|L'Herrison||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2||Cots, put up beds|
A spacious 3 bedroom, accessible centrally heated Gite.
Lounge & Kitchen
Large personal kitchen which is well equipped with cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher & ironing facilities. The lounge is spacious enough for the entire family to gather around the wood-burner and make full use of the dvd player or English/French satellite tv.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Bedroom downstairs 2 single beds with en-suite shower room and wc.
Bedroom 2 upstairs, 2 single beds
Bedroom 3 upstairs, 1 double bed
Family bathroom with bath, shower over bath and wc
Private enclosed patio with table, chairs, parasol and personal barbecue
Lounge & Kitchen
L’Herrison has a large personal kitchen which is well equipped with cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher & ironing facilities. The lounge is spacious enough for the entire family to gather around the wood-burner and make full use of the dvd player or English/French satellite tv.
The lounge is spacious enough for the entire family to gather around the wood-burner and make full use of the dvd player or English/French satellite tv.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Bedroom 1 downstairs - 2 single beds and en-suite shower room and wc
Bedroom 2 upstairs - 2 single beds
Bedroom 3 upstairs - 1 double bed
Upstairs family bathroom, bath, shower over bath and wc
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Downstairs en-suite bathroom and wc
Upstairs family bathroom, with bath, shower over bath and wc
Woodburner and central heating.
Tv with English satellite tv and dvd player. Large selection of toys, books, dvd's, PlayStation games, board games and free wi-fi on site
Large green areas for children to play.
Communal area for barbecue or general chit chat getting to know each other.
Play park with slides, swings and trampoline
Games room with toys, books dvd's and table tennis
Soft play room
Sensory room and sensory garden
Crazy golf, basketball and football goal posts for that game of footie
Parking at back of your gite
All adults and children welcome.
Dogs welcome if kept under supervision and not in the main courtyard
Gites are accessible for all
All linen and towels are provided (please bring pool towels). Cots, highchairs and babysitting available by arrangement.
Welcome pack provided with supplies for your first night's meal
Bikes available for guests and tandem if your are brave enough
Two years ago Terry and I decided to go and live somewhere warmer in the beautiful French countryside. This was when an exciting opportunity for some hard and rewarding work presented itself, in the form of a Gite holiday complex. After much research and planning, we discussed with the friends Dawn and Mark Camilli about buying into this unique gite complex. Domainedusourire is accessible and family friendly, we do not discriminate and welcome everyone
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The quietness and the beauty appealed to us both.
Rural but with lots within 10 mins to half an hour.
Lovely restaurants and small quaint shops.
Beautiful villiages all within a half hour drive.
|Unique benefits of property||We cater for the disabled, autistic and the able bodied.|
small village lots of shops and big supermarket ideal for the last minute things
“The very essence of elegance,” concluded The Queen last time she visited Bordeaux.
“The centre had a grandiose 18th-century harmony unmatched in Europe. It seemed quite possible that the French Revolution never made it this far. Poor people looked rich and rich people didn’t look at all. But the city felt haughty and aloof. It had also grown shabby round the edges. No longer. Bordeaux has had the renovators in with a vengeance – restoring noble façades, installing trams and reclaiming from dereliction the vast swathe of riverbank. There are few more graceful urban sights in France than the miroir-d'eau reflecting the splendid Palais-de-la-Bourse.”
It's got the world's greatest wine museum (and the wine isn't bad either)
Since 2016 it has also been home to Cité du Vin wine museum. Peregrine's verdict? “It may look like the shiny foot of a cartoon character but it is a world-beater; certainly the best wine centre I’ve encountered. Granted, competition is not intense. Most wine museums are dreadful.
The food is incredible
Joel Robuchon, the French chef who runs La Grande Maison, found in the city, writes: “Bordeaux has produce that is world-famous: oysters from the Bay of Arcachon; milk-fed Pauillac lamb, grazed on the Médoc marshes; and cèpes de Bordeaux, in my opinion the best mushrooms in France. They grow superb raspberries just a few kilometres from here; they rear ducks for magret de canard (duck breast); and the asparagus, too, is wonderful.”
The 'capital' of the Dordogne department is set towards the north of the region. Many miles from the Dordogne River, it is actually found on the Isle River.
