|Maison Des Fleurs||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Baby cot available|
This lovely old manoir, built for Lord Manieres the "Procurer" for Louis XIV around 1715 was purchased by the present owner some sixteen years ago.
Since then the huge kitchen and food stores have been sensitively converted into the charming cottage you see today, "Maison des Fleurs". Wherever possible original features have been saved but with careful modernisation the property now presents a top quality holiday cottage that must be one of the loveliest in the Dordogne.
Set in peaceful, unspoilt countryside abounding in wildlife, it will appeal to those who want to "chill out" but be in easy reach of all the many attractions the Dordogne has to offer.
And it all starts right on the doorstep. The area is crisscrossed with footpaths cutting through the glorious countryside, with stunning views at every turn and the prettiest of Medieval hamlets and villages. ( le Chimin Anglais used by the English soldiers during the 100 years war, walking between their forts, passes just 100 yards away)
Or perhaps its just a saunter down to our pretty village for the croissants. St.Pompon has all the shops you will need plus a bar and an excellent restaurant.
Many of the footpaths can be used by mountain bikers but other cyclists might prefer the less taxing routes in the valley bottoms that often follow small rivers and disused railway tracks through some of the most breathtaking scenery.
And what better after a busy day "holiday making" than to retreat to the calm and comfort of Maison des Fleurs for dinner beside the pond, looking out across the courtyard, ....or perhaps just a book and a nice glass of Bergerac,....Bliss.
The kitchen is bright and cheerful and 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 toaster, kettle, coffee maker and everything else you may need for easy living. You will find sugar, some teabags, washing powder, dishwasher tabs.cleaning materials and other bibs and bobs to get your holiday started. It looks out over the flower garden, through the wisteria and on across the courtyard.
The dining area is cosy and convenient and looks towards lounge and the inglenook. There are some walnuts (a local speciality), a pot of jam made in the village and a nice bottle of Bergerac to greet you.
The lounge is spacious and comfortable and has a really nice ambience. The lovely inglenook fireplace is original and is probably the main feature of the property. The lounge is nicely furnished with a cosy sofa, an easy chair, coffee tables etc and it has both English and French t.v, a radio and a dvd player. There is also wifi
It looks out onto the pretty covered terrace and through the trailing wisteria and trumpet vine to the ornamental pond and landscaped courtyard beyond.
There is a lovely bedroom with a generous king size bed. It has ample storage space with a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cupboards. The gentle colours and soft furnishings make for a very relaxed atmosphere and its a nice place to finish the day. To wake up to birds singing outside the window is magic. You won't want to get up.
It looks out over a pretty cottage garden with overhanging wisteria and on to the charming courtyard beyond.
There is a fully tiled luxury en suite bathroom which includes a full size bath with shower over, wc, bidet, and wash hand basin with an illuminated mirror. And there is loads of hot water.
It is centrally heated and there is a heated towel rail so you can always be sure of warm, dry towels.
The cottage is fully centrally heated so it can be occupied throughout the year. It also has heated towel rails so you always have dry warm towels.
Maison des fleurs has a pretty covered terrace perfect for alfresco dining. Beside the terrace is the cottage garden carefully planted to encourage bees and butterflies and bird feeders are placed on the terrace so there is always activity. In front the terrace looks out over a delightful ornamental pond and 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.
The area in front of the garden is ideal for barbecuing or for simply lounging. All necessary outdoor stuff is provided including table, chairs, sun-loungers, cushions, a gas barbecue (with tools) etc.
There is a private off road parking space adjacent.
Not suitable for wheelchairs. There are no steps in the gite but a slope from the parking area.
When I bought this lovely old building it had been allowed to get into a sorry state and was in need of much care and attention. Since then I have carefully restored the property and converted the huge kitchen and food stores into the charming fully equip Maison des Fleurs that you see today.
|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.
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 number of orchids in the spring and summer is amazing. I've counted nine species in our lane alone.
