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House and Cottage with pool in the Dordogne
Festalemps, between Ribérac and Bergerac in South West France
6 and 2 bedrooms, sleeping 15 or 6 people

The House and Cottage

This is a large family Maison de Maître with interior courtyards and gardens and two independent 17th century guest cottages, situated in the church square of the little country village of Festalemps, 10 km from both Ribérac and St Aulaye. Bergerac and the lovely old towns of Périgueux, Brantôme and Saint Emilion are less than an hour's drive away, while Angoulême in the Charente is 60 km and Bordeaux is 85 km from here. St Aulaye and Ribérac have shops and weekly markets and several restaurants and cafes.

The Dordogne is one of the most beautiful regions in France. A lush countryside of wooded hills and valleys, vineyards, walnut groves and fruit orchards, fields of maize and sunflowers, towering châteaux and ancient villages and towns, which scatter a landscape steeped in history. The sweeping views across our valley are sublime. There is a quality of life here, old values still exist together with the benefits of modern living and the people are open and welcoming.

Festalemps has a good local boulangerie that still makes delicious bread in a wood burning oven, and there are shops, supermarkets and weekly markets in surrounding villages. The market in Ribérac is particularly picturesque and overflows with stalls selling foie gras and farm made cheeses, melons, tomatoes, kilos of cherries and strawberries in season and a host of other things.

The property dates from the 18th century and is made up of the main house, the courtyards and the two guest cottages, each of which has been traditionally restored in the style of the region with lovely old stone walls and Roman roof tiles, interior wood beams and original tiled floors, giving them a feeling of warmth and charm. The cottages have gardens and outside terraces designed to give each peace and privacy.

The first cottage is a house that sleeps up to 15 people. Restored in a country style, it has two salons and a large kitchen that is the heart of the house. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything needed including a dishwasher and washing machine, oven and hob, fridge and various appliances and there is a dining area with a dining table and walnut sideboard. The salon has television and two comfortable sofas.

Upstairs are 6 double rooms, one of which is a mezzanine bedroom. Three of the rooms also have a single bed. The house has 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets.
The main room opens onto a terrace dining area with a barbecue, which looks onto a peaceful, private garden.

The gite cottage sleeps up to 6 people. The entrance leads straight into a large, light kitchen, equipped with a fan oven, hob and microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, coffee maker and toaster with a salon area and a dining area.

Upstairs are two bedrooms, both with a double bed and two single beds.
The main room opens onto a private garden with outside furniture and a barbecue.

The pool has panoramic views over the countryside beyond and a shaded terrace area. It measures 11 x 5 metres with a progressive depth of a metre to 2.5 metres and is lit at night for midnight swims! There is a pool house and the pool is surrounded by a small stone wall and wrought iron barrier to protect young children, but please ensure that there is adequate adult supervision.

The garden has grassy areas and flowerbeds and shady spots under the trees for the hottest part of the day. There is a games area for the children, a pétanque pitch, table tennis and various ball games and we also have a horse and a pony, so if you are experienced riders, we can put up a small jumping area.

The Area

About 12 kms from us is a large lake where you can swim, windsurf, or just do some fishing. Servanches (10 km) and Pillac (15 km) have golf courses, though the nearest one is in Longeveau. Cross country lanes off the beaten track make wonderful walking and cycling routes through unspoilt countryside, perhaps the best way to explore and see medieval villages in the area.

The pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela passes through Brantôme and Périgueux and is still studded with religious statues that were used to mark the way. Surrounded by a river, Brantôme is known as the Venice of Périgord and a must to visit for its ancient Benedictine Abby, the winding streets and lovely old houses, as well as for its restaurants.

Périgueux Cathedral, designed by the architect of the Sacré Coeur in Paris, is a beautiful backdrop to the weekly markets and the Roman amphitheatre 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 medieval houses huddled together in narrow streets and is pleasant to walk around.

Lascaux is an astonishing example of prehistoric art and a rare insight into our origins and there are many other nearby prehistoric caves worth visiting. Excideuil with its XI century fortress, is a charming small market town with a host of medieval buildings.

Bergerac, which lies on the Dordogne river is only 30 minutes from here. The town is surrounded by vineyards which produce mainly red and rosé wines, but just to the north is Pécharmant, a small group of vineyards, which produce a distinctive and very good red wine. To the south of Bergerac are the Monbazillac vineyards, which produce a sweet white wine that goes well with foie gras and pastries.

Travel Information

Bordeaux - 85 km
Bergerac - 50 km
(low cost flights from the UK
and other European countries)
Car hire available
Paris/Angoulême (60 kms) - 5 hours

Availability Check

Prices and booking information

DatesThe HouseThe Cottage
January - April€690€390
May & June€1200€480
20 August - 27 August€2300€690
27 August - 10 September€1200€450
10 September - 17 December€790€390

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

Linen and towels are extra, please enquire
Baby sitting available on request
Final cleaning available at €150
Well behaved pets are welcome

A deposit of 30% is requested on booking
with the remainder paid 8 weeks before arrival
A returnable damage deposit is also requested

Language(s) spoken:
English, French, German

To book or for more information please contact
Catherine Legrand

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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