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Pure Tranquility - a beautiful place to relax and explore the countryside

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Exclusive use,secluded Hilltop Farmhouse 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 4.

Our hilltop farmhouse, for your exclusive and private use, is in a small hamlet set high up amongst fields and woods, with wonderful views and a 'big' sky.It has been lovingly restored, offering an attractive and generously equipped interior, prepared by the American owners.

The large covered, furnished balcony is a place of extraordinary relaxation

The pool has a sun deck and wonderful views.

We are very popular with couples who want a private home to unwind in, after busy marriage celebrations and/or working life. With many stairs and open areas, the property is generally not suitable for children; babies are welcome!

The nearest big villages are St. Severin and Verteillac. The surrounding countryside is full of history and offers many leisure facilities, including wonderful canoeing on the River Dronne, tennis and riding. Strolling along country lanes, with fantastic views, is recommended, two good quality bikes are also provided.

Property Overview:

The exterior of La Croix farmhouse reflects its long history, blending well into the other few buildings in the hamlet. The large courtyard is sheltered by the ancient barn, the garden opens onto the wonderful views, pool and its sundeck.

The house is on three floors.

Top floor:

The double bedroom, twin bedroom and separate fully fitted bathroom. This is a conversion from the old granary and there are some low ceilings and doorways.

Middle level:

The large, very light well proportioned salon has a window and three glazed doors, the front door to the lane, rear door to a landing with stairs to the courtyard and doors to the large balcony room.

The kitchen has a work island with solid wood chopping board, fridge and dishwasher. The pots, pans, food processor, knives and utensils are mostly imported from America and of a very good quality and reflect the fact that the American owners love to buy the excellent local produce and cook.

The cooker has 5 burners and an electric grill inset in the gas oven.

The table comfortably seats 6 or you can eat on the sheltered furnished balcony, or down on the ancient stone table in the courtyard, or under the old walnut tree.

The large leather sofa and adjacent leather chair encourage relaxing, reading one of the many paperbacks provided, or watching the TV, which has English free channels. There is also WIFI.

The sitting end of the salon opens onto the large, furnished balcony, where meals may also be taken at the table or seated on the very comfortable futon sofa. The view from here is magnificent.

Courtyard level:

A large utility room with washing and drying machines, large sink, second fridge freezer and direct access to the courtyard, through barn type doors. Storage space for the two good quality bicycles.

The courtyard:

Shaded parking under the balcony.

A shower and separate toilet accessed directly from the courtyard. There is a stone table and gas BBQ.

There are several parasols, cushions, chairs and sun loungers for you to arrange as you wish and further shade under the lovely huge walnut tree.

Further down the garden, past the barn, the pool and sundeck offer the chance for a cooling dip and to sunbathe and enjoy the view.

Please contact us if you require further information and extracts from the house book. You may e mail or phone and we will arrange to call you back at our expense. We will aim to provide you with a clean, bright and beautiful home for your all important holiday and we ask that you take care of this lovely old house.

Some extracts from the guest book, which will be available for you to read in full at the house:

‘Thank you for sharing your sanctuary from the stresses of the work a day world! It’s charming, comfortable, interesting and quiet.’ B and D.

‘The house has been fantastic, with such wonderful surroundings, and excellent cookware. I’m sure we’ll be back. This is undoubtedly the best house we’ve stayed at in France.’ H and C.

‘It’s a beautiful house, thoughtfully kitted out in a stunning location, with views to die for.’ P and C and baby.

‘Thank you for making our week so wonderful. The place is gorgeous and in such glorious countryside. The view from the balcony is very special and we’ve enjoyed ending days just watching the sky and its changes.’ J an J.

‘The highlight was yesterday, when we were in the pool and the swallows were swooping in for a drink and suddenly a deer ran by!’ A and A.

