|Summer Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
This cosy gite is an ideal base to explore the wonderful delights that the Dordogne has to offer. For a couple or a single person wanting to relax in peaceful surroundings and beautiful gardens, yet only 1.5 kms from the friendly local village, Villefranche du Perigord. one of the oldest and yet stunning Bastide Village. There are many shops - butchers, 2 boulangeries for fresh morning croissants and bread, 2 mini-marts, fresh deli, coffee shops, restaurants, atm bank, tourist office etc. Every Saturday there is a wonderful market with fresh local produce.
Tuesday evening is the 'Night Market' - an evening not to be missed! And the mobile Pizza van on Monday's is a huge hit with everybody!
An open plan kitchen/dining/living area with modern appliances and a snug bedroom and separate shower room with double sink and toilet.
There is an outdoor terrace and bbq area.
Monpazier is 12 kms away
Sarlat - 35 mins drive
Les Eyzies - 40 mins drive
Bergerac is our nearest airport - 50 mins drive.
Open plan kitchen/dining area has a gas hob and oven, fridge with a small freezer and a washing machine.
There is a sofa to relax on while watching the tv with English satellite.
Choice of books and games.
3 steps down into the snug bedroom with a handmade double bed, wardrobe and drawers. Over looks the gardens on one side and the private terrace on the other side.
There is a shower, toilet and 2 wash basins. Hand and bath towels are provided and also a hairdryer.
Tv, dvds books and games.
A private tiled terrace, with bbq area and table, chairs and parasol.
Ample private parking.
For couples or person travelling on their own.
On site facilities include a boules and badminton court with great views of the valley.
We moved here to the Dordogne 15 years ago with our very young children. We love every single day in this beautiful region. <br/>I love spending time with my family, in the garden, going on and exploring long walks and meeting new people.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||Stunning, quiet and a step back in time! There is so much to see and do in this beautiful region. Glorious markets with endless stalls of fresh local produce. Enjoying the many Night markets of many different stalls cooking a variety of local foods, selling of wines and breads, all you need to take are your knives, forks and napkins. Wonderful experience every time! Oh yes, I nearly forgot..... and the fantastic weather!|
|Unique benefits of property||Peaceful. Beautiful gardens and fabulous scenery. Plenty of on-site facilities, so you needn't even leave the property! We have the most amazing summer sun sets and night skies filled with stars that just go on and on and on ....|
This medieval walled town has been the backdrop to many movies and is an outstanding example of 14th century French architecture. The many twisting and cobbled streets will inevitably lead you to a fabulous restaurant, chic boutique or magnificent spot to watch the world go by.
Sarlat’s main square plays host to a huge market for local produce – duck and goose confits and patés, goat and bovine cheeses, breads, walnut cakes, pastries, wines, brandies and aperitifs.
One of the most impressive chateau in the region, the Château de Castlenaud stands on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Périgord Noir. From here, you can enjoy a panoramic view across the Dordogne Valley. Founded in the 12th century, the castle is a perfect example of a medieval fortress.
More information from the Château de Castelnaud website.
We’re 1.5 km from Villefranche-de-Périgord, one of the oldest and prettiest fortified villages in the Dordogne, 12km south of Monpazier. The village has a good selection of shops, including two boulangeries, two butchers, three min-marts, cash machine, hairdressers, gift shop, museum and tourist office.
There’s a weekly market in the square. Look out for the mushroom stalls – mushrooms and chestnuts are among the most highly prized local produce.
A magnificent walled medieval hill top village with fantastic views over the Dordogne valley. The spectacular grotto is well worth a visit and immerse yourself in the history of the Knights Templar and their close association with the village.
La Roque Gageac
A spectacular village carved into the cliff. The myriad of cobbled streets quaint shops and restaurants provide a perfect backdrop to a sail down the Dordogne and the perfect place for a refreshment as the sun goes down.
The village of Rocamadour is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been an important pilgrimage destination for 1000 years. Today, it remains popular among tourists, who marvel at the medieval buildings hewn into the cliffside.
The UNESCO heritage site of Les Eyzies lies in the heart of the Vézère Valley, and can be counted among the area’s many notable prehistoric landmarks. It was near Les Eyzies that Cro-Magnon man (evidence of the some of the earliest homo sapiens) was discovered, along with cave paintings at Font de Gaume.
The town is small, with just 900 inhabitants, yet draws around one million visitors a year – so expect it to be busy!
In 1940, four teenagers discovered paintings on cave walls near the village of Montignac, which archaeologists believe are the oldest ever found, dating back 17,000 years. Although opened to the public in 1948, the Lascaux caves were closed in 1963 as modern pollution took its toll.
Today, Lascaux II and neighbouring Le Thot, provide visitors with a rare glimpse into the world of prehistoric man, with a walk-through replica of the original caves, plus an immersive experience of this truly remarkable story.
For more information see the Lascaux website.
A beautiful chateau with exquisite gardens overlooking the Dordogne valley and river. The walks around this magnificent house and its gardens are breathtaking, and to capture the romance try the Thursday evening candle lit, and stroll around and listen to the live romantic music wafting over the valley. Also, around the gardens are activities for children to become involved in and a great maze.
Châteaux of the Dordogne
The Dordogne region has many of the finest castles in France, often in spectacular locations, and frequently surrounded by carefully manicured gardens with far-reaching views over the Périgord countryside. Many of the castles date from the turbulent times of the 12th-14th centuries and the wars between England and France.
Exploring rural France on a bicycle is certainly the best way to see the pretty villages and catch a glimpse of rural French life.
The Dordogne really excels, with fields of sunflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see, attractive woodland, meandering riverside lanes, and astonishing viewpoints that were made for leisurely picnics.
For information about routes and bike hire, see the Aquitaine Bike website.