Holiday let with pool near Riberac, Aquitaine

9.9/10
Riberac (19km from Aubeterre-sur-Dronne), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004987 Advertiser since: 3 October 2016
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Le Puits Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2 None

About this property

Farmhouse, Private Pool, Exclusive Use, In 2 Acres. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Puits ("The Well") is a 200 year old stone built farmhouse set in 2 acres of its own land on a quiet hillside. Private 8x4m heated swimming pool, patio & bbq. Exclusive use of property, pool and gardens. Exposed beams, stone walls & 2 built-in wood burning stoves give plenty of character. Fully equipped and tastefully furnished. UK satellite tv. Leather sofas and chairs, 42" Samsung Smart tv.
Excellently located for the many attractions of the region. Situated by a very quiet local road up a hill and remote from the bustling market town of Riberac with views across the Dronne Valley to the picturesque village of Villetoureux. It is only 3 mins drive or 15 mins walk to the town for those essentials or simply to grab a coffee and watch the world go by. We have tried to ensure that everything is catered for, like a home from home, not just another holiday let.
We continually strive to make staying at Le Puits as comfortable as possible, constantly maintaining, renewing and planting. Full internet through Orange Live Box, password protected. We cover the cost of local calls, so you can book that restaurant or that taxi and simply relax.

Riberac is a bustling market town. The Friday morning market offers cheeses, foie gras, wine, fresh oysters, meat or even painted plates and pots - an essential visit. Riberac has banks, a post office, chemists, large supermarkets, several boulangeries and patisseries, and many individual shops. There are cafes in the market square and excellent restaurants.
The Office de Tourisme in Riberac town centre can give details on many attractions, bike hire, tennis, etc. In the summer months Canoe/Kayak hire is available at the Riberac campsite and at most towns along the Dronne river: Aubeterre, Bourdeilles, Brantome - just choose your stretch of river! Again the Office de Tourisme can give details. The routes are all downstream and a minibus will either take you to the starting point or collect you from the finishing point.

Take a morning out and enjoy lunch al fresco at one of the many villages and towns, or go further afield to Bergerac, St Emilion, Cognac and enjoy all they have the offer – beauty, wine, history.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large modern open plan fitted kitchen and dining room. Kitchen fitted with dishwasher, microwave, cooker and fridge/freezer and plenty of cupboards and work services and built-in wood burning stove adds character. Large beamed dining room with solid French oak dining furniture (seats 8).

Ample crockery, glasses, cutlery and utensils are provided, including the all important corkscrew, decanter and cheese board. Basic kitchen items are provided to make the start of your stay more relaxing, eg soap, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, kitchen roll, cling film, etc No rushing to the shops!

Utility room attached to the main house providing washing machine and tumble dryer.

Living rooms

From the dining area through an arched doorway to a large spacious comfortable lounge with 2 large windows looking out over the Dronne Valley. Feature stone fireplace surround with wood burning stove. Plenty of modern furniture. English Freesat tv and dvd player, 42" Samsung Smart tv and stand.

Bedrooms

Open plan spiral staircase leading from the dining room to 2 attic style bedrooms with twin beds. Carpeted and fully furnished with pine furniture, mirrors and hanging rails. Family bathroom situated between the two bedrooms.

Bathrooms

Bathroom/Shower: 1 upstairs famiy bathroom situated between the two twin bedrooms, with bath, washbasin and wc. Shower room with shower, wash basin and wc attached to the utility room, particularly useful when using the swimming pool.

Heating

Wood burning stove in lounge and kitchen for alternative winter heating and ambiance. (Gas central heating as standard)

Entertainment

Selection of English and French dvds (we try to keep them up to date). Board games and books are provided also.

Garden and outside

Exclusive private heated swimming pool (8m x 4m) surrounding patio area, sun loungers, umbrellas. Pool area offers beautiful view across the valley. Fenced to meet French safety standards.

The patio area is equipped with plenty of garden furniture and has a vine-covered pergola. Weber kettle bbq and tools, overlooking our field, which gently slops away from the farmhouse. The patio and barbecue area are next to the pergola, with beautiful views across the garden and valley.

Our cottage style gardens have mature trees, shrubs, hedges and flowers. The gardens are on various levels and kept tidy by our gardener. The various levels do make Le Puits unsuitable for very young children and the infirm.

Our field is kept separate by a small electric fence and often the local farmer keeps 2 or 3 cows on the field which keeps it tidy. They love to eat any leftover bread and will never cross the electric fence.

Parking and garages

Ample private parking at the rear and front of the property.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for very young children and the infirm due to open spiral staircase and the un-level gardens.

Information about any additional facilities

Linen service available at extra cost. All bedding provided (duvet, mattress protector and pillows) - Linen Service includes sheets, pillow cases and duvets.
Note: All beds are UK size singles.

