|La Grande Maison at Domaine de Brousse||Self Catering||Flexible||4||10||4||2 children's beds in the family or Master suites|
Delightful Holiday Home Near Bergerac.
This beautiful, spacious, Périgourdine house is surrounded by extensive grounds with a large pool exclusively for the use of the holiday guests.
The house is set in 14ha of garden areas, paddocks and mature oak and chestnut woodland, separate from the other buildings on the property. It has areas for quiet contemplation and plenty of space for noisy games with the family.
The house has been fully modernised while retaining many traditional features with space for large families, or to share the accommodation with family and friends.
The dining/kitchen has access to the terraces at front and rear. The cosy dining area is ideal for relaxing breakfasts or a cup of coffee and a chat.
The lounge/dining room has plenty of comfortable seating and access to tv, dvds, games and books ensuring that your holiday is taken care of despite the occasional inclement weather.
There are 4 large bedrooms, 2 on the ground floor, each with an ensuite bathroom or shower room.
Upstairs, the master suite is accessed through a spacious dressing room; curved steps lead up to the huge bedroom with a super king-sized bed. The Family suite has a double bed and 2 children's beds. Downstairs there is a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. There are also 2 travel cots suitable for babies or toddlers and additional 2 z-beds that can be placed anywhere.
We can provide a portable high chair, a collapsible pram with carry cot and buggy attachments as well as a buggy with parasol, if required.
Outside, the beautiful 12m x 6m pool has roman steps for easy access and a 2m deep end for serious swimmers. A large sun terrace has a range of poolside chairs, loungers and parasols. For the young, and not so young, there are lots of inflatables to use for messing around in the cool, blue water and sunshine.
The resident horse, Smartie, will welcome you with a swish of his tail, the 4 small dogs will keep you amused with their antics while you will probably find the 3 cats sleeping in the sunshine, or on the terrace if it's raining.
As you roam through the grounds you will see lots of wildlife, occasionally deer roam through the woods and paddocks. In the sky you can spot falcons, kites and even an owl or two as day turns into night.
Kitchen/dining room (36m2)
This is a large, fully fitted kitchen with plenty of cupboards containing everything you will need for a romantic meal for 2 or al-fresco dining for 10.
The modern appliances include 2 large refrigerators (one with freezer compartment), dishwasher, gas hob with extractor, electric oven and microwave.
There is a cosy wood-burner in the dining area with a small wooden table and 4 chairs for a quick breakfast or afternoon coffee.
The tiled floors are wonderfully cool when it is hot and sunny outside.
Access to the 2 terraces; the front terrace has views over the pastures and the covered rear terrace overlooks the pool.
In the cellar you will find a chest freezer and washing machine.
Lounge/dining room (52m2)
This spacious, open-plan room has triple aspect windows with views over the property, making it a very bright and cheerful room while the polished, wooden flooring gives the room a cosy feel.
There is comfortable seating for 10 people with sofas, armchairs and rockers; a seat to suit all.
The TV and Sky box give you access to UK 'free to air' programmes and there is a dvd player with a good range of dvds.
The glass dining table seats 6 and the cabinet holds enough glasses to have a really good party with all of the wine you have purchased during your visits to the local vineyards.
There are also plenty of books, indoor games and puzzles to keep all ages amused.
Bedroom 1 (17m2) has a double bed, bedside tables with lamps, comfy armchair, desk/dressing table and built-in wardrobes. Tiled floors.
Bedroom 2 (14m2) has twin beds, bedside tables with lamps, comfy armchair, cabinet and built-in wardrobes. Tiled floors.
Bedroom 3 (51m2) Curved steps lead up to a large master bedroom with super king-sized bed, very pretty matching bedside chests of drawers and lamps, dressing table with stool and coffee table, sofa and chair. The dressing room has futon bed and metal units for your clothes, carpeted.
Bedroom 4 (44m2) Steps to family suite with a double bed, bedside tables with lamps, 2 children's beds, wardrobe, desk and storage for travel cots and additional bedding. Carpeted.
Cloakroom with wc and washbasin.
Bedroom 1 En suite bathroom: bath, twin wash basins, wc. Tiled floors.
Bedroom 2 En suite shower room: large shower, washbasin, wc. Tiled floors.
Bedroom 3 (Master) En suite shower room: large shower, twin wash basins, wc. Vinyl flooring.
Bedroom 4 En suite shower room: shower, washbasin, wc. Vinyl flooring.
There is a wood-burning stove in the kitchen/diner; a limited amount of logs are available for your use up to 1 June and after 1 September.
Hot water is provided by an electric hot water cylinder.
Tv, UK Sky 'free to air' programmes available.
Dvd player with a range of dvds to suit all ages.
Library including adult and children's books; fiction, French and local interest, cookery.
Table tennis on covered terrace
Bbq (from Easter to 1 Sept)
The house is part of a huge property which includes a cottage, barns and stables.
You are free to roam in most areas; those that are 'out of bounds' are signposted and access is denied to protect visitors and the animals who live on the property.
The 12m x 6m pool has roman steps for easy access and a 2m deep end for serious swimmers. There is a large sun terrace with a range of poolside chairs, sun loungers and parasols. For the young, and not so young, there are lots of inflatables to use for messing around in the cool, blue water and sunshine. The pool is open from 1 June to 1 September.
There is room to park a number of cars, including larger vehicles that may require a large turning space.
Families with young children.
People with restricted mobility as there are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor (n.b. steps in/out of the house).
Denny and Rosie Butt.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||When we decided to move to France we had no idea where we wanted to live so we travelled the length and breath of France looking for a house for our family, with lots of land for our horses and other animals.
Once we set eyes on this beautiful property we fell in love with it, and that was that!
