Gorgeous 2 bedroom holiday let in Aquitaine

Cales (10km from Lalinde), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004189_D Advertiser since: 4 June 2015

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Cour du Fleuve Sechoir Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

Traditional tobacco drying barn. This cottage/gite is in a town setting.

Cour du Fleuve  Sechoir was one of many barns built in the area to dry tobacco. Hung on wires, the leaves were cut and hung over the wires to dry, before being sent to Bergerac, to be exported before the river silted up. It has to retain its timber facade, to maintain the character of the building.
Completely renovated, it still retains the original beams and some exposed stone walls. To the front, it looks over the front garden, down to the Dordogne and the far banks rising up the other side. Its a two bedroomed property, both en suite upstairs, whilst downstairs there is a good size living area. It is an open plan arrangement, with a seperate well eqipped kitchen, dining area, and a lounge to rleax and if you feel the need, watch tv.  Its UK freeview, with a dvd and music centre provided.
The front has a terrace, equipped with table and chairs, where many enjoy the sun as it rises over the hills ito the front. As the day passes, this can also offer a cooler and shade area, the sun moving around the the rear. The rear terrace is covered, and also is equipped with tables and chairs, but with a gas bbq. Shrubs offer privacy to the sides, and the verandah opens onto the garden, which is fenced for security. The pool is not far and also is fenced with a security gate. Within the pool area, there is a large area, equipped with lougers, to relax and enjoy the sun. Shade is also available with a covered area and parasols.



Kitchen and dining

Modern with kitchen units, fridge freezer, dish washer, washing machine, microwave an oven and hob. There is also a coffee percolator and toaster. All crockery, glasses and cutlery match. We try to provide enough equipment to make preparation of food easy.

Living rooms

Equipped with sofa chairs, and dress, with a book collection. English freeview tv is available, a music centre and a tv player.


The Cottage has a bedroom with a double bed, and the other with twin beds. Each room has a proper wardrobe and dressing table, bedside tables/cabinets


One bedroom has an en suite with a bath with shower over, and the second en suite having a shower cubicle - both with toilet and washbasin

Garden and outside

The front garden looks down to the River, whilst at the rear views all around to the hills on the other side of the river give a wonderful canvass for the beautiful sunsets. The garden is enclosed with a laurel hedge, and has beds of shrubs making it a pleasant environment to enjoy the rural and tranquil setting. There is a badminton area set up, boule are provided, but we do not allow football.

Parking and garages

There is parking for one car per cottage, but with prior arrangement, we may be able to accommodate a second vehicle.

Information about any additional facilities

Badminton net set up and rackets and shuttlecocks are available. There are some sets of boule.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: bream and others
Name of nearest fishing location: River Dordogne and canals at Lalinde to Bergerac
Distance: 8 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: L'Olivarie - Saint Germain de Belves
Distance: 14 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: There are a number all around Bergearc


Name of nearest resort: Water skiing
Distance: 3 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Several in the Cales area


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bergerac, with Percharmant
Distance: 18 km

About the Owner, Mr Michael Cope

It was an opportunity to change our stressful live.. When our two girls finished university, and moved away from home. the search for a suitable new life experience began.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We used to holiday here in the eighties, and found that it was not only a beautiful area, but had many activities to offer
Unique benefits of property We have beautiful views, a tranquil setting, with our properties placed ti give views of the lovely sunsets we experience here. When we arrived here, we didn't really appreciate what this area has to offer, and even now we stumble across new experiences.

The Owner Recommends

Gardens, Chateaux. wine routes, grottos,canoeing walks etc

The river has been a magnet for civilisation from the very start with Lascaux, caves in the hillsides and the more modern towns. Bergerac originally taking ocean going boats many years ago for the tobacco trade, along the Dordogne river. Now silted up and with hydro electric barriers, Bergerac is less important now, with an old town, wonderful restaurants, some arts activities and some shopping. Along the river, further upstream are chateaux, such as Beynac and Castelnaud. There are many old towns, which had strategic input during the hundred years war. Sarlat, with its famous Saturday market is a must. Other towns, such as Monpazier, Domme are also worth a look. Food and drink, with some great restaurants and wines are worth trying. During the summer, many of the villages set out the squares with tables and chairs, the periphery is littered with stalls, offering not only local dishes, but a wider international choice of food and wines for you to choose, take back to your table and eat. There is usually live music or a disco to add to the wonderful atmosphere. Tremolat boasts a Logis offering excellent food, winner of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2007. But part of that hotel has a bistro, where good food is served. But there is plenty of choice foe restaurants here, without breaking the bank. All the way up the Dordogne are points to hire a canoe, with varying distances on offer. Short drive away are other activities, for those more adventurous, such as zip wires in the trees. There are a number of grottos, one accessible by underground train, another being lowered in a basket, and a host of others We give a weekly information sheet to our guests each week, so that they are fully informed ad to what is happening.

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