|La Fermette at Les Lavandes||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
Les Lavandes is a charming estate with two gîtes, beautiful gardens and stunning views in the quiet hamlet of La Vigne, next to Sarrazac in the Dordogne.
From soaking up the beautiful french weather to discovering the colourful Périgord countryside, your time at Les Lavandes can be whatever you want it to be. Whether you're looking for somewhere to relax in the sunshine by the private pool or exploring the lush landscapes, many chateaux and medieval towns of the Dordogne there is something for everyone.
La Fermette is a Perigordian farmhouse that has been built in local stone and features a graceful sweeping red-tiled roof.
As the sun rises to the front of the property, breakfast on the courtyard gives guests a bright start to their day. Enjoy your coffee and croissants while taking in the views across the gently rolling countryside.
La Fermette offers a spacious and comfortable living space for up to six (a cot can be provided). There is a smaller, more modern property (with its own plunge pool) which sleeps five on the same premises, making it possible for two families to holiday together, yet each having their own private space.
All the living and sleeping areas in La Fermette are situated on one level. The absence of stairs makes these areas safe, accessible and enjoyable for small children and those guests with limited mobility. The kitchen is fully equipped, and UK and French tv are provided, as well as free wi-fi.
The property is surrounded by a fully enclosed garden and terraced areas, with a 10x5m private swimming pool.
Up to two well-behaved pets are welcome free of charge.
The open-plan kitchen has a breakfast bar which seats six, whilst the covered terrace at the back of the property allows for al-fresco dining. A small fold-up table and chairs is also provided. A gas bbq is available for guests use.
The living room is open plan, with french doors leading to the covered terrace which looks out on the garden and the swimming pool at the back of the property.
British and French TV are provided, as well as a range of books and games.
WiFi is available free of charge. (Please note that Les Lavandes is in a rural area, where WiFi signal may be less than what you're used to!)
All the bedrooms have been very tastefully decorated to a modern standard.
The master bedroom and second bedroom sleep 2 in a double bed, and third bedroom sleeps 2 in bunk beds.
The bunk room has a small desk and offers the opportunity for youngsters to play in their own space.
The bathroom has a shower, wash-hand basin and toilet, with an electric socket for electric shavers or toothbrushes.
The property benefits from oil fired central heating throughout, and there is an open fire in the lounge.
UK Freeview tv, French tv, dvd player, cd player, Wi-fi (free), games, books.
Private 10x5m swimming pool* (unheated), sun loungers, swings, sandpit, badminton, covered terrace with table and chairs for 6, gas bbq.
Fully enclosed garden.
*The pool is only available during the warmer summer months, typically from end of May until mid-September.
Ample parking at the front of the house on the gravelled courtyard.
Visitors welcome, if staying overnight an additional charge will apply per person - please let us know in advance. Overnight guests are allowed up to a total of six incl.
A commode, raised toilet seat and shower seat are available on request for elderly guests.
The rental price includes all bed linen, bathroom, pool and kitchen towels; some toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, etc are provided. Also pepper, salt, olive oil, some spices, coffee and tea, aluminium foil, cling film and cleaning materials.
WiFi is free of charge. Tourist tax is excluded, and will be invoiced separately.
The kitchen is fully equipped, and a detailed list will be sent upon request. Please make sure that your travel insurance is adequate and pet passports are up to date where required. With Brexit in mind, please double-check whether the pet passport scheme will still apply!
Ingrid and Mark moved to this beautiful corner of the Dordogne from the UK at the end of 2014. Ingrid is originally from the Netherlands, but lived and worked in the UK for many years where she met Mark, who hails from the Midlands. Having sold their house near Stratford-upon-Avon, they now live permanently in France.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Unspoilt, beautiful, friendly and possible to reach the UK and the Netherlands within one day.|
|Unique benefits of property||Gorgeous views over the rolling Périgordian countryside, very peaceful, an ideal location to retreat to after a long day sightseeing, or just to stay in and do nothing!|
About a 10-minute drive away is a swimming lake with a small beach area and shaded grassy areas with picnic tables and a small restaurant which is open during July and August, and comes highly recommended by our previous guests. The nearby castle of Jumilhac-le-Grand is an absolute 'must see'. This privately owned castle regularly holds tours, and is set in stunning gardens. Enjoy lunch or a morning coffee on the square at the front of the castle. St Jean de Côle is a beautiful medieval little town and well worth a visit with its quaint houses, old bridge and church. Lunch can be enjoyed at two locations. Brantôme is a bit further away, and a beautiful town where one can have a look at the shops, the old abbey or even try your hand at kayaking on the river that runs through the town. If kayaking is not for you there is a boat tour which is very informative. Not far from Brantôme is Bourdeilles, another little old town with plenty of restaurants and a castle. Yet another bridge running over a shallow river allows you to spot the many trout in the crystal clear waters. The nearest big town is Périgueux, where the old town centre is transformed in a food market on a Wednesday morning. This is well worth a visit, even if it's only for the fish stand! There are various other local markets in the area which are held on different days of the week, and many boot sales/brocantes/antique markets during the summer months. A variety of concerts (classical and more modern) are held during the holiday season. There is so much to see and do in the area, we are still discovering all there is. So wether activities are your thing (golf, fishing, cycling, walking, kayaking), or you're more into exploring the beautiful countryside, or wish to visit the many castles and caves that are dotted around the Dordogne, there really is something for everyone!
Extremely friendly and helpful owners. Great welcome and very good facilities