Frustié awaits the discerning traveller who wishes to benefit from a week or two within one of the most fascinating and beautiful areas of Europe.
The property sits well in its own 11 acres of land, so you are assured privacy and exclusivity for that well-deserved break.
Frustié is a converted farmhouse (but with all modern amenities, satellite tv, web-access etc) together with a beautifully restored 17th Century barn and an outdoor pool.
The kitchen was hand-crafted in 2015 from local chestnut by an experienced and respected local artisan.
Oven, fridge-freewer, dishwasher, coffee maker, micowave, were all installed late 2015. There is also an outside kitchen by the pool.
You have a choice of dining areas, the internal dining area seats 10 as does the external dining area by the pool.
Comfortable leather sofas ready for a relaxing evening vegging with the tv (also new in 2015).
4 doubles and one single, all with confortable beds and bedding supplied.
All matresses are new for the 2016 season.
2 bathrooms are en suite.
1 family bathroom is on ground floor.
1 en suite shower and washbasin.
Heating is eco-friendly via a wood-burning Aga (wood only from our own land is burned) but heating is only needed during winter months.
There is table tennis within the barn.
There is also gym equipment to be used at the guests' own risk together with, of course, the wonderful pool for those hot days of summer.
There is a well-maintained garden, mostly to grass but with pleasant walks around the property where guests are positively encouraged to help themselves to (according to season) figs, plums, mirabels, apples and pomegranates. No pesticides have been near these fruit trees for the last 30 odd years.
There is a forest opposite with marked tracks that makes for great dog-walking territory or for simply a ramble or cycle to work up the appetite for some local produce.
There is on-site parking and 4/5 cars will fit onto the property more than comfortably.
The house has a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor which would perhaps be beneficial for those with limited mobility.
The area best suits a discerning traveller wishing to do either absoltely nothing or get out and about and explore the local villages, which are steeped in the history of the 100 years war.
The area is practically unchanged since medieval times but is one of the most important gastronomical areas of France. Here you will be spoilt for choice with duck, foie gras, and local quality wines.
Restaurants serve you at prices equivalent to about a quarter of London prices.
The climate is superb with balmy Spring days starting as early as late February and hot summer weather till early October. Autumn is mild, mellow and tranquil. Local markets abound!
The house is ideally suited for exploring the Dordogne region. Within an hour or so's drive you will be in fascinating towns such as Sarlat (superb for duck and well known for its many gourmet restaurants), Domme, Beynac (home of Richard The Lion Heart). You will be able to visit vineyards (owners can make good suggestions)
Within 2 hours you could be visiting the famous Lascaux Caves or Roque Gageac, one of the most incredible towns you will see in your life.
Dordogne is well-known for its culinary experiencesthe vineyards, its castles and its history. Many chateaux will welcome you for public visit. This area of the southern Dordogne has many bastide villages and there are several Michelin-recommended restaurants.
After working in the hustle and bustle of city life we craved the simplicity and privacy afforded by South West France. Proud of our French home we now wish to share it with other discerning guests who will appreciate its beauty and the historically important location in which the house stands
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||The history of the area, its tranquility and its stunning views, together with its distance from the hustle and bustle of cities like Paris. The property is easy to get to, yet private and within easy reach of the Dordogne.|
|Unique benefits of property||Relaxation and tranquility. The property is historical (it was built in 1653) and yet it has all mod cons and technology. The swimming pool is loved by guests and eating out by the pool in the evening seems to have the effect of enablng guests to "think life through" (or maybe that's just the local wine ! The property is ideal for exploring local restaurants and chateaux, as well as being very convenient for exploring the Dordogne|
Maria looks after Frustié for us. She is a chef trained with Rick Stein and would be more than happy to catrer for you for that special occasion (contact us for details). Frustié an easy and comfortable house to live in and a full guide to how everything works will be supplied to you
There are several michelin starred restaurants in the area with Dordogn being well know for top-quality products (foie gras and duck in particular). The more "rustique" dining is also fabulous locally with dishes such as cassoulet a firm local favourite
Get involved during your stay in local life. The locals here are probably the most friendly the owners have lmet in 10 years of living in France. Ask to join in on a game of pétanque and the likelihood is that you'll be having fun within minutes (and drinking some pastis with them afterwards !)
The bastides is the collective name for local towns and villages that are untouched since the 12th and 13th centuries. The area best suits people who have the time to stroll around the villages taking in the history and the medieval atmosphere. In the summer months many of the local villages run their medieval fetes. The village local to you at Frustié (Gavaudun) is renowned for the authentic feel of its July medieval fete
Frustié is situated a few kilometres from the Dordogne border so is very handy for exploring all parts of the Dordogne. In reality, however, the less known Departments of Lot and Lot et Garonne (Departments 46 and 474 respectively) are arguably prettier and more "French" than the Dordogne. Frustié offers the best of all with all three Departments being very accessible