|Le Faon||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1||Cots and put up beds|
A lovely two bed roomed centrally heated Gite.
Le Faon has a large personal kitchen which is well equipped with breakfast bar, cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher & ironing facilities.
The open plan 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.
Bedroom one has a massive king size bed.
Bedroom two comes with three single beds.
The bathroom is modern with bath, shower and toilet.
Wood burner and central heating in all rooms.
Various guest requests and availability.
Large garden area, shrubs vegetable garden, fruit trees.
Heated swimming pool.
Communal barbecue area.
Private parking for gites at back of property.
Suitable for all.
Specialist equipment can be hired if needed.
Pool towels not supplied.
Hoists and wheelchairs available.
Bikes for cycling and seeing the area at your leisure.
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 fully wheelchair-accessible and this is by purposeful design, we do not discriminate and welcome everyone.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The beautiful countryside, the tranquility of the area but everything within a half hour drive.
the pace of life, the way of life and the challenge
|Unique benefits of property||Heated swimming pool suitable for all, sensory garden and sensory room. Wheelchair accessible and specialist equipement hire available.
Caters for all and non-judgemental.
Around the heart of Angouleme historic centre (which is classified among the French Towns of Art and History) there are more than two kilometres of the ramparts remaining intact, while the boulevards that follow the walls are wide, open streets with good views across the surrounding countryside.
Start your visit at Angouleme Tourist Office towards the east of the centre and near the 19th century market halls, a good example of the iron and glass buildings of the period.
Cathedral and boulevards in Angouleme.
From here you can head into the town centre and the Town Hall, one of the most important monuments in Angouleme. The Town Hall was built on the site of an earlier chateau, of which just two towers now remain and are incorporated into the Town Hall building. The towers date from the 13th and 15th centuries, while the remainder of the building was constructed in the 19th century.
The other side of the square in front of the Town hall you can see the elegant facade of the Hotel Saint-Simon, a 16th century townhouse with an ornately decorated facade.
Close by you can see the neo-classical style Palace of Justice and the Church of Saint-Andre. The church was originally built in the 12th century although substantial additions are in the later gothic style and the facade dates from a 19th century reconstruction. Near the church take a look at the curious 'lanterne des morts'.
The Theatre, on the southern side of the Place New York, has a decorative facade and was also built in the 19th century.
You will start your visit in the main square in Nontron, where you can see the town hall and a decorative fountain.
Let yourself be diverted to see the art exhibitions in the 'Espace des Arts', then continue along to Place Albert, where you can visit the workshop where the famous Nontron knives are made - as they have been for more than 500 years. This is also one of the best places in Nontron for having views across the countryside.
From here you can stroll down through well maintained public gardens in the shadow of the 19th century Chateau of Nontron to the little Bandiat river that flows below the town. Substantial parts of the original fortifications for the town can be seen from Rue de Perigueux and there are various medieval half-timbered houses in the old town around Rue des Ecoles and Rue Picaud.
Note that the square tower of medieval appearance on the edge of Nontron is an early 20th century addition, which was only granted planning permission if the council could tell the owner how it should look!
Moving forward a couple of centuries, don't miss the Hotel d'Albret on Rue Camille Chabaneau which is a fine 16th century renaissance style building with a decorative facade. You will see other renaissance period buildings as you explore the centre of Nontron.
In a raised position overlooking the Bandiat Valley and the surrounding Dordogne countryside, and with the Regional Natural Parc of the Perigord-Limousin to the north of the town, Nontron is well placed for exploring the Perigord Vert.
Among the villages close by visit Bussiere-Badil and Varaignes, then head perhaps for the rock formations at Roc Branlant and Roc Poperdu. For traces of prehistoric life near Nontron visit the cave paintings at Villars Cave.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.
The Church of Saint Hilaire is an attractive roman style church that dates from the 12th century and is notable for its hexagonal tower with stone arched openings, while the Chateau de la Rochandry is a scenic castle (it dates largely from the 19th century, at which time it was built on the site of a much older castle).
Other notable monuments in Mouthiers-sur-Boeme include the 16th century turretted Logis de Forge and the grand 16th century townhouse called the Logis des Gagniers.
washhouses on boeme river
The traditional washhouses on the river can also be seen (moved to their current location in the 19th century, when the course of the Boeme river was disrupted by the construction of the railway viaduct in 1840-1850).
See also the roundabout called 'peuplier major' which features a recent bronze statue of three horses on a rock, the side of which feautures a copy of the engraving from the cave at Chaire a Calvin.
There is a prehistoric cave in a cliff at Mouthiers-sur-Boeme called Chaire a Calvin with an engraving of a cow and horses dating back about 20,000 years.
The 15th century Logis de Forge and surrounding 18th century hamlet has in the past been a flour mill, an iron mill and a walnut oil mill. Surrounding a large pond the logis is now home to a contemporary garden which has been classed as a 'Remarkable garden' of France. Water has a large influence in the garden and there are various ponds and water channels at the centre of the planting.
The quiet countryside around the town contains several peaceful villages where it is pleasant to take a stroll and enthusiasts of roman style architecture will discover numerous picturesque churches in the hamlets and villages of the region. Charmant and Villebois-Lavalette are both close by and pleasant to visit if you have the time and inclination for a quiet exploration.
The town is best known for (and most visited because of) the Chateau de La Rochefoucauld, which stands above the Tardoire River but you will also find several other interesting historic monuments in the town.
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld
Originally dating from the 11th century the castle stands on the edge of La Rochefoucauld. It was modified many times in the following centuries to become the impressive renaissance monument we see today, which was mostly constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries.
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld
Note: the Chateau de La Rochefoucauld is certainly one of the most picturesque castles in Poitou-Charentes and is more typical of those you expect to see in the Loire Valley, for example at Saumur.
The donjon is the oldest part of the castle that we see today - it was built in the 11th century, although a part of the donjon collapsed in 1960 - while the newest part is the substantial wing added in the 18th century.
An impressive sight from the outside, you enter the castle between two imposing round towers. Inside, particular highlights include a grand spiral staircase, the inner courtyard with three tiers of arcades, and various other decorative features and carefully furnished rooms.
Other highlights in La Rochefoucauld
The arched bridge across the river Tardoire below the castle dates from the 15th century - one of the best views of the castle is from the other side of the bridge.
There are several other interesting buildings to discover in La Rochefoucauld itself, such as the gothic style Collegiale Notre Dame de l'Assomption. The church dates from the 13th century although a significant part of the church we see today is a late 16th century reconstruction after the building had suffered damage in the Hundred Years War and then again during the Wars of Religion.