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Farmhouse Cottage with pool in the Dordogne
St-Mayme de Pereyrol, between Bergerac and Périgueux
4 bedrooms, sleeps 8/10 people
Les Deux Tilleuls
La Jaubertie is a peaceful hamlet just outside the village of St-Mayme de Pereyrol, 25 kms from both Bergerac and Périgueux, in a beautiful part of the Dordogne where there is a quality of life and a landscape of wooded hills and valleys, vineyards, walnut groves and fruit orchards, fields of maize and sunflowers, towering châteaux and ancient villages and towns. Vergt is a village 5 kms from here that a choice of shops and a weekly market.
Our house is very typical of the Dordogne and lies in four hectares, surrounded by fields and woods with a marvellous variety of wildlife on the doorstep; nightingales, golden orioles, sometimes hoopoes, hawks and buzzards circling lazily overhead.
The cottage is on one side of the main house and completely private and independent with a garden and swimming pool. The stone walls and old beams, country furniture and pretty fabrics give the cottage much warmth and charm. The front of the house looks onto a courtyard with flowers and century old trees and over towards the paddock and stables. Behind is a garden with shady fruit trees and the pool, which blends into the fields and woods beyond.
The main room on the ground floor has a traditional open fireplace and is quiet and comfortable with a sofa bed if needed. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher and fridge, microwave and an oven and hob and has a dining table and a large open fireplace. Double doors make the room light and airy and open straight into the garden. The house has lots of cupboard space and there is a laundry room in the main house available to guests.
Upstairs are three double bedrooms, each one with lovely views. The largest bedroom has an en suite shower with a separate wc. The other two bedrooms, one of which has bunk beds ideal for children, share a pretty bathroom with bath. A large double bedroom with a shower room is on the ground floor next to the sitting room.
Apart from the pool we have table tennis and can organise treks through the countryside on our horses for experienced riders. There are also various books and games in the house. Bicycles for both adults and children can be hired in the village.
Within 5 to 10 kms are tennis courts that are open to anyone and a lovely lake where you can picnic and swim. The area is ideal for cycling and you can walk almost anywhere you like through numerous country lanes off the beaten track, perhaps the best way to really see this area. About 30 minutes away are the Vézère and Dordogne rivers, which have canoe hire bases that cater well for children and beginners and can arrange to collect you at point further along the river and drive you back to your car at the base. Climbing and potholing are also possible locally.
Périgueux cathedral, designed by the architect of the Sacré Coeur in Paris, is a beautiful backdrop to the weekly markets and the Roman amphitheatre there, is still imposing and in remarkably good condition. The town is famous for its food and, as it is surrounded by farms producing foie gras, the shops are full of it. The old part of the town has many lovely medieval houses and is pleasant to walk around. The annual Mime Festival is held usually at the beginning of August and through the summer, there are a succession of other music and theatre events throughout the region.
The Dordogne is famous for an extraordinary series of caves with amazing prehistoric cave paintings. Lascaux is known as the prehistoric Sistine Chapel, others worth seeing are at Les Eyzies, Rouffignac, Combarelle and Font-de-Gaume. There can be few people who leave without a sense of awe at man's struggle to learn and progress and several of these sites also have very good museums.
Throughout the region are many châteaux dating from the before the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, some with beautiful gardens, each with their own story to tell; Beynac and Castelnaud, which face each other across the Dordogne river, Biron standing high on a hill that can be seen for miles around and Bourdelles, just downstream from Brantôme. Known as the Venice of the Périgord, Brantôme sits on the lovely river Dronne and is a delight to visit. Its abbey dates back to the 11th century and there are a host of bars and restaurants including the legendary Moulin de l'Abbaye and the nearby Moulin du Roc, both of which have a Michelin rosette. Issigeac with its popular Sunday morning market and Sarlat are other places worth visiting.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 5pm departing at 10am
Linen and towels are provided
We can also stable your own horse on request
A deposit of 25% is requested on booking to confirm
with the remainder paid on arrival
Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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