lascaux, the magnificent city of Bordeaux, the stylish seaside resort of Royan, the vast dunes of the Atlantic coast, Cognac and its distilleries and the historic port of La Rochelle are all easily accessible.
The Riberac / Vanxains area
The cottage is located in the rural hamlet of Champagnac, sitting in an elevated position with lovely views of the surrounding farmland and distant forest. The old village of Vanxains, with its boulangerie, bar/shop and post office nestles in the valley below and is only a short bike ride or pleasant walk away.
The bustling market town of Riberac is just 8 kms away. It has all manner of shops, hypermarkets, great cafes and restaurants and other facilities such as bike and canoe hire. The famous Friday market at Riberac is one of the largest in the region and provides a great opportunity to check out the local specialities. The town hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year and has a lovely cinema.
Aubeterre, just 11 kms away, is officially one of the prettiest villages in France with a large monolithic underground church, tree-lined market place and quaint streets lined with artisan shops, cafes and restaurants.
Another local attraction is the beautiful lake of La Jemaye with its excellent sandy beach, swimming, water sports, forest walks, restaurant and picnic areas. In addition, there are sandy river beaches at Aubeterre and St Aulaye.
Other interesting places to explore include Brantome, Bergerac, Perigueux and Angouleme - which are all less than an hour’s drive away.
There are several golf courses within driving distance - the nearest at Le Manoir de Longeveau is only about 15 minutes away.
There is a great range of restaurants within easy reach offering good quality and great value food. A detailed ‘house book’ provides all the key information to make the most of your stay.
How to get there
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The distance from the Channel Tunnel at Calais is about 760 km (7-8 hours drive using the route Calais-Rouen-Le Mans-Poitiers- Angouleme-Riberac).
There are various options for Channel ferry crossings, including Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to the nearest ports at Caen or St Malo, which are about 520 km away or 6-7 hours drive.
Ryanair and Flybe have regular budget flights from several UK locations to the nearest airport at Bergerac, which is less than an hour away. Bordeaux airport is only about 1.5 hours drive and is serviced from the UK by several operators, including Easyjet and Flybe. Ryanair also fly to Limoges airport, which is less than 2 hours away.
Car hire at competitive rates is available from a number of international and local rental companies at all three airports.
Activities near Riberac
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early||30 Mar 13||27 Apr 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||27 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||1 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|High||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
A deposit of £250 per week secures the booking. The balance payment plus a refundable security deposit of £300 is paid six weeks before the start of the rental period. The security deposit is refunded after the rental period provided the house is left in good order. Reservations made within six weeks of the start of the rental period require full payment at the time of booking.
There is a discount of £50 on the total rental cost for bookings of two weeks or more.
Payment is by direct transfer or cheque. Euros also accepted.
Changeover day is Saturday and minimal rental period is one week.Enquire now
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Property not normally available for weekly lets during the winter months but longer periods of rental between November and March will be considered.
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