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17th Century Cottage with Character, Stunning Views and Curvaceous Swimming Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Oct-2016
Cottage between Riberac (Dordogne) and Villebois Lavalette (Charente) France - An Oasis Of Tranquility

Located within a pretty south-facing former farm property, Bluebell Cottage is a self-catering gite formed from a joined pair of small farm-workers cottages, with newer bedroom and bathroom extensions. With exposed beams, it retains a traditional, rustic French ambiance, and is idyllically situated in the picturesque landscape of ‘Perigord Vert’. Located atop a tranquil hillside with breathtaking views over sunflower and maize fields, the property is set in 2 acres of secluded mature gardens, delightfully populated with fruit and nut trees and an abundance of flowers. You have a curvaceous 10 metre (33 feet) swimming pool all to yourself (complying with the latest safety standards) set in a pleasant but private area, with an adjacent grassed play area for smaller children with swings etc. There are assorted sitting areas for eating in the sunshine, or in the shade, with barbecues and plenty of sun-loungers. Twice-weekly bread delivery. This is a dog-free zone.

VISITORS’ BOOK:
"Thank you for such a wonderful stay- the house & garden were just perfect & the friendly welcome and good company made it amazing." -K, M & E. 
"What a house- What a garden- What Serenity- House immaculate & almost bursting with character. The views are amazing. So tranquil." -D, C, E & Z. 


THE LOCALITY:

Situated between Angoulême (45 mins) and Périgueux (45 mins), there is easy access to the pretty traditional villages on the River Dronne – Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (20 mins), Brantôme (30 mins) and Bourdeilles (30 mins); all perfect for bathing, canoeing or just exploring at your leisure. The renowned market town of Riberac (20 mins) with its Friday market (and evening markets in July/Aug) is a definite must. Sarlat, the historic Lascaux Caves, Cognac, the Atlantic Beaches and Bordeaux also make excellent days out.

COAST/BEACHES:

There are various popular lake & river beaches close by, with family facilities. The Atlantic beaches are 2 hours drive away (90 kilometres) and offer mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches. The principal towns here are La Rochelle, Royan and Rochefort. Also here is the popular island of Île de Ré, accessible by road bridge (Fort Bouyard is nearby), and the largest European dunes of Pyla (Pilat), in Arcachon bay.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES:

The local area is rich for walking, with cafes, bars, restaurants and a nature reserve (Les Anciennes Tourbières) within walking distance; and cyclists discover endless charming rides in all directions. Local villages, including Champagne, Salles-Lavalette & Gout-Rossignol, will provide fresh bread & other provisions, post office, bar, hairdressers etc.

The nearest town is Verteillac, 8 kilometres away, with bank, boulangerie, post office, large general store, bars, cafes, & several excellent restaurants. Also a chemists, doctors and dentist, and a major Sunday flea/antique market every month. Riberac is the nearest big town with everything - 5 supermarkets, cafes, shops, restaurants, banks, etc, and canoeing on the Dronne. If markets are your forté then Riberac has one of the best (every Friday). Villebois Lavellette is in the Charente, 8 kilometres away, a market town with an excellent supermarket. There are numerous villages & towns nearby that have their fetes & celebrations during July/August. Brantome is a very picturesque town, called the little Venice of the 'Perigord Vert' due to its encircling river & the various boating opportunities that are available. Perigueux, the principal city of the Dordogne, is worth a days visit. It is festooned with flowers, and visiting the main square in the old town for lunch is an experience not to be missed. On Wednesday the market spreads around the old town and in the grounds of the magnificent cathedral. Angouleme, principal city of the Charente, is really fascinating and has a long history, including being the World capital of cartoons & comics, boasting an impressive cartoon museum; enormous cartoons form part of the town-centre architecture.

Wine & brandy lovers will note the proximity to Cognac, Bordeaux, Bergerac & Saint-Emillion. A complementary bottle of local red wine awaits your arrival in our gite.

The Perigord-Limousin Nature Park is on the doorstep.

The Dordogne contains 10% (so 4000) of all of Frances chateaux (castles), and also boasts the world famous 30,000 year old cave paintings.

This is the "Perigord Vert" (green) quarter of the Dordogne, so called because of its green woodland, lush valleys and streams.

