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Converted Country Barn with pool in the Dordogne
Guibert, Issac near Mussidan, 17 km from Bergerac, Southwest France
4 bedrooms + mezzanine, sleeping 8/10 people
Guibert is our tiny hill top hamlet surrounded by meadows, woodland and vineyards, 20 minutes walk to the once fortified, medieval village of Issac in the Crempse valley. The village still, fortunately, has a thriving village shop to buy fresh bread in the morning and a bar for refreshment. Bergerac is 17 km from here.
Guibert is at the end of a tiny country lane, so there is no traffic and safe for children. There is a myriad of “chemin rural” or footpaths, criss-crossing through the woods to other tiny hamlets around us. A lovely half hour walk leads you to the ancient Chateau de Montreal, which has spectacular views from the ramparts and a beautiful 18th century interior.
La Bergerie was originally the barn in which wine was made and where two huge vats stood, behind which, the local Resistance hid weapons in the last war. Now the barn has been converted to a lofty, open plan living room, cool in summer with a large fireplace with log burning stove keeping the whole room warm in the winter. A long refectory table and comfortable sofas and chairs form a spacious living area with television and DVD, suitable for large parties of people and family alike. The fitted kitchen at one end is equipped with all the essential appliances and provides an open feeling and social area to the sitting room while preparing meals.
French doors from the living room and also one double bedroom both open onto a private sun trap terrace and south facing lawn, well protected by the woods that edge them.
The bedroom wing has a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom at one end and a further double and twin bedded room sharing a shower room. The mezzanine above the living room has a double bed and single sofa bed and a shower on the ground floor. Leading off the living room at the far end is the 4th bedroom which has its own sitting area, kitchenette, shower room and single sofa bed with doors opening onto the garden.
The swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps at one end, is surrounded by a child safe fence and terrace and is positioned to capture the sun until the latest possible time in the evening.
Mussidan, 8 km, is the nearest village for both general and supermarket shopping and has a weekly market plus bars and restaurants. You can hire bicycles in Mussidan and canoeing, indoor and outdoor hard tennis courts, riding stables and golf, are all available locally.
Bergerac on the River Dordogne, is a 20 minute cross-country drive and has huge range of shops and one of the best restaurants of the region, the L'Imparfait. The cobbled quays beside the river were once used for loading wine casks onto sailing barques for their journey downstream to Bordeaux, behind which, are beautiful narrow streets and ancient houses.
The vineyards of the Bergerac area, which produce both excellent white and red wines, are close to the town and include the well-known sweet white wine of Monbazillac, akin to Sauterne, so there is lots of opportunity to taste. St Emilion is 45 minutes drive.
Other lovely villages, such as Issigeac and Monpazier with their arcaded market squares and old fortified village "bastides" such as Domme, perched spectacularly on the limestone cliffs overlooking the river, the old town of Sarlat, the famous caves at Les Eyzies and their prehistoric paintings, and the spectacular river panorama at Beynac, are all about 30 minutes to an hour’s drive. Périgueux, the ancient capital, is 30 minutes drive.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 6pm departing at 10am
Prices include bed linen and towels (not pool towels) - changed weekly
Heating is extra: Electric heating and wood-burning stove
(wood can be bought very easily locally)
The house is non smoking
A cot is available on request
A deposit of 40% is requested on booking. Balance 8 weeks before arrival.
Damage deposit of £500 (€500) payable with balance and refunded
(less any charges) 1 week after departure
Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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