Immersed in a splendid agricultural landscape bordered by the Dordogne and Lot rivers, this period, air-conditioned family home with heated pool sits at the edge of Nadaillac de Rouge, at the very heart of the Perigord Noir - an area famed for its countless chateaux and bastide villages, remarkable gardens, prehistoric caves and prestigious wine appellations.
Set against a natural backdrops of verdant hills and valleys, this meticulously restored 18th century country house, retains a distinctive Perigourdine charm; from the mellow local stone and cheerful red shutters of the exterior, to the warm soft furnishings, traditional French furniture, open fireplace and wooden beams inside. As an additional benefit, a newly built guest cottage with independent access provides further accommodation and privacy for two people within the party. If you long to escape the hectic pace of city life, here you are in the right place; enjoy leisurely meals under the covered terrace, sampling the flavours of locally grown produce from the market nearby.
So called for the dark colour of its woods above the Dordogne and Vezere river valleys, the Perigord Noir boasts many 'plus beaux villages', among them La Rocque-Gageac, Domme, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and St Leon-sur-Vezere. A pleasure to visit, especially on market day, these medieval villages have a timeless atmosphere and pretty pavement cafes where one can sit outdoors and watch the world go by, with a glass of local wine and a delicious Perigourdine salad. A particularly exciting way to discover the region and its ‘thousand chateaux’ is by boat, using the traditional gabarre (i.e. flat bottomed boat) or a canoe – although this will take longer! - which can be hired all along the river. Be prepared for a spectacular journey back in time with steep limestone cliffs, perched towns full of architectural treasures, troglodyte caves, vine-clad and forested hills, as you embark on a marvellous journey back in time! Absolutely not to be missed are also Sarlat-la Caneda and Rocamadour, both within ten miles of this villa and both and both offering unique insights into South West France’s cultural heritage.
The most visited towns in this popular region are Rocamadour and Sarlat-la-Caneda. Set in a gorge above a river and climbing up a cliff side, Rocamadour is one of the Grand Sites of France and an ancient shrine for over 1000 years, welcoming pilgrims on route to Santiago de Compostela. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes if you want to walk all the way up to the top! Sarlat-la Caneda is one of my favourite towns in Dordogne, I love its ancient sandstones buildings; as you venture through its maze of alleyways, you can spot amazing architectural gems everywhere. During the summer season open air shows take place in the main square of the old quarter, buskers and mimes, musicians and actors entertain visitors of this ever bustling town. Incidentally, here I have enjoyed one of the best ice creams in France!
Living/ dining room, open fireplace, French doors to garden.
Kitchen/ breakfast room, French door to terrace, outdoor dining
TV room (TV).
Double bedroom (1.60m), air-conditioning, views.
Double bedroom (1.60m), also accessed via external staircase, air-conditioning,views.
Shower rooms, WC
Twin/ double bedroom, (2 x 0.90m), air-conditioning.
Shower room, WC.
GUEST COTTAGE (20 metres from house):
All on one floor:
Open plan kitchen/ living/ dining room, doors to garden.
Shower room, WC.
Ample flat grounds planted with mature trees and large lawn areas. Covered terrace with outdoor dining facilities. Built in pizza oven. Pergola with garden furniture. 9m x 4m pool (Roman step entry). Basketball net, badminton/volleyball net, darts. Boules set (gravel area in front of guest cottage). Table tennis table on request. Covered parking for 2 cars.
Included: WiFi internet. Pool towels. Telephone calls to French landlines. Pool heating. Air conditioning.
Extras: Maid service €13 per hour. Winter heating €100 per week. Logs for fire €150.
A local Tourist Tax applies and must be paid locally - €1.20 per person over 18, per night
Lovely house but description isn't correct
What we liked:
A. Lovely grounds and heated pool
B. Great location for tourist attractions
What we didn't like:
A. The property description says there is a table tennis table, basketball court and boules pitch. The property contains none of these which was really disappointing.
Quality Villas comment: the table tennis table was kept at the owners other nearby property and could have been brought to the house. We employ a local english speaking contact in this region to assist with any problems during a clients stay. We wish you had contacted her so she could fix the areas which disappointed you as she is there precisely to ensure all goes as planned for your holiday. Naturally the table should have been at Belle du Perigord for the booking, but could have been brought asap if we had known. The boules pitch is in front of the cottage. The basketball net is present, but we apologise that it is not a basketball court. The description has been amended.
B. The sun loungers were really uncomfortable - plastic slats with no mattresses. They really need updating.
Quality Villas comment: We are told the sun loungers are now webbed. Some owners prefer to provide these with the view they are more hygienic and then provide towels to cover them.
C. The air conditioning was only in the three upstairs bedrooms of the main house. No air conditioning downstairs and none in the separate cottage. We could not use the separate cottage bedroom as it was too hot at night.
Quality Villas comment: We apologise for this. It is our error and the provision of air con on our description has now been amended. Again, had we known of our error during your stay we could have assisted by hiring in air con units so your stay was not affected.
D. The fridge was too small for a party of 8 and the fridge door was broken.
Quality Villas comment: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The Owner, who we have worked with for many years has replaced this.
E. A washing machine was available but no washing powder or fabric softener was provided.
Quality Villas comment: We advise all owners to provide basic provisions to help clients with their arrival. They are not expected to provide provisions for the whole stay as the villa is self catering but something for the first wash is always advised. Fabric softener is not something we regard as an essential but agree some washing powder to at least do the first wash is helpful. The Owner takes this on board and will ensure some powder is now available.
F. The seats around the dining table were very uncomfortable - they need seat pads.
Quality Villas comment. We will look into this.
We enjoyed our stay but were very disappointed that the table tennis and boules pitch etc were not provided. These should either be instated at the property of the description amended to remove them.
We particularly chose this property because it was meant to have them.
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About The Location
- Nadaillac-de-Rouge village centre 20 mins' walk
- Souillac 10 km
- Martel | Domme 25 km
- Rocamadour | La Roc Gageac 30 km
- Gouffre de Padirac 40 km
- Brive 32 km
- Bergerac 95 km
- Souillac 8km
- train to Paris Austerlitz 5 hours
- Nadaillac-de-Rouge walking distance
- Fishing | Kayaking | driving distance
- Horse riding driving distance
- Golf (Souillac Golf Club) approx 19km
- Driving distance ~ children's treetop adventure parks
- Amusement water park Quercyland 10 km
- Chateau de Fenelon 13 km
- Caves at Gouffre de Padirac 40 km
- Lascaux Caves 45 km