Rural self catering,1 Bedroom, en-suite, wifi, pool, patio, gardens, tranquil.
- english, french
About 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 all year. 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 worked for Local Government in Bedford before joining me here. He has a son and daughter. I grew up in Maidenhead, Berkshire. I lived in Bedford for 20 years. I moved with my husband and his mother Mary and partner John in 2003. Sadly Stephen died suddenly in 2004. I have a daughter and son and four grandsons.
Alexandra Billing purchased this Barn in 2003
Why Alexandra Billing chose Angoisse
My first husband Stephen and I used to holiday in France with our children. We had a caravan and usually headed to the Atlantic 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. We moved 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 conversion 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 from the house into the Porcherie May 2005, when it was finished. 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 Barn unique
Lac Rouffiac is just at the bottom of the lane so you can walk to the beach or watch the wake boarding. As we are surrounded by fields there is no light pollution 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 stabilised 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! Plenty of Farmers markets and old medieval towns and villages to delight the photographer in you!
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A fantastic, relaxed and well organised property
We started our honeymoon by relaxing at this property and taking in the surrounding area. Chris and Alexandra couldn't have been more welcoming or accomodating. We had peaceful days by the pool, interesting days out and even an afternoon canoeing on the lake nearby. A truly fantastic venue and with some great hosts. I dare say we will be back again.
Bonjour Harry, it was lovely to meet you both and to be part of your new life together. I'm glad you had the right balance between enjoying the site, making the most of our location by Lac Rouffiac and seeing the many sites the area has to offer. We would be blessed if you came again. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your kind words, until next time, Alexandra
a very nice little Gite ideal for 2, bedroom and bathroom very well thought out, the kitchen area adequate although the addition of a microwave would be advantageous, very quiet and rural setting, good walks and great cycling countryside albeit very hilly. overall a nice place for a few days break. Owners very welcoming.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We will be looking to see where we can add a microwave. Our other gites have them so I'm sure it will be possible. It is a bonus to have the lake so near for walking and cycling.
Well equipped gite with lovely big bedroom and excellent shower room. Very comfortable. Pool and pool area are clean and well kept as are grounds. Very welcoming owners. If you want peace and quiet this is the place and the skies at night are awesome.
Great to know you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated. The setting is so lovely, we are so blessed to live here all year so we don't need a holiday! Alexandra
Peace! and excellent value.
Accommodation was was very clean and tidy, and ready for our unannounced early arrival. Facilities inside the gite were modern and practical, although a basic microwave would have been useful. The bed was comfortable and the well appointed shower room more than adequate. Decor throughout was tastefully completed. There were outside patio areas for the gite occupants with table chairs etc. in very nicely planted sections. The pool was excellent, immaculately clean, and with sunbeds/ umrellas etc available. The grounds were well kept, with an abundance of fruit trees and bushes from which we were encouraged to 'forage' from. (We made fruit parcels for the barbecue, from brambles, red currants, apples and pears from the site).
The gites were secluded, but provided access by car to many interesting places in the locality. The Lac de Rouffiac, was a short walk away, and one day we decided to walk around it. It took about an hour and a half, but we did stop for a beer at the bar/restaurant on the far side of the lake.
Our hosts, Chris and Alexandra were always accessible for advice and assistance, but also allowed their guests privacy. We also had many very pleasant and interesting 'chats' with Alexandra's in-laws who lived on the site. (Mary recommended a restaurant run by an Irish/English couple, where we had an excellent lunch)
One outstanding memory, was of sitting outside with our friends ( next door gite) with a few glasses of wine, watching the shooting stars, and seeing a number of fireflies make an appearance in the surrounding vegetation. (No! it wasn't the wine!!)
Although we usually like to discover new areas, we would book here again.
Gut ausgestattete Unterkunft, sehr guter Pool - Good well equipped apartment- perfect clean pool
Das Apartment ist sauber und gut ausgestattet-
Küche sauber und hat alle notwendigen Gerätschaften und Utensilien
Das Schlafzimmer ist sauber und gut ausgestattet- Das Doppelbett hervorragend
Der kleine Terassenbereich ruhig und gut
Der Poolbereich- Pool sehr gut und sehr sauber- Gute Liegestühle + gute große Sonnenschirme
Handyempfang ist sehr schlecht und sehr schwankend. (häufig in Frankreich)
W-LAN war nicht kompatibel mit modernen Geräten
(+) Apartment - clean and well equipped
Kitchen clean and also well equipped
Sleeping room with a very comfortable king sized bed
The small terrace area is quiet and good
The pool is very clean- Good deck chairs + good big sunshades
Cell phone reception is bad and inconsistent (Often in France)
Wifi was not compatible with modern devices
Thank you for choosing to stay with us. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday and the peaceful, restful surroundings. The bed is comfortable but it is a double with a king size duvet. You certainly saw a lot of the many attractions in the area.
There is cell phone reception but it is, as you say, inconsistent in rural France. The France Telecom technicians are still working on the wifi signal after the storm damage. Hopefully it will go back to normal soon.
Thanks for taking the time to write a positive review. Alexandra
The region immediately around ROUFFIAGUET is known for it’s cattle, apple orchards, chestnut and walnut plantations and the Perigordine gourmet delights of foie gras, truffels and confit de canard.
Situated in gently rolling countryside adjacent to Lac de Rouffiac. Secluded in 4 hectares of woodland and fields, ROUFFIAGUET offers all the tranquillity needed for a restful holiday and an ideal base from which to explore or simply soak up the sun and relax. Ideal for couples.
There is a bar/restaurant in Angoisse just 1 mile away. Bank, post office, restaurant, small supermarket, ATM, chemist, Dr, etc in Lanouaille 3 miles. Nine miles to St Yrieix La Perche for 2 hypermarkets, more restaurants and picturesque centre. Large towns of Perigueux, Limoges, Brive 1 hr. Plenty of attractive market towns to explore like Thiviers, Excideuil, Brantome, Montignac, Uzerche, Sarlat, Nontron. Close to delightful villages like Segur Le Chateau, which has a farmers market on a Monday evening in July/Aug where they have tables set out by the river and they BBQ the meat/fish you have bought. Another beau village is St Jean de Cole, they have a flower festival in May.
Numerous chateaux. The nearest ones are Jumilhac, Hautefort, Pompadour, Cussac Bonneval, Chalusset. There are many more to the south. The nearest caves are at Tourtoirac with many more to the south. The famous prehistoric cave paintings are at Lascaux near Montignac. There are many more historic sites and gardens to see. For the more active there is canoeing, boat trips, cable water skiing, an accro park, bikes to hire.
We are ideally placed to host you, if you are attending a wedding at Chateau La Durantie, Lanouaille, just 4 miles from us.
We are just 1 mile out of the village of Angoisse. Leave the 704 onto the D80 towards Payzac. After less than 1 mile turn Right at the Rouffiaguet sign. Continue up the lane to the car park.
If the gite in this advert is booked, please contact us, as we have another one which maybe available.