|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A small but bright and characterful sitting room with lovely views down to the lake. Separate dining /kitchen area and fully equipped for 6 people.
The double bedroom on the ground floor is en-suite with a lockable door and its own fridge/tea making facilities - ideal for inlaws or a separate couple.
There is a television which receives BBC and ITV together with a radio and a CD player.Both the shower rooms/toilets are on the ground floor.
This beautiful estate is an ideal location to enjoy peace and tranquillity walking, exploring and watching the abundant wildlife. For ornithologists, your binoculars are a must! 27 different birds including kingfishers and buzzards were spotted by one lady and last year we had red squirrels and green woodpeckers scavenging for nuts and worms under the same walnut tree! In May, we had 3 tawny owls fledge in the pigeonnier. For the botanist, rare and wild flowers, including orchids, can be found in our wild flower meadows.For the more active there are many tracks for serious walkers and cyclists. We have half a dozen bikes(of the Famous Five variety - no charge), a football field with goalposts and a badminton net, table tennis, table football, boules and a dartboard. For history buffs, there are many plaques in the area relating to the Resistance and we have our own underground shaft where weapons and ammo were stored. We have a large lake stocked with carp and bream. Both trout fishing and an 18 hole golf course are within 1 mile.
Meals featuring local delicacies can be supplied on arrival and during the holiday by prior arrangement. A 20 minute walk takes you to the local bar at the golf club.Most restaurants have a lunch time menu - 3 courses for 12 euros.
For a special night out, try Julians in a beautiful village called Paunat 20 minutes away. Located in the grounds of a 1000 year old abbey , the restaurant has lovely food, a great ambiance and the french proprietor, Julian, speaks perfect english with a real sparkle in his eye.... 21 euros for a 3 course meal.
Lindy and I were not actually house hunting when the agent took us to see Les Sarrazinies - merely practising for a time in the future.We met outside the village church and found ourselves driving up the properties wooded avenue before emerging on the brow of a hill next to the 18th C. farmhouse. As we stepped out of the car and looked 300 metres down the lawns to the lake and on into the woods, we were completely blown away by the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the place.
Without even going in to the buildings, we knew we had found the right place and fast tracked our retirement.
Since acquiring Les Sarrazinies, we have updated the cottages - originally barns and rooms for smoking hams and roasting chestnuts. Visitors return time and time again and have become friends.
Mike or Lindy Crowcroft purchased this cottage in 2001
Les Sarrazinies offers the best of both worlds - complete tranquillity in the centre of a 65 acre estate. Ideal for children (or grandchildren in our case). Yet within a 10 minutes drive can be found a dozen restaurants, an excellent supermarket, an 18 hole golf course and English speaking doctors and vets.
Within 40 minutes are all the top tourist destinations in the southern Dordogne - the caves at Lascaux 2, the chateaux at Beynac and Castlenaud and the Dordogne and Vezere fishing and canoeing rivers.
We host a drinks party at the beginning of the week so that we can share our local knowledge on restaurants, markets, tourist sites and vineyards. It's also a chance to get to know your neighbours!
Fishing in the lake - a catfish broke a 20 lb line 3 years ago!
There is a live camera feed from the top of the pigoniere (where barn owls breed most years) to an accessible TV screen.
Nesting box for kestrel in the woods.
A deep man made shaft in the woods where it is believed the French resistance stored their weapons and ammo.
Use of herb garden - rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, tarragon and parsley.
Wild boar farm within walking distance where you can see the young boar and buy boar products for the BBQ.
Last but not least, for those who want to eat in and not cook, our resident guardian, Nigel, is a professional cook, specialises in local Perigordian dishes - duck or wild boar . He can also prepare meals to order.
The nearest coastal beach is Arcachon 2 hours away but we do have a large lake 20 minutes away which has a beach and water skiing.There are also 2 aqua parks within 20 minutes with flumes etc.
Bergerac a/p - 40 minutes.
Brive a/p - 60 minutes.
Limoges a/p - 90 minutes.
Bordeaux a/p - 120 minutes.
7 hours driving from Calais.
Use of car essential.
1 mile to nearest bar/restaurant
4 miles to La Douze - nearest boulangerie/bar.
5 miles to world famous Les Eyzies.
5 miles to Le Bugue - nearest supermarkets/doctors/vets.
15 miles to Perigueux - regional capital and shopping centre.
20 miles to Sarlat - medieval city.
10 "Beautiful Villages of France" and all the best chateaux, caves and canoeing rivers in the southern Dordogne, together with the vineyards around Bergerac, all within a 40 minute drive.
We have a large supermarket in Le Bugue with a fresh fish counter (plus Aldi and Lidle!) together with a highly regarded "wine cave". Le Bugue market is one of the largest in the region specialising not only in local produce but clothing and pottery.
Sarlat has a magnificent collection of medieval buildings - the highest density of Historic Monuments of any town in France. Like Venice without the canals!
Perigueux is the regional centre with both a Roman quarter (2000 year old temple and amphitheatre) and a medieval quarter - again pedestrianised with lovely squares for al fresco dining.