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Maison De Lancaster 12 x 6 meter pool. Great to relax during those hot sunny days

House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 11

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car essential

HOUSE INFORMATION

Welcome to your home away from home in France - Maison de Lancaster.

The house has recently gone through a total renovation with new bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen; and new beds and furniture. The grounds and pool have also been upgraded. The house is a typical Périgueux style with high pitched roof and use of local stone. The house sits on acreage near the River Dordogne with lots of fully grown trees giving privacy and a scenic outlook from every window and from the terrace.

The house has six bedrooms and sleeps eleven people comfortably with one bedroom that also has a cot for small child/baby.

Ground Level

Garages

Three separate internal garages for cars or storage

Laundry

Laundry with front loader washing machine, dryer, ironing board and iron

Games Room

Games Room with full size table tennis table, bats, balls

Gym

Gym with full sized Multi-Gym

Shower

Shower Room

Rumpus Room

Rumpus room with convertible sofa and enclosed WC with sink

Sauna Room

3-4 person steam Sauna

Utilities

Utility room - storage

Boiler Room

Stairway leading to living area

Level one

Entrance can be accessed from internal garage ground floor or via stairs leading to the raised terrace and front door.

Hallway with wooden panelling, and typical French wooden beamed ceiling. Attractive light Ash wooden flooring leading to the living/dining room and the kitchen.

  

Living Dining

Very large light filled living area with two sets of double doors that lead to the terrace and three large windows overlooking the grounds and local hills, all of which have shutters

Stark white interiors, with typical ceiling made with huge wooden beams. Huge modular sofa, side tables, antique French cupboard that contains a 42" LG flat screen hi-definition Plasma TV, connected to a sat dish that provides multiple TV channels, laptop with ADSL/Internet

A Sony Home Theatre system that can play DVDs and CDs and has an iPod connection that enables you to play your own tunes. A huge stone fireplace with large glass fronted eco burner that utilises bio ethanol fuel for fire/heating that cuts out smoke, mess and pollution

A stone wine 'cave' shelving system which contains brochures of local attractions, DVDs, books and magazines and spare candles for the two large antique candle holders. A large solid wood table with ten (10) chairs perfect for entertaining or a family meal. Attractive light ash wooden flooring throughout

Kitchen

New spacious black and white kitchen with stone tops. With gas/electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, sink, soft close cupboards, shelving, coffee maker, premium glassware, tableware and cutlery for up to twelve people

Hallway

Leading to the bathroom, 3 bedrooms, upper and lower level stairways

Bathroom

Large Terrazzo marble bathroom with large shower with rain shower head and separate shower head, large sink, heated towel rack, large 'industrial' type lighting that gives both light and heat

WC

Separate WC with sink with automatic switch off tap

Bedroom 1

Double bed, quality linen, side table, chair and chest of drawers. Sisal carpet. Window with shutters faces rear garden area

Bedroom 2

Double bed, quality linen, side tables, chair, built in robe with plenty of storage, double doors with shutters leading to the raised terrace overlooking the front garden. Sisal carpet

Bedroom 3

Bedroom with two single beds, desk, chair with double doors with shutters leading to the raised terrace. Suitable for children. Sisal carpet

Upper Level

Stairway leading to landing.

Master bedroom 4

Large light filled bedroom that has block out blinds on the windows. King bed with premium bedding, side tables, lamps, chest of drawers with a Hi Res Flat Screen Plasma TV and Bleu Ray Player, chair, and fire effect heater (heat mode can be switched off giving a romantic fire/ flame effect within the room), large fitted waredrobe, Sisal carpet

En-suite

Shower with rain shower head and separate shower head, sink, WC

Bedroom 5

Bedroom with two single beds that can be converted to a King bed. Sisal carpet. Direct access to shared en-suite

Bedroom 6

Interconnecting room with bedroom 5 with a single bed and a cot. Sisal Carpet.

GROUNDS

Pool

12 x 6 meter in ground pool with day bed and sun loungers. Outside shower

Sala

A covered Sala near the pool for a covered area to sit and read a book or enjoy a glass of wine with friends

Terrace

Raised outdoor terrace accessed from the living area or stone stairway from the pool area overlooking the grounds and trees. Two large wooden tables (joined) and four benches that seats twelve people comfortably. Large Gas BBQ with grill and plate features

Garden

An acre of gardens with fully grown trees and two bridges

Driveway

Newly upgraded

Parking

Covered parking/garaging for three cars and external parking area for four to six cars

 

 THE LOCAL AREA

The local area is steeped in history, with many sites and attractions within a short distance from the house. From the UNESCO listed caves containing early man's cave paintings, Gallo-Roman ruins, fortified medieval towns and villages; and over a thousand castles and chateau. Also within driving distance are the famed vineyards of Bordeaux, such as Saint Emillion, and the closer vineyards of the Bergerac region.

