|1, Route de Montmoreau||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1||Futon in lounge|
Our detached village property has a large, secure, gated front and back garden with great valley views and private space for lounging in the sun and outdoor cooking / eating. Children have space to play and ride bikes. You are walking distance from the baker, newsagent, shop, cafes and tennis courts. You're driving distance from the Riberac market and lido, the St. Aulaye and La Jemaye beaches and pools, the tourist towns of Brantome and Aubeterre as well as the Poltrot canoeing and tree top walks.
This is our family home in France which my parents have owned for over 10 years. We either catch the ferry and drive down in a day or stop off in the Loire valley overnight to enjoy the journey down through France.
It is a clean, modest, functional property and works well for all generations from grandparents to children. It is equipped for up to 5 people. On one level, with a secure garden and walking distance from the village shops, it is a safe and pleasant place to stay. The house is equipped for summertime and winter - there is central heating to keep you cosy in the winter months. There are 2 bedrooms. One with a double bed. One with a bunk bed and a single bed. There is a kitchen, utility, lounge diner, bathroom and separate toilet. The house has a long, private patio, where you can sit in or out of the sun and a large garden both to the front and the back.
Based in a small market town you can walk to the newsagents, local shop, bakers, café, English speaking book shop, pizzeria, 2 local bars, pharmacy, doctor, bank, cash point and a Spar. The town is fairly sleepy. You can walk out of the front gates, meander across the green and wander down the quiet streets to fetch your croissants and baguettes in the morning (or send the children!). The patisserie serves fantastic tarts and gateaux. Alternatively you could get as far as the café, log in to the local wi-fi and sit and enjoy your café au lait in the sun. The cafes and Spar always advertise what local activities are taking place. On the way back you can pop in to the local shop and get your fresh vegetables and food for lunch. On a Thursday morning you can buy fresh fish just opposite the local bar. The nearest main town is Riberac (10km) and has the large supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, lido, garage, community hospital, market place and tourist office etc. There are plenty of places to eat but the restaurant ‘St Romain’, which is 10-15 minutes’ drive away, is worth mentioning as a classic French restaurant.
There are weekly markets in Riberac on a Friday (10km), and Chalais on a Wednesday (20km). There are evening markets in Aubeterre (8km) and Verteillac (10km), where you can buy antiques, art-work, books, crafts, jewellery, clothes, hats, local produce and drinks.
You can play tennis at the courts over the road – you can hire the key for one hour at the newsagents on the corner. (Bring your rackets with you). If you travel with golf clubs you can play golf at Longeveau (2km), where there is also a bar, restaurant and evening entertainment. There is horse riding near Villetoureix (10km). If you like watersports there are numerous places to canoe at Riberac (10km), Aubeterre (8km), La Jemaye (20km) or St Aulaye (20km). If you like swimming, as we do, there is a clean, modern 3 pool out-door lido in Riberac (10km) which has a small, safe pool for pre-schoolers, sunbathing space, café and a picnic area. For those who like adventure there are a number of tree walks e.g. Poltrot, St Aulaye, Angouleme. There is a renovated water mill at Poltrot (2km) which has a play space/ rope walk for pre-schoolers and a high walk for children / adults, it also has a café, picnic area, small river beach and toilets. In the summer the organisers at Poltrot run events e.g. medieval festival and fayres. At St Aulaye (20km) you can sit on the beach, canoe, tree walk, cycle or have fun on the giant water-slides and pool. At Le Jemaye you can play on the sandy beach, buy ice creams, eat at the café, go to the play area, walk in the forest, cycle or canoe (20km).
For those who enjoy cities you can head to Angouleme, Perigueux or Bergerac for shopping, restaurants, bars and city tours. Perigueux holds an annual mime festival in the streets. Angouleme has a cartoon museum and the city is a renown for walls painted with amazing animation – you can get the city street-art walk from the tourist information office. Bergerac is a beautiful city, steeped in history with lots to do and great places to eat. For a bit of french culture you could visit the historic and beautiful towns of Brantome with stunning buildings, meandering streets with lakes rivers or Cognac for its fine drinks, museum, shop and speciality gifts. Within one and a half hours drive, through beautiful countryside, you can reach the famous, pre-historic caves in the Dordogne. ‘Grotte de Villars’ boasts stalactites, stalagmites and cave painting.
