A Beautiful Barn Conversion for 5 With All Amenities. This independent cottage is in a rural setting.
saphir is one of the three stone cottages that together make Toutifaut Farm.
Our 3 gites have been sympathetically restored and furnished to a high standard, blending contemporary with traditional features with old oak beams and honey-colored stones.
Detached house Saphir in Toutifaut, is located all on one level. It is set on the side of the premises, facing west, and is very bright.
With its own private terrace overlooking the valley and forest, Saphir provides an informal place to relax and enjoy the glorious sunshine of south-western France.
Furnished and equipped to a high standard, amenities available within the accommodation include a full size electric oven, a microwave oven, washing machine, dishwasher, iron, bbq, hairdryer, tv with French channels, dvd and cd players
This 90 square meters typical perigordine house is set up to accommodate couples or a family group. Saphir provides spacious accommodation in which up to 5 people can base themselves and take in the wonderful history and landscape of the Dordogne.
It comprises 2 bedrooms (1 double bed bedroom and 1 triple) 1 bathroom with toilet and hand basin and a separate toilet.
the living room is fitted with leather sofas. The kitchen is separate from the living space with a table to dine.
The terrace which is on the side of the building, is equipped with table and chairs, and a barbecue. The view is on the sloping fields across the valley beyond. Take advantage to relax peacefully throughout the day.
For the use of our guests, there is an all weather tennis court (please bring your own tennis rackets and ball as these are not supplied) and the large shared swimming pool (12x6 m with diving board) which is positioned to gain maximum hours of sunshine The pool is occasionally used by our family (although we have no need to be in the pool whilst you are using it) and around the pool we provide sun beds, tables and chairs for the use of the guests of the two gites.
The gites are set within the same 6-acre grounds as the French owner's home, so you will not be without assistance if you need it.
The kitchen is equipped with all modern conveniences including a Senseo coffee-machine, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, a pressure cooker, gas cooker, fridge with freezer compartment and everything you could possibly need to prepare your meals.
If there is anything you're missing the owners are on site to help in any way they can.
A dining table seats 4 in comfort.
The living room consists of a flatscreen tv with french channels, dvd player with HiFi system, coffee table, large leather seats from the Roche Bobois collection.
Saphir has 2 bedrooms; one double and one triple.
The bathroom contains a bathtub with shower, a handbasin and a toilet. There is a second independent toilet as well.
Central gas heating if needed in Low Season.
Tv, dvd and cd player.
Wifi is freely available however we are in a rural location and occasionally suffer outages and we can’t make any guarantees about the availability of wi-fi at any given time
Toutifaut is set in a 6 acre ground with far reaching views.
There is a foot path going around.
The Large 12mx6m shared pool with diving board has paved surrounds, providing a luxurious suntrap - an idyllic spot in which to relax on the sun loungers and enjoy the quiet of the French countryside. The swimming pool is secured with approved alarms to comply the French Law.
For the more energetic we also have an all weather tennis court for the sole use of our guests.
In the garden outside the pool we have provided a swing-set for the youngsters and a Ping-Pong table. The garden is planted with mature plants.
There is also a vegetable pitch where the owner grows with passion her collection of heirloom tomatoes, in season, she'll be happy to share her crop !
There is ample onsite parking for all guests cars.
Gite Saphir is all on one level and may be suitable for people with mobility problems, however the length of the doors may be a problem for a wheelchair user. We also point out that you would have to consider stepping into a bath for a shower.
Baby travel cot and high-chair available on request.
The owners live on the property and are always happy to help and advise.
After many years of a hectic life in Paris, Odile decided to move to the Dordogne with her family and took over the Cottages de Toutifaut in the year 2000. Since then, she's been running the gites wit much care and love. Set in the countryside, away from traffic, yet only 20 km from Bergerac and 4 km from Lalinde, Toutifaut offers peace and a relaxing place for your holidays.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||I love Dordogne for the charming atmosphere of the Bastides towns, a plunge in history which begings in the Hundred Years' War. These historically-rich places adorn an art-de-vivre and animations as soon as spring comes.
Of course, the Dordogne is famous for its history which takes us back as early as -400 000 years BC. The choice is vast: Lascaux, Rouffignac and the capital of world history Les Eyzies.
