|Hilltop Farmhouse||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Exclusive use,secluded Hilltop Farmhouse 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 4.
Our hilltop farmhouse, for your exclusive and private use, is in a small hamlet set high up amongst fields and woods, with wonderful views and a 'big' sky.It has been lovingly restored, offering an attractive and generously equipped interior, prepared by the American owners.
The large covered, furnished balcony is a place of extraordinary relaxation
The pool has a sun deck and wonderful views.
We are very popular with couples who want a private home to unwind in, after busy marriage celebrations and/or working life. With many stairs and open areas, the property is generally not suitable for children; babies are welcome!
The nearest big villages are St. Severin and Verteillac. The surrounding countryside is full of history and offers many leisure facilities, including wonderful canoeing on the River Dronne, tennis and riding. Strolling along country lanes, with fantastic views, is recommended, two good quality bikes are also provided.
The exterior of La Croix farmhouse reflects its long history, blending well into the other few buildings in the hamlet. The large courtyard is sheltered by the ancient barn, the garden opens onto the wonderful views, pool and its sundeck.
The house is on three floors.
The open plan kitchen/dining/living area is on the middle level.
The large, very light well proportioned salon has a window and three glazed doors, the front door to the lane, rear door to a landing with stairs to the courtyard and doors to the large balcony room.
The kitchen has a work island with solid wood chopping board, fridge and dishwasher. The pots, pans, food processor, knives and utensils are mostly imported from America and of a very good quality and reflect the fact that the American owners love to buy the excellent local produce and cook.
The cooker has 5 burners and an electric grill inset in the gas oven.
The table comfortably seats 6.
The large leather sofa and adjacent leather chair encourages relaxation, either reading one of the many paperbacks provided, or watching the tv.
The sitting end of the salon opens onto the large, furnished balcony, where meals may also be taken at the table or seated on the very comfortable futon sofa. The view from here is magnificent.
A landline phone is provided for free local calls to property manager, gardener, local restaurtants etc.
The bedrooms are on the top floor.
There is a double bedroom, twin bedroom. Comfortable mattresses, bedding and bed linen, all of good quality.
The rooms are pleasantly furnished, with insect screens on the windows so that you can enjoy the cool night air.
This is a conversion from the old granary and there are some low ceilings and doorways.
The main bathroom is on the top floor, between the two bedrooms. There is a wash hand basin, a toilet, and a bath with shower attachment. It is a lovely room, however there are low ceilings except by the toilet and basin.
At ground level, and accessed from the courtyard, there is a simple full height shower and separate toilet.
All bath linen quality towels are provided, including pool towels.
There is oil fired central heating - we hope that you will not need to use it during your summer break!
There is a flat screen tv, showing freeview English channels, and wi-fi. A good selection of paperback books are at your disposal.
Ping pong/table tennis table.
You can eat on the sheltered furnished balcony, which is accessed through the sitting area, on the little balcony outside the kitchen door, or head down to eat at the ancient stone table in the courtyard, or under the old walnut tree.
A shower and separate toilet accessed directly from the courtyard. There is a stone table and gas bbq.
There are several parasols, cushions, chairs and sun loungers for you to arrange as you wish and further shade under the lovely huge walnut tree.
Further down the garden, past the barn, the pool and sundeck offer the chance for a cooling dip and to sunbathe and enjoy the view.
You can park in the courtyard, and there is also shaded parking under the balcony.
Not suitable for elderly or infirm due to many stairs.
Children are welcome, however we do not provide any equipment or toys for babies or toddlers.
No unauthorised people on the premises. Maximum of 4 people on property, including any non-resident visitors, unless by prior arrangement. Details must be provided.
At courtyard level, there is a large utility room with washing and drying machines, large sink, second fridge freezer and direct access to the courtyard, through barn type doors. Storage space for the two good quality bicycles. Rackets and boules.
The house and grounds are entirely for your use. We do not live on site, but 20 mins away. There is a house book with useful information, and we will meet with you after you have settled in, to help you quickly get to know the area. We will be available if you need us and/or leave you too enjoy La Croix's special tranquil atmosphere.
In order to prepare the house for the next guests, we ask that you leave by 1000h on departure day. Arrival time is after 1600h.
We aim to provide you with a clean, bright and beautiful home for your all important holiday and we ask that you take care of this lovely old house.
I am the property manager for the owners of this beautiful property. I have lived full-time in the area for 10 years, and am very happy to help you plan your holiday.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||The Dordogne is so beautiful!|
|Unique benefits of property||Our hilltop farmhouse, for your exclusive and private use, is in a small hamlet set high up amongst fields and woods, with wonderful views and a 'big' sky.It oozes charm and character, and has been lovingly restored, offering an attractive and generously equipped interior, prepared by the American owners.
The large covered, furnished balcony is a place of extraordinary relaxation.
The pool has a sun deck and wonderful views.
La Croix offers a comfortable base to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the Dordogne. The garden is filled with fruit and nut trees, and buddleia which attract many butterflies, notably Swallowtail. The terraces and balcony allow ample room to eat 'al fresco' with a commanding view as the sun sets over rolling countryside. Aubeterre, one of 'les plus beaux villages de France' is only 15 minutes drive away. It has great historical interest and has its own beach on the river Dronne.
In the area, there are caves, churches, festivals, brocantes, forests, museums, outdoor activities, ruins, restaurants and markets galore, winery tours.....