|Le Grand Bouchon||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Extra day bed in mastersuite/child beds on request|
Set in the picturesque village of Parcoul is our newly renovated three-bedroom barn, known fondly as Le Grand Bouchon.
Comfortably sleeping up to six/seven adults (with additional beds available upon request), we’ve lovingly restored this charming 18th Century French barn to the highest standard with luxurious beds and bedding.
Restored in 2018 with new kitchen and bathrooms the Grand Bouchon offers a wonderful place for you and your family to enjoy the beautiful french way of life and countryside.
Sleeps up to six/seven adults (extra child bed available on request)
Luxurious bed linen, Feather and Black beds and mattresses. Towels provided
Large fitted kitchen (30m2), fully equipped with range cooker and dining area – seats up to 12 people (great for group bookings)
Shower room and bathroom with plenty of hot water
Large sitting room (30m2) with wood burning stove (for winter only), British satellite tv and plenty of seating
High speed wi-fi
Luxury welcome hamper
Access to large pool.
The newly refurbished kitchen is ideal for those wanting to try their hand at creating their own French cuisine. The abundant local markets are perfect for picking up some inspiration and fresh local ingredients such as cheeses, truffles and wines. The kitchen is fully equipped with a large five ring burner oven, washing machine, fridge, freezer, additional drinks fridge and all pots and pans at your disposal.
There is also a dishwasher - because who wants to wash up while on holiday! Choose to dine inside at your own farmhouse kitchen table (seats up to 12) or enjoy the glorious French sunshine while dining alfresco in your private eating area.
The downstairs of the barn is open plan with a beautifully tiled floor throughout, extremely large comfy seating area with satellite television and free high speed wi-fi. A large central fireplace hosts a beautiful log burning fire (for the cooler months) while a double set of French doors opens directly on to the main courtyard.
Master Bedroom with en suite.
The relaxing large master bedroom has an extremely luxurious Feather & Black king size bed, furnished with white cotton bed linens where a restful night is guaranteed. Rustic French charm runs throughout Le Grand Bouchon, even in the newly refurbished en suite (winter 2018), where a large wooden beam adds a splash of character that compliments the large powerful waterfall shower.
Extra beds can be added to make this room an excellent family suite.
Continuing the same charm throughout, the spacious twin room consists of two Feather and Black single beds with plenty of storage space for 2 people.
The double bedroom to the front of the barn has a Feather and Black double bed with plenty of room and built in wardrobes for two people.
Fully refurbished winter 2018 the main bathroom has a large modern sink, toilet and luxurious bath with shower attached.
Fully refurbished en-suite (winter 2018), where a large wooden beam adds a splash of character that compliments the large powerful waterfall shower, sink and toilet.
The living room has a large inset wood burning fire, whilst upstairs bedrooms have wall mounted electric heaters and both bathrooms have large heated towel rails.
Satellite tvwith English channels
Music sound system with bluetooth
Books and games.
12m x 6m heated swimming pool with inflatable beds and toys
Luxury sunbeds and parasols
Large lawned garden
Eating area with table and chairs (seats 8)
Lounging area with seating and large parasol (seats 8)
Tennis and badminton rackets
Plenty of private on site parking
Suitable for groups, friends or familys alike
Complimentary welcome hamper om arrival
Packed lunches (price on request)
Laundry services (price on request)
Lunch platters (price on request)
Arrival evening meal (price on request)
As a child, I spent many lovely long hot summers in the South of France at my parents’ house and my love for all things French was born.<br/>I worked for 25 years in the hotel and leisure industry which is where my experience of hospitality shaped my dream of one day owning and running my own holiday business in France.<br/>It’s been exciting, fun, exhausting, hard work but we are now ready to share our lovely home with like minded holiday makers.<br/>We look forward to offering you a warm welcome.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||The countryside in the Dordogne varies from the river plain to hilly vineyards, woodlands and meadows. Fields of sunflowers surround medieval towns, rivers, castles and stone farmhouses dot the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery wherever you are.
The Dordogne is rightly famous for its food and wine. Fresh produce is plentiful, fruit and veg are grown right on your doorstep and sold at weekly markets. Depending on the season, you will find: cêpes, truffles, walnuts, peaches, strawberries and tomatoes, alongside traditional breads, and cheese. For the gourmets, wonderful restaurants, which range from cafes to Michelin star, are plentiful. For wine lovers, the Bergerac vineyards produce 13 Appellations d’Origine Controlees.
