|L'Olivier||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2||Child travel cot available|
This tastefully converted barn provides 2 bedroomed accommodation with two bathrooms.
Built of local stone, it retains the charm and character of the original 1800s building but with a light, airy decor and style that provides a very enjoyable and comfortable holiday home.
The high-beamed open-plan living area allows you to relax in a quiet corner or to dine around the table. French doors from the lounge area lead to a shaded terrace where a table and chairs are provided. Further French doors open onto the courtyard leading to another terrace under the vines for those lazy lunches where you can barbecue, or just spend long balmy evenings overlooking the surrounding countryside.
The pool terrace area is where sun loungers are provided to relax and enjoy those lazy hot sunny days. A large shady pool house can be found here with additional seating. The barn is situated in grounds of approx 1 acre for your enjoyment, with flower gardens, grapevines, plum, walnut, hazelnut, cherry, olive and fig trees.
Private shady parking is situated within the grounds.
The owners live discreetly at the edge of the grounds and are available if required for any help and advice but otherwise will leave you alone to enjoy your holiday.
The open plan kitchen, is very well equipped to cater for your holiday, including gas oven and 4 ring hob, fridge/freezer, toaster, wine cooler, coffee maker, iron, ironing board.
A free on site laundry service is provided. Domestic items are also supplied, such as tea towels, washing up liquid, matches and torches. A starter supply of kitchen roll, toilet roll, soap, cling film, kitchen foil, tea, coffee and condiments ensuring that your travel load is reduced.
The light and airy open plan dining area is adjacent to the kitchen and lounge, there is a large farm style dining table with seating for 4 adults.
From the kitchen and dining area there are patio doors to the courtyard, terraces and gardens.
The living area has a modern flame effect electric fire. Some of the interior walls have exposed stone and original alcoves, the ceilings are wood beamed.
There are 2 leather 3 seater sofas , a wall mounted tv has English free-sat channels, a dvd player, with a large selection of dvdas to view. Cd music and iPod player. Patio doors open onto the covered terrace, dining area, gardens and pool area.
This tastefully decorated large sized bedroom, has high vaulted roof with oak beams.
A Queen sized double bed with memory foam mattress is provided for your comfort. En suite shower room and toilet.
Ample draw and wardrobe space is provided.
This large sized bedroom, has high vaulted roof with oak beams and a view of the swimming pool area and gardens.
A Queen sized four poster double bed with memory foam mattress is provided for your comfort. A separate large shower room and toilet is provided for this room.
Ample draw and wardrobe space is provided.
En suite shower room to bedroom 1.
This room has a shower, with massage jets and radio. A stone wash basin is provided, with toilet.
Large shower room for bedroom 2.
This room is equipped with a shower, sink and toilet.
Gas central heating to the property and a modern flame effect fire in the living area.
Wall mounted tv has English free-sat channels, a dvd player, with a large selection of dvds to view. Cd music, iPod player and wi-fi.
The barn is situated in grounds of approx 1 acre for your enjoyment, set with flower gardens, grapevines, plum, walnut, hazelnut, cherry, olive and fig trees.
The gardens have several outside dining areas, a large barbecue is also provided. Other terraces and shady seating areas can be found around the garden
The in ground pool (10m x 5m) area is where sun loungers are provided to relax and enjoy those lazy hot sunny days. A large shady pool house can be found here with additional seating.
We know that you want to keep in touch, even when you're relaxing by the pool, so we have provided wi-fi access not just in the house but in the garden too.
Private shady parking is situated within the grounds.
Children will love the pool and pool terrace.
The property is unsuitable for those with limited mobility or toddlers.
This is an ancient property with exposed wooden beams therefore no naked flames are allowed inside the barn.
The barn is a non smoking area.
Travel cot available on request.
A free on site laundry service is provided.
