|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
Situated just 3km from the River Dordogne, Bellevue a former wine domaine is bordered by vines and provides spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and valley.
Ideal for families La Grange our holiday cottage has its own self contained garden with furnished patio area and bbq for relaxed living, and is adjacent to the 'Italian' garden and the 12 x 6m pool. The pool is alarmed and the area around it is fenced and gated to minimise the risks to small children, making it a splendid relaxing and fun place to spend the day.
The property has central heating for cooler autumn and winter months with a log burner for added comfort. There is a selection of videos and dvds on request with access to paperback books, board games, Play Station.
Your croissants and bread are just 3kms away at the local boulangerie, with basic provisions available at either of the 2 villages. For all modern shopping facilities Ste Foy la Grande is just an easy 10 minute drive with a choice of 4 local supermarkets and all the facilities of a modern market town, including the Saturday market, one of the top 100 in France.
The swimming pool area is shared with the main Domaine house, ref: AD003257.
We provide loungers with cushions, tables, chairs and parasols.
There is a field with plenty of space for football games and we have a badminton/volley ball net and rackets if required
There is a boules court if you feel like some competitive sport!
An American style kitchen with fridge freezer, dishwasher, cooker, washing machine and microwave.
There is a large wood/log burner with seating in the form of two and three seater sofas and coffee table. There is also a dining table with chairs and doors leading out into the garden.
There is a ground floor en suite bedroom with bathroom. On the first floor there are three further bedrooms, one twin, one double and one with bunk beds.
There is a bathroom on the first floor and one in the form of an en suite on the ground floor.
The Cottage has central heating as well as the log/wood burner.
There is a tv, dvd and music Centre.
A folder with information on local attractions together with a selection of board games (in case of the odd wet day).
The garden is surrounded by a small wall and has a flowerbed. flower pots and lawn, with a paved and furnished bbq and eating area overlooking the swimming pool and surrounding countryside.
The swimming pool area is paved and in this larger area there is a slide and swings combination, and we can erect the badminton net for extra activity if required.
There is a dedicated parking area adjacent to the property.
This cottage has been used over the years for both families and couples and its versatility is such that it is suitable for all.
Activities in the barn include table tennis, darts and table football.
' Felibree Festival each July ' Our region holds an annual Felibree festival on the first weekend in July which draws 25,000 visitors each year for a journey into the Dordogne's romantic past and the Occitan language (langue d'Oc). It takes place in a different town every year and for 2013 Bergerac was chosen. Over the days 5th, 6th and 7th July the town was decorated with thousands of flowers hung from wires over the streets in the old historic centre of town. A truly colourful and spectacular event. Throughout this time visitors can discover traditional trades from the region where the langue d'Oc is spoken, such as basket-making and clog-making. Everywhere there are colourful traditional costumes and dancing in the streets which are decorated with thousands of intricate flower garlands. It is an event not to be missed.
If you are lucky enough to be in France on Bastille Day (14th July) you will find celebrations all over the country. Locally both Bergerac and Ste Foy la Grande hold events during the day and when the evening draws in and the daylight fades to darkness, you are treated to spectacular firework displays on the river bank, a magical backdrop for the brilliant colours and patterns.
A visit to nearby Chateau Monbazillac built in 1550 to discover it's history and at the end of the visit enjoy a relaxing wine tasting is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Monbazillac wine is golden, smooth with a heady aroma and is best enjoyed chilled as an aperitif or perhaps with a rather 'wicked' dessert.
As already mentioned this is a wine producing area and opportunities for a ‘Degustation’ abound in the vicinity and are often difficult to resist! The 'route des vins' with local vignerons happy to discuss their wine and to let you taste, is on our doorstep. A little knowledge of the French language will make your visit more interesting, but is not always essential. We even have ‘English’ winemakers producing really good wine locally.
French markets are renowned for their fresh produce and most villages/towns have a weekly market, with our local market town of Ste Foy la Grande having one of the top 100 in France. For self-catering needs the produce is fresh, local and has endless possibilities for a picnic, BBQ, something cold and delicious or maybe a traditional meal. Accompanied by the local wines, this means preparing sumptuous and memorable meals is an effortless pleasure. Local activities in the area are numerous. Try your hand at canoeing, go-karting, bowling, paintball, tennis, horse riding the list is endless. Alternatively meander through the stalls of one of the many Brocantes which take place most weekends in this lovely area, and maybe pick up a bargain. Whatever you try it will undoubtedly be something to tell your friends about on your return home.
Spring arrives early here, with sunny mild days in March and April, gently easing into the long sunny and very warm days of May and June when the light evenings seem to stretch on for ever. Summer arrives in a blast of heat with rising temperatures allowing outdoor activities their full potential. Summer markets are everywhere and even the smallest of villages has an annual firework display (free). 3kms from Bellevue, Le Fleix holds its annual ‘fete’ during the first weekend in August, with the conclusion of this three day event being brought to an end with a spectacular firework display on the river bank. It is amazing! Autumn slides into view and there is great activity here harvesting the grapes to make our local wines. At Ponchapt we have a local 'Fete de Vendage' usually held on the second weekend in October to celebrate the grape harvest and wine vintage. A chance to celebrate with our vignerons in the French way - a feast for all to enjoy.
'Bergerac' A twenty minute drive from Bellevue, you can explore Bergerac with it’s timber framed houses, quaint old streets to wander through, enticing small restaurants and bars to discover, and the tobacco and wine museums. You can also take a boat trip on one of the traditional gabares, a flat bottomed craft used originally for trading up and down the river
Castillon-la-Bataille Is just half an hour's drive to the west and every summer they re-enact the battle at the end of the 100 years war, when the English won! This has become one of the most visited spectacles in the area during the months of July and August and a worthy contender for your ‘excursions’. Please note that this involves a late night!
The Lac de Gurson, our nearest leisure lake, is just 15kms away through wooded countryside. Here you can spend all day 'on the beach'. It is a beautiful spot with sandy beach, and dedicated swimming area; together with a good number of small restaurants and bars for snacking and dining, an opportunity for horse riding and also an activity path around the lake for those who wish to keep fit. This is also a very pleasant route around the lake for a gentle walk!
Just 35kms through the local countryside this famous town is always worth a visit, not only for it's wine but also for it's steep narrow streets and medieval buildings. You can also take a ride on the little ‘train’ catching glimpses of famous wine chateaux you have only heard about or seen on the label of a wine bottle.