'Bellevue' is a beautiful and recently completely restored classic French 16th century farmhouse, with lots of character and original features. There are large, exposed beams and a stone sink in the entrance hall as well an original classic French fireplace in the kitchen and in the Master bedroom. There are lovely French windows which provide panoramic views from all around. Behind the house, on a hilltop, sits an old windmill which can be reached on foot. In the springtime, the orchards are filled with blossom and there are lots of wild flowers, including wild orchids. There is plenty of wildlife to observe and enjoy.
The area is peaceful and quiet and secluded. There is a 2.5 acre garden which surrounds the gite. There are 2 terraces- one with a wisteria growing over the top and the other one is totally private, enjoying panoramic views of the countryside. There are wonderful sunsets from this terrace.
The swimming pool is a salt water pool (10m x5m). There are 3 steps at the shallow end. The pool gently slopes down to 2 meters deep at the deep end. There is an electric pool cover for security and there are plenty of pool toys for children to play with. There is a large terrace that wraps around half of the pool and there are plenty of sun loungers available. There is also a majestic lime tree with tree swing -providing extra shade around the terrace area. There is a small-terraced barbecue area. There is a vegetable garden and fruit orchard out in the back part of the garden- which provides plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Classic French farmhouse kitchen with free-standing units. Fireplace in kitchen with log-burner. Original French tiled floor. The kitchen is fully equipped with new electric cooker and electric hob, and microwave. A large fridge/freezer.
There is a large dining table in the entrance hall. The entrance hall has exposed beams and the walls are decorated with typically French paintings and tapestries.
The living room is light and airy and contains all of the necessary home comforts- English TV, CD player, CDs/DVDs, magazines and games.
There are two large sofas. There is a tall French dresser and a French oak sideboard.
There are 3 very good-sized bedrooms. The master bedroom is very spacious with a tall ceiling, a large French wardrobe and a king bed. The bedroom overlooks the back garden through a very tall window.
The double bedroom has been decorated in very French style with classical French furniture. The room has beams in the walls dating back from medieval times.
The children's bedroom has three beds. All the rooms are light and airy and have a very French feel to them.
There is a very large family bathroom with large bath and a separate very large and tall shower. There are Jack and Jill sinks.
There is also a shower/ wash basin and toilet on the end of the entrance hall.
The property is not heated for the summer months. There is a log- burner in the kitchen which can be used for winter lets.
There is a football table in the bottom hall. There is a table tennis table and badminton net outside.
There is a barbecue area for al fresco dining.
There are plenty of pool toys for children and there is also a garden tree swing.
There is a table tennis table and badminton net outside.
There is a barbecue area for al fresco dining.
There are plenty of pool toys for children and there is also a garden tree swing. You can enjoy sitting, eating and relaxing on the terrace under the shade of a lime tree and take in the surrounding views. There are some lovely sunsets to enjoy on warm summer evenings.
There is a parking area for guests. A maximum of two cars can be parked in the parking area- directly below the property.
The property is all on one floor. The property is suitable for families and couples.
France has always had a special place in our hearts for Chris and I. (Liz) We spent every family holiday in different parts of France and I have family roots in France and speak the language. We discussed moving to France together for quite some years and finally, Chris (an ex-electrical engineer) and I (a teacher) decided that if we didn't make the move now, we never would. So we moved down with our daughter, Olivia to start a new life together.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||We came to the Aquitaine region because it is such a sunny and warm region for most of the year. We loved the countryside and it is often referred to as the 'Tuscany of France' with its rolling hills, dotted with cypress trees. The climate is so warm here that you can even grow melons and peaches. It is a peaceful and quiet place where we completely relax. We love walking and you can walk along country lanes and be rarely disturbed by any traffic or you can walk straight into the countryside and admire the vast, open views. Although we live in the countryside, we are not at all remote. The village is a stones throw away and the nearest town is 5 minutes away. We are also very close to the Dordogne border and pretty towns such as Bergerac and Perigueux are well worth visiting. There are plenty of caves and castles to visit and plenty of meandering rivers to canoe down.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our house is up a quiet lane and there are a few houses dotted around. We are also surrounded by orchards, and in the springtime, the whole area is covered in snow-white blossom. The meadows are abundant with wild flowers and many types of orchids and in the summertime, the sky at night is a wonder to behold, with even shooting stars to be seen. Our place is ideally positioned as we are only half an hour away from Bergerac airport so flights to and from the UK are easy to arrive. Agen, the regions' capital is 50 minutes and there is a TGV that runs to Paris. The motorway link (A62) is 50 minutes away. From here you can head to Bordeaux and Toulouse and even to the Pyrenees. We are 1 hour away from Perigueux(A89/A20. Spain and the Pyrenees is a 4 hour drive away.|
Monflanquin -Medieval town (medieval festival weekend in August)
Monpazier- Medieval town just in the Dordogne- very pretty- nice restaurants
Gavaudun- a ruined castle surrounded by gorges and forests- great for walkers
Chateau Biron- Medieval, impressive castle and grounds
Chateau de Bridoire- medieval castle with traditional children's games
Wine tasting- along the Route du Vins around Bergerac
Parc en ciel- Lacapelle Biron- tree climbing adventure park for all the family- great day out
Walibi- theme park -rides- great fun for all the family
Summer night markets in many of the medieval villages
Canoeing in the Dordogne River- and Castelnaud Castle -great day out for all the family
Restaurant- Tete d'ail in Cancon- very nice and beautifully presented food