Finally, outdoor activities such as hiking and horse riding, there are miles of nature trails. Swimming and canoeing hang gliding or kayaking are just some of the activities available. One of the big favourites is golf and there are plenty of courses to choose from.
|Unique benefits of property||Les Bouchons is idyllically positioned within the Dordogne region of France. Set in the village of Parcoul, this tranquil hamlet enjoys a village shop, restaurant/bar, butcher and post office.
The two-luxury self-catering Gites are bursting with characterful features, think; exposed natural stone work, authentic beams, rustic yet contemporary, spacious yet cosy and with characterful flourishes throughout. There is one guarantee, once you’ve arrived you will find it hard to leave!
Guests are welcomed to pretty blooms adorning the gravelled courtyard, whilst the sweeping lawn behind them stretches down to the outdoor heated swimming pool at the far end of the garden. The lure of the swimming pool with its landscaped garden and sunbathing terrace will prove a big temptation. Spend long hot summer days beside the pool and take full advantage of the peaceful ambience. Dine Al fresco in your dedicated dining areas, signalling the close of another perfect day.
With a 20-minute drive the village of Aubeterre sur Dronne brings together historical heritage, preserved natural space and lifestyle. Holder of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France" brand since 1993 and the "Small Towns of Character" label since 2012, it has been affirming for more than a thousand years its vocation to welcome pilgrims, visitors and tourists.
Two major historical monuments, the Saint John underground church and the Saint-Jacques church. Recreation base on the edge of Dronne offering swimming, canoeing, fishing, tennis ... "laughing houses hung on a moderate hill" to discover on foot through the alleys. Craftsmen, shops and local services, camping, hotels, restaurants ... Shaded lime trees with a lively southern atmosphere. Near many places of visits and leisures. "Green Station" for 25 years.
Saint Aulaye is a small bastide town and was built in 1288 by Pierre de Bremond.
Park your car in the centre of the village and the Romanesque church of Saint Aulaye is a pleasant stroll out to the edge of town. Narrow streets meander down towards the church which is 11th century and has good sculpted capitals.
From the church you get very good views of the Renaissance chateau of Saint Aulaye. From here it looks a bit like one of the Loire valley chateaux! Most unexpected in this little village. The chateau is now the town hall. The chateau dates back to the thirteenth century.
Some of the original ramparts still exist and, like the village, date back to the thirteenth century.
The village is also known for its rare 11th century bridge spanning the river Dronne. There is a river beach in the town - a very popular spot in the summer. The sandy beach on the banks of the river Dronne has various activities for children, a life-guard surveys the beach in the summer. There is a picnic area, bar and restaurant.
There is a museum of cognac and wine in the village - the Musee du Cognac et du Vin.
Market day in Saint-Aulaye is a Saturday morning making this a particularly good time to go - see Saint-Aulaye at its most colourful and stock up on the deliciously tasty local fruit and vegetables at the same time.
Located in the heart of the Double, characterised by its woodland and stretches of water, the Grand Etang de la Jemaye is one of the gems of this magnificent ancient forest. The site is composed of a vast forest and six interconnected ponds. Used for swimming and watersports since the 70s, the department of Dordogne has developed this site so that it would be able to reconcile the large number of visitors that it attracts and the protection of its natural habitats and species.
Sunbathe on the beach, swim in the lake or paddle-board, play volleyball, eat in the restaurants, walk and picnic in the forest on the many provided picnic benches, fishing available or even have a try at archery.
Great fun for all the family
Dating from the 9th century and set in the Dronne valley, Riberac is at its best on a Friday, market day for reputedly the biggest market in Perigord.
In the town are two interesting churches. The 20th century Notre Dame de la Paix church is built in neo-Roman style and has attractive slate domes. It is very much in the same style as the much bigger cathedral of Perigueux. The much older church of Notre Dame dates back to the 12th century and was once the chapel of the chateau in Riberac. Sadly the chateau was destroyed in the 13th century.
Look out for the mairie of Riberac which is housed in a beautiful building. The tourist office is housed in another imposing building - the ancient gendarmarie!
Riberac is a pleasant market town which is pleasant to explore, stop for lunch or a coffee or browse the shops along the high street. It is popular with the English and there are quite a number with second homes here.
If you are travelling with children or want to work off some of the pounds gained eating the delicious Perigordine food there is a decent outdoor swimming pool at Riberac. It is clean and very cheap to visit.