Farmhouse, 2 Barn Conversions & Gîte near Verteillac, Villebois & Riberac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Spacious Farmhouse, 2 Converted Barns And 1 Small Detached Gite With Stunning Pool

Relaxing Location With Beautiful Views, Lots To Do In The Area

Properties Can Sleep 9, 6, 4 & 2

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    • Property type:Barn
    • Sleeps:6 (3 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:3
    • Pool
    • Pets accepted
    • Internet access

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    Property description

    There is a spacious Farmhouse, 2 tastefully converted barns and 1 small compact detached Gite, with balcony, on this site. Each property is well equipped and has Sky TV and a DVD player. Unlimited, free Wi-Fi internet is available in each property. The houses are set in over an acre of secluded gardens with a superb 12m x 6m swimming pool, which has lighting, Roman steps and a solar heated shower. Our pool is now enclosed in compliance with the new pool safety regulations. There is a children's play area with swings, covered games area with table tennis, and there is a selection of bicycles for guests to use. Each house has its own patio area with garden furniture and barbecue. There is a beautiful nature reserve nearby, which offers boating, fishing and nature trails. Although the setting is rural with stunning views, there are plenty of supermarkets, restaurants and things to do and see nearby. Come and have a relaxing holiday!

    Accommodation description

    Les Mirabelles

    Downstairs: Open plan Lounge and Kitchen/Diner. This has a high ceiling with exposed beams and French doors lead out to the patio. There is a comfortable sitting area, which has TV(English channels) with DVD player. The dining area has a typical French traditional dining table and chairs. The kitchen area is well
    equipped and has a gas cooker, microwave, dishwasher and large fridge/freezer. Shower room with toilet, vanity washbasin, shower compartment and automatic washing machine. Ground floor Double bedroom, with 1 double bed (travel cot available for this room on request) and en-suite toilet and washbasin.
    Upstairs (reached by an open plan staircase with handrail and optional child's safety gate): Double bedroom with 1 double bed. This room has a Velux window with blind. Toilet with washbasin. Twin bedroom, with twin beds.

    Bedrooms: 3

    Bathrooms: 3

    Living Rooms: 1

    Property Type: Barn


    Accessibility
    La Petite Mirabelle is all on ground floor level, so would perhaps be suitable for anyone with mobility problems. Also Vos Farmhouse has a spacious ground floor bedroom with ensuite, which may also be suitable. However, our pool is on a lower level so would be difficult to access for anyone with limited mobility. If you would like more details on suitability, please contact us so we can answer any questions you may have.

    Outside
    The houses are set in over an acre of secluded gardens. The orchard has a variety of fruit trees and guests are welcome to help themselves to the fruit, during their stay. There are swings and table tennis, which is situated under the covered games area. A selection of bicycles are supplied for guests to use. There is also an impressive 12 x 6m swimming pool, which has lighting, Roman steps and a solar heated shower. A poolside patio area has ample pool loungers and parasols. The swimming pool area is now enclosed and fitted with a security gate, which conforms to the French safety regulations (AFNOR standards).

    Important notes on accommodation

    Vos Farmhouse is detached and secluded from the other properties and sleeps up to 9 persons. Les Mirabelles - the larger barn conversion, sleeps up to 6 persons. At the entrance there is a pretty patio area, which has a large canopy for shade. There is a stone barbeque and patio table and chairs, making this the perfect place to eat or just sit and enjoy the tranquillity and fantastic view. La Petite Mirabelle - the smaller barn conversion, is adjacent to, but not overlooked by Les Mirabelles. This property sleeps up to 4 persons. The entrance has a canopy and patio area, which has a barbecue, and patio furniture. La Petite Maison - situated separately nearby, is a compact 1 bedroom detached house with balcony, perfect
    for 2 persons. There is an information booklet, which gives details of places to visit, restaurants to try and things to do, and a visitors book in each property. Please note: no smoking is allowed in the properties, however, ash trays are provided for outside.

    Location Type: Rural.

    Rates

    Les Mirabelles prices

    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    30 August 2014 - 13 September 2014 £ 480.00 7

    Notes on prices
    Prices are for each property per week in UK Pounds. Payment in other currencies can be accepted by arrangement. All prices include bed linen, gas and electricity. Please note, if required, bath, hand and tea towels can be provided at a nominal charge.

    Changeover day
    Bookings run Saturday 4.00pm to Saturday 10.00am in season. Other changeover days may be considered if in low season.

    Booking notes
    For all bookings a 25% non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking, balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival. In addition a £150 breakages / cleaning deposit, per self catering property, returnable within 1 month of departure is required with final payment. Please note smoking is not allowed in the properties (ash trays are provided for outside use). Pets may be accepted by
    arrangement. There is free, unlimited Wifi Internet in each property and around the garden.

