|Casa Carolina||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Baby's cot available|
Casa Carolina is a spacious family house just 5 minutes walk from the picturesque, medieval village of Trémolat in the heart of the Dordogne.
Nearby the River Dordogne curves through the famous 'Cingle de Trémolat and into a deep water section, which during the summer months provides plenty of water activities, including paddle boarding, kayaking and water skiing. In early and late season the countryside is popular with cyclists and walkers alike.
The area has an abundance of medieval towns and villages all with their own unique history. Sarlat with its narrow, winding streets, picturesque merchant houses and medieval buildings steeped in culture and history, is a must visit, as is Limeuil, one of the most beautiful villages in France.
This region boasts the world renowned Bergerac appellation wine area which, although often over shadowed by the neighbouring Bordeaux region, has many fine wines and consistently wins awards. If you are serious about your wines or just like drinking it then we are able to provide you with a personalised wine tour accompanied by our own sommelier to many of Bergerac vineyards.
The village of Trémolat is only 35 minutes from Bergerac airport, 2 hours from Bordeaux with flights from most of the UK's airports. There are several other airports within a 2 hour drive. It is also easily accessible from all of the western French ports, with the added benefit of 20% discount when booked through HFD.
The accommodation at Casa Carolina is ideal for all year round visits; whether its for a relaxing family holiday, a short break with friends or, maybe, house-hunting. Out of season we can be flexible with arrival dates and the number of days rental. Please contact us for availability and prices.
The house has three double bedrooms, one twin-bedded room, two bathrooms, two wcs (one separate), lounge, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and utility room. In fact, everything you need for a relaxing time with family and/or friends.
The entrance hall leads through to the dining room, which comfortably seats 8, with French doors that open on to the terrace with an additional eating area and bbq.
Also on the ground floor is the fully fitted kitchen which has a full sized electric fan oven with gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer plus ample crockery, glasses and cutlery and a large selection of cookware, utensils and serving dishes. Next door is a utility room with washing machine and drying facilities. To make your stay easier we also provide some of the basic foodstuffs: tea, coffee, sugar, olive oil, spices, condiments, plus all cleaning materials, laundry soap, toilet rolls and hand soaps.
Leading from the hall is a double bedroom with 4’6” bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables. Next door is a bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and wc.
Upstairs leads to the lounge with French doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the garden and pool and neighbouring fields. Large comfy leather sofas make this an ideal place to relax and contemplate the view or watch the flat screen tv with UK Freesat and dvd player. There is also a selection of dvds plus family games and books.
Also on this floor are three further bedrooms: one double with 4’6” bed, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables, plus a vanity sink unit; one double with 4’6” bed, wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables; and one twin bedded room with built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables. Adjacent to these bedrooms is a bathroom with over-bath shower, basin and a separate wc.
The entire garden is surrounded by hedges to provide privacy and the pool area is fenced to provide security for younger children. Pool side has sun-loungers and parasols, whilst Roman steps lead down into the 9m x 4m pool. Beyond the pool there are quiet shady areas to relax out of the sun. Here you will also find the garden room, with football table and pool and garden games. Further into the garden is a badminton net and a full size table tennis table, and further relaxation areas.
To ease you into your holiday, on your arrival, you will receive a welcome pack of wine, soft drinks, snacks and the basis of a continental breakfast leaving you with the opportunity to relax, eat out at a local restaurant that evening, pop down to the boulangerie to pick up your freshly baked croissants in the morning, then think about the food shopping.
For more information about the property: drop us an email and we will answer any queries you may have about the house or surrounding area. We can also provide more information about activities and a list of events throughout the high season.
What is there to do in the area? If you don't want to get back in the car just relax around the pool, walk into the village with its 4 restaurants (one a Michelin starred) or walk along the bank of the Dordogne river through walnut groves and fields of sunflowers. Hire a canoe, go paddle boarding or water-skiing at the Bassin Nautique on the edge of the village. Play tennis or boules. Visit the 12th century church and its cloisters. Wander the hills above Tremolat with their fantastic views across the valley, or take one of the many signposted walks through the countryside.
Or spend every day doing something adventurous or going somewhere different. This area of France is steeped in a history that goes back to the days of cavemen. Underground caves, formal gardens, chateaux, battle re-enactments are just a small sample of the many cultural activities on offer. For the more active there are waterparks and treetop adventure parks. There are several golf courses in the area and horse riding is available in a nearby village. There are also many 'special' events peculiar to each town or village a list of which will be provided.
