Le Verger (rustic stone villa) £300-£800£300/week
Listing type: For Rent
Property type: Private House
3 bedroom house sleeps 6 I Private outdoor pool with enormous garden and swings I Rates £300 to £800 per week depending upon season I Long term lets available. Car essential – nearest amenities: 1 km I Pets welcome – just let us know I Non-smoking
This 18th Century villa still has some birthmarks, which are very beautifully encapsulated into a modern 21st century house. The large garden with larger than normal swimming pool has stunning views but although the villa is rural it is not isolated. There is another farmhouse just across the lane.
The villa itself is very tidy and clean complete with every modern convenience. The rooms are very large and well-furnished. The two bathrooms have been recently renovated. There is a new wood heater in the living room. Very private and plenty of car parking space.
The nearest village is Vendoire which has a good restaurant. Villeboise Lavalette is the nearest large village it has a post office, pharmacy, a SuperU and bar/restaurant. At Bertric Buree just a little further is a delightful fish restaurant. Verteillac is also 15 mins away and has an excellent bakery, large general store, Bank and cash machine and delightful cafes. Be sure to pay a visit to the Cafe du Commerce – serving the best ‘Croque Monsieur’ we have ever tasted. Bar le Calice serves a very good plat du jour Mon – Fri (about €8) as well as a selection of other dishes. There is also a bank and a cash machine, a post office and hairdressers. An excellent supermarket – Leclerc – in Riberac, 20 mins away.
Just up the road is St Jean de Cole renowned as one of the Dordogne’s prettiest villages. One of the Europe’s most important quartz layer (99,8% of purity) is Within easy reach there are a number of interesting places, which will delight you. The town of Nontron is approx. 12 miles north and is set among attractive lakes that provide ideal picnic sites. It stands high up on a rock fortified by massive ramparts and has a picturesque 18th century chateau. This is a perfect place for children as it houses a lively museum of dolls, models, games and toys.
There is fishing and beaches at La Jemaye (14kms). La Jemaye is a large lake with sandy beaches, pedaloes, canoes, horse riding, picnic areas, a cafe
In the medieval town of Brantome it is a delight to walk around the remarkable and ancient abbey founded by Charlemagne (742-814). With its soaring campanile this is one of the most elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings in the Dordogne, complete with caves used by the monks as kitchens and cellars. The town sits on a bend of the river Dronne and a stroll along the riverside is an unforgettable experience and there are also boat trips and canoes available. Loads of brilliant restaurants complete the experience – you will come back.
About 10 km down the river you come to the pretty village of Bourdeilles where there are two chateaux of different periods built on a fortified hill – a medieval fortress (13th – 14th century) and a Renaissance palace (16th) with a remarkable collection of furniture.
Aubeterre sur Dronne with its charming narrow streets wind through white stone houses and ancient buildings. Built in the shape of an amphitheatre this former stronghold is classified as one of France’s prettiest villages. The most outstanding and impressive monument in Aubeterre is the underground church of St John.
Not very far away is the town of Grottes de Villars and a short distance north of the town are the caves with some impressive stalactites and paintings more than 17,000 years old. Nearby is the Chateau de Puyguilhem in a village of the same name. It is a fascinating structure way out in the woods a Renaissance masterpiece that fell into disrepair but was carefully restored after WW2. It contains some suburb Aubasson tapestries and fine furniture and several fireplaces that are carved with exceptional beauty. And so it goes on – I just wish I had room to tell you more – come and find out for yourselves
There is a golf course at Pillac about 8 kms away or if you are a real professional you need to go to Perigueux about 30kms away – a first class 18-hole course. There is also Tennis in town, with Watersports, Water park, Horse Riding, and Fishing nearby and Golf within 30 mins drive.
Great for: Walking holidays, Rural/countryside pursuits, Cycling holidays or a winter sun break.
How to get there
Driving from Calais is 760kms and takes about 8 hours. (via Boulogne-Rouen-Le Mans- Poitiers- Angouleme).
There are a number of alternative ferry companies, Sea France are very competitive. If you are prepared for a longer drive you can use Norfolk line to Dunkirk instead of Calais. This is about 45 kms further but you can detour through Paris if the notion takes you.
By air to Bergerac, Brive, Limoges or Angouleme, we suggest Ryanair and they are cheap if you book ahead and other options are Easy jet to Bordeaux or Flybe to Bergerac.
Rentals cars are available from a large number of companies at Bergerac airport. You can book Hertz through Ryanair and their rates are competitive. Europcar and Avis are also available.
Airport – Bergerac 65kms
Angouleme Rail Station – 50km
Nearest Ferry Port Caen – 510km
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