    Location

    Farmhouse, 2 Barn Conversions & Gîte near Verteillac, Villebois & Riberac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

    About the area

    Coast/Beach
    At Arcachon on the coast, about 2 hours away, is the Dune du Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe.
    The beach at Royan is approximately 80 minutes drive.
    There is a beautiful man made beach at Aubeterre (about 15 minutes drive), suitable for swimming and there is also canoeing and horse riding.
    There is a large lake with beaches at La Jemaye (about 30 minutes drive) which has many attractions, (including pedalos) and restaurants as well as being suitable for swimming.

    Golf
    There are 18 hole golf courses at Angouleme and Perigueux and a good 9 hole course at Pillac, near St. Severin. There is also a superb 18 hole Mini (crazy) Golf course at St Severin.

    How to get there
    It is approx 80 mins drive from Bordeaux airport, 60 mins drive from Bergerac airport, 2 hrs from Poitiers airport and 2 hrs from Limoges airport (car hire at the airports can be arranged at time of booking your flights). 7 hrs drive from the port of St. Malo. Angoulême is 40mins drive and the TGV (high speed) train from Paris (also departs from Terminal 2, Charles de Gaulle Airport) takes around 3 hrs to Angoulême station (car hire opposite).

    Distances
    This property is ideally located close to a rural hamlet in the vicinity of the towns of Verteillac, Ribérac, Villebois Lavalette and Mareuil. It offers a very peaceful holiday and yet has easy access to local amenities. At St. Paul Lizonne (10 mins drive) there is a Mini Golf (18holes). Indoor swimming, cinemas, go-karting and 10 pin bowling at Angouleme, 35 mins drive. Further afield is Futuroscope, situated near Poitiers, 2 hours drive. Also, 2 hrs drive, is Limoges, famous for its porcelain.

    Further Details
    There is something to suit everybody's interest in the Dordogne, e.g. close by is the renowned nature reserve of Les Tourbières Site de Vendoire with its nature museum and restaurant. Here you can take leisurely country walks, hire boats or fish. Golf, tennis, horse-riding, canoeing, 10-pin bowling, go-karting and mountain-biking are all within easy reach. Details of various walks and cycle runs in the area can be found in the property. There are numerous splendid restaurants in the vicinity. A good variety of shops, supermarkets and banks are all within easy reach at nearby Verteillac, Ribérac, Aubeterre, St. Severin, Villebois Lavalette and Mareuil. Even the small, tranquil village of Champagne et Fontaine, just a few minutes drive, boasts an excellent small self-service grocer's shop, boulangerie, post office and pub/tabac. Here you can sit outside in the pretty, little square, sample a glass of the local Charente speciality Pineau and absorb the friendly atmosphere. Those who enjoy the bustling French markets will find plenty to choose from, with the renowned Friday market at Riberac being one not to be missed! Also, there are many fêtes, night markets & festivals going on throughout the summer.

    The capital of the Dordogne, which is still referred to by the locals by its original name of Périgord, is Perigueux. This, the historical towns of Aubeterre, Nontron, Brantôme and the Charente town of Angoulême are all well worth a visit. There are 1001 châteaux in the Périgord, as well as caves with prehistoric paintings to be visited. Périgordian cuisine is world-renowned for its 'foie gras', truffles and confit de canard.

    There are many interesting historical and archaeological sights to see and this property is a perfectly situated base to explore from. Or you can simply relax round the pool with a glass or 2 of the local vin rouge! In any case you will have an enjoyable holiday here in France where you are assured of a warm Scottish welcome from the owners.

    Guest reviews

    Les Mirabelles
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    Guest
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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Gerry B., United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 23 September 2013

    Date of stay: September 2013

    "Very Enjoyable Stay"

    Les Mirabelles was a perfect base for the relaxing type of holiday we were after. The accommodation was spotless when we arrived and was thoughtfully equipped with everything anyone could possibly need for a holiday; right down to fuel for the barbeque and insulated bags to take with you to the excellent Leclerc supermarket on the outskirts of Riberac. The pool was fantastic - a good size and situated in a suntrap at the bottom of the garden. As we arrived late in the season, the weather was less predictable and although we had a few 'pool days', we spent a lot of time exploring the area. There are bikes available for anyone to use and it's ideal countryside for cycling. Nearby there is a small nature reserve in an area where peat used to be cut, where there are now pools with a multitude of wildlife. Here you can find the well hidden restaurant 'Des Tourbieres' where locals and holidaymakers alike are served simple but very good local cuisine. There are numerous towns and villages within the area where you can get a good 'plat de jour'. Best value is to be had if you eat out at lunchtime. Local markets are good , especially the Friday market at Riberac. Particularly scenic within the area are the towns of Brantome and Aubeterre. If you are prepared to venture further you can head for the Perigord Noir region where there are some amazing villages built into the rocks above the Dordogne and the Medieval town centre of Sarlat. There is such a variety of things to do here, from canoeing and horseriding at one end of the scale, to chilling round the pool at the other, I think that most people would be able to find something to their taste. Anna and Ali know everything about the local area and are really helpful, so, all in all, highly recommended!

