Le Grand Chemin de la Vie is a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the most perfect position for getting around the Dordogne and seeing everything that you will want to see... The lovely village of Montcaret has a wonderful Patisserie with cakes and fresh bread, an 11th Century Church and a historic archaeological dig with the ruins of a mosaic Spa. We are 15 minutes away from the world famous village of St. Emilion and in a great position to drive to Bergerac and Bordeaux. Le Grand Chemin de la Vie has a lovely swimming pool, free wi-fi and large garden with wonderful views.The Bordeaux Room is a large room with a King Sized bed with a fully size single Day Bed. This room has a large, jungle shower en-suite with his and her sinks. At the back of the house this room as lovely views over the garden and the vines. The Champagne Room has a Double Bed and is on the ground floor. This room has a large Wet Room with jungle shower. Grab rails allows this room to be suitable for partial disabled use. Being on the ground floor this room is easily accessible from the outside. Please just email us if you have any queries as to how suitable this room is for disabled use. The Chablis Room has two single beds and a vanity unit. Guests at Le Grand Chemin de la Vie have their own lounge with a TV, a DVD player with over 30 DVD's something to suit all ages and tastes, a wide selection of books for you to read and games for you to play with. There is even a Wii to play on with 4 remote controls. Guests have their own Fridge, Kettle, with Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Water all provided free of charge.At the back of the house is the Orangery where Breakfast is served. Guests may use the large garden and swimming pool with sun loungers to sit and relax on days when they do not want to go out exploring. Chairs and tables for eating alfresco are also dotted around the garden. Picnics can be purchased if requested the night before. For guests staying 3 nights or more, there is also a BBQ that can be used freely. Le Grand Chemin de la Vie also has an outdoor Pizza Oven and Pizza Parties can be arranged with the owners.All four letting rooms can by hired by one client.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms, 2 en suites and 1 toilet only|
|Nearest beach||Bordeaux 52 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac, Bordeaux & Limoge Airports. Bergerac 35 km, Nearest railway: Ste Foy de Grand 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (3), Cots available (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Wheelchair users|
Just 20 minutes drive away is the truly beautiful village of St. Emilion. Set into a hillside on the north side of the river Dordogne, this twelfth century town consists predominantly of old stone houses with shuttered windows and cobbled streets. Hidden beneath the town is Europe's largest underground church, a magnificent place hewn out of the soft rock by Benedictine monks in the ninth century. Louis XIV described the wines of St Emilion as the 'nectar of the gods'. At the foot of the thirteenth century chapel lies a small cave which is said to have been the home of the monk St Emilion. To this day infertile women come and sit on the stone slab reputed to have been his bed, in the hope of conceiving!
The first weekend in May sees about 20 of the local Chateaux open their doors to visitors and numerous concerts and wine tastings are held throughout the year. Particularly popular are the festivals of Fete de Printemps (June) and the Harvest (September). Recently added to UNESCO's World heritage list it would be a pity to come so near and not visit this beautiful town.
Just a few minutes up the road from Montcaret is Castillion la Bataille.
In 1453, Castillion la Bataille was where the last major battle of the Hundred Years war was fought. It is here also that every summer in late July and early August, a spectacular floodlit re-enactment of that battle takes place. Spread over 16 acres and involving some 800 participants, 500 of whom are actors with 50 cavalry, this is a magnificently organised and executed show. The highlight is an intense two hour battle incorporating amazing stunts and pyrotechnics.
Spend the day wandering through everyday life of the middle ages, between the farms and inns, see the puller of teeth and the hawkers before enjoying the battle. Finally, finish your day with dinner in the Medieval Inn. The festival runs for two weeks with the battles being re-enacted daily. Booking is essential for this exceptionally well organised event. For more detailed information, including dates and booking details. Please click our link for The Battle of Castillion. If all this sounds too much for you you'll be glad to hear that after hostilities have ceased Castillon la bataille returns to being a peaceful little town with an excellent market each Monday morning.
There are many things to do in and around Montcaret.
Our Historical Roman Villa and Church. Come and discover the archaeological site of Montcaret, and its Gallo-Roman villa, private thermal baths and outstanding mosaic pavements. Guided tours take approximately 1 hr and information can be found on:- http://montcaret.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/
The area is famous for its vineyards, chateaus and the many, many wineries to visit, far too many to mention but the most famous being
The award winning Harveys Restaraunt is situated within Montcaret Village, some 10 minutes walk away. Le Grand Chemin has an arrangement with the owners of Harveys and they will open on evenings that they are normally closed, if you have a group of 8 or more. For further information contact Harveys
Website http://www.harveys.fr, Phone 0553579424, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Montcaret is situated in the perfect location in the Dordogne. It is the sort of place where you can be as active or as restful as you want with Beautiful Gardens to walk around for peace and tranquility, or kayaking down the Dordogne River... here are some links to activities you may want to try and which are less than 30 mins away from the house.
http://www.france-voyage.com/activities/site.php?lid=57987?=en for Kayaking
http://www.france-voyage.com/towns/montcaret-6162.htm - for Historic Sites
http://www.france-voyage.com/activities/site.php?lid=58111?=en - for Fishing
http://www.france-voyage.com/activities/site.php?lid=59322?=en - for Microlight Flights
http://www.france-voyage.com/activities/site.php?lid=58976?=en - Outdoor sports, including archery, mountain biking, orienteering. (45 mins away)