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Fairy Tale French Farmhouse

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Last updated: 08/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Sarlat-la-Caneda house description

In its bucolic setting, Gaurenne is a three hundred year old farm of special charm. Arranged around a courtyard, it is a fine example of Perigordine architecture. The buildings are constructed of golden limestone and the steep pitched roofs are constructed of stone slabs, giving this farm its fairy tale quality. Climbing roses, jasmine and lavender fill the courtyard with fragrance, and the herb garden by the door is intended for your use.

The house had been restored in a way that respects it original rustic character, while being modernized for your convenience. The interior has many walls of exposed stone and has exposed beams throughout. The eat-in kitchen is of generous size and includes a dishwasher and the usual amenities. From the table a lovely stone window looks out into the meadow. The living room is large and includes a comfortable seating area as well as an antique farm table for dining.


Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds, which can also be joined. Both rooms have large windows looking out on the countryside. There is also a bathroom with a tub/shower and sink set into a tile counter. The WC is separate. The entire house has just been entirely restored.

Guests arriving enter a gate leading into a courtyard filled with flowers and partially shaded by a plane tree. At the far side of the courtyard, a covered terrace holds a long teak table and chairs for outdoor dining. On the north side of the house is a fruit orchard; the fruit is yours for the taking if you are there when it's ripe. There is also a walnut orchard.

On the south side of the house, the swimming pool is hidden from view but is open to the meadow and hills beyond. Measuring 17' x 36', it was recently re-built and bordered with stones from Burgundy. This is a favorite spot for guests and is a welcome pleasure at the end of a day of sightseeing. Outdoor lighting makes night swims a pleasure as well. Lounge chairs, beach towels and mats are provided as are kickboards and some water toys for children. (Please see link for photo of pool as well as others of house)

The farm is set on 28 acres, yours to explore, and trails can be followed for miles through the countryside, either on foot or on bicycle.

Five minutes away is a village where you'll find a post office, three restaurants, and a grocery store/cafe/bar. Just as close is a lake with a public beach and tennis courts. Fifteen minutes away, the larger medieval town of Sarlat has everything you might need, including shops, restaurants, movie theatre, hospital, summer festivals,and outdoor markets.

Gaurenne is situated in the part of the Dordogne known as the Perigord Noir, which offers a lush landscape threaded with meandering rivers and dotted with charming villages. This is a rural area with a quiet, unspoiled countryside where the traditional way of life is still very much in evidence. Despite the tranquility, there are a wide range of activities and sites to fill your days, should you so choose. There are extensive hiking trails, canoe, trips on the Dordogne and Vezere rivers, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis nearby. There are numerous chateaux to visit (Beynac and Castelnaud are not to be missed)as well as odd sites like the haunting Chateau de Commarque and the Cabanes de Breuil (an unusual cluster of ancient, round, stone buildings of unknown origin). The region's wealth of prehistoric sites is close at hand. The Lascaux caves, Font de Gaume, the National Museum of Pre-history at Les Eyzies de Tayac, and the Abri de Cap Blanc, with its carved horses, provide memorable experiences. Local outdoor markets abound, featuring the regional produce and products for which the Dordogne is revered as a gastromic center of France. The twice weekly market in Sarlat being one of the most colorful in France. A listing of suggested outings, restaurants, and market days is provided to help visitors make full use of their stay.




Keywords: House

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking on the terrace or by the pool is fine....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) This bed is wider than an American double, Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • House has recently been renovated and has new washing machine, dishwasher and central heating....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Games
              • Stereo

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    Views are of neighboring hills and farms....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rafting
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    This is an entirely private property, the house located amidst 28 acres of meadow, orchards and woods, therefore parking is not a problem....moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The covered terrace is one of the especially wonderful feature of the property. With views of neighboring hills and hamlet, it is peaceful and totally private place to enjoy meals, read, or visit with friends....moreless

                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool:

                        The generous pool sits in its own garden behind the house and opens onto the meadow. Please see photos on linked site....moreless

                       

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                      Low season
                      Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,550
                      Low season
                      Apr 1 - May 30, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,550

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                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Taxes Not included

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                      Last updated: 08/16/2014
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                      Location

                      Car: Necessary

                      Set in breath-taking nature and within easy reach of medieval villages, chateaux, Lascaux and other pre-historic caves and shelters, with some of the most celebrated prehistoric cave art in the world. There are also numerous outdoor markets, and two magnificent rivers. This is 'deep France' with the added advantages of fascinating cultural and historic sites. A full listing of sites, suggested activities for adults or children, and recommended restaurants is available in the house.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1996

                      About the owner: I had studied at a university in France and for years dreamed of returning. When my daughter went off to college I began searching for a small house in Provence. But each year I ended my search by visiting friends who had bought a cottage in the part of the Dordogne known as the Périgord Noir. I slowly fell in love with this peaceful, rural countryside, with it’s rich history, stunning landscape, and friendly residents. This felt more authentic than the more touristy areas farther south where I’d been searching. I finally decided to spend one day looking at property, and at the end of the day drove up a little road, turned into the meadow, and saw this small farm. Built around a courtyard, the three buildings with ancient stone roofs and covered with roses looked like a dream. Set in the middle of a gentle ridge top meadow, it felt at once intimate and open. I fell in love. I’m a filmmaker, and ten years later I began filming my neighbors in their nearby farms. This has anchored me even more deeply in the community and their story has been shown in cinemas across France, in the U.S. and even in Russia, winning awards and captivating audiences. The property gets more beautiful each year, as I slowly renovate, adding luxurious comforts while respecting the original architecture. Gaurenne remains a “as close to heaven as one can get,” as a recent renter put it, for me and for our guests

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Guests enjoy the privacy and serenity of Gaurenne as well as its easy access to numerous sites, and activities of interest. How much 'exploring' one does becomes a choice and many families enjoy going out to caves, villages, markets, river trips etc. in the early part of the day and spending much of the balance of the day quietly at Gaurenne, swimming, cooking, reading, hiking.


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                      Photos

                      • View of house from meadow

                        View of house from meadow

                      • View of courtyard

                        View of courtyard

                      • Living room

                        Living room

                      • Bedroom with either 2 twins or king-size bed

                        Bedroom with either 2 twins or king-size bed

                      • Terrace for outdoor dining

                        Terrace for outdoor dining

                      • Rental house

                        Rental house

                      • Kitchen

                        Kitchen

                      • Private swimming pool

                        Private swimming pool

                      • Bedroom with queen bed

                        Bedroom with queen bed

                      • Dove cote

                        Dove cote

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                      Date last modified - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

                      $1,550 per week (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

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                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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