Les Tulipiers, Riberac, France
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Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Overlooking the pretty town of Riberac with its famous Friday market, is Les Tulipiers. It is a tall, 19th century house with 21st century comfort and convenience. Set in a large, mature garden and orchard, there is always somewhere shady to read and enjoy a glass of wine or you can lounge by the 10 x 5 metre heated pool - you might even want to swim in it. The four en suite bedrooms are elegant, well-appointed and spacious. The house has been restored and equipped with taste, genuine care and attention to detail; the comfort of our guests is very much the priority. Two bedrooms have 150 and 160 cm beds respectively, one has a 180 cm bed which can be configured as two singles. The large games room has two single beds whilst the self-contained studio has a 4'6" bed. The games room also has a full-size table-tennis table. There is a bright, modern open-plan kitchen/living room. There is a laundry room on the first floor with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Even on the hottest day, it is cool and welcoming in the house.
Outside in the gravelled courtyard, you can enjoy meals at an 8-seater table - a barbeque is provided.
The beautiful garden is over 100 metres long and near the top of it lies the heated pool with electric cover to comply with French safety standards. The pool is for our guests' private use and the owners will swim only when guests are not using the pool.
The owners of Les Tulipiers and their friendly dog, Woody, live in the house with two towers, across the large courtyard. Whilst they are on hand to offer assistance with bookings, advice on things to do or anything at all, there is enough space to allow guests their privacy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||lake with water sports, cafes, woodland walks, etc 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 57 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme 59 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, 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 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Aquitaine has been a destination favoured by the English for almost a thousand years, and for the Romans a thousand years before then. When you get a chance to visit the Dordogne, you will understand why. With its temperate climate and peaceful villages nestled in rich and fertile rolling countryside, the pace of life here seems not to have changed much at all in all those years.
Riberac is the perfect location from which to explore all that the four Perigord regions have to offer. The first port of call for many is Brantome, where the river has a spectacular backdrop of the Abbey and the caves - no longer inhabited by humans. Take a picnic and watch kayakers try and get over the barrage without a dunking. If you like history, there is no end of it - from the excellent Roman museum at Perigueux - about 35 minutes away by car, to castles on the river Dordogne, with replicas of the massive machines used to catapult rocks at the enemy. There is an abundance of the history of the Hundred Years' War and more recent conflicts. At Castillon la Bataille each summer, there are spectacular re-enactments of the final battle of the Hundred Years' War.
The mild climate of the Dordogne makes gardening a pleasure and there are many inspiring ones to visit, such as the beautiful Sardy or the impressive "Gardens of the Imagination" at Terrasson. To see the region from the air, why not take a very reasonably-priced flight from the flying club at Perigueux or perhaps a hot-air balloon?
If you tire of swimming in our pool, the leisure facilities and open-water swimming in the lake at La Jemaye provide a super family day out. If wine is your thing, we can suggest visits to vineyards in the Bergerac, Bordeaux and St Emilion regions. Bring back a bottle or a vine, so that you can make your own at home! Those who like a digestif may find themselves crossing into the next department, the Charente, in order to visit the towns of Cognac or Jarnac, where the precious liquid is created.
The city of Bordeaux is well worth a visit to enjoy its grand buildings, winding cobbled streets, cathedral, opera or theatre, spectacular bridges, restaurants and shopping. We can suggest super restaurants for lunch or dinner.
Riberac is a thriving market town of about 5,000 people, located on the River Dronne. It is surrounded by farming country but also thrives on tourism in the summer months.
Fishing and riding are available not far from Riberac and in the summer it is fun to take a picnic, hire a kayak or canoe and spend the day on the Dronne. You might be lucky and see an otter on the river bank The town's tennis courts, petanque pitch and cinema are within easy walking distance. Cycles to hire can be delivered to the gite. Just a few minutes by car will take you into the ancient Double forest or to the renowned Dordogne countryside, with its sunflowers, gentle hills and picturesque stone houses. We can provide maps for interesting walks. Don't miss the market on Fridays - buy a sweet melon and roasted chicken or fresh seafood for lunch or some local pottery to take home. Have a coffee whilst watching local people doing their shopping.
In the evenings, it is a pleasant five minute walk down into the centre of Riberac, where you will find a number of excellent restaurants and cafes. We can make a booking for you if you wish. Alternatively, you might prefer to prepare your own dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen from local charcuterie, duck, cheese, mushrooms, foie gras, walnuts, honey, artisan bread and an outstanding selection of wines.
Riberac and neighbouring towns have many music festivals, with genres ranging from classical to rock, blues, jazz and folk. If you like nosing around for antiques, there are numerous brocantes and most weekends, there will be a vide grenier nearby, where you might find a souvenir of your holiday, a cake or a priceless antique (unlikely, but you never know). Verteillac, about 10 km from Riberac, has a fantastic open-air brocante on the first Sunday of the month. Truffles and mushrooms like it here, so you may wish to join a group hunting for them in the autumn or late winter.
Whether you want an active holiday or a complete rest, you can have either at Les Tulipiers.
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13 Aug 2014
Wow, wow ,wow were the exact words that we said upon arrival here. A beautiful holiday home, the owners thought of everything. Fantastic welcome pack, excellent facilities and a wonderful pool and gar… More
4 Aug 2014
"Blissful, relaxing, gorgeous surroundings and welcoming"
The welcome we received at Les Tulipiers exceeded our best expectations – one is so often disappointed when you arrive at house/hotel, but the welcoming owners have created a really wonderful destin… More
28 Jun 2014
Stayed here in early May with some friends for a week, and had an amazing time. Our first time in that area of France, and it was beautiful, so much to see and do - but most importantly everyone we me… More
31 May 2014
The feeling of being in the French countryside yet a short stroll to the centre of the village.This property is just delightful with all the amenities required for a comfortable holiday. The hosts Pet… More
12 Apr 2014
"Relaxed and peaceful"
A well restored house, with the owners living across the courtyard. The owners were friendly and helpful, but never intruded or imposed. perfect location for us as it is walkable to the town square/ce… More
23 Oct 2013
"Elegant, relaxing and highly pleasurable stay"
I recently stayed in Riberac with my family including parents, 4 adult children and a couple of partners. We found the house to be very comfortable for a group of this size, with enough bedrooms/ ensu… More
16 Oct 2013
"Lovely house and pool in peaceful and secluded location, close to town cenre."
Our holiday at les Tulipiers couldnt have been better. The house was up a private lane, with the owners living opposite, who managed to be available and helpful, but without ever being obtrusive. The … More
29 Sep 2013
"Wonderful french gite full of character, with everything you could wish to make a relaxing family holiday."
We stayed at Les Tulipiers in August 2013. The house is beautiful, full of french charm. It is like a 5* boutique hotel with lovely bedding and towels and lots of added extras. We were warmly welco… More
14 Aug 2013
"Look no further!"
We've been coming to Riberac for 10 years but this year were unable to stay in our usual place. Fortunately Les Tulipiers ticked all the boxes for us. The owners have worked very hard to get it r… More
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