4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with stunning views, sunsets and peaceful location.
- english, french
Working mother of two children. Enchanted with the French cuisine, climate and lifestyle we have embraced the local culture and have lovingly renovated a beautiful farmhouse and barn complete with heated pool.
Rebecca purchased this Farmhouse in 2005
Why Rebecca chose Allemans
This lovely property was bought very much to be a home from home for our family and guests. After complete renovation work Les Vigneries Hautes became a very special place to base a stay in the Dordogne. The house stands proud enjoying uninterrupted stunning views of the surrounding valley and countryside. Ideally located from Bergerac and Bordeaux Airport's with numerous local historic attractions and pretty market towns on the River Dronne we have found we are perfectly placed to explore the region. Every one who comes to visit seems to enjoy their stay and want to return the next year if invited!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Our traditional farmhouse affords excellent rural views. Its location provides relaxation and privacy yet within easy reach of local bars, restaurants, shops, markets, vineyards and leisure pursuits.
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Shame it is so rundown with an owner who was very condescending towards the honest problems we had
We were met with the smell of damp to which we understood, old French house ! we didn’t however understand the mouldy oven gloves chopping board and other kitchen essentials! Not to mention the dust we had to clean away ourselves before we prepared any food on the work tops, this was followed to our next problem of the cooker only working on one side and the electrics tripping sending the cooker into a spasm of clicks on the gas hobs! When we called about these problems we were greeted by Rebecca who basically laughed at everything no apologies at all ! Just an accusation of being aggressive toned because (in our view she was the defensive one) after us having so many problems upon arrival. She was not happy and proceeded to tell us she was trying to help us however help us not what we got! The cleaner turns up two days later and apologised for the problems but didn’t understand why is was so dirty ! And blamed the pool cleaner. This could be an amazing place some of the rooms are lovely but it’s not maintained enough and is no way kept clean enough for the amount of money it costs to stay. And if like us you have 10 persons staying then maybe eat out as the cooker was no where near big enough especially with the right hand side of the double oven looking unused almost as though it had never been wired in properly. The pool cleaner did a great job of cleaning the pool tho we had already done it ourselves for the first two days ! BBQ was not worth the hassle to cook on it was not as clean S we would have left it or cleared out as we would have expected given the long list of extra charges you would get, if you were to have left it after your stay ! Our two family’s made our holiday nice but the house being in a better state would have made it a whole lot nicer
Great settting, spacious well equipped house for a family
We had a great week with our 3 boys aged 2,4 and 6 and their grandparents and uncle, enjoying the pool, the grounds and the surrounding area. The house was very well equipped with everything we needed and more, well set up for the kids and adults alike. Lots of lovely villages near by and rivers with beaches and kayaking as well as markets to explore.
Great week away
Wonderful week with our three children at this excellent holiday home. Particular mention must be made of the very private setting and especially the pool which is probably the best we have ever had - good size, shade nearby, no chance of slipping for the children and easy steps with a very good pool cover. Additionally lots of outside space to play games and for the children to explore. Lovely kitchen and living room. The house could perhaps benefit in places from some cosmetic improvements but overall I would thoroughly recommend. We certainly intend to return.
Perfect house for relaxing family holiday
We had a fabulous week here - 2 families with young children ranging from 6 months to 9 years. It's a great house for just sitting by the pool and watching the children amuse themselves in and out of it. Trampoline and lots of games were an added bonus! And the pool terrace has the most lovely views over the countryside - lovely backdrop to an evening drink or dinner on the terrace. The kitchen is luxurious and very well equipped. Loads to see and do in the surrounding area too.
Idyllic rural retreat with heated pool and lovely views
It was the first ever rental at Les hautes vigneries and clearly Rebecca had put a lot of effort making sure that her family home was ready for guests. The house is down a long drive from a very quiet road with minimal traffic. Surrounded by open farmland with ample shade and we petty much spent the fortnight around the pool with the kids. It is expected that anything to do with the pool (apart from the daily leaf sweep) is done by pascal the pool man and he will come if any probs but he comes twice a week to check it.
There is a lovely big cool room at the end downstairs which we hardly used as we spent most of the time in the kitchen or outside. Lots of games and DVDs for the kids. The local TV wasn't very extensive (we didn't go to watch TV though). Cooking outdoors or inside was easy and a well laid out kitchen. We took a plug in ice box which we used as the fridge was slightly tight for 7 of us and the cheap local wine! Perhaps not everyone will have that problem...
Two good doubles and a twin on first floor and a lovely big attic conversion up some spiral stairs with it's own bath and loo. It was warmer at night but doors and velux open to get a breeze. The 3 children aged 3 to 5 had no problems with the spiral stairs.
