These beautiful French stone cottages are ideally located for exploring all the sites that the region has to offer. Situated in a secluded tranquil location in grounds of a little over one hectare on the small hill top above Le Coux, it’s a pretty 15 minute walk to the village via a small country lane where there is a boulangerie, cave and a cooperative providing produce from local suppliers. Full of charm and character, the cottages have been beautifully restored using traditional methods and materials. The Cottages are at opposite extremities of the grounds and are well secluded from each other.
Both houses are set in their own grounds of approximately one acre each. They each have their own private pool and garden areas and free wi-fi access.
PIERRE LAPIN:- A classic very attractive Perigord style cottage that oozes charm. There are 2 beautiful good-sized bedrooms each with their own luxury en-suite bathroom. The property is south facing with a sheltered patio/terrace leading onto a lawned garden with its own private swimming pool.
The kitchen dining room is a large open plan room, with a hand built central island and work unit fitted into the old kitchen fireplace. Both have solid wood worktops. Modern quality appliances are integral to the furnishings. Original features include the restored 'pisé' floor and the old stone sink (now just an architectural feature). The lounge is light and spacious and has a lovely wood-burning stove for spring and cosy autumn evenings. The sofa and armchairs provide comfortable seating whilst the tapestries, period furniture and stone flooring add to the ambiance of the room.
There is free wi-fi access throughout the property.
A beautiful hand-built staircase in elm leads upstairs where there are two spacious bedrooms, one with a queen size bed, the other with two singles. Both have beautiful solid oak furniture, tapestries and fitted wardrobes with full length mirrors. The beds have quality pocket sprung mattresses, luxury fine Egyptian cotton bedlinen and quality non allergenic duvets and pillows. Both bedrooms are double aspect, making for light and airy rooms with views over the gardens. Each bedroom has its own luxurious en-suite bathroom with suspended soft closing toilets, concealed cisterns and contemporary wash basins. One has a bath with shower fitted over while the other has a large walk in shower. Thick luxury towels are provided. The flooring upstairs is all locally sourced chestnut, which provides a rich ambiance in contrast to the calming shades used to decorate the walls. There are fitted radiators for spring and cooler autumn nights.
At the front of the cottage there is a sheltered south facing patio, supplied with table and chairs, and is ideal for al-fresco dining. A couple of quality garden benches are provided where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine while reading a book or just relaxing in the peace and tranquillity.
Two steps lead up to the lawned garden where there is a 9m x 5m heated private pool. The pool has roman style half round walk in steps and is flat bottomed making it ideal for children to play and for adults to help little ones learning to swim. There is a further step mid length of the pool taking the depth from 1.2 to 1.4 metres. There is a lounging area next to the pool with steamer style loungers and sun shades provided.
The cottage has an acre of private, mainly flat garden in which to relax and play. A badminton net and equipment is available as well as a set of boules. There are numerous fruit trees from which guests are welcome to pick the fruit when in season.
HILL TOP HOUSE:- Slightly larger than Pierre Lapin, but with the same beautiful style and character. There is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and separate dressing room and 2 further equally good sized bedrooms that share a family bathroom.
The property is heated by an ecological ground source heat pump that supplies hot water to the underfloor heating for the ground floor and to the radiators upstairs in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
The spacious open plan kitchen and dining room has oak parquet flooring and oak beams throughout. There is a large fireplace fitted with an efficient wood burning stove to add a cosy touch with a small bergere style couch and fireside chair. There is also an Essex Steinway piano which may be used with care.
The lounge and hallway continue with the oak parquet and oak beams. The lounge is light and spacious, has two large comfortable sofas, a new (2016) good sized television, period furnishings and also benefits from a lovely wood-burning stove for cosy autumn and winter evenings.
There is free wi-fi access throughout the property.
Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms; the master bedroom with a king-size bed having an en-suite shower room with toilet and washbasin, and a separate dressing room. The other two bedrooms share a large family bathroom with a large shower and separate bath. Bed linens are of fine Egyptian cotton and the bathrooms are supplied with luxury towels.
Outside there are a number of dining and seating options; there is a sheltered patio next to the house with a small round dining table and chairs and a garden bench; a larger dining table and chairs is situated under a pergola set next to the garage protected by a south facing wall where there is a second garden bench; and next to the swimming pool there is a terraced area with a swing chair.
The rectangular swimming pool (10m x 5m) has roman style half round walk in steps and is flat bottomed making it ideal for children and adults alike. There is a further step mid length of the pool taking the depth from 1.3 to 1.5 metres. There is a lounging area next to the pool with loungers and sun shades provided.
The mature garden is generally flat and is ideal for children to run around and play. There is a large trampoline available as well as a badminton net and equipment.
GENERAL FOR BOTH PROPERTIES:- A welcome pack is provided containing milk, spring water, eggs, wine, bread, butter, jam and coffee as well as some dishwasher and washing tablets. There is usually salt, pepper, oil and vinegar, miscellaneous herbs, cooking foil and food wrap. Fee wi-fi access.
Local markets are available throughout the week, (details can be found in the information pack at the cottage) and there is also a supermarket at nearby Siorac. The small co-operative in Le Coux offers produce from local suppliers.
During the summer season there are numerous events close by including medieval fetes, open air theatre, classical concerts, etc. On booking we will forward to you a website link which has a what' s on listing.
Outside of the main holiday period the pace of life is quieter. Each season has something different to offer. Please contact us and we can forward you some information on your chosen time of year.