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Beautiful Farmhouse in the Heart of the Dordogne

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View of the pool with The Farmhouse in the back taken from a hot air balloon.

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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

In the heart of the Dordgone, just minutes from the beautiful riverside villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac and the hill top village of Domme, lies La Prairie.
Dominating the hamlet of Le Peyruzel we have tried to create the perfect place for your much deserved holiday.

The Farmhouse sleeps 8 people and can also accommodate babies in cots.
There are four bedrooms in total and the main double room is a wonderful room with fantastic views across to the 13th century chateau that sits atop the village in Le Peyruzel.

There is also a 2nd double bedroom, a single bedroom and a family bedroom that comprises a single bed and bunk beds.
On this first floor is also a bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, toilet and a sink. A brand new addition to the house for this year 2015 is the luxury shower room with basin and toilet and gorgeous views. All of these rooms have lovely views and have been beautifully decorated.
Downstairs you will find the spacious accommodation that comprises the living room, the hallway and the kitchen.

The lounge room has 2 huge soft couches which surround the lovely old brick fireplace that has a wood burner for the cooler months. Here there is the satellite TV and DVD.
The hallway is as lovely and has a separate toilet with hand basin. From the hall there is access to the two terraces.
Off from here is the huge kitchen which is fully equipped and also has a separate larder and access to the terrace at the rear of the house.

The two terraces are at opposing sides of the house and the first one is the covered front porch. Here you will find wicker chairs complete with cushions and tables; it is a wonderful place from which to watch the birds or the hot air balloons come up from the valley in the early morning or the evening.

The other terrace is where you will find the table for your al fresco meals and also a separate table with 4 chairs. There is a little porch here over the kitchen door (visible in the photographs) and we have also installed a lovely steel pergola for the wisteria which covers most of the terrace.

We have tried to create the loveliest place possible for our guests, making this house comfortable, cozy and welcoming. This has been aided by the addition of a dresser in the kitchen, lovely rugs and curtains and comfortable furniture.

Outside there is the covered double garage.
Down in the courtyard you will find the washroom which we have tried to make as complete as possible in order to make the inevitable washing and ironing as painless as can be.
We also provide cots, high chairs, bedding, towels, bath mats, tea towels, pool towels, videos, strollers etc... all free of charge of course.

In the same courtyard is the wonderful toy barn which, as some of our guests have informed us, has been absolutely essential in making their holiday as successful as it was!
It is in this same courtyard that you find our three other stunning properties.

The swimming pool is, as some of our friends/guests have informed us, the 'piece de resistance' of the whole Estate.
Not content with a 11x5 standard liner pool, David decided to build something special, something unique.
The pool is on a salt water system (no chlorine=no red eyes) and has been constructed with children in mind. We decided to build a sloping access to the pool and we call it the beach. This has been the starting point for many a cautious child to venture into the water and take their first strokes! There are also steps and it is more than deep enough in the deep end for diving. Disliking liners we decided to tile the pool and the effect is totally different than that of your average swimming pool. The water is the color of the seas in the Caribbean. The addition of the pool house in 2007 is amazing and now we have it in place we cannot imagine how we ever did without it. We built it using oak beams - the roof is totally exposed from underneath - and antique tiles for the roof itself. There are plenty of tables and chairs for your comfort and for the pool itself we have provided numerous wooden sun loungers with cushions and parasols too.

There is a playground at the top of the Estate and plenty of our own private land for you to wander off.

All other details are on our lovely website.

We hope that you will join us before too long and that we can welcome you to La Prairie.

Keywords: Farmhouse, Views, Peace, Fun

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Wonderful for children and those without too....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Suitable for the unsteady and mildly handicapped....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is tolerated outside the property but please use discretion and ashtrays....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Small dogs (no cats) are welcome but please pick up after them and do note that they are not allowed at the swimming pool....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Bedroom 4

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  • King size beds (1) One lovely 165cms double bed is provided in the fabulous double bedroom., Queen size Beds (1) A 140cms bed in the gorgeous pink bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) There is one bed in the blue room., Baby Cribs (1) Cots are provided for little people., Bunk Beds (1) A bunk bed along with a single bed is provided in the triple bedroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Please note that same sex couples/families are warmly welcomed at La Prairie. There is no bias, racism or discrimination here....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    This large flat screen television service can obtain US news channels, BBC and many more. Good entertainement for children (music for teenagers, cartoons for the little ones)....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen of course...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    There is a video library provided for use with the TV/VCR in the toybarn....moreless

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

General

  • Broadband Access:

    Of course. Free....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Shared dryer in the laundry room in the bottom courtyard....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    The double garage is open but covered....moreless

  • Garage:

