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Not far from Sarlat, where the Dordogne river makes a dramatic loop, 'Les Volets Bleus' is a very private, beautifully-restored 300 year old Perigord stone farmhouse. It sits on two acres of lawned garden, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
With its characteristic blue shutters, this spacious retreat is elegantly furnished with French country antiques, and is situated among fig and walnut trees. It has with three outstanding verandahs, two that overlook the large, magnificent (secretly fenced) pool that receives day-long sunshine.
Luxuriously furnished, and with all modern conveniences, 'Les Volets Bleus' sleeps 12, with four queen-size/king bedrooms and two single/twin bedrooms, all with crisp white linens and sumptuous beds.
The property is ideal for one large group, or for two or more smaller family groups, since the Farmhouse property includes a wonderful converted Barn (attached to the main house), with both the Farmhouse and Barn having their own fully-equipped kitchens, dining and living areas, so that two groups can have their own completely separate eating/living spaces, or they can all join together in the huge country kitchen of the Farmhouse.
'Les Volets Bleus' offers quality and seclusion for a family or group of friends wanting to holiday together. With four bedrooms (three queen-size and one twin) and two bathrooms in the Farmhouse, and two bedrooms (one double and one twin) and one bathroom in the Converted Barn, 'Les Volets Bleus' offers a total country getaway in the heart of the Dordogne.
Walk or drive into the timeless village of Trémolat with its well-known Relais & Chateaux hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, historic Romanesque church and casual bistrots, and you will immediately step back in time into the wonderful, yet simple Perigordian past.
'Les Volets Bleus' offers a unique retreat from the business of day-to-day life, while still offering you the comfort of modern conveniences, all set in an atmosphere of charm and stylish elegance - like free WIFI, free INTERNATIONAL phone, and satellite TV inside a 300 year old stone farmhouse! The best of both worlds...
The property was purchased in 2005 and renovated to an exceptionally high standard with all new furniture, beds, linens, appliances and filled with antiques. All this was done with a careful eye to modern comforts, while staying true to the charm and history of the area.
For enjoying the outdoors, there are plenty of sunbeds, outdoor tables and garden furniture along with barbecues to enjoy the warm summer evenings. The 11m X 5 m flood-lit pool sits in a large grassy area, with plenty of lounging chairs and umbrellas available.
'Les Volets Bleus' is situated in the Perigord Noir within easy reach of the famous caves and paleolithic history of Les Eyzies (25 minutes), Le Bugue (15 minutes) a lively local market town, Sarlat (40 minutes) with its medieval streets and famous market, and Bergerac (35 minutes), famous for foie gras, wines and ancient architecture. Périgueux (40 minutes) has fabulous shopping, while St Emilion (one hour) offers the perfect excursion to a quintessential Bordeaux wine-country town.
This region is rich in historic sites including the Lascaux Caves, and the fascinating Bastide towns such as Beaumont, Moliéres, and Monpazier which run along the spectacular Dordogne river.
Travel by car or by flat-bottomed 'gabarres' (river boats) on the Dordogne to see the many magnificent châteaux to be found within easy reach of 'Les Volets Bleus'. Local, traditional markets abound and your days will be spent trying the freshest produce including the best selection of the classic food of the Perigord: foie gras, duck confit, walnuts, goat cheese, truffles and wine.
So find yourself a place in heaven, or rent it for a week at least, and enjoy long lunches out under the wysteria, or late-evening barbecues overlooking the pool. A delightful 20 minute walk through the countryside takes you into the nearby village of Trémolat, while a wander to the next-door farm offers a wonderful, local meal at the area’s best 'ferme auberge'.
Keywords: Countryside, Farmhouse, Villa, Luxurious, Family-friendly,
There are 3 patios: one on both the front and the back sides of the house, with seating for 14 - in addition to lawned areas surrounding the house. 3rd patio is off the Master Downstairs Ensuite....moreless
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Jun 20 - Aug 29, 2015
7 night min stay
Aug 30 - Oct 24, 2015
7 night min stay
Late Fall/Winter 2015/16
Nov 14 - Mar 12, 2016
14 night min stay
Mar 13 - Jun 3, 2016
7 night min stay
Jun 4 - Sep 3, 2016
7 night min stay
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Walking, Hiking, canoeing, visiting Chateaux, many pre-historic caves closeby, Mushrooming.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We are the proud owners of “Les Volets Bleus” and purchased and upgraded/renovated the property in June 2005. Although our home is in California, we have traveled a great deal in western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens and towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream French farmhouse, our philosophy hasn’t changed - and we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world. READ REVIEW on our website.
