A Beautiful Pigeon tower Conversion for 2 adults.
Detached house Pigeonnier in Toutifaut was originally a pigeon tower, standing in the middle of a field. An extension has been added to it to provide accommodation to a couple. It is situated apart from the other gites.
You enter the cottage from the terrace and arrive in the lounge with a corner kitchen. There is a stair under the roof slope which leads to the bedroom.
With its own private terrace the Pigeonnier provides an informal place to relax and enjoy the glorious sunshine of south-western France.
The equipment of the Pigeonnier comprises of a full size electric oven, a microwave oven, washing machine, fridge with freezer compartment, bbq, hairdryer, tv with French channels.
This 45 square meters perigordine house is set up to accommodate a couple.
The gites are set within the same 6-acre grounds as the French owner's home, so you will not be without assistance if you need it.
The kitchen corner which shares the space with the living-room is equipped with a coffee-machine, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, a pressure cooker, electric cooker, fridge with freezer compartment and everything you could possibly need to prepare your meals.
If there is anything you're missing the owners are on site to help in any way they can.
A dining table seats 4 in comfort.
The living room consists of a tv with french channels, coffee table and a sofa seat.
Pigeonnier has 1 bedroom.
Shower room with handbasin and washing machine. Separate toilet.
Electric heaters if needed in Low Season.
Tv with French channels.
Wi-fi is freely available around the swimming pool area, however we are in a rural location and occasionally suffer outages and we can’t make any guarantees about the availability of wi-fi at any given time
Toutifaut is set in a 6 acre ground.
There is a foot path going around.
The Large 12mx6m shared pool with diving board has paved surrounds, providing a luxurious suntrap - an idyllic spot in which to relax on the sun loungers and enjoy the quiet of the French countryside. The swimming pool is secured with approved alarms to comply the French Law.
In the garden outside the pool we have provided a swing-set for the youngsters and a Ping-Pong table. The garden is planted with mature plants.
There is a private parking for the guests of the Pigeonnier.
Gite Pigeonnier is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
The owners live on the property and are always happy to help and advise.
After many years of a hectic life in Paris, Odile decided to move to the Dordogne with her family and took over the Cottages de Toutifaut in the year 2000. Since then, she's been running the gites with much care and love. Set in the countryside, away from traffic, yet only 20 km from Bergerac and 4 km from Lalinde, Toutifaut offers peace and a relaxing place for your holidays.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||I love Dordogne for the charming atmosphere of the Bastides towns, a plunge in history which begings in the Hundred Years' War. These historically-rich places adorn an art-de-vivre and animations as soon as spring comes.
Of course, the Dordogne is famous for its history which takes us back as early as -400 000 years BC. The choice is vast: Lascaux, Rouffignac and the capital of world history Les Eyzies.
The Dordogne enjoys a temperate climate providing lovely vacations all year round.
|Unique benefits of property||Your stay at Toutifaut provides the ideal place to allow you to fully embrace this fantastic corner of France. Our location is perfect for access to all of the surrounding places of interest, all within one hour maximum. From the Bastide towns that give beautiful medieval backdrops to restaurants and bars to the vast array of activities including canoeing, caving, horse riding, golf, hot air ballooning...etc.
We live onsite in the main part of the old farm. We love to help our guests feel at home here and want them to consider it their home in France
We have three gites, Ambre, Saphir and the Pigeonnier, all renovated from the original farm and barn, parts of which date back to the 18th century. Situated in the edge of the village of Couze, overlooking the valley, we are very quiet and rural but within easy reach of all the major towns and tourist sites and well served by the airports of Bergerac (30 mins).
Our village of Couze has been renowned for its numerous paper mills and its rag paper production for over 500 years.
Take a stroll along the River Couze and discover former mills, racks for drying the sheets, brick chimneys…that conjure up the village's past industrial activity.
The semi-troglodytic dwellings, leaning against the cliffs, are also well worth a visit.
In the 15th century, Gutenberg revolutionized the printing world with his movable-type invention. As it became much easier to print works, larger quantities of paper had to be produced.
And, it was here that the little village of Couze et Saint-Front played a key role!
13 mills were built along the River Couze to produce rag paper.
Today, three mills carry on the paper tradition: the Larroque Mill (art paper), the Rouzique Mill(ecomuseum - visits - workshops) and the Barreaux Mill(industry-specific filter paper manufacture).
Our village of Couze offers a boulangerie, a mini-supermarket, 2 restaurants, a creperie, a pharmacie and a post office. Small weekly market on friday (mostly fresh vegetables).
Full range of facilities are found in Lalinde (4 km) -banks- petrol station-2 supermarket-weekly large market on thursday.
Les Eyzies, is known as the Capital of European Pre-history.The Grotte de Font de Gaume is located at the entrance of the village. It has one of the finest collections of pre-historic paintings still open to the public. Admission is limited to only 200 per day so you need to plan ahead. In the summer it is normally booked up to 3 weeks ahead! The National Museum of Prehistory can also be found in Les Eyzies.
At the heart of its historic circular enclosure, where narrow streets wind and curl like a snail and its shell, you will discover a picturesque village whose alleyways and passageways bring the past back to life. A village, overflowing with history and architecture.
“Issigeac’s Sunday market is a must-not-miss. Over the years it has built up an incredible reputation. A small-scale activity during winter, it takes on a whole other dimension in summer and virtually covers the whole village. It is a major weekly event in the south of the department. Enjoyment for everyone guaranteed”.
The Perigord is the home of 1001 chateaux, many of them open to the public our favorites being Beynac, reached in 40 mn from Toutifaut. But there are many others - Biron - Castelnaud - Les Milandes etc...
The gardens of Marqueyssac, the most visited garden in Perigord is perched on the cliffs above the Dordogne Valley. It offers more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150000 hand-pruned boxwoods aged over hundred years. Candle night light every Thursday evening in July and August.
One of the most incredible attractions in the region and just 10 minutes drive, a UNESCO World Heritage site, La Roque St Christophe is a 1km long cliff, 80m high with 5 enormous galleries. Since troglodyte days, it has been a place of safe refuge. You get to see how the city was arranged and there are working replicas of the lifts which were needed to bring supplies up the cliff face.
My favorite village, a 30 mn drive: the bastide of Monpazier dazzles with its exceptional character; it has remained virtually intact since it was founded in 1284 – in the name of King Edward I of England.
Acknowledged as the ‘model’ bastide with its perfect orthogonal layout, it would influence the style of some of the greatest architects.
Stroll along its narrow streets and alleyways, wander under its arches and explore its Thursday-morning market, on the Place des Cornières that has existed for over 700 years!
In Limeuil, you don't have to miss Canoeing, well organized activity for all your family - park your car, choose your destination and at the end of your day you will be picked up.
The Dordogne valley passes beneath several famous chateaux including Beynac and Castelnaud, and drifts through the village of La Roche Gageac. Unforgettable
The Maison des Vins: a magnificent mansion, sporting exquisite architecture, in front of Bergerac harbour. An amazing place that houses the Récollets Cloister and proposes a great selection of events. If you wish to find out all about Bergerac and Duras wines then a visit is a must.
Every evening in a different village throughout July & August there is an evening market - Simply turn up and grab one of the tables which are set up in the market squares. Market traders provide everything from wine, starters, cooked meals and deserts some of the produce sold comes from local farmers and producers and is typical of the region. Then dance the night away to the live band - a great night out also enjoyed by all the locals. Every other Monday night is held a marché nocturne in our village, but, for the Jazzy music, I recommend you to enjoy the one in Beaumont du Perigord which is distant 9 km.