|1 Place Jules Brunet||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||5|
Everyone says the house is grand and - or but - they feel very much at home!
It dates from the 18th century and has been a school, a rest home and the residence of the mayor. You can see the fitting for his flagpole outside the window over the front door.
This is the old part of the town and a minute or two away is the Place Nationale, the traditional town centre.
Beside the house is the church, a romanesque fantasy of the early twentieth century and just up the hill is its twelfth century predecessor, which now serves part time as a cultural venue for art and music.
The decoration in the house is immaculate and each room has been furnished with care and imagination.
The walls are incredibly thick which means the house is magically cool in the summer and has to have an efficient heating system in winter.
The style is a mix of English and French. Every bedroom has a scheme of its own in the expectation that everyone in your group will identify the one which speaks to them.
The house is very well equipped with 10 plus of everything you sit on, drink from, sunbathe on, dine off and put in the dishwasher.
You can eat in the kitchen, in the dining room, on the terrace in the garden and in the courtyard.
The size and layout of the house and garden means there are lots of different areas so even though you have come as a group or a family you can escape without getting into the car! In the house you can find places to tuck yourself
away. In the garden if you tire of the pool, the terrace and the formal garden, you can ascend the path through the wood and commune undisturbed with your book or nothing at all.
The kitchen is electric with hob, oven and microwave. There is a fridge, deep freeze and American fridge. In the dining area there is a table with seating for 10. There is also a dishwasher. French windows give onto the courtyard so it's easy to move outside. In the courtyard there is another table with sunshade ready for 10 people
If you want a glamorous, formal, dress up dinner, use the dining room! Lit by chandelier and candles it's next door to the kitchen and it's grand!
To eat outside there is the courtyard but also the terrace in the garden. Here too there is a table for 10 and a charcoal barbecue,
We also have a high chair for a toddler.
Everywhere has seating for 10. The formal drawing room has the usual sofas and chairs, and an ipod station/radio. There is also a grand piano and sheet music for those who know what to do with it.
The television room adjoins the kitchen and has the latest screen.
There is aso a study so anyone who has to work or wants to read in peace or just to doze can retreat and shut the door.
There are five bedrooms.
One of them is twin only (en suite).
Two can be twin or super king size (shared bathroom).
The fourth is king size (en suite) and the fifth super king (en suite).
There is another shower room on the ground floor plus a loo on the ground floor and another on a landing.
Each bedroom has it's own character and has lots of space. All have duvets but also sheets as the summer will be wonderfully warm.
We have cots for babies! However, the total number of people including babies allowed by my insurance is 10.
The bathrooms are of high standard and the water pressure is good..Two en suites have baths, basins, showers and wcs, one has shower, basin and wc. The shared bathroom has an enormous corner bath, basin and wc. The fifth has a shower and wash basin. All of them are large, modern and luxurious.
Should heating be necessary, there are radiators everywhere. If you needed heating, the boiler would be on and you could adjust the radiators individually.
The water is a separate system and will be on for you 24 hours a day.
There is a fireplace in the drawing room but alas a predecessor did something to the chimney a century ago and it is no longer viable without a vast investment I have chosen not to make. The logs are decoration only! Please do not set fire to them.
In the house there is a 121 cms television with FreeSat so you can get the same channels as you would with freeview in UK. It also has a usb port if you have films on your stick.
There is wi-fi throughout the house.
There is an i-pod station and radio.
In the enormous games room there is table tennis,, table football and darts.
In the games room there is also a fridge and you will find glasses safe for he pool area.
The pool is heated.
There are sun beds and sunshades for 10.
The terrace dining area seats 10.
There is a fridge and glasses for use by the pool.
You can park inside the gates or outside in the street.
There is space for three cars, four if not enormous.
My house is perfect for groups of friends or for extended families as some bedrooms can be configured for different groups.
1 super king size.
1 king size.
2 twin or super king size.
It is also wonderful for children as you can let them loose and they cannot escape. It is completely walled and gives them an adventure playground they should enjoy for at least two weeks.
I live mostly in London and visit whenever I can with friends and family. Sometimes I'm there on my own so that I can enjoy making sure everything is as perfect as it can be without feeling guilty about neglecting my guests! I had a wonderful time designing the decoration of the house and choosing the furniture and bits and pieces. I hope you have as good a time in my house as I did getting it ready for you.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||It was the surprise factor which drew me to my house. The front is classic with steps up to the front door and windows symmetrically either side. Inside is grand but comfortable. You go through to a large courtyard where you can eat al fresco and then comes the 'wow'. The garden is completely unexpected. Large, exotic, tranquil and secluded. Palm trees and roses dominate the formal bit and there is a wild wood which reaches back to a rocky cliff wall. All you can hear is the birds and every time I arrive I go straight to the garden and wonder afresh that this can be in the middle of an albeit, little, town!
The Dordogne is a very pretty area and still very rural. It's very peaceful and the shops all close for lunch. It's what we wistully think life used to be.
Nearby are small farms, vineyards abound and the bigger towns like Perigeux nearby are full of history and a bit more sophistication. You can eat well round here and the wine satisfies all tastes and pockets!
|Unique benefits of property||If your dream house in France is where you live in walking distance of the boulangerie and is a haven of peace and quiet, then this imposing 18th century mansion, situated in the heart of the little town of Riberac is for you. You will be back with your baguette before the coffee has brewed. The walled garden is safe for children and the proximity to entertainment means you do not have to run a teenage taxi service or take turns to drive at night. There are restaurants in walking distance and many more a short drive away.
There is one of the biggest markets in the Dordogne on Fridays and others nearby. Tennis, canoeing, a lake, historic sites are nearby but if you want to stay put, you can park your car and relax, secure in the knowledge there is a good meal round the corner if you do not want to cook or drive! There are also wonderul cooks who will deliver to your door. You can do your lengths in the heated pool and the stroll from formal garden to wild one will give you steps!
Friday until 1pm. Sometimes as many as 200 stalls selling fruit, vegetables and local produce. Some bed linen, ironmongery, antiques and bric a brac plus a variety of clothing.
Wonderfully laid out garden of occupied chateau. About 2 hours away.Combine it with the must see medieval town of Sarlat.
About 2 hours away but a great day trip
More impressive than you'd expect in relatively rural France. Said to be the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe.
System of pools and ponds. Watersports and swimming
All different and all with charm and history
The nearest big town with an ancient cathedral and market (Wednneday). On the approach, Marsac - a massive out of town retail area. Among the shops a vast Auchan (supermarket), LeRoy Merlin (DIY), Porcellanosa (china)
12th century church 10 walking minutes just up the hill from the house. Classical concerts from time to time
A very pretty town on the River Dronne with a weir and good restaurants. Known as the Venice of the Perigord.
Amazing house, beautifully presented with lots of space. We travelled as two families with 4 adults and 4 children and certainly could have fitted more.
We liked being in the local town and were able to walk to several boulangeries and shops as well as cafes and restaurants.
The downside of being in the town is that there is a bit of road noise and the regular chiming of church bells. This didn't trouble us too much but if you wanted absolute peace and quiet then this may not be the place for you.
The swimming pool is fantastic and very safe for young children as it is separate from the house, accessed through the games room. Our children wouldn't have left the house given a chance.
We did use the local canoes for a trip down the river which we all enjoyed.