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing, families with teenagers and romantic getaway

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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Neil C., United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 24 August 2013

    Date of stay: August 2013

    "Relaxing, get a way from it all cottage"

    If you're looking for a relaxing,perfect holiday then La Petite Maison is the place for you! Equipped with everything that you could possibly wish for to make your holiday and finished off with a perfect sun trap terrace, where you can sit and eat while admiring the rolling fields and kestrels. The pool is a good size for swimming and there's shade too for when the sun gets too hot. The owners live on site and are fantastically welcoming and helpful with their local knowledge be it for a walk, good place to eat, or excellent place to visit. They also take pets and made our two dogs very welcome, giving them treats, recommending the best walks and always having time to fuss them. Roqui their dog is calm and friendly and took to sharing his property with two more dogs well! We went to Brantome on their recommendation and would recommend this as an excellent day out. There's plenty of activities in the area:canoeing, peddalos, horse riding and foie gras tasting, should you want to fill the days, but La Petite Maison and the grounds were so relaxing that we unusually didn't feel the need to go too far too often! I would definitely recommend this place for its relaxing air and the great hospitality offered by Anna, Ali and Roqui. Thank you all of you for making our holiday so perfect!

    Recommended for: Pet friendly, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: Dave'C, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 12 August 2013

    Date of stay: July 2013

    "A little piece of paradise"

    In most cases I have seen a review is negative, I wonder why? Well in this case I want to tell you how bad it is to stop you spoiling the place!! Serious I wanted a chilled out relaxing holiday and that is exactly what I / we got. Ok my Sat Nav took me to the wrong location a phone call to the owners got me back on track. on arrival we were greeted like long lost friends, shown around the property and told where everything was including the pool and more than welcome to use even at 8pm to cool down and unwind after 19 hours on the road. The site comprises of 4 gites including the lovely farmhouse all spotlessly clean. Les Mirabelles is an old converted barn with fantastic thick stone walls, the lower bedroom stayed lovely cool even through the heat of the day with an on suite toilet, the downstairs toilet and shower room was a great advantage, upstairs was 2 bedrooms a double and twin single of ample proportions and another toilet facility. CAUTION the stairs to upstairs are steep and open there is a stair gate at the bottom but not at the top. All facilities provided including washing machine and dishwasher. Gas kettle and full of rustic charm. Outside the property is a gravel patio area with awning and table and chairs. A fantastic stone built BBQ and steps leading down to your own parking area and onward to the pool. The pool is fully enclosed with steps down into the shallow end and surrounded within the wall with gravel, personally I would like to have seen depth markers but I would guess the deep end is about 2 metres, and more sunbeds, if the gites are full it could become crowded. The surrounding area is fields the roads are typically rural France, Nearest local shops about 10 min drive and supermarket about 20 min. The owners Anna and Ali are fantastic hosts, warm and welcoming, there if you need them but leave you alone to enjoy your stay if not needed. They should be proud of there little place in paradise and we will definitely be going back. At night (early hours) the sky is fantastic looks like the stars have been splashed across the sky with a paint brush. We were a party of 5, 2 adults and 19,18,&17 and all enjoyed, a chilled relaxing time. there are things to do further afield but we just stayed and enjoyed. Please don't spoil it!!

    Response to review:
    Our description of this property (Les Mirabelles), clearly states that there is an open plan staircase with handrail and this, along with details of the stair gate, travel cot, etc., is explained to anyone enquiring who have young children. This was not necessary in the above case as no young children were in the group. Re sun loungers, more are put out if required to ensure ample are available. As our pool is crystal clear, it is very easy to see the depth and the Roman end steps are perfect for parents with young children.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: The Powers, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 12 August 2013

    Date of stay: July 2013

    "Relax and enjoy!!"

    The property was exactly as described, very clean and well maintained, with everything you could possibly need. The owner was very hospitable and provided excellent customer service. The local open air restaurant was recommended and a fantastic way to sample local cuisine. Riberac market was a very enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this property and would like to come back again!!

    Recommended for: Pet friendly, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Guest comments

    Great hospitality-made us feel so welcome. Lovely surroundings & the children really enjoyed the pool. Riberac great for canoeing & the market. Aubeterre interesting, the Monolithic Church was inspiring (even to our 14yr old son!). The Chocolate Factory is worth a visit. Brantome is full of character & very interesting to visit, with lots of unique shops situated under the rocks. Thank you, Anna and Ali for being such fantastic hosts.
    Anne, Richard, Francesca, Frederick & Alicia Clark (Maidstone, Kent)
    Lovely stay, gorgeous surroundings, so peaceful!! Thank you. Will, Lara & Max Harrison (Hong Kong)
    Shall always remember the beautiful night sky. A really relaxing holiday - don't want to go home! Thanks. Martin, Fiona, Nicola and Alison Ball (Marlow, Bucks)
    Good time had by all & swimming pool well appreciated. Great fun on the Velorail & interesting caves on the way back. The view of the stars were awe inspiring. The Turners (Marlow, Bucks)

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    Languages spoken: English, French.


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