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The large 2 storey high living room, 6 x 9 metres, cool in the summer and with large fireplace with log burning stove keeping the whole room warm in the winter. A long refectory table, comfortable sofas and chairs form a spacious living area suitable for large parties. The fitted kitchen at one end provides an open feeling and social area to the sitting room while preparing meals.
French doors from the living room and also one double bedroom open onto a private, sun trap terrace and grass garden facing south.The swimming pool (8m x 4m) is surrounded by a child safe fence.
The bedroom wing has a double bedroom, bathroom, a twin and twin/double rooms and shower room. Above the kitchen and shower room is a mezzanine with double bed + single sofa bed, good when running at full capacity but not entirely private. Adjoining is La Robanson - a self contained open plan bedroom with double bed, living room with single sofa bed, kitchen and shower room accessed from the house and exterior.
The two properties comprise the farmhouse and converted barn and outbuildings separated by a large courtyard (originally the farmyard). Both have pools and private gardens and can be rented together or separately.
I am a practising architect in Hampshire, England and have enjoyed both restoring the old farmhouse and converting some of the other outbuildings and barns into accommodation for an ever increasing size of family and friends. A great deal of the work in the past was carried out by myself with the skilled help of a carpenter friend and local macons. I can recount stories that happened at different times along the way far in excess of those recounted in Peter Mayle's books. My aim was never to turn the place into an architects show piece but to respect the character and keep it as french as possible whilst at the same time arranging spaces to suit living in a relaxed way with no formality. Its always been a pleasure for me to let Guibert and share it with other families.
Barry Bowhill purchased this in 1970
I first heard of the Dordogne when a master at school raved about its beauty. This was about 1959 and my first chance to visit the area was on my honeymoon in 1970 when I completely fell in love with the area. It only took me a further 2 years before I bought Guibert though not without much searching to find my idea of perfection. The owner had just died and the picturesque farmhouse remained virtually the same as it had for 400 years save for an electric bulb hanging from the ceiling to light an otherwise very dark interior. In those days the cows with their bells clanging were herded through the meadow and the neighbouring collective of farmers picked grapes at harvest time. Our visit to our neighbour at 6 every evening for the fresh, warm milk provided a perfect rural idyll.
Guibert has now been passed over to my three children who look on the property, like myself, as their home in France not just any old holiday cottage. We have recently completely up dated both Bergerie and La Ferme and changed most of the furnishings to give a nice bright, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Most of our farming neighbours have retired and some land has turned to nature but we are still left with fields and woods all around and 20 mins walk takes us into the charming village of Issac where we find the bar and restaurant though no longer bread or other food which is 10 minutes drive away in Mussidan. What I most enjoy is the peace and tranquility of the property and this is despite my many grandchildren who adore the freedom and play noisily around in complete safety.
Just the best place to relax, even with two little ones in tow. I couldn't recommend it more... Family friendly house with a fenced off pool meant the parents could unwind too. Only a 10 minute drive to the nearest shops meant we had fresh croissants every morning, we also had access to the BBQ which in the evening, so we could eat whilst watching the sun set... Simply stunning! Thank you!