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|La Croix Farmhouse||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Cot available|
The farmhouse at 'La Croix' is perfect for honeymoon or special anniversary. It stands on a ridge in a quiet hamlet with commanding views all around.
The surrounding countryside is a maze of lanes ideal for walking or cycling and the fields are mostly cereal, maize or sunflowers with some livestock. In the spring and summer vegetation buzzes with insects and butterflies.
'La Croix' has a large fully equipped traditional kitchen with a stove which has an electric oven and 5 gas rings, a fridge and dishwasher. It has a large kitchen table in the centre of the room.
A pretty comfortably furnished sitting room leads out onto an extensive terrace ideal for alfresco dining as the sun sets away to the west. It has a large flat screen Sony Bravia tv and dvd player if required.
The floor is the original broad oak boards with a central rug and many artistic features adorning alcoves and walls.
The bedroom is accessed via a spiral staircase from the sitting room. It extends the entire length of the farmhouse, some forty feet in length with the original beams exposed on the inner wall. It has a four poster bed, a roll top cast iron bath and a toilet. There's a large opening circular window in the gable end looking west.
The roll top bath has a shower attachment but there is no independent shower room. It is all contained within the bedroom.
The farmhouse has an effective wood burning stove and supplementary electric or oil heaters if required.
Tv and dvd player.
Good internet connection.
Extensive lawns, with many flowers and shrubs, principally buddleia, hollyhocks and evening primrose which attract a number of insects particularly butterflies. As 'La Croix' stands on a ridge we have 3 acres of fields beyond the gardens sloping away to the north.
Good off road parking.
Not suitable for disabled or wheelchair access due to the uneven nature of the ground.
I have always loved France. I grew up in rural Worcestershire in England and after training as a dress designer and maker at Central St. Martins I set up my own company with a friend designing and producing wedding dresses in London. However in 2000 I had a complete change of tack and moved out to France. I eventually bought 'La Croix' in 2003 and after renovation offered it for holidays. I enjoy hosting my visitors in a non-intrusive way!
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||'La Croix' stands on a ridge with wonderful views in all directions. The rolling countryside in this part of the Dordogne was particularly attractive to me and the building and setting for what I wanted to do was perfect. The landscape, the history and the artisan communities in this part of France fitted my lifestyle. I knew this was where I wanted to settle and I enjoy sharing it with my guests.|
|Unique benefits of property||'La Croix' is surrounded by garden and stands in its own 3 acres of land. The views are stunning. I have decorated the property in a fairly traditional way and retained and made the most of the design opportunities the inherent features presented to me. I have used my own artistic training to put all this to full effect. 'La Croix' stands in a small hamlet which means it is very rural and passing traffic is not an issue! Having said that the market towns of Riberac and Verteillac are within easy reach as are other smaller communities and restaurants.|
Perigueux, 45 minutes drive is the capital of the Dordogne. The medieval part of the town comes alive on Wednesdays and Saturdays when local artisans display their first-class produce, including cured meats, truffles, foie - gras and pies or 'pates de Perigueux'. La Cite, once a pivotal Gallo - Roman site of Versunna, is also worth a foray. If you walk up the hill from La Cite you'll come to the Cathedrale St. Front which proved to be a trial run for the architect Abadie who later went on to design the Sacre - Couer in Paris.
Angouleme, a cathedral city, used to be dominated by paper mills but now has a thriving tourist industry.The old town occupies a high steep sided plateau overlooking a bend in the Charente. It has many charms.
Brantome, the Venice of the Perigord, is surrounded by a loop in the River Dronne and has spectacular bridges and weirs and is accessed from 'La Croix' in about 40 minutes drive along the impressive limestone valley of the river. The towns pride is its Benedictine Abbey. Brantome is a must see as is St. Emillion, although a one and a half hour drive to the south is well worth the experience to visit the many world famous wineries and chateaux. Closer to home is La Jamaye lake and country park with its restaurant and bar very popular with my guests for sandy beaches and swimming in the lake. There is also river swimming and sandy beaches at Aubeterre and St. Aulaye within 15 minutes drive. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is one of 'Les beaux villages de France' with the Monolithic church of Saint-Jean hewn out of solid rock plus many other historic attractions and a pretty tree - lined square with several restaurants and a small Sunday morning market. Riberac is the nearest large town and has an extensive street market in the town every Friday. It also has a hyper market and several smaller super markets. I will be able to advise on the best restaurants to visit locally.