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Les Charmettes is a beautifully restored private French farmhouse situated near the hamlet of St. Geyrac, within easy reach of Perigueux in the Dordogne. The house is situated at the end of a private driveway, with its own private heated swimming pool(May-Sep). Overlooking meadows and trees, the house offers all creature comforts, privacy and tranquillity, while offering convenient access to the principal tourist haunts of Montignac, Les Eyzies, Le Bugue, Sarlat, Lascaux.
Comfortably accommodating 2 couples or a family of 4, the gîte is light and airy with an open fireplace which fronts the kitchen and living area. The living area overlooks the paddock, with occasional views of deer, hares, foxes, and other wildlife, particularly birds. It has open beams providing a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
The gite floor has underfloor heating for winter lets. The property is fitted with wi-fi communications, for those who wish to keep in touch with the outside world, or whose children want access to their favourite games. English and French TV is available.
Centrally located in the Dordogne, the area abounds in outdoor activities and offers many medieval buildings and chateaux for both history and prehistory buffs. The gîte offers rural tranquillity with the relaxing sounds of birdsong as well as sheep and cattle on adjacent farms, yet is conveniently located for access to all the the main tourist centres and activities.
Domestic pets are welcome.
There is a small supermarket, newsagent and cash dispenser about 10 minutes away and the nearest local restaurant, featuring local specialities, is about 5 minutes away.
The main supermarkets selling local and some foreign products and food,are on the approach to Perigueux, and are about 20 minutes by car. These supermarkets also have cash dispensers and relatively inexpensive fuel, both diesel and unleaded petrol.
The kitchen/dining area offers a relaxing view over the field in which the gite is located. It is light, airy and fitted with a microwave, dishwasher, coffee-maker, hob, oven, toaster and fridge. Spacious storage cupboards contain the full range of cooking utensils; crockery, glasses, knives, forks, and saucepans. The hob is gas powered while the oven is electric. The kitchen table seats 6 people.
The living room is an extension of the kitchen/dining area, and again overlooks the paddock. There is a TV with either UK or French channels, a small library of books and various games if the weather occasionally turns inclement. For autumn and spring renters, there is a wood burning fire. The Wifi Access point is behind the TV. A DVD player is available on request as are binoculars and a bird guide.
There is a double master bedroom off the kitchen, with en suite facilities. Another double bedroom is located off the main hall way There is a mezzanine bedroom which has 2 single beds and views over the meadow. One set of sheets is provided for each bed.
There are 2 bathrooms. One offers a basin, bath and shower as well as a wc. The other has a basin, walk-in shower and wc. . One set of towels (bath towel + hand towel) is provided per guest. Additional towels may incur a small fee.Swimming towels are NOT provided.
The gite offers underfloor heating (extra) for late autumn and/or winter lets, as well as a wood burning fire for romantic evenings indoors.
The Dordogne is a summer mecca for many off-season professional artists, so the musically and theatrically minded can indulge themselves virtually continuously from May to October. Not that the visual arts are excluded, nor the historically minded with lectures and enactments at the various chateaux and other locations.
Many villages have "night markets" offering local food, wine and entertainment.
On the east side of the gite, there is a grassy picnic area opening on to the pool. A mown path allows guests to meander through the field to see the panoply of wild flowers and butterflies that are summer residents. The area is rich in wildlife particularly birds.
On the south side, a small patio with a second picnic table provides a pleasant al fresco spot for an early morning coffee in the shade.
Parking is outside the gite. Parked cars are invisible from the nearest road about 150m distant.
The interior of the living dining area is horizontal and access to the downstairs bedrooms:vestibule requires only one step up.
For guests who envisage a late arrival, we will be pleased to purchase basic foodstuffs such as coffee and tea on their behalf to cater for breakfast prior to a supermarket or market expedition.
The area abounds in chateaux. Guides and general information is available in the gite.
Les Eyzies and Montignac have well known prehistory exhibitions. There are also a large range of other prehistory sites.
The property is surrounded by trails suitable for walking, cyclo-cross, horse-riding. Further afield, there are canoe rides, a children's park with water slides and petting animals. The property itself has a plethora of wild life to observe, as well as beautiful star-filled night skies.
Eating is a sport in France. There are plenty of restuarants offering food from "cheap& cheerful", to "posh", if that's your thing. The summer months mean that open-air dining is the norm.
A beautiful house set within a wonderful location.
Les Charmettes is everything described in its advert. It is a spacious and comfortable house containing everything you would need for a relaxing stay. Set within a rural town but close enough to all types of amenities as long as you have a car. The hosts were amazing and gave us plenty of ideas for places to go and things to do. Our children loved running around in the meadow and gazing at the stars at night. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone seeking a home from home.