Towel Service available at extra cost - does not include pool towels. Towels Service includes a hand towel in every bathroom/kitchen and two bath towels per person.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool

Activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf courses at Périgueux
Distance: 37 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many walks

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Loads of vineyards

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Denise Shelley

We live in Kent, England. Our two children are grown and living and working in London. We both work full-time in the financial sector. We visit Le Puits as often as possible. When we visit we would typically also have friends come along too, whether it's to do maintenance or enjoy a relaxing carefree break.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? We absolutely love Le Puits. Everything about it is just right, we wouldn't change anything. The location is perfect, its a short walk (15 mins) to the centre of the busy market town of Riberac with every amenity you could want, but, at the same time, back at Le Puits it's as if the town does not exist, just Le Puits with an ambience all of its own. Situated by a very quiet local road up a hill and remote from the bustling market town with views across the Dronne Valley to the picturesque village of Villetoureux. It is only 3 mins drive or 20 mins walk to the town for those essentials or simply to grab a coffee and watch the world go by.
Riberac is in the West of the Dordogne in an area known as Perigord Vert on account of its green-ness. Riberac is 1.5 hours from Bordeaux airport, 50 minutes from Bergerac airport and 50 minutes from Angouleme train station with TGV and Eurostar connections.
Unique benefits of property Le Puits is unique because when booking Le Puits the holiday maker gets the whole house, pool, gardens - everything. Their own bit of France for a week or two. Le Puits ("The Well") is a 200 year old stone built farmhouse set in 2 acres of its own land on a quiet hillside. Private 8x4m heated swimming pool, patio & bbq. Exclusive use of property and pool. We have tried to ensure that everything is catered for, like a home from home, not just another holiday let. We continually strive to make staying at Le Puits as comfortable as possible, constantly maintaining, renewing and planting. Exposed beams, stone walls & 2 built-in wood burning stoves give plenty of character. Fully equipped and tastefully furnished. UK satellite tv. Excellently located for the many attractions of the region.

The Owner Recommends

Places of Interest

Aubeterre (9 miles) - A medieval hilltop village on the Dronne river, officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It has a fascinating monolithic church dug into the cliff. Aubeterre also has river swimming with a good sandy beach.
La Jemaye (9 miles) - The Grand Etang is a large lake with sandy beaches. Windsurfers and pedalos can be hired there. You can ride in the forest and there are snack bars and restaurant.
Chateau de Bourdeilles (17m) and Chateau de Puyguilhem (31m) - Very popular - you can tour from Chateau to Chateau all day and still be back in time for supper.
Brantome (22 miles)- A spectacular riverside setting and historic caves carved into the chalk cliffs. Brantome is built on an island in the Dronne river. Its abbey features an 11th century bell tower - the oldest still standing in France
Bergerac (32 miles) - Here you can visit the vineyards and chateaux, taste and buy direct from the Vintners - Bergerac reds and whites and the nearby famous Monbazillac sweet white wine.
Les Eyzies (50 miles) - Les Eyzies and the surrounding area is famous for its caves with prehistoric paintings. Two examples are the 5 miles of Rouffignac caves with 270 paintings and friezes and the Abri de Cap Blanc with a life size frieze of horses and bison sculpted in the rock. Also visit he cave at Grand Roc with its impressive crystals, stalagmites and stalectites.
Lascaux II (56 miles) - Lascaux is world famous for its prehistoric cave paintings. The original has been closed for decades because of deterioration but an identical copy, Lascaux II, has been created using identical materials a few minutes walk away.
Cognac (56 miles) - Cognac - famous for the cognac drink. Vist the manufacturers Hennessy in Cognac
Royan (NW of Bordeaux) on the Atlantic coast is a popular resort with 5 sandy beaches - approx 2 hours drive.
Arcachon (SW of Bordeaux) is another popular Atlantic coastal resort approx 2 hours drive away.

5 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 Sun-traveller 12 October, 2016

Our stay at Le Puits was everything we could have wished for and more. The accommodation was extremely well-maintained, spacious, comfortable and very clean. Everything we needed was provided and there were some lovely extra touches like DVD’s and books. The spotless pool is large and the loungers were modern and comfortable. It is a very short distance to a very comprehensive supermarket. The town features some lovely shops and restaurants and a large weekly market and is situated very well for visiting other areas of interest such as Aubeterre, Chateau de Bourdeilles and Bergerac The owners really have thought of everything. We won’t hesitate to visit again.

9.5 / 10 Danny 7 October, 2016

Thank you for our stay at Le Puits. My family and I had a really relaxing fun time. The house is charming and just as I had hoped for – a real French property, loved the wooden beams and stone walls. We all adored your pool – what a gem, the four of us splashed in it for hours and we couldn’t get the kids out. Riberac is great with great places to eat out and plenty of boulangeries and shops, and there are some really old towns nearby steeped in history. Oradour-sur-Glane was an eye opener and what a moving memorial, it is a bit of a drive but so well worth it. We also loved sitting out and eating in the warm evenings and I would mention that your veranda is great, with lovely views. We will be back!

10 / 10 Sara C 7 October, 2016

Relaxing break in an ideal location!

We loved it here! So peaceful with stunning views of the countryside. The supermarket is a two minute drive away just down the road and the local French market on Fridays in Riberac is not to be missed! We spent most days relaxing by the pool soaking up the sunshine with a tasty BBQ in the evening (although there are plently of great local restaurants in Riberac too). Can't wait for our next visit!

10 / 10 Peter W 6 October, 2016

Memorable holiday for all the family

Had a very enjoyable stay and some lovely BBQs. The facilities in the farmhouse are excellent and the pool just fantastic. Everything provided is of good quality. There is lots to do in the surrounding area of which we enjoyed Kayaking down the river the best. The weather was lovely and we had some great nights star gazing. Just wonderful.