|Petite Maison De La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Baby cot can be provided|
A truly delightful gite, part of an old barn, reached along a winding lane through flower meadows to where it nestles in the hills. Great care has been taken to retain the charm of the property while providing every possible creature comfort.The cottage is spacious,is private and not overlooked and is all on one floor.
An important feature of the dwelling is the lovely covered terrace, perfect for those romantic dinners or for wiling away an hour or two with a good book. Both the lounge and the bedroom have french doors that open onto the terrace.
The kitchen and the dining room are open plan and retain the "feel" of the original building.
The kitchen is fully equip for easy living with all the appliances you would expect to find. e.g full size cooker, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker fridge/freezer etc. Loads of storage space and all the gear you are likely to need.
The lounge is spacious and comfortable with original beams and two double french doors opening onto the pretty covered terrace. From the lounge you can look out across the terrace to a lovely garden and beyond over a beautiful wooded valley. There is English and French tv a video player, a cd player and of course, a comfortable soffa and easy chair. The decor is best described as sympathetic and makes for a very relaxed atmosphere.
There is a roomy bedroom with old twisted beams and a double aspect, one window overlooking the flower garden at the side and a glazed door opening onto the terrace with views over the box garden.
It has a large comfortable king size bed and plenty of storage space. Totally without light and sound pollution you are guaranteed to sleep like a baby and wake to the sound of birdsong.
Another feature of the property is the extra large luxury bathroom with wash hand basin, bath (with shower over) w.c, and bidet. Limitless piping hot water and heated towel rails. In fact all you could need.
The pretty window looks out through creepers and through the flowers of the side border.
The property is fully centrally heated so is cosy any time of the year. (included in the price)
The property opens on to the good sized covered terrace. This is perfect for just lazing around or watching the birds at the feeders and has proved very popular with guests. It provides welcome shade when needed and cover should it rain so is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Table chairs and sun loungers are provided and there is a gas bbq.
Beside the cottage is a flower garden and beyond that a grassed area, enclosed by high hedges (so completely private) where you can lounge in the sun or doze under the canopy of the trees. The private back lane passes the flower meadows on one side and the woods on the other. A stroll down here, before dinner, and you will see a mass of flowers, butterflies, birds, perhaps even a deer or red squirrel.
There is a private parking space immediately beside the gite.
Probably not suitable for wheelchairs since there is a small step of just over an inch between the lounge and dining room.
As a lifelong Francophile it was almost inevitable that on retirement I moved to France and after several months searching I found this wonderful barn that is now "Petite Maison de la Grange". Since then I have carefully restored the barn to provide a quality, spacious gite with all the amenities necessary for modern living but retaining the charm of this ancient building.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||This property will appeal to those wishing for some quality time away from the stresses of modern living. Blissfully quiet, in a region of outstanding natural beauty rich in wildlife but just walking distance from our pretty village and within easy reach of all the attractions of the Perigor Noir. Wonderful food, excellent wines, fairytale castles, bastide villages, street markets and, of course, the glorious river, - what else is there?|
|Unique benefits of property||Set in peaceful, unspoilt countryside and yet just a walk away from our pretty village which has all the basic shops and an excellent restaurant. A comfortable and charming retreat after a day busy holidaymaking. Just to have diner on the pretty covered terrace, looking out over a beautiful wooded valley, with a nice glass of Bergerac - paradise? Well if your more energetic and want to explore the countryside on foot, the area is crisscrossed with clearly marked footpaths (the first one just 100 metres away) cutting through the most glorious countryside with stunning views at every turn and the prettiest of medieval hamlets and villages. Whether its just a saunter down to the village for the croissants or some serious hiking its all starts on the doorstep.
Many of the footpaths can be used by mountain bikers but some cyclists may prefer the less taxing roads in the bottom of the valleys, many of these following rivers or the old railway tracts
For many the blissfully quiet location will be an oppotunity to just relax, while others will want to walk, cycle or horse ride in the surrounding countryside and enjoy the rich and varied wildlife - deer, red squirrels, kites, golden oriole, nightingales, nightjars, hoopoe, a miriad of butterflies and abundant wild flowers.
The pretty village of St. Pompon is 10 mins walk away and has all basic shops, two bars and an excellant restaurant. Take time to to sit in the square with a cold beer and just watch life, or saunter through the back lanes and soak in the ambiance. The village celebrates those long Saturday summer evenings with street parties - sit at tressle tables,buy local food and wine , swap life histories with the French family sitting next to you. And later music is played and dancing in the street - great fun.
At the picturesque village of Daglan (5 mins away) there's the gourmet restaurant Petit Paris. To eat outside in the square, on a balmy summers evening, is magical ... a very French experience.
The romantic cliff side villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac are within a few minutes drive as is the bastide town of Domme with its wonderful views over the Dordogne. Each is enchanting and you'll want to linger. From both Beynac and La Roque Gageac you can take a barge ride on the Dordogne (with an English commentary) and enjoy the rich history and abundant wildlife from a different perspective.
The historic town of Sarlat with countless restaurants and colourful street markets is just a ride away. So many people eating, they're in bars,restaurants,cafes,on balconies, terraces. And it's all good stuff The nearby Sunday street market at St,Cyprien takes some beating for sheer vitality and atmosphere.Very cosmopolitan.
Then there's fairy castles,gardens,the 100 years war,cave paintings, canoeing on the river.Have I missed anything ?
This is a lovely gite in an idyllic setting, up in the hills above the small village of Saint Pompont. The weather was steaming hot but the gite's position and thick walls meant that it remained cool throughout - natural air-conditioning if you like. David is a charming and solicitous host, ever on hand to make sure that you have everything you need. It was a really enjoyable week and a place I would recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all. I will certainly be back.