The town has been in existence since neolithic times, and later became an important Roman centre. The town suffered a great deal in the Middle Ages through the Hundred Years War and other conflicts in the region, then had a 'rebirth' - and much construction in the town dates from this time - in the 16th century. From the 18th century onwards, Perigueux continues to be an important centre for the region.
Each of these periods has left its mark on the town. From Roman times, you can see the Vesone Tower and the remains of the amphitheatre, and the Chateau Barrière dates from the early middle ages.
Saint-Etienne church (once a cathedral) dates largely from the 16th century when it was reconstructed, although parts of the earlier church on the same site can still be seen.
Perigueux also contains an interesting medieval and renaissance centre, with attractive boulevards and streets lined with medieval houses to explore - these are concentrated in the region around the cathedral Saint Front, which also retains its attractive arched cloisters.
Exploring Medieval and Renaissance Perigueux
The main sights of Perigueux can be seen on an easy walk around the city centre. You can pick up a map from the tourist office.
Start at the Mataguerre tower which is all that now remains of the defensive wall that formerly surrounded the town centre. Originally there were 28 towers and 12 gates. This tower has the cannon ports and archery slits that were a key part of 15th century military design.
Next walk to the attractive Place de Navarre with its 16th century buildings. One of many attractive spots in Perigueux to sit outside and enjoy a coffee or stop for lunch.
Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne (slight exaggeration strictly speaking) - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.
The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene.
Look inside the abbey as well (built by Charlemagne in 769 and the main historical highlight of the town) and at the troglodyte section behind the abbey including the famous cave of the 'Last Judgement'. These are the remains of the original abbey and during the summer you can do a night-time visit of the troglodyte section - very atmospheric.
At the other end of the abbey are an attractive Renaissance Tower and the round Tour St Roch. These formed part of the defenses of the southern part of the abbey whilst the Porte des Reformes defended the northern side.
The church belfry in Brantome was built in the 11th century and is the oldest to be found in France, it stands on a rocky outcrop at the bottom of a cliff.
The Church of Saint Pierre is also worth admiring, with certain parts dating back to the 15th century (especially part of the cloisters) as is the bridge that crosses the river, and provides a good vantage point to admire the town.
It is above all the situation of Brantome on the river Dronne, that encircles a large part of the town, and the steep wooded slopes around the town, that add most to its attraction. The river is calm and gentle at this point, covered with water lilies, and sheltered by weeping willows.
It is very pleasant to walk along the edge of the river and through the river-side gardens. Brantome really is one of the most attractive towns of the Dordogne
Visit Aubeterre sur Dronne
If you are holidaying near Riberac don't miss a visit to Aubeterre-sur-Drone. It is one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' and it has an amazing underground church hewn out from the rock.
The village is in the South of the Charente region at the northern limit of the Perigord area. The village has been built up the hillside above the river Dronne in a curve of the river - giving the village the feeling of being a large amphitheatre.
The houses in Aubeterre-sur- Dronne are built in the lovely white stone of the region and which has given the town its name which means white earth. Many of the houses have charming wooden balustrades, quite typical of houses in this area and lovely to see in the summer when they are usually decked with flowers.
French capital of the comic strip and designated City of Art and History, Angoulême sits high above the Charente river and is surrounded by ramparts.
The old town has lots of interest: Saint-Pierre cathedral, which dates from the 12th century and has a high tower and remarkable facade carved in the Poitevin Romanesque style, a town hall with flower garden, ramparts offering a magnificent view of the Charente valley, mansions, lively narrow streets to wander around and numerous cartoons painted on walls.
In the lower part of Angoulême, the National Comic Strip and Image Centre is a must. This place is home to, among others, a museum dedicated to the world of comics, which notably exhibits a magnificent collection of original drawings, and a library of comic books. It's heaven for comic strip fans! Not to be missed either, the famous Angoulême International Comics Festival, which takes place every year at the end of January.
Situated on the Charente river in the buildings of the former paper-making industry, the Le Nil paper museum is dedicated to the paper-maker industry, explaining its history and the various stages of paper production.
The Fine art museum, housed in the former bishop's palace, contains paleontological, archaeological and ethnographical collections (African and Oceanian art), as well as paintings and ceramics.
Chalais is situated in the Charente, Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 43 km from Angouleme, the department capital. (General information: Chalais is 435 km from Paris).
Popular places to visit nearby include Aubeterre-sur-Dronne at 10 km and Riberac at 24 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.