    A double garage is at your disposition. This is for your sole use....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All the house linen is provided. This includes ALL the towels,bath mats, tea towels, table cloths, dish cloths, pool towels, toilet mats, bath towels and hand towels....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Possibility of parking trailers, campers, roof loads etc....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Shared washing machines in the laundry room in the bottom courtyard....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi available at La Prairie in all of the houses....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    There are 2 wood burners in the house. Both are lovely and throw out huge heat. Kindling, wood, firelighters and matches are, of course, provided....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    See wood fireplace....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Catering is available by a FABULOUS local English speaking yet French chef....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Once again if I have forgotten anything in the utensil department then please tell me....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Good dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Wonderful farmhouse kitchen, fully equipped. Larder with the fridge freezer and shelves and accessories, a lovely big cooker top, a new oven and all the necessary equipment to cook everything you need. But if there should be anything missing I buy it for you (within reason!)....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    There are two terraces at The Farmhouse. One is a covered proch at the front of the building and the other is a large terrace at the back with plenty of eating and seating arrangments and here are the 2 bbq's too....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Wonderful swimming pool. Chlorine free, free form, steps and a beach. Plenty of sun loungers with cushions and a covered area for shade. Open from the 1st April through to the 30th September every year. The pool could stay open longer upon request and depending on the weather conditions....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
JULY/AUGUST
Jun 28 - Aug 29, 2015
7 night min stay

£1,680
SEPTEMBER
Aug 30 - Oct 2, 2015
4 night min stay

£990
OCTOBER
Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2015
4 night min stay

£680

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit £300
  • Taxes Not included

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Location

78 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Bergerac 78 kms and Brive 50 kms
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Daglan
630 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Caen
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Rochebois in Vitrac
17 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Sarlat
28 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Souillac
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Le Petit Paris in Daglan
180 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Le Lioran
160 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Bordeaux

Car: Necessary

The problem with describing the area where we live is to know exactly where to start. It is so beautiful, so rich in activity, culture and that 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' that only the French possess that it makes the following task quite tricky! But I will endeavor to tell you just why you should come and visit us.

Daglan is stunning so let us start with our home village. We live 3 km up the hill from this quintessentially Perigordine village and it is here that we take the children to school, gossip at the market and occasionally indulge in a meal at the fantastic Petit Paris in the village square. The village was taken into hand about 7 years ago and spruced up and polished and scrubbed and neatened by the ambitious Maire who was in residence at the time. He accomplished something quite lovely and we are all proud of our village and the people in it too. The Church is very pretty especially inside, the little shop is run by a delightful couple, there are Artisan shops everywhere. it is a jewel of a village and you will see why when you come!

Our little hamlet of Le Peyruzel is gorgeous as well. No shops but a real living/working community of farmers and everyday people living here in the peaceful countryside that surrounds us. The walks we have from here are fabulous and the new bike tracks are amazing with the added luxury of having your bicycles delivered to La Prairie! The walk from La Prairie down to Daglan takes about 40 minutes.

Approximately 15 minutes from La Prairie are Domme, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Castelnaud, the river, the castles, the gardens.....

Domme is stunning; a hilltop village that is like something out of a fairytale but then again so is La Roque with its medieval houses built into the rock. Beynac castle is awe inspiring, Monfort Castle is breathtaking. Les Jardins De Marqueyssac and Eyrignac are extraordinary. Sarlat is so stunning as to be quite overwhelming especially visited early when you have it to yourself.

Our local restaurants are delicious; Le Petit Paris in Daglan is the best place to sit outside. La Belle Etoile, our favorite, is the best place for a meal and the loveliest terrace anywhere. Le Martial which is 10 minutes away has amazing food, our local Auberge serving fabulous wholesome home produced food is a must. Le The Vert is delicious for lunch, L'Eole has fantastic take away pizzas, Castelnaud has a new take away food service which we have tried and were blown away by the quality of the food.

Then there is Rocamadour, Eagles Rock, the must see Gouffre De Padirac, the indispensable Font De Gaume...

I could go on forever but the best thing to do is to have a look at our website and it will lead you to everything you need to know........But just before I sign off and let you discover our website in peace and quiet let me talk about what there is to do for the children. We have 6 children so we know pretty much all there is to know about their dreams and hopes whilst on holiday with Mum and Dad.

For the tiny ones and young ones we have provided the sloping beach for the pool. The gate is difficult to open and there is an alarm system so you can really relax! The toy barn is what has made some parents holiday; they can spend hours in this room and you are just a few steps away from them. There are swings, log cabins, a sand pit and a goal for football. You can take them to a castle and they can become a Knight or a Damsel. How about walking around the gardens in Marqueyssac which is illuminated with thousands of candles every Thursday night in the summer? Go to Sarlat to watch the miming acts, the street artists. How about Eagles Rock to watch the birds of prey? Sounds boring? Ok then, would it convince you if I told you they walk on your head, over your legs, swoop down, narrowly missing your ears and the Griffon Vultures weigh 13kgs and have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet? How about the aquarium in Le Bugue? Not content with fish, the owners have provided Anacondas, Pythons, Caimans and fish you can stroke (all ages love this especially me) and the wonders of the fish themselves, the size of the sturgeons are breathtaking and if you are lucky there will be someone in the huge tank swimming with them. And what is there for the teenagers, the budding teenagers and the young in us all to do? That age can be difficult to say the least so here are some things to consider! There is the pool, swimming in the Dordogne, horse riding, paint balling, hot air ballooning, kayaking, canoeing, tree top trekking, cycling, rock climbing, pot holing, being punted down an underground river, being lowered in a basket to an underground cave, exploring the Chateau De Castelnaud and if you are really desperate to please them there is a McDonalds in Sarlat!