The area is a paradise for ramblers and cyclists with walks clearly signposted and weekly- arranged local trips into the woodlands. Keen cyclists enjoy the testing hills and gentle lanes to explore.
This area is famous for its Bergerac wines and food and there are many ferme auberges and restaurants offering everything from snacks to Michelin starred meals. Why not experience a personalised Bergerac wine tour or home tasting, plus during the cooler months there's Périgord black truffle hunting
In addition to its four restaurants, all within easy walking distance, Trémolat village also has a bakery, which sells basic food stuffs. Just a few minutes drive away is a very popular Ferme Auberge, providing home produced and home cooked meals in idyllic settings and in the nearby villages of Limeuil and Paunat are a further five more restaurants. All are very popular with visitors and locals alike and all of them provide childrens’ menus.
In addition, through late June to early September it's Marche Gourmand/Nocturne time. These events are held in many of the local villages and provide a splendid evening's entertainment. Beginning around 7pm seating and eating areas are arranged in the village square and local suppliers provide an assortment of freshly prepared specialities plus the usual steak -frites. As the evening progresses there is entertainment which goes on into the night providing a fun atmosphere for all the family.
Why not visit us out of the main holiday season. There's plenty to see and do after the crowds have gone, including Easter activities for adults and children alike.
And our Duck and Truffle personalised wine tours are available almost all year round.
The entrance hall leads through to the dining room, which comfortably seats 8, plus 2 easy chairs. French doors open on to the terrace with its additional eating areas and brick built bbq.
Also on the ground floor is the fully fitted kitchen which has a full sized electric fan oven with gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer plus ample crockery, glasses and cutlery and a large selection of cooking ware, utensils and serving dishes. Next door is a utility room with washing machine and drying facilities, plus an additional fridge.
To make your stay easier we also provide some of the basic foodstuffs: tea, coffee, sugar, olive oil, spices, condiments, plus all cleaning materials, laundry soap, toilet rolls and hand soaps.
Both the kitchen and dining room have retractable insect screens
Upstairs leads to the lounge with French doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the garden and pool and neighbouring fields. Large comfy leather sofas make this an ideal place to relax and contemplate the view or watch the flat screen tv with UK Freesat and dvd player.
There is also a selection of dvds, plus family games and books.
Leading from the hall on the ground floor is a double bedroom with 4’6” bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables.
Upstairs are three further bedrooms: one double with 4’6” bed, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables, plus a vanity sink unit; one double with 4’6” bed, wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables; and one twin bedded room with built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables.
All bedrooms have retractable or fixed insect nets
All bedlinens are provided with a weekly change for longer lets.
Both 4.5 and 10.5 tog duvets are provided, dependent on the weather.
Adjacent to the upstairs bedrooms is a bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and separate wc. Next door to the ground floor bedroom is a large bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and wc.
One double bedroom has a vanity sink unit.
There are hairdryers in both bathrooms.
Bath and hand towels are provided, as are toilet rolls, hygiene bags and hand soap.
All bathroom towels provided are changed weekly during longer lets.
Heating is available throughout the house by log burners and electric radiators at an additional pre-arranged cost.
The house has a selection of books, DVDs and board games. UK Freesat TV and DVD player, CD player and radio.
During the summer months there is twice weekly entertainment in the village, either down by the river or in the cloisters of the church.
In July and August there are 3 marche nocturnes plus a Bastille celebration on 13th July.
From Easter onwards there are many fetes and markets both in the village and nearby.
From the dining room French doors open on to the terrace with a covered eating area and brick built bbq.
Further into the garden is the 9m x 4m pool with roman steps leading down and a depth of approximately 1.5m overall. The pool is cleaned on a regular basis throughout your stay.
The pool area has sun-loungers and parasols, and at the rear of the garden is an additional relaxing area with further loungers and chairs.
There is also a garden room, with table football and, pool and garden games; an ideal place to lose the children! There's also a badminton net, racquets and shuttlecocks, boules pitch and full size table-tennis table.
The entire garden is surrounded by hedges to provide privacy and the pool area is fenced to provide security for younger children.
On-site parking for 3 cars on private gated drive.
Ideal for couples and families, with children of all ages. The downstairs bedroom and adjacent bathroom make the house ideal for guests with mobility problems.
Baby facilities can be provided at no extra cost.
