Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Cours-du-Fleuve - The Farmhouse||Self Catering||Friday||2||4||2|
Cours du Fleuve is set in the countryside of the tiny village of Calès, overlooking the banks of the Dordogne River. Across the river lies Trémolat, a typical small French village which caters for the needs of both the French and the English, although it has still retained the French charm. One can amble around the village enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the local ancien St Nicholas church, or simply watch the world go by at the local bar.
Close by is the famous "Cingle de Tremolat", a bend in the river offering magnificent panoramic views of the Dordogne valley. The medieval town of Lalinde (14 km), with its little lake ideal for picnics and lively Thursday market is also worth a visit. Sarlat (44 km) bustling narrow streets and medieval buildings steeped in culture and history, is a must visit for all. The region boasts the world renowned Bergerac appellation wine area which covers 12,700 hectares. Wine has been produced in the region for well over 400 years. Wine enthusiasts will find similar grapes to those found in the Bordeaux region including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec reds; Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet whites. Many vineyards welcome visitors and offer tastings. The formal ‘route de vin’ maps out a plan of the vineyards in the area. The Dordogne is the supplier of almost half of France’s fine produce including truffles, cèpes and foie gras.
The nearest shopping towns are the beautiful Le Bugue on the Vézère River to the east, and Lalinde on the Dordogne to the west. The river Vézère joins the Dordogne at the lovely village of Limeuil just a few minutes drive from Trémolat. Enclosed between the rivers Vézère and Dordogne (the "golden triangle") is a veritable treasure of prehistoric sites, beautiful caves from, for example, Lascaux with cave paintings, to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac with stalactites in a forty metre high underground cavern.
There is so much in the local area it is almost impossible to know where to start. All age groups are catered for. There are prehistoric sites, troglodyte villages, bastide towns such as Monpazier, Belvès and Villereal. Périgueux and Bergerac are an easy drive.
There are châteaux for visiting and wine tasting. Monbazillac is worth a visit. During the summer, countless local fêtes, travelling shows, night markets and dancing in the square to bands with accordions!
Bergerac 40 mins
Bordeaux 2 hrs 20mn
Toulouse 3 hrs
Approximately 8 hr drive from the Northern coast of France if arriving by ferry/tunnel
The Farmhouse is the original home of the property and is a traditional Perigourdine house. Whilst the original features of timber beams, stone walls, wood burning fire and stone évier (sink) have been maintained, the property has been renovated sympathetically into the 21st Century creating a modern kitchen and luxury ensuite bathroom. The Farmhouse is more secluded and private, however still benefiting from use of the pool and gardens. This property sleeps 3/4 people.
The changeover day is Wednesday.
The Farmhouse is not suitable for young children, as a stair gate cannot be fitted.
The Kitchen is brand new (March 2018)
The kitchen is fully equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and cooker. There is ample storage space available with a range of units and worktop surfaces.
The dining area
The dining area has seating for 4 people. There is additional storage units in the form of a dresser.
The lounge has a log fire as a central focus point with seating consisting of a sofa and two armchairs positioned around a coffee table.
Entertainment is provided by satellite TV(English/French ) freeview channels, DVD player, hi-fi system, and a book cabinet containing a selection of reading material.
The hall has a sofa which provides a secluded area, separate from the main lounge and dining area.
The traditional Périgourdine roof structure in the master bedroom is one of the main features which is admired by all. To left of the double bed is an enclosed space for hanging clothes. Additional storage is in the form of two chest of drawers. A hairdryer is provided. Encompassed within the master bedroom is another admired feature in the form of a roll top bath. A toilet, wash basin and bathroom cabinet are positioned behind the partitioned wall. The east facing window overlooks the River Dordogne.
The second bedroom consists of twin beds, and features the characteristic beams seen in the master bedroom. Again there is enclosed hanging clothes space and a chest of drawers. This bedroom can sleeps either 2 young children under 14 or 1 teenager or 1 adult
Bedroom 1 is equipped with air conditioning. This facility is optional.
For further information refer to our Booking Conditions
The downstairs bathroom has 'his and her' basins, toilet and an enclosed shower. The earth fired tiled floor, along with partial stone walls creates a rustic yet chic setting
Encompassed within the master bedroom is another admired feature in the form of a roll top bath. A toilet, wash basin and bathroom cabinet are positioned behind the low partioned wall. The east facing window overlooks the River Dordogne.
Log burner located in the lounge
Entertainment is provided by satellite tv (English/French ) freeview channels, dvd player, hi-fi system and a book cabinet containing a selection of reading material.
- Large fenced heated swimming pool with a paved terrace and chaises longues , umbrellas
- Other garden games for children.
