|Lescouroux Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
Beautifully renovated and extended Pigeonnier with private pool.
Lescouroux Gite is is a detached, self catering holiday cottage in tranquil countryside close to a popular lake. We are located in a small hamlet le Pauvert, only a 3 minute drive from Eymet, a popular mediaeval bastide town in the Dordogne region of France, and 30 minutes south of Bergerac Airport. Situated on the borders of the Dorgogne, Lot et Garonne and the Gironde we are ideally placed for you to explore this region.
The gite has been tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished for a couple providing spacious accommodation. It has a lovely covered terrace to protect you from the mid-day sun and also an outside terrace which leads to the private pool looking out onto open countryside. There are nearby paths leading down to the fishing lake.
The gite has an open-plan living/dining area with vaulted ceiling, contemporary equipped kitchen, en suite shower room and spacious bedroom with King size bed. The shutters will help you keep cool during the summer months and there are heaters in all the rooms for any chilly evenings or any of the colder months.
Frenchdoors lead onto the covered terrace with table, chairs and barbecue where you can relax and enjoy our views from sunrise to sunset and take in the local inhabitants of deer and other wildlife. At night the clear skies with little light pollution give an amazing show of the stars and planets.
The kitchen and dining area is open plan with generous table and seating. The contemporary kitchen is fully equipped with integrated oven, hob, washing machine and dishwasher. There is a fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, kettle, and all the key cooking utensils and crockery you could wish for.
The living room and kitchen dining are all open plan.
There is a comfortable sofa, armchair and footstool.
There is a generous coffee table, ambient lighting both free standing and table lamps.
The spacious bedroom is furnished with a king size bed with fitted wardrobes for storage. A spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine and périgourdine tower with traditional carpentry.
Bed linen is white cotton and there are blankets should you need them.
All towels, including pool towels are provided.
En suite shower room, wc, basin, bathroom cabinet and heated towel rail.
Electric wood burning stove and electric radiators.
There is a hd tv with Freesat UK Channels and independent wi-fi in the gite and on the terrace.
A dvd player, music docking station and a good selection of dvd's, books and games are provided.
Locally we can arrange bike hire (traditional or electric) or activities such as a wine tour.
If you don't know the area you will be surprised at how many small villages and bastide towns there are in the area.
Many of them host festivals during the summer including medieval and jazz festivals. Throughout the week villages host night markets where you can buy food and wine from local producers and eat and drink at tables in the village square.
The French doors lead to the private covered terrace with table and chairs and barbecue.
The outside terrace leads to the private pool where there is a New Hot-tub, sun loungers and parasol.
Parking free and available (no garage).
All our guests receive a complimentary welcome basket to get you started. If you are going to be a late arrival we can purchase additional supplies, just let us know and we will shop for your and have your provisions waiting for you on arrival.
We are Vince and Karen Morgan and our son Max. We had lived and worked in the UK for many years. When our son came along we decided to make a change from our hectic lifestyle and moved here ten years ago. After a long search we found fell in love with this region of France and its way of life.
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||Just a 5 min drive, Eymet a mediaeval town built on the banks of the River Dropt in 1270 has all the local amenities: supermarkets, banks, boulangeries estate agents, brocantes and other shops. It has a good choice of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all tastes. During the year there are spectacles, special events and festivals. Eymet has a popular weekly market and throughout July and August there are night markets and and gourmande evenings. The Bergerac wine region is home to over 12,000 hectares of vines where you easily follow a Routes des Vins. This region is known for its history, natural beauty and gastronomy. Popular activities for visitors include vineyard tours, visits to chateaux, caves, bastide towns and famous gardens. You can go canoing on the Dordogne river, take a boat trip and visit a hill-top castle. Popular outdoor pursuits are rambling, fishing and cycling. The towns of Bergerac, Perigueux, St Emilion, Sarlat & Bordeaux are all well worth a visit.|
|Unique benefits of property||Lescouroux Gite is a detached and extended Pigeonnier with traditional carpentry. The gite has been designed for couples and offers spacious comfortable accommodation. The covered terrace with private pool and New hot tub look out onto open countryside, woodland with nearby paths leading down to the fishing lake. There you will be in glorious rolling countryside, perfect for walking, cycling and riding. The lake popular with anglers and nature lovers has fishing pontoons, a nature trail and hideaway spots where you can see and learn about the local wildlife. Dotted around the lake you can also find a perfect vineyard for wine tasting.|
Eymet holds a popular year-round weekly market on Thursday mornings.
Issigeac a 20 minute drive away where it is good to live or to be on vacation. There are many craftsmen, restaurants and shops. Its Sunday morning market is particularly famous, attracting thousands of people from all over the world. Voted Best Market in Aquitaine.
In summer, gourmet markets enliven the church square on Thursdays and Fridays evenings.
Located on one of the roundabouts exiting the village of Issigeac this is one of the best restaurants in the area offering French and European cuisine. You can dine on their lovely exterior terrace or in their attractive dining room. The quality of the food and service is excellent and you can choose one of the fixed price menus or a la carte.
