Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 2 9.6/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Rive||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
La Rive, with its riverside location and views of the woods and courtyard, has been tastefully renovated with exposed beams and original stonework giving you a real sense of history whilst feeling comfortable and modern.
This gîte has a furnished private terrace with a bbq, for summer meals cooked al fresco, on the sunniest side of the building, accessed via double doors, that overlooks the river and woods.
The open-plan kitchen, dining and living space has a wood burning stove for cosy nights in and a well equipped kitchen including fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher and crockery for preparing fabulous home-cooked meals.
On the ground floor there is a private double bedroom plus separate bathroom containing a shower and toilet.
There are twin beds on the open mezzanine, built into the eaves, above the spacious living area for those with a sense of adventure (partially reduced head height due to sloping ceiling).
Open plan kitchen/diner equipped with fridge, gas oven/Hob, microwave, dishwasher, kettle,toaster, crockery, utensils, and dining table and chairs to seat four people.
Views towards the woods and stream.
Open plan living area with two seater sofa, armchairs, woodburner, tv(freeview)/dvd/stereo and direct access to the rear sun terrace.
Ground floor master bedroom with traditional French double bed.
First floor/mezzanine above the main living area is a twin bedroom with two single beds and views over the river.
Limited head height due to low beams.
Family shower room with walk in shower, toilet and sink.
The main living area has a wood burner for cosy nights in as well as the master bedroom having an electric radiator.
Heated towel rail in bathroom.
In the living area there is a flat screen tv with satellite UK freeview channels (Tv and radio) as well as a USB input and dvd player.
In the shared games room there are numerous boardgames, jigsaws etc as well as table tennis, table football and a collection of outdoor games such as boules/petanque, badminton, football, rustic golf ...etc.
There is a private sun-terrace with outdoor dining area, bbq and garden seating overlooking the woods and stream.
The gite occupies a stunning rural position within 7 acres of naturally landscaped garden and woodland beside a small river with gentle waterfall. As well as the large fenced 65+m2 swimming pool there are woodlands that are ideal for exploring or building dens as well as two paddocks that are ideal for ball games, a sand pit and swing or hours of adventure in the stream paddling or trying to catch fish.
The gites are located down a private road about 300m from the village where there is a dedicated private car park for guests.
Part of a converted 17th century water mill, La Cascade makes an ideal spot to get away from it all and really relax with family and friends. Popular with ramblers, cyclists, car enthusiasts (Circuit des Remparts 19th-21st September) artists, writers, music lovers ( Fete de la Musique 21st June) wine-tasters, foodies (Bastille day 14th July), golfers (international course approx 12kms away), tennis players (local municipal court just down the road), walkers/hikers, bird-watchers and lovers of the natural world.
The gite is located at the bottom of a small hill with the stream running past. Access to the pool is then above the property, on the brow of the hill, via steps or car track.
The village (~300m) has its own playground and summer swimming lake as well as an excellent tennis court with flood lights.
Sample 2015 review
This was our first experience of a gite and what an experience it was.
The roads to the village got quieter and quieter. The lanes were narrower and narrower until we finally arrived in a beautiful old village square.
The gite was bigger than we imagined and the brook was right next to the building. So our stay was made even more relaxing with the sounds of the water flowing past the window. Its secluded, tranquil,and has a great shower.
Plenty for kids to do once they have finished splashing in the water and exploring the woods. There is table tennis, table football, badminton, a sand pit and a swing.
There are several nearby lakes with lots to do; great local markets and enough castles, caves and touristy stuff within an hours drive.
Stayed with family. Aug 2015
We moved to the beautiful northern Dordogne to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life in order to start a family and we now have two daughters under two!