Parking in the courtyard of the property
We are an English/French couple. My husband Paul and I decided that a change of lyfestyle was in order, so we left the Côte d’Azur where we lived for 45 years after falling in love with the beautiful region of the Dordogne. We bought Cours du Fleuve in June 2017 and are enjoying every minute here. We are very proud to offer high standing accommodation and our pleasure is to make sure that our guests have the best time possible on their holidays.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||When we drove up to the Cours du Fleuve for the first time, we realised how special the place was and how it appeared to be “the one”. We love its character and charm and the beautiful countryside all around it, peace and tranquility it offers. This part of France is not only beautiful, but has exemplary food and wine, culture and history.
There is so much to explore in the area. Markets selling local produce and antiques. Castles, churches and prehistoric caves, vineyards, and restaurants serving the region’s specialities (such as truffles, duck and foie gras). There are stunning walks, cycle routes, canoeing, golf, horse riding.
|Unique benefits of property||The property sits on a high plateau overlooking the glorious Dordogne river and the countryside. The gîtes are full of authentic charm, but have been completely renovated to bring them into the 21st century. Our guests all remark on the attention to detail and comfort afforded by the gîtes.|
The city in the sky perched on the cliff tops overlooking the Dordogne Valley, the medieval Bastide of Domme is one of the treasures of the Dordogne. The views down the valley are stunning and you will feel very much part of history as you walk around the streets. Market day is on Thursday.
Two contrasting styles of gardens. Marquayssac perched on the cliffs above the Dordogne Valley has small formal gardens and then extensive walks along the cliff tops to the Belvedere overlooking La Roque Gageac (one of the prettiest villages in France). Eyrignac, located about 7km from us, is one of the foremost gardens of France - very formal and mainly green! The gardens of Cadiot (in the English style) are also in the vicinity.
The biggest geological cave in the region, the Padirac chasm is over 100m deep and 32m wide. You descend into the cave complex by way of a boat journey on an underground river. The biggest cave (the Grand Dome) is a staggering 91m high.
One of the most incredible attractions in the region, a UNESCO World Heritage site, La Roque St Christophe is a 1km long cliff, 80m high with 5 enormous galleries. Since troglodyte days, it has been a place of safe refuge. You get to see how the city was arranged and there are working replicas of the lifts which were needed to bring supplies up the cliff face.
In the Vezere Valley, you will have the opportunity to visit a replica of some of the most important pre-historic cave paintings ever discovered. The Lascaux cave is outstanding and the paintings are breathtaking. See bison, mammoths and cave dwellers dating back 10,000 years.
There is at least a market a day, the most famous being the Saturday market in Sarlat and the Sunday market in St-Cyprien. Go early to get the best selection and to avoid the crowds.
One of the finest examples of a medieval town in France. The centre of the town is picturesque and all the buildings are beautifully preserved. Market days (Wednesday and Saturday) are well worth a visit and an evening visit is a must as all the old town is lit up. During the period between mid-July and early August, there is a theatre festival and throughout the summer you are able to watch the street performers and listen to the musicians who perform in the streets of the old town.
The 60/70km stretch of the Dordogne River flowing through the Lot and the Perigord Noir must be one of the most picturesque river valleys in Europe. With countless medieval villages, breathtaking scenery and cliff-top chateaux, a trip either upstream or downstream is a must. Travelling upstream, you get to see the beautiful villages of Creysse, Carennac with its fortified abbey, Loubressac, a cliff-top village with panoramic views of the Chateaux at Castelnau and Beaulieu, a market town where the river widens. Downstream takes you past some of the major chateaux of the Dordogne, Montfort perched overlooking a loop of the river, Fayrac, Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes and through the village of La Roque Gageac.
From our own experience, one un-missable joy is canoeing (or kayaking) down either the Vezere, Dordogne or Dronne rivers - take along a picnic, pick up your chosen craft, oars and safety vests and off you go, drifting downstream to a preselected destination where you will be picked up and returned to your parked car. One such route in the Dordogne valley passes beneath several famous chateaux including Baynac and Castelnaud, and drifts through the eye-candy village La Roche Gageac. Simply delightful.
Golf, horse riding, hot-air ballooning or simply stretching your legs – there are a number of local walking clubs (randonnées) who welcome regular or occasional friends – and a number of spectacular gardens offer more leisurely distraction
Old town and port
Layers of history to explore, starting with the medieval buildings of the old town. During the summer months the old port and the main squares throughout the town centre buzz with a variety of summer events, many completely free.
The river was absolutely vital to the town's development as a centre for the wine industry. Timber for barrel making came from upstream and wine could be exported down river towards Bordeaux. The Maison des Vins overlooking the old port is a great place to ask for an introduction to a few of the local wines.
Canoe hire and boat trips are available from the old port during the summer months.
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