Cosy holiday gite for 2 in rural Dordogne - AD006290

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1km from Saint-Pompont, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006290 Advertiser since: 16 November 2017
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Maison Des Fleurs Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 Baby cot available

About this property

Gite In Blissfully Quiet Countryside Near Village. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This gite, a completely separate wing of a historic manoir, must be one of the loveliest gites in the Dordogne.
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 dinner by the ornamental pond looking out over the pretty courtyard, with a nice glass of Bergerac - paradise? Well if you're 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 tracks.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen retains the feel of this charming property but has everything you would expect in a modern kitchen. Appliances include full size cooker, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and everything else you need for easy living. The dining area is cosy, convenient and looks towards the inglenook.

Living rooms

The spacious and comfortable lounge has a wonderful feature inglenook fireplace. It looks out onto the pretty terrace and through the trailing wisteria and trumpet vine to the ornamental pond and landscaped courtyard beyond. There is English and French tv, a dvd player and wi-fi.

Bedrooms

There is lovely bedroom with a generous king size bed and ample storage space.
It looks out over a pretty cottage garden with overhanging wisteria to the charming courtyard beyond.

Bathrooms

There is a fully tiled luxury en suite bathroom which includes a bath with shower over, wc, bidet, and wash hand basin.
There is a heated towel rail so you can be sure of warm dry towels.

Heating

The cottage is fully centrally heated. It also has heated towel rails so you always have dry warm towels.

Garden and outside

Maison des fleurs has a pretty covered terrace perfect for alfresco dining. Beside the terrace is a cottage garden carefully planted to encourage bees and butterflies. In front the terrace looks out over a delightful ornamental pond and beyond across the landscaped courtyard. All in all the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine and a good book or just to watch the birds.

Parking and garages

There is a private off road parking space nearby.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for wheelchairs. There are no steps in the gite but a slope from the parking area.

Facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St.Pompont
Distance: 1 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Fresh water
Name of nearest fishing location: Many places
Distance: 3 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf le Lolivarie, St.Germain de Belves
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Bos Cheval Rouge, Belves
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bergerac

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many Walks

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domme
Distance: 7 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Gudgeon

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 tracks.

The Owner Recommends

Locally

Locally
For many the blissfully quiet location will be an opportunity 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 myriad 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 excellent 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 ambience. The village celebrates those long Saturday summer evenings with street parties - sit at trestle 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 summer's 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, in bars, restaurants, cafes, on balconies and 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 ?

4 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 PaulF 7 October, 2018

The most perfect Gite.

We spent a week here in September and what a little paradise to stop in for a relaxing wonderful holiday. The gite was spotlessly clean on arrival and is just perfect in size for 2 people. You will want for nothing inside the gite that has being refurbished with modern quality appliances, combined with subtle thoughtful extra’s such as quality soft towels, an apron, dishwasher tablets etc etc. This place felt like home from home.
It is so peaceful and tranquil and is such a pleasure to be able to sit out on the terrace in the morning for breakfast and then in the evening with a glass or two of wine. The location is rural so a car is essential to see all the delights of the Dordogne.

As many have conveyed, David is your ideal host and on hand to help with anything. After a week’s stay I can honestly say I have never in my life felt so calm and relaxed so will definitely return in the future. Thanks David!

10 / 10 jamjar19 27 August, 2018

We have just returned from an idyllic week at Maison Des Fleurs. The Gite is in a very peaceful and quiet location although just a short walk to the village where you can find a small but well stocked supermarket, a restaurant, and a boulangerie. The Gite itself is very cosy and comfortable, it is very well equipped with good quality appliances and furnishings. David has provided everything you should need for your stay right down to dishwasher tablets and washing powder and a welcome bottle of wine. If you need any information on the local area and where to go David is font of knowledge and can provide suggestions for local restaurants and places to visit. Overall a great little place to stay to enjoy the beauty of the Dordogne.

10 / 10 Sue & 16 July, 2018

We'd definitely recommend it to a friend. The other 2 gites on the same property do have better views but it was nice to have the shade and cool. The proprietor was very helpful and a fountain of knowledge. Fantastic walking and stunning surroundings.

10 / 10 Philip Midwinter 1 June, 2018

Our second stay. Such a delightful, well-equipped and cosy gite and the owner was his usual welcoming self. We came for our "fill" of France and this area has so much to offer. In particular this area is full of wildflowers - we became "wild orchidaholics"! Can't wait to return - such a gem..

Philip Midwinter