This location has multiple holiday properties
|Les Vachers Ouest - La Residence||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
Les Vachers Ouest is a collection of restored 17th century buildings, including the original farmhouse and barn, situated in the small hamlet of Les Vachers in the SW corner of the Dordogne, where it borders the Gironde and Lot et Garonne. The properties provide an ideal holiday venue for everyone, families, couples, groups of friends.
La Residence and The Cottage are two delightful, well equipped comfortably furnished properties in a lovely garden setting with a large swimming pool (11mx12m). They are independent of each other and each has a private terrace and bbq. The pool is surrounded by an attractive rockery and tiled terrace with ample lounging furniture, tables, chairs and parasols. The pool is equipped with an alarm which conforms to French safety regulations.
A field to one side but away from the pool is ideal for children's games. Table tennis is also available on site.
La Residence is the original stone farmhouse which was built around 1672, sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms and provides a perfect home for a relaxing holiday.
A small vestibule leads to the traditional beamed open plan living area with an attractive stone fireplace. There is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.
The downstairs cloakroom has a shower, basin and wc.
Double doors open onto a private sunny patio with garden furniture and a bbq.
A staircase leads to the bedrooms and a further bathroom and separate wc.
The kitchen and dining area are part of the main open plan living area.
The kitchen area is well equipped with a tiled work surface and cupboards with an ample supply of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.
Appliances include a gas cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and iron and ironing board.
A dining table and 6 chairs for indoor eating although a further table and chairs are located on the outside terrace for alfresco meals.
The living area has comfortable furniture, a sofa and 2 armchairs and various small tables.
Upstairs there are 3 beamed, double bedrooms to sleep 6 guests.
Bedroom 1 has 2 single beds, a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table with lamps.
Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table with lamps.
Bedroom 3 has a double bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers.
Bedlinen is provided and the beds are ready made on arrival.
A shower room with a vanity unit and wc.
Bathroom with a bath/shower and vanity unit.
Separate wc with a basin.
Pretty gardens and trees surround and shield the large pool (11mx12m), which has a sophisticated filtration system giving clear water that is virtually chemical free and should not irritate the eyes.
The pool is shared by guests of both La Residence and The Cottage.
The tiled sun terrace around the pool has ample lounging furniture, tables and parasols. The pool is equipped with an alarm that conforms to French safety regulations.
Both La Residence and The Cottage have a private terrace, Each is furnished with a garden table and chairs and a bbq for leisurely meals in the sun.
There is also a field away from the pool where children can play safely.
Plenty of space to park securely on the drive outside each property.
Suitable for family holidays, couples or friends.
La Residence will sleep 6 guests comfortably to include children of all ages.
The Cottage will sleep 4 guests comfortably to include children of all ages.
We are unable to accept any pets.
We have wi-fi but it should borne in mind that we are in a rural setting and the signal strength can vary.
We have lived for a number of years in the small hamlet of Les Vachers in the SW corner of the Dordogne where it borders the Gironde and Lot et Garonne. We have successfully rented our properties, La Residence and The Cottage and have enjoyed meeting our guests, many of whom have returned over the years. Our aim is to provide comfortable accommodation for a relaxing holiday, in two totally independent, well equipped cottages with a pool in a pretty garden.
|Year property purchased||1995|
|Why this location?||Beautiful scenery, medieval bastide villages full of history, good summer weather, wine, food, comfortable accommodation, lovely pool what more could you wish for. However, when you have had your fill of relaxing by the pool there are plenty of diversions on offer. The amenities and attractions of the beautiful Dordogne Valley and the vineyards of St Emilion and Bordeaux are within easy reach. The pre-historic caves at Les Eyzies and Lascaux are interesting, whilst the ancient towns of Sarlat and Bordeaux are well worth a visit. The local railway line runs from Bordeaux, through St Emilion, Ste Foy la Grande our nearest station, and Bergerac to Sarlat.