Why the Owner Chose Tremolat:
We found this beautiful area in 2003 when we took cooking classes in the area - and were amazed by the gentleness of the region: gentle food, gentle geography, gentle people. In addition, it's really how you hope life will be when you head to rural France. Most of our guests are shocked that a place like this REALLY exists! We looked at other countries, and considered other areas of France, but we pinch ourselves routinely at how fortnate we were to find villages like Tremolat, Le Bugue, Limeuil, Ste Alvere, Paunat and a place like the Dordogne. We bought the house in 2005 and have never been happier. In addition, we're 15 minutes walk into Tremolat and 15 minutes drive from Le Bugue and Lalinde, so the easy access from Bordeaux and all the area is a plus. We've never met more welcoming and agreeable people in all our travels, and have never enjoyed food and wine like we do when at 'Les Volets Bleus'! We just love visiting our Farmhouse whenever we can. Rather than finding a holiday home, we've found a life.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The most commented on benefit about staying at our property is the number and quality of double beds, the wonderful linens and cleanliness of the house. We feel that when you're on vacation, you should sleep as well as possible, and so we spared no expense in finding and furnishing really good, queen-size beds in our home. We furnish them with Indian-cotton linens and great pillows - accompanied by soft, fluffy white towels. Others warned us that putting in 4 double bedrooms (and 2 singles) would be a mistake since you 'get more guests per room' if you put everyone in singles beds - but we disagreed! As a married couple, we LIKE to sleep together in a good bed when in vacation, so squashing together 2 tiny single beds is not our idea of fun! So at 'Les Volets Bleus' at least 4 couples get to sleep in a 'master' bedroom... rather than having one nice bedroom and then all the late-comers getting the dark rooms with single beds! Not my idea of fun either! In addition, we run our home like a boutique hotel with all the cleanliness, perks and amenities you'd expect at an upmarket location. We have an expert cleaning and prep team who go through the house with a fine-tooth comb... and it shows! So you can rest-assured that you will be sinking into beautiful, white, Indian-cotton sheets, and a bed that will give you the rest you deserve...and all in a house that meets the top standards for cleanliness. In terms of the outdoors, our guests also love all the terraces to sit outside on, and appreciate all the chairs and tables on each terrace, including all the pool chairs and towels. In addition, the beautifully clean, large pool (fenced to all highest EU regulations) is a winner with families of all ages in the summer. The proximity to all popular locations (being half-way between Bergerac and Sarlat) is also a definite plus, and our guests enjoy all the area has to offer, and not having to drive for hours to take part in it!
Front entrance to 'Les Volets Bleus'
Poolside relaxation. Large pool in back garden with secured fence
Country kitchen with authentic fireplace and seating for 12.
A welcome for you in the kitchen!
Downstairs Master bedroom 2 (bathroom ensuite) in Farmhouse
Comfy salon with doors out to the front terrace.
Converted Barn living/dining area
Twin bed room in Converted Barn
Kitchen table ready for dinner - with front door open to garden
View of the Dordogne river & Tremolat near the Farmhouse
Wander along the Dordogne for a hike or stop for a picnic.
Local evening food market in nearby Cadouin - fun in the French countryside!
Farmhouse in spacious garden with trees
End of Farmhouse with surrounding countryside and fenced pool on left
View from kitchen out of front door to garden and countryside.
Upstairs Master bedroom (180cm/70 inch bed) in the Farmhouse, with beams
Salon with French doors that open to the outside
Converted Barn end of Farmhouse with plenty of lawn & terraces to enjoy.
Converted Barn breakfast table looking out to garden.
Wish you were here!
View of the front gate out of the kitchen door, and countryside beyond.
Local bistrot in Tremolat - a good place to relax for the evening.
Sunflower fields surround Tremolat - your playground near the Farmhouse.
Join your French neighbors for a village country market on the local square!
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