Les Bouleaux Dordogne £400 to £1450 WK£400/month
Listing type: For Rent
Property type: Condo
*4-Bedroom house sleep 8 * Private outdoor pool with garden and BBQ * Rates £400 to £1450 per week depending upon season. * Car advisable – nearest amenities: 2 km * May take pets * Wheelchair access *Non-smoking
Our philosophy – give the children everything they could wish for in a holiday home, so that the parents too, can relax and enjoy themselves. From the games cupboard in the lounge to the swimming pool, table tennis, badminton, and lots more besides, small and big children should never be heard to utter ‘I’m bored!’
The house is on the edge of a village nr. Riberac, with an elevated position for the views, but seldom windy. It’s very spacious, with living rooms, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, WC/cloakroom on the ground floor, 2 bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom in the ‘tower’ room upstairs.
Wide doors for easy wheelchair access, and the general spaciousness makes getting around easier too. The downstairs bath has lower than normal access and a grab handle.
The secluded rear garden means that people preferring a little naturism on holiday will feel comfortable too. Just watch out for the pool maintenance man every Friday morning!
Within half an acre of grounds, mainly set to lawns, there’s the pool and it’s pavoir terrace, a lovely herb and lavender aromatic parterre – please help yourself to rosemary, sage, mint and a little thyme for your culinary delights – a gazebo for shade, a wendy house with slide and swing, a badminton net and finally the gas barbie.
There is plenty of parking space, or abandon the cars, and make use of the 4 bikes, or even walk to the village store for your daily bread
Riberac is only 2 miles away with 2 large supermarkets and several restaurants. Close by are rivers and lakes for swimming, canoeing and fishing. And, beautiful villages are all within an easy drive or cycle ride. The nearest beaches are on the Atlantic coast, all around 2 hours away. Most visitors to the Dordogne find the local river and lake facilities are just as good as the seaside!
Verteillac, 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. Just 7kms on at Bertric-Burre there is a superb restaurant specialising in fish. An excellent supermarket – Leclerc – in Riberac, 20 mins away.
In La Tour Blanche you will find an excellent baker, butcher, general store, pharmacy, Post Office, tabac/bar and the Chez Fernand bar/restaurant (excellent fixed priced set menu Mon – Fri lunchtimes). Within easy reach there are a number of interesting places, which will delight you. The town of Nontron is approx 15 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 (25kms) La Jemaye is a large lake with sandy beaches, pedaloes, canoes, horse riding, picnic areas, a café.
A short drive from Bouteilles there is the medieval town of Brantome where 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 is 25 mins away with its charming narrow streets winding 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 1 kms away. If you are a real professional you need to go to Perigueux about 30 kms away – a first class 18-hole course. There is also Tennis in town, with Watersports, Water park, Horse Riding, and Fishing nearby. 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 Easyjet 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.
Bergerac – 53km
Angouleme Rail Station – 48km
Nearest Ferry Port Caen – 527km
Provisional reservations held for 7 days. A Deposit of £150 per week is required to secure your booking and the remaining balance should be paid 8 weeks before your arrival. Maps, directions and information regarding the final details of your arrival will be sent to you about 4 weeks before your holiday. Should you require any further information on ‘Ortillac” we are happy to help please telephone or e-mail Mila. Your mobile tel. no. will help us acknowledge your enquiry promptly. There is a security deposit of £200 against breakages payable on you final invoice. This will be refunded 10 days after your departure.
Tel: +33 (0)9 60-35-69-74
Mobile: +44 (0)784 6068055
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