|Eucalyptus Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||1- Sofa bed or cot/folding child's bed in bedroom|
Eucalyptus is a pretty one bedroom, 300+ year old cottage sleeping 2-3 people, ideal for a romantic break! The cosy ground floor with it’s exposed golden stone walls and old oak beams is open plan, with kitchen, dining, and living areas.
The kitchen includes an integrated oven and hob and microwave.
A sofa converts into a comfortable bed for a third person (alternatively, for a young child, a cot or single folding bed can be provided in the bedroom).
Stairs lead up to a pretty oak-beamed, galleried double bedroom with en-suite shower-room and toilet.
Outside is a lovely patio with table, chairs & barbecue, covered in wisteria for both shade and privacy.
The kitchen area has a fridge, built-in electric fan oven and gas hob (4 burners); microwave oven, electric kettle, toaster. There is a good range of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment for making meals for 2 or 3. An original cupboard built into the very thick stone wall gives extra 'cool' storage.
There is a dining table and 3 dining chairs.
The living area has two comfortable armchairs and a sofa (convertible to bed if required), coffee table & side table. The cottage is equipped with a tv (Uk Freesat) and a radio/cd player.
One double bedroom, with standard double bed, bedside tables/reading lights, chest of drawers, clothes hanging rails and a vanity unit with wash-hand basin.
Shower and toilet.
Central heating for low season.
Uk satelite tv.
A library of books (in English) and board games are stored in our pool bar for guests to borrow.
The cottage has a private patio with table and chairs, under a wisteria covered pergola and lawn in front. Each cottage has a barbecue and we also have barbecues beside our summer pool bar. Our cottages are set in 7 acres comprising garden, orchard, wild-flower meadow and woodlands and guests are welcome to wander in the grounds and enjoy nature!
To the rear of the pool is a large grassy area where we have a badmington net, swings/slide, football goal and a table-tennis table.
We have a large off-road car park, and for those travelling by motor bike or who have brought bicycles, we can offer secure, covered storage in our sechoir (tobacco barn).
This cottage is not suitable for disabled visitors or those who have difficulty with stairs.
The swimming pool is kept sparklingly clean with a salt-system in the place of added chlorine: this makes the pool particularly kind to those with sensitive skins. The pool is fenced and gated and also has the security of a pool alarm to meet safety regulations.
We are an English couple (formerly a food teacher & a chartered surveyor) who moved to France in 2007 for a change of lifestyle. We are the parents of 4 adult children and animal lovers, having always had pets.<br/>We are lucky to be able to combine our gite business with enjoying life in this beautiful area of France where we can continue our hobbies & interests: walking (Sue is qualified to lead walks); wild life & nature (orchids abound in our meadow) & of course, food & wine!
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||This corner of the Dordogne department (the 'Perigord Noir') has the highest concentration of tourist sites to visit in the whole of Dordogne: an abundance of caves, castles and beautiful bastide towns, as well as fantastic markets and plenty of outdoor activities such as canoing. Located as we are, between the Dordogne and Vezere rivers, it is easily possible to fill a fortnight with different activities and visits without driving far from Meyrals.|
|Unique benefits of property||Eucalyptus cottage is a great spot for a couple (or a family of 3) who like to be independant but may also enjoy the benefits of having others around. The shared pool and grounds give the opportunity to meet other guests and swop information about places worth visiting or indeed just enjoy a drink at the pool bar whist making new friends! Being in the oldest part of what was once a farm, dating back close to 350 years, Eucalyptus cottage has a unique character, with exposed beams and 'pierre apparent' walls whilst having the comfort of a modern kitchen, satelite tv etc.
The cottages are only 500m from the village square where we have an excellent boulangerie and small weekly market in summer. A 600m stroll will take you to two good restaurants and bar whilst a 20 minute walk takes you away from the village to an excellent gourmet restaurant.
Les Eyzies,known for its prehistoric remains is only 6k north, St. Cyprien with a great Sunday market is 5k south whilst famous Sarlat is 15k.
Wander the winding cobble streets of Beynac and visit the Chateau (important during the 100 years war). Enjoy far-reaching views over the Dordogne river, including to a number of other Chateaux which can be visited, watch the canoeists and Gabarres (flat-bottomed boats) on the river.
Traditional 'box' topiary gardens set high above the Dordogne river with far-reaching views. Candlelit evenings in summer, childrens activities and free supervised 'via Ferrata' course on the cliffs below the gardens for thrill seakers!
Lots of canoe hire companies along both of these rivers for short or long hire hire: go out on the river for an hour or a day according to your requirements. canoe past various chateaux on the Dordogne or past prehistoric caves on the Vezere! Fun for adults and older children: experience not needed!
Set above the Vezere river north of Les Eyzies, this site of an ancient city set in cliffs is full of interest for those of all ages.
This medieval town is famed for it's beautiful, well preserved buildings and it's great market on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. A must for those holidaying in the area!
A great local market: the place to go on a Sunday morning for a fantastic range of fresh local products including truffles, walnuts, foie gras and wine not to mention the wonderful fruit & veg! Nice cafes to sit and watch the world go by when you've finished your shopping.