|Petite Maison De La Grange||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Baby cot can be provided|
This delightful cottage, one end of an old barn was originally used to house pigs. It is part of a lovely old manoir, built for Lord Manieres the "Procurer" for Louis XIV around 1715 and was purchased by the present owner some sixteen years ago.
Since then it has been sensitively converted into the charming cottage you see today, "Petite Maison de la Grange". Wherever possible original features have been saved but with careful modernisation the property now presents a top quality holiday cottage that must be one of the loveliest in the Dordogne.
Set in peaceful, unspoilt countryside abounding in wildlife, it will appeal to those who want to "chill out" but be in easy reach of all the many attractions the Dordogne has to offer.
And it all starts right on the doorstep. The area is crisscrossed with footpaths cutting through the glorious countryside, with stunning views at every turn and the prettiest of Medieval hamlets and villages. ( le Chimin Anglais used by the English soldiers during the 100 years war, walking between their forts, passes just 100 yards away)
Or perhaps its just a saunter down to our pretty village for the croissants. St.Pompon has all the shops you will need plus a bar and an excellent restaurant.
Many of the footpaths can be used by mountain bikers but other cyclists might prefer the less taxing routes in the valley bottoms that often follow small rivers and disused railway tracks through some of the most breathtaking scenery.
And what better after a busy day "holiday making" than to retreat to the calm and comfort of Petite Maison de la Grange for dinner on the terrace looking out across the courtyard, ....or perhaps just a book and a nice glass of Bergerac,....Bliss.
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 .Full size cooker, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle,toaster fridge/freezer etc. Loads of storage space and all the gear you are likely to need. There is sugar, some tea bags, dishwasher tabs, washing powder, cleaning materials and other bibs and bobs to get you going.
The adjacent dining area is cosy and spacious. It looks across the lounge and through two french doors onto the terrace. You will find some walnuts (a local speciality) a pot of jam made in the village and a bottle of Bergerac to greet you.
The lounge is spacious and comfortable with original beams and two double french doors opening onto the pretty covered terrace. There is a comfortable sofa, an easy chair, coffee tables etc. as well as English and French tv a radio and a dvd player. The decor is best described as sympathetic and makes for a very relaxed atmosphere.
There is Wifi
From the lounge you can look out across the terrace to a lovely garden and beyond over a beautiful wooded valley
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. (wardrobe, chest of drawers and bed side cupboards.) Totally without light and sound pollution you are guaranteed to sleep like a baby and wake to the sound of birdsong.
There is an en suite bathroom.
An important feature of Petite Maison de la Grange is the extra large luxury bathroom with its lovely twisted oak beams. There is a full size bath with shower over, a wash hand basin, a w.c, and a bidet. There is limitless pipping hot water and heated towel rails so always warm dry towels. All in all, everything you could need.
The pretty window looks out through Virginia creeper 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 cushions, and sun loungers are provided and there is a gas bbq.
Pots of herbs are grown along the front of the terrace for the use of guests.
Beside the cottage is a flower garden planted to attract bees and butterflies, and that side of the cottage is covered in Virginia creeper so lots of bird activity to
Beyond the parking area is a grassed garden 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.
Dogs are welcome by arrangement
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 cottage 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 starts 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 opportunity 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 myriad of butterflies and abundant wild flowers. The number of orchids in the spring and summer is amazing. I've counted nine species in our lane alone.
The pretty village of St. Pompon is 10 mins walk away and has all the basic shops. There is a grocers,(actually a mini market) a bakers, (also doubles as a paper shop) a butchers, a pharmacy, a bar and a good restaurant.
Take time to to sit in the square with a cold beer and just watch life, or saunter through the delightful back lanes and soak in the ambience.
The village celebrates those long Saturday summer evenings with street parties - you sit at trestle tables,buy local food and wine from stalls and perhaps swap life histories with the French family sitting next to you. And later music is played and dancing in the street - great fun.