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Having visited this area to stay for family holidays we knew it combined a perfect balance of long hot summer weather with lush green country side and all the joys of experiencing the changing seasons. All this within an easy days drive of the UK or a short 1.5hr flight.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our property offers so many things we could only ever dream of in the UK. Being a converted watermill we have a stream with small waterfall running through our grounds which is overlooked by each of the properties from their private sun terrace's. Within our 7 acres we then also have a pool, the space for two paddocks (perfect for ball games), separated by the stream with bridges for pooh sticks/duck races, woodland for exploring or making dens as well as foot/cycle paths starting on our doorstep. We are 300m from the nearest bakers and restaurant/bar, in our very active village and surrounded by lots of fantastic restaurants, action activities (kayaking, Go-Karts, high rope courses etc), markets, day trips (caves, museum, zoo, wine/cognac tasting) etc etc|
The Markets are an important part of daily life in France, it is a chance for locals to meet and exchange gossip and to buy the best possible produce available. Amongst others the highly regarded Piegut market on a wednesday morning or the Brantome market on Friday mornings, are ideal for general fresh groceries, sampling all the local delicacies or finding a gift to take home. The St Estephe producers market on Monday evenings throughtout the summer and then the individual village night markets, (Busserolles' is usually in August!) are opportunities to join in the local festivities with various regional food and drink specialities and entertainment.
The Grotte de Villars is an impressive cave system less than 45 minutes away with impressive stalactites and stalagmites and small prehistoric drawings.
The caves are open to visitors for guided tours every day from April to the 11th September. As well as the caves there is a small cafe, picnic area, shop and a play area on site making it well worth a day out.
Open from 10am-8pm every day of the school holidays this aerial tree climbing activity centre ( similar to Go Ape) works for the whole family. For the daring and not so daring there are 7 different aerial courses with 90 possible routes for children and adults with the grand finale being the zip line across the lake for those who are feeling particularly brave. With 3 bouncy castles and play equipment for the younger ones, a bar / bistro and walks around the lake to enjoy, this is another great action day out!
Less than 20 minutes away is ‘ Maison de Canoe’ Kayaking Centre in Montbron. Choose your start and end points along the picturesque river Tardoire taking in hidden Chateau, Prehistoric Grottos, Menhirs and Watermills beautiful hidden as well as numerous wildlife including kingfishers and Koipoo.
This is usually a relatively gentle winding river with Kayak chutes for a bit of added excitement to get you past the gentle waterfalls and with a choice of double or single kayaks they can cater for all the family and all abilities. You will be transported to your chosen start point by minibus, with a choice of routes from 3km-17km and collected at the end of your journey.
“Voie Verte des Hauts de Tardoire” is a cycle path suitable for the whole family that runs a distance of 13 kilometres between Chalus and Oradour sur Vayres with bars and restaurants at either end and picnic spots along the way so you can make a leisurely day of it in the Dordogne sunshine.
Chalus is the home of the Chateau de Chalus, most famous for the death of King Richard the Lionheart who died there from a crossbow wound fired during a siege of the castle in 1199.
The Gallery is free to explore with regular special exhibitions and the Chateau gardens are perfect for a picnic on your wander down through the levels to the river.
This is a great track that features on the French National Karting tour; various engine sizes available suitable for 7 yr olds and up.
Golf International de La Prèze is a really spectacular course, with its beautiful location, its hills, woods and lakes. It offers a main 18 hole champion's course, a unique 18 hole pitch-and-putting competion course, as well as a driving range and two pitch and putting practice greens. Golf de la Prèze is affiliated to the Fédération Française de Golf
Brantome is lovingly referred to as the Venice of the Dordogne and is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.
The town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire; the Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill (now turned into a splendid hotel) and numerous restaurants all make for a very photogenic scene.
Added to this the ability to kayak, standup paddle board or even short boat tours Brantome makes a great day trip destination.
Open all year round, The gardens of Marqueyssac are listed as a National Historical Monument and offer more than 6 kilometers of shaded pathes, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned boxwoods aged over hundred years. The park is an absolute must for gardeners looking for inspiration.
It has been designed in such a way that you get the most incredible views over the entire Dordogne Valley with its chalky cliffs. There are three circuits that lead to the Belvedere, a fabulous balcony that is 192 meters high and 130 meters above the river, which offers one of the finest views in the Dordogne.
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 2 9.6/10
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 1 10/10