|Peycibeau||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||4||Children can be accommodated on 2 double sofa beds|
A magnificent grande-maison full of traditional charm and character, located in a truly breath-taking setting on a hill-top surrounded by a 42 acre private estate of rolling meadows and forest oaks.
Available exclusively for the months of June, July, August & September, the Grande-maison is the main part of this fabulous house: 5 large bedrooms in total which sleep 10 guests - a further 4 children (6, including the 2 cots) can be accommodated on comfortable sofa-beds in some of the bedrooms.
Apart from its magical setting and the scale of Peycibeau, it is also the luxuriously appointed and beautifully decorated interior of the house that sets this holiday home apart from the rest. A few of the rooms for you to enjoy for example would be the calm and relaxing library on the first floor landing, the elegant drawing room, the impressive marble-floored hallway with its grand piano and equally grand staircase, and a magnificent reception room of truly stately home proportions with no less than five pair of French doors opening out onto the courtyard - at one end of this stunning space a large dining area, centred around the fireplace a lounging area with designer leather sofas, and at the other end a full-size snooker table.
The main part of the house has 4 bedrooms upstairs: a double bedroom with en suite shower-room and dressing room; a twin bedroom with additional sofa-bed; one of the master bedrooms which adjoins another double bedroom, each with their own dressing room. These three bedrooms share a luxurious central bathroom. Downstairs is the second of the master bedrooms - a beautiful large suite with French doors opening into the courtyard, it has a large double bed and a sofa-bed, en suite bathroom and a dressing room, and because this bedroom is on the ground floor it is extremely suitable for elderly guests.
Beside the house, just the other side of the courtyard, is the heated swimming pool and once the summer months arrive, the superb summer house overlooking the pool adds a fabulous dimension to life at Peycibeau.
The summer-house is an impressive building, and with its warm stone columns, vaulted timber roof structure and polished marble floor, it is the most wonderful additional outside accommodation and compliments the Grande-maison perfectly - the idea being to create a place for true 'al fresco' living on those long, warm, continental days and for this place to be as comfortable and convenient as the house itself.
The kitchen is light and airy with double French doors opening out onto a patio where you can catch the morning sunshine, sitting at a small table & chairs perfect for that morning coffee!
In the dining area of the kitchen is a large oak breakfast table & chairs. There is an American style fridge/freezer which also dispenses chilled water and ice.
The kitchen is very well equipped with all the necessary appliances, and there is a separate utility room with a washer & dryer.
There is an ample supply of crockery, glassware, cutlery, cooking and serving dishes and utensils - pretty much everything you would need - home from home!
Just outside the kitchen doors, there is an herb garden.
There are numerous reception rooms in the house, one of which houses a grand piano and another a full-size snooker table!
All the bedrooms are spacious with ample furniture and wardrobe space. They are light, and have shutters and curtains - very useful for keeping the rooms cool in the summer.
Three of the bedrooms have air-conditioning.
Rugs and wooden floors.
The beds vary in size - There is an extra-large double bed, a large double bed, 2 standard double beds, and 2 twin beds. All have good, comfortable mattresses beds, and all the bedding is provided.
Two of the bedrooms (one on the ground floor and one on the first floor) have en suite bathrooms, with showers. The other three bedrooms upstairs share one enormous bathroom, with a large corner bath and a walk-in shower, and double wash-hand basins. There is another bathroom in the summer house with a steam shower. In addition, there is a cloakroom/wc downstairs.
There is an endless supply of solar-heated hot water.
All towels are provided.
Heating isn't usually necessary in the summer months when the property is available.
Wi-fi internet covers the house & grounds - so you could pick-up your e-mails whilst sun-bathing around the pool ... if you really have to!
Tvs are available in various rooms for watching either Freeview satellite tv or dvds.
There is a Sonos system in the summer house that you can connect to via your own device (iPhone, iPad etc)
There is a solar-heated swimming pool (9m x 4m with a uniform depth of 1.4m)
Guests are invited to roam around our 42 acres of private countryside.
Relax in the courtyard garden with the soothing sound of the fountain and the fragrant scent of the lavender, or sit out and sun yourself on one of the numerous terraces, which all have garden furniture or sun-beds and parasols. If it is the right time of the morning or evening, you might see the deer grazing in the meadow, or a hot air balloon floating by.
The summer house is probably where guests spend most of their time. The bar in here is a great place to relax whilst watching the kids in the solar-heated swimming pool, or on the trampoline. There is a huge dining table, additional sets of crockery, cutlery and glassware, and even a dishwasher. Cooking facilities include a traditional wood-burning stove and stone-built bbq chimney.
There is also an additional bathroom in here for the convenience of the swimming pool.
There is ample parking close to the house.
We welcome babies and well-behaved children, and have 2 cots and various high-chairs. As well as the hours of fun to be enjoyed in the pool, children have the parkland all around to play in safely and the surrounding woods to explore. There is a wonderful tree-house with a rope-swing, a large trampoline, and for smaller children a play area with swings and a slide. If by any chance the weather is poor, there are numerous toys & games in the house to keep them amused.