The picturesque village of Daglan is just five minutes drive away. The village is very "arty crafty" and a walk along the winding high street will take you past art galleries, a potter, a hat maker, a wood worker, a jewellery maker and more so its a must visit for those who enjoy arts and crafts.
On the glorious little river "The Ceou" just outside of the village, in stunning countryside, a beach has been created. Here you can swim in clean natural water or just sunbathe and watch others larking about.
But perhaps the best reason to visit Daglan is to dine at the Petit Paris. The food and the service at this lovely restaurant is excellent and to dine outside in the street on a balmy summers evening is magical.....Very French
All of the Bastide towns and villages (fortified) are lovely and many of them feature on the "Beaux Villages de France" list. Several of these are just a short drive from St.Pompon
The romantic cliff side villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac are unbelievably pretty and are must places to visit. You can take a barge ride from either of these villages (with an English commentary) and you'll see life from a different perspective. The history of the area is fascinating, the views spectacular and the wildlife rich and varied.
Perched high on a hill with wonderful views over the Dordogne, Domme is another must visit. Steep lanes,lots of shop restaurants and bars, underground caverns and ice creams to die for.
Belves, town of seven towers is another lovely bastide. The Saturday market there is very atmospheric and the Wednesday evening Marche Nocturne (street party) in the town square is very enjoyable.
Monpazier, was an English bastide and is probably the prettiest of the lot. To visit for the Thursday morning market is brilliant. What with the architecture, the bustle, the cafes, restaurants and bars, and the buskers, you won't want to leave.
A holiday in this region would not be complete without a visit to the historic town of Sarlat, just a short ride away. This most beautiful medieval town, with its countless restaurants and colourful street markets,must be one of the best examples of good preservation in France. Every lane and alley has so much interesting architecture.
The cathedral and the Place de Liberte are more obvious places to visit but leave the two main roads of the town and explore the many narrow medieval alleys and twittens where there are all sorts of gems to be found,..Galleries, tea rooms, craft shops,boutiques and more
And so many people eating and drinking, they're in bars, restaurants, cafes, on balconies and terraces. And there's lovely shops, street artists, buskers, food venders, pavement theatre, chocolatiers, etc. What a great atmosphere!
The Dordogne boasts of having more than 1000 chateaux and they are everywhere. Most of them are impressive and many of them are spectacular.Some of them were occupied by the English during the hundred year war and many of them changed hands during that period. Lots of them are open to the public, too many to list them all but here are a few.
Castlenaud is probable the most imposing of all, towering high above the Dordogne and glaring down at the other chateaux in the area (Beynac, Marqueyssac Milandes, Fayrac etc) The view from the top is amazing and at that height you would have thought it unconquerable. It contains a museum of warfare and an exhibition of weapons and armour.
Chateau des Milandes. This really is a fairy castle though the unfortunate life of its one time owner Josephine Baker did not have a fairy tale ending.
This Chateau works on four levels. You have the original building and its history. You have the amazing story of Josephine Baker with many of her dresses and the art deco bathrooms etc. You have stainless steel water gardens. (sounds weird but it really works) And then you have a display of free flying birds of prey. So all in all a very good visit.
Chateau de Marqueyssac. Towering above the Dordogne with glorious views across the river to Castelnaud and Beynac, this is a very good visit. Mostly known for its gardens which run along the ridge of the hill for quite some distance and in-particularly for the box topiary. It also has an good restaurant with a marvellous view. On Thursday evenings the whole garden is lit by candle light and groups of musicians play their music in small spaces throughout the gardens.
There are many beautiful gardens in the Dordogne ranging from the very formal to the more natural. Some are quite well known tourist attractions but there a some lessen know that are worth a visit.
The gardens at Eyrignac have been in the same family for twenty-two generations and are world famous for the art of topiary. And amazingly since there there is so much work to be done it is still all done by hand. But its not just a lot of shaped bushes, there also beautiful flowers, a potager an orchard and, of course a good restaurant.
