Le Chai Dordogne £660 to £1600 WK£660/week
Listing type: For Rent
Property type: Villa
4 Bedroom villa, (sleeps 8) 400 year old restored former stable with 4-STAR RATING by the French authorities. Le Chai is situated in the heart of truffle country between Thiviers and Brantome Rates €660 to €1,600 per week, car essential, nearest amenities 1km, family friendly, suitable for children of all ages, and suitable for the elderly and infirm, pets welcome, no smoking at this property, self-catering, safe, shared pool, fishing available under licence.
*4-Bedroom villa sleep 8 * Shared outdoor pool with garden and BBQ* Rates £660 to £1,600 per week * Long term lets (over 1 month) * Car advisable – nearest amenities: 1 km * May take pets* Non-smoking
This 400 year old former stable has been awarded a 4-STAR RATING by the French authorities. A much-coveted award, guaranteeing excellence. When you open the front door you are amazed by the size of the living area. Not only spacious but beautifully furnished. It has been lovingly restored and brought back to life. The character of exposed stonework and oak beams has been carefully integrated and retains its original features. On the ground floor, the open plan living room with a wood burner fireplace, flagstone floors, fully equipped with satellite TV, DVD player, stereo, CDs and books provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and unwinding after a busy day of sight-seeing. There is also wi-fi access. The open plan dining room and fully equipped kitchen including an American fridge/freezer, are all spacious and furnished with great care and sensitivity providing comfortable accommodation all year-round.
You have a safe for your money and passports, etc. and a mobile phone can be arranged for you use while on holiday. French doors lead onto a fenced raised terrace with direct access to the riverbank via steps. A suntrap south-facing terrace gives direct access to the gated 10 x 4 x 1.8 metre salt water pool, with sunbathing terrace and lawned garden with children’s play equipment. The pool is shared between Le Chai and the villa next door. There are two double-bedded rooms, both 4 posters and shower en suite, overlooking the back of the villa towards the river and on the south side. Two twin bedrooms share a bathroom, all beautifully and stylishly furnished and decorated, it oozes quality and comfort. Linen, bedding, pool towels, tea towels and traditional quilts are all provided at no extra cost. There is also a maid service available for two weekly rentals. Laundry is changed weekly.
There are two outside eating areas fully equipped with chairs, tables and sunshades. Ideal for sitting out with a glass of wine on those warm summer evenings. The back is particularly beautiful with a view across the lawn to the riverbank. Fishing is available in the river and rods and equipment are provided. A license can be arranged to make you legal and there is a Barbeque to cook your catch. There is a large parking area that includes undercover parking for up to three cars. Le Chai’s rustic charm and modern amenities provides a wonderful base for exploring the Dordogne.
Situated in the heart of truffle country you can go just up the road to Sorges the “capitale de la Truffle” where you can visit the truffle museum and take a walk through the special Sorges truffle groves. This offers a thrilling introduction to the mysteries of the truffle and its cultivation. If its haute cuisine you are looking for then Brantome is very well placed to satisfy your needs but it also offers restaurants to suit any budget. There are many cafes, creperies and tearooms in Brantome to choose from, so it is worth strolling around, browsing at the various menus on offer before taking a seat. It is also worth noting that some places have rather erratic opening times, so check this out if you wish to return another day.
Le Chai is located equidistant (10 kms) from the towns of Brantome and Thiviers – which has a range of shops, banks, post office and two large Supermarkets. For sport there is Tennis in Thiviers and Brantome and you can find Go Karting in Teyac near Javerlac offering an excellent track with fast machines loved by teenagers. Water sports, Fishing, Horse riding, Hiking and Golf are all activities which are available, in and around Brantome. Canoeing is a great fun day out for everyone. You can choose to start at just about any point of the Dronne River. There are several collection points where you can pick up your canoe and start your adventure. Be prepared for getting wet though, as you go through Brantôme under the bridges and over the small waterfalls. It is very safe and can be as strenuous as you want to make it. You can stop when you like leaving the canoes at a drop point where you can be taken by minibus back to where you started.
Nontron is some 20 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). Not far away 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 and well worth a visit. There are four 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, St. Mathieu – follow signpost to the lake when you approach St. Mathieu and there is fishing and beaches at La Jemaye (22 km) La Jemaye is a large lake with sandy beaches, pedaloes, canoes, horse riding, picnic areas, a cafe etc. 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. Then 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. Loads of brilliant restaurants complete the experience – you will come back. There are also boats trips available. About 14 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 18 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 or Limoges – 80km
Angouleme Rail Station – 70km
Nearest Ferry Port Caen – 530km
Provisional reservations held for 7 days. A Deposit of 25% is required to secure your booking and the remaining balance should be paid 8 weeks before your arrival. Should you require any further information we are happy to help please telephone or e-mail. Your mobile tel. no. will help us acknowledge your enquiry promptly. There is a security deposit of €300 against breakages payable on your final invoice. This will be refunded within 2 weeks from your departure.
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