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|The Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Cot available|
You enter the gite to a sunny south facing kitchen with beautiful oak work surfaces. It has an elegant traditional French style yet modern features such as a gas hob and electric oven and a fridge with small freezer.
There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in a separate laundry. You step down from the kitchen into a cosy sitting room with Sky tv/dvd with sofa bed if required.
Ahead of you from the kitchen leads a short hallway with a shower room to your left and a wash basin, wc to your right and on to a large double bedroom with an 'Alice in Wonderland' door opening onto a balcony with stunning views over rolling countryside. This gite is ideal as a retreat in the Dordogne for a writer or artist and is a perfect base to enjoy the delights of this part of France. Internet is available in the gite. Feel free to enjoy all areas around 'La Croix' such as hammocks and barbeque and the many secluded lawned areas for shade and sun as required.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a small table and chairs for 2 people and a larger table in the sitting/ dining room.
The sitting room has a comfortable sofa, tv and dvd player.
The bedroom has a king size comfortable bed. The ceiling is beamed. The small door leads out onto the balcony.
The gite has a large tiled wet room with overhead shower.
Wood burner and supplementary oil or electric heating if required.
The gite is accessed through the garden down a gravel path. Buddleia, hollyhocks and evening primrose grow in front of the gite with many other flowers including lavender. These plants and shrubs attract a large number of insects, specifically butterflies and hummingbird moths.There are many lawned areas at 'La Croix' and shade or sun can be found as required. The small pool on the lower lawn is available to all my guests at 'La Croix'.
Good off-road parking
Not suitable for disability or wheelchair as the ground slopes away and can be uneven.
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.