There was a good file of things to do but we didn't explore extensively as to be honest it was just so nice to stay at the house without boredom or cabin-fever setting in. A great escape after a busy time for us all. The area is a popular place for Brits and I can see why. When we did get out we ate well and found some good lakes/rivers with beaches and pretty towns all pretty close by.
Overall a really great 2 weeks and we would recommend the house and wish Rebecca and her family great success.
Jack Hickey and family/friends from Kent
Amazing house in a stunning location.
Lovely old farmouse carefully refurbished , with an amazing vaulted barn extension / lounge and well set up kitchen. Outside is an idyllic rural setting with rolling fields. At night the star gazing is unbelievable , everything is so still and quiet that we all slept well every single night. The local town is mile away and has a patisserie and excellent pub/restaurant which has the best burger you will ever taste topped with local melting foie gras . Great family holiday.......
Lake beaches are at St Aulaye (20 mins), Aubeterre sur Dronne (15 mins) and La Jemaye (25 mins) which has a large lake with sandy beach, safe swimming area with diving platform, watersports, café and children's play area. The coast at Royan is around a 2 hour drive.
Flying into the area, you have a choice of four airports; the closest being Bergerac (50-60 mins), followed by Bordeaux (1 hr 30 mins), then Brive in the Dordogne Valley (1 hr 30 mins) and then Limoges (1 hr 40 mins). Driving time from Calais takes around 8 hours. If you're traveling by train the railway station at Angouléme is about 45 mins away and you can pick up a hire car across the road from the station.
We are situated 10 minutes north of the market town of Ribérac, which holds a great, busy, farmers market on Friday mornings where you can buy locally grown produce, fish, meat and cheese. Aubeterre (15 mins) has a market on Sundays, whilst Chalais (30 mins) hosts a market on Mondays.
The property is situated in open countryside 10 minutes from Riberac, 30 minutes from Périgueux.
Bakery, pub/restaurant and local/regional produce store (jams, honey, syrups etc) all 2.4 km. Local town of Verteillac, 8 km with bakery, three cafés, four restaurants, butcher and grocery store.
All amenities in Riberac, a charming market town with café bars, restaurants, all shops and lovely market on Friday mornings. Two supermarkets.
There are small beaches on the river Dronne at Saint-Aulaye and Aubeterre where you can swim safely. Aubeterre is one of the show villages of France and has a farmers' market on Sundays where greens, veg, fruit and cheese can be purchased and the local butcher and baker are open until mid-day.
Chalais, about 30 minutes away over the border in the Charente, Chalais features the nearest visitable château which dominates the town. Vineyards are located here when wine can be tasted and then purchased. The market here is on Mondays, closing at mid-day.
Brantôme, 30 minutes, a lovely town with excellent restaurants. Canoeing available.
Le Grand lac Jemaye, 15 minutes from the property with sandy beach area, children's play-area, cafés and canoeing.
Périgueux (30 minutes). The département town of the Dordogne is situated on the river Isle. The old quarter is full of boutiques for a spot of retail therapy and it goes without saying cafés and restaurants. There are Roman ruins and several museums. The Cathédrale Saint-Front is very impressive, especially when viewed from the other side of the river. This was rebuilt in 1852 by the architect Abadie, who used the design as the basis for the more famous Sacré Coeur basilica in Paris. The church of Saint-Étienne-de-la-Cité dating from the 12th century is also worthy of your time.
Bergerac (approx. 1 hour). Though everybody has heard of Cyrano the hero of Edmond Rostand's play was inspired by the 17th century philosopher Cyrano de Bergerac whose name had nothing to do with the town. Bergerac is the tobacco capital of France as well as being the centre for the Bergerac 'brand' of very drinkable wines. The old town is very interesting with the riverside port originating from the time Bergerac was a link between the coast and the interior regions of the Auvergne and Limousin.
Saint-Émilion (approx. 1 hour). Very picturesque, giving its name to one of the most famous of the French wine areas. Naturally the main focus is on the wine trade and tours of the Châteaux and wine tasting can be arranged at the local tourist office. There is also another église monolithique to compare with the one at Aubeterre.
Cognac (approx. 1½ hours). Situated on the river Charente and owing its name to a prominent Roman, Cognac is a historic town which evolved and gave its name to one of the world's most famous eau-de-vie. Tours of the distilleries, where you can enter into the spirit of things, can be arranged at the local tourist office. Boat trips can be taken upstream to Angoulême.
Verteillac and Ribérac have a good tourist information office, chemist, tennis courts, rugby, open air swimming pool, and a small cinema, together with bars and restaurants. Open air music festivals/cinemas, night markets and fetes are also held regularly during the summer months. Local towns and villages offer a wide range of facilities including canoeing, horse riding, mini golf and walking. Bicycles can be hired at Ribérac.