|Maison Mireille||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2||Babies cot 1|
A truly delightful gite, part of an historic manoir built for the Procuror of Louis 14,and reached along a winding lane through flower meadows to where it nestles in the hillside. An authentic but modern cottage providing all you could possibly need for the perfect holiday.
An important feature of the property is the large conservatory looking out over the valley and perfect for that continental breakfast or late night dinner.
Kitchen and dining
The kitchen and the dining room are open plan and retain the "feel" of the original building.
The kitchen is fully equip for easy living with all the appliances you would expect to find. e.g full size cooker, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker fridge/freezer etc. Loads of storage space and all the gear you are likely to need.
Again spacious and comfortable, one side looking out into the charming courtyard and the other side opening into the conservatory with even more views.
This is a lovely roomy bedroom with a comfortable king size bed, plenty of storage space and great views. It has a good size en suite bathroom with bath/shower, wash basin, wc and bidet. It has a heated towel rail
Again very roomy, this time with two single beds and loads of storage space. This room is double aspect with views in two directions over the valley. It also has a lovely en suite bathroom with bath/shower, wash basin, wc and a heated towel rail.
Both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.
The cottage is fully centrally heated and suitable for year round occupation.
There is a large conservatory looking down the garden and with beautiful views, a very nice place to start your day with a leisurely continental breakfast or to finish your day with a romantic dinner.
There is a private parking area close to the gite.
The gite is all on one floor with no steps but the gardens and surrounding countryside are sloping so probably not suitable for wheelchairs.
As a lifelong Francophile it was almost inevitable that on retirement I moved to France and after several months searching I found this wonderful barn that is now "Petite Maison de la Grange". Since then I have carefully restored the barn to provide a quality, spacious gite with all the amenities necessary for modern living but retaining the charm of this ancient building.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||This property will appeal to those wishing for some quality time away from the stresses of modern living. Blissfully quiet, in a region of outstanding natural beauty rich in wildlife but just walking distance from our pretty village and within easy reach of all the attractions of the Perigor Noir. Wonderful food, excellent wines, fairytale castles, bastide villages, street markets and, of course, the glorious river - what else is there?|
|Unique benefits of property||Set in peaceful, unspoilt countryside and yet just a walk away from our pretty village which has all the basic shops and an excellent restaurant. A comfortable and charming retreat after a day busy holidaymaking. Just to have diner on the pretty covered terrace, looking out over a beautiful wooded valley, with a nice glass of Bergerac - paradise? Well if your more energetic and want to explore the countryside on foot, the area is crisscrossed with clearly marked footpaths (the first one just 100 metres away) cutting through the most glorious countryside with stunning views at every turn and the prettiest of medieval hamlets and villages. Whether its just a saunter down to the village for the croissants or some serious hiking its all starts on the doorstep.
Many of the footpaths can be used by mountain bikers but some cyclists may prefer the less taxing roads in the bottom of the valleys, many of these following rivers or the old railway tracs.
For many the blissfully quiet location will be an oppotunity to just relax, while others will want to walk, cycle or horse ride in the surrounding countryside and enjoy the rich and varied wildlife - deer, red squirrels, kites, golden oriole, nightingales, nightjars, hoopoe, a miriad of butterflies and abundant wild flowers.
The pretty village of St. Pompon is 10 mins walk away and has all basic shops, two bars and an excellant restaurant. Take time to to sit in the square with a cold beer and just watch life, or saunter through the back lanes and soak in the ambiance. The village celebrates those long Saturday summer evenings with street parties - sit at tressle tables,buy local food and wine , swap life histories with the French family sitting next to you. And later music is played and dancing in the street - great fun.
At the picturesque village of Daglan (5 mins away) there's the gourmet restaurant Petit Paris. To eat outside in the square, on a balmy summers evening, is magical ... a very French experience.
The romantic cliff side villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac are within a few minutes drive as is the bastide town of Domme with its wonderful views over the Dordogne. Each is enchanting and you'll want to linger. From both Beynac and La Roque Gageac you can take a barge ride on the Dordogne (with an English commentary) and enjoy the rich history and abundant wildlife from a different perspective.
The historic town of Sarlat with countless restaurants and colourful street markets is just a ride away. So many people eating, they're in bars,restaurants,cafes,on balconies, terraces. And it's all good stuff The nearby Sunday street market at St,Cyprien takes some beating for sheer vitality and atmosphere.Very cosmopolitan.
Then there's fairy castles,gardens,the 100 years war,cave paintings, canoeing on the river.Have I missed anything ?