Chateau de Marqueyssac. Towering above the Dordogne with glorious views across the river to Castelnaud and Beynac this is a very good visit. Mostly known for its gardens which run along the ridge of the hill for quite some distance and in-particularly for the box topiary. It also has an good restaurant with a marvellous view. On Thursday evenings the whole garden is lit by candle light and groups of musicians play their music in small spaces throughout the gardens.
The water Gardens at Carsac are wonderful. Set on a hill and running down to the Dordogne these gardens are a series of ponds connected by canals.rills and streams making its way, with the help of an original Roman drain to the river passing below.
The planting is exquisite and imaginative. As you walk along walkways over ponds and cross bridges you can see can see the plants and wildlife up close.
Loads of dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, newts and the most glorious collection of water lilies and tropical water lilies and an example of a natural swimming pond.
There is a retail centre and a cafe.
The Cloisters at Cadouin. The abbey at Cadouin is a good visit but perhaps even better is a walk around the cloisters. These gardens date from the fifteenth century and you do not have to be religious to be "moved" when you walk around this serene space. Cadouin is a very pretty village with a very good modern arts and crafts gallery.
The Vezere Valley is known as the Valley of Pre - History and the cave paintings of Lascaux are famous all over the world. Unfortunately the cave paintings at Lascaux are no longer open to the public but the big new Lascaux IV centre gives a replica of the complete cave system and the paintings and is highly acclaimed.
If however you want to see original cave painting you can still see then at La Grotte du Pech Merle, La Grotte de Font de Gaume, Abri du Cap Blanche and Rouffignac.
Be warned it can be quite an emotional experience.
The caves at Gouffre de Padirac are sensational. You take stairs or a lift down some 100 metres, then a boat along an underground river and finally a walk to the huge "great dome room" The views are breathtaking and it could be the highlight of your holiday.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac is another incredible chasm. This time you walk down into the ground into the sensational Cathedral of Crystals. You can be lowered down in a basket if you prefer. Originally lowered by donkeys but now by machine.
Grotte de Domme. This huge cave is situated under the bastide village of Domme. A lift from the centre of the village takes you down into this vast cave of stalactites and stalagmites. The view from the lift out across the Dordogne is also pretty spectacular.
The Dordogne seems to attract artists and craftsmen, perhaps its the light or maybe because its such a beautiful area. You will find them everywhere. Most towns and villages will have something artistic to seek out. There are studios,workshops,galleries, art shops, art and craft fairs, craft markets art exhibitions. And many towns and villages actively encourage the arts and have their own artisan fairs.
St.Pompon has a growing reputation for supporting the arts and holds several art exhibitions through the year. Our neighbouring villages of Daglan and St.Laurent are also quite "artisan"
There is a Route des Metiers d'Art which you can follow through towns and villages in each area of the Dordogne calling at the studios of painters, potters, sculptors, carvers, glass blowers,iron workers, furniture makers etc. great fun.
My nearest neighbour Jean-Claude Maladain is a highly respected water colourist and runs one day courses in the village through the summer.
A visit to the area would not be complete without time on the rivers. As well as the Dordogne river (large and majestic) there is the smaller Verzere (slightly smaller scale but very pretty) and our local Ceou (smaller still and cutting through the most beautiful scenery). The rivers pass by or through some lovely towns and the most picturesque of villages.
Whether it’s taking a boat trip, floating about in canoes, sunbathing on a beach, picnicking on the banks, swimming to an island, or just standing in the shallows it’s all brilliant.
Set in a pretty, secluded valley away from the main tourist sites, La Petite Maison is a peaceful base from which to explore the Dordogne and Lot. Our rather nervy terrier settled in quickly, and the immediate surroundings were excellent for dog-walking. We had several delicious dinners in nearby Daglan, and also ate at the restaurant in St Pompon, which was good but more expensive. The gite itself was clean and, thanks to the shady veranda, pleasantly cool in the mini heatwave of our week. David was always ready to help if we needed it, but otherwise unobtrusive. It was exactly what we’d hoped for.
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.