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Ideal Cottage For Two in the Dordogne
Chassaing near Hautefort, in Southwest France
1 bedroom, sleeps 2


This spacious house dating from the late 18th century is traditionally built of stone with heavy oak beams throughout. Recently refurbished to provide modern conveniences without detracting from its original charm, it is now furnished to a high level of comfort to suit two people. The house is situated in its own grounds and is maintained and cared for by the owners who live on the site.

Chassaing is a hamlet of six houses occupying a small hill, which is surrounded by walnut groves with marvellous panoramic views and listed as one of the local beauty spots. The house is situated on the top of the hill and has uninterrupted views to the South East, making early mornings very special when the mist hangs in the valley under the ever changing colours of the sunrise. The chateau village of Hautefort is minutes away and the house is within easy driving distance of numerous places of interest. Limoges and Bergerac are about an hour away, Brive is 45 minutes.

The ground floor of the house has a large lounge with an inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove. There is a combined sound system of radio, tape and CD, Internet access, plenty of reading matter and jigsaw puzzles and board games to relax the mind. There is a sizeable double bedroom with a large window that opens onto the view, which has a dressing table and wardrobe. There is also an adjoining shower room and separate toilet.

The lower ground floor is spacious and an area which is comfortably cool on hot summer days. It has a modern kitchen and a farmhouse style dining area. The kitchen is equipped with a 4 ringed hob and cooker, dishwasher, kettle and toaster. All kitchen utensils are provided with more than adequate tableware for six people to dine in style. An iron and ironing board is also provided. A seating area leads directly onto the patio with lovely views of the countryside beyond.

With the exception of the shower room, all the walls are of exposed stone and heavy wood beams support the ceiling. Throughout, the furnishings are well appointed and this, together with diffused lighting, gives a warm ambiance and a feeling of tranquillity that is hard to beat. For cooler days, the wood stove is augmented by central heating, which ensures that all areas of the house are adequately heated. Gas provides the fuel for cooking, heating and hot water.

A large garden with parking facilities adjoins the house. The covered patio faces the views to the South East and makes an ideal place for alfresco dining. Teak furniture is provided along with two sun loungers and a barbeque.

The Area

There are plenty of recreational activities to suit all tastes. There are three golf courses within an hour, riding stables 10 minutes away and a swimming and fishing lake at the bottom of the road. The whole area is well suited for walking and cycling and the house lies on one of the well mapped rambling routes, which abound here. Public tennis courts are available in Hautefort and canoeing is very close at hand with a wide choice of areas and rivers to choose from. Within 20 minutes is a summer activities centre featuring a lake that provides water skiing, boating facilities and a beach to swim from. Hot air ballooning and microlite flights are available in the Dordogne valley.

The Perigord is renowned for its food, beautiful countryside and history. Perigueux, the provincial capital of the area, goes back to Roman times and is only 35 minutes away. This is a great place to go of a summer's evening when there is live music in the squares and plenty of eating to be done.

The Dordogne valley with its beautiful river, numerous chateaux and sites of major archaeological interest such as Lascaux and lovely villages and towns like Sarlat are within an easy drive. During May through August there are scores of Fetes organised by local villages where in many cases, whole villages are taken over by the festivities and traffic is banned to accommodate the activities.

Everywhere there are restaurants of various levels to suit all pockets and tastes. Within 2 kms of here are eight restaurants to challenge your palate and just a little further afield, are other restaurants which are famous throughout France. All through the year it is possible to visit a market almost every day of the week. The markets of Perigueux and Sarlat on Wednesdays and Saturdays, should be one of the many highlights of your visit.

Travel Information

Brive - 45 minutes
Bergerac and Limoges - about 1 hour
(All with low cost flights from Brussels, Paris and the UK)
Car hire available
A89 links to Bordeaux (just over 2 hours) - 15 minutes
Paris/Hautefort - 4h 30 minutes
For preferential cross channel rates
from the UK with car, please enquire
Brive (TGV Paris/Brive) - 45 minutes

Availability Check

Prices and booking information

31 March - 21 April220198
28 April - 19 May240216
28 May - 23 June325293
30 June - 21 July360324
28 July - 11 August380342
11 August - 25 August360324
25 August - 15 September260234
22 September - 29 September220198

All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am

Mid week bookings also possible

Bed linen and towels are provided
Heating is charged according to gas consumed
Internet access is available

Language(s) spoken:
English and French

To book or for more information please contact
Michael Moore

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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