|La Vieille Etable||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Travelcot on request in Master Bedroom|
Luxury Holiday Gite in the Dordogne. Located in the village of St-Priest-Les-Fougères on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin, our 19th Century Barn has a deck terrace with luxury hot tub and overlooks 4 acres of private grounds and our lake which is wonderful for fishing and swimming. The barn has been lovingly renovated to a superb standard. The refurbished, honey-coloured, oak beams mix perfectly with stylish furnishings to provide a sleek, modern haven for relaxation, while the private grounds and lake provide plenty of space for you and your family and friends to walk, fish, picnic or simply relax and enjoy the wonderful peace of the French countryside. We are also happy to welcome dogs to La Vieille Etable, so please ask about your faithful friends when contacting us.
New for 2017 & just completed - New 25 square meter lower deck for hot tub and thermostat multi-jet outdoor shower.
We also have a restaurant and bar in the village.
Our well equipped kitchen comes complete with ceramic hob and multifunctional oven, an undercounter fridge with freezer compartment, a large dishwasher a wine cooler and a microwave. You will also find a comprehensive selection of kitchen utensils, cookware and ovenware. An American fridge-freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and ironing board are located in the garage which leads off the kitchen.
Our downstairs accommodation is light spacious and airy. Modern furnishings, fixtures and fittings mix harmoniously with oak beams and an open plan layout to give the perfect space for relaxing with family or entertaining with friends. And with underfloor heating and a wood burning stove, you can relax at La Vielle Etable all year round.
Our lounge is equipped with 3 sofas, a 37" flat screen television with dvd, surround sound, aux in for your own device and iPod dock. You will also find a Wii games console, coffee-tables with lamps and a large wood-burning stove with blown air controls. The dining area is a wonderful space benefitting from the full height of the barn and large glass windows and sliding doors. The original barn doors can also be closed over the glass for extra privacy, cooling or warmth. The dining area has a large table with 8 chairs, and 4 bar stools looking into the kitchen.
First floor accommodation is located on a mezzanine landing looking over the full height dining area. La Vieille Etable has 4 double bedrooms, 2 of which have king size beds. Each bedroom is equipped with a bed, 2 bedside tables each with a lamp, a radio alarm clock with iPod/iPhone dock, a dressing table and stool with lamp, mirror and hair dryer, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe with full length mirrored door. All of our beds have luxury pocket sprung mattresses with a thick layer of memory foam to ensure your comfort every single night. The largest bedroom also has a television with dvd player.
The first floor also houses a separate wc and 2 shower rooms each with a multi-jet shower cabinet, where you can luxuriate under the shower head, body spray or rainfall setting.
La Vieille Etable benefits from Dual Zone underfloor heating and a large wood burning in the living room with all wood supplied.
Our lounge is equipped a 32" flat screen television with dvd, surround sound, aux in for your own device and iPod dock. You will also find a Wii games console and games. We also have a large selection of English books and dvds for your enjoyment.
La Vieille Etable is located in 4 acres of private grounds with its own lake. Our deck terrace enjoys an uninterupted panoramic view of the grounds and surrounding countryside and benefits from both sun and shade throughout the day. Why not enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the hot tub, soak up the sun in one of our loungers or enjoy the best of al fresco dining.
The grounds are mown so that you can walk around the lake or picnic at your leisure.
Our freshwater lake is fed with a constant supply of clean water from the nearby lavoire (old communal laundry house), making it a haven for wildlife and excellent for swimming. Our lake deck with secure ladder gives easy access and egress for those who enjoy wild swimming in a natural environment with no chemicals. Please remember that swimming is at your own risk.
For our guests who enjoy fishing, the lake is home to carp, perch and roach, making it a perfect place to while away a few hours with a rod and line.
Our large secure garage houses a selection of gym equipment for your use. This includes a cross trainer, weights bench and turbo trainer for mounting your own bicycle. It is ideal for those wishing to bring motorcycles, bicycles or other sporting equipment.
New for 2017 & just completed - New 25 square meter lower deck for hot tub and thermostat multi-jet outdoor shower.
Welcome to La Vieille Etable, our holiday home since 2014 and our full-time home since 2016. We are both Armed Forces veterans having a combined 30 year’s service in the RAF between us. Both qualified military air traffic controllers, our eyes met over the radar screen in in 2010 and we married in December 2014.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Following our retirement from the RAF, Lindsay took a ‘normal’ job, and Mark turned his hand to property development, but as every visit to Dordogne came to an end, we would both spend much of the journey back to the UK moaning that we didn’t want to leave. On the drive back in September 2015, Mark finally threatened to get his calculator out. The calculator led to extensive spreadsheets and due diligence. Just over 6 months later, we made France our forever home.|
|Unique benefits of property||The reason we bought a holiday home in the first place was due to our own holiday experiences. We became fed up saving hard and paying a sizeable sum for a holiday only to find that life was far less comfortable than in our own home. We were fed up with ‘double’ beds that turned out to be Austrian twins. We were frustrated when we started wishing that the holiday was over due to waking up with terrible back aches. We could only laugh when arriving at a property that ‘had a tv’ only to find that the owner had not seen fit to provide an aerial or a plug.
