La Rochettes Dordogne £360 to £800 WK£360/week
Listing type: For Rent
Property type: Villa
* 3 Bedroom Villa sleeps maximum of 7 * Large outdoor pool – shared with the owners * Rates £360 to £800 per week depending upon season. * Long term lets (over 1 month) special rates available – please ask. * Short term breaks (4 days or less) available. * Car essential – nearest amenities: 0.5 km * May take pets * Non-smoking
Les Rochettes is over 250 square metres and occupies the entire ground floor of this really impressive country house. Just about every room in the house has panoramic views over the River Isle or to Perigueux. There is a very large kitchen with all modern appliances. The property is completely self-contained and private. Not over-looked
Its majestic tall ceilings and massive windows make it light and airy. The living room is beautifully set with two three seater and one four seater sofas and a LCD satellite television with UK radio and a DVD player. The living room has a traditional wood-burning stove. French windows lead out to a verandah or a large south facing terrace, which looks right down into the river Isle, great for al-fresco dining on a warm evening. There is a second reception room to quietly relax with a book. The dining room is furnished in reclaimed oak and will comfortably seat eight, again with French windows leading out to the verandah. Fully equipped kitchen with everything you need. A brand new range-cooker and dishwasher is installed. There is seating for 8. There are three king size bedrooms – one has a mezzanine floor with a single bed. The main bedroom has been furnished in reclaimed oak with a king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. There is an en- suite shower room. A large separate bathroom has recently been added. The second and third bedrooms are furnished tastefully in ash. Outside there are sun loungers and table and chairs. You could spend all day admiring up the view.
Located in the heart of the scenic Dordogne region, only 7 km from its capital, the city of Perigueux, wild deer, otters, falcons and eagles have been seen in the surrounding woodlands and meadows. Perigueux is the proud owner of the largest cathedral in south western France. The Romanesque Cathedrale St-Front was only completed in the 19th Century when the architect Paul Abadie oversaw the restoration of the building. Around the cathedral you will find a number of winding lanes from the 15th and 16th Centuries. Follow them down to the pedestrianised Rue Limogeanne and you will discover where the locals have been doing most of their shopping since the Middle Ages. Today it is still a major market town on Wednesdays and Saturdays when people come from all over the region to display their goods and browse for the latest bargains. The local specialties are truffles, foie gras and pies. The town also has all the usual amenities – a cinema complex, theatre, restaurants, bars, museums and interesting shops. There is a large shopping complex 3km away, just outside Perigueux with supermarkets Auchan and Intermarche.
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. On the way you will pass the Chateau L’Eveque. Other nearby towns worth a visit are Bergerac, Sarlat, Riberac –for its popular Friday market and Les Eyzies for the pre-historic caves.
Tennis, Water sports, Waterpark, Fishing across the road but you need a license, Horse Riding and Golf within 15 mins drive. Great for: Walking holidays, Rural/Countryside pursuits, and Cycling holidays.
How to get there
Driving from Calais is 760kms and takes about 8 hours. (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 Airport – 50km
Perigueux Rail Station – 25km
Nearest Ferry Port – 520km
Not suitable for children under 5. No smoking. Refundable breakages deposit required of £200 refundable 10 days after departure. Heating £40pw additional for period Oct thru April. Changeover day – Saturday (or, if preferred, Wednesday for longer lets). Payment: £150 deposit per rental week with booking payable by bank transfer. Balance payable 8 weeks before arrival.
Telephone: 01925 820891
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