|Les Taupinieres||Self Catering||Saturday||2||6||2||2 z-beds that can be located flexibly|
Les Taupinieres is a detached house set in grounds of 2 acres, with views to the surrounding countryside.
The house is on 1 level, with 2 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It sleeps 4/6 people. The living room is spacious and well furnished with windows on 3 sides, giving a light and sunny air. An archway leads to a spacious kitchen breakfast room, and French windows to the east and west give access to terraces overlooking the grounds. Enjoy breakfast and dinner in the sun.
Outside are several seating areas and there is ample garden furniture, with a barbecue. During spring the meadow is full of wild flowers and from time to time provides a crop of the mushrooms Villac is famous for. The surrounding countryside is a haven for wildlife, with birds of prey, woodpeckers, boar and much more. You may even catch a glimpse of the moufflon, the wild sheep, that inhabit the woods and graze the edges of the meadows in the evenings.
The location is very peaceful and rural but with easy access to all facilities and the motorway, 20 minutes away.
A very large kitchen with all modern conveniences including washing machine, dishwasher, microwave/combination oven, gas range cooker, fridge, freezer, slow cooker and blender. The dining area seats 6 and there is an excellent selection of crockery and cookware.
In the hall cupboard there is an iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner, clothes airer and brooms and mops. Outside is a rotary washing line.
The triple aspect living room has doors to the outside at both ends. It has comfortable seating for 9-10 people and a large tv with Sky Freeview. A dvd player with a selection of films extends the entertainment options.
There is a woodburner for the occasional chilly night at the beginning and end of the summer and a choice of puzzles, books and games for the longer evenings.
The master bedroom has a generous range of built in wardrobes and an ensuite shower room. The rustic style double bed has bedside cabinets each side, with a matching chest of drawers giving further storage. There is a ceiling fan for the hot summer nights and an electric radiator for the cooler evenings at each end of the season.
The second bedroom has a double bed, an armoire wardrobe and matching bedside cabinets, and also has an electric radiator.
The generous family bathroom has a corner bath with shower over, washbasin and toilet, and a tiled-top cabinet with mirror over. A hairdryer is provided.
The en suite consists of shower, toilet and washbasin with mirrored cabinet over.
Set in 2 acres of grounds bordered by trees and shrubs, the garden is not enclosed and gives access to the lane on one side and a rural footpath on another. The gardens are totally secluded, with the nearest neighbours on the other side of the hedge, 100 metres away. There are paved or gravelled seating areas to the front and back of the house, with plenty of options for catching the sun or snoozing in the shade. There is a barbecue, a cast iron table and chairs for 6, 4 sun chairs, a bench and a couple of wooden bistro tables and chairs for you to arrange as you please.
There is parking for at least 5 cars on the drive and in front of the house.
The house is all on one level but there is a small step into the front door and kitchen. Steps to from the French windows are higher. The back terrace is paved but there are 3 steps leading down from it, and from the back door to the garden. Outside the front of the house is laid to gravel, with a narrow gravel strip following the walls of the house to the back, surrounded by grass, and sloping to the back.
We've wanted to live in France since we first went there together in 2000 on our honeymoon. The beautiful countryside and fascinating towns and villages, as well as the quality of life, drew us back again and again. We travelled all over in our little camper van for about 10 years before we finally put our plan into action. Someday soon we'll retire to our little house but until then we love to share it with like-minded guests.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||Having explored so much of France we were open-minded about where we would settle, as long as it was to the south. We had a check list of features and Les Taupinières met all but one of them. If we could walk to the boulangerie our list would be complete! As soon as we stepped inside, we knew it was the place for us, and the lovely countryside all around us is the icing on the cake.|
|Unique benefits of property||Les Taupinières is our home from home, and so it is much better equipped than most holiday homes. All the rooms are good sized, making for accommodation that is flexible enough for any party. The house and grounds are completely private and the quiet is only rarely interrupted by a tractor or a distant chainsaw. We have easy access to all the holiday attractions of the Dordogne, while enjoying the slow pace of life so typical of rural France|
The chateau, it's gardens and the museum of medicine at Hautefort are all worth a visit, as is the nearby Lake CouCou, which can be seen from the walls of the chateau. Market day at Hautefort is Wednesday. The town is only 7 miles away and well worth a visit. There is a choice of restaurants in the town.
These are the famous prehistoric caves, just outside Montignac, 13 miles away. They are the most complete set of cave paintings ever found and the story behind them is amazing. Visitors receive an audio playback device in their own language. Well worth the trip. This part of the Dordogne is known as the cradle of civilisation, as so many prehistoric discoveries were made here. As well as Lascaux, there is La Roque St Christophe and Les Eyzies de Tarzac with its museum of prehistoric man. There are plenty of other sites and you will find more information at the house or in the Tourist Information centres in all major towns
A beautiful old Dordogne town, the centre of foie gras and truffles, with golden buildings and gleaming slate roofs. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and well worth the hour long trip. Visit the market and then lunch in one of the many restaurants tucked away in the narrow streets of this medieval town. Afterwards make the short drive to Domme and enjoy the breathtaking views from the balcony at the top of the town over the Dordogne valley. Whilst in the area the gardens of Meyssensac and the chateau of Beynac should not be missed, nor the lovely old port of La Roque Gageac
During July and August many of the local towns and villages have night markets, on different days of the week. Local producers set up stall selling meat, vegetables and other delicacies, and there is a big barbecue where the food you buy will be cooked to order, all accompanied by music and dancing.
This property is quite isolated and probably would not suit an active family. For a relaxed and peaceful holiday it is ideal. Terrasson is a lovely town with reasonable supermarkets and a lovely Thursday market it takes about 15 - 20 minutes in the car. The vet is also in Terrasson, he speaks English and for a hefty euro 33 will carry out the necessary treatment to re enter the UK with your pet.
The property is a good size, well equipped and very clean with the exception of the kitchen which would benefit from a deep clean.
The owners provided a very helpful welcome booklet explaining how things operated, local information and plenty of maps.
We had a lovely week and would recommend this villa to others.