Delightful House with Pool in South-West France
|Property Type:||House - Semi Detached (200 m²)|
|Rent per month:||From £700 to £1200 pcm Inclusive of some extras|
|Long letting period:||September to mid-July|
|Min. rental period:||1 month|
|Bedrooms:||2 Double bedrooms. 1 Twin bedroom. 2 Mezzanines. The mezzanine 'rooms' both sleep 2.|
|Sleeps:||6 to 10 (+ a cot)|
Description of Property:
A traditional stone-built 1830s country house, with a large garden and a beautiful 10 x 5m pool. It is awash with charm and quirky features. Much of the furniture in the house is beautifully preserved antiques, but it has all mod cons too, including a brand new kitchen and bathrooms, excellent Wifi and a well-equipped utility room. Original oak beams are juxtaposed with new carpets and electrics, and there are hundreds of books (including a large collection of Astérix books) as well as puzzles and games for sociable days. While there is air-conditioning to fend off extreme heat in the summer, the thick stone walls and cool floor tiles downstairs maintain a natural coolness. The house is surrounded by fields and pine forests, which conceal exquisite ‘secret’ lakes and an array of wildlife.
Two living rooms – One is part of the large kitchen/dining room, and has a wood burning stove with comfy chairs. The main living room has a piano, another wood-burning stove, a TV with satellite English channels and a DVD player. There is a selection of DVDs, and the Wifi is good enough for streaming. The dining area has an extendable handmade table, expertly crafted by our cabinet-maker neighbour.
Kitchen – the large island houses a fridge, a freezer, a dishwasher and cupboards. The main part of the kitchen has a second fridge, a gas hob, a microwave and an electric oven. There is plenty of storage space, including a walk-in larder. The kitchen has everything an enthusiastic chef could need, including new pans, sets of crockery and cutlery. The Kenwood chef dates back to the 1960s and still works perfectly! There are built-in USB ports as well as plenty of sockets and a music system.
Brand new family bathroom, with two basins, a separate shower and bath.
Separate toilet, with washbasin.
Utility room, including a washing machine and tumble drier etc.
Double bedroom with a wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Twin bedroom with an antique dresser and table.
On the large landing, there are two ‘rooms’, one with an antique double bed, and the other with a single bed and a trundle. Children love these. They can draw the curtains to make private dens, while feeling close to the grown-ups downstairs. The ‘rooms’ have cute little windows, antique chests of drawers and a new fitted carpet.
Master bedroom – this spacious room has a large chest of drawers and wardrobe as well as a table. With two shuttered windows and a dormer window, this bright room has ample space for remote working.
En-suite shower room – new walk-in shower, basin and loo.
Outside Amenities: At the front of the house, there is access to the large garage and plenty of room for parking several cars off road. Patio doors in the living room open into a greenhouse at the side of the house. A glorious Mirabelle tree as well as various apple trees provide abundant fruit in the high summer and autumn. The road past the house has very little traffic, but the extensive garden out the back is enclosed by hedges and gates so dogs and small children can’t stray. Doors from the kitchen open into the large veranda at the back of the house. This is in shade with outdoor lighting for al fresco dining, and has a long table as well as a swing seat for afternoon naps. The veranda looks out at lawn and a pretty, irrigated flowerbed. The beautiful 10 x 5m pool is safe for children, with a fence around it and a security gate. The large poolside area has plenty of room for the sun loungers, and the comfortable corner sofa and table are perfectly positioned for watching the sun set over a gin and tonic. Beyond, there is a lawn with a lovely goldfish pool; fish food is provided. There is a croquet set for the lawn. Right at the back of the garden there are swings and an irrigated wildflower meadow. You will probably be visited (if not adopted) by Minou, the cat. He lives in a field when there’s no-one in the house, but, as soon as he sees signs of life, he comes to be fed and purr on your lap. There’s food for him in the house.
Surrounding Area: We are at the crossroads of 4 ‘départements’, the Dordogne, Charente-Maritime, Charente and Gironde. This puts us within easy reach of some of the best that France has to offer: Bergerac, St Emilion, Aubeterre, Cognac and Sarlat, as well as the seaside.
Nearby there is horse riding, kayaking, go-karting, jet-skiing, railbiking (yes, really!) and of course, wine-tasting. There are also many beautiful trails through hills, forests and vineyards if you enjoy walking, running, cycling or pony trekking. For active guests, Lac Sensation Frisson, near the village of Brossac (23 min – 22km) has jetski, a 36m water slide and quad biking. Nearby there’s also cable wakeboarding, kneeboarding and paddle boating.
There are numerous lakes and rivers with sandy beaches near by. 15 minutes drive away is Beauvallon, a swimming lake with a beach, pedalos and a café-restaurant. A great day out is a trip in the morning to the wonderful market in Riberac or Chalais, followed by an afternoon at the sandy beach of Saint-Aulaye, by the river with gorgeous kayaking. The picturesque lake La Jemaye (42min, on the way to Riberac) has activities for walkers and swimmers and the surreal turquoise lakes at Guizengeard are a must for photographers.
