Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.2/10
|Casa Carolina||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Baby's cot available|
Casa Carolina is a detached family house just 5 minutes walk from the picturesque, medieval village of Trémolat in the heart of the Dordogne. In 2019 the village featured in Rick Stein's Secret France TV series.
Close by 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 Spring and Autumn the surrounding countryside is particularly popular with cyclists and walkers.
This area of France 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 neighbouring Limeuil, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and the Bastides of Monpazier and Domme with their many picturesque, narrow lanes surrounding very impressive town squares.
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.
The village of Trémolat is only 35 minutes from Bergerac airport or 2 hours from Bordeaux or Limoges with flights from most of the UK's airports. There are several other airports within a 2 - 3 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 whether it's for a relaxing holiday with family or friends, or maybe, a short break in low season. 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 down to the dining room, which comfortably seats 8, with patio doors that open on to the shaded terrace with its 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 large utility room, with door leading to the garden, with an additional fridge, 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.
On the ground floor, leading from the hall, is a double bedroom with 4’6” bed, built-in 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 doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the garden, 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 and bedside tables; and one twin bedded room with wardrobe and bedside table. Adjacent to these bedrooms is a bathroom with walk-in 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 8 sun-loungers and parasols, whilst Roman steps lead down into the 9m x 4m pool. Beyond the pool the large garden provides quiet shady areas to relax out of the sun. Here you will also find the garden room, with table football, and garden and pool games. At the rear of the garden, under a large shady tree, is a badminton net and a full size table tennis table plus further relaxation areas with additional loungers/chairs.
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.
The house, garden and its facilities are for the sole use of our guests. We do not live on-site, but are only a few minutes walk away.
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 nearby events.
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 corn and sunflowers. Hire a canoe, go paddle boarding or water-skiing at the Bassin Nautique on the edge of the village. Play tennis, boules or mini-golf. Visit the 12th century church and its cloisters. Wander the hills above Tremolat with their beautiful 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, black truffles, duck and strawberries and there are many ferme auberges and restaurants offering everything from snacks to Michelin starred meals, the majority of them using local produce.
In addition to its four restaurants, all within easy walking distance, Trémolat village also has a bakery. Just a short drive away is a popular Ferme Auberge, providing home produced and home cooked meals 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 children's 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 before the crowds arrive and after they've gone.
The entrance hall leads down to the dining room, which comfortably seats 8, with the addition of 2 easy chairs. Patio doors open on to the shaded terrace with its additional eating area 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 large 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 insect screens.
Upstairs leads to the lounge with doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the garden, 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, built-in 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 and bedside tables; and one twin bedded room with wardrobe and bedside table.
All bedrooms have retractable or fixed insect screens.
All bed linens and towels 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 walk-in shower, 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 hair dryers in both bathrooms and the vanity unit.
Bath and hand towels are provided, as are toilet rolls and hand soap.
All bathroom towels provided are changed weekly during longer lets.
Both bathrooms have retractable or fixed insect screens
Heating is available throughout the house by log burners and electric radiators at an additional pre-arranged cost.
The house has UK Freesat tv, a dvd player, and a bluetooth speaker plus a selection of books, dvds and board games. There is a cd player and radio in the garden room.
During the summer months there is twice weekly musical entertainment in the village, either down by the river or in the cloisters of the church. Plus in the village and around the area there are many events from May through until early October; musical, cultural and sporting. And don't forget the Vide Greniers (boot fairs) and Brocantes (antique markets). And, of course, Bastille Day celebrations. On 14 July Bergerac hosts an all day event with music, entertainers and a spectacular firework display at 10.30pm, whilst all the villages have their own celebrations and fireworks. In Tremolat village our Bastille celebration with music and fireworks is on 13th July.
From June until early September there are Marche Nocturnes/Gourmands every day of the week in one of the nearby villages.
From the dining room patio doors open on to the terrace with a shaded eating area and brick built bbq. We provide charcoal, firelighters, cooking trays and utensils
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 8 sunloungers 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.
We also have 5 adult bikes, which you are welcome to borrow at your own risk.
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 a 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 (full size cot plus bedding, high chair and stair gate) can be provided at no extra cost.
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 8 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 fruit and vegetables, plus 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, with no hills, 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.
This area is favoured by both keen cyclists and intrepid walkers. Out of high season the roads are quieter and the temperatures favourable for exertions !
Clearly marked routes are available for both activities.
Electric bikes can be hired in the nearby town of Lalinde and a very pretty, leisurely ride can be taken along the canal towpath finishing at the old locks at Tuilieres.
There are 5 adult bikes at the house which can be used at the guests own responsibility.