The area has beautiful cliffs, fields and valleys that run all the way along the Dordogne River. The area has some of the most beautiful landscapes and buildings that can be found anywhere in the world. Listed here are just a few local attractions that are some of our favourites.

There are many more that can be found be visiting a local tourist office or just Googling the area for local attractions.

RIVER DORDOGNE 900 meters

The River Dordogne is only 900 meters from the house and is great for fishing, canoeing, cruising or even swimming in the summer months

 

SAINT CYPRIEN 2 km

Saint Cyprian is only 2 kilometres away with restaurants, bars, shops, and a large supermarket that sells everything from wine and cheeses to meats and seafood, to DVD's and clothing. The town has a beautiful Augustinian Monastery initially built in 1076 in the centre of the town that is a focal point to the area due to its size and being raised half way up a hill. The town has many medieval winding side streets and is a wonderful base to explore the Dordogne region.

There are two tennis courts that can be hired and there is a great Sunday market that is open on Sunday morning where you can stock up on local provisions.

Of historical note is a place called Impasse Talbot. This where the house of the last Commander of the English Forces during the hundred year war was situated.

 

BERBEGEUIRES 1 km

Berbegeuires is dominated by a Chateau initially built in 12th century. The village is only 1 kilometre from the house and is an easy walk or bike ride. The village is situated in a dale between to wooded hills and has many hiking trails around the area. There are no cafes, shops or restaurants but the Chateau is beautiful.

SIORAC 6 km

Originally a Roman town, a castle was built on top of the roman fort, called Castel Real and this grand building dwarfs all others in the town. The town is only 6 kilometres from the house is situated on the River Dordogne and has a couple of great restaurants and a bar near the river

 

CHATEAU DES MILANDES 8 km

Chateau Des Milandes was built in the 15th Century by the owner of Castle Castelnaud. The chateau was abandoned during the French revolution but was restored by the famous Music Hall star Josephine Baker in the 1930's.

It is a lovely building that can be visited and houses a museum to Baker and is maintained in the way she furnished it in the 1930's.

There is a great bird show that should not be missed when visiting the chateau

 

BEYNAC - 12 km

Beynac is a stunning village situated on the banks of the River Dordogne. It has a castle at the top of a cliff that dominates the whole area. There are winding streets that lead up to the castle which when reached offers excellent views along the Dordogne valley.

There is a great restaurant right on the river and plenty of bars and cafes. Canoes can be hired nearby on the river as well as river cruises on the river boats. The castle can be visited and the film Joan of Arc and Chocolate were filmed in the village and castle.

The village is only 10 Klms from the house on the way to Sarlat and is one of those rare places that stick in your memory. It really is one of the most beautiful and enchanting villages anywhere in the world and almost looks like a set from some Disneyland Movie. Photo opportunities are endless from the river to views from the castle.

The castle was captured by Richard the Lionheart when his forces scaled the cliffs. No mean feat when you are there looking up from ground level.

There is also an archaeological Park that has a number of reconstructed Neolithic buildings

 

LES EYZIES 14 km

Les Eyzies is situated in the UNESCO Listed Vezere Valley and has many caves with prehistoric drawings and other evidence of early man dating back 40,000 years.

This is the area where Cro Magnon Man was discovered and the town has the National Prehistory Museum situated built into a hillside.

There are some lovely cafes and restaurants overlooking the river and the area with its many caves that can be visited is a great place to visit.

LES JARDINS DE MARQUEYSSAC 14 km

The gardens and chateau of Marqueyssac are set high on a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley with views covering Beynac, Castelnaud and many other chateau's in the area.

The gardens are quite remarkable with clipped boxed hedges that weave in and out and lovely walkways on the edge of the surrounding cliffs. There are apparently over 150,000 clipped boxed trees and hedges in the garden that is spread over the entire hilltop.

There is a great cafe and terrace that serves excellent salads and sweet treats where you can sit, eat, drink and be in awe of the view

 

CASTELNAUD CASTLE 16 km

The castle is situated high above the rivers Dordogne and Ceou not far from Baynac. The castle has excellent views around the countryside and to Baynac Castle. The castle was built in the 12th Century and the owners supported the Cathars and then later the English during the 100 year war.

The castle was lost and retaken by the English a number of times during the conflict. It houses a great entertaining museum and huge catapults on its ramparts.

