Our beautiful 3 bedroom detached cottage has been recently restored with the latest contemporary fixtures. New for 2013 is a modern extension to the side of the property which complements the traditional charm of the original building. This makes a large kitchen/diner with bi-fold doors opening the full length of the room overlooking the garden, the pool and the open countryside beyond. The previous kitchen has now been transformed and used as a snug, so somewhere peaceful to sit and relax with a good book. From the terrace enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside which together with the large private pool ensures that you can unwind & relax from the moment you arrive. Appreciate the pleasures of outdoor dining on the terrace with fresh local produce and watch the sunset across the valley. The cottage offers a convenient base close to Riberac to explore picturesque villages and the local countryside of the Dordogne. Take a picnic along the river or sample one of the many great restaurants. For the more sporty - cycling, swimming, canoeing, tennis and horse riding are nearby. Alternatively just take advantage of the peace and tranquility of life at 'Les Volets Verts'.
Renamon (approx. 12kms) is situated on the River Dronne. Here you can hire canoes, relax on the small beach and there is a cafe/bar for your refreshments. In the evenings there is often live music.
Grand etang de la Jemaye (approx. 22 kms) is a great lake for swimming (overseen by lifeguards) with a sandy beach. Enjoy your own lunch in the picnic area or treat yourself at the cafe. Other activities close to the cottage include horse riding, bicycles for hire, tennis, fishing & there is even a couple of 9 hole golf courses which are pay as you play.
Riberac - famed for its Friday morning market selling local produce. Wander through the huge variety of stalls & then relax in one of the many cafe/bars & soak up the atmosphere.
Grotte de Villars - the largest underground network in the Perigord, admire the frozen rivers, stalactites & stalagmites. Guided tours are provided with a sound & light show and it also offers a picnic area & a cafe.
Bourdeilles - visit the medieval chateau in this ancient attractive village. The chateau is a 13th century fortress and a Renaissance residence.
Aubeterre sur Dronne - another pretty village with wonderful views of the Dordogne countryside with the monolithic Eglise St Jean - carved out of the white chalky cliff.
Brantome - often described as the 'Venice of Perigord' as it is surrounded on all sides by the river Dronne. Outside Brantome is the Renaissance Chateau de Puyguilhem decorated inside with tapestries. Many other 'things to do' are detailed in our information pack.
Dining Out: We have listed in the 'Welcome Handbook' our favourite restaurants from a wide choice & we look forward to you adding to the list with your comments. Most restaurants offer a fixed price menu for 2, 3, 4 or even 5 courses providing great value for money especially at lunchtime which is considered to be the most important meal of the day. Sample the regional delights of south west France - 'foie gras', 'confit' & goats cheese. More locally, walnuts are produced in abundance & are used in everything from salads to desserts.