With the river Dordogne on your doorstep why not try kayaking, paddle-boarding, water-skiing or a leisurely pedalo. All these activities can be found at the Bassin Nautique, on the outskirts of the village, about a 15 minute walk away; or many other locations within a short drive.
The river is generally very slow running and shallow, apart from the deep water Bassin area. Life jackets are compulsory. When kayaking you can hire a waterproof container for your valuables. The length of your trip is up to you. You get taken to a start point of your choosing and then it's up to you to either race back or stop off for a picnic or a snack at one of the riverside cafes.
As in most of France, weekly local markets are a key part of town and village life. Our village of Tremolat has a small market on Tuesday mornings and nearby villages have similar on different weekdays. Further afield the excellent market in Perigueux featured recently in Rick Stein's TV programme, Secret France and the markets of the nearby towns of Issegeac, St Cyprien and Sarlat are a big attraction for locals and tourists alike.
You won't have to travel far to eat well. Tremolat has a Michelin starred restaurant, Le Vieux Logis, as recommended by Rick Stein in his recent TV programme. If the weather permits the garden setting is almost as good as Vincent's cooking. Also in the village are a Bistro, a Pizzeria and a tapas bar. All very popular with reservations essential in high season.
Nearby, in the village of Paunat, L'Abbaye restaurant has been owned and run by Julian for many years and is a big hit with locals and visitors. Again the garden setting in the grounds of the Abbey is very beautiful, and the four restaurants in Limeuil all serve very good food with varied menus.
There are too many favourites to name them all but a few others are La Table de Leo in St Avit Senieur (the chef trained at Le Vieux Logis), La Bastide Capraise in St Capraise, and Les Terrasses de la Cote Rouge in Cadouin
Why not spend time learning about and tasting some of the local Bergerac wines with your own multi-lingual sommelier. We started Duck & Truffle three years ago and are proud to have been recipients of Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence for the past 2 years. We can arrange half or full days and, even, evening home tastings at Casa Carolina. See our website duckandtruffle.com for details.
Why not try our local specialities, tourain (garlic soup), duck or goose pate, duck leg confit or magret (duck breast), served in an informal setting. .
Our nearest Ferme Auberge du Rebeyrotte, is in Pressignac-Vicq, about a 15 minute drive away. Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday the lunch time menu du jour is13€ including wine and coffee. Weekends and evenings are by reservation when the gastronomic menus start at 20€ always including carafe wine and coffee.
Stayed for a week in Sept 19 with grown up children. Lots of space, peaceful setting. Pool made into a game area by inflatable net - great fun! Indoor and outdoor tables for eating at - outdoor one has a huge sun shade. BBQ very easy to use. Kitchen well equipped. Beds comfortable.The house had everything that we needed and was very clean and well presented.
5 mins walk into village for croissant in the morning (closed on Mondays). Pizza place in village to be recommended - very friendly and reasonably priced. Lots of things to do nearby - we kayaked along the river, played crazy golf, visited a vineyard, and a few chateaux.
I would recommend this property as a great family place to stay.
Thank you, Sally, for your very kind comments, we’re so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. It certainly sounds as though you filled your days, but there’s plenty more to see and do so come back again soon.
Best wishes to all
Kris & Dave
Stayed here for a week in August with our children and young grandchildren. We found the property exactly as described and unbelievably well equipped. The propery was well looked after and clean and Kris and Dave welcomed us on arrival and gave us all the local information we required. Pool was fantastic with a 2 and 6 year old. For us it was great to have a separate bedroom on the ground floor away from the younger generation who were all accommodated on the first floor. Tremolat is a great location to be based in. We took our electric bikes and they were well used. Canoes and paddleboard were hired from the local marina. Plenty of lovely villages to explore locally and Sarlat, one of our favourite places, was only an hour away by car. Would certainly recommend Casa Carolina as a great palce to stay.
Thank you Sue for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and the family and glad that you chose Tremolat and our house to celebrate your wedding anniversary.
We hope you come back and see us again soon.
Kris & Dave
Had a very enjoyable stay, exceeded our expectations would recommend at anytime
Thank you so much for your very kind comments. We're so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday with us and hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Our stay at Casa Carolina was excellent from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
We were greeted warmly and showed around the house and facilities, everything explained on how to use equipment in the property. Welcome Pack much appreciated too.
The local restaurants were very good and accommodating, lovely food.
There are many attractions around the area and a car is needed, although laying by the pool is great.
Would not hesitate to return to this beautiful place
Thank you, Alvin, we’re so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks very much for the positive comments. We hope to see you all again next year.
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