This location has multiple holiday properties
|Les Vachers Ouest - The Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
The Cottage and La Residence are two delightful, well equipped, comfortably furnished properties, which are completely independent of each other, in a lovely garden setting with a large shared swimming pool(11m x 12m)
The Cottage is detached, single storey and stone built with double doors leading into a large, light and airy open plan living area. This is 'L' shaped and provides a comfortable spacious sitting/dining area with a large fully equipped kitchen.
Double doors open from the living area and face the pool across the garden.
A second set of double doors open from the kitchen onto a secluded private terrace with garden furniture and a BBQ ideal for ' al fresco' dining.
Two double bedrooms sleep 4 guests comfortably.
Separate cloakroom with wc, vanity unit and washing machine.
The kitchen, which is situated on the short side of the 'L' opens onto a secluded private terrace.
It is well equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils and all the usual appliances including
a gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster as well as an iron and ironing board. The washing machine is in the cloakroom,
Dining table and 4 chairs.
The living room is light and airy with French windows looking across towards the pool.
Comfortable sofas, small tables with lamps and a rug.
There are two bedrooms, one on each side of the living/dining area.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a vanity unit.
Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, bedside table, wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
Separate cloakroom with a vanity unit, wc and washing machine.
The pool and garden are shared with the guests at La Residence.
The pool terrace has lounging furniture, chairs, tables, for everyone.
To one side of the front entrance is a field that is well away from the pool and an ideal space for children to play games. Table tennis is on site.
Ample secure parking on the drive.
An ideal spot for adults and/or families with children.
We have wi-fi but as we are rural it can sometimes be unreliable.
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.