Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4
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Stylish, spacious gîte accommodation in the Dordogne countryside with shared pool near Nontron
Verdant views over the Dordogne countryside surround L'arbre Magnolia. L'arbre Magnolia is a restful retreat from the everyday, offering privacy and tranquility for that perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday.
Ideally situated for exploring the whole Dordogne area and all it has to offer and for walking, cycling, riding in the peaceful and tranquil surrounding countryside. The moment you walk out the door you can begin a walk through the beautiful hilly landscape. We are popular with ramblers, cyclists, wine-tasters, walkers/hikers, bird-watchers and lovers of the natural world. All walks/bike rides are clearly signed and maps are available in your gite.
L'arbre Magnolia is a restful retreat from the everyday, offering a well equipped and tastefully decorated gite in a 18th Century building. L'arbre Magnolia is furnished in a relaxed style, with modern decorations and has 2 floors.
Completely renovated to an exceedingly high standard, the gite has spacious rooms, and plenty of modern amenities to enhance your stay, with everything you would expect to find in your own home. The gite is decorated to a high standard with homely touches and quality fixtures and fittings.
Our child friendly gites are ideal for families, with facilities onsite to amuse children of all ages, including ping pong, a pool table - we provide toys/games, and books from the library.
The pool (open end May - end Sept) is situated to the rear of the buildings, is in a secluded private sun trap, with a lovely open aspect and views of the local wooded area. The pool has easy access by steps, with loungers and parasols for your comfort, pool-side lights and under-water illumination. The pool is shared with La Maison de Rebeyrat. It is cleaned and maintained on a daily basis, and is fully compliant with French law, including a safety alarm which has a code.
You can also watch for wildlife, such as deer, birds, including eagles, hoopoe, black redstart and woodpeckers, from the comfort of the loungers. On a dark clear night, the starry sky is spectacular, lovely for the keen star gazer.
L'arbre Magnolia is a fantastic location for families seeking an active yet relaxing holiday with something on offer for everyone, a good base to visit the many historic and other sites of interest in the area. The whole experience will provide fond memories that will last long after the holiday is over and make you want to return. This is true rural France, the pace of life is slow and conversation and gastronomy go hand in hand. Take your time purchasing local produce at one of the local markets and then linger over a relaxing meal in the evening.
You will be welcomed on arrival by the owners.
A well equipped kitchen, with fitted units, granite worktops, a fitted refrigerator, oven, hob, dishwasher and toaster. The kitchen, the ideal place to make use of your cooking talents with fresh products found in local markets. The dining area has an attractive solid oak table with eight chairs and is a good focal point for your group to get together over dinner and a glass of wine. The dining room has a wood burner.
A large comfortably furnished, spacious living room, with large settees, yew wood furniture, to create a relaxing living area and a log burning fire and traditional oak beam features. There is satellite tv (English and french channels) a dvd player and a cd player. One of the settees converts into a double bed. There are two comfy chairs in a quiet corner for you to read a range of books from the library. There are toys/games to keep you occupied.
On the ground floor is a twin room with fitted wardrobe and views of the garden. Upstairs houses two more large bedrooms. One has twin beds, with wardrobe, chest of drawers and the other is a spacious master bedroom with large en suite. The master bedroom is beautiful and spacious and offers a soothing and quiet atmosphere. Beds are made up upon your arrival, you just have to unpack your suitcases! From the master bedroom, you can step directly onto your balcony through the patio doors to enjoy the view. There is wooden garden furniture and a parasol where you can take your morning coffee overlooking the countryside or dine 'al fresco'.
On the ground floor, opposite the twin bedroom there is a wc with wash basin and fitted shower. En suite bathroom is very spacious with a bath and shower over, washbasin, wc.
Wood burner in master bedroom, living room and dining room, radiators in every room.
Ping-pong table, pool table, badminton, rounders/cricket set, board games, netball posts. There is also a library on site with over 4,000 books to choose from.
You will love the peace and tranquility. The property is situated in 4 acres of private, secluded wood and meadow land. The rear enclosed garden, shared by both gites, has a gas barbecue where you can enjoy outdoor dining at the table and chairs provided. You can also watch for wildlife, such as deer, birds, including eagles. On a clear night, every star in the milky way comes out. There is so much land for children to run around freely and everyone to find their own private space to relax and unwind.
On the large south facing terrace with shared pool, you can relax in the sun reading a book and when it gets too hot, you can take a refreshing dip. The 4 acres of private land gives you complete privacy, perfect for lounging on hot summer afternoons.
Private off road parking available.
You will be welcomed on arrival by the owners, we live on site but we will ensure that your privacy is guaranteed. However, we will be on hand, if required, to answer any questions, give you advice and recommendations about local activities and attractions, make reservations for you, and help to make your stay as relaxing as possible and memorable. The gite is provided with an information pack in which, as well as describing life in the areas, we have gathered information about the local attractions, markets and recommended restaurants.
Numerous outdoor activities available around the area. These include rock climbing, horse riding, walking, fishing, beach volleyball and French boules. Kayaks are available (first 30 minutes free). Lakes for fishing and a choice of golf courses. In the summer months there are lots of night markets to visit, classical evenings, jazz evenings, festivals in the surrounding area. Lots of choice for all the family.
