Spacious luxury holiday villa + pool Dordogne - AD006420

9.2/10
Villetoureix (3km from Riberac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006420 Advertiser since: 4 June 2018
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Les Bouleaux Self Catering Saturday 4 8 2 none

About this property

Far From The Madding Crowd. This villa is in a rural setting.

The house - A labour of Love - We completed the construction of our 'dream' house in the Dordogne in the summer of 1999, after 4 years of endeavour. We designed the property ourselves and were personally involved in all stages of the building work.

Les Bouleaux (pronounced Lay Boolow) is situated on the edge of Villetoureix village. The villa is spacious throughout with 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 2 in the upstairs tower.The garden is very private with a substantial laurel hedge surrounding the outside space. The swimming pool (10m x 5m) is for your exclusive use and is 1.2 mteres deep throughout, no deep end. Garden gates on both sides of the house help keep the young children safely in view.
Everything is provided for your enjoyment and convenience, including broadband internet, a weekly change of bedlinen and lots of play equipment including table tennis.
The young ones should never be telling their parents "I'm bored", the idea is that parents can relax and have a holiday too!

Although you could walk to the nearest shops and restaurants less just a mile or 2 from the villa, a car is needed for for access and for visiting the many local places of interest.

Villetoureix is approximately 6-7 hours drive from the nearest channel ports. The nearest airport is at Bergerac, less than 1 hour away served by Ryanair and Flybe. car hire is available from the major providers and 'Buggs' a local and recommended company.

Holiday in Space - The first thing noted by visitors is a feeling of spaciousness from the long and wide entrance hall to the main upstairs bedroom with ensuite shower room and separate sitting/dressing room. And, plenty of car parking. We believe that Les Bouleaux provides everything that visitors need to just settle in and enjoy their holiday even when the weather is not at its best.

Far from the madding Crowd - The balcony has proved to be a haven for 'rest and recuperation', with views over the surrounding countryside, and perhaps a good book (from our own well stocked library) a glass of wine and the strong possibility of an afternoon doze!

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

Cook a Gourmet Meal - The kitchen is superbly equipped, with a table and 4 chairs, fully fitted with solid oak units a fridge freezer and separate drinks fridge.
The built in oven is self cleaning and has a 4 ring gas hob and 1 electric hotplate (just in case the gas runs out at a critical moment.)
There is a microwave oven and a dishwasher. A toaster (don't forget to bring some thick sliced bread), even an electric hand blender and a wok.

Then there is the utility room with washing machine and ironing facilities. The adjacent dining room has a farmhouse table with seating for 8.

Living rooms

The spacious lounge has comfortable seating for 8, a 46" television and a selection of games.

Bedrooms

2 of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, a king size double and a twin bedded room.
Upstairs in the tower you will find the master bedroom with ensuite and a sitting/dressing area.
Also a bunk bedded room.

Bathrooms

On the ground floor, adjacent to the 2 bedrooms is a family bathroom with bath and shower over, wc and basin.
Also a separate wc and basin.
The en suite bathroom upstairs has a shower, wc and basin.

Heating

There is a supply of oiled filled radiators which may sometimes be needed outside the peak summer season.

Entertainment

Sounds Great - Looks Great
If at any time you would like to leave the great outdoors for the great indoors perhaps to relax in the spacious lounge, there is a 46" television with a Humax freeview (UK) tv receiver, Bluray dvd player with 100+ films to choose from, and a cd deck. Feel free to bring your own games console which can be hooked up to the tv.
There is an extensive library of both novels and local travel books. You can finish the novel that you have brought with you, swap it for one of ours, and then take it home with you to finish.
In the lounge you will find a selection of games for children of all ages.

Garden and outside

Outdoor Living - The 'exclusive use' 10+ x 5 metre swimming pool is surrounded by ½ acre of enclosed, lawned gardens. Between the pool and the house is a paved terrace and parterre full of aromatic plants such as rosemary and thyme.
A recently installed 5 mtr x 3 mtr gazebo on the terrace provides shade and an ideal venue for outdoor dining.
Sun loungers, parasols and a barbecue are all there to ensure outdoor living is a reality under the Dordogne sun.
After years of maturing, the garden now offers a great deal of privacy. The house is situated on the edge of the village with neighbours to the left and opposite the front aspect. To the right and rear of the garden are fields of crops and in summer you may well be surrounded by a glorious display of sunflowers. The rear garden is ideal for children, safely enclosed by a fence, gates and laurel hedge on all sides. There is a children's play area with a Wendy house, slide and swing, a badminton net, and in the garage, table tennis

Parking and garages

There is plenty of car parking space on the front drive, 3 cars easily accommodated.
The large garage has a full size table tennis set up and a range of outdoor play equipment. There are also 3 adult and 2 childrens bicycles at your disposal (bring your own helmets).

