|Le Colombier||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||4||Double sofabed can sleep an additional 2 people|
Le Colombier is a luxury holiday home set in 3 quarters of an acre of landscaped garden, 5 minutes walk from the Dordogne river, cycle track (Sarlat-Souillac) and village amenities. The accommodation is generously sized with contemporary styling and has all the modern facilities to enjoy a stress-free holiday - satellite tv/dvd, hi-fi with iPhone Bluetooth connectivity, wi-fi, dishwasher, microwave. Downstairs, there is a large dining/living area opening out to a covered terrace that provides shade from the midday sun. The combination of 4 bedrooms and a spacious mezzanine allows it to comfortably accommodate up to 10 adults. Two modern bathrooms, one with walk-in shower, the other with bath plus shower and 2 separate wcs. Laundry area with washing machine and ironing facilities if required. Grass lawns with established plants and scrubs provide a perfect setting and make the property suitable for families with children or couples alike. Our 10x5m heated pool with electric security cover allows enjoyable swimming April to October. VISIT us at lecolombier .co .uk for further information.
Attractive, well equipped kitchen comprising electric oven, 5 ring gas hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, all required crockery and utensils.
Downstairs, there is a large dining/living area opening out to a covered terrace that provides shade from the midday sun.
Combined living space with large comfortable sofas, fireplace, dining table to seat 10-12, satelite tv and dvd player. Numerous patio doors open to the outside, with the lounge area giving access to the covered terrace and patio for outside dining.
Description of sleeping capacity:
Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) plus Cot.
Notes on bedrooms:
Bedroom 1 with king bed opening to terrace (downstairs)
Bedroom 2 with twin beds opening to terrace (downstairs)
Bedroom 3 with king bed (upstairs)
Bedroom 4 with twin beds (upstairs)
Mezzanine with double sofabed (upstairs)
Bathroom downstairs with walk-in shower, twin wash basins.
Bathroom upstairs with bath/shower head, separate shower cubicle.
Separate wc's upstairs and downstairs.
Electric central heating and log burner in the open plan lounge/dining area.
Satellite tv (French and English), dvd player, hi-fi with iPhone Bluetooth connectivity, wi-fi.
Dvd library and book library.
Le Colombier is a luxury holiday home set in 3 quarters of an acre of landscaped garden consisting of grass lawns with established plants and scrubs provide a perfect setting and make the property suitable for families with children or couples alike.
Large covered terrace for eating outside and provides shelter from the midday sun.
Modern 10 x 5m heated pool with roman steps one end ideal for gradual entry or children playing. Sun loungers and parasols provided.
Swings in the garden for the children and number of cycles in the garage for client use (3 adult and 2 childs).
Ample parking for 4 cars and garage where bikes could be safely stored.
The property is suitable for families with children or couples alike. There are lots of tourist attractions in the area to suit all interests and age groups.
Suitability for disabled or elderly - With regards wheelchair access, removable ramps have been constructed to overcome single steps to the property both front and rear. There is also easy access to terrace for outside dining and to the garden. The downstairs floor is all on one level with a continuous tiled floor throughout, making it ideal for wheelchair users. Downstairs bathroom has large walk-in shower. Please ask for details if you have specific questions.
The property has its own utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board.
Free use of a number of cycles stored at the house (3 adult, 1 teenage and 2 child cycles). Please ask if you need specific detail.
After a number of years taking holidays in the beautiful Dordogne, we decided it was the place to purchase a holiday home.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Beautiful countryside, chateaux and great food and wine.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property with its large garden achieves the unique combination of a tranquil setting of a smaller village on the outskirts of the main tourist centre of Sarlat, whilst still giving you all the amenities you could wish for within the local village. Le Colombier is located in the lovely village of St Julien de Lampon on the edge of the famous Dordogne river. The house is within walking distance of all amenities including bar and restaurants, baker, butchers, general store, pharmacy and bank, allowing you to leave the car at base on an evening if you should want. Historic towns such as Sarlat-la-Caneda, and many of the other tourist attractions in the Dordogne and Lot are within easy reach of the house, as well as the main motorway junction being only 15 minutes away, allowing easy access to this holiday retreat.|
The property itself is a 5 minute walk from the centre of St Julien de Lampon. Here you will find everything you require including bakery, butcher, grocery, bar with tobacconist, restaurants, doctor, pharmacy, post office and the bank with ATM. There is also a weekly market every Thursday and outside live music on Friday nights (in season) at the village bar/brasserie. The village is set on the south bank of the Dordogne river, where there is a river beach and shaded picnic area. This is the perfect place to hire a canoe and mosy down the river or if you are feeling a little more energenic, cross the famous viaduc bridge and you can access the Sarlat-Souillac cycle track. We keep 3 adult bikes and 2 child bikes at the house for client use.
The most famous town in the region and one of the most visited in France, is a short drive from the house. Often called just Sarlat, the town is actually twinned with its less famous neighbour and is more correctly called Sarlat-la-Caneda. Destined to be besieged by tourists at almost all times of the year Sarlat is a beautiful, well restored town a few kilometres north of the River Dordogne. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times is a pleasure to visit, especially during the spring and autumn, or early in the morning. The town centre has narrow streets between the old stone buildings and is bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants. There is a market on Wednesday and Saturday morning in the Place de la Libertie where you can buy all the regional products, meats and vegetables, cheese even truffles (Nov-March).
