Outside, there is a covered terrace at the front of the house with oak pillars and young vines and from here, a path leads to the swimming pool.
The 9m by 5m heated pool (Roman steps) is new and is well screened both from our house and from the neighbours. There is an electrically controlled, solid safety cover conforming to French legal standards; in addition, this retains the heat overnight; with this and the heating, we ensure that the water is always comfortable for you.
The pool terrace is large and sunny and south facing, and there are six comfortable loungers. There are four parasols, six drinks tables and swimming towels are provided free.
The pool, terrace area and garden are checked and cleaned or tidied daily around 8 am, before you are up, so that we don't disturb you.
The pool and terrace will be entirely private and for your sole use whenever you want to use it. We, the owners, will use it rarely in order to clean it and do extra gardening, if you are out for a prolonged period, but we shall never be there while you want to swim or sunbathe.
Newly built for 2011, we have had an ironwork gazebo made, where you can sit near to the pool in the evening sun for your aperitifs. This is shaded by a cover, wisteria and a vine. Nearby is a built in, covered, charcoal barbecue and some pots of culinary herbs.
For the more energetic, you are most welcome to use our lawn for football or badminton, and you can go on several walks or bike rides directly from our house.
There are lovely views across our neighbours arable farmland and woods. Please note that due to a nearby lake, we cannot accept young children.
The immediate area: We are only 5 Kms from a lovely, medieval village. Issigeac has a very popular Sunday morning market where you can stock up on all the food you could wish for. in the summer, we are overwhelmed by melons, strawberries, peaches, all sorts of plums, duck, wine, pates, wonderful cheeses, numerous types of loaves, and later in the year we feast on pumpkins, grapes and walnuts. Also there are plenty of food shops including two good butchers, two little supermarkets and three boulangeries. We have several good restaurants and a pizzeria. There are some very tempting small shops and workshops....you can buy French things for the home, clothes, jewellery, paintings, hand blown glass, pottery, textile wall art, flowers and garden ornaments, just to mention a few. In addition, on Sunday, there are loads of stalls selling gifts of all sorts.
It is well worth visiting Issigeac on a quiet weekday, when you can really appreciate the medieval buildings, visit the shops when they are calmer and have a coffee in one of the many small cafes.
We have a GPs surgery, a dentist and two pharmacies and there are people who will help you by speaking English.
Since Issigeac sells anything that you might need and for the bigger items, large supermarkets are only twenty minutes away in Bergerac or Beaumont, you don't have to travel far afield. Bergerac has a picturesque port on the Dordogne, a cathedral and there is a charming vielle ville with shops, a covered market and many restaurants and cafes.
We live next door and are very happy to help you with advice for planning your holiday. We can book outings for you in the area.....for canoeing on the Dordogne, visits to caves, wine tasting venues, and restaurant outings.
Further afield there is lots to do in the Dordogne, for all age groups; to help you enjoy it, we have two books, one of our recommendations and one written by our previous visitors, with some really good descriptions of what they enjoyed. There are also loads of brochures. If there is something that we don't describe, we can help you find it. Also there is a very friendly tourist office in Issigeac and a bigger one in Bergerac.
The walks locally are easy and scenic and the roads are not too hilly and ideal for cycling. We can arrange to book tennis courts for you in Issigeac, horse riding can be had locally: canoeing on the Dordogne, either white water or calm water, is a must. You could take a river boat down the Dordogne in Bergerac or Beynac or there is go karting for the boys.
For short or all day visits, there are numerous ancient towns or villages, wine tasting, caves with prehistoric paintings or vast caves and fascinating tunnels, gardens to visit, chateaux, markets, night meals in village squares and coffees on sunny terraces. We are close to several bastide towns which come alive on their market days and we keep a list of when to visit each one.
Further away, there is the coast and Bordeaux, and to the east, Beynac with its perched chateau and of course, lovely Sarlat. St Emilion is great for a day out and for buying wine. A train links all these and you have wonderful views along the Dordogne.
You will be spoilt for choice!
And finally, Aquitaine is famed for its food and we have plenty of very good and well priced restaurants close to us.
However, if you just want to relax and unwind, you will be left in peace to enjoy the heated pool.
This is our third year of letting and we are delighted that we now feature in Alistair Sawday's website as a Special Self Catering property. We have previously let a second home in Provence and so have experience of holiday lettings. In order to continue attracting holiday makers, we are still marketing this lovely property at very competitive rates, given that the dairy has been refurbished to a very high standard and the cost of the holiday is all inclusive from May to the end of September. There will be no further costs once you have paid for your holiday.