This area is renowned for its Bergerac wine & Périgord back truffles and Emma and Max, the gite owners, also run a company that provides personalised wine tours, home/house wine tastings and truffle hunting tours. Why not have a look at their website:
I'm an English woman who met an Italian man in Tremolat, whilst on holiday in 2006, and fell in love with both! We now live and work here all year round and share our passion for the area through our newly purchased villa and our business - Duck & Truffle, which provides wine tours of the Bergerac vineyards, and truffle hunting. My parents, who also have a house in the village, have spent the past 6 years looking after guests at their rental house and now use their experience to look after ours.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||We just love Tremolat and the Dordogne area. When friends and family arrive in the region they all say that they feel immediately relaxed and at home. The countryside is simply beautiful, the views are amazing, the area is rich in history, and there's so much to do and to see. The locals are very welcoming plus, of course there's great food and wine!
The village has its own bakery that also sells basic groceries. Every Tuesday there's a market in the square selling fresh meat, vegetables, locally produced soft fruits and cheese. The nearest shops and supermarkets are just ten minute drive away as are doctors, dentists and pharmacies.
Throughout the year there are events held in nearby towns and villages from flea markets to medieval fetes. Throughout the summer months this area is known for its Marche Gourmands, where folk gather in the square and partake of locally sourced food prepared on-site and eaten on long tables to the accompaniment of music and entertainment.
|Unique benefits of property||Our property has 4 double bedrooms with a private swimming pool in a secluded garden and only a short walk to the village. This size of property is normally only found on the outskirts of villages. Tremolat has 4 restaurants around the village square: a bistro, a tapas bar, a pizzeria and a Michelin starred restaurant. Within a short drive, up in the surrounding hills, is a Ferme Auberge.
From the house it's just a short walk to the river Dordogne where there are many water-sports and picnic areas. Throughout the summer months there are many musical events both in the village and at the water's edge.
Our locally based enterprise, Duck & Truffle based in Tremolat, organises personalised all day wine tours. You will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to the Bergerac vineyards where Max, a qualified sommelier, will share with you his knowledge of local wines. Lunch can be arranged at Le Tour de Vents, a Michelin restaurant in the heart of the Monbazillac vineyards or at a simpler local restaurant.
Booking is essential
Why not visit out of season for a short break and go hunting for Périgord black truffles. In February this can be incorporated into a visit to the St Alvere Truffle Auction.
Full or half day visits
Many thanks to our hosts.
They were incredibly helpful with the little extras and we had a great time at their property.
Plenty to do in Tremolat and the surrounding area. It was nice to be able to walk to the village/town centre and also local river where there were water activities (paddleboard, canoeing etc)
The little extras such as cleaning the pool after the storm, helping take Mum to the airport, providing basics because we arrived late (bread, jam, cheese, biscuits, BBQ coals and...).
Restaurant recommendations from K&D were very useful too as was the tourist office in Tremolat..
Thank you, John & Amanda, for your very kind words. We're so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay at the house, and it's a pleasure to have such appreciative guests. Do come back and see us again, and say hello to Mum!
Kris & Dave
Perfectly located for relaxation but also exploration. We had a fabulous fortnight. Can’t fault this house...., clean, thoughtfully well equipped and very friendly owners close by, who are happy to provide advice and share their local knowledge. The village is charming, with a boulangerie, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk. Highly recommend.
Thank you Kate for your very kind comments. We're so pleased that you all enjoyed your first trip to this part of France and that you chose our house for your holiday.
We hope to see you all sometime in the near future.
Kris & Dave
We had a very pleasant stay, the owners were very nice, they met us, left a very nice welcome pack and helped us with various suggestions as to where to go and what to do in the area. The weather wasn't the best but we did several morning trips to markets, a winery and a Chateau. Then returned to spend time in and around the pool in the afternoon, (the sun seemed to prefer to come out in the afternoon) lovely pool and pool area plenty of beds and loungers with cushions several different areas to sit and lay in and out of shade. Barbecue is ace and we used it twice. Area is very peaceful, nice local bakery which we walked to each morning. Within walking distance are a Nice Pizzeria, Bistro restaurant and café/bar Pizzeria was our favourite, we had lunches and dinners there, on Wednesday evening we had Fish and Chips down by the Dordogne served from a mobile chip van run by an English couple, very nice fish and chips. We don't speak any French but got buy and all the locals were lovely. If you want a very peaceful relaxing holiday without any stress, this area and villa are ideal.
Thank you do much for your comments, we do like appreciative guests.
It was a pleasure to meet you & the family and glad the changeable weather didn't spoil your stay.
Do come back and see us again, maybe for longer next time, there's so many more chateaux and markets to see!
Kris & Dave