|Le Terrier de Lambrette||Self Catering||Friday||4||8||3||Double Sofa Bed|
Le Terrier de Lambrette is a well equipped, 4 bedroom house (2 doubles and 2 twin, sleeps 8 comfortably and 10 using a sofa bed) in a beautiful position overlooking the Charente/Dordogne countryside and the River Dronne. It is close to the ‘Plus Beaux Village de France’, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (5km), the small town of St Aulaye in the Dordogne (2 km), the market town of Chalais (8km) and Riberac in the Dordogne (12km). The village of Bonnes is 2km away and has a boulangerie and 2 restaurants.
Uniquely situated, the house is extremely private and enclosed behind electric gates. Cut into the hillside above the river it is ideal for exploring the gentle countryside, characterised by sunflower and maize fields. An ideal location for adults, children and dogs for a relaxing or energetic holiday and to enjoy the wonderful weather this part of France attracts.
Well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, 5-ring range cooker and oven, table seating 8 and a large range of appliances. A separate dining table in the main drawing room is supplemented by outdoor balcony dining on tables or downstairs in the large summer kitchen with it's own gas bbq, kitchenette, fridge and access to the pool.
The house is a ‘sous sol’ design, with most of the living area on the first floor, including the full-length balcony, with outside furniture to appreciate the fabulous views. On the ground floor is a large entrance hall, further double bedroom with shower and toilet, gamesroom with pool table and well-stocked bookshelf and utility room (washing machine and dryer).
A large en suite master and 2 twin bedrooms upstairs and a large double, with en suite toilet and shower, downstairs. The bedroom downstairs has a double sofabed, that could be used for additional guests either in that room or in the adjacent games room.
A large family bathroom upstairs (with bath and shower attachment), plus en suite with toilet, shower and sink to master bedroom. There is also a toilet and shower downstairs convenient for the double on the ground floor.
Wood burning stoves in the main room and kitchen are boosted by electric radiators throughout. The pool is heated through solar panels.
Satellite wi-fi is available and included and is sufficient for all normal use. Gamesroom with pool table, UK tv (all normal terrestrial channels), 3 mountain bikes, badminton and tennis racquets. Dart board in summer kitchen and an extensive selection of books, cds and dvds, games and swimming pool inflatables, towels, sunloungers, parasols and other outdoor chairs, tables and recliners.
The garden has been enhanced with a large decked terrace overhanging the wooded garden below that makes the most of the stunning views and location. The property is securely fenced above (unusual for France) - sufficient for all but the most adventurous dogs. There is a large summer kitchen with gas bbq, fridge and dining table seating 8 that provides a welcome shaded area from the hot sun this area enjoys. The property has a private 8m x 4m solar heated swimming pool with an electric cover for safety. The location offers many small farm tracks ideal for walking or cycling straight from the house.
Approached along a short steep track to an elevated position and entered through remote-controlled electric gates, our house has stunning views over the River Dronne and across the woods and fields to St Aulaye. A large parking area within the grounds for 4 plus cars by the pool. The property has an integral garage that is used as a workshop and storage for mowers etc and the 3 mountain bikes for use by guests. In addition to this parking a large space is available above the house with a separate gated entrance to the upper level of the property, all totally private.
Le Terrier de Lambrette would suit anyone looking for peace, tranquility and privacy. Ideal for 2 families with children, or 3 generations with the lower bedroom providing privacy from the main accommodation area. The private pool and the summer kitchen provide a 'Tuscan' style villa holiday destination in the heart of rural France and only 5-6 hours from the ferries. Note that the main living area is only accessible via steps (either up from main garden or down from the upper parking area), so the property is not suitable for wheelchairs.
There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in the utility room on the ground floor that is available for guests.
I am Sarah and, together with my husband Steve, have a passion for travelling and dogs (this is Cleo enjoying the Terrier de Lambrette views!) and live and work near Portsmouth. We have both travelled extensively in Europe all our lives and are thrilled that we have fulfilled our ambition of owning a little piece of France, to enjoy the wonderful climate (usually!), food, peaceful roads and countryside.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Charente offers a great combination of accessibility (around 6 hrs from Normandy ferries), a noticeably warmer climate, lots to do in the local towns and gentle countryside epitomised by sunflower fields, and good base to strike further south to the Dordogne or Bordeaux. The house is in a rural location and in a stunning, private setting above the River Dronne but with very easy access to 3 local contrasting towns - Aubeterre, St Aulaye and Chalais. Its unique position on top of a hill provides complete seclusion and no neighbours to worry about loud music, teenagers, babies, dogs etc! but not isolated - with the other few houses in the hamlet and local town of St Aulaye in sight.|
|Unique benefits of property||Very private and with fabulous views, solar heated pool and lots of space for 8+ people, including 3 eating areas each seating 8 and 3 showers, 3 loos. Really well equipped with stacks of kitchen gear, UK TV, lots of DVDs, books, games and CDs to enjoy, plus a pool table, darts board, boule kit, fishing gear, badminton set, summer kitchen with shaded area for al fresco dining, gas BBQ, and inflatables for the main attraction - the 4x8m solar heated pool. Great for dogs with enclosed garden and direct access to quiet farm tracks and woods for interesting walks. We are very happy to help arrange the vet appointment locally for the return to UK too. We try and ensure all the 'basics' are available for your stay too - salt, pepper, cooking oil, kitchen roll, washing up liquid, tablets for dishwasher, cleaning cloths etc etc - one of our irritations from renting places and having to buy all sorts of things you don't want to think about on holiday!|
Canoeing - hire is available from St Aulaye and Aubeterre, offering day and half-day options in single or family canoes.