We are just over an hour from the seaside. Head south to the amazing ‘Dune du Pilât’ - the largest sand dune in Europe - next to the lovely old seaside town of Arcachon and the chic Cap Ferret: this is definitely worth setting aside a day for. North is Royan (98km, 1h28) and numerous sandy beaches.
Every day there are colourful local farmers’ markets nearby in charming market towns including Chalais (26 min, 24km), Riberac (40 min - 46km), Coutras (16 mins, 14km) and St Seurin (28 min, 28km). There are a number of marchés nocturnes (night markets) in the summer months, where people party in the town square, with street food, music and dancing.
There is a cornucopia of French specialities of the region in local restaurants and markets, including fresh seafood (oysters, mussels and fish), foie gras, duck and many local cheeses. We are surrounded by vineyards where you can visit, taste and buy the wines direct as well as trying Pineau (the local aperitif – delicious chilled) and, of course, Cognac.
A must-see is Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (37km). It is classified as one of the ‘plus beaux villages’ (prettiest villages) of France, with delightful hilltop architecture and a stunning Monolithic Church – the largest underground church in Europe. Part of it was only discovered in 1961; a truck was passing by when the road collapsed, revealing a necropolis below with tombs of crusaders.
The small and historic city of Périgueux (77km) is especially famous for its fine local cuisine and markets. The historical sights and famous Maison des Vins of Bergerac (80km) also make a great day trip.
A little closer is Cognac (62km) with its riverside restaurants, Cognac houses and beautiful historic town. You could combine this with a trip to Jarnac (71km) where you can enjoy brandy tastings and try yet more excellent restaurants.
Heading south, the narrow cobbled lanes of the gorgeous medieval hilltop wine town of Saint-Emilion (33km, 40min) lead to innumerable restaurants, historic buildings and wine houses offering wine tastings. The vineyards and city of Bordeaux (80km) are a spectacular day trip; try the local delicacy of canellés before a visit to the magnificent opera house amidst the grand buildings and fountains.
Blaye (60km) on the Gironde is also worth a visit with its great citadel and good Côtes de Blaye wine. Another day trip is Brantôme, known as the ‘Venice of Perigord’, where you can choose from river cruises, pedalo, horse-drawn barge, canoeing over rapids, the abbey, churches or a Troglodyte tour. There is a choice of chateaux to visit round about.
|Heating system:||2 wood-burning stoves and programmable electric heaters in all the rooms. Air-conditioning in the living rooms and kitchen area. Heated towel rails in the bathrooms. Fans in every bedroom.|
|Services / Facilities:||Mains water. Private water. Septic tank. Electricity. Telephone. WiFi Broadband Internet Access. Television. Satellite TV. DVD. Hi-fi. Alarm.
Excellent Wifi in every room, so it's perfect for working from home. A VW Polo is available for hire.
|Kitchen Facilities:||Conventional oven. Hob. Microwave. Fridge. Freezer. Dishwasher. Washing Machine. Tumble Dryer.|
Children welcome. As well as the 'den' rooms on the mezzanine, there are plenty of games and toys for rainy days.
No smokers. Pets may be allowed by prior agreement. A bed and dog bowls will await your best friend.
Cot is available.
Suitable for those with limited mobility. Suitable storage facilities are available for furniture etc.
With prior agreement, the large garage can be made available for storage.
Property is suitable for more than one family. Off-road parking.
Distance to Nearest (in kms):
|Village/Town:||Cercoux 5 kms|
|Supermarket:||Intermarché at Montguyon 9 kms|
|Shops:||Montguyon 9 kms, Coutras 14 kms|
|Market:||Markets within 30 km radius every day|
|Airport:||Bordeaux 74 kms, Bergerac 86 kms|
|Train Station:||Coutras 14 kms|
|Port:||St Malo 511 km, Caen 556km, Calais 809km|
Pricing Info: A non-refundable deposit of 1 month's rent is required when booking. Price includes water, gas, TV, pool chemicals, telephone, Wifi, pool maintenance and gardener. A starter pack of logs is included. Electricity meter logged at beginning and end of stay and paid for out of deposit. A supplement may be payable if excess water/telephone is used. Duvets and pillows are provided along with bed linen and towels. A cleaner is available if required.
Availability: This property is available for longer rentals: September to mid-July
This property is available for lets all year round apart from the last two weeks of July and August. It is available for weekly summer rentals.
This property is available for weekly summer holiday rentals.
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|Telephone No 1:||+44(0)7966 177824|
|Telephone No 2:||+44(0)161 434 9409|
|Languages spoken:||English, French|
|Time to contact:||Daytime and evenings|
|Time to contact:||Evenings|
|Comments:||Email is preferred.|
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