SPECIAL INTEREST HOLIDAYS:

We don't particularly specialize, but if you have any special interests such as photography, vegetarian cooking, astronomy, entomology, etc., do tell us, as we may well be able to enhance your holiday.

TRAVEL:

Bergerac airport 1 hour, Angouleme airport 1 hour, Limoges airport 1.5 hours, and Bordeaux airport 1.5 hours. There is also a newly opened airport at Brive. France has a superb high-speed rail network, and travel from England to Angouleme (which is just 3 hours from Paris) is straightforward, with car hire at the station (45 minutes away).

OUTSIDE:

The cottage sits in 2 acres of beautiful gardens overlooking a valley with breathtaking views; a national viewing point is a mile away. The cottage includes private use of a large swimming pool ("double bubble" shape), whose depth is 1.1 metres (42 inches) all over. Serving the pool is a solar-heated shower. Concerned parents can keep access to the whole pool area under lock & key if desired. There is a grassed play area for the younger ones adjacent to, and visible from, the pool area, and a tree-shaded table-tennis area. The cottage has an adjacent patio area including garden furniture and barbecue. All of the gardens are at your disposal to wander around in peace. Walking around the gardens allows you to see for miles in almost every direction, as the property is situated slightly below the ridge of a very long hill amongst rolling hills. There are no visual distractions like overhead cables or non-rural constructions, and no airports, busy roads, railways nor building sites to be heard (although noisy children are welcome here!).

NOTES ON ACCOMMODATION:

Free internet access is available by WiFi and also ethernet. Mobile phone coverage is excellent. The owners are readily available (but only if wanted!) to provide any on-the-spot information, suggestions, recommendations, or assistance such as phoning (in French) to book restaurants or activities.

Satellite TV & radio via ASTRA2 offers plenty of English channels: BBC1/2/4, ITV1/2/3/4, ch.4 & 5, E4, More4 and plenty of movie & music channels. There are numerous books, DVDs, toys and games (indoor/outdoor) and abundant local attraction brochures.

Bedding, indoor towels, and cleaning materials are included. A cot and various other amenities can be provided; please ask when booking. The cot has a mattress and we can also supply bedding for baby.

Bedroom 1: Open-plan upstairs area with double bed & lounge area. Picture windows give spectacular views from the bed and lounge over the gardens, fields, woods and valley. iPod dock/alarm/radio.

Bedroom 2: Ground-floor bedroom has 2 single beds (adult bunks: 88 x 188 cm, 3 x 6 feet 2 inches).

Bathroom: Shower, sink, and toilet. Instant gas-heated hot water is always available, in the kitchen also. In addition to this, there is a solar-heated shower at the pool.

Laundry facilities are freely available in a separate block.

There is plenty of interesting wildlife in the gardens, so we don't allow pets!

CHANGEOVER DAYS: 
Our week is normally Saturday to Saturday, arriving from 4pm and departing by 10am. 
Alternative days, and durations, will be considered outside of the peak season. Arrival at any time of day or night can be arranged, but early arrival or late departure may not be possible.

PRICING: 
Prices shown are for one week (7 nights) in UK Pounds Sterling. Payments can be made by electronic transfer or by cheque, in pounds or Euros. Prices include electricity & gas (but exclude heating which may be required in the cooler half of the year). A deposit of 25% is due on booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A returnable damage deposit of 100 pounds is also added to the balance, being returned afterwards. The weekly charge is for up to 4 persons (+baby); visitors may be permitted if agreed in advance. In the event of late cancellation, we will re-advertise; however the balance will only be refundable if the cost is covered by a replacement booking. 


INTERESTED?

Please do get in touch with us through this site if you have any questions, or wish to discuss special arrangements. We will gladly call your UK landline. Thank you for reading this far.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our visitors' comments book:

"Thank you for such a wonderful stay- the house & garden were just perfect & the friendly welcome and good company made it amazing." -K, M & E.

"Fantastic house, what an amazing view. We have had the best time here. We love the cottage, which was pristine when we arrived. Carol & Graham couldn't do enough to make our stay wonderful. Our 6 year old adored the pool & the grounds are ideal for children. Plenty to see & do- a week just isn't enough- we will be back." -J, A & O.

