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Briance Astaillac 3km from Beaulieu sur Dordogne – Home 559774 House

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Briance Astaillac 3km from Beaulieu sur Dordogne – Home 559774

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  • House
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

House / 4 bedrooms / 6 bathrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

The heart symbol seems to be everywhere in this part of France, Carved above doorways, on roadside markers, on market crosses etc. The medieval symbol of the sacred heart.

The Village of Astaillac can trace its history back to medieval times, and in the garden of the house across the street are the remains of a medieval monastery. Walking around the village you will notice that many of the local houses have incorporated bits of ecclesiastical masonry here and there, and we seem to have more than most. In our lounge there is a huge stone fireplace, which is obviously centuries old, very likely robbed from the old Monastery on the site. On both sides a Heart is carved.

But even if we did not have this symbol carved into the heart of our home, we consider it as very apt as it is a very happy place to be, and when we aren't there we feel as though our hearts are there.

The house was built around 1814, it is of typical local architecture in stone with a turreted pigeonnier.

The heart symbol seems to be everywhere in this part of France, Carved above doorways, on roadside markers, on market crosses etc. The medieval symbol of the sacred heart.

The Village of Astaillac can trace its history back to medieval times, and in the garden of the house across the street are the remains of a medieval monastery. Walking around the village you will notice that many of the local houses have incorporated bits of ecclesiastical masonry here and there, and we seem to have more than most. In our lounge there is a huge stone fireplace, which is obviously centuries old, very likely robbed from the old Monastery on the site. On both sides a Heart is carved.

But even if we did not have this symbol carved into the heart of our home, we consider it as very apt as it is a very happy place to be, and when we aren't there we feel as though our hearts are there.

The house was built around 1814, it is of typical local architecture in stone with a turreted pigeonnier. It is actually two houses joined and set in its own grounds. It is an ideal painter's retreat, quiet but on the edge of a village.

Astaillac is on top of a steep rocky outcrop overlooking the valley of the Dordogne River. It is basically one street with houses either side with the land dropping off steeply from each garden. It is a farming community with some tourism. It has kept its quaint rural character, the most recent building in the village being a stone barn built before WW2. Typical of the area are houses with a Pigionnier, small one-roomed turrets for keeping pigeons. Now mostly flown the roost! One of which we are lucky to have. The area is also famous for its walnut trees. We have one just outside the kitchen window, and the nuts are very good! Astaillac is on the famous Route du Noix (Walnut Road).

Beaulieu Sur Dordogne, which is our local town, about 5km away, is an Abbey town, dating back to the 12th century, with its famous Romanesque Portal Abbey Church, (which John Piper found a stimulating subject for a drawing in 1951 and a watercolour in 1979). A maze of medieval town houses running down to the river, tucked away behind the modern main square.

The Abbey Church holds classical concerts on Saturday evenings through the summer months and there is a community BBQ with music every Monday eve by the river.

Beaulieu sur Dordogne is a famous beauty spot, with its wide views across the river. But it is also known as a regional centre for the growing of strawberries and is called “Pays de la Fraise”. With a huge street party festival held each year in May to celebrate the fact, 5 tonnes of strawberries are said to be consumed on the day.

Our house of hearts has a large living room with sofas and library of art books with Internet. All the rooms are furnished and decorated in a traditional French farmhouse style, but with all modern conveniences. All rooms have both French and UK plug adaptors, extra pillows and covers, and four out of five have en-suite bathroom with towels, soap and shampoo. A balcony with views out over the valley, ideal for warm summer evenings with a drink, good company and views of the two castles on the far side of the valley. Well-equipped kitchen. Patio areas with loungers, a covered al fresco dining area, one double bedroom and 4 bedrooms en-suite.

Location description from owner

The Limousin region

A beautiful, rural region of the South of France. Know locally as the "Valley of Wonders" there are no less than 8 "Le Plus Beau Village de France" within half an hour from the house, as well as the Beautiful Dordogne river and the famous pilgrimage site of Rocamadour is only 40mins away, and the Gouffre de Padirac, with its underground river boat trips is only 25 mins away. You can also hire both bicycles and canoes in the local Abbey town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne.

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

The village of Astaillac is a small village located center of France. The town of Astaillac is located in the department of Corrèze of the french region Limousin, with beautiful rolling countryside, authentic 19th century and earlier architecture and features. The town of Astaillac is located in the township of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne part of the district of Brive-la-Gaillarde. The area code for Astaillac is 19012 (also known as code INSEE), and the Astaillac zip code is 19120.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 6 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 4 En suites, 1 Toilet Only

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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About the owner

Christine B
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
24 Sep 2016

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, German


This House has 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 23 Jul 2013. Located in Correze, it has 1 review with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £200 to £600.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 Sep 2016.

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