There are some great little cafes near the castle and near the river and local fly fishermen appear to pull and endless supply of fish from the river near the bridge that leads to the castle.

 

LA ROQUE GAGEAC 17 km

La Roque Gageac is one of France's most beautiful villages. It is positioned on the north bank of the Dordogne River, and backed by cliffs, and is one of those postcard villages. You can take a boat ride on one of the replica 'Gabares', the old typical local river boat from here to explore the river Dordogne for an hour.

The local area, with its many castles situated along the river is explained by a guide on the boat, and this can be in English by using the audio guides that are supplied free once on the boat. Or hire canoes locally and paddle along the river and explore the area yourself.

There are restaurants and bars and the village is a lovely place to spend the afternoon having a cool drink by the river.

BELVES 22 km

Is a typical Bastide town that sits high on a hill with many medieval houses and has a 15th century covered market hall. The town is famous for being the town of seven bell towers. There is a 14th century castle and town walls and is on the 'most beautiful villages in France' list. Many parts of the town date from the 11th and 12th century and some of the fortified town ramparts are still visible.

The Hotel Bontemps is a 12th century building which had an Italian Renaissance facade installed in the 16th century and is named after an Englishman, Thomas Bontemps who lived there during the Hundred Years War. The tourist office is another lovely building built in the 15th century.

Market day in Belves is Saturday morning and during July and August there is an evening market on Wednesday nights where tables are laid out around the central hall. You can select what you will eat from the surrounding stalls The stalls offer very affordable meals and is a great way to spend an evening with a couple of bottles of wine. There are a couple of great restaurants in town that offer great service, excellent cheap three course meals for under 25 Euros and have a very good wine list.

 

DOMME 22 km

Domme still has some of its fortified walls and main entrances to the town in place. The towers of the main entrance known as the Porte Des Tours were converted to a prison when the Knights Templers in France were arrested on orders of the King in 1307. It is still possible to see engraved graffiti such as crucifixes and other marks carved by the Knights as they were held awaiting trial. This can be visited all year round.

The town is situated high on a hill and gives magnificent views over the Dordogne Valley. There are several great restaurants that have some of the best views in the Dordogne. There are many fine buildings dating back before the hundred year war with England. There are also caves and grottos right in the town with a 400 meter walk along and through caves that lead to a lift that takes you back to the surface.

For kids (and adults not wishing to walk) there is a Domme Express, a small tourist 'train' that takes visitors around the town.

 

SARLAT LE CANEDA 22 km

Simply known as Sarlat, the main town in the local area and one of the most visited in France. Although there are tourists all year, particularly during the summer months where it can be quite packed, the town should not be missed. The old part of the town, dating from both the medieval and renaissance periods has been well restored and is very beautiful. It is a great pleasure to wander around the cobbled streets and see wonderful architecture.

The tourist office in town is very helpful and can give you a lot of information on nit just the town but also the local area Sarlat has the highest density of Historic Monuments and Classified Monuments of any town in the whole of France.

There is a cathedral on the South eastern side and has a mix of gothic and roman styles. A lovely town square surrounded by cafes and bars. There are many mansions and wonderful buildings with turrets and arched entrances.

Markets are held on Saturday and Wednesday and finding parking on those days can be difficult during the summer months.

 

BERGERAC 51 kim

Bergerac is in the western part of the Dordogne and is one of the largest towns in the area. The town is situated on the River and appears initially to be very commercial; however the old centre is very attractive with some nice restaurants.

The highlight of the area is the wines it produces such as Pecharmant, Monbazillac and Saussignac. Visit the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the centre of the old town. It is a lovely old cloister dating back to the 12th century. Wine Lovers can visit the exhibition there showing the history of Bergerac wines. You can buy a decent bottle of Bergerac Wine in most supermarkets for as low as $5 to $10 price range.

There are many statues of the Cyrano de Bergerac about the town; however it is believed he never actually lived or even visited the town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Size Sleeps up to 11, 6 bedrooms
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac airport is only 55 minutes away. Main ai, Nearest railway: TGV to Libourne, Brive La Gallard or Bordeaux and
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

THE LOCAL AREA

The local area is steeped in history, with many sites and attractions within a short distance from the house. From the UNESCO listed caves containing early man's cave paintings, Gallo-Roman ruins, fortified medieval towns and villages; and over a thousand castles and chateau. Also within driving distance are the famed vineyards of Bordeaux, such as Saint Emillion, and the closer vineyards of the Bergerac region.

The area has beautiful cliffs, fields and valleys that run all the way along the Dordogne River. The area has some of the most beautiful landscapes and buildings that can be found anywhere in the world. Listed here are just a few local attractions that are in the local area..

