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Chene Vert is a 300 year old cottage: just one of the units available at Le Jardin des Amis. (There are 7 vacation rentals of varying size). All are lovely stone properties sympathetically renovated to provide comfort and modern living together with the cosiness of traditional features including internal exposed oak beams and sandstone walls.
The ground floor is open plan with a fitted kitchen/dining area and a comfortable living area with large feature fireplace and wood burner for low season lets. A spiral staircase leads upstairs. Both bedrooms (one with double bed & 1 with twin beds) have comfortable beds and side lighting.
Outside the cottage benefits from garden to the front and a patio to the rear with steps leading to the fenced & alarmed swimming pool. For families or the energetic, we have table tennis/badminto/boules or for those who want to enjoy the peaceful countryside, we have 7 acres of orchard, meadow and woods to be enjoyed. We live on site and are on hand to help make your stay a comfortable and hassle-free French experience. We can advise on any aspect of your holiday and are happy to help with the important little things, such as making restaurant reservations, balloon or canoe bookings etc.
Our location in the Dordogne is exceptional, ten minutes from Les Eyzies, the pre-historic capital of Europe (with caves and examples of Palaeolithic art) and 15 minutes from the medieval town of Sarlat. Approximately 90% of the major attractions in the area are within a 20-minute drive, so no big expedition preparations every day. At the same time you have the benefit of the peace and tranquility of the French countryside on your doorstep. A two-minute stroll takes you to the small, quaint medieval village of Meyrals with its award-winning boulangerie, charcuterie, bar and restaurants.
The local terrain comprises the hills and valleys of the Dordogne and Vezere rivers and is littered with beautiful medieval villages and chateaux. Cycling, walking, horse-riding, and are all available and we are happy to advise on suitable routes and paths in the vicinity.
Other interests include a number of renowned artists and galleries in the village and surrounding area. Many of the artists speak English and are delighted to welcome you to browse around their studios. Canoeing, golf, adventure parks are among the many other activities available. Take a day and visit the vineyards of Bergerac and Bordeaux.
After a hard day's holidaying, why not stop by the pool bar for a well-earned aperitif before dinner? Have a chat with us and the other guests. Dinner choices are a delight-- any one of the numerous great restaurants in the area, a barbecue by the pool bar or on your terrace, fresh produce bought from the excellent markets and home-cooked by yourself. The food and wines of the region are superb, with delights such as truffles, duck confit, foie gras, Bordeaux and Bergerac wines as standard fare in the restaurants and supermarkets at excellent prices. Local airports include Bergerac,Brive, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Limoges, all within a two-hour drive. Flights to these airports from London and Paris are available, amongst other major cities. We are happy to help with advice on your travel plans.
We look forward to meeting you and we are very happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your next holiday in this area. Please see our website for full information on all of our properties and internal photos (click the link below).
Early summer May 23 - Jun 26, 2015 5 night min stay
Summer Jun 27 - Jul 17, 2015 7 night min stay
High season Jul 18 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Autumn Aug 29 - Oct 16, 2015 4 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit€150
A small local 'Taxe de Sejour' is payable on departure @ 0.4€ per adult/child 14+, per night,
i.e. 5€60 per couple/per week
A 25% deposit is required in order to confirm reservation & balance paid 6 weeks before arrival. Damage deposit payable on arrival & Taxe de sejour (0.40€ per adult/child 14 yrs+, per night).
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The national museum of France with regard to prehistoric relics. Close by is the new PIP centre opened by Nicholas Sarkozy in 2011 (interpretation centre with displays explaining the history of human occupation of the area)
This is an area full of history, within a short drive there are several chateaux to visit, famous caves with prehistoric paintings/sculptures; the national museum of prehistory.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: We moved to France on the spur of the moment having decided that we'd reached the time of life to consider quality of life more important than making our way up separate career ladders! Our four children were all becoming independent and we wanted to have a new challenge but also a better life/work balance by sharing a new project: running 'Le Jardin des Amis' & becoming a little more self-sufficient by 'growing our own' and keeping some chickens!
In spare moments we enjoy walking and soaking up the history & culture of this beautiful area of France, and in turn we can pass on this knowledge to our guests.
Why the Owner Chose Sarlat-la-Caneda: Why did we settle for the Dordogne? Because we fell in love with it on our first (and only) trip before buying Le Jardin des Amis! Coming to the Dordogne is like stepping back in time: not only do we live in a medieval village but daily life is at a much slower pace and 'old fashioned values' are still important - people are polite and welcoming.
Their are some practical advantages too: we are within easy access of Bergerac, Bordeaux and Limoges airports for travelling to visit friends and family; when visitors come to us, we could easily fill every minute of their time visiting the wealth of local sites without needing to spend hours in the car!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: The peace and quiet we enjoy at Le Jardin des Amis, belies the proximity of village facilities. We love to stroll out to the boulangerie in the morning to buy freshly baked croissants and then return home for breakfast in the sunshine with the sound of nothing more than birdsong. On spring evenings, we enjoy a wander along local footpaths admiring the changing display of wild flowers (which include various types of orchid - some of which grow in our grounds) perhaps calling in for a drink and a chat at our local bar. If we have guests staying we love to join them for an early evening aperatif at our 'pool bar' and hear about their day.
The pool is a big draw on a hot summer's day and is particularly pleasant now that we've changed from the old chlorine system to a 'salt system'which leaves your skin feeling soft and without that strong smell!
In autumn we are usually lucky enough to have a good crop of apples, pears and quinces in our orchard, followed by walnuts to be gathered daily: our guests are always wecome to share the bounty!