Beautiful house in rural SW France

Beautiful house in rural SW France

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July 2011

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home

We are not swapping for the next few months as our house is for sale.
Ours is a beautifully restored brick and columbage, Perigourdine farmhouse, with modern comforts yet retaining lots of character. Peacefully located in 13 hectares of prairie and woodland; in a rural hamlet of only 2 other properties; not visible from the road and 500m from each of its 2 neighbours.
The small town, La Roche-Chalais, 10 kms away has all commerce. It is only an hour from Bordeaux, a World Heritage City, an hour from the historic city of Perigueux, 45 minutes to Bergerac, and 35 minutes from St Emilion, an historic hillside town in the heart of the Bordeaux wine lands.

Approached along a 200 metre driveway lined with fruit trees, the house is set in 32 acres of grassland and mixed woodland with 2 ponds plus a lake containing a variety of fish (which you are welcome to catch if you can!). There is wonderful bird life and we often see deer in the grounds close to the house. From the woods around the property you can walk into the surrounding forestry commission land.

There are two large covered terraces with wooden furniture for outdoor eating and relaxing as well as a 10 x 5 metre swimming pool (alarmed according to French regulations) with a large sun terrace. The lake and ponds are not fenced.

There is a total of approximately 350 m2 of accommodation inside the house. The two sitting rooms and the dining room face south with French windows to garden or verandah. There is a large, fully equipped family kitchen, and a separate laundry room and a workroom with an additional fridge. The 4 good sized double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms are all upstairs with a cloakroom downstairs. The main en suite has a shower and a bath, the second bathroom has a shower and the third a shower bath. There is also a study upstairs which is not normally available during house swaps.

The house has full oil central heating plus 3 wood burning stove. If you are considering living in France check it out in mid winter.
We would expect guests not to smoke at all in the house..


12 Reviews

More about us

  1. Generally just the 2 of us, we sometimes travel with one or both of our children and their partners..

  2. Our house isn’t available at the moment as it is for sale.

  3. We love beautiful places to walk in and city breaks during the winter and Spring.

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Montpon 15 mins, la Roche Chalais 15 mins. Further afield are Bordeaux, Bergerac, St Emilioon, Aubeterre and Sainte Foy la Grande
Cool bars
5 minutes to friendly, local bar / restaurant / depot du pain
Cozy cafés
Breakfast by the pool
Retail therapy
Local produce at nearby farmers' markets, or chic shopping in Bordeaux, an hour's drive
Bit of culture
Bordeaux, Perigueux both under an hour
Walks in the park
Outside the back door - footpaths have been cleared trough our woods which connect to the network of paths and lanes criss-crossing the area
Spot of exercise
We love to canoe on the Dronne and Dordogne rivers and to cycle on the quiet country roads. The area has lots of tracks and paths for walking.
Day tripping
The vineyards of Bordeaux, St Emilion and Bergerac are all within an hour`s drive. The famous chateaux and anthropological sites of the Dordogne are easily reached for day trips.

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