Kestrel Cottage on La Prairie Estate
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Domme cottage description
Kestrel Cottage is a gorgeous, newly decorated and highly maintained property which forms part of our lovely La Prairie Estate here in Le Peyruzel. Just minutes drive from the stunning riverside village of Daglan and a beautiful meander down the valley to the equally stunning world renowned villages of La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Domme.
The cottage dates from 1809 and was fully transformed from a Byre in 1997 and re-decorated just before the 2012 season. It is a wonderfully airy house that remains cool in the very hot months of June, July and August but is equally as cozy in the cooler months.
There is a log burner and radiators so you will not be cold and the house has plenty of cozy corners, soft rugs and fully lined curtains, making this a real home not a holiday rental!
There are French doors leading to the main part of the house and the kitchen, dining area and living space are all on the same spacious floor, decorated in yellows and blues. Up the stairs to the little landing and the lovely bathroom with bath, hand held shower, toilet and sink. The three bedrooms all have either windows or velux's. There are two twin bedrooms and one gorgeous double bedroom. All of the bedrooms has a fan for the hot days nights.
All the rooms have been fully updated and renovated. There are soft towels in the cupboard for swimming and the bath and the kitchen is complete with everything you need in order to test your culinary skills! There is no need to bring any house linen whatsoever and that includes bath mats, tea towels and table cloths. In fact everything is provided but if there should be anything missing that you deem necessary to make your holiday what it should be then please don't hesitate to let me know!
Outside there are two terraces for your private use, neither of which are overlooked. One of the terraces has eating facilities and a BBQ of course and the other terrace at the front of the house has fabulous views across toward the lovely Chateau in the village. New for 2012 is the lower garden, a must see!
The swimming pool is just a few metres walk away and has plenty of sunbeds and plenty of space around including a wonderful pool house for that much needed shade during the hot months.
There is a fully equipped laundry room, a wonderful toy barn for the children and a great outdoor play area complete with football, log cabins, swings, slides, sandpit and table tennis. There is also a covered garage for cars.
The surrounding area is so wonderful that it is very difficult to know where to start! We are in such a central position for all the activities in the area that the only problem holidaying at La Prairie will be 'What do we do today'? Canoing, hot air ballooning or rock climbing? There are innumerable restaurants one of which is in the village below La Prairie in Daglan and is an extraordinary place to eat for the food and the setting. The fairytale villages and the dozens of Castles make any excursion a treat and that is not forgetting the wonderful underground river and caves of Padirac, the must see village that clings to the rock face in Rocamadour, Eagles Rock and the nocturnal market in Domme which is amazing!
Keywords: 18th Century Stone House
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- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Covered Parking
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Stove:
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils:
There is an electric oven and a gas cooker in the kitchen along with a dishwasher of course and a large fridge/freezer too. All pots and pans and necessary equipemnt are supplied. In general, if I have forgotten something that will make your life easier, then I will buy it for you. That is the policy of La Prairie....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
On La Prairie Estate there are 3 Cottages and one farmhouse. All share the fabulous swimming pool which is free form and has a submerged beach, steps and a covered pool house for the really hot, hot days! It is open from the 1st April through to the 30th September every year....moreless
April- weeks beginning the 30th March to the 27th April 2013...........540 GBP May - weeks beginning the 4th to the 25th May 2013.....................590 GBP June - weeks beginning the 1st to the 22nd June 2013.................. 690 GBP PEAK - weeks beginning the 29th June to the 24th August................995 GBP September - weeks beginning the 31st August to the 21st September .....680 GBP October - weeks beginning the 28th September to the 26th October.......540 GBP
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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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? 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.
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. It is within a short drive of beautiful Daglan yet quiet and well away from any tourist trap and the noise that this brings. But it is near to everything. We couldn't believe our luck when 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! So here we are waiting to share what we have created with you all. We never stop improving, replacing, updating. La Prairie is a love affair.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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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The swimming pool
Kestrel Cottage Terrace
The Swimming Pool
Our beautiful cottage
The lounge room
The Private garden
The twin room
That pool again!
The Pool from a hot air balloon.
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Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
- Calendar last updated 08/15/2014
+33 5535 90836 (France)
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