If you enjoy wine and fine dining then there are plenty of places to visit. Bergerac is rich with vineyards and restaurants - you could try Monbazillac for a wine tour. Or you could head west to St. Emillion.
Day trips can be made to the sunny, sandy Atlantic coast. The city of Bordeaux has endless tourist attractions including the botanical gardens. Rick Stein has reviewed restaurants, La Tupina and Le Petit Commerce and visited a number of vineyards in this area. Further along the coast you can visit Lacanau, which hosts world championship surfing; Royan for sandy beaches and La Rochelle for a popular beach resort.
The kitchen has a cooker with a gas hob and electric oven, microwave, toaster, coffee-machine, tea pot and dishwasher. There is a mobile island unit and a kitchen dresser. It is functional and well-equipped. There are plastic plates for children and picnics. The cutlery and crockery is enough for 5 people. The shuttered window is above the sink and looks out over the back garden. There is a door which opens out to the garden and another door which opens into the utility room. The utility room has a washing machine and fridge-freezer. The gas central heating boiler is located here – at the end of this room is storage space, drying space, a table and chair. There is rotary washing line and pegs just outside the utility room door which opens on to the back garden.
There is a long lounge / diner with a dresser, large oak cupboard, round dining table and 5 chairs at one end. At the other end are 2 comfortable Ercol armchairs and a small settee, a futon / settee, small table, television and fire place for relaxing in the evening. The floor is tiled and there is a rug. There are two sets of frenchdoors which open out on the backdoor and patio. They have shutters for locking up at night or when out of the house.
There are 2 bedrooms both of which are to the front of the house with shuttered windows. The first room has a double bed with 4 pillows. There is a wardrobe and 2 chests of drawers. There is a mirror on the wall and a hair dryer in the drawers. The second room has a bunk bed and a single bed. There is a pillow for each bed. There is an inbuilt wardrobe; there is also a cot-bed in this room. Basic linen and towels are provided.
In the hall way between the 2 rooms there is an inbuilt cupboard where linen and towels are kept.
There is a bathroom with an inset curtained shower, a bidet and sink unit with cupboard beneath it and mirror on the wall above it. There are pegs for towels and a towel rail. The frosted window opens onto the front garden and has an exterior metal grill for safety as there is no shutter . The door is frosted glass.
There is a separate toilet next to the bathroom. It is clean, modest and functional.
The gas central heating makes the house convenient for a winter stay (along with the open fire). It is an automatic system so you should not need to do anything but there are instructions should you need them for any reason.
The house has a dvd player - you are welcome to bring your own dvds. The television tunes in to BBC, ITV and French tv. There a number of books and local maps for exploring.
The house does not have wi-fi but you can get wi-fi at the village café, pizzeria, the annexe to the Mairie and the Spar.
In the garage there are a few garden games including boules.
The house has a private patio, which extends along the length of the house at the back.From the patio you can look out across the fields and valley.In the evening there are exterior lights so that you can sit outside in the evening.
In the garage you will find a dining table, 6 outside dining chairs, one sun brolly, one sun lounger and a few garden games for children. These can be taken out for use by guests.The immediate back garden has been levelled so that you can put the dining table on it and eat al fresco.
The garden is secure and has plenty of space both at the back and front to run and play or sit privately and relax. If you bring bikes there is plenty of space to ride in the garden. There are pleasant French neighbours to either side of the house.
In front of the house there is a paved pathway and lavender border which extends along the length of the building. The grounds are tended by a gardener, have mature trees and are a pleasant place to be.
There is plenty of outside parking space next to the house, which is set inside a large secure garden.
This house works well for all generations from grandparents to children. It is equipped for up to 5 people and is good place for a family holiday. On one level, with a secure garden and walking distance from the village shops, it is a safe and pleasant place to stay.
It can be used as a base for exploring the Dordogne region and getting out about as there are plenty of day-trip options. Alternatively if you bring your bikes, swim gear, tennis rackets and golf clubs you can have an active holiday in the French country side. Finally if you prefer to relax, read a book and avoid your car for the break this is perfectly possible.
