|La Grenouille Verte||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||1||Cots can be supplied for all bedrooms|
The house is a gite on its own so you are not sharing the pool or garden with anyone else. We do live next door so we are on hand to help with any questions or suggestions about places to visit. We will keep the pool clean during your stay and we can often be found working in the garden and keeping the grass cut.
It's so quiet here, you can sit in the garden and hear nothing but the birds twittering, crickets singing and maybe a cockerel crowing. From time to time you will hear the frogs in the pond, they get a little amorous and vocal at times! Yes, of course, cars go through the hamlet, you will need one yourself if you stay here. But, this is really rural France, deep in the heart of the Perigord/Limousin Natural Park.
We are surrounded by forests and lakes and the sky is so blue and clear. The night sky is a wonderment, so clear and vast and you can watch the satellites going over.
Also in the evenings the bats come out of the nearby barns and fly off for the night, if you are awake early you can see them return and climb up the barn wall and crawl into their nesting holes.
The outside space here is lovely and is continuing to evolve as we come up with new ideas and schemes. We have made various outside areas for you to enjoy. Firstly, by the house is the front terrace and barbecue area, near to the kitchen to make life simple. This area gets very warm during long, hot summer days as it is surrounded by the walls of the house and barn but in the evening it provides the perfect setting for dining al fresco as the walls radiate the warmth they have accumulated. You can dine at the sturdy picnic bench John has made and use the solid built bbq.
The pool is an above ground, wooden one, perfect for cooling off when it gets a little too warm, with a wooden decked area and an area of grass where you will find sunbeds, and a parasol for some shade. Nearby is a paved terrace under the plum tree, providing some shade. Here there are two comfortable adirondack chairs also made by John with a view over the large garden.
Further down the garden you will find a rustic swing hanging in an oak tree and a badminton net strung between two poles for those energetic moments. Next to this is a rustic bench for those who prefer to watch the action.
Inside the house on the ground floor, you will find a large,light, well equipped kitchen, with gas/electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. The back door provides access to the back garden and a washing line, the ancient bread oven and some more shady areas under the fig and linden tree.
The lounge is both spacious and at the same time cosy, providing french windows opening on to the front terrace for summer and logburner for those chilly winter evenings.
Leading off the kitchen is the large bathroom and separate toilet. With a spacious shower cubicle, providing an overhead shower and a hand shower and a bath tub, also with a hand shower, ideal for bathing young children. We supply a big bath towel and a hand towel for each guest, we also have towels for use by the pool. These will be changed halfway through a two week stay or upon request.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, the first has an extremely comfortable king size bed, the second a French style double and the third, twin single beds, which can be pushed together if needed. All are supplied with fresh white bed linen, which will be changed halfway through a two week stay or upon request.
The hamlet is small, so we do not have a bar restaurant within walking distance but I was a chef for many years, so we are happy to provide freshly cooked meals for you for any day of your holiday. To whet your appetite, here is one of our current menus;
Light and Creamy Salmon Mousse with Dressed Leaves and Crusty French Bread
Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce, Potato Rosti and Green Beans
A Trio of French Cheeses with Onion Marmalade
Rich and Decadent Raspberry and White Chocolate Terrine.
We hope you will be interested in coming to spend your holiday here and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them.
The first room in the house is the kitchen.
It is double aspect with french windows and a window to the front of the property and a glazed door leading to steps out to the back garden. This makes it light and bright, it is the hub of the house with a large, traditional French, dining table comfortably seating six adults.
There is electric oven with gas hob, full size dishwasher, fridge/freezer and ample cupboard space. We have stocked it full of all the equipment we think you will need including a decent set of chefs knives, a quality set of cooking pans and matching cutlery. There are lots of crockery and glassware and those indispensable things such as a salad spinner and cheese grater!
Double glazed doors lead from the kitchen into the lounge, again with french windows to the front leading to the sunny front terrace and a window on the back garden.
Here you will find comfortable sofas and chairs and a few antique pieces of furniture.
The bookcases are stuffed with an eclectic mix of books, the chest/coffee table holds games and jigsaw puzzles.
The television is linked to a satellite dish for UK television and there is a small selection of dvds.