More Details

Property Manager
Helen Griffith
Member since: 2002
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
6 September, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bouteilles-Saint-Sébastien in Périgueux

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No unauthorised people on premises. Maximum of 4 people on property, including any non-resident visitors. Details must be provided.
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
  • The upstairs bathroom, between the two bedrooms has a toilet and bath with hand held shower fitting. It is a lovely room, but with very low ceilings except by the toilet and basin. Please see photos. At ground level there is a simple full height shower and separate toilet opening onto the courtyard. All linen and towels are provided, including pool towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , large fly screened window
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , fly screened roof window
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , covered balcony
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1futon on the large covered balcony. All beds have comfortable mattresses, pretty bedding and the rooms are are pleasantly furnished, with insect screens on the windows so that you can enjoy the cool night air. Doorways and some ceiling areas in the bedrooms are low, please see photos.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The house and grounds at La Croix are entirely for your use. We do not live on site, but 20 min away. There is a house book with useful information and we are very willing to meet with you after you have settled in to help you quickly get to know the area. We will be available if you need us and/or leave you to enjoy La Croix's special tranquil atmosphere. There is a phone for incoming calls and outgoing use by arrangement. In order to prepare the house for the next guests we ask that you leave by 10 am on departure day. Arrivals should be after 4 pm.

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Pure Tranquility - a beautiful place to relax and explore the countryside
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
4

rural tranquillity

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a peaceful stay in a tastefully refurbished farmhouse in this rural location with lovely views over the small octagonal pool. The owners' agent was very responsive, replacing a tired old barbecue the next day! Some lovely local towns to visit and some good walks around the hills under the birdcalls of soaring Marsh Harriers. Sharp knives in the kitchen were a pleasure, and remember to duck when moving around upstairs!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! So glad that you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful property and hope that we can welcome you back in the future.
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5

Perfect 'get away from it all' holiday destination!

  • 5 of 5

If you want a holiday that is as far removed as possible from the fast pace of every day life, this has to be it. Equally, if you want to see a 'real' piece of genuine France, this is it.

The accommodation is first class and equipped above and beyond what you normally get in a holiday property. It did feel like a home from home.

The location is perfect. You can genuinely live like a 'local' and the view (and the changing skies and sunsets) are breathtaking.

We really wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to family and friends and would definitely consider going back for a return stay which is something we rarely choose to do.

If anything, the website doesn't do it justice - it's even better than these amazing images show.

If you do decide to book La Croix we hope you have just as brilliant a time as we did.

The perfect escape from the real world for a fortnight!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dawn and Ian! So pleased you had a lovely time in our beautiful property, and hope to welcome you back again in the future.
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5

Tranquil and relaxing setting

  • 5 of 5

A lovely property in a beautiful location; the pictures do not do it justice. We had a great holiday and really enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. The covered balcony area provided great views and outside dining. The property was clean and very well equipped with everything we required including bikes and table tennis. The ceilings are low upstairs but you get used to ducking.

There are loads of lovely towns to visit and we especially enjoyed out trips to Brantome and Aubeterre sur Donne. If we were to go back to this area we would definitely stay here again and a special thanks to Helen for ensuring that we had everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Frances, and family. You were lovely guests. So glad you had a lovely time.
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4

A house with a VIEW

  • 4 of 5

Our stay in the Dordogne was again a very relaxed one. The property was OK, all "modern" facilities were available in a charming setting. The Dordogne is still one of the most beautifull area's in France: the little picturesque villages, the nice wheater, the good food, ...

What really made this stay special : the fantastic view !!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! It was a pleasure to welcome you to our beautiful property, and so glad you had a great time and enjoyed relaxing with our magnificent view! It is a delight to stay in our lovely area, with fabulous food, weather and gorgeous villages to explore. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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5

Beautiful location exceptional attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay.A great place to go if you want total relaxation in a scenic location.A car is essential and there are a lot of narrow lanes so take out the extra car insurance offered at the car rental pick-up.

The facilities at the farmhouse were exceptional and the attention to detail was the same.

You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful property, and that all the facilities exceeded your expectations.
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5

French countryside location at it's best.