Because one of the bedrooms and all the living accommodation are on the ground floor and there are various wide entrances, with the help of very shallow ramps being put into place if requested, many areas of the house are accessible by wheelchair.
Similarly, the swimming pool is also accessible by wheelchair from the house, so too is the summer house, with the aid of some ramps. Please ask for more specific details about this.
We, Glenn and Julia, will be your hosts during your stay at our beautiful property. We moved to Peycibeau from the UK 15 years ago and have never looked back! We love our village, Carsac, and have integrated well with the local community. Our 3 children, all educated in France, have left home now but often visit. Peycibeau is our pride and joy, and we work tirelessly all year round to maintain the house & grounds immaculately for our guests. It is a pleasure to invite you into our home!
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We were first attracted to this Perigord region of France for it's warm Mediterranean summers, the yellow stone, the greenery of the forests, the dramatic Dordogne River meandering through the spectacular rocks, and the unspoilt medieval villages scattered all around.
There are so many things to interest visitors to this area. Many pre-historic caves - among them the world famous Lascaux. Literally 1001 chateaux, many open to the public, to wander around. And stunning gardens to visit, including the beautiful Jardins d'Eau walking distance from the house. You can gain a completely different perspective on the landscape and many of these chateaux when floating serenely down the Dordogne river on a canoe, and if this doesn't tire you out too much, there's the cycle track that runs for miles in either direction from our village. The wonderful medieval town of Sarlat is 8km away, with one of the best markets in the country. And of course, exceptional restaurants, food & wine to enjoy!
|Unique benefits of property||At Peycibeau you will find peace & tranquility that is rare these days, whilst being only 2km from the local village & 8km from the wonderful town of Sarlat. Gated to ensure complete privacy, we are surrounded by 42 acres of our own meadowland and forests, there isn't another property in sight. Quite often the only sound is the birdsong and the church bells in the distance.
Peycibeau isn't just another holiday property, it is our family home, beautifully furnished and appointed with all the comforts of your own home. With several large reception rooms and bedrooms, guests enjoy plenty of space. It is a perfect place for families & friends to get together, perhaps to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary - We can arrange a chef to cater for your party, pizza evenings for you, taxi-service, babysitting, shopping, maid-service.
A major attraction of Peycibeau is the stunning summer-house next to the swimming pool, where guests can eat, drink and relax all summer's day long!
15 minutes' walk (2 minutes by car) Carsac offers everything you need - A Boulangerie for delicious bread & croissants every morning! An excellent butcher, general store, post office (& cash machine), a chemist & doctor's surgery, a beautician, the Tabac (bar) & a couple of restaurants, various artisans' studios and a Catholic church. Every Sunday morning the main road through the village is closed off and there is a bustling village market displaying a whole host of local delights.
The picturesque cycle-piste runs all the way from Carsac to Sarlat, 8km in one direction, and to Souillac, approx. 15km in the other direction. If you don't bring your own bikes with you, we have some available to hire for a small charge. There are also a skate park & tennis courts in Carsac.
A fascinating place to amble through the narrow streets with the intricate honey-coloured stonework of the ancient buildings, resting at one of the pavement cafes to enjoy a coffee or a chilled beer in one of the bars, or maybe a long lunch sampling the gastronomic delights of the region in one of the many restaurants. During the summer months, the music and theatre festivals are not to be missed.
The twice-weekly market in Sarlat, on Saturdays & Wednesdays, is one of the very best in France. The cobbled streets are lined with stalls displaying fresh, colourful and delicious local produce, the atmosphere is friendly & relaxed.
In the evenings the town takes on a different dimension. There are street mimes & musicians and the architecture is lit up so beautifully - an after-dinner stroll is a must to soak up the truly medieval atmosphere of this wonderful place.
Canoeing down the river is a MUST! It is such fun, floating down the Dordogne River everything is seen from a different perspective - the chateaux, the spectacular cliffs and the houses built into the rocks. You can row leisurely and stop anywhere you like to picnic or swim - it's great to make a whole day of it.
The river is not very deep in the summer, so quite safe even for the younger ones. In fact, the river is our "beach" only without the thousands of holiday-makers sharing the same patch of sand! So peaceful, the water is warm and beautifully clean and of course there is the fishing too.
Within easy reach of Peycibeau, are the elegant cities of Bordeaux, Perigueux, Bergerac, Cahors and Brive. The wine-producing regions to the south (Cahors) and to the west (Bergerac, St Emilion, Bordeaux) are havens to explore the local wine châteaux, estates and vineyards, many of which offer complimentary tastings.
Nestled between the Dordogne and the Vézere rivers, in the heart of the Perigord Noir, this region is studded with wonderful medieval villages, ornamental gardens and spectacular châteaux such as Castelnaud, Beynac, Montfort, Hautefort and Milandes (the home of Josephine Baker).
There are numerous pre-historic caves to explore among them Lascaux II and IV, Gouffre de Padirac where you can experience a boat-trip on a subterranean river 103mts below ground, and Grotte de Rouffignac where you are transported on an underground train. In nearby Les Eyzies there is the impressive Musee National de Prehistoire.