|La Perode||Self Catering||Saturday||5||9||3||Cots available|
Welcome to La Perode.
Our extensively renovated farmstead nestles within the rolling Dordogne countryside and is built from the beautiful honey-coloured limestone that is a feature of the region, La Perode is set within 10 acres and is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers - an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life that will hopefully exceed all expectations.
The property is centrally located for a wide range of holiday activities and boasts numerous on site facilities that includes private use of the large heated swimming pool, together with its superb summer kitchen. The local town of Rouffignac St Cernin offers a good selection of amenities, including restaurants, shops and that all-important boulangerie.
You will stay in the 'Maison du Pain' (literally Bread House) which is estimated to be at least 150-years old and after a comprehensive refurbishment now consists of five bedrooms and three modern bathrooms. The well-appointed kitchen and dining area complement a large outside BBQ and dining terrace that is partially covered from sun and rain. It is here that the original bread oven is located - a weekly firing of which once provided the bread quotidian for the farm’s family and workers.
The modern kitchen with large breakfast bar / island provides a wonderful area for those who like to cook and incorporates a large double-oven range cooker with five ring ceramic hob. An integrated dishwasher makes for an easier life, as does the modern charcoal BBQ located on the adjacent private terrace that should encourage everyone to get involved in meal preparation...
The bedroom facilities range from a large en-suite with its own quiet ground level terrace, through a spacious timber framed room with private balcony to a cosy loft room with exposed beams, so there is ample space for up to ten or more adults and children. All the bedrooms carry the French names of common local birds so you can have some fun with the translations.
You will also enjoy exclusive use of the beautiful 12m x 6m heated swimming pool, with roman steps at one end to facilitate easy access. Pool depth varies from 1m to 1.5m and it is fully enclosed by a norm-compliant security fence with child-proof gated access. There is a pantiled abri (shelter) within this 250m² area that is fitted out with a summer kitchen (with hot and cold running water) to allow for the preparation and cooking of meals using a top-of-the-range Weber gas bbq with side burner. The large modern fridge can be used for food storage and the chilling of those refreshing drinks, whilst the kitchen is fully equipped with cooking utensils and unbreakable serving ware.
This leisure area also sports table tennis and other games facilities and there are plenty of chairs and loungers for sun-worshipers alongside shady nooks for the more sensitive of skin. The hot shower, toilet and beautiful aspect may well result in most of your time being spent in this well-appointed area. Just google La Perode for more information.
The property is centrally located for a wide range of holiday activities and boasts numerous on site facilities that include a large private heated swimming pool with a beautiful and well-equipped summer kitchen. The local town of Rouffignac St Cernin is 5 minutes away by car or a pleasant 20 minute walk and offers a good selection of amenities, including restaurants, shops and that all-important boulangerie.
In early summer 2016 the property was awarded a 4-star accommodation rating by the local tourist board.
The modern kitchen is fully-equipped and boasts a large breakfast bar which provides a wonderful area for those who like to cook. It incorporates a large double-oven range cooker and 5 ring ceramic hob and there is a BBQ on the adjacent outside terrace that provides additional facilities. An integrated dishwasher makes for an easier life and the large dining table augments the eight-seat dining table on the beautifully quiet and private outside terrace - the choice is yours.
This comfortable area provides inside dining with a 10 place dining table alongside ample seating on the adjacent outside terrace. There is a piano for the musically proficient, along with plenty of books and games.
The bedroom facilities range from a large en-suite with its own quiet ground level terrace, through a spacious timber framed room with private balcony to a cosy loft room with exposed beams, so there is ample space for up to nine or more adults and children.
Three modern bathrooms provide either bath facilities (for a romantic soak) or invigorating power showers to follow your day’s activities.
Woodburner for out of season lets.
There is a large flat screen tv with free-to-view UK and other satellite channels, together with a good selection of dvds and free wireless internet access throughout the site.
The 10+ acre ‘domain’ incorporates fields and woodland, which in turn is surrounded by more of the same - miles (sorry, kilometres) away from traffic, noise and light pollution. Quiet walks before supper, exploration of the woods or simply watching the wildlife from a quiet terrace are just some of the options...
Large onsite car parking area.
Alec and Annie - a retired engineer and his potter wife who likes to cook and eat off the land. Having bought the property in late 2006 we have been living here permanently since 2010 and have been heavily involved (i.e. hands-on) with the development throughout. Please rest assured that we will be as unobtrusive as is humanly possible and are only here to ensure that your stay is trouble-free and totally relaxing.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Ticked every box after an extensive search - peaceful but well located for the region's many attractions.|
|Unique benefits of property||Absolute peace and quiet but with lots of facilities.|
The nearby village of Rouffignac is a short drive (or pleasant walk) away and can provide everything from your daily baguette to your weekly shop. Facilities include a boulangerie (specialising in exquisite pastries), a butcher and a supermarket, whilst several bar / restaurants provide a pleasant distraction, as does the busy weekly market on Sunday mornings. Although this market is held throughout the year, at the height of season it is not to be missed and the same market square hosts a number of night markets and other events over July and August. Rouffignac even has its own grotte (‘cave of the hundred mammoths’) and is part of one of the most extensive underground systems in the region. A subterranean train runs over 2kms into this network and it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
From our own experience, one un-missable joy is canoeing (or kayaking) down either the Vezere, Dordogne or Dronne rivers - take along a picnic, pick up your chosen craft, oars and safety vests and off you go, drifting downstream to a preselected destination where you will be picked up and returned to your parked car. One such route in the Dordogne valley passes beneath several famous chateaux including Baynac and Castelnaud, and drifts through the eye-candy village La Roche Gageac. Simply delightful.
Golf, horse riding, hot-air ballooning or simply stretching your legs – there are a number of local walking clubs (randonnées) who welcome regular or occasional friends – and a number of spectacular gardens offer more leisurely distractions.
One outstanding recommendation is tree rappelling, one such being located in nearby Thenon. Given that there are various levels this should appeal to all-comers (I personally wimped out when things got beyond intermediate) and for the less foolhardy there is a frisbee golf circuit at ground level to keep you amused whilst listening to the screams of the more adventurous, swinging from the zipwires.
Given that the ‘Hundred years war’ raged locally there are many Chateaux (castles) and Bastides (fortified towns) to explore.