La Blanchie Dordogne France £405 to £1195 WK£405/week
Listing type: For Rent
Property type: Farmhouse
*4-Bedroom farmhouse sleeps 8 * Private outdoor pool with large garden and BBQ *Rates £405 to £1195 per week depending upon season.* Long term lets available * Short term breaks (4 days or less) available. *Car essential – nearest amenities: 4 km *Wheelchair access * Pets welcome – just let us know! *Non-smoking
This beautiful 4 bedroom18th century traditional farmhouse, set against a backdrop of woods and rolling fields within extensive grounds and large (fenced) private pool, is simply and comfortably furnished. The combination dining room and kitchen measures 7m by 5m and opens out to a terraced area where there is space to relax in the evenings with a glass or two, sun loungers, a barbeque, a table and chairs for alfresco dining and a bar fridge for drinks.
Nearby are picturesque medieval villages, a good selection of restaurants and shops, plus sporting facilities such as canoeing, horse-riding, tennis, golf and fishing. This lovely area is also a haven for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers.
4km 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).
Verteillac is also 4kms 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.
Within easy reach there are a number of interesting places, which will delight you. The town of Nontron is approx 20 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 (16kms) 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 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 Longevau 16kms. If you are a real professional you need to go to Perigueux about 35 kms away – a first class 18-hole course. There is also an excellent Information Folder in the house covering Safety Procedures, ideas for eating out, local supermarkets, market days and places to visit.
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 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.
Angouleme Airport – 42km or Bergerac 72kms Angouleme Rail Station – 42km Nearest Ferry Port Caen – 510km
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 ‘La Blanchie” 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.