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Riverside cottage with heated pool - 2km along the river Dordogne to Bergerac

Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015
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Riverside cottage with heated pool - 2km along the river Dordogne to Bergerac

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

Bergerac Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom each en-suite + kitchen/lounge - sleeps 4/5, on the river Dordogne

Located on the north bank of the river Dordogne a picturesque 2km walk along the tow-path from the centre of Bergerac. 2½ acres of mature gardens with fields to both sides, a quiet, idyllic setting. The accomodation is a beautifully renovated, completely separate part of a large house with charm and character. Plenty of history - originally built by the English as an armoury in the 14th century. 2 Bedroom, each en-suite, plus lounge/diner/kitchen. Beautiful private heated swimming pool, with beach and waterfall – good for children. Salt water based so no stinging eyes! Trampoline / Children’s slide, swing; Wireless internet; English TV; Bicycles – several to borrow including a trailer bike; child seat and various helmets; Good fishing: Salmon, trout, sturgeon and cat fish all caught before; Canoeing – the river is wide but quite calm. Bergerac airport 10 mins away, pick-up and drop off possible. A perfect place to relax and an ideal location to explore the region and its attractions.

Wine, Food,Travel, walking & cycling: We can arrange visits to various vineyards; we have numerous friends who have vineyards (English spoken) plus St Emilion and Chateaux Margaux are 50 mins drive.

Indoor and outdoor tennis courts about 10 mins walk along the river.

Some fantastic local restaurants - some of our favourites: L’Imparfait; La Tour des Vents; Le Vieux Logis; Villa Laetitia; Le Vin'Quatre; Le Bistrot du Presbytére and Le Saint Jacques.

Easy direct flights to/from the UK. Fly direct to Bergerac (just 10 mins away) on Flybe from Southampton; Birmingham; Manchester; Edinburgh; Gatwick & Exeter. Ryanair from: Bristol; Stansted; Liverpool; East Midlands; Rotterdam & Brussels. Jet2 from Leeds-Bradford and Manchester + Bordeaux airport 70 mins away (lots of flights from there including Belfast and Dublin).

We're 5 hours drive from St Malo and www.brittany-ferries.com operate there from Portsmouth. It's a good way to start the holiday as the ferry is overnight - arrive 8AM, stop for lunch and arrive mid afternoon.

Plenty of walking and cycling trails - maps available.

Bird Watching: Thanks of a birdwatcher who stayed for a few days in Sept 2009, here’s a list of what he saw which included 17 kingfishers on a short 40 min canoe ride along the rider:

Kingfisher; little owl; tawny owl; great tit; blackbird; black headed gull; short toed tree creeper; spotted flycatcher; magpie; jay; coal tit; rook; carrion crow; collared dove; stock dove; wood pigeon; grey heron; starling; grey wagtail; common sandpiper; white wagtail (pied) grey heron; night heron; cormorant; little grebe; coot; moorhen; mallard; buzzard; kestrel; black kite; green woodpecker; serim; chaffinch; green finch; cetti’s warbler; fan tailed warbler; house sparrow; house martin; swallow; swift; red kite; sparrow hawk; black cap (f); great spotted wood pecker; blue tit; gold finch.

Prehistoric sites and more: renowned neolithic caves – including things of interest to children - Les Eyzies and Lascaux with their famous cavemen paintings.

Local equestrian centre – excellent horse riding for adults and children.

French Lessons!

Local Aquarium.

Nice Chateaux to visit (Monbazillac) – which you can see from here!

Markets to visit in Bergerac – Wednesday and Saturday.

Take the tourist train to Sarlat for the day.

Go to the beach for the day – miles of beautiful golden beaches at Cap Ferret – 2hrs away.

Go swimming at one of the local lakes (setup for the purpose with waterslides etc).

In Bergerac - for smaller children - 'Les P’tits Castors'; for children 7+ 'LaserPlay': for older teenagers and adults! 'Le Windsor' nightclub.

Local museums (National Tobacco museum – they grow tobacco here as well as produce wine), Transport museum.

