This location has multiple holiday properties
|The Gite In The Garden||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Cot available|
This pretty stone built gite stands away from the main farmhouse across the garden and is very private. Well insulated with white painted interior it has a bedroom on the mezzanine looking over the comfortable living area.The headroom at the rail is 6ft./1.83 m. sloping down to 3 ft. 6 inches/1.07m on the upper level.
Beneath the mezzanine is a well equipped galley kitchen and a shower room and wc (headroom for both: 6ft 1inch/1.85 m).
The laundry consisting of additional shower, wc, washing machine and tumble drier is annexed to it.
A great feature of this little gite is an extensive terra cotta tiled covered terrace approximately 8 metres square with outdoor kitchen area.The grapevine covered facade leads onto an extensive lawn and then down onto a lower level lawn.
The view out across vanishing horizons from 'La Croix' high on its hill is one of the main features of this holiday.
Well equipped small galley kitchen.
Note: headroom 1.86 m
A comfortable interior living space.
Mezzanine bedroom accessed by stairs from the living area. Note headroom features in general description.
Small shower room with toilet and wash basin.
Electric or oil heaters available.
Tv, dvd and good wi-fi.
The large covered terra cotta tiled terrace in front of the gite is its main attraction with views down the garden and out to the adjacent countryside.
Good off-road parking.
Not suitable for disability or wheelchair.
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.