You need to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
A restaurant in Thénac, a ten minute drive from the gîte offering traditional périgordine cuisine. Their menus consist of two starters, a dish, a cheese platter, a dessert, a coffee and a digestive and each course is accompanied by a glass of wine. They offer special menus whether you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant.
This is a great way to spend a day. We recommend the canoe/kayak rentals at Le Pont de Vicq, Le Buisson de Cadouin. They will take you upstream by minibus, you choose the distance/time, and then you paddle down river with the current. You will find "beaches" on the banks with shallow water to take a swim and enjoy a picnic.
Alternatively, you can visit La Roque Gageac, have lunch and from there take a leisurely boat ride taking in Chateauxs along your route and the castles of Beynac and Castlenaud.
There are two prominent Castles, the immense Château de Castelnaud with its remarkable collection of medieval armaments, while the other, equally majestic Château de Beynac above a stone village that tumbles down to the river, which was a location for Luc Besson’s 1999 Joan of Arc movie. Both locations have fabulous views of the Dordogne River. The ornate, chocolate-box Château des Milandes used to belong to dancer and activist Josephine Baker, and houses a museum about her life.
Garden-lovers should leave time for two of France’s most famous formal gardens. The Jardins Suspendus at Marqueyssac are a magical maze of 150,000 swirling, looping box hedges, while those at the Manoird’Eyrignac are more English in style, including an extravagant perfumed rose garden.
The Dordogne’s incredible prehistoric sites are principally along the Vézère river. Kick off at Les Eyzies, spectacularly carved into the cliffside, with a tour of the Prehistoric Museum. On the other side of the river from Les Eyzies, a rickety staircase disappears into the Grotte du Grand Roc, a vast cavern filled with stalactites and stalagmites
Nothing quite prepares for a visit to Lascaux, especially since the recent opening of a new £50m centre complete with futuristic multimedia special effects and interactive iPad guides. This is the second recreation of these caves and their 600 prehistoric wall paintings. The original site, discovered in 1940, closed to the public in 1963 to protect the fragile Cro Magnon artwork known as the “Sistine chapel of prehistory”. The new Lascaux is attracting huge crowds, with tour groups leaving every six minutes, so consider visiting the quieter, original Lascaux II complex, which is frankly just as impressive a recreation of the original caves.
Michelin recommended restaurant, La Cour d' Eymet
La Cour d'Eymet is a stylish French restaurant, recommended by Michelin (and us!). Located on the main road through Eymet, the restaurant has a pretty courtyard. Fixed price lunch and dinner menus are available. It's a special event, or holiday treat restaurant.
Restaurant Italien des Arcades
Very popular Italian restaurant on Eymet's medieval square. Open everyday for lunch and dinner from mid March to mid November. Unfortunately, you cannot make a reservation so it's worth getting there reasonably early to avoid the rush.
Peruvian restaurant in Eymet's medieval square. Freshly cooked, really tasty food. Set in an old, stone, characterful building and spilling outside in the Summer.
The Bergerac region is home to over 12,000 hectares of vines, 130 AOC and more than 900 wine growers including an increasing number of bio growers. Although overshadowed by the world famous neighbours in Bordeaux, Bergerac vineyards offer great value of a similar quality. It’s easy to follow a Route des Vins around the rolling vine-clad hills, discovering little-known reds such as Pécharmant and the sweet Monbazillac and Saussignac wine perfect as a chilled aperitif or with your dessert.
Enjoy your picnic in the gardens of the Renaissance Château de Monbazillac above Bergerac but skip its touristy tasting sessions and head instead to the equally imposing Château de Bélingard to try its fruity Bergerac Blanc. You may well bump into the estate’s garrulous owner, Laurent, Comte de Bosredon, who will tell you how wine has been made here since the days of the Celts. Alternatively, find your own vineyard and wander in for a tasting
Bergerac comes to life on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, when its narrow medieval streets are taken over by a market and is classified as a town of Art and History. The town has some lovely streets and squares to explore. Visit the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the heart of the old town. It is a beautiful old cloister dating back to the 12th century. The National Tobacco Museum is based here in Bergerac, and is quite interesting. (Tobacco is still an important crop in the region, that you will probably see growing in the fields.)
We had a wonderful 1 week stay in June.
The Gite and its surroundings are tranquil and make a perfect retreat for a couple looking to get away from it all.
The Gite is very well equipped, spacious and in very good condition. The generous covered terrace is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet.
There is information in the Gite about the local area and the owners are happy to share their knowledge of the best places to go.
Eymet is a 10min drive away and has plenty of bars and restaurants plus a market for those not wanting to explore further afield.
There is a private driveway to the Gite so you are able to come and go as you please without disturbing anyone.
The Gite makes a great base for exploring the region. For days when you don't want to explore the TV with all of the the UK channels ensures you can keep upto date with what is happening at home.
We would certainly recommend staying at this Gite to anyone and would be sure that they would not be disappointed.
Dear Colin, Thank you very much for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again in the future.
Karen and Vince