La Roque-Gageac is classed as one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages des France' and should not be missed. La Roque has a most dramatic setting, situated right beside the Dordogne river, with many of its houses built directly into the face of the huge cliff that overhangs the village. Above this there are steep steps to incredible troglodyte caves with great views as well as a small botanical garden. Don't forget to take a boat trip on a gabare (a glass-bottomed boat) while you are there.
Rocamadour is actually in the next department of Lot but only 30 minutes drive. It is a spectacular medieval village built into the cliff face and also has La Foret des Singes www.la-foret-des-singes.com - 10 hectares of land set aside as a park for more than 100 monkeys to live in relative freedom. This is great for the children.
Also, just in the department of Lot, you have the famous cave Le Gouffre at Padirac, a natural 75 metre chasm below which runs an underground river. Your visit will last about 1½ hours with a total tour of 2,000 metres, including a boat trip through the underground cave. Please visit www.gouffre-de-padirac.com
At Souillac (10-15 minutes drive), you will find Quercyland - an aquatic and leisure park with 6 swimming pools, water slides, a six track water shoot, trampolines, bouncy castles, sand pits and much more. Visit www.copeyre.com for more information.
Alternatively, the Plan d'eau at Grolejac is lovely lake where you can swim and hire pedlos, etc. It is a 10 minute drive or you can cycle from the village using the greenway (see Cycling). You also have the Etang de Tamniès just north-west of Sarlat where there inflatable slides and adventure course for the children.
If you are into cycling, this is the ideal location for you. The Sarlat-Souillac greenway can be accessed very easily from the village and provides 35km of traffic-free cycling. There has also been a recent extension that turns off the main route and continues to Gourdon, passing the scenic lake at Grolejac.
In an area so blessed with beautiful rivers and countryside, there is nothing more relaxing than gliding down the river in a canoe, taking in the views of villages and chateaux. Canoeing along the Dordogne is safe for children as the river is very shallow and slow flowing. You can access the river directly from the village where there is a company based who will hire canoes and arrange pick-ups.
There are 8 golf courses in the area including Souillac Country Club (Souillac), Domaine de Rochebois (Vitrac), Golf de Lolivarie (Saint-Germain-de-Belvès), Golf de la Forge (Siorac en Perigord).
For details of all the 8 courses and the Free Dordogne Golf Pass entitling you to 20% on your 2nd course played, please visit www.golf-dordogne-perigord.com
Within 10 minutes drive of the house, there are two children's adventure parks; Monkey Forest www.monkeysforest-sarlat.fr and the La Forêt des Ecureuils Adventure park. Both have tree top climbing activities and various rope swings that will keep the children entertained.
At Le Bugue, the opposite side of Sarlat, you have the excellent Aquarium du Perigord Noir www.aquariumperigordnoir.com, with 66 pools of different fish, reptiles and alligators. On site, you also have an mini golf for all the family www.junglegolfperigordnoir.com which is themed in a jungle setting.
All the family love getting competitive over Mini-golf! For the more local option, you have an 18 hole at the nearby Souillac (10 minutes drives http://mini-golfsouillac.e-monsite.com/ or visit the another 18 holes in Le Bugue at the Aquarium for a jungle theme www.junglegolfperigordnoir.com
The best karting in the area in our opinion having been numerous times is garden Karting at La Douze www.garden-karting-perigord.com Great outdoor track with 2 powers of kart, 270cc and 120cc, and good facilities to have refreshments outside whilst watching the adrenalin junkies of the family..
Take a steam locomotive on a journey of 8 miles (13 km) round trip, at a height to 80 metres, giving a wonderful panorama of the Dordogne Valley http://trainduhautquercy.info
The nearest horse riding is at Martine Mangione , Centre équestre et d'équitation, at Lac de Barbe, Prats de Carlux, about 10 minutes drive from the house.
Perfect location, beautiful area, great house
We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks at this property. The house delivered everything that was described on the website and more!
The pool was wonderful, the enclosed large garden area was great for the children to run around in. The terrace had plenty of welcome shade and two eating areas.
The lounge was comfortable and the house had great kitchen and dining facilities. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable.
St Julien de Lampon was in close walking distance (5mins) and had everything needed for day to day living.
We will return in the future and would highly recommend!
We stayed at Le Colombier as 2 families, consisting of 5 adults and 3 children for a period of 2 weeks. We felt that the property had enough room for us to stay without feeling as if we were living on top of each other. Very comfortable. The outdoor space was amazing, much larger than the pictures indicate. We ate "al fresco" for the whole holiday. Loved the swimming pool, the kids practically lived in it. The position couldn't have been better, it was so easy to drive to fantastic places such as Sarlat (amazing Saturday Market), Beynac, Rocamadour, Martel (fantastic steam train) and lots more. Saint Julien De Lampon was a pretty small village but had all of the local amenities required and within easy walking distance from the property. Would highly recommend.