Fairytale French Farmhouse
About the home
In its bucolic setting, Gaurenne is a three hundred year old farm of special charm. The house is one of three buildings arranged around a courtyard in the traditional manner of French farms and is a fine example of rural Perigordine architecture. The buildings are constructed of the golden limestone which is typical of the region and have steeply pitched "lauze" roofs made of stone slabs, giving the farm fairytale quality.
Climbing roses, jasmine and lavander fill the courtyard with fragrance, and the herb garden by the door is intended for your use.
The house has been restored in a way that respects its original rustic character while adding modern conveniences for comfort. The interior has many walls of exposed stone, beamed ceilings throughout, and floors of the honey colored local stone (downstairs) and of local chestnut (upstairs). Furnishings include antiques and French fabrics.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||River beaches|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Pool / Snooker table, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden|
Further details indoors:
The main floor is comprised of an eat-in kitchen, a living room, a utility room, and a half-bath. The kitchen is of generous size and includes a dishwasher and the usual amenities. From the table, one looks through a lovely stone window into the meadow. The living room is large and includes a dining area with an antique farm table as well as a comfortable sitting area.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and the other two single beds. Both rooms have large windows and antique armoires.There is also a bathroom with tub/shower and sink set into a tile counter. The WC is separate. The house is equipped with central heating and a washing machine.
Further details outdoors:
Gaurenne is truly a magical setting, both open and fully private. In addition to the 22 private acres to be explored, there are hiking trails that are quickly accessible from the house.
A wonderful feature of the house is its covered terrace, just off the kitchen, which becomes a much loved "outdoor living space," perfect for taking meals as well as reading, working on the computer with the house's wifi, visiting, or simply day dreaming.
The salt water pool is behind one of the three buildings and is open to views of meadows and distant villages.
The house is available by the week and rents from Saturday to Saturday.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Dordogne region
Located in Southwestern France, the Dordogne is a region of gentle beauty, renown for its fine cuisine, medieval villages, proud chateaux, and extraordinary examples of prehistoric cave art. Owing to the unique combination of abundant fish and game and of cliffs rising up from the valleys providing safe dwellings in myriad caves and grottos, more traces of man’s presence thousands of years ago have been found here than anywhere else in France.
Gaurenne is situated in the part of the Dordogne known as the Perigord Noir, which offers a lush landscape threaded with meandering rivers and dotted with charming villages. Dense forests alternate with rolling meadows and fields. Although there are towns and sites which attract visitors in summer months, this is a region which is primarily agricultural, with a quiet, unspoiled countryside where the traditional way of life is still very much in evidence.
Nonetheless, you will not lack for activities to fill your days. There are extensive hiking trails, canoe trips on the Dordogne or Vezere rivers, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis, all nearby. There are also numerous chateaux to visit (Beynac and Castelnaud are not to be missed) as well as odd sites like the ruined Chateau de Commarque and the Cabanes de Breuil (an unusual cluster of ancient, round stone dwellings of unknown origin). The region’s wealth of prehistoric sites is close at hand. The Lascaux caves, Font-de-Gaume, the National Museum of Pre-history at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, and the Abri de Cap Blanc with its carved horses provide a memorable experience. Local outdoor markets offer regional produce and products, with that of Sarlat being one of the most colorful in France. A listing of suggested outings, restaurants, and market days is provided to help visitors make full use of their stay.
The Sarlat area
Sarlat is a jewel of town, and one of the first in France to be preserved before it was too late. You will find wonderful architecture, narrow winding streets, many restaurants and outdoor cafes, and music, theatre and a film festival at various points in the year. People come from afar to enjoy the large outdoor market on Saturdays (a smaller one on Wednesdays) that snakes through the medieval streets.
Summer months are filled with local concerts, festivals and flea markets which can lead you to various interesting villages and towns. A listing of these is found at the Office de Tourisme in Sarlat as well as in the house.
How to get there
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The home is located 15 minutes from Sarlat in the Dordogne region of Southwestern France. It can reached by auto (approx. 5 hours from Paris), by air to either Bordeaux (a 2 hour drive to the house) or Bergerac (45 minute drive to the house), or by train to Brive-la-Gaillarde (45 minutes form house) or Les Eyzies de Tayac (15 minutes from the house).
Activities near Sarlat
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|low-season||1 Apr 12||1 Jun 12||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|high-season||1 Jun 12||1 Sep 12||£ 1700||-||-||1 Week|
|low-season||1 Sep 12||3 Nov 12||£ 1700||-||-||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.
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