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Bluebell Cottage is a self-catering gite between Riberac (Dordogne) and Villebois Lavalette (Charente), formed from 2 pretty farm-workers cottages. With exposed beams, it retains a traditional, rustic French ambiance, and is idyllically situated in the picturesque landscape of the ‘Perigord Vert’ -the lush quarter of the Dordogne. Located atop a tranquil south-facing hillside with breathtaking views over sunflower & maize fields, it is set in 2 acres of secluded mature gardens, delightfully populated with fruit & nut trees and an abundance of flowers, with sunny & shaded sitting areas. Bakery van on-site 2/wk.
A curvaceous 10 metre (33 feet) swimming pool is all yours, in a pleasant private area with all-day sun.
Adjacent grassed play area.
Tree-shaded table-tennis area.
Mid-way between Angoulême & Périgueux, ideal for Riberac (famous market), Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Brantôme, Bourdeilles etc & the pretty River Dronne villages. There are various popular lake & river activities/beaches with family facilities nearby. Excellent days-out include Sarlat, Lascaux Caves, Cognac, Bergerac, numerous chateaux, the Atlantic Beaches, Arcachon & Bordeaux.
Nearby Verteillac offers bank, bakery, post office, chemist, large general store, bars, cafes, several excellent restaurants, outdoor markets.
The local area is rich for walking, with cafes, bars, restaurants and a nature reserve (Les Anciennes Tourbières) all within walking distance.
NOTES ON ACCOMMODATION:
The owner is readily available (if wanted !) to provide any assistance.
Free internet: WiFi & ethernet.
Excellent mobile phone coverage.
Satellite TV & radio via ASTRA2 offers the usual English channels.
Numerous books, DVDs, indoor/outdoor toys and games, abundant local attraction brochures.
* Bedroom 1: Open-plan upstairs area, double bed & lounge area. Picture windows give spectacular views over the valley.
* Bedroom 2: Ground-floor bedroom has 2 single beds (adult bunks: 88 x 188 cm, 3 x 6 feet 2 inches).
* Bathroom: Shower, sink, and toilet. Instant gas-heated hot water is always available.
There is plenty of interesting wildlife, so no pets !
Suitable airports: Bergerac, Bordeaux, Limoges, Angouleme and Brive.
Angouleme is just 3 hours from Paris by train (TGV), with car hire at the station.
Running successfully for over 10 years, typical comments from the visitors’ book:
“What a house- What a garden- What Serenity- House immaculate & almost bursting with character. The views are amazing. So tranquil.” -D, C, E & Z.
“Fantastic house, what an amazing view. We have had the best time here. We love the cottage, which was pristine when we arrived. Carol & Graham couldn’t do enough to make our stay wonderful. Our 6 year old adored the pool, and the grounds are ideal for children. Plenty to see & do- a week just isn’t enough- we will be back.” -J, A & O.
Questions welcome. We will gladly phone your European landline.