|Le Petit Merly||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
Le Chalet is a charmingly restored barn nestling on a hillside in the heart of the Perigord Noir. It has been renovated exclusively by the owner to provide a unique living space, using reclaimed oak and locally sourced green oak, local golden limestone, Lakeland stone (sourced from the English Lake District), and Italian marble tiles. There is a large decked terrace with a small built in swimming pool, which is perfect for outdoor living. It has a stunning outlook over the valley, and provides the perfect 'getaway'. Although it is very secluded, the chalet is close to all the tourist attractions of the area such as Lascaux caves in Montignac, The Vezere valley, Les Eyzies de Tayac and Sarlat.
The kitchen/ dining/living area is open plan. The kitchen has a traditional belfast sink and drainer with authentic taps. There is a large beech work surface with a built in 4 ring gas hob. There is a large Smeg retro fridge with small freezer, with ample space to chill wine. There is a microwave oven/ grill and oven combined which is discreetly hidden behind the gingham curtains. There is an electric kettle and toaster. It is well equipped with ample pans, crockery and utensils. There is a folding table, and two chairs for indoor use.
The kitchen/ dining/ living area is open plan. There is a comfortable settee and elm coffee table. It has character green oak beams and discreet LED lighting to highlight features of the living space.
The bedroom is in the roof space of the chalet with feature oak beams. It has been renovated to provide ample storage for clothes and luggage. There is a comfortable double bed, and leather arm chair. It has a stunning view of the valley.
The bathroom is on the ground floor. It has a walk-in shower with a solid Lakeland stone base. There is a hand basin and toilet, and space for towels and toiletries. Discreet lighting highlights the features of this space. A hair dryer is provided.
There is underfloor heating.
There is a radio and cd player and docking station with speakers.
Wi-fi is available.
The chalet has a large decked terrace with a small built in swimming pool for the sole use of guests. Sunbeds and inflatables are available for the pool, which is perfect for cooling off during the hot summer months.There is a pergola, barbecue, wooden table and chairs for outdoor living and dining. There is a stunning vista from the terrace over looking the valley. You can watch the sun setting sampling the local wine as the colours change over the walnut orchard in the valley.
There is a large car park.
The gite is perfect for couples and lone travellers.
The owners live discreetly on site, but are available at all times for advice on the attractions of the area.The owner Cheryl is a Pilates Teacher and is available for lessons on the terrace when required. We have a selection of bikes for use for our guests. As keen cyclists, walkers, runners and swimmers we can advise on how to make the most of your stay.
Originally from North West England, we bought our property in 2002 and it became our permanent home in 2008. Since moving to France Paul has spent his time renovating the property, whilst I have established a small business teaching Pilates. We have never regretted our move, enjoying the slower pace of life and French culture. We are keen cyclists, and love outdoor activities, including cross country skiing, and mountaineering. Our son Lee lives in New Zealand.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with the area whilst on a cycling holiday in 2002. The panoramas, the golden stone architecture, the chateaux, and the region's prehistorical significance still inspire us after 8 years of living here. We enjoy the hot summers which last well into September, but each season has it's merits, spring and autumn are incredibly beautiful seasons here. We love the traditional markets,and the slower pace of life. Life here is family orientated and it sometimes feels like you have been transported back to life in the UK during the1960s.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our property nestles on a hillside and enjoys a beautiful panorama. Our three buildings, a cottage, and two barns were built in the late 18th century. All three buildings are built from the golden stone of the region. Our cottage has a steep Perigordian traditional roof resembling something from a fairy tale. The small barn (Le Chalet) has been completely renovated by Paul using reclaimed wood where possible, green lakeland stone and slate, local golden stone, giving it a unique feel. There is a large terrace with a small built in swimming pool overlooking the valley. The terrace is perfect for outdoor living, with a pergola, and bbq. Evenings can be enjoyed watching the sunset as the colours change over the walnut trees in the valley sharing a bottle of local wine. It is not unusual to see deer in the field below the chalet. Our property enjoys peace and tranquillity yet is very close to all the tourist attractions of the area.|
As one of the most beautiful villages in France it certainly lives up to it's reputation. Set in a curve in the Vézere River it is a small village with houses in the attractive local golden stone joined by narrow meandering pathways and alleys. There is a beautiful church to explore which sits on the riverbank where there are beaches and grassy areas as well as a few picnic benches. You can stroll along the riverside a little way to get some of the best views of the castle.The chateau de Clerans has a beautiful slate roof with spires and ornamental stone work. It is private but very attractive and can be seen from various points around the village as well as from the riverside path.You will find a couple of cafes and restaurants in the centre of the village plus a little cafe hidden away on the edge of the river edged with weeping willow trees.
Only 5km away from our property on a cliff overlooking a tranquil section of the River Vezere is the remains of a large troglodyte town called La Roque St Christophe. The cliff has evidence of use as a shelter for Neanderthal man (50000 BC), Cro-Magnon man (25000 BC) and since then up until the Renaissance in 1588 when the trogolodyte town and fortress that had grown up was destroyed in the Wars of Religion. For those interested in history this is a must see and it attracts thousands of visitors each year.
We recently had a very enjoyable visit to Le Petit Merly, set in very rural Dordogne, close to Les Eyzies. The directions given by our hosts Cheryl and Paul were spot on. On arrival we found the gite spotless, clean sheets and towels and a welcome bottle of wine. The gite is on a wooded hillside with great views and has a lovely pool. If you want total peace and tranquillity, Le Petit Merly is for you, our hosts were very helpful but also gave us our privacy and didn't mind our classical guitar playing. There is plenty to see and towns to visit, if you want an all action holiday. We only went out to stock up on food oh and wine! remaining at the gite enjoying the sun and peace and quiet. We have toured many parts of France staying in many cottages and Gites and Le Petit Merly has been the best by a long way. The only negative part was that we couldn't stay there longer. Thank you Cheryl and Paul for a perfect holiday and look forward to returning very soon.
Best Wishes Duncan and Hilary
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you love Le Petit Merly as much as we do! It was our pleasure to have you stay with us, and we look forward to your next visit!!
We spent a fantastic 2 weeks here. The cottage was spotless & well equipped. It has amazing views with an abundance of wildlife - deer in the front garden, birds of prey. There is loads to do & see in the area: forest walks, chateaux, beautiful villages, prehistoric sites, canoeing on the Dordogne. There are also a number of very nice restaurants within a short drive. Cheryl & Paul were excellent hosts & looked after us really well. Discreet, friendly & helpful.... the ideal hosts. We would highly recommend this cottage.
We had a wonderful stay at Le Petit Merly. The Gite was in a fabulous location and perfectly equipped with all that we needed. The pool and outdoor space was very private with beautiful views. Cheryl and Paul were very welcoming and helped us by providing useful information, making us feel comfortable and allowing us the use of their bikes. The location was ideal for visiting a number of places that we wanted to see. All in all a great stay for us. Thank you.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.
Well laid out chalet with excellent pool and lovely decking area - fantastic for couples. Paul and Cheryl were great - good communication prior to the stay, helpful but inobtrusive during our visit. Would highly recommend as a base for Vezere valley and Dordogne.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an excellent review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.