The region boasts lots of Roman Churches and the famous monolithic subterranean church in Aubeterre. Chalais has a chateau and there is also a beautiful convent nearby at Echourgnac that makes a famous local cheese flavoured with nut liquer and a local Pineau, wine and sparkling wine manufacturer where you can buy direct.
The area is covered with quiet tracks and minor roads ideal for exploring by foot or bike (we have 3 mountain bikes at the house and you can hire others locally or try this site to order more: www.bikehiredirect.com).
Bergerac, Brantome, Bordeaux, Perigeuex, St Emilion and Angouleme are all about an hour away and worthy of a visit for food, shopping and culture.
In the River Dronne and local lakes. Permits available in local shops.
9-hole Club near Aubeterre.
The house is 'next door' (5 mins walk down the valley) to a pony club offering local hacks.
A number of swimming lakes are in easy reach (Lac de Jamaye and Parcoul), offering more opportuities for hiring water craft (canoes or pedaloes), sandy beaches and water-front cafes.
French Markets - It's almost possible to visit a different authentic market every day of the week in this area - where you can buy the local specialities of fois gras, cheeses, pineau (local fortified wine), melon and even fresh oysters from the nearby Bordeaux coast. Riberac on Friday and Chalais on Monday are particularly good.
River Swimming - Aubeterre and St Aulaye each have safe, monitored beaches for swimming (with imported golden sand) and beach cafes, play areas, boules etc. St Aulaye also offers a Tarzan course and water slide.
Outdoor courts are available in St Aulaye and Aubeterre.
Second visit. Just as good as the first.
Easy to organise and a pleasant stay
The house is extremely private with stunning views and in a great location, we were very lucky with the weather and made good use of the solar heated pool, which was cleaned every week by the very helpful local caretakers and a machine that you can put in and leave at other times, the bedrooms were comfortable and a good size, plenty of options for places to eat meals,but would perhaps benefit from either a couple of more comfortable chairs or another sofa instead of the two pretty but small/low chairs in the lounge, the kitchen was a good size with a decent size cooker, the fridge/freezer struggled with the heat but it was in the 30's, seems to be a problem with plumbing/waste water etc. downstairs but the owner is aware of this and waiting for a plumber to attend,Sarah was extremely helpful from answering our questions, booking our stay and even making an appointment at the local vets for the required stamping of passport etc. the vet was helpful and spoke a little English, we took a 9 month old puppy with us and I swear he didn't stop smiling (if dogs do smile) the whole time, would recommend the Portsmouth to Le Harve ferry with dog cabins if you're taking your dog. Good to have Wifi which worked very well, a good size TV with free SKY channels, loads of DVD's and books and a good pool table. Useful gas bbq which we used most days, we were 3 generations and all enjoyed our stay plus of course the dog.
A beautiful setting. Nice and peaceful with a good pool. Not as many restaurants as we'd hoped some seem to be closed but local shops nearby meant we could have lots of BBQs instead.
Lovely nearby walks with a happy dog who took full advantage of the outside kitchen to keep out of the sun when it got too hot.
A lovely tranquil setting with far reaching views over the countryside. The pool and outdoor games were enjoyed (badminton). When it rained there were numerous games and dvd's as well as a pool table. The bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen had plenty of crockery and utensils.
We visited most of the markets in the region and found them to be most popular selling lots of fresh produce and various clothing, hats, ornaments etc.
The nearby towns had some superb restaurants which proved to be popular in high season! Bergerac was beautiful and well worth a trip. There is a large supermarket about 30 minutes drive away.
Excellent communication with the owner who even arranged our return vet appointment for the dog.
There is a small waterpark nearby with a wide range of other activities to try archery, tennis, swimming pools, football and a river for swimming which has life guards in attendance.