Visitor suitability

Special Needs - The property is very accessible to the elderly and wheelchair users. The whole site is flat and the exterior doors are wide - plenty of room to manoeuvre.
There are downstairs bedrooms and even the bath is partly recessed into the floor for easy entry.

Information about any additional facilities

Bedlinen - is supplied and a change is provided weekly. 1 bath towel and 1 ‘beach' towel are provided for each visitor. 4 hand towels and 1 tea towel are provided for each rental.

For Baby - there is a high sided cot, a high chair and a stairgate.

Telephone - is installed and at your disposal to make free local, national and calls to the UK and to receive any incoming calls. Free wi-fi broadband internet is also provided.

Health & Safety - the house is equipped with Smoke Alarms, Fire extinguisher, a fire blanket and a first aid kit. We also supply clear instructions on what to do if you are faced with a medical emergency.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Riberac
Distance: 3 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp and Pike
Name of nearest fishing location: Several lakes and rivers
Distance: 3 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Perigueux
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: riberac
Distance: 3 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bergerac

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Paul Dorey

Paul and Val bought the land for this property in 1991, and spent the next 8 years holidays helping with the construction and equipping of the house and garden. We are both now retired from our careers in retail and insurance, and devote our energies into ensuring that as well as enjoying more time at Les Bouleaux ourselves, we can ensure that everything is kept fresh and up to date.

Year property purchased 1999
Why this location? A rural location that is quiet, but has the benefit of a country town with its shops and facilities less than 2 miles away.
Unique benefits of property Les Bouleaux is a modern villa, although it does have traditional french features such as the elevated balcony at the rear, overlooking the half acre garden and swimming pool. The garden is surrounded by a dense hedge to provide privacy and seclusion. The house is very spacious and equipped to easily accommodate up to 8 people, perhaps 2 families of 4. The swimming pool is for exclusive use of the rental party.

The Owner Recommends

A sky full of stars

Les Bouleaux is our half-acre of France, situated in an elevated location on the edge of the village of Villetoureix. There are views towards mainly open countryside and the Dronne river valley. Being an inland location there is rarely much wind, except perhaps in the winter. Most nights in Summer you will experience a clear sky, so take the opportunity to turn off all the house lights and just repose on a lounger gazing upwards at the most incredible display of stars. The Milky Way is obvious and the Persids (Shooting Stars) are clearly seen every August. You may encounter an occasional thunderstorm, which creates a fantastic visual display from the balcony!

Villetoureix

Villetoureix is a typical example of french rural life. The very attractive church is in the centre with a well-stocked village shop and a recently opened restaurant 'La Taverne'. There is a lane down to the river, and the possibility of swimming there. Although undulating, the local lanes and byways are very rewarding to the walker and cyclist. Besides the mixture of wooded and open countryside you will chance upon interesting little hamlets and farms. Many forms of wildlife rarely seen in Britain nowadays are relatively easily spotted as you explore. Red Squirrels, Buzzards, Red Kite, Owls and many smaller birds and animals are resident locally.

Riberac and it's celebrated Friday market

Riberac is the local market town, only 2 miles from the house. Although Ribérac has a population of only 3600, there are 2 well-ranged supermarkets and a lively high street with a good variety of shops, banks and cafés. Every Friday the town centre really bustles with the spectacle of one the most celebrated markets in Périgord. A multitude of stalls selling everything from mattresses to bricabrac, but to many people the highlight is the food area. Not only do the French cook food well, they really know how to display it as well! A real photo opportunity! Bicycles can be rented in Ribérac and canoes are for hire on the nearby river Dronne.

Aubeterre

Aubeterre is a hillside village 30 minutes away by car that is a must visit, especially on a summers day when the riverside beach is full of activity, the river is good for swimming, canoes are for hire and a picnic on the grass with plenty of trees for shade is always enjoyed. Then you can visit the village itself, climb the narrow street to the pretty tree lined village square, enjoy a light lunch in the popular crepérie, and visit the monolithic church, it is an enormous cave hewn from the cliff face, unique and fascinating.

Brantome

A 45 minute drive eastwards from Les Bouleaux is Brantome, mentioned in all the guide books as the Venice of Perigord. The river Dronne loops through the town, otherwise dominated by an impressive abbey and former monastery. The Moulin De L'Abbaye sits alongside the river with it's working water wheel and one star Michelin restaurant, go on spoil yourselves, the food is delicious!

