Enjoy superb spacious accommodation and fantastic facilities for a totally relaxing break. Imagine lazing by the 10x5 private heated swimming pool or enjoying a glass of wine and an al fresco meal on one of the 3 terraces. Take an evening stroll by the lake or sit under the shade of the fig trees. An excellent choice for families, with facilities for all ages. Children are especially well catered for. Spread over 3 floors, the house is light and airy with large bedrooms and wonderfully furnished communal areas, with comfy sofas and homely touches. Chanteloube is not isolated but it is in a peaceful area with easy access to the local town of Vergt and only 15k from Perigueux a beautiful city with cobbled streets and a wonderful Cathedral.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 family bathrooms and 1 en suite|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, 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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (4), Single Beds (3), Cots available (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
Chanteloube is situated in 1.5 acres of wonderfully peaceful grounds. there is a large grassed areas, an orchard, a small lake which is stocked with fish, 3 sun terraces on 3 different aspects and a 10m x 5m swimming pool with full width steps leading into the pool, a large surrounding sun bathing area and an outdoor shower. For your safety the pool is protected by regulation height fencing with a self closing gate mechanism and the lake is fenced off from the main garden with gates which enable access for you to walk round. There is a barbecue and ample garden furniture.The orchard contains peach, plum, fig, apple and cob nut trees. Please feel free to help yourselves to any fruit in season during your stay.There is a large climbing frame and swings for children to enjoy, as well as other outdoor toys.Swimming is not permitted in the lake but you can fish it. There is a rod available at the house, all we ask is that you return all that you catch.
The Dordogne is the third largest department in France. It is split into 4 areas, Perigord Noir (black), Blanc (White), Vert (green) and Pourpre (purple). Perigord Blanc is central, it is so called because of the white limestone within the are. Perigueux is its capital, founded by the Romans many years ago. Perigord Vert stretches north and takes its name from the luscious green valleys, the area is hilly with many streams and rivers. Perigord Noir is famous for its prehistoric history and is centred round Sarlat with its wonderful 17th century buildings and narrow streets. The Vezere river flows through villages such as Sergeac and Les Eyzies until it merges with the Dordogne river beyond Le Bugue. The Dordogne then continues through Beynac, Domme and La Roque Gageac where over its banks tower cliffs where you will find houses built into the rock face. Perigord Poupre denotes the grapes which are grown along the banks of the Dordogne throughout this area. Here you will also find Bastide towns, such as Eymet, Monpazier and Domme, whose history are associated with the 100 year and religious wars.
The Dordogne has more chateaux and castles than anywhere in France.. Many were built during the 100 years war, some by the French some by the English. You will also find prehistoric cave paintings at places like Lascaux and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac.
The climate is temperate and is generally governed by the Atlantic, it brings in some rain which makes this area greener than the south but the sun is warmer than the north so spring starts earlier and it stays warmer well into autumn. Summers can be hot with temperatures at times reaching over 30°c.
Tthere are many activities available for all ages in the local area. Brochures are available at the house with info on things to do, or you can visit the local tourist information office in Vergt.
Sports enthusiasts and those of an energetic nature are well catered for with swimming, walking, tennis, rugby (there is a team in Perigueux and the local team at Vergt is well worth seeking out if you want to watch a good game) golf, canoeing, fishing (you will need a license which can be purchased in Vergt at the tabac), hot air ballooning, climbing, go-karting, paint balling, cycling, horse riding and various water sports. These are all within easy access of the house.
There is an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for buzzards, kingfishers, hoopoes, herons, woodpeckers and jays amongst others. At certain times of the year, storks migrate north and the house is below their flight path. It is an amazing sight to behold, hundreds of them darken the sky and you can hear the flapping of their wings for miles. You may also be lucky enough to see deer, red squirrels, wild boar and pine martens whilst on your travels.
For those of you that savour the finer things in life, a trip to a local vineyard is a must. Take a tour round a chateau and discover how they grow and harvest the grapes, learn about the process of fermenting and storing and then best of all you get to sample some of the excellent wines. Some local wines to look out for are, Pecharmant, Saussignac and Montbazillac. One of the most beautiful towns where there are many wine producers is St Emilion, with its honey coloured buildings and wonderful terracotta roofs.
Gastronomes will delight in dishes such as Magret de Canard (duck), foie gras, truffles, mushrooms, walnuts, fish and strawberries, which are specialities of the region. In nearly all restaurants you will see duck in various forms on the menu.
Exploring the region on foot, by car or river is an adventure in itself. Some of the places not to be missed are Sarlat, St Emilion, Limoges, Hauteforte, Gourdon, Rocamadour, Bordeaux and Angouleme as well as those already mentioned. The house is only 2 hours from the coast, which is a great day out for all the family.
There are markets in the area every day of the week to whet the appetites of the shopaholics amongst you. Wonderful fresh local produce, intriguing artifacts and antiques from by-gone days and the weirdest fashions you ever did see. Check out the cheeses, fresh vegetables, meat and fish.
Eating out is an experience. The local pizza restaurant in Vergt is a favourite for many of our guests, as is Lâ€™Accroche Coeur in Perigueux (details of both are at the house) two very different places to eat but great food. There are however many places to try and enjoy. The CafĂ© de Place in Perigueux, is a great meeting place for young French students and you can partake in a drink and get a good meal and the Truffe D'Or at St Mayme de Pereyol, which is great value. For English and French alike The Star Inn is a must visit, run by Bev and Mike it is an Irish Pub with a great atmosphere. The Friday night quiz is good light entertainment. It is frequented by French as well as English clientele and is really friendly.