|Tilleul Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||2||An additional folding single bed or cot on request|
A light and sunny house on 3 levels comfortably sleeping 8-9 people with a large terrace equipped with garden furniture for al fresco dining. This house is ideal for 2 families sharing or for a group of friends
For those looking for a spring or autumn holiday, the lounge area features a woodburner
The ground floor is open plan with a recently fitted kitchen. Appliances include: dishwasher & Neff cooker (electric oven/gas hob), fridge-freezer, toaster, microwave, electric kettle & electric filter coffee maker.
There is a full compliment of utensils and equipment: pans/dishes suitable for catering for a large groups.
The indoor dining table easily can seat up to 9, and a highchair is available on request.
The living area has 3 comfortable sofas, coffee table and a tv andvd player (UK freeserve tv).
A book case holds a small selection of dvd's and books (further books and board games can be borrowed from the pool bar).
Free wi-fi is available in the house.
The house has 2 double bedrooms – one with king size bed and the other with a standard double, sharing a bathroom with bath, shower, washbasin and toilet.
The third bedroom is a very large beamed room with an en suite shower-room and toilet. This bedroom is furnished with 4 single beds, but there is plenty of room to add another single bed on request. Pleasant views from the bedrooms add to the bright cheerful feeling of this house.
One main bathroom with bath/shower, wash hand basin and toilet on the first floor.
Top floor : large shower room with shower, wash hand basin and toilet.
The house has a logburner for use in low season and also radiators heated from a central boiler.
Books (adult and childrens)
12 x 6 m swimming pool (salt system)
Sports equipment: table tennis, badminton, football goal, swings etc.
Off-road parking beside the house
Not suitable for those unable to climb stairs (no ground floor beds)
This is an area with something for everyone - loads to do and see or just relax by the pool enjoying local food and drink!
We are an English couple (formerly a food teacher & a chartered surveyor) who moved to France in 2007 for a change of lifestyle. We are the parents of 4 adult children and animal lovers, having always had pets.<br/>We are lucky to be able to combine our gite business with enjoying life in this beautiful area of France where we can continue our hobbies & interests: walking (Sue is qualified to lead walks); wild life & nature (orchids abound in our meadow); & of course, food & wine!
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||Meyrals seemed to us the perfect village to choose: it is in the centre of what's known as the 'golden triangle' of the Perigord Noir where you will find the highest concentration of tourist sites to visit and things to do! However, Meyrals itself is still very much a 'living village' with plenty of local inhabitents - it isn't a tourist village which empties once the high season is over. it does however, still have the attraction of pretty medieval buildings and a local producers market held every thursday in summer. We are situated equidistant, 6k, to both the Dordogne valley with it's fortified chateaux (from the Hundred years war) and the Vezere valley at Les Eyzies which is a UNESCO site because of it's concentration of prehistoric caves & other remains. Our position within the village is great: a 500m walk to the boulangerie & boucherie for those morning croissants or barbecue ingredients and a 700m walk to two restaurants & bar for those who want a night off from the cooking!|
|Unique benefits of property||Tilleul cottage is light and bright, despite being an old 'character' property: it was originally stables and hayloft, having been part of a farm dating back over three hundred years. The house is ideal for a 3 generation family or two families of 4 as accommodation is arranged over 3 floors with 'parent's rooms' and bathroom on the 1st floor with a vast bedroom/dormitory and second bathroom on the 2nd floor. The fenced pool and pool bar area to the rear of the house is shared with guests from our other gites so is the perfect spot for both children and adults to make new friends. For the energetic, we have 7 acres of grounds to run around in, including a games area with table tennis, badminton, swings football goal and equipment for a quick cricket match or croquet tournament!
To wind down after all of that activity, our pool bar has a goof library of books and board games to borrow.
One of our local restaurants & bar: a very popular venue with our guests, serving a range of very good value options (4 course set menu in the evening - 16€)
A family-friendly choice!
Highly recommended for a meal out if you want to be assured of all local produce beautiful cooked. A 'gourmet choice' - see reviews online.
La Savie is in the Meyrals commune but outside the village centre, so a 20 minute walk/5 minute drive from us.
One of the most beautiful castles on the Dordogne river and a short drive from us: walk up the winding cobbled streets for fantastic views from the castle at the top! Once the chateaux of Richard the Lionheart.
Beautiful ruined chateaux (partially restored) in a wonderful setting, often has extra activities e.g. archery going on in summer. Nice walks around the grounds. 15 minutes drive from Meyrals.
Not as well known as many of the local attractions, but our guests are always impressed by it!
Very popular gardens, with chateaux, in the French topiary style. The gardens are set high up on cliffs above the Dordogne river with views over to Beynac castle and Roquegageac with its houses built into the cliffs.
Watch the gabarres and canoes on the river from the belvedere or be daring and have a go on the 'via ferrata' set high on the cliffs! Great fun for older children and adults...as long as you've a head for heights!
Sunday morning = a trip to St.Cyprien (5k) for the wonderful market, one of the best in the area! This is the best place for stocking up with local produce: fruit & veg, goats cheese, honey, walnuts and of course foie gras!
For the more mundane items of shopping pop down the road to Carrefour supermarket, open on Sunday morning.
The cave which is 8 minutes drive from us contains prehistoric polychrome cave paintings and engravings dating to the Magdalenian period. (15,000 years ago approx) The numbers allowed in each day are severely restricted, in order to avoid damage to the paintings but guests who've visited all say that their early morning queueing was worth it!
Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region.
The original cave is no longer open to the public but the newly opened 'Lascaux 4' is a fantastic reproduction.