Because of our love of France, we moved here several years ago and have not looked back since.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||We have spent many years enjoying holidays in France, but always seemed to be drawn back to this region with the sunflowers, the fine wines and beautiful scenery. The local markets are just a joy to visit. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and Brantome are just some of the wonderful places to visit.|
|Unique benefits of property||Some recent visitors when shown round l'Olivier barn told us that they simultaneously looked at each other and said 'wow'. This is certainly the reaction we were hoping to achieve when we decided to take on a barn conversion. We have endeavoured to make everything as comfortable as possible to ensure our guests leave rested and happy. We can honestly say that our guests spend more time at l'Olivier than out and about and we consider this to be the highest compliment. The private pool and several seating areas certainly makes this a great place to recharge your batteries. The night sky looks like diamonds on black velvet and can be the last image you remember as you drift off to sleep as they twinkle down from the skylight windows .|
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is listed as a “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”. This very beautiful village with castle, medieval houses and Subterranean Church, hangs on a steep hillside overlooking the River Dronne. The tree lined square is has several restaurants and it is particularly enjoyable to sit here in the shade and watch the world go by. There is a large beach here on the river Dronne where canoes can be hired. (15 Minutes’ drive)
A picturesque town on an island on the river Dronne, it is known as ‘the Venice of Perigord’ with an 11th century Abbey and many other attractions. Restaurants and small shops can be found here. It is very popular with locals and visitors, an evening stroll after the visitors have left is particularly rewarding. There are boat rides and canoe hire around the town. popular and colourful market on Friday mornings. This is an all year round destination. (40 Minutes’ drive)
Saint-Emilion is the oldest wine area of the Bordeaux region. Saint-Emilion wines are considered the most robust of the Bordeaux region. This small medieval town has many restaurants and shady squares. The cobbled alleys and squares make this a beautiful place to linger. There is a popular tourist train, which tours the town and nearby vineyards, (1 hour 15 minutes’ drive)
The name of Cognac is known the world over because of the brandy produced in the region, and the chance to visit the Cognac distilleries certainly attracts many visitors, but the town itself is also very interesting to explore with an attractive riverside and historical centre to discover.
Cognac 'old town', the medieval part of the town, is a region of narrow cobbled streets, hemmed in by attractive houses from the 15th to 18th centuries, and a multitude of brandy maturing warehouses along the riverside. (1 Hour 10 minute drive)
There are a huge number of show caves, rock ledges and prehistoric museums and parks to visit in the area. The main area for caves and a museum is at Les Eyzies De Tayac. The caves at Lascaux near Montignac are the definitive show caves for prehistoric art. It is very popular and often necessary to pre book depending on the season. Many of these sites are designated World Heritage sites by UNESCO. (1.5 hours’ drive)
Traditionally the French eat their main meal of the day at mid-day and consequently many restaurants are seldom open late in the day outside of the main holiday season.
On the plus side many small village restaurants, bars, cafes offer a “Plat du Jour”, literally the plate of the day, which is served at mid-day. This will vary each day and changes with the seasons and availability of fresh produce at the local Markets. This all adds up to good French food at low prices, typically for 12 – 15 Euros you partake of a three course meal including Wine and Coffee. Here are some to whet your appetite: -
"À Table Restuarant".
At La Guide, Cherval. This wonderful restaurant comes highly recommended by our previous guests and friends. Advance booking is always essential due to its popularity. EMAIL: email@example.com. (10 minute drive)
"Chez Moran", Saint-Martial-Viveyrol.
A restaurant in a small village serving up fresh regional food. The food served here has been recommended by previous guests (and ourselves). Outside shady terrace & restaurant. Arrive at 12.00hrs to guarantee a table, (10 minutes’ drive).
Restaurants in Aubeterre -Sur Dronne.
This very beautiful village hangs on a steep hillside overlooking the River Dronne. The tree lined square and village has many restaurants. Arrive early for lunch 11.45 as it is popular in the summer. (15 Min drive)
Many traditional markets take place in the area. These are are just a few.
Perigueux. Several large markets in the old city centre. Wednesday and Saturday Mornings
Riberac. A very popular market can be found here on Friday mornings.
Brantome. The market is situated on the banks and bridges of the river Dronne, on Friday mornings at a very picturesque location.
Literally “Flea Market” or “Attic / Loft Clearance” A trip to French boot fair is a must. It is not difficult to find one of these on a Sunday from March until October. They will be well bill posted in the local area, and sign posted on the day. These are quite an occasion for the French communities usually running from 6am – 6pm, there will be food and drink on sale, there is often entertainment, which can be quite unusual. Some of the best ones can be found on village / town feast days when all of the streets are closed to vehicles and stallholders set up amongst the medieval houses. The serious collectors amongst you will find them advertised in a monthly magazine “Antiquities Brocante” which can be readily purchased in most French Newsagents. Your hosts at l"Olivier are happy to advise of any such events during your stay.