So go ahead and discover our website and we hope to see you very soon.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: Hello Everyone! Well, after browsing the photographs in my online album I decided that the best advertisment would be a photograph of our wonderful children who have made La Prairie what it is today. Inspired by them from the beginning, they have all lived here, The Farmhouse being especially important, as it is here that Huckleberry came at 2 days old and where at the age of 5 years, 8 months and 2 days, Nadia arrived from Burundi in Africa to be a part of our weird and wonderful family forever. As for us, I and David, well, what to say that you would want to know?! You can't go and blow your own trumpet can you? But I can blow David's and let you all know that he is the Master Craftsman who has done it all. We came to France back in 1986 in order to work and to stay somewhere just after our marriage in the April of that year. We quite simply never went back to England. We both spoke French as I had been educated here for 4 years whilst living in Normandy with my parents and David had spent many winters in the Alps. We lived and worked all over France before falling for La Prairie in 1996. We have spent the last 15 years accomplishing what we have now and are still at it! We love what we do, love La Prairie very much and can't wait for 2013 to start although we don't finish this year until the 20th November. The winter months will be very welcome in order to work in the houses making them lovelier, replacing what needs to be replaced, adding new and up to date essentials. We hope that you will come and stay with us very soon.

Why the Owner Chose Domme:
Why did we choose the Golden Triangle of the Dordogne? Well, because of its proximity to 1001 castles, the nearness of Daglan, La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac, the history, the river itself, the people, the climate, everything in short. We came across La Prairie quite by accident though. It was in 1995 when we were living about an hour away in the Lot. We came over this way because we had heard tell of its incomparable beauty. We did as we had always done and drove around the country lanes, avoiding the busy parts of the area. This led us to Le Peyruzel. Destiny? Undoubtedly. Easy? No, not at all. We loved it here although there was nothing but some ruined buildings and weeds and brambles 7ft tall. We offered a price. Accepted with joy on both parts then turned down as 'family' wanted to buy it. Fortunately for us 'family' decided against it at the very last minute and we jumped in as quick as possible and signed over the money before it could happen again. We had seen the extraordinary potential, the position of the property was unique. All was needed was hard work and we had plenty of that to give!

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Perhaps the best thing about living here at La Prairie is the peace and quiet. You could be a million miles from problems that beset the rest of the world yet we are so close to noise, ferment, news and people if we choose. I find that a rare combination. Also, there is the village of Daglan which is so beautifully maintained and so French and so welcoming. Walking the dogs is a treat not a chore as is the gardening. Spring comes very early here too. By the end of February there are many signs that the warmer weather is returning: the Black Redstarts are nesting early, the swallows appear at last, the dandelions come out and the light changes. You can rise at 5.30 in May and be greeted by deer and rabbits and maybe, if you're lucky' a shy wild boar. The air is warm already, the promise of another day of unbroken sunshine. And then there's lovely Sarlat of course, a fabulous town, so rich in culture and history that even after 30 years of living in France, I still find this town fascinating and love nothing better than having tea in one of the cafes along the side streets.


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Photos

  • View of the pool with The Farmhouse in the back taken from a hot air balloon.

    View of the pool with The Farmhouse in the back taken from a hot air balloon.

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

  • Gorgeous.

    Gorgeous.

  • The Farmhouse - pretty from all angles.

    The Farmhouse - pretty from all angles.

  • The Grounds

    The Grounds

  • The Grounds

    The Grounds

  • And more attention to detail.....

    And more attention to detail.....

  • The wonderful swimming pool.

    The wonderful swimming pool.

  • The Farmhouse Lounge with the wood burning fire.

    The Farmhouse Lounge with the wood burning fire.

  • The swimming pool

    The swimming pool

  • The Hall with the feature staircase.

    The Hall with the feature staircase.

  • The wonderful master bedroom.

    The wonderful master bedroom.

  • The Double Garage.  Even this is lovely!

    The Double Garage. Even this is lovely!

  • The Pool House.

    The Pool House.

  • Attention to detail.......

    Attention to detail.......

  • The Master Bedroom

    The Master Bedroom

  • Attention to detail.....

    Attention to detail.....

  • The Triple room

    The Triple room

  • The Blue room

    The Blue room

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 03/24/2015
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