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Les Boulvènes

Ref: DL172, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, £1500 to £3500 pw

  1. 1 - Les Boulevènes - front of house
  2. 2 - Les Boulevènes - front of house and covered terrace with summer kitchen
  3. 3 - Les Boulevènes - winter view
  4. 4 - Les Boulevènes - house and garden
  5. 5 - Les Boulevènes - view of house from beyond the pool area
  6. 6 - Les Boulevènes - pool area and side of house
  7. 7 - Les Boulevènes - pool area
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  10. 10 - Les Boulevènes - entrance to pool area
  11. 11 - Les Boulevènes - pool
  12. 12 - Les Boulevènes - pool
  13. 13 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
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  16. 16 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
  17. 17 - Les Boulevènes - terrace off kitchen
  18. 18 - Les Boulevènes - terrace off kitchen
  19. 19 - Les Boulevènes - garden
  20. 20 - Les Boulevènes - views from first floor
  21. 21 - Les Boulevènes - living room
  22. 22 - Les Boulevènes - living room
  23. 23 - Les Boulevènes - living room
  24. 24 - Les Boulevènes - dining room
  25. 25 - Les Boulevènes - dining room (with kitchen area at end)
  26. 26 - Les Boulevènes - kitchen
  27. 27 - Les Boulevènes - stairwell
  28. 28 - Les Boulevènes - double bedroom one
  29. 29 - Les Boulevènes - double bedroom one
  30. 30 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom en suite with double bedroom one
  31. 31 - Les Boulevènes - twin bedroom one
  32. 32 - Les Boulevènes - shower room
  33. 33 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
  34. 34 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
  35. 35 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
  • 1 - Les Boulevènes - front of house
    1 - Les Boulevènes - front of house
  • 2 - Les Boulevènes - front of house and covered terrace with summer kitchen
    2 - Les Boulevènes - front of house and covered terrace with summer kitchen
  • 3 - Les Boulevènes - winter view
    3 - Les Boulevènes - winter view
  • 4 - Les Boulevènes - house and garden
    4 - Les Boulevènes - house and garden
  • 5 - Les Boulevènes - view of house from beyond the pool area
    5 - Les Boulevènes - view of house from beyond the pool area
  • 6 - Les Boulevènes - pool area and side of house
    6 - Les Boulevènes - pool area and side of house
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    7 - Les Boulevènes - pool area
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    8 - Les Boulevènes - pool area
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    9 - Les Boulevènes - pool area
  • 10 - Les Boulevènes - entrance to pool area
    10 - Les Boulevènes - entrance to pool area
  • 11 - Les Boulevènes - pool
    11 - Les Boulevènes - pool
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    12 - Les Boulevènes - pool
  • 13 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
    13 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
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    14 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
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    15 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
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    16 - Les Boulevènes - covered terrace with summer kitchen
  • 17 - Les Boulevènes - terrace off kitchen
    17 - Les Boulevènes - terrace off kitchen
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    18 - Les Boulevènes - terrace off kitchen
  • 19 - Les Boulevènes - garden
    19 - Les Boulevènes - garden
  • 20 - Les Boulevènes - views from first floor
    20 - Les Boulevènes - views from first floor
  • 21 - Les Boulevènes - living room
    21 - Les Boulevènes - living room
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    22 - Les Boulevènes - living room
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    23 - Les Boulevènes - living room
  • 24 - Les Boulevènes - dining room
    24 - Les Boulevènes - dining room
  • 25 - Les Boulevènes - dining room (with kitchen area at end)
    25 - Les Boulevènes - dining room (with kitchen