Dordogne Apartment Rental Photos and Description
Self Catering,1 Bedroom, en-suite,wifi, pool, patio, garden, games room, bbq.
In the sympathetically restored barn, ROUFFIAGUET provides a spacious self catering, modern apartment with a southern aspect. The apartment comprises a comfortable Salon with integral kitchen facilities and dining area. A large bedroom with en-suite shower room facilities. It is provided with CD/DVD player and free to view Satellite TV, flat screen. WiFi. Large wardrobe and drawer units. All bedding & hand/ bath towels are provided. If you would like to save luggage space we can provide pool towels. There are Uk sockets. Herbs in the garden. Washing machine at the house. Iron and board.
To the south east of the barn, in a sheltered part of the site, is the 12m swimming pool in which to lounge, exercise or simply float whilst soaking up the sunshine. There is a large pool terrace with sun loungers. Shared with 2 other couples if we are full.
Places to visit within half hour drive include:
Chateaux at Jumilhac, Hautefort, Pompadour, Cussac Bonneval.
Caves at Tourtoirac.
Rouffiac Lake with sandy beach and restaurant.
Picturesque village of Ségure Le Chateau. There is a farmers market on a Monday evening where you buy the food and they BBQ it for you. There is live music and a bar.
Town of St Yrieix la Perche (10 mins) also has a farmers market with BBQ on a Thursday evening. There are watercolour exhibitions and a car rally. Large supermarkets and plenty of restaurants: French, Pizza, Chinese.
Places about an hour include: Caves at Villiars, chateau Puyguilhem, picturesque village of St Jean de Cole, Brantôme, Bourdeilles, Montingnac, Lascaux caves, Sarlat, Périgueux, Brive, Limoges.
There are some wonderful gardens and many more caves within an hour and a half.
Bed and Breakfast 2.50€ per person.
We can offer a simple self service breakfast in your gite if you are just staying a couple of nights and don't want to bother with self catering. Perhaps stopping on you way further south or on your way back to the Channel. Or if you are invited to a wedding at chateau La Durantie near Lanouaille (4miles).
Limoges 1 hr, Brive 1hr 15, Bergerac 1 hr 45, Bordeaux 3 hrs.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Mrs Alexandra Billing
Your hosts Chris & Alexandra Billing. Gites de Rouffiaguet opened in 2007 with a few guests but really took off in 2008. We meet lots of lovely people from young couples to empty nesters! We have no control over the climate but we can offer a warm welcome and comfortable stay. We love living here. It takes a while to get used to the slower pace of life but not that long! It is so nice here that we haven't got round to exploring the rest of France!
Chris is from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He trained as an architect. He has a son and daughter.
I lived in Bedford for 20 years. I have a daughter and son and a new grandson. I grew up in Maidenhead, Berkshire after returning from Karachi when I was 9. I was born there, my father worked in Pakistan for British Oxygen.
Mrs Alexandra Billing purchased this apartment in 2003
Why Mrs Alexandra Billing chose Dordogne
My first husband Stephen and I used to holiday in France with our children. We had a caravan and usually headed to the altantic coast to chill out for 3 weeks. Stephen was stressed with the management side of teaching. We decided to move to France but we didn't want to live on the coast. We chose the Dordogne for it's peaceful, gently rolling countryside which is popular with British holiday makers.
We came house hunting one weekend in June 2002. A property near LImoges seemed to meet our requirements but was too much of a wreck! The estate agent took us to a few more which were not suitable and then suddenly turned up the lane to Rouffiaguet. It had just come on the market so there were no details yet. It ticked all the boxes as far as the accommodation was concerned. A habitable house for us, detached barn for his mother Mary & John, a large intact barn for the business. Later we discovered several tourist attractions which hadn't been on our criteria! We bought it in Jan 2003 and spent each school holiday moving over with a 7 ton lorry. Mary and John moved over in July with 4 dogs and a cat! We followed with our son and 2 cats on 23rd July, the day after the end of term! The locals made us very welcome.
Sadly Stephen died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 48. We moved with the intention of staying for life and all felt rooted here. Stephen had done so much of the convertion work, we wanted to stay and finish it for him. I was thanking God for finding this wonderful location for us the week before Stephen died so I carried on praising God and trusting Him. Mary and John moved into the Porcherie May 2005.
I met Chris who I had worked with in Bedford. He had also suffered a bereavement. We married in 2006 and he joined us out here and we are living happily ever after!
What makes this apartment unique
Lac Rouffiac is just at the bottom of the lane so you can walk to the beach or watch the wakeboarding. As we are surrounded by fields there is no light polution so you can star gaze or watch the glow worms. There is minimal traffic noise. There are a variety of caves to visit on hot days or a showery day. The chateaux vary from stablized ruins, to posh stately homes all with different styles. It is not a case that once you have seen one you have seen them all!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you for a most enjoyable stay - everything was first class. We would like to think that we will be able to come back sometime in the future.