  • 5 of 5

The ideal property and surroundings for an utterly relaxing, peaceful holiday experience. The property has all mod cons in a rustic and comfortable environment. And the outside space(s) allow for an outdoor living experience from dawn till dusk.

We enjoyed the countryside, the village feel of Verteillac and the many villages discovered by bike. Ideally located for sightseeing - trips to Brantome, St Emillion and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

We've enjoyed the best and most relaxing holiday and can wholeheartedly recommend this property and location to anyone wanting to get away from the daily stresses of life.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Verteillac
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
St Malo/Caen/Le Havre
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Pillac
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Angouleme
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Saintes (NW). Mussidan (S)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Palluaud
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Lac Jemaye
Car: necessary

This is rural France, perfect for walkers and ramblers, cyclists, artists and those wishing to explore the region by car or bike. The tiny hamlet of La Croix, is situated high on a hilltop in the commune of Bouteilles St Sebastien, in the Perigord Vert. It is to the South of Angouleme and North West of Perigueux. The nearest villages are St.Severin, (10 mins), just over the border in the Charente and Verteillac (10 mins) in the Dordogne. The thriving, popular market town of Riberac is 20 min away to the south, en route to Perigueux.

The ports of Le Havre St. Malo and Caen are now an easy, fast drive, on modern autoroutes.

Bergerac (1 h.) is the nearest airport, Bordeaux (1h.30) is a little further, but your journey could include a visit to this wonderful city. Both have car hire.

Angouleme station is some 40 min away, with very fast TGV trains to/from Paris and car hire offices.

The hamlet and surroundings:

Surrounded by farmland, La Croix sits on a ridge overlooking a beautiful valley. The view is predominately undulating meadows with mixed fields of corn and sunflowers. A quiet lane leads to the property, which is set amongst a few other homes in the hamlet of La Croix, in the commune of Bouteilles St. Sebastien.

The region is well known for its antiquities, art, Romanesque architecture and of course its cuisine. In addition to the wine and cognac, foods include foie gras, walnuts, strawberries, truffles, pates and cheeses. There are many attractive restaurants in the area.

Over the border in the Charente is the beautiful medieval village of Aubeterre sur Dronne (25mins), famous for its monolithic underground church. The tree-lined square is full of cafes and quirky shops, perfect for browsing. There is also a river beach, kayaking and many other tourist attractions. There is a good 9-hole golf course nearby.

The Grand Etang at La Jemaye is a lovely place to visit for those with children; a sheltered lake (with lifeguard) on a lovely sandy beach surrounded by pine trees. This popular pôle loisirs also offers a playground, fishing area, restaurant, snack bar and graded fitness trails.

Brantôme, the ‘Venice of the Périgord’, is just 40 mins drive away, on the banks of the Drone. A delightfully picturesque town with independent shops, superb restaurants and a wealth of riverside cafés. Guided boat trips run hourly during the summer months and Friday night sees the weekly ‘river joust’ - great fun to watch!

The historic cities of Périgueux and Angoulême are both within 40 mins drive. Périgueux, the ‘capital’ of the Dordogne dominated by the magnificent Cathedrale de St Front, offers hidden delights within its winding, cobbled streets. Angoulême is an ancient fortified town, and the world cartoon capital. In September the walled streets are closed for the Circuit des Remparts, the annual vintage car race.

The fabulous roman town of St Emilion is a must for wine enthusiasts and gourmets. For those who prefer brandy, the chais of Rémy Martin, Hennessy and Courvoisier are just an hour away at Cognac.

With so much to do and see, it’s impossible to list everything here! For additional ideas and visitor information during your stay, you’ll find a wide selection of leaflets and local guides in the property.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bouteilles-Saint-Sébastien, Dordogne

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

During the main season bookings are usually taken from Saturday to Saturday. La Croix has the comforts of a proper home, not just a letting property, with a wood burning stove at the kitchen end of the salon and oil fired central heating.
You will find La Croix clean and ready for your arrival and a 'changeover' clean is is provided after you leave.
All towels including pool towels are provided.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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