|Chez Vignaud||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
Our character farmhouse is perfect for unhurried holidays. It sits on the top of a peaceful hillside with wonderful unspoiled views of the beautiful Dordogne countryside, just 5 minutes' drive from the pretty village of Allemans, which has a bar/restaurant and a baker's. Ribérac, a bustling market town, is less than 10 minutes' drive with shops, cafes and restaurants, the famous Friday market, and sports facilities including canoeing on the river.
The house has been renovated to offer all modern comforts, but it also retains many original features such as solid timber beams, open fireplaces and the thick stone walls which keep it beautifully cool in the heat of summer.
Downstairs there is a large comfortable lounge plus a second smaller sitting room, a farmhouse kitchen/dining room and a utility room. Upstairs there are 4 spacious bedrooms sleeping 8 altogether, one of them with an en suite shower room, plus a large family bathroom.
The garden faces south-west and is entirely private.
The location is perfect for enjoying the countryside, local outings, day trips or just taking it easy. There are lovely walks or cycle rides in all directions right on the doorstep.
Popular destinations nearby include Aubeterre just 20 minutes away (officially one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France), Brantome 40 minutes away (the Venice of the Dordogne), Périgueux 40 minutes away (lovely medieval town with narrow streets and cathedral), or St. Emilion 60 minutes away (outstandingly beautiful town in wine growing region, UNESCO world heritage site). Bordeaux is an hour and a half's drive, and is a lovely city with great shops and stunning riverside architecture, and is also a UNESCO heritage site. The many cultural offerings range from fabulous castles and gardens, to prehistoric caves with wall paintings and stalactites, all within an hour or two's drive.
Large modernised farmhouse kitchen with stable door to the garden. Double oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher. Large fridge, separate freezer and washing machine in the adjoining utility room.
Large sitting room with french doors to the garden. Generous comfy sofas for the rare moments you're not outside enjoying the weather and scenery. Original solid timber beams provide lots of character.
Second smaller sitting room with original open fireplace, sofa, writing table and piano.
Bedroom 1 has the original open fireplace, solid timber beams and a lovely view from the 2 original windows. Large king size bed.
Bedroom 2 has a modern style four poster double bed and a lovely view of the countryside.
Bedroom 3 has a double bed and its own en suite shower room with shower, basin and wc.
Bedroom 4 opens off bedroom 1. It is a spacious, pretty room with twin beds and is ideal for children.
Family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower, basin and wc.
En suite shower room with shower, basin and wc off bedroom 3.
Full oil-fired heating, electric fans for hot summer nights.
Tv and dvd player. Selection of dvds, books and board games.
The garden is entirely private. It is flat and on two levels separated by 4 stone steps. The garden faces southwest and enjoys sunshine all day long, with a shady eating area under the old lime tree which is perfect for enjoying the view at any time of day. Garden table and chairs, barbecue and deckchairs are provided.
A path leads from the garden downhill to a "wilderness" area with a trampoline that is always popular with younger visitors.
There is a gravelled courtyard with plenty of parking space for 3 cars.
The house has an open tread staircase and all the bedrooms are upstairs. The garden is on 2 levels and is not suitable for very small children.
We have an arrangement with a reputable cycle hire company, which includes free delivery of hire cycles to the house and free collection at the end of the hire period.
I'm a freelance translator with two daughters. We lived at the house for 3 years and have spent many happy holidays here since. I'm delighted when our guests can stay at this special house and discover this beautiful part of France too!
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||We travelled around many parts of France from the Loire southwards looking for the perfect spot, and when we got here we knew we had found it.|
|Unique benefits of property||When you drive down the lane and turn into our courtyard, it's like entering a different world. The house is in a wonderful position on top of a hill overlooking beautiful countryside, and in summer you can sit in the garden for every meal with this lovely view in front of you. Inside the house the original character has been preserved to create a uniquely relaxing and comfortable space. We have had guests who said they used to go out later than planned every morning because they didn't want to leave!|
Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. Stone houses on the hillside, a subterranean church and a lovely village square with bars and restaurants. 20 minutes' drive.
An hour and a half's drive, so a good place for a day trip. Wonderful architecture designed by Haussmann alongside the river. A wide selection of shops big and small, restaurants and cafes, and galleries and museums.
Swimming lake 20 minutes' drive away, popular with locals and tourists alike. Has cafes and restaurants, but is also perfect for taking a picnic to eat under the trees in between dips in the lake.
Regional centre 45 minutes away. Pretty, narrow streets run between stone buildings and squares with cafes and restaurants. The Romanesque Cathedral is well worth a visit, as is the museum and art gallery.
Held every Friday from early morning to mid-afternoon. One of the best markets in the Dordogne. Everything from local produce to baskets, live chickens to mattresses!
A town famed for its wine and honoured by being included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. You can admire the beautiful golden stone houses clambering around the hilltop, take a walk in the sunshine, then reward yourself with a delicious meal or a wine tasting.