My husband and I come to St Severin with our 3 children almost as an annual retreat. We love the peace, the sunshine, the local river beaches and quality ice cream (!) that this holiday offers. Each year we meet up with family and friends. We bring our bikes, tennis rackets and recipe books. We swim, read, cook and ‘stay local’. My sister and her family are more active than us: they do day trips to Bergerac, Sarlat, St Emillion, Rouffignac and the caves at Grotte de Villars.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||My parents have owned a property in this location for over 20 years. It is far enough down France to ensure some decent sun and heat but close enough to the port to reach it within the day if you are determined. I personally like to make the Loire valley a stop-over point and see a new chateau each year as part of our journey down. Once there you are walking distance from the baker, newsagent, shop, cafes and tennis courts. You are driving distance from the Riberac market and lido, the St.Aulaye and La Jemaye beaches and pools, the tourist towns of Brantome and Aubeterre as well as the Poltrot canoeing and tree top walks. Should you wish to head further afield you can reach coastal towns of Royan, Lacanau within two hours. Or you can do city day trips to Bergerac, Bordeaux or Perigueux.|
|Unique benefits of property||This is our family home which my parents have owned for over 10 years. It is a clean, modest, functional property. This house works well for all generations from grandparents to children. It is equipped for up to 5 people. It is on one level, with a secure garden and walking distance from the village shops making it a safe and pleasant place to stay. The house is equipped for summertime and winter - there is central heating to keep you cosy in the winter months. There are 2 bedrooms, kitchen, utility, lounge diner, bathroom and separate toilet. The house has a private patio, which extends along the length of the house, where you can sit in or out of the sun and a large garden both to the front and the back. At night time it is perfect for viewing the black velvet sky with more stars than you can imagine. It is a great base. You can stay there without really having to get in the car or you can bring tennis rackets, golf clubs and bikes and get active or you can sight-see the region.|
There is a renovated water mill at Poltrot (2km) which has a play space/ rope walk for pre-schoolers and a high walk for children / adults, it also has a café which sells crepes and ice creams, a restaurant that you can book to go to in the evening, a picnic area, small river beach and toilets. I like to take the children there to get the late afternoon/ early evening sun. In the summer the organisers at Poltrot run events e.g. medieval festival and fayres.
There is good parking there but you can reach it quite easily by bike (all down hill on the way there).
This is an ancient town which is well known for its beauty, its unique church built in to the hill and for its art and craft shops. It hosts an evening market in the square with people eating at cafes and restaurants or simply wandering through the old village. Check it out on google for proper tourist information and info on what is going on during your visit.
At the base of the hill there is a camp site and a riverside beach. There is a pontoon, canoeing, fishing, play area and a beautiful space to relax in the sun. The ice creams at the café here are my personal favourite and the first place I come to on arrival !
Brantome is a beautiful medieval town with a river running through it. There's a lot of very old buildings and places to visit, with riverside restaurants and plenty of artisans selling their wares, including specialist knife makers who are particular to the region. We'll be going again!
Every Friday there is a large market in Riberac that starts early and ends around lunchtime. You can go early and have a coffee and a croissant in one of the cafes next to the market, you can even have a Cognac if you choose! The market has everything: food, drink, clothes, household items, toys, antiques, pottery and more. There are a couple of soap stands selling beautiful smelling soaps at good prices. I buy plenty every year and they last the year until I return once more.
The local lido is very enjoyable to visit, we visit a lot during our visits to France. There are 4 pools: a baby/children's pool, a medium/shallow pool (sometimes there is aqua exercises in that pool which you can join in with!), the pool which the diving boards lead into, and a more sophisticated pool,with small diving jumping boards where you can do lengths. There is also a small park, ice cream and snack hut and space to sit and enjoy the sun,off the pool edge. The facility is hygienic and everyone is friendly, the lifeguards keep a good eye out on all users of the lido and understand little English if needed. There is two main diving boards, and are fun to jump off, we spend hours each day at the lido enjoying the sun, food and facilities.
Angouleme is centre for cartoon art - for children as well for grown ups. There is a museum for comic-strip art where you can purchase posters, books and see displays. Better than that is a walking tour through the city which takes you past huge murals that have been painted on the sides of buildings. It is fun to wander through the city spotting them whilst popping in and out of shops, stopping at cafes and buying ice creams on route! If you head straight to the tourist office you can get the map with the walking tour and head straight off in search of the art.
The house had everything (except the internet) and was very clean and presentable. There was a very welcome 'welcome pack' of bread, butter, eggs, orange juice etc . which was very nice as we were too late on the first night to get to the shops. The garden is big which a grand view from the back terrace across open country. The village is charming and has a boulangerie and a Spar siupermarket. If you go, don't miss Aubeterre sur Dronne and the chateau at Chalais.