There are many more that can be found be visiting a local tourist office or just Googling the area for local attractions.

RIVER DORDOGNE 900 meters

The River Dordogne is only 900 meters from the house and is great for fishing, canoeing, cruising or even swimming in the summer months

 

SAINT CYPRIEN 2 km

Saint Cyprian is only 2 kilometers away with restaurants, bars, shops, and a large supermarket that sells everything from wine and cheeses to meats and seafood, to DVD's and clothing. The town has a beautiful Augustinian Monastery initially built in 1076 in the centre of the town that is a focal point to the area due to its size and being raised half way up a hill. The town has many medieval winding side streets and is a wonderful base to explore the Dordogne region.

There are two tennis courts that can be hired and there is a great Sunday market that is open on Sunday morning where you can stock up on local provisions.

Of historical note is a place called Impasse Talbot. This where the house of the last Commander of the English Forces during the hundred year war was situated.

 

BERBEGEUIRES 1 km

Berbegeuires is dominated by a Chateau initially built in 12th century. The village is only 1 kilometre from the house and is an easy walk or bike ride. The village is situated in a dale between to wooded hills and has many hiking trails around the area. There are no cafes, shops or restaurants but the Chateau is beautiful.

SIORAC 6 km

Originally a Roman town, a castle was built on top of the roman fort, called Castel Real and this grand building dwarfs all others in the town. The town is only 6 kilometres from the house is situated on the River Dordogne and has a couple of great restaurants and a bar near the river

 

CHATEAU DES MILANDES 8 km

Chateau Des Milandes was built in the 15th Century by the owner of Castle Castelnaud. The chateau was abandoned during the French revolution but was restored by the famous Music Hall star Josephine Baker in the 1930's.

It is a lovely building that can be visited and houses a museum to Baker and is maintained in the way she furnished it in the 1930's.

There is a great bird show that should not be missed when visiting the chateau

 

BEYNAC - 12 km

Beynac is a stunning village situated on the banks of the River Dordogne. It has a castle at the top of a cliff that dominates the whole area. There are winding streets that lead up to the castle which when reached offers excellent views along the Dordogne valley.

There is a great restaurant right on the river and plenty of bars and cafes. Canoes can be hired nearby on the river as well as river cruises on the river boats. The castle can be visited and the film Joan of Arc and Chocolate were filmed in the village and castle.

The village is only 10 Klms from the house on the way to Sarlat and is one of those rare places that stick in your memory. It really is one of the most beautiful and enchanting villages anywhere in the world and almost looks like a set from some Disneyland Movie. Photo opportunities are endless from the river to views from the castle.

The castle was captured by Richard the Lionheart when his forces scaled the cliffs. No mean feat when you are there looking up from ground level.

There is also an archaeological Park that has a number of reconstructed Neolithic buildings

 

LES EYZIES 14 km

Les Eyzies is situated in the UNESCO Listed Vezere Valley and has many caves with prehistoric drawings and other evidence of early man dating back 40,000 years.

This is the area where Cro Magnon Man was discovered and the town has the National Prehistory Museum situated built into a hillside.

There are some lovely cafes and restaurants overlooking the river and the area with its many caves that can be visited is a great place to visit.

LES JARDINS DE MARQUEYSSAC 14 km

The gardens and chateau of Marqueyssac are set high on a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley with views covering Beynac, Castelnaud and many other chateau's in the area.

The gardens are quite remarkable with clipped boxed hedges that weave in and out and lovely walkways on the edge of the surrounding cliffs. There are apparently over 150,000 clipped boxed trees and hedges in the garden that is spread over the entire hilltop.

There is a great cafe and terrace that serves excellent salads and sweet treats where you can sit, eat, drink and be in awe of the view

 

CASTELNAUD CASTLE 16 km

The castle is situated high above the rivers Dordogne and Ceou not far from Baynac. The castle has excellent views around the countryside and to Baynac Castle. The castle was built in the 12th Century and the owners supported the Cathars and then later the English during the 100 year war.

The castle was lost and retaken by the English a number of times during the conflict. It houses a great entertaining museum and huge catapults on its ramparts.

There are some great little cafes near the castle and near the river and local fly fishermen appear to pull and endless supply of fish from the river near the bridge that leads to the castle.

 

LA ROQUE GAGEAC 17 km

La Roque Gageac is one of France's most beautiful villages. It is positioned on the north bank of the Dordogne River, and backed by cliffs, and is one of those postcard villages. You can take a boat ride on one of the replica 'Gabares', the old typical local river boat from here to explore the river Dordogne for an hour.

