- Swimming Pool
- Baby equipment
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Courses Available
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Ideal for honeymoons
- Pet Friendly
This gite is part of a typical french farmhouse situated in beautiful, unspoilt countryside, enjoying fantastic views of rolling hills, corn & sunflower fields & a slow pace of life. Perfect for a couple wanting to have a "get away from it all" holiday but equally suited for a relaxing family holiday in the countryside.
The gite, lying between the owners farmhouse & a beautiful old barn, has been recently renovated to provide a high standard of accommodation, yet retaining all the rustic charm that you would hope to find at your french holiday home. Inside, amazing oak roof timbers, beautiful stone fireplace, old oak floors, whilst outside there’s the large courtyard around which the numerous barns & pigeonnier sit, shaded by an old lime tree. Chez Devallon is an old french dairy farm - we are now running it as a (nearly) organic smallholding, striving at self-sufficiency. We have a small flock of sheep (come in the spring to see the lambs), chickens & we hope to have a few pigs next year. We cut & bale our own hay & straw & grow very small crops of corn & sunflowers for animal feed. We also have an orchard and rather too large veggie patch! Down the road we have a willow plantation.
You will be ideally placed for access to all the beautiful sites in the Dorgogne and Charente. There are chateaux to visit, prehistoric caves to explore or pretty market towns to meander around. Not to be missed is market day in Riberac on Friday. The Perigord region is renowned for its quality food and wines. Bergerac is just over an hour’s drive away or you could take a day trip to St Emilion (1hr45mins) or Bordeaux (2hrs). Cognac is another interesting day out. For the more energetic there are plenty of outdoor activities. Try canoeing along the river from Brantome, the little Venice of the Dordogne, to Bordeilles with its fortified chateaux, or explore the quiet but well signed lanes by bike or on foot. Several river beaches are within easy reach where the children can play in the sand & swim or you could visit Lake Jemaye, well worth the 40 minute drive.
The use of a car is highly recommended unless you arrive on bikes! Flying: The nearest airports are Angouleme (1 hr) and Bergerac (1hr15), other possible airports being Bordeaux, Poitier, Limoges (all 2hrs) and La Rochelle (2hrs45mins). Flybe, Ryanair, BMI Baby, Easyjet and BA all fly into the area. By Rail: TGV train to London via Paris or Lille takes about six hours from Angouleme. Ferry/Drive: St Malo, Caen & La Havre all about a 6 hours drive away & Calais about 8hrs30.
Nearest Train Station:
St Malo 480km
The main bedroom has a double bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers and a great view! The mezzanine bedroom has twin beds but an additional single or double bed can be put in if needed. We can provide a cot for either bedroom. The bathroom has a large shower, two hand basins and a toilet. A baby bath can be provided if requested. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a dining area with table & chairs. A highchair is available. There is a separate laundry room with a washing machine. There is a big open-living space with sofa & chairs. The tv is only provided for watching videos & DVDs - we have a film library. There are lots of books & games as well as local infomation. A CD player/radio is provided. Internet WIFI access is available. All linen and towels (bathroom and beach towels) are included. If you require maid service or baby-sitting please enquire.
The swimming pool is 10mx5m with roman steps. It is shared with our family but we aim to ensure that you get plenty of time alone in the pool and area if that is what you like. The pool garden has sun loungers, garden chairs & a dining table under the pergola as well as a BBQ. There are also places to relax in the courtyard - two hammocks shaded by the lime tree, & a table at the bottom of the gite stairs for your sole use. The open cart shed also has a large dining table for times when it's too hot to eat outside. There is ample parking space. There’s lots of space for the children to run, a play area, 14ft trampoline, table tennis.
The nearest coastal beach is at Royan or La Palmyre which is about a 2 hour drive. However there are several river beaches within easy reach - Aubeterre, St Aulaye, Lisle as well as well equipped lakes. Lake Jemaye is our nearest which is well worth the 40 minute drive, where there’s a beach with bars & restaurants overlooking the water front & safe paddling & swimming areas (life guards at peak times). There is a 9-hole golf club about 20 minute drive from us and an 18-hole course is available in Perigueux about an hour away. We occasionally run willow weaving courses (willow hurdles and plant supports or living willow garden structure) so please get in touch if you are interested. We also rent out a tandem so if you fancy a holiday exploring the area with a difference then please contact us for more details.
Conditions of Rental
A 25% deposit is requested to secure a booking, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. Although the price is quoted in euros please ask if you prefer to pay in pounds sterling. All prices include electricity, gas, bed linen, bath towels & pool towels. The gite has centrally heated radiators in the bedrooms & bathroom & a wood burning stove in the living/ dining area. There is a nominal charge for any wood used during your stay. We like to take bookings running Saturday to Saturday over July and August, the rest of the year we are happy to take bookings starting any day of the week & are flexible about how many nights you stay. Price negotiable on long term lets. You are welcome to arrive at any time after 4pm & we ask that on leave by 10.30 on departure day. No smoking is allowed in the gite. Well behaved pets may be considered, please ask us.