There is a wood burning stove for those chilly evenings, logs are supplied free of charge.
Up the stairs to the three bedrooms, the first to the front of the house, has a wonderfully comfortable king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables and bookcase with more books!
Across the landing is the double bedroom overlooking the back garden. The upholstered bed is typically french, there is a wardrobe, bedside tables and dressing table with more books.
Further along the landing is the twin bedded room with two metal framed beds, wardrobe, bedside table and chest of drawers.
All the beds are supplied with fresh white bedlinen, duvets and pillows.
The bathroom is downstairs just off the kitchen. There is and enclosed lobby area leading to the separate toilet and bathroom. The bathroom is large and has a full size bath tub with hand shower attachment, big tiled shower cubicle with over head and hand shower, wash hand basin and heated towel rail.
A large bath towel and hand towel is supplied for each guest and bath mats.
Wood burning stove in the lounge for which logs are supplied free of charge.
Oil fired central heating is available and is charged at 15€ per day.
Television with UK satellite television.
Dvd player with small selection of dvds.
Selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles.
Huge selection of books.
Front terrace with large picnic table, garden bench and stone barbecue. This is a wonderfully warm place for the evening as the sun goes down and the stone walls radiate the warmth they have soaked up during the day. Relax with a glass of wine as the barbecue cooks your dinner!
Back garden with shady areas, hammock, sunbeds and the rotary washing line. Ideal for quiet reading, yoga or contemplation!
Main garden is discovered through the white gate next to the barn, here you will find the above ground pool (5m x 3m) Ideal for families with young children as it offers extra security. This is a little suntrap and you will find sunbeds, parasol, chairs and gazebo.
The garden extends for about 100m away from the pool area and is a mixture of trees, grass and flower beds. Lots of space for running and playing with a ball or playing boules (set provided), or a game of badminton (all equipment supplied) We also have a swingball set and a table tennis table and a swing in the oak tree.
There is ample parking for two vehicles in front of the house, this is private off road parking.
Suitable for families with children both young and old, couples looking for a quiet retreat and friends looking to enjoy some quality time together. There is plenty of space so you can be together or spend time apart.
The house has easy access for people with mobility issues and the bathroom is downstairs but all bedrooms are accessed by a short flight of stairs so it is not suitable for people who are unable to climb stairs.
We are able to provide a couple of travel cots and high chairs for babies and toddlers.
We are happy to provide a freshly cooked meal for you on any day of your stay. We use local fresh produce where possible and hope to give you a taste of French cuisine. Below is an example of one of our current menus;
Duck Breast with Orange Sauce
Served with Potato Boulangere and Seasonal Vegetable
Pause de Chef
A Trio of French cheeses
With confit figue
Apple Strudel with
Vanilla Ice Cream
Confused by what wine to buy? Let us host a fun wine tasting evening for you. We will provide six wines for you to taste paired with food. We will also give you some facts and history about French wines.
We are a relaxed couple, (who wouldn't be living here?!) we enjoy our lives just the way they are. We are friendly and approachable and will be only too happy to help you have a great holiday, whether this is suggesting places to visit, cooking for you or just sharing a glass of wine and having a chat! We will be delighted to meet you if you feel that you will enjoy this experience too.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||We used to take holidays in France, usually in Normandy but we also ventured further south on occasion. We loved the more relaxed pace of life and the feeling of space you find here and the politeness of the French people. When we first moved over to live here, we knew we wanted somewhere with good weather and somewhere other people would like to visit but perhaps not in the hub of things. Somewhere quiet and peaceful but near enough to all the amenities. We think this area fulfils all these requirements.|
|Unique benefits of property||This is not a gite complex, you will not be sharing the garden or pool with anyone else, this is your holiday space for the entire length of your stay. We live next door and we are happy to help you make this a special holiday. We can suggest places to visit and we can also offer to cook freshly prepared meals for you on any day of your stay.|
About half an hour away is the small town of Piegut, quiet and sleepy most of the week but on Wednesday morning it is packed with market stalls selling everything from moules to baskets, pottery to mattresses! Sit at one of the cafes with a coffee and people watch and then buy your baguette and cheese for lunch but remember to get there early, it all starts to close up at midday for the traditional long french lunchtime!