The local area, with its many castles situated along the river is explained by a guide on the boat, and this can be in English by using the audio guides that are supplied free once on the boat. Or hire canoes locally and paddle along the river and explore the area yourself.

There are restaurants and bars and the village is a lovely place to spend the afternoon having a cool drink by the river.

BELVES 22 km

Is a typical Bastide town that sits high on a hill with many medieval houses and has a 15th century covered market hall. The town is famous for being the town of seven bell towers. There is a 14th century castle and town walls and is on the 'most beautiful villages in France' list. Many parts of the town date from the 11th and 12th century and some of the fortified town ramparts are still visible.

The Hotel Bontemps is a 12th century building which had an Italian Renaissance facade installed in the 16th century and is named after an Englishman, Thomas Bontemps who lived there during the Hundred Years War. The tourist office is another lovely building built in the 15th century.

Market day in Belves is Saturday morning and during July and August there is an evening market on Wednesday nights where tables are laid out around the central hall. You can select what you will eat from the surrounding stalls The stalls offer very affordable meals and is a great way to spend an evening with a couple of bottles of wine. There are a couple of great restaurants in town that offer great service, excellent cheap three course meals for under 25 Euros and have a very good wine list.

 

DOMME 22 km

Domme still has some of its fortified walls and main entrances to the town in place. The towers of the main entrance known as the Porte Des Tours were converted to a prison when the Knights Templers in France were arrested on orders of the King in 1307. It is still possible to see engraved graffiti such as crucifixes and other marks carved by the Knights as they were held awaiting trial. This can be visited all year round.

The town is situated high on a hill and gives magnificent views over the Dordogne Valley. There are several great restaurants that have some of the best views in the Dordogne. There are many fine buildings dating back before the hundred year war with England. There are also caves and grottos right in the town with a 400 meter walk along and through caves that lead to a lift that takes you back to the surface.

For kids (and adults not wishing to walk) there is a Domme Express, a small tourist 'train' that takes visitors around the town.

 

SARLAT LE CANEDA 22 km

Simply known as Sarlat, the main town in the local area and one of the most visited in France. Although there are tourists all year, particularly during the summer months where it can be quite packed, the town should not be missed. The old part of the town, dating from both the medieval and renaissance periods has been well restored and is very beautiful. It is a great pleasure to wander around the cobbled streets and see wonderful architecture.

The tourist office in town is very helpful and can give you a lot of information on nit just the town but also the local area Sarlat has the highest density of Historic Monuments and Classified Monuments of any town in the whole of France.

There is a cathedral on the South eastern side and has a mix of gothic and roman styles. A lovely town square surrounded by cafes and bars. There are many mansions and wonderful buildings with turrets and arched entrances.

Markets are held on Saturday and Wednesday and finding parking on those days can be difficult during the summer months.

 

BERGERAC 51 kim

Bergerac is in the western part of the Dordogne and is one of the largest towns in the area. The town is situated on the River and appears initially to be very commercial; however the old centre is very attractive with some nice restaurants.

The highlight of the area is the wines it produces such as Pecharmant, Monbazillac and Saussignac. Visit the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the centre of the old town. It is a lovely old cloister dating back to the 12th century. Wine Lovers can visit the exhibition there showing the history of Bergerac wines. You can buy a decent bottle of Bergerac Wine in most supermarkets for as low as $5 to $10 price range.

There are many statues of the Cyrano de Bergerac about the town; however it is believed he never actually lived or even visited the town.

Saint Cyprien

RIVER DORDOGNE 900 meters

The River Dordogne is only 900 meters from the house and is great for fishing, canoeing, cruising or even swimming in the summer months

 

SAINT CYPRIEN 2 km

Saint Cyprian is only 2 kilometres away with restaurants, bars, shops, and a large supermarket that sells everything from wine and cheeses to meats and seafood, to DVD's and clothing. The town has a beautiful Augustinian Monastery initially built in 1076 in the centre of the town that is a focal point to the area due to its size and being raised half way up a hill. The town has many medieval winding side streets and is a wonderful base to explore the Dordogne region.

There are two tennis courts that can be hired and there is a great Sunday market that is open on Sunday morning where you can stock up on local provisions.

Of historical note is a place called Impasse Talbot. This where the house of the last Commander of the English Forces during the hundred year war was situated.

 

BERBEGEUIRES 1 km

Berbegeuires is dominated by a Chateau initially built in 12th century. The village is only 1 kilometre from the house and is an easy walk or bike ride. The village is situated in a dale between to wooded hills and has many hiking trails around the area. There are no cafes, shops or restaurants but the Chateau is beautiful.

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