The Dordogne enjoys a temperate climate providing lovely vacations all year round.
|Unique benefits of property||Your stay at Toutifaut provides the ideal place to allow you to fully embrace this fantastic corner of France. Our location is perfect for access to all of the surrounding places of interest, all within one hour maximum. From the Bastide towns that give beautiful medieval backdrops to restaurants and bars to the vast array of activities including canoeing, caving, horse riding, golf, hot air ballooning...etc.
We live onsite in the main part of the old farm. We love to help our guests feel at home here and want them to consider it their home in France
We have two gites, Saphir and the Pigeonnier, all renovated from the original farm and barn, parts of which date back to the 18th century. Both gites are independent and have their own private terrace. Situated in the edge of the village of Couze, overlooking the valley, we are very quiet and rural but within easy reach of all the major towns and tourist sites and well served by the airports of Bergerac (30 mins).
our village of Couze has been renowned for its numerous paper mills and its rag paper production for over 500 years.
Take a stroll along the River Couze and discover former mills, racks for drying the sheets, brick chimneys…that conjure up the village's past industrial activity.
The semi-troglodytic dwellings, leaning against the cliffs, are also well worth a visit.
In the 15th century, Gutenberg revolutionized the printing world with his movable-type invention. As it became much easier to print works, larger quantities of paper had to be produced.
And, it was here that the little village of Couze et Saint-Front played a key role!
13 mills were built along the River Couze to produce rag paper.
Today, three mills carry on the paper tradition: the Larroque Mill (art paper), the Rouzique Mill(ecomuseum - visits - workshops) and the Barreaux Mill(industry-specific filter paper manufacture).
Our village of Couze offers a boulangerie, a mini-supermarket, 2 restaurants, a creperie, a pharmacie and a post office. Small weekly market on friday (mostly fresh vegetables).
Full range of facilities are found in Lalinde (4 km) -banks- petrol station-2 supermarket-weekly large market on thursday.
Les Eyzies, is known as the Capital of European Pre-history.The Grotte de Font de Gaume is located at the entrance of the village. It has one of the finest collections of pre-historic paintings still open to the public. Admission is limited to only 200 per day so you need to plan ahead. In the summer it is normally booked up to 3 weeks ahead! The National Museum of Prehistory can also be found in Les Eyzies.
At the heart of its historic circular enclosure, where narrow streets wind and curl like a snail and its shell, you will discover a picturesque village whose alleyways and passageways bring the past back to life. A village, overflowing with history and architecture.
“Issigeac’s Sunday market is a must-not-miss. Over the years it has built up an incredible reputation. A small-scale activity during winter, it takes on a whole other dimension in summer and virtually covers the whole village. It is a major weekly event in the south of the department. Enjoyment for everyone guaranteed”.
The Perigord is the home of 1001 chateaux, many of them open to the public our favorites being Beynac, reached in 40 mn from Toutifaut. But there are many others - Biron - Castelnaud - Les Milandes etc...
The gardens of Marqueyssac, the most visited garden in Perigord is perched on the cliffs above the Dordogne Valley. It offers more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150000 hand-pruned boxwoods aged over hundred years. Candle night light every Thursday evening in July and August.
One of the most incredible attractions in the region and just 10 minutes drive, 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.
My favorite village, a 30 mn drive: the bastide of Monpazier dazzles with its exceptional character; it has remained virtually intact since it was founded in 1284 – in the name of King Edward I of England.
Acknowledged as the ‘model’ bastide with its perfect orthogonal layout, it would influence the style of some of the greatest architects.
Stroll along its narrow streets and alleyways, wander under its arches and explore its Thursday-morning market, on the Place des Cornières that has existed for over 700 years!
In Limeuil, you don't have to miss Canoeing, well organized activity for all your family - park your car, choose your destination and at the end of your day you will be picked up.
The Dordogne valley passes beneath several famous chateaux including Beynac and Castelnaud, and drifts through the village of La Roche Gageac. Unforgettable
The Maison des Vins: a magnificent mansion, sporting exquisite architecture, in front of Bergerac harbour. An amazing place that houses the Récollets Cloister and proposes a great selection of events. If you wish to find out all about Bergerac and Duras wines then a visit is a must.
Every evening in a different village throughout July & August there is an evening market - Simply turn up and grab one of the tables which are set up in the market squares. Market traders provide everything from wine, starters, cooked meals and deserts some of the produce sold comes from local farmers and producers and is typical of the region. Then dance the night away to the live band - a great night out also enjoyed by all the locals. Every other Monday night is held a marché nocturne in our village, but, for the Jazzy music, I recommend you to enjoy the one in Beaumont du Perigord which is distant 9 km.