Rowing (aviron) - Bergerac has one of the top rowing clubs in France http://www.snbergerac.org/ - along the river just before entering Bergerac when walking from Franchemont.

Also of note - Beregrac's Jazz festival in May and the free open air Jazz evenings in Bergerac every Wednesday during the summer!

The 2014 Tour de France, the 101st is coming to Bergerac... The 19th stage will arrive from the Pyrenees (Maubourguet) on Friday 25th July, with the penultimate stage on Saturday 26th July being a time trial from Bergerac to Perigueux. The final stage (21) arriving in Paris on the Sunday.

Our neighbour across the field is a farm run by three brothers who sell fruit and veg at Bergerac market on Wednesdays and Saturdays but also sell direct from the farm on Tuesday and Friday afternoon/evenings.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015

About Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet

Hi! We bought Franchemont 11 years ago. Previously Pascale had spent 20+ years teaching in the UK after growing up in Paris/Brittany. Scott worked in IT and travelled the world. We wanted a slower pace of life and a new adventure – we've found it here and love it, we still feel like we’re on holiday after 10 years.

Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet chose Bergerac

We took nearly two years to find Franchemont and had almost given up looking for our dream when a local lawyer introduced us… We’re close enough to Bergerac to be able to walk in along the river - 40 mins (or more often cycle – 10 mins). Bergerac is a lovely town, not too big, 29,000 people, plenty of culture and history and a real town so not dead in the winter – only 20% of the economy is based on tourism so we have a full market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year whilst in the summer there’s the buzz of tourism. Although we’re close to Bergerac we are far enough out that we have fields on two sides – the river on another – we use the river too – swim, canoe and we’re members of Bergerac rowing club… Of course the food and wine was another draw, but it’s really that this is rural France where it’s like going back in time – people still take 2 hours for lunch – even the big stores shut from midday to 2PM. Quality of life, family, friends and food are more important than consumerism!

What makes this cottage unique

We have an ideal location, a property full of history and next door there’s a farm run by three brothers where we get fresh fruit and vegetables. Plenty of space with our dream pool. Easy access to the UK and Paris – one year Scott went back and forth to the UK 35 times and has even been known to cycle to our great little local airport Bergerac (10 mins drive) – even in the summer there are less than 10 flights in and out each day… We’re far enough south that it’s significantly warmer than the UK with a guaranteed summer on average 5C hotter than London though we still stay green here in the summer – much further south and it’s yellow… The right balance of everything!

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
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Reviews

5
based on 42 traveler reviews

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Riverside cottage with heated pool - 2km along the river Dordogne to Bergerac
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
Richmond, Virginia USA
5

A marvelous Dordogne experience

  • 5 of 5

What an extraordinary experience! Located just outside of Bergerac on the Dordogne river, the cottage was in the perfect place for daily explorations of the beautiful towns and countryside within an hour to two hours in any direction. After our daily drives, we would come home, take a dip in the pool and then open some wine and watch the glorious sunsets. Best of all, our hosts, Scott and Pascale, were on site, dropping off croissants in the morning on their way back from the bakery, helping us with any internet issues (thankfully few), giving us great tips for places to visit and helping us with reservations. Pascale, who teaches French, also was more than willing to assist us with our language skills. The rooms were spotless, spacious and embued with a sense of history. How often do you sleep in a building that was used as an armory in the Hundred Years War? Most days we ate our main meal at lunch in wonderful restaurants throughout the region and then at night would cook something simple at home. The kitchen was stocked well with utensils for most cooking needs, however, and we managed baking an apple crisp that we shared with our hosts. Our hosts are now friends which made the experience even more special. We would and have recommended the cottage to both family and friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Norhtampton England
5

Grade 100

  • 5 of 5

I Can say with hand on heart this was a lovely stay, and we all enjoyed the company of our new friends, Scott and Pascal are excellent hosts, after a very long drive we were welcomed with a lovely glass of wine and able to relax and enjoy our hosts company.

