|La Retraite, Coustalou||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
Traditionally restored French rural cottage on a quiet road with exposed beams located between the Dordogne and Lot Valleys.
This terrace offers you total relaxation and privacy after a day sightseeing to soak up the sun with local olives, du vin blanc or rouge, barbecue or simply enjoy an aperitif before a visit to the local exquisite restaurants. You can sample the local gourmet dining at Restaurant "La Bastide" or "La Petit Auberge" are recommended.
There is use of a large swimming pool at local campsite (5 minutes walk from house) when you buy drinks in their bar. The house has been traditionally furnished with spacious rooms to accommodate six people and boasts a wood effect fully fitted kitchen with large stone open log fire in the lounge housing two large comfortable sofas and seating for 7 people perfect for cosy evenings, family summer and winter holidays.
The local shops and amenities are a short stroll and for the more adventurous canoeing and water sports are available on the Dordogne or Lot rivers.
Dining area with large table and chairs for seating 6-8 people with French double doors leading to:
Light and spacious fitted modern working kitchen with ample workspace to prepare perfect French cuisine or alfresco dining on terrace. The kitchen is fitted with washing machine, cooker, microwave, large fridge freezer, coffee maker, wine rack and utensils
Spacious area comprising two comfortable sofas large stone open fireplace, various tables and 2nd door access onto terrace. A cd/radio player with ipod access and tv for dvd player, cable/satellite to be connected this year.
Main bedroom with traditional comfortable king size French bed and french wooden bedside tables.
Second bedroom with stunning views over rear of property and peaceful ambience, king size very comfortable double bed and bedside tables.
Third twin room with large single beds for adults or children with bedside table and door leading to attic
1 Separate wc
Toilet 1 - Toilet.
Bathroom 1 - Toilet , bath with shower
One large bathroom with mixer tap shower and back up electric shower, bath, washbasin and toilet, cupboard space and small free-standing unit for toiletries. 2nd toilet with wash handbasin.
Oil fired central heating with radiators and digital thermostat in hallway.
Open efficient working log fire.
A tv with dvd player, various games and set of boules for traditional petanque.
Use of large communal pool with sunloungers at local campsite only 5 minutes walk from house.
Table tennis at campsite, pool table at local tabac.
Private Terrace with barbecue, 4 x sunloungers available with table and chairs for 6-8 people and large sun umbrella.
Barn attached to house for storage of bikes, wood, coal, sun loungers and boiler room, no parking at the property but ample off road parking a few steps from the property.
Open deep tread traditional wooden Perigordian staircase to first floor with handrail.
On first floor separate wc and bathroom. No bathroom facilities on ground floor.
David left and Rachel back right of picture. We were charmed by the Dordogne in 2007 and appreciated the countryside, its nature, french people, culture, history and warmer climate. We discovered a property with peaceful ambience, exquisite gastronomy, local wines with an enticing slower pace of life. We enjoy the french language and after rekindling my school french I have continued French conversation. We work in the UK but enjoy our time at Villefranche-du-Perigord both in and out of season.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||Villefranche du Perigord is located in the Dordogne Valley but close proximity to the Lot region. With both the Dordogne and Lot valley's spectacular rivers, stunning countryside, charming riverside towns, rolling hills, peaceful ambience and tranquility, magnificant chateaux, fascinating historical sites of interest we could truly lose ourselves but could find the community atmosphere within the small village if we desired. Villefranche will suit all ages and tastes with access to local nature and walks, history, sports and water activities and close proximity to popular tourist attractions and larger towns such as Perigeux, Sarlat, Domme, Monpazier, Bergerac, Villeneuve-sur-lot and Bordeaux we felt we were privileged to find such a centrally located suitable holiday property.|
|Unique benefits of property||The house offers stunning secluded terrace views and truly comfortable beds. After renting previous gites our decision to buy a holiday rental property located close outside of a village was perfect; you can be as involved with the french community as you wish whilst retaining privacy and peace. We have feedback from repeat customers who have expressed the benefit of walking to the interesting shops, experience the community atmosphere then return to a haven of peace hearing only birds and distant buzzards call. The property is 3-4 minutes walk from a shared large swimming pool with sunloungers at local campsite for the small cost of drinks or food at their bar. Autumn/Winter holidays are popular with visitors with large open log fire and chestnut festival to offer a true "french experience".|
Villefranche-du-Perigord one of the famous bastide villages that lies in the south of the Perigord Noir region famous for its foie gras, walnuts and cepe mushrooms but is a closely guarded secret where you might find the cepe. Coustalou is the perfect base for exploring the neighbouring bastide towns such as Monpazier in the Dordogne, Monflanquin, Puy-l'eveque, St Cirq la Popie, Villeneuve-sur-Lot in the Lot Valley. Villefranche is only 40 mins drive from the stunning towns of Sarlat, Domme and La Roque Gageac overlooking the river Dordogne and in both Lot and Dordogne valley you will discover stunning medieval riverside towns overhanging both beautiful rivers. There are numerous historic and geographical sites to explore including the famous Lascaux caves at Montignac and the historic place of Rocamadour must be seen. St Cyprien sunday market is a lively vibrant market with many restaurants to visit. Chateau Milandes or Gardens of Marquessec are recommended.