Amelia Cottage on La Prairie Estate
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Daglan cottage description
On La Prairie Estate is our sweetest little house, MadoHargreaves, which sleeps 5 people in comfort. A cozy cottage that has all the necessary comforts for your holiday.
On the ground floor is the kitchen and the living and dining areas which are separated by the stairs leading to the first floor. The kitchen is fully equipped and the entire house is newly painted with new curtains. On the first floor are the two bedrooms.
The double bedroom has French doors overlooking the lawns and the twin bedroom has a lovely feature bed which is reached by a small ladder. On the landing is the French Box bed. On this floor there is also the bathroom that has a bath with a shower head, a toilet and a basin.
The terrace is private and has no views onto the other houses. Wonderful views across the fields and valleys. In the courtyard is the wonderful play barn for the children that has a huge variety of books and toys and there is also the laundry room which is fully equipped.
Up on the top lawn is the children's play area complete with two log cabins, two swings sets, a slide, football and table tennis. The swimming pool has been designed to incorporate a beach for the children which has proved very successful with the youngest ones; many have taken their first daring steps off into the blue!
We have also kept in mind that the pool is a sharing pool and private space is essential so that is why the terraces are large and everyone can have their own privacy. There is a beautiful covered pool house for those very hot days and plenty of wooden sunbeds.
The surrounding area to La Prairie offers so much to do; for the adventurous there is Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Tree Climbing (the teenagers and Dads especially love this activity!). There is a fabulous Golf Course in Vitrac, Horse Riding, Hot Air Ballooning. Restaurants are abundant (the loveliest one just happens to be in Daglan) and the choice of Castles is stunning.
The only problem you will have while you are here is there will just not be enough time in which to see and do everything!
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Fly Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Gas Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
La Prairie has a fantastic swimming pool which is shared by the houses on La Prairie estate. There are plenty of sun beds, shaded areas so everyone has their own space. It has a submerged beach, steps and a covered pool house for the very hot days! The pool 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...........450 GBP May - weeks beginning the 4th to the 25th May 2013.....................495 GBP June - weeks beginning the 1st to the 22nd June 2013...................640 GBP PEAK - weeks beginning the 29th June to the 24th August................895 GBP September - weeks beginning the 31st August to the 21st September .....595 GBP October - weeks beginning the 28th September to the 26th October.......495 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 advertisement 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 16 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 Daglan:
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 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
The Swimming Pool....
That Swimming Pool again......
The twin bedroom.
The lovely terrace
The single bed
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This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
- Calendar last updated 08/15/2014
+33 5535 90836 (France)
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