|Les Rossignol||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||There is double a sofa-bed in the salon.|
The gîte is attached to our old 'longère' farmhouse, which dates from 1750. We renovated it several years ago & have recently added a second bedroom & a swimming pool courtyard.
The cottage is completely private & you will have exclusive use of the pool & two courtyards.
We are in a small hamlet in the Dordogne/Nouvelle Aquitaine. The village is quiet & peaceful & is surrounded by woodland & farmland. There are lots of places to walk or cycle, or you can just go to sleep by the pool, with a glass of bordeaux in your hand!
The kitchen offers everything you need to self-cater, with plenty of space to dine at the table, if you don't want to eat outdoors.
The living room offers sofas & chairs, rugs & lamps - home comforts - books, games & a small television, dvd player.
In winter you can light the big wood-burner to augment the central heating.
There is a spacious single bedroom at the top of the stairs, with dresser & toybox & views over the fields. This room leads to the equally spacious double bedroom, with wardrobe & bureau. The big window looks over the front of the house & the swimming pool courtyard.
The mezzanine is above the other bedrooms & has a cozy double bed under the roof.
Stair gates can be provided. There is a fan are in each bedroom.
For small children there is a folding cot & bedguard, if required.
There is a shower room upstairs with toilet & basin. You can see for miles across beautiful farmland from the window, as you brush your teeth.
There is central heating in the gîte. This is augmented by electric radiators. You can light the woodburner in the depths of winter to make the house really cozy.
Television, dvds, games & books are provided.
There is a badminton set.
There is also a big toybox full of Playmobil.
There are two private courtyards for your use.
The courtyard off the kitchen has a large dining table, a smaller table, parasol & barbeque. You will probably want to eat out here at every meal. The trellis helps to shade the dining table.
The swimming pool courtyard has a shaded seating area, plus a sun deck with loungers. There is plenty of space for playing in or out of the pool.The above ground pool is 5.5m x 3.5m approx. & is great for kids & adults alike. The ladder can be removed when the pool is not in use.
There is off-road parking directly outside your front gate for two cars.
Sally & Simon moved to France with their two children in 2002 & have since renovated their sixteenth century farmhouse, part of which has been made into the holiday cottage (gîte). We love living in this tranquil hamlet, with its beautiful views & country walks.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||The North Dordogne with its undulating countryside is very pretty & within easy reach of the Dronne river with its swimming beaches, canoeing, restaurants & picnic areas. There are many pretty villages each with its own Norman church. There are several weekly markets & summer night markets, open air concerts & village brocantes. Good local restaurants with both local food & regional specialities including foie gras & truffles.|
|Unique benefits of property||The gîte is completely private, with its own, private pool. Ideal for tranquil, relaxed holidays by the pool or eating in the courtyard. The gîte has large rooms & has been renovated to a very high standard using timber & stone to give a rustic feel, with a stone fireplace & terracotta chimney breast.There is a comfortable sitting room with a log-burner for winter lets.|
At about 15 minutes drive from Laudibertie, Aubeterre sur Dronne is one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is built on the side of a hill & boasts an ancient chateau & many balconied houses. There is a vast church cut into the rock centuries ago by monks - don't miss it. There are several good restaurants in the village, a pretty market square, shops, potteries & studios, plus a riverside beach with swimming, canoeing & a restaurant.
The local market town of Ribérac has various big supermarkets on its outskirts, with fuel stations & various big stores. The town centre has a weekly Friday market which shouldn't be missed. Stop for coffee at the ' Café des Colonnes' or one of the other cafés. Shop for bread at the boulangerie on the place or browse the small art galleries & clothes shops on the main street. There are several restaurants serving food & drink & there is often live music in the evening.
In La Place Pasteur, you will find an open air café under a mass of artificial flowers - stop for a drink or a snack. Down the hill, you will find the river beach, with its restaurant for good food with lots of French clients. They will serve food & drink all day whilst you dip in & out of the slow flowing Dronne river. Hard to believe that in mid-winter the restaurant will be under 1 metre of flood water! There is a tree-climbing site on the other side of the river & canoes for hire.
In La place du Marché there is an hôtel serving good food & more coffee.
Also a pharmacie & medical centre, should you need them!
Brantôme-en-Perigord is about an hour away but shouldn't be missed.
You will pass through Bourdeilles on your route, with its castle, its cafés & restaurants. The river & bridges are so pretty you might not want to leave.
If you do reach Brantôme, you will be amazed at the massive abbey & the beautiful section of the Dronne river. There are lots of shops, restaurants & cafés to enjoy, plus the shade of the park for picnics. You can go on a traditional river boat cruise or have fun canoeing. There is also a 10kms walk that takes you around the peripheries of the town.
A lovely town on a hill, with churches, shops, restaurants, covered market, train station, shopping arcade with big name stores. Walk around the ramparts or follow the historic trail around the town. In September, 'le circuit des remparts' has hundreds of old racing cars speeding around the steep streets, including Million pound Bugattis. There is the concours on the first day when all the cars are on display & a tour around the local countryside on the second day. Worth coming back for!!
Perigueux is the capital city of the Perigord. The old town is well worth a visit, with its small shops, narrow streets, museums, restaurants & festivals.