|La Petite Maison at Domaine de Brousse||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||3||Z-bed availabe|
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 cottage comfortably sleeps 6 adults including children and 1 baby making it ideal for large families.
The spacious living and dining 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.
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.
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
Sporty or not discover the forest, safely, in the middle of 4 ha of oaks and pines.
The whole park is equipped with lifelines. Qualified personnel, CE compliant material. 11 progressive courses including 2 sports courses and 1 children's course of 11 zip lines, 140 games: nets, sledge, suspension bridges, snowboard, zip-line From 3 years old up to seniors. Playground, Shaded Picnic Areas, Snack bar, Toilets. New 2018: pedal-powered horses on track, from 3 to 10 years old.
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.
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.
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.....