Former Farmhouse near Festalemps, Dordogne - Secure River And Lake Swimming, Canoeing And Golf Are In Easy Driving Distance
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About stan sadowski
We are an Anglo/French couple who live in Southern England. The house is close by where my wife was born and where many of her family members still live. We bought the house a few years ago mainly for the use of ourselves, family and friends. This still leaves many weeks in the year when the house is available for other guests. Bon séjour!
stan sadowski purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why stan sadowski chose Festalemps
See reviews. The house is well situated for easy access to the Chateau Le Mas De Montet which many people from Britain are choosing for their wedding venue.
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Peaceful & spacious, French country farmhouse
Fonteau is a spacious farmhouse with lots of character and ample room for our family of five. Located in beautiful, tranquil countryside, but within a few minutes drive of Riberac, which has fantastic shops and great weekly markets. The farmhouse was well equipped with everything you could need, including games for the garden and plenty of DVDs and board games. The children enjoyed picking fresh fruit straight from the trees and we enjoyed many an evening playing boules.
We had some great days out at the pretty local river beaches and there are plenty of beautiful towns to visit, notably Brantome, Perigueux and Aubeterre. Also unmissable are the cave paintings in Lascaux.
The owners were very friendly and helpful, giving lots of advice, information and a comprehensive welcome pack to help us plan ahead. There was also a lot of local information at the farmhouse (leaflets for local attractions and plenty of useful guidebooks).
We had a wonderful family holiday, there was plenty to see and do to keep our teens and tweens entertained and would love to come back to stay again.
Many thanks for this kind review of your stay in our Perigordian farmhouse.
It is really good to know that our guests appreciate the place and know how to enjoy what is available in the area. You seem to have covered quite a few of the attractions in the top ten.
Welcome back any time.
Perfect family holiday
We stayed here with our two children (7 and 4) and friends. The house and gardens are lovely - the kids particularly loved the lizards and bats, and we made the most of the numerous fruit trees (many fruit tarts were consumed). With nearby swimming at la Grand Jemaye, and shopping at Riberac (including the amazing Friday market), it's a great base for a family holiday.
Please note that the bats and tiny lizards are all outside the house :-)
Great place for a family holiay away from it all
Great place and location. Loved the space and garden. We were a group of two families and there was enough space for everyone. The kids loved the garden and the fruit trees - plenty of baking went on. The clear skies and no street lamps gave us a great view of the stars whilst sitting out in the evening. The local area has great places to visit - markets, canoeing, swimming in the lake, walking in the forest. A fab place to get away to and explore rural France.
We rented this property for a month. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised at the overall scale of the property, both inside and out. The rooms were very spacious & clean, the kitchen was well appointed and easy to use and the outside space was amazing. We had two young boys with us and the owner had left a number of toys and games for us to use both inside and outside. The location of the property is ideal, with a choice of beaches and other child activities within 15 minutes we were never short of things to do. The renowned market at Riberac is only 10 minutes away where it is possible to find just about everything.
The owner & his wife were extremely friendly & helpful right from our first enquiry, and we shall certainly be returning here again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in the Dordogne.
The perfect holiday
Over the past few years, my partner, our children (now 2 and 4) and I have stayed at this house in Fonteau a number of times. It is in a very peaceful location, on the edge of a small hamlet, surrounded by agricultural land. The house is very roomy with a lovely kitchen/sitting room and 4 spacious bedrooms, with all necessary facilities. Outside, the 2+ acres of well maintained land make a fine playground for the boys and it's wonderful having so many fruit trees.
Most days we head down to the nearby river and lake swimming spots - safe, picturesque, with cafes and other facilities - ideal for cooling down on a hot summer’s day.
The Perigordian towns and villages in the area are well worth exploring. Amongst our favourite touristy excursions are the charming hill town of Aubeterre with its amazing church carved out of a rocky cliff face, the Romanesque and fortified churches and the famous Friday market in Riberac.
Couldn't recommend highly enough!
Beaches with lifeguards, other facilities and children's play areas are on the river Dronne at Saint Aulaye (10 kms) and Aubeterre (8 kms). Particularly popular is the Grand Etang (big lake) at La Jemaye (7 kms).
Airports at Bordeaux and Bergerac. Use of a car is essential.
Festalemps – 12th century fortified Romanesque church..
Saint-Privat-des-Prés – pretty Perigordian village with a fortified Romanesque church and well stocked grocery shop.
Saint-Aulaye – Small town with range of shops and beach on river Dronne.
Ribérac - larger town with supermarkets and a famous Friday morning market.
Aubeterre – Pretty town just over the Departmental border in Charente
Vineyards – Many chateau producing Pomerol, St Emilion and other famous wines
Bourdeilles – A dramatic 13th century castle/fortress overlooking the river Dronne
Brantôme – A pretty town on the river, with many shops and nice cafes by the river.
Périgueux – The capital of the Dordogne Departement. The Byzantine cathedral and adjacent old town are well worth a visit.
Les Eyzies – the so called “prehistoric capital of the world” with its world renowned Cro Magnon cave paintings.
Bordeaux – If you get the urge to do some serious shopping, is the largest major city in the area.
Seaside – The magnificent, pine lined Atlantic beaches west of Bordeaux are 120 kms away (Royan).
Hunting – in season and with appropriate permits – e.g. wild boar (sanglier) in the nearby forest of La Double.
Canoe/kayak on the Dronne from Aubeterre, Riberac and other locations.
Every autumn (mid-October) and spring (early March) you can witness the spectacle of flocks of cranes (grues) migrating to and from summer and winter residences. The vast V shaped squadrons of these large birds follow established routes in full view of the house. You do not need to stare into the sky for hours on end because their distinctive calls will alert you to their passing. Sometimes you will see the squadrons break up into apparent disarray as they detect rising warm air (thermals) which they use to increase their altitude, before reforming and continuing their flight.