We also realised that there were so many interesting things around us, the wines in this area were only going to improve as were the tourist opportunities, with the convenience of a local airport, train service and the excellent road networks.
|Unique benefits of property||Domaine de Brousse is located in a beautiful part of the Dordogne, near to the market town of Bergerac which has all the requirements for either a peaceful, relaxing holiday or an exciting, action-packed holiday. Your choice.
Our large house comfortably sleeps 8 adults with 2 children and 2 babies making it ideal for large families or those who want space to breathe. As each bedroom has its own ensuite bath or shower room it is also ideal for families and friends to share.
The spacious living areas are more than adequate to cater for the needs of our guests and the outside gardens and land provide space to relax, play and explore.
The secure pool area has plenty of room for lounging as well as space for kids and their toys.
If the weather is not as you would expect then there are lots of games and activities, as well as a good range of DVDs and books to keep everyone amused. If you must catch-up with the UK soaps then the 'free to air' programmes are available through UK Sky TV.
Every Sunday evening, in the village of Monbazillac close to the chateau, local producers sell their food, desserts and wines. You can enjoy these al fresco while listening to musicians and entertainers from the beginning of July until 2 September 2018. Tables and chairs/benches are set out among the trees for a truly wonderful and relaxing evening that caters for all tastes.
The Chateau de Bridoire is a renovated chateau, a place to step back in history and also a great place for families as it specialises in traditional games. Definitely a place where kids can look and touch.
The chateau is open during the day for most of the year and, during the summer, it is also open certain evenings to allow you to experience the illuminated chateau including music and other entertainment.
Sitting in the grounds of the chateau enjoying your picnic or supper with your family
and friends is a magical experience.
On the north-eastern edge of Bergerac you can find one of the best kept secrets in the town - the Lac de Pombonne is well known and much visited by locals, and almost completely undiscovered by visitors and tourists.
This is quite surprising since it is:
- free to enter and use
- one of only a few lakes and rivers in the region which has a 'beach' and where it is easy for children to splash around and cool down on a summer's day
- very pleasant!
Pombonne lake has a small refreshments area on the western side next to the main parking area.
There is a path that goes all the way around the lake (it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk around) which is a pleasant stroll and also passes lots of places suitable for you to sit on the grass, or on one of the many benches, in the shade of the trees to snooze, read a book or look at the lake.
When the weather heats up in the summer a day lazing by the pool and enjoying some water activities is perfect and Bergerac Aqua Park is open every day from the middle of June to the end of September.
The water park at Bergerac is set in a park covering 2 hectares right on the edge of the river Dordogne.
In all there are 4 pools. One is a large paddling pool for young children. One is a shallow pool with a mushroom shower, again for young children. There is also a swimming pool and a pool that you splash into from the large slide.
Surrounding the pools there is plenty of space to enjoy some sunbathing as well as shady seating areas ideal for relaxing.
A six person jacuzzi reserved for adult use is also in the pool area.
Equipment for ping pong and beach volley ball is also available for when you fancy a break from the pools and there is a bouncy castle too for young children.
Bergerac Karting offers you a complete range of services including several entertainment and rental options, supervised by certificated instructors. In addition to a very challenging 800-meter track, you will find a clubhouse along with a panoramic terrace overlooking the circuit.
Opening times : 1pm to 7.00pm.
Off-season fares :
Open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Adults (starting from 14 years old*) : 270cc go-kart : 15€ for a 10-minute session
Kids (starting from 7 years old*) : 120cc go-kart : 13€ for a 10-minute session
High season fares :
Open 7 days a week in July and August.
Adults (starting from 7 years old*) : 270cc go-kart : 16€ for a 10-minute session
Kids (starting from 7 years old*) : 120cc go-kart : 14€ for a 10-minute session
Discover the rich history of the Dukes of Duras and the various conquests of the castle over the centuries.
Through a maze of thirty rooms, discover the architectural splendours of a medieval castle and an XVIIIth century country house.
A superb place to visit! Free tasting, beautiful chocolate, friendly staff and a tour of the factory with more tasting. What more could you ask for?
Classified as "One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France" in 1990, the extraordinary medieval village of Limeuil proudly takes its place as one of the jewels of the Périgord.
Standing on its rocky promontory at the confluence of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, Limeuil invites you to experience the tranquility of this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Its artisans, Panoramic Gardens, riverside setting, and natural beauty provide an interesting day in a peaceful and relaxing environment.
The area offers:
Swimming : In summer the low level of the water uncovers a pebble beach and unique bathing area at the heart of the confluence. The beach is unsupervised.
Canoe rental : There are several canoë routes on the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, departing and arriving at the Port. Don't hesitate to contact Canoës Rivières Loisirs based at the Port.
Mountain Bike Rental : VTT-VTC bikes are available for rental at the Port from Canoës Rivières Loisirs.
Picnic There is a delightful picnic area on the grassy bank of the river.
Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.
The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene.
It is very pleasant to walk along the edge of the river and through the river-side gardens. Brantome really is one of the most attractive towns of the Dordogne area and well worth a trip.
Visit the Peyrelevade Dolmen on the right bank of the river, a preserved megalithic monument.
Canoes can be hired at Brantome for a relaxing glide along the river (a favourite with adults and children).
Friday is Brantôme market day and Brantome becomes animated and colourful!
Montcaret is about 40 km west of Bergerac.
The main attraction at Montcaret is the remains of a Roman villa, discovered by workmen in the 19th century.
Although little remains of the villa itself, there are substantial mosaics dating from the 1st century AD - from the original baths of the villa - that have now been uncovered and restored.
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Sadillac
Chateau de Bourdeilles
Chateau de Biron
Chateau de Hautefort
And many others.....