La Croix Dordogne £720 to £1750 WK£720/week
Listing type: For Rent
Property type: Villa
*6-Bedroom villa sleep 12 * Private outdoor pool with garden and BBQ * Rates £720 to £1750 per week * Long term lets (over 1 month) * Car advisable – nearest amenities: 1 km * No Pets allowed *Non-smoking
Situated in the heart of the most picturesque part of the Dordogne valley the villa has a bright modern interior, and provides the perfect blend of French charm and modern convenience. An underfloor heating/cooling system ensures comfort at all times.
The villa has 6 large bedrooms and 4 superb bathrooms and is divided into two wings by the enormous salon (approx 100 sq m) that has a fully fitted kitchen at one end. There is a TV in every bedroom concealed in a cupboard and a telephone in most bedrooms.
The salon is the hub of the property and has French windows and sliding glass doors so that it opens up on both sides to give easy access to the timber decking which surrounds the pool on one side and leads off the covered veranda on the other.
The four double rooms (2 en-suite) all have French windows leading directly onto the “church view side” decking, one room has internet access.
The villa is ideal for two families with two bedrooms separated from the other four by the living area. Also ideal for getting away from the children!! The lounge has seating for 17 but sleeps a maximum of 12. Linen is provided as is wheelchair access and secure parking.
This modern ranch-style villa in the village of St Front sur Nizonne, has an amazing amount of space spread over 300 sq m with pool and views of the ancient church and rural countryside.
Nontron is some 5 km 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. Also here are the satirical puppets from the Bebete TV show (like the English Splitting Image).
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 worked and reforested near Saint Jean. There is the 12th century Château de la Marthonie – considered an ancient monument and situated in the very heart of the village, the castle majestically dominates the lovely St Jean Square.
Just a short distance away there is the little town of Riberac and is renowned for its Friday market – the best in the area ad well worth a visit.
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 supurb Aubasson tapestries and fine furniture and several fireplaces that are carved with exceptional beauty.
There are three leisure lakes in the area with restaurants and bars. St. Estephe – a great facility with a beach. The Grand Lac – on the road from St. Mathieu to Maeval, and St. Mathieu – follow signpost to the lake when you approach St. Mathieu. Throughout the summer months, each village has a Fete and there are often many festivals in Nontron
The whole year is mild in Aquitaine. The 2,200 sunshine hours per year make the region similar to the Mediterranean. Brantome to the South is referred to as the Venice of the Dordogne. A picturesque medieval town with shops and numerous excellent restaurants, 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 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 but if you are a real professional you need to go to Perigueux about 20 kms away – a first class 18-hole course. Great for: Walking holidays, Rural/countryside pursuits, Cycling holidays – there are plenty of pedestrian and bicycle tracks for you to explore the surrounding countryside – 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 fancy 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 – 70km
Angouleme Rail Station – 55km
Nearest Ferry Port Caen – 520km
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.
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