For an energetic family fun day out, you must go to the Adventure Park, where you can swing from trees, walk rope ladders, abseil amongst other thrilling activities set in a natural area. All activities uses harnesses and are fully supported by qualified and experienced instructors. Accessible from 1.45 m. To perform all teens/adults route, it takes about 2 hours on average. Also, remember that for a family you also have access to the entire course for kids! Also note that you are free to make and remake the paths at will!
Angouleme is the capital of the Charente area. The old town centre is built on a plateau which overlooks the Charente river. Narrow cobbled streets wind around the 19th century market and are full of atmosphere and include the Mairie, old churches and the Cathedral. The renowned classic/vintage car rally the 'Circuits des Ramparts' is held in September each year in Angoulême The racing of these old vehicles, as they scream around the ancient streets, reminds you of Monaco 50 years ago!
A listed riverside village built in the shape of amphitheatre this former stronghold is classified as one of France's prettiest villages. The charming square with bustling cafes and restaurants, quaint shops and ancient buildings, riverside beach and leisure facilities make this an attractive place to visit.
Brantome is an idyllic village located to the north of Perigueux on the banks of the River Dronne. The town is known locally as the Venice of Perigord. The town also boasts a selection of good restaurants including the Michelin starred Moulin de l'Abbaye. Market day is Friday. Canoeing through Brantome gives you a different perspective on the town and is always a popular way to enjoy the setting and the surrounding countryside.
In July/August you can buy fresh produce and have it barbecued and sit at long trestle tables in the town square and enjoy the evening while listening to the band. This is a truly great French experience.
Limoges is a city and commune, the capital of the Haute-Vienne department. Limoges is well worth a visit. Known as ‘The City of Porcelain,’ where more than 50% of French porcelain is made. Limoges has a market day in the old city most Sunday mornings. You can take the Tourist Train around Limoges. It will drive you through streets and alleys to discover the main sights and monuments of the city. It is about one hour long.
There is a family run restaurant within walking distance.
The site of a Second World War massacre, this village has been left as it stood after the tragic events of June 1944. It is a moving experience walking through the village of the martyrs. It is a grim reminder of the tragedies of World War 2.
Atlantic beaches - 2 hours Futurescope at Poitiers - 2 hours La Rochelle - 2 hours Bordeaux - 2 hours Zoo de la Palmyre, Royan
Perigueux is the capital of the Perigord, with lively twice-weekly markets, You will find pretty, narrow streets that run between stone buildings and squares with cafes and restaurants. You will find museums and art galleries, which are well worth a visit.. Arriving in Perigueux the first thing to attract your attention is the amazing St Front Cathedral which dominates the town centre. The original church was built in about 1120 and changed in the 19th century by Paul Abadie who used it as a model for the design of the Sacre Coeur church in Montmarte. In the summer there is an annual international mime festival, with players performing in the medieval city streets as well as in the theatre.
Piegit Pluviers is a 10 minute drive, with shops, banks, restaurants and bars. A bustling Wednesday market provides the holidaymakers with all the aromas one associates with life in France.
A man made lake approx 15 minutes away from the gite, which has an excellent beach with picnic tables and a children's play area.
The Chateau de Bourdeilles dominates the village and is the center of a visit. In fact the 'chateau de Bourdeilles' consists of two distinct castles – an older castle, and then a larger more recent renaissance castle. The older fortress section, dating from the 13th century, is the part containing the the impressive octagonal keep that dominates the skyline of the town, while the adjoining newer 16th century chateau is an altogether more refined building, with rich furnishings throughout. The chateau gardens are very traditional French style – plenty of small meticulously shaped shrubs – and give a lovely backdrop to the chateau.
A lovely Gites in the Périgord Limousin National Park with lovely countryside views. The Gites is very comfortable and well equipped. The owners Mairi and Ren are very helpful and lovely hosts. The swimming pool was always clean and was in a lovely setting. There was so much to do in the area with most places within 45 minutes drive. We will definitely consider returning in the future.
We had an amazing time and the property was fantastic, the pool perfect for the kids (ages 10, 8, 5, 2) but you also have the lake at St Esteph down the road (15 minutes) with great swimming and loads of other activities so you can vary the fun for the kids. The local towns and villages are beautiful and you are pretty much equidistant with Angloumet, Limoges etc if you want to do something different. The chickens and goats were also a hit and Mairi and Ren were the consumate hosts we couldn't ask for more.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments. It was lovely having you all staying here with us, and I am so glad that you all had a good time.
Mairi and Ren
Ren and Mairi were very welcoming and on hand with vital information about the local area. The Gite was amazingly clean and spacious providing everything that we needed. The pool is shared with the Gite next door but there was enough room for everybody, and the children had lots of space to be noisy and run around exploring safely. There are many kilometres of very clearly marked bike trails on the doorstep which we found and enjoyed. All in all a very good holiday.
Mairi and Ren were fantastic hosts who were very welcoming and always happy to help. The gite is set in beautiful grounds and while quiet and secluded, you are very close to many local villages and towns with lots of things to do. We also had our disabled father with us on holiday and the gite was also perfect for this as there is a ground floor bedroom and shower room. Our young children really enjoyed the pool, which has an alarm for extra piece of mind and the large balcony was a great place to eat breakfast or an evening meal while enjoying the wonderful views. One of the best holiday rentals we have stayed in and we would highly recommend.
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