"What a house- What a garden- What Serenity- House immaculate & almost bursting with character. The views are amazing. So tranquil." -D, C, E & Z.

"Everything was immaculate & clean and totally relaxing - we're sorry to leave." - P, A, F & M.
Jun 2015
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3 Reviews

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based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

5

Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

Graham & Carole made us most welcome on arrival and the beer was very much appreciated.The Gite is comfortable and provided us with an excellent base for our week on holiday.The owners gave great advice on what was in the area and even booked a local restaurant for us & the meal was exceptional.The views from the cottage and grounds are stunning.We were not ready to come home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Stunning views from a French hillside

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 weeks in gorgeous petit vos. The owners made us super welcome, were enormously helpful, full of great information about the local area. Our little boy loved the pool, very safe, full of toys - it was perfect! The cottage is truly unique, cosy and characterful, with comfy beds, everything you need for a lovely holiday. The gardens are beautiful, great for exploring, and the views magnificent - we didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Fabulous Gite

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely brilliant holiday in Petit Vos. The gite was everything we wanted it to be - traditional, quirky and comfortable. On arrival we were all welcomed with open arms and treated like long lost friends. The children were made to feel so welcome and immediately felt at home. Everything about Petit Vos made for a perfect holiday. Carole and Graham were there to advise and recommend and were happy to be as involved as we wanted them to be. The children adored them and eight months on are still regularly asking when we can go back. The pool was perfect as were the grounds and other facilities. We couldn't rate it more highly - everything about it was spot on.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Location

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

We don't particularly specialize, but if you have any special interests such as photography, vegetarian cooking, astronomy, entomology, etc., do tell us, as we may well be able to enhance your holiday.

Coast/Beach:

The Atlantic beaches are 2 hours drive away (90 kilometres) and offer mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches. The principal towns here are La Rochelle, Royan and Rochefort, and they are all served by dozens of cafes and restaurants offering local sea food or traditional French cuisine.

Travel:

Bergerac airport 1 hour, Angouleme airport 1 hour, Limoges airport 1.5 hours, and Bordeaux airport 1.5 hours. There is also a newly opened airport at Brive. France has a superb rail network, and travel from England to Angouleme (just 3 hours from Paris) is straightforward with car hire at the station (45 minutes away).

Distances:

Situated between Angoulême (45 mins) and Périgueux (45 mins), there is easy access to the pretty traditional villages on the River Dronne – Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (30 mins), Brantôme (30 mins) and Bourdeilles (30 mins); all perfect for bathing, canoeing or just exploring at your leisure. The renowned market town of Riberac (20 mins) with its Friday market (and evening markets in July/Aug) is a definite must. Sarlat, Laucaux, Cognac, the Atlantic Beaches and Bordeaux also make excellent days out.

Further Details:

The local area is rich for walking, with cafes, bars, restaurants & a nature reserve within walking distance; and cyclists discover endless charming places in all directions. Local villages, including Champagne, Salles-Lavalette & Gout-Rossignol, will provide fresh bread & other provisions, post office, bar, hairdressers etc.

The nearest town is Verteillac, 8 kilometre away, with bank, boulangerie, post office, large general store, bars, cafes, & several excellent restaurants. Also a chemists, doctors and dentist, & a major Sunday flea/antique market every month. Riberac is the nearest big town with everything - 5 supermarkets, cafes, shops, restaurants, banks, etc, and canoeing on the Dronne. If markets are your forte then Riberac has one of the best. Villebois Lavellette is in the Charente, 8 kilometres away, a market town with a good supermarket. There are numerous villages & towns nearby that have their fetes & celebrations during July/August. Brantome is a very picturesque town, called the little Venice of the Perigord Vert due to its encircling river & the various boating opportunities that are available. Perigueux, the principal city of the Dordogne, is worth a days visit. It is festooned with flowers, and visiting the main square in the old town for lunch is an experience not to be missed. On Wednesday the market spreads around the old town & in the grounds of the magnificent cathedral. Angouleme, principal city of the Charente, is really fascinating & has a long history, including being the World capital of cartoons & comics, boasting an impressive cartoon "museum"; enormous cartoons form part of the town-centre architecture.

The Perigord-Limousin Nature Park is on the doorstep.

