|Le Beau Jardin||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||n/a|
Charming 19th century gite on a hilltop overlooking medieval Ajat in the hamlet of Chaumont which is set in lovely surrounding countryside. The gite is built out of local stone in the typical perigordine style and is set in a large secluded garden.
The property is equipped to a very high standard and furnished with french country furniture. It comprises a sitting room, kitchen/diner and a very large en suite bedroom.
Some original features remain, a pise floor and a stone sink (no longer used) among them. The gite also provided shelter for children evacuated from Alsace in 1939, their names are engraved on the lounge wall.
The dining area has a table, 2 chairs, a wall cupboard and a sideboard. Alongside are French doors leading into the garden. All cutlery, crockery, glasses etc are of a high standard.
The kitchen is well equipped with a gas cooker, fridge (with a freezer compartment), micro-wave, cafetiere, double sink, storage cupboards, wall shelf unit and cooking utensils.
All cleaning materials are provided, including washing up liquid, tea towels and sponges.
A washing machine is available for use in our house.
The living room has a comfortable 2 seater settee, an armchair looking out onto the garden, a tv table, 2 side tables, a storage cupboard and a bookcase. Their is a pise floor, tastefully covered with rugs and a beamed ceiling.
The bedroom is very large and hosts a double iron bed. There is a side table either side of the bed, each with a reading lamp. The bed faces the second set of French doors overlooking the garden.
Along part of a wall is a daybed, tastefully furnished with an array of cushions.
Storage consists of a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
Several pictures adorn the walls and carefully selected rugs cover the floor. There is a full length mirror on the interior of the wardrobe and a large decorative mirror on a wall.
All linen is provided and is of a high standard.
The bathroom is en-suite to the bedroom.
It has a shower, a sink (with a mirror above) and a toilet.
All towels are provided.
There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room but this is not used over the summer months. There are 2 oil fired electric radiators available if required.
Housed in the gite shed and for outdoor entertainment, badminton rackets, shuttlecocks and net are provided. Also to be found there are 2 sets of boules.
Inside the gite, there is a dvd player and over a 100 dvds to cater for all tastes and moods, a cd player and a selection of cd and talking books, a wide selection of books, a pack of cards, scrabble and chess.
The private garden overlooks open fields, walnut groves and further behind, a forest.
At the bottom of the garden are various fruit trees, including cherry and plum. Whilst alongside the gite walls are flower borders, clematis, a grapevine, roses and wisteria.
There is a covered area with an outdoor dining table and seats, 2 sun loungers and side table, a cane bucket chair and a bench with side table. Another bench and side table are close to the cherry tree, whilst two more garden chairs and table are on the outside of the garden shed. A movable bbq is provided.
The seating area is adorned by several hanging baskets, pots full of flowers and grasses growing in the gravel.
The gite has its own parking area, it is not covered but it is off-road.
The gite is suitable for couples of all ages but access and the lounge pise might be difficult for disabled people.
We do not take pets and smoking is restricted to the garden.
Hi, we are John and Terry Rouse and we moved to the beautiful Dordogne in the Spring of 2003. Prior to moving to France, we lived for 30 years in a small village near to Chichester in West Sussex. We have 3 children, all married, and 6 grandchildren.<br/>We enjoy travelling, cinema, dancing, music and meeting people. Since we opened the gite, we have had over 150 couples stay with us, some who have stayed several times.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We chose the Dordogne because of its outstanding beauty, serenity and endless places of interest to visit. Although we are situated in a small hamlet we have 3 towns nearby, they are Perigueux, Montignac and Terrasson. All 3 are very attractive and we never tire of visiting them, either to enjoy a meal in one of their excellent restaurants or to enjoy their historical sites.
Having lived here for over 15 years, we have discovered the inner secrets of the Dordogne, the lovely small villages, the Bastide towns, the markets and the endless countryside.
Being close to airports (Brive, Bergerac, Limoges and Bordeaux) was important to us and also for friends, family and gite guests.
|Unique benefits of property||We particularly wanted a property that was in 2 completely separate parts, our house and the gite. We were lucky enough to find Le Beau Jardin, the gite is less than 50 metres away but both the building and the garden are completely secluded and private. However, we are close enough to deal immediately with any problems, to offer advice on places or restaurants to visit. In particular, we are also here to welcome our guests.
Both the gite and our house are traditional stone buildings, built in the 19th century, and have retained both their character, charm and many original features.
The gite garden has lovely views and is ideal for relaxing, playing badminton or boules, reading or simply enjoying a glass or two of wine.
L'Epicurien in Perigueux (excellent food at reasonable prices), Le Clos St Front in Perigueux (good food in a lovely setting), La Noix Cassee in Mauzens et Miremont (excellent food in cosy family run restaurant), Le Bistro Paradiso in Montignac (good bistro style food), Le Quatre in Montignac (good food and friendly service).
Montignac - a very pretty town straddling the River Vezere, 24 restaurants, a cinema, and home to the world famous Lascaux caves.
Perigueux - the largest town with a wonderful medieval centre which hosts a cathedral, numerous restaurants and bars, quaint narrow streets harbouring boutique style shops and a roman museum/site, the result of 350 years of Roman control.