We have set up our holiday home with all of our own irritations in mind, to try and ensure that you have the kind of holiday that we always wanted. And as air traffic controllers and proud veterans, we are pleased to offer discounted rates to all GATCO members and Armed Forces personnel, both current and veterans respectively.
Supermarket with 24hr Petrol
Lovely little bar serving good food for lunch with weekly specials. Lovely to grab a beer or coffee.
High quality restaurant in La Coquille.
Excellent restaurant serving local produce with a lovely atmosphere and very reasonable price. A four course meal is 22 Euros. About 30 minutes by car.
A very high quality restaurant with a lovely ambience. Greta service and the food is lovely. A 4 course evening meal is up to 120 Euros, however they have a set 2/3 course lunch menu for 15/18 Euros. About 20 minutes by car.
A lovely local restaurant which is a 10 minute drive.
Local Restaurant serving quality food that is only 10 minutes away by car.
Restaurant serving very reasonably priced food. About 15 minutes by car.
Known as the Venice of the Perigord, Brantôme lies in the charming Vallée de la Dronne. Its old abbey and picturesque setting make it a delightful place to visit. The town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire and is classed as one of 'Les Plus Beaux Detours' in France.
A medieval village classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, St-Jean-de-Côle is well worth a visit. Although small, the narrow streets are lovely to explore, with many houses sporting bright window boxes. A hotel with bar, a café and a small restaurant give plenty of opportunity to stop and enjoy the surroundings. The village holds a flower festival, "Floralies", over a weekend every May, which is spectacular, even if one is not in the market to buy plants. Highly recommended.
A tour lasting about 1 hour follows galleries linking several chambers dug out by an underground river. Halfway through the tour, a sound and light show provides a spectacular overview of the main stages which led to the formation of the cave.
Like a fairytale castle, Jumilhac reaches to the sky with its pointing roof topped with iron finials decorated with human and fanciful figurines. The medieval structure and defensive situation of the château are obvious. The French-style hanging gardens are landscaped around a theme of gold an alchemy.
Périgueux is an ancient town built in the fertile valley of the River Isle. Its long history can be traced in its urban architecture and two distinctive districts, each of which is marked by the domes of its sanctuary: the Cité district overlooked by St Stephen's tiled roof, and the Puy St-Front district with the Byzantine silhouette of the present cathedral bristling with pinnacles. Périgueux's gastronomic specialties, with truffles and fois gras occupying prize position, have become famous around the world.
The impressive castle of Bordeilles, with the village clustered below, stands imperiously above the River Dronne. It was here that the chronicler Brantôme was born in 1540. A tour of the château last approximately 1 hour.
Oradour-sur-Glane is a martyr village emblematic of the cruelty of Nazi terror. It remains as it stood on the day of its destruction as a reminder of that terrible period and in memeory of the 642 men, women and children who were massacred. A visit not to be take lightly. However, it can constitute an important educational visit with its excellent memorial centre.
The ciy of Limoges is the administrative capital of Limousin. The site was chosen for its defensive position, with a ford across the Vienne and a two-stepped plateaux that could be put to defensive use. In the Gallo-Roman period, when the town was known as Augustorium, it spread out in an amphitheatre along the right bank of the river. In the Middle Ages, two separate rival townships developed: the Cité Épiscopale grouped around its cathedral built on a low shelf overlooking the Vienne, and the Château, the busy commercial town on the opposite slope in the shadow of the powerful abbey of St-Martial. The city's industrial rise is largely due to its porcelain and enamel works.
Originally a medieval fortress, the château was completely transformed during the classical period. As times and fashions changed, the fortress gradually turned into a place of leisure. The Château experienced its most sumptuous period in the 17th century. In its classicism, Hautefort more closely resembles a Loire château than the castles of the region. Its imposing, majestic form is a reflection of the power of the Lords of Hautefort.
This very pretty village on the Vézère River is most famous for being home to the Lascaux Caves. Both the caves and Montignac itself are well worth a visit.
Just 15 minutes away at Bussière-Galant, Espace Hermerline offers a wide range of adventure and leisure activities. The lake has a supervised swimming beech while the wider area is great for family walks, picnics and barbecues. For adventure, try out the massive zip-line over the lake, the bungee ejector, or the 'go-ape'-style tree-top assault
course. See the Space Hermeline website
(link above) for full details. Further activity
programmes are available for the area of
Jumilhac le Grand and for Rouffiac.
Activities include tree climbing,
waterskiing, sailing, archery,
rock climbing, ziplines,
La Coquille - Thursday Morning
Thiviers - Saturday Morning
Nontron - Saturday Morning
Brantome - Friday Morning
Perigeux - Wednesday - Big Market, Saturday - Food Market