Bob, Barbara.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
manchester england
5

This house was stunning

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay in this fabulous house .The setting was perfect . Bars and restaraunts serve wonderful duck and juicy steaks .Scott and Pascale were ideal hosts . we wish them good luck for the future

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Six out of five!

  • 5 of 5

Lived up to all the amazing reviews......and more.

A memorable holiday in a special place.

House = magic. Situation = perfect. Location = ideal. Grounds = spacious, private. Pool = beautiful, cleverly designed. Bikes = numerous! Things to do = endless. Anything else you could possibly think of = never too much trouble. Scott, Pascal, Stefan = Welcoming, charming, kind, informative, helpful - well beyond the call of duty, thoughtful, totally unobtrusive, discreet but excellent and interesting company.

To sum up: They've got it off to a T! You should write the definitive manual on the subject!

Thank you so much from us all and good luck with all your future endeavours :)

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Franchemont is an amazing house to stay in, with great gardens for my 2 young boys to run around in with the bonus swimming pool.

We stayed for a week with variable weather, so on the sunny days we went out into Bergerac and to some local caves, there was plenty to do in the area.

I enjoyed some hours fishing in the dordogne and was lucky enough to catch a decent carp.

Scott and Pascale were the perfect hosts, with a BBQ one evening and even looking after the kids for a couple of hours so me and my wife could go and have some food in Bergerac.

We ate at L'imparfait and the meal was fantastic.

Scott and Pascale were very helpful sorting things out and for giving advise as this was my first time in France as an Adult , even helping me sort my fishing licence.

Highly recommended, we will never forget our time there and hope to go back someday.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Stunning property in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Scott and Pascale for making our stay so enjoyable in beautiful surroundings, the weather wasn't perfect, but Scott was on had to offer advice and tips to help make it a perfect stay.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Le Mag Italia
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Château des Vigiers.
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A89 Junction 13 at Mussidan
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Impartfait, Vin Quatre, La Scala etc in Bergerac
Nearest Ski
270 Kilometres
Gourette
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Lac de Pombonne
Car: not necessary

The Dordogne is traditionally called the land of '1001 castles', and is famous for its beautiful fairy-tale chateaux, magnificent fortresses as well as the superb vineyards around Bergerac of Pecharmant, Montbazillac and Saussignac. The famous Chateaux Montbazillac can be seen on the hill across the river from the house - Franchemont.

Although you feel you are located in a rural setting you have all the convenience of Bergerac close by which is a picturesque medieval town on the banks of the river Dordorgne, with an excellent selection of cafes, restaurants (foie gras, truffles, duck, walnuts and wine), shops, galleries and a large year-round local market on Wednesday and Saturdays.

Other Activities: Wine tours; Aquarium; Museums; Prehistoric sites; go-karting; Aqua park; Windsor Nightclub; Parc-en-ciel (Adventure park - zip wires etc); Canoeing.

Golf: Great golf at Chateau des Vigiers (15 mins drive) and others a little further away.

Vigier has 27 holes and is nice and varied - three 9 hole loops: La Vallée; “Le Lac & Les Vignes

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Rates & Availability

From £165 Per night

Bergerac Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid
Mar 14 2015 - May 8 2015
2 night minimum stay
£165
£1,050
 
 
High
May 9 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
£215
£1,350
 
 
Peak
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
5 night minimum stay
£245
£1,650
 
 
High
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 2 2015
4 night minimum stay
£220
£1,450
 
 
Mid
Oct 3 2015 - Oct 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
£165
£1,075
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£245
£1,650
 

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Notes Inclusive rates above in GBP(£). We can take payment in either GBP(£) or Euros. GBP to Euros rate calculated at the oanda.com interbank rate.

Utility costs are included in rental price for each week. Towels, tea towels, swimming pool towels and all bed linen are also included.

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Amenities

Bergerac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Well equipped bathroom, one huge with a big bath, large walk in shower and another with both bath and separate shower and separate WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • Two cots available if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting small game
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Children's tree house and zip wire, table tennis table, badminton net, table football, plenty of space to play football etc... Pool towels provided. loan of fishing equipment!

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