Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Chez Vignaud is a spacious converted farmhouse on a peaceful hilltop overlooking the beautiful Dordogne countryside. There are four bedrooms sleeping 8 people in all. The undisturbed location means you can enjoy your holiday just the way you want to, while still being less than 5 minutes from the nearest village with a baker's and bar/restaurant, and less than 10 minutes from Ribérac with its famous weekly market and all facilities.
The house has masses of rural French charm with many original features such as stone fireplaces, substantial timber beams and thick stone walls that keep it lovely and cool when the weather heats up. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The garden is entirely private, with a shaded eating area under the old lime tree where you can sit and enjoy the views at any time of day. It is an ideal base for families, friends sharing or couples looking for a relaxed holiday.
Local facilities include swimming in lakes and rivers, and canoeing on the river in Ribérac. Attractive towns and villages such as Aubeterre, Perigueux and Brantome are within easy driving distance. The River Dordogne, castles, caves, historic and cultural sites are also easy to reach for a day trip.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 55 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Large farmhouse kitchen with double oven, ceramic hob, microwave and dishwasher, and stable door to the garden.
Utility room with large fridge, separate freezer and washing machine. Downstairs cloakroom.
Large lounge with comfy sofas and French doors to the garden, plus a separate smaller living room.
Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with double four poster bed. Bedroom 3 with two single beds, ideal for children. Bedroom 4 with double bed and en suite shower room.
Family bathroom with jacuzzi bath and separate shower.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is on two levels and is mainly grass. It is totally secluded and is the perfect spot for relaxation and al fresco eating. Below the main garden is a "wilderness" area that includes a trampoline and is popular with younger visitors
Gravelled forecourt with parking for several cars.
We have an arrangement with a reputable cycle hire company which includes free delivery of cycles to the house and free collection at the end of the hire period.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne has been popular with British visitors for many years. The sunshine and the colours of the blue sky, reddish soils and the stone houses with their terracotta tiled roofs make it enchantingly beautiful. The extensive fields of sunflowers in July and August are also a wonderful sight. The summers are warm to hot. Places of interest include Aubeterre sur Dronne, officially one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France (20 minutes); Perigueux, a town with lovely winding alleyways and a recently restored cathedral (40 minutes); Sarlat, a foie gras centre with beautful yellow stone buildings (one and a half hours); and the prehistoric sites around Les Eyzies (around 2 hours).
Wine lovers should not miss St Emilon, less than an hour and a half away, which not only offers a wide range of wine tasting options but is also stunningly beautiful and forms part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. The city of Bordeaux, which features wonderful civic architecture along the river and a wide range of large and small shops, is only an hour and a half away.
Riberac is a small market town which has a good range of shops including 2 large supermarkets. There is a good choice of restaurants and several little cafes where you can just sit and watch the world go by. The market on Fridays is one of the best in the Dordogne and not to be missed.
In summer there are open-air concerts in the evening in the main square, and the increasingly popular Grand Souk music festival is held in July.
Sports facilities include canoeing on the River Dronne, cycle hire, horse riding, tennis courts and the public swimming pool, plus the swimming lake at La Jemaye (20 minutes away) which is popular with locals and visitors alike.