Beautifully renovated 19th-century stone farmhouse for holiday rental in lovely, unspoilt Dronne Valley, close to picturesque Brantome (12kms) and Bourdeilles (9kms). Spacious south-facing house in hilltop hamlet, between two pretty villages (about 3kms to each) with local shops and restaurants.
House has tons of character - wood beams, stone fireplaces â€“ and is furnished to the highest standards. Accommodation: family room with double bed, single bed, ensuite shower room and toilet, own entrance from garden. Double bedroom with ensuite shower room. Double bedroom with twin beds. Children's room with twin beds. Cot available. Plus separate bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, and a third toilet.
Large, rustic-style fitted kitchen (equipped with fridge/freezer, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, automatic washing machine, dishwasher) opens to terrace for al fresco dining. Comfortable living room with varied DVDs and CDs, dining room with large farmhouse table.
Private 10x5m saltwater pool (no chlorine smell) with deep end for diving and shallow end suitable for children, and large terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside.
Local activities: walking, cycling, canoeing, swimming, tennis, rock-climbing, horse-riding. Dozen restaurants within 10kms. Lovely town of Perigueux half an hour away, many nearby chateaux, and great market at Riberac.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 2 en suites|
|Nearest beach||Lisle 5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 50 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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Please note, one of the twin bedrooms is suitable only for younger children, not teenagers or older
The Dordogne: One of the most popular regions in France, the Dordogne is a landscape of gently rolling hills, lush little valleys and miles of woodland. The intimate Drone Valley, which lies within the so-called Perigord Vert on the west side of the Dordogne, is tranquil and unspoiled and benefits from a particularly sunny climate.
Climate: The climate is temperate: mild winter, spring and autumn, hot dry summer. Average temperatures are: May 21C, June 24C, July and August 26C, September 23C, October 18C, but temperatures of 20C in February, March and November are not unknown.
Places of Interest: Along the Dronne Valley there are numerous places to visit, starting with the unforgettable little town of Brantome which is dominated by an ancient abbey overlooking the river. Interesting chateaux include those of Bourdeilles, Château-L’Eveque, Puyguilhem, Hautefort and Villebois Lavalette, while Excideuil boasts a fortress, and a little further afield, Aubeterre has a fascinating and atmospheric monolithic church. There are also some great caves to explore. The picture-perfect village of St Jean de Cole has been used as the setting for many period films, and Perigueux is an excellent centre for shopping or simply mooching around the squares of the old quarter.
Restaurants: The stars of Perigord cuisine include foie gras, truffles (Sorges has a truffle museum and a truffle restaurant), and duck, but everything can be found around here, from the freshest fish to flavourful Provencal cooking. Paussac has a local restaurant, and there are countless other possibilities – from the most humble to the most extravagant – within a half-hour’s drive. Riverside restaurants abound in Brantome, and the old town of Perigueux teems with excellent eateries.
Local Markets: Riberac has a splendid Friday market, with fare ranging from clothing to camembert, and there are other markets in Brantome and Perigueux.
Things to do: Canoeing on the pretty Drone river is a popular local activity (several possible starting points), and the area around Paussac is a paradise for rock-climbers (the village has a rock-climbing centre).
There are many delightful walks around Loubazac (maps provided) or you can cycle to the local villages. There is also horseriding nearby.