House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Sarlat, an ancient bishopric, is the capital of the Perigord Noir (due to the walnut trees). A Michelin Guide 3 * town with its restored cathedral, medieval city and weekly market. The region is famous for its gastronomy. There are 1300 castles in the departement and world renown sites such as Rocamadour and Cahors are a short drive away as are the famous Lascaux caves with their prehistoric paintings and the capital of French (European?) prehistory. The countryside is hilly with two rivers crossing the woods and fields, providing Wordsworthian scenery, Cycling, riding, walking, fishing (line and fly) are all available close by. Wine is produced in the less rich soils around Sarlat, from Bordeaux to Bergerac to Cahors. The weather is benign; even in winter snow and frost are infrequent and the summer is typically hot and dry. There must be something for everyone.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two with double beds and one with twin beds. All bedrooms have a cupboard, bedside tables with lamps and two chairs. They all have windows. There is also a large family bathroom with twin wash basins and an Italian shower plus a separate lavatory. A baby cot can be provided.
Downstairs consists of a kitchen-dining room which is fully equipped, a store room (kept locked) a lavatory and a living room with working fireplace, television with DVD player, and library. The kitchen gives onto the garage where the washing and drying machines are kept. The living room has two French windows, one opening onto the side garden and the other onto the terrace which overlooks the swimming pool and the open vista across several waves of hills.
|Further details outdoors|
The swimming pool is alarmed and surrounded by a fence up to the French safety standards. Around the pool are are six sunbathing chairs plus a set of wood table and chairs. There is a wooden table and six chairs on the terrace which can be protected fromt eh sun by an awning.
Although there is a drying machine in the garage, a clothes line is drawn between two of the trees so that you can benefit from sun-dried clothes.
The garden is about half an acre but there are no buildings on either side and the nearest building looking down across the 'pool is a good 100 yards away and hardly visible.
There is a BBQ near the garage.
The price includes linen, towels and pool towels. The only extras are heating, if you come during the winter, and special requests.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne, formerly known as the Perigord, is divided into four parts, white, purple, green and black. Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the Perigord Noir. Black because of the profusion of walnut trees.
the area was teh border between England and France during the hundred years' war and as a result the are numerous castles, including some very imposing ones. Many are still lived in. others can be visited and a few are ruins.
Sarlat merits the three *s awarded by the Michelin Green Guide, with its Cathedral, medieval city and splendid market,
The area is also the prehistory centre of France if not Europe with numerous caves, including the Lascaux caves famous for their ancient paintings and fossils.