Touring

TOURING

Dordogne is an administrative department in the Aquitaine region of south-west France. The French refer to the area as Périgord in much the same way that the British describe parts of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire as the Cotswolds.

Les Bouleaux is situated towards the northern boundary of the Dordogne and is central for exploring a wide variety of attractions that many describe as the most interesting in France. You could head north, south, east or west and within 2 hours find plenty to see and in most instances something for the children as well.

To the east first, and only 30 minutes away is Périgueux, the capital of the region, where you will find a good selection of shops, a Hypermarket (Auchan), and if you go on Wednesday, a bustling market. The market is set up around the narrow lanes of the old town not far from the cathedral.

Further east from Périgueux is the village of Hautefort, dominated by a large castle. The gardens here are particularly worth a visit. To the south-east of Périgueux you are now heading into the cave and castle country of Perigord Noir (Black Perigord, so called because of the dense forestation in this area). Les Eyzies is the centre of an area renowned for prehistoric caves. There are many to visit, and maybe caves are a good choice on a cloudy day when sunbathing is off the agenda! About 15 miles north of Les Eyzies is the world famous cave at Lascaux. Now you can only visit a replica of the original, discovered by two boys playing with their dog 70 years ago. But even the replica is worth the trip. (Beware long queues in the summer!)

On to Sarlat, a very attractive Perigordian town with many shops selling the local produce and all the buildings in the local golden coloured stone.

Touring 2

South from Sarlat and heading back in a westerly direction alongside the great Dordogne river itself are many small towns, villages and chateaux that have established the region as a major tourist area. Domme, Beynac, Castlenaud, La Roque Gageac to name but a few, and on to Bergerac. A full day trip from home will enable you to visit two of the most popular sites in the region. 100 miles to the east of Les Bouleaux are the 'perched on a cliffside' town of Rocamadour and the Gouffre De Padirac, a giant chasm in the ground with visits to the caves underground by boat on the subterranean river.

Bergerac is directly south of Les Bouleaux and is similar in size and 'feel' to Périgueux. There is a wine and a tobacco museum in the town. The Bergerac area is the centre of the Dordogne wine industry and the town is surrounded by vineyards, especially to the south where there seems to be vines as far as the eye can see! Monbazillac is a worthwhile visit for the chateau, and our favourite is Chateau De La Jaubertie where you will find excellent wine produced by the Ryman family. Their story is a fascinating read in the book 'A Chateau in the Dordogne'

There's plenty to see and do west of Les Bouleaux, although the themes of your days out will be different to the Dordogne river valley. The wine buffs will be in their element at St Emilion, and north of Bordeaux in the Médoc. About an hour from Les Bouleaux to the north-west is Cognac where (mostly free) visits to the world famous distilleries are popular.

Touring 3

There's plenty to see and do west of Les Bouleaux, although the themes of your days out will be different to the Dordogne river valley. The wine buffs will be in their element at St Emilion, and north of Bordeaux in the Médoc. About an hour from Les Bouleaux to the north-west is Cognac where (mostly free) visits to the world famous distilleries are popular.

Bordeaux is the major city in the south-west of France. The city centre caters for shopaholics and is interesting to see anyway for the architecture. An enormous shopping centre to the north of the city has mega stores such as IKEA, Auchan and Toys-R-Us.
The other possible destination west is the coast and beaches. A good 2 hours to Royan, more to Arcachon and L'Isle d'Oleron.
Finally north, Angoulême has excellent shops, a comic museum and a bustling café life.

About 2 hours north-east is Limoges, where you can find the producers of its famous porcelain. Limoges is also famous for, er, trolley buses! More seriously there is a town, well a ghost town, that many people visit to pay their respects. Oradour-Sur-Glane was visited by the Nazis on 6th June 1944. When they left every inhabitant (save for a handful of escapees) had been murdered and their homes set alight. To this day the remains of the houses, the cars in the streets and even the trolley bus cables can still be seen where they were on that fateful day.

A real treat for the whole family is Futuroscope at Poitiers. A theme park based on the moving image. The 3D filmshows, simulators and giant screens are amongst some of the best you will see anywhere.

1 Review
9.2/10
  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 7
  • Setting: 9
  • Value for Money: 8
9.2 / 10 Indicoops 6 August, 2018

The house and grounds are simply amazing. Surrounded by sunflowers the property has a big enclosed garden big enough to play badminton and football in (at the same time).

Every cooking utensil and technology you would ever need. Better equipped than my house in the UK.

House would benefit from some AC but there are fans available. We were there in exceptional high temperatures so probably not essential.

Only negative is that the nearest shop is 10 mins walk down the hill. All others are a short 10 min drive away.

Owners are great and checked we were ok by phone.