Ste Foy la Grande, Eymet and Bergerac, all easily reached, have weekly markets as well as comprehensive shopping facilities. There are plenty of activities nearby including leisure lakes, canoeing, tennis and golfers might appreciate the 18 hole course at Chateau des Vigiers Golf and Country Club (6kms).
|Unique benefits of property||Les Vachers is a collection of restored 17c stone buildings offering comfortable accommodation, in a garden setting with a large swimming pool (11mx12m). The properties provide a perfect location for a peaceful and picturesque holiday amongst the vines. We are well placed to take advantage of the summer season in the Dordogne which offers a huge number of events ranging from Bergerac's 4 day open air festival culminating in a magnificent firework display on 14th July, to regular evening markets, concerts, jazz and art exhibitions. Many of the smaller towns, such as Eymet have a weekly evening market, where it is possible to wander around, choose supper from one of the stalls, wine from another, find a table and sit down and enjoy the street entertainment. Eymet also hosts a 'Wine and Oyster' festival on 15th August. However, if you hanker for a more peaceful interlude then a bbq under your terrace or around the pool is perfect way to while away the time.|
Several restaurants which we particularly like:
The Italien des Arcades in Eymet is an favourite with all our guests as it is under the arcade in the main square, meaning that it is possible eat outside even if it rains. There are plenty of alternatives to pizza and good desserts. Excellent value and needless to say, very popular.
Our nearest restaurant is La Famille Moutier, about 5 minutes in the car. A set menu with choices, to include wine, is served at a leisurely pace. There is a covered terrace and it is best to drop in, check the menu and reserve as this is popular, particularly at weekends. You need to be hungry!
Chateau des VIgiers Golf and Country Club has a brasserie Le Chai with a lovely terrace and a view. Ideal for an aperitif/snack or meal. Memorable when the sun is setting.
Eymet has a market every Thursday morning which has been taking place for more than 800 years. It is excellent for fresh produce and a good place for coffee and croissants.
On Tuesday evenings they have more of 'a pocket money market' , stalls selling jewellery etc. The children seem to love it as they can spend their money, whilst a meal under the arcades is always a possibility.
On Thursday evenings, there is a food market in the grounds of the chateau. Popular again but good when cooking isn't on the menu at home!
Bergerac has markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings which are good for fresh salads, vegetables, duck, cheese etc. There is also a 'flea market' on the 1st Sunday of every month. We think the items are expensive but it is fun to walk around.
Issigeac is a bastide with a Sunday morning market. Very good produce again and we like to combine a visit with lunch as it is about 40 minutes drive.
A trip to Bordeaux is well worth the effort. It is possible to take the train into Gare St Jean, but it is worth checking the timetable once you have decided what you want to do, as the trains don't always fit in with plans. In July/ August there is normally a cheap day return on the Bordeaux- Sarlat line. Alternatively, it is possible to Park & Ride in on the tramway or take the car into the City centre and park.
The Cite du Vin opened a couple of years ago and is most interesting with a good, if expensive restaurant on the top level. There are many attractions, art galleries, theatre, cinema, shops but best of all, wandering the streets or along the river, finding a brasserie for lunch or a bar for an aperitif and watching the world go by.
We are spoilt for choice with wine but a couple of the nearest vineyards which we particularly like are
Chateau Lestevenie which is less than 10 minutes from Les Vachers. They are most accommodating and normally will give a walking tour of the vineyard followed by a generous tasting in summer under the trees. We particularly like the sparkling white
Chateau Les Bertins at St Astier de Duras. On Monday and Thursday evenings they host a wine tasting in the courtyard and match the wines to various pates they make. The wines and the ambience are lovely on a warm summer evening and we always go if our family visit. Children are welcome.
They have a stall in Eymet market on Thursday morning.
Needless to say, there are many more places within a stone's throw and we will have details of them.
Chateau Bridoire has been a favourite with our guests, plenty of entertainment is on offer for all the family, adults and children. The children particularly, seem to enjoy the inner courtyard where there are many games available.
Chateau de Montbazillac built in the 16th century is in the heart of the famous Montbazillac vineyards offers a tour followed by a wine tasting. Wonderful views.