|Property 1||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
Gite in Dordogne, near Riberac. Tranquil setting, panoramic countryside views. Pretty village Allemans 2km, Ribérac 8km, Bergerac 40km. Swimming, tennis, boating, horse riding, golf close.
Large lounge, antique fireplace, tv, dining room with retained cattle stalls, kitchen with fridge, washing machine, cooker and microwave. Downstairs wc.
First floor. Two double, one with shower en suite, 1 twin bedded room, separate wc, bathroom shower over. High ceilings, original beams. Large orchard, parking, bbq, garden furniture, child-friendly gardens, plenty of areas for play and for eating. Linen and bathroom towels provided. Allemans (within walking distance - approx 20 mins) has a bar/restaurant (good food and occassionally musical evenings). Close by is the historic town of Aubeterre offering pavement cafes, bars and a lovely river beach. Riberac has a spectacular open swimming pool and also offers shops, supermarkets and its famous Friday market. Lac Jemaye and St Aulaye (a short drive away) also offers good swimming, boating and sandy river beaches. View our website see below in contact details. A 2nd barn with two double bedrooms has recently been renovated next to this property and can be booked together (perhaps for 2 families) or separately. A small reduction if booked together. Only one barn is let at a time so that the orchard and garden space is all yours!
Kitchen: microwave, washing machine, fridge, toaster. Back door opens onto small patio and further seating areas to the rear. Large dining room table seats 6 - 8 and the original cattle stalls are retained, opening onto the lounge.
Large lounge with patio doors to the front with views over the countryside. Equipped with sofas and chairs, antique fireplace, tv.
One large double, views over the countryside to the rear. Smaller double with shower en suite, countryside views. Large twin bedded with country views to the front.
Bathroom with shower over and separate wc.
Open fire and stand alone electric heaters
Plenty of seating areas, front garden and rear garden with large orchard, for the young to play or adults to admire the view and read a book.
We are pensioners living in Cornwall and first visited S W France 20 years ago and have spent many holidays there since. We purchased the barns in 2004 and have filled our retirement years renovating the barns. We have four grandchildren and they love visiting the property where they have plenty of outside space and river beaches and lakes to visit .
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with this quiet, original area of South West France. Lovely neighbours and beautiful quiet countryside.|
|Unique benefits of property||It is in quiet countryside, good access to interesting towns and local villages, and river beaches nearby. Good outside space if you have a dog and plenty of fresh fruit in the orchard.|
Brantome (the Venice of the Dordogne), plenty of picnic areas and river restaurants, also large Friday market. Good Kayaking facilties. Visit the town of Bourdeilles on your way, which is on the river Dronne and has a small Chateau.
The small historic town of Aubeterre is well worth visiting, cafes, shops, small Sunday market and a river beach.
Many areas on the River Dronne provide boating facilities. These can be found at Aubeterre, Riberac and Lac Jemaye.
Spectacular market every Friday one of the largest in the region.
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (10 mins by car) visit the lovely river beach and then walk up to the historic town. Slightly further afield Lac Jemaye situated in the nature reserve of the Grand Etang in the Foret de la Double. St Aulaye, pretty village and river beaches.
Two wonderful pools, with very high diving boards for the brave and plenty of seating areas. No baggy shorts allowed.
For the young and the brave an elevated constructed walk way with ropes and slides.
One at St Aulaye and another on the way to Aubeterre.
Further afield the lovely towns of Cognac, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Roque Gageac, Sarlat and Domme.
When we arrived at the barn we were surprised at how spacious the property was and thought the pictures didn't do it justice. The beds were comfortable and the facilities helpful. The fact it has a full sized freezer and a washing machine were a big bonus for us as a family with younger children. There was plenty of things for the boys to do with all the games left in the shed. The majority of their time was spent honing their badminton skills. They enjoyed picking fruit that was almost falling off the branches. As we keep chicken,s the boys enjoyed seeing the ones next door and were really pleased to se the new chicks coming over to the fence. There is a field of sunshine (sunflowers) at the end of the garden which was a bonus.
The owner left a helpful folder on areas to visit, emergency details and recycling information. We cannot thank John enough for making the holiday go smoothly.
There is a supermarket about five minutes drive down the road, and a couple a bit further on. We ate at Chez Fred and found the staff very friendly and the food good value. We regularly went to the river beaches in Aubeterre which has a reasonably priced snack bar and play area for the kids. Brantome was a nice place for a lazy walk around shops or a nice meal.
We would highly recommend these barns as a great family/group get away that is very good value for money, and would like to thank John for letting us use it for a very hot two weeks.
Thank you, lovely comments. The sunshine, chicken and sunflowers, we can't always guarantee, but are a bonus. John Allsopp