|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Our fabulous French home set high on the side of the Dordogne valley offers six acres of complete privacy, yet is only five minutes drive from St Cyprien village. Gourmet restaurants, golf, gardens, caves, châteaux, canoeing and riding facilities are also close by.
Our elegant salon has French windows leading onto a spacious south facing terrace with stunning views across to Châteaux Milande. You can dine outside under the pergola, swim under the stars in the tiled and floodlit pool, play table tennis in the courtyard or just sunbathe and relax in the garden or on the pool patio. There is a well equipped open plan kitchen-dining room , two large double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms (two en suite and another shower/WC) all of which have lovely garden or valley views. The atmospheric mediaeval towns of Sarlat, Domme, Beynac and La Roque Gageac are in easy reach of our superb summer home. A beautiful venue for a special and private holiday.
A special place : This is our second home and we just love the place. We only let it out for a limited time each year (six - eight weeks maximum) because we are concerned to keep it in good condition. For us this is not a money-making enterprise, but a home we want our children and grandchildren to enjoy when we are ‘pushing up the cowslips in the meadow’!
We bought the house twelve years ago and have come every year to enjoy the peace, the food and the relaxed way of life in the countryside. The mist rising up from the valley in the mornings, the views, and the easy access to castles and caves, villages to potter around and the river itself , as well as towns all add to our pleasure in the place.
We had a couple of the villa agencies visit us to assess the place and in their opinion our home came in the A grade in all categories. We have undercut their recommended figures, so both from a financial and a personal perspective, we believe it is a beautiful place for a memorable holiday.
Relaxing outside by the pool or in the garden: We have approximately 13 hectares so there is plenty of space to relax, a large walled courtyard, where we play table tennis, a turning/parking area for cars, and a walnut orchard and terraced areas of lawn as well as a pool patio. The garage houses the table tennis table, bats and balls. les boules, Lego and badminton racquets.
Our home also has a substantial terrace which offers space for shady outdoor dining and sunbathing unless you would rather lie by the pool. This is Roman ended (7 x 14 metres, 2 metres deep), beautifully tiled and can be lit at night, as can the terrace. There are even lights under the trees.
A sunny home: Our home is full of light, with high ceilings and beams throughout and windows both sides. The sitting room, which has a decidedly artistic feel, has quality rattan and cherry wood furniture from Heals and floaty voile drapes and two French windows which take you onto the terrace.
We like to cook so the kitchen is well equipped, with plenty of decent white china and glassware, a gas hob and electric oven, microwave, large upright fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. The water is filtered. Light pours into this room too which looks out onto the terrace and across the valley.
We are a family of six who live in East Sussex. Mark is a retired University lecturer, and Teresa is still working as a University Professor. Two 'children' are grown up and live away from home, and two are at University. Mark came from Wiltshire, and went to boarding school in Sussex and Bedford, before working in Africa and later going into education. Teresa comes from Surrey where she went to school followed by Bristol University, Cambridge University for her PGCE, The Institute of Education for her masters and the University of Kent for her PhD. She taught in primary schools, then did advisory work and now does university teaching and research. We enjoy the 'good things of life, like friends, food and wine but both of us need a good menu of culture to keep us engaged. There is plenty of all of this in the Dordogne!
Professor Teresa Cremin purchased this house in 1999
We realised the house was just what we were looking for the moment we walked up the patio steps and through the French doors into the south facing sitting room which resonates with light and warmth. The whole house does, with high ceilings, large windows and spacious rooms and now it’s well-appointed too! The general decor and lighting is contemporary, though we have a few antique chairs too.
We were holidaying in France and Mark had retired, so somehow the idea of a second home began to raise its head. We loved the area - had been many times before with the children and began looking… We saw 6 properties and as soon as we arrived at Le Roudet we knew this was it!
Its peace and privacy and the stunning views, which are hard to capture on our camera, just help one relax, though it’s only seven minutes away from the typical French provincial village of St Cyprien with its bakeries, butchers, supermarket, and restaurants. We are also near four other Chateau and the delightful medieval town of Sarlat. The area has a rich gastronomic history and excellent local wines which we also enjoy!
It is uniquely placed: utter peace and quiet, but with a good sized village, with all we need locally and Sarlat a beautiful medieval town with restaurants, hotels, cinema, fashionable shops just 15 minutes away. What we love are the views from the patio and the sense of light and space in the house particularly, the sitting room and kitchen, were just what we wanted in a family holiday home. It’s super for two families to share and easy to keep clean, the kitchen has a traditional large stone tile floor as does the sitting room, (with big rugs), the rest of the house has wood floors and rugs. We find the old stone of the building 1732 built very beautiful too and enjoy gathering walnuts, plums and figs from the orchard.
To summarize: the house is gracious, comfortable, has all the amenities we expect in a home, and is situated in perfect rural peace and quiet. Many guests remark upon this aspect. However this is also deceptive, because the region has plenty to do for all ages: including for example visiting chateaux, caves, churches and gardens, and going canoeing, to air parks, zoos, walking, biking, and so on! We love the combination of heat, culture, activities and peace.
Our secluded home is within easy reach of the world renowned Lascaux caves filled with the drawings of Pre-Historic man, as well as stunning Châteaux such as Beynac, Castelnaud, Milande and Fenelon. Also nearby are the medieval towns of Sarlat, Monpazier and Domme with wonderful restaurants , quality shops and bustling markets. St Cyprien too, our local village, has a colourful Sunday market , a large supermarket, butchers, patisseries and chemists.
We are in the centre of the gastronomic region specialising in duck and goose delicacies
(Foie Gras and Confit du Canard), and farm produced cheeses as well as excellent wines from Pechament , Bergerac or Cahors. Leisure activities include canoeing (1km), tennis (5kms), 18 hole golf (9kms). and visiting gardens (4 km), caves (6kms), castles and ancient villages clinging on to the hillside .You can even go hot-air ballooning or fly over the valley in a small plane!
Other Activities: canoeing, air parks, caves, birds of prey events, castles
Golf: There is an 18 hole par 72 golf course at Siorac, the Lolivaire about 9 km away, which runs alongside a stream leading to a small lake. There are practice putting greens/bunker, a driving range, equipment including Golf buggies, for hire and a decent restaurant with a pretty terrace.
At Vitrac there is a 9-hole par 70 course alongside the Dordogne which is attached to a luxury hotel the Domaine De Rochebois. It has its own driving range, practice putting-green/bunker, pro shop, good restaurant and bar. This is all open to the public.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 15 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$455|
We offer co-ordinating duvet covers, pillow slips, sheets and large bathroom towels, hand towels and flannels for a cost of £26:00 per person. Tablecloths, napkins, tea towels, hand towels and bathmats are provided.
Please note we view the cleaning of the house and BBQ on departure as part of the agreement .
We ask our guests to pay 25% on booking and the remainder a month before their holiday start date.