The Dordogne contains 10% (so 4000) of all of Frances chateaux (castles), and also boasts the world famous 30,000 year old cave paintings.

This is the "Perigord Vert" (green) quarter of the Dordogne, so called because of its green woodland, lush valleys and streams.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 21 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
£343
for 5 nights
£480
 
 
Rate 2
22 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Rate 3
5 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Rate 4
12 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£580
for 7 nights
£580
 
 
Rate 5
19 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£620
for 7 nights
£620
 
 
Rate 6
26 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
 
 
Rate 7
3 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£740
for 7 nights
£740
 
 
Rate 8
10 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£780
for 7 nights
£780
 
 
Rate 9
17 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£820
for 7 nights
£820
 
 
Rate 10
24 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£840
for 7 nights
£840
 
 
Rate 11
12 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£820
for 7 nights
£820
 
 
Rate 12
19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Rate 13
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£780
for 7 nights
£780
 
 
Rate 14
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£640
for 7 nights
£640
 
 
Rate 15
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£400
for 5 nights
£560
 
 
Rate 16
16 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£357
for 5 nights
£500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A cot and various other amenities can be provided – please ask when booking. A deposit of 25% is due on booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Payments can be made by electronic transfer or by cheque, in pounds or Euros. A returnable damage deposit of 100 pounds is also added to the balance, being returned afterwards. In the event of late cancellation, we will re-advertise; however the balance will only be refundable if the cost is covered by a replacement booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday, normally arriving at 4pm and departing by 10am.
Alternative days will be considered outside of the peak season. Arrival at any time of day or night is acceptable, but early arrival or late departure may not be possible.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for one week in UK Pounds Sterling. Alternatively, payment in Euros is welcome. Prices include electricity & gas, with bedding and indoor towels supplied, but do not include heating which may be required in the cold half of the year. The cot has a mattress but you need to bring bedding for baby.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower, washbasin and toilet (on the ground floor). Instantly heated hot water is always available. In addition to this, and the solar heated shower at the pool, there is a separate small block near the pool & play area with toilet & washing facilities.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 2 Bedroom Self-Catering Rural Gite Sleeps 4. Notes on bedrooms: Open-plan upstairs area with double bed & lounge area. Picture windows give spectacular views from bed and lounge over the gardens, fields, woods and valley. Lower-floor bedroom has 2 single beds (adult bunks: 88 x 188 cm, 3 x 6 feet 2 inches).

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Visitors may be permitted if agreed in advance. The owners are readily available to provide on-the-spot information and assistance (but only if wanted!). Parties exceeding 4 people (5 including cot) could be accommodated if some are prepared to sleep under canvas, as there is plenty of space for camping here (not open to the public). There are even overnight toilet/washing facilities separate from the holiday cottage, and we are happy to negotiate flexible accommodation. Outside: The cottage sits in 2 acres of beautiful gardens overlooking a valley with breathtaking views; a national viewing point is a mile away. The cottage includes use of a large swimming pool ("double bubble" shape), whose depth is 1.1 metres (42 inches) all over. Concerned parents can keep access to the whole pool area under lock & key if desired. At the pool is a solar shower. There is a grassed play area for the younger ones adjacent to, and visible from, the pool area, and a tree-shaded table-tennis area. The cottage has an adjacent patio area including garden furniture and barbecue. All of the gardens are at your disposal to wander around in peace. Walking around the gardens allows you to see for miles in almost every direction, as the property is situated slightly below the ridge of a very long hill amongst rolling hills. There are no visual distractions like overhead cables or non-rural constructions and no airports, busy roads, railways nor building sites to be heard. Utility Room: A washing machine and extra large freezer are also available, and various other appliances on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding/linen is provided, and will be renewed during longer stays as required. Free laundry facilities are available on-site. Towels are provided for indoor use only, please bring your own beach/pool towels. Cleaning materials are provided. Other: ASTRA2 offers hundreds of English channels- BBC1/2/3/4, ITV1/2/3/4, ch.4 & 5, E4, More4 +plenty movies & music. Good mobile phone coverage. There's numerous books, DVDs, toys and games(indoor/outdoor) abundant local info. iPod player. Free WiFi internet.

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