The picturesque village of Daglan is just five minutes drive away. The village is very "arty crafty" and a walk along the winding high street will take you past art galleries, a potter, a hat maker, a wood worker, a jewellery maker and more so its a must visit for those who enjoy arts and crafts.
On the glorious little river "The Ceou" just outside of the village, in stunning countryside, a beach has been created. Here you can swim in clean natural water or just sunbathe and watch others larking about.
But perhaps the best reason to visit Daglan is to dine at the Petit Paris. The food and the service at this lovely restaurant is excellent and to dine outside in the street on a balmy summers evening is magical.....Very French
The pretty village of St. Pompon is 10 mins walk away and has all the basic shops. There is a grocers,(actually a mini market) a bakers, (also doubles as a paper shop) a butchers, a pharmacy, a bar and a good restaurant.
Take time to to sit in the square with a cold beer and just watch life, or saunter through the delightful back lanes and soak in the ambience.
The village celebrates those long Saturday summer evenings with street parties - you sit at trestle tables,buy local food and wine from stalls and perhaps swap life histories with the French family sitting next to you. And later music is played and dancing in the street - great fun.
All of the Bastide towns and villages (fortified) are lovely and many of them feature on the "Beaux Villages de France" list. Several of these are just a short drive from St.Pompon
The romantic cliff side villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac are unbelievably pretty and are must places to visit. You can take a barge ride from either of these villages (with an English commentary) and you'll see life from a different perspective. The history of the area is fascinating, the views spectacular and the wildlife rich and varied.
Perched high on a hill with wonderful views over the Dordogne, Domme is another must visit. Steep lanes,lots of shop restaurants and bars, underground caverns and ice creams to die for.
Belves, town of seven towers is another lovely bastide. The Saturday market there is very atmospheric and the Wednesday evening Marche Nocturne (street party) in the town square is very enjoyable.
Monpazier, was an English bastide and is probably the prettiest of the lot. To visit for the Thursday morning market is brilliant. What with the architecture, the bustle, the cafes, restaurants and bars, and the buskers, you won't want to leave.
A holiday in this region would not be complete without a visit to the historic town of Sarlat, just a short ride away. This most beautiful medieval town, with its countless restaurants and colourful street markets,must be one of the best examples of good preservation in France. Every lane and alley has so much interesting architecture.
.The cathedral and the Place de Liberte are more obvious places to visit but leave the two main roads of the town and explore the many narrow medieval alleys and twittens where there are all sorts of gems to be found,..Galleries, tea rooms, craft shops,boutiques and more
And so many people eating and drinking, they're in bars, restaurants, cafes, on balconies and terraces. And there's lovely shops, street artists, buskers, food venders, pavement theatre, chocolatiers, etc. What a great atmosphere!
The Dordogne boasts of having more than 1000 chateaux and they are everywhere. Most of them are impressive and many of them are spectacular.Some of them were occupied by the English during the hundred year war and many of them changed hands during that period. Lots of them are open to the public, too many to list them all but here are a few.
Castlenaud is probable the most imposing of all, towering high above the Dordogne and glaring down at the other chateaux in the area (Beynac, Marqueyssac Milandes, Fayrac etc) The view from the top is amazing and at that height you would have thought it unconquerable. It contains a museum of warfare and an exhibition of weapons and armour.
Chateau des Milandes. This really is a fairy castle though the unfortunate life of its one time owner Josephine Baker did not have a fairy tale ending.
This Chateau works on four levels. You have the original building and its history. You have the amazing story of Josephine Baker with many of her dresses and the art deco bathrooms etc. You have stainless steel water gardens. (sounds weird but it really works) And then you have a display of free flying birds of prey. So all in all a very good visit.
Chateau de Marqueyssac. Towering above the Dordogne with glorious views across the river to Castelnaud and Beynac, this is a very good visit. Mostly known for its gardens which run along the ridge of the hill for quite some distance and in-particularly for the box topiary. It also has an good restaurant with a marvellous view. On Thursday evenings the whole garden is lit by candle light and groups of musicians play their music in small spaces throughout the gardens
There are many beautiful gardens in the Dordogne ranging from the very formal to the more natural. Some are quite well known tourist attractions but there a some lessen know that are worth a visit.
The gardens at Eyrignac have been in the same family for twenty-two generations and are world famous for the art of topiary. And amazingly since there there is so much work to be done it is still all done by hand. But its not just a lot of shaped bushes, there also beautiful flowers, a potager an orchard and, of course a good restaurant.
Chateau de Marqueyssac. Towering above the Dordogne with glorious views across the river to Castelnaud and Beynac this is a very good visit. Mostly known for its gardens which run along the ridge of the hill for quite some distance and in-particularly for the box topiary. It also has an good restaurant with a marvellous view. On Thursday evenings the whole garden is lit by candle light and groups of musicians play their music in small spaces throughout the gardens.
The water Gardens at Carsac are wonderful. Set on a hill and running down to the Dordogne these gardens are a series of ponds connected by canals.rills and streams making its way, with the help of an original Roman drain to the river passing below.
The planting is exquisite and imaginative. As you walk along walkways over ponds and cross bridges you can see can see the plants and wildlife up close.
Loads of dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, newts and the most glorious collection of water lilies and tropical water lilies and an example of a natural swimming pond.
There is a retail centre and a cafe.
The Cloisters at Cadouin. The abbey at Cadouin is a good visit but perhaps even better is a walk around the cloisters. These gardens date from the fifteenth century and you do not have to be religious to be "moved" when you walk around this serene space. Cadouin is a very pretty village with a very good modern arts and crafts gallery
The Vezere Valley is known as the Valley of Pre - History and the cave paintings of Lascaux are famous all over the world. Unfortunately the cave paintings at Lascaux are no longer open to the public but the big new Lascaux IV centre gives a replica of the complete cave system and the paintings and is highly acclaimed.
If however you want to see original cave painting you can still see then at La Grotte du Pech Merle, La Grotte de Font de Gaume, Abri du Cap Blanche and Rouffignac.
Be warned it can be quite an emotional experience.
The caves at Gouffre de Padirac are sensational. You take stairs or a lift down some 100 metres, then a boat along an underground river and finally a walk to the huge "great dome room" The views are breathtaking and it could be the highlight of your holiday.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac is another incredible chasm. This time you walk down into the ground into the sensational Cathedral of Crystals. You can be lowered down in a basket if you prefer. Originally lowered by donkeys but now by machine.
Grotte de Domme. This huge cave is situated under the bastide village of Domme. A lift from the centre of the village takes you down into this vast cave of stalactites and stalagmites. The view from the lift out across the Dordogne is also pretty spectacular.
The Dordogne seems to attract artists and craftsmen, perhaps its the light or maybe because its such a beautiful area. You will find them everywhere. Most towns and villages will have something artistic to seek out. There are studios,workshops,galleries, art shops, art and craft fairs, craft markets art exhibitions. And many towns and villages actively encourage the arts and have their own artisan fairs.
St.Pompon has a growing reputation for supporting the arts and holds several art exhibitions through the year. Our neighbouring villages of Daglan and St.Laurent are also quite "artisan"
There is a Route des Metiers d'Art which you can follow through towns and villages in each area of the Dordogne calling at the studios of painters, potters, sculptors, carvers, glass blowers,iron workers, furniture makers etc. great fun.
My nearest neighbour Jean-Claude Maladain is a highly respected water colourist and runs one day courses in the village through the summer.
A visit to the area would not be complete without time on the rivers. As well as the Dordogne river (large and majestic) there is the smaller Verzere (slightly smaller scale but very pretty) and our local Ceou (smaller still and cutting through the most beautiful scenery) The rivers pass by or through some lovely towns and the most picturesque of villages.
Whether its taking a boat trip, floating about in canoes, sunbathing on a beach, picnicking on the banks, swimming to an island, or just standing in the shallows its all brilliant.
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!
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.
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.
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..