Sarlat - the town which attracts the most tourists because of its outstanding medieval beauty. It has many restaurants, bars, a large church and some interesting shops.
Brantome - called the 'Venice of the Dordogne' due to the river that completely circles the town. Extremely pretty.
Terrasson - another town that straddles the Vezere and consists of a lower part and an upper part. There are wonderful views from the top of the town.
Lascaux IV - this world famous cave/museum, just outside nearby Montignac, was opened to the public in 2018.
Chateau des Milandes - close to Sarlat, this chateau was once owned by the cabaret dancer Josephine Baker. It houses many of her old dresses and accessories and retains the extravagant art deco style of the period. In the gardens, you can watch a display from various breeds of owls and other birds of prey.
Castelnaud - situated on the southern side of the Dordogne, this castle was occupied several times by the English and is home to a trebuchet, used to hurl rocks at the enemy on the southern side of the Dordogne.
The Vesunna museum - close to the centre of Perigueux is a museum based on the original site of a Roman villa. The incredible sophistication of the Romans is there to be seen as well as many artefacts from the period.
Maison Forte de Reignac - over 700 years ago this chateau was built into the rockface. It is the only fully intact type of 'chateau falaise' to survive in France, it is also home to a staggering if gruesome array of weapons of torture.
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac - just outside Sarlat and close to the River Dordogne. Ideal for a walk round wooded gardens and with a tremendous view of the river from the belvedere.
L'Aquarium and Le Bournat - these 2 attractions are alongside each other in Le Bugue, a town on the banks of the River Vezere. The Aquarium has an interesting range of reptiles and other aquatic species whilst Le Bournat spans a large site incorporating replicas of buildings and crafts from a time gone by.
The Dordogne is home to numerous beautiful villages, our favourites are St Leon sur Vezere, Fanlac, Limeuil, Plazac and Cadouin.
Most towns in the surrounding area host a market at least once a week, here are some of our favourites;
St Cyprien - large and bustling on Sunday mornings
Le Bugue- very popular and held each Tuesday morning
Montignac - compact but busy, each Wednesday and Saturday morning
Terrasson - runs along the bank of the Vezere, popular amongst locals on a Thursday morning
Sarlat - excellent market, takes place each Wednesday and Saturday. Can be very busy in August.
Night markets generally start early evening and are held throughout July and August. They are informal occasions where a large choice of food and drink can be bought from the vendors and eaten at whatever seating is provided. There is normally music and are to be found each week in most towns, locally, the ones held in Auriac, Montignac, St Amand de Coly and La Bachellarie are recommended.
An exceptionally large Marche Gourmand is held several times in Perigueux in the summer months.
Throughout the summer season there are several highlights. These include:
The music and dance festival, it is held in Montignac and takes place over a week towards the end of July. As part of the festival, groups come from around 12 different countries spanning all continents. Some events are ticket only but the groups often perform free across different venues, on the Friday of the festival week, all the groups perform in the streets of Montignac.
Bastille night 14th July - both Montignac and Terrasson have spectacular firework displays accompanied by background music.
The White Picnic at Les Jardins D'Eyrignac - these gardens are open on 4 Monday evenings over July and August and host a white picnic. The gardens consist solely of white flowers/bushes. The attendees must be dressed in white and can take their own picnic including drinks although there is a cocktail bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. There is music and dancing set against a stunning background.
Mime festival - the biggest mime festival in Europe takes place in the streets of Perigueux in August.
The re-inactment of the Battle of Castillon, which marked the end of the Hundred Years War between the French and the English is held several times over the summer months. It is a spectacular sight, tickets can be booked on-line.
The Dordogne encompasses a wide area and also many rivers, the most famous being the Dordogne and the Vezere. Canoeing is a favourite pastime for visitors, who can select the length of their journey, normally 2, 4 or 8 hours. Canoes are widely available for hire, including locally at Montignac or St Leon sur Vezere.
There is a public swimming pool within walking distance of the gite, it is open throughout July and August and costs about 2 euros per person. Speedos must be worn by men. Alongside the swimming pool is a public tennis court.
Thenon, 5 minutes by car, is home to L'Appel Foret. This is an area devoted to adventurous people who like to cross rope bridges and travel from tree to tree courtesy of a zip wire.
At Fossemagne, also 5 minutes by car, there is a Plan D'Eau, which is a very large man made lake which has a beach for swimmers. Pedalos and canoes can also be hired.
The Dordogne is very hilly but bikes can be hired in Montignac.
Crazy golf courses are good fun and are to be found in both Montignac and Les Eyzies.
Had a wonderful week. Relaxing setting, beautiful gardens and accommodation, with everything we needed, like a home from home.
John and Terry were perfect hosts, told us of places to visit, markets, swimming, villages and towns they recommened and were on hand to answer any questions we had.
Would highly recommend a stay here, there are so many places to see and things to do and this is the perfect place to end your day or even spend the day relaxing in the beautiful home and garden.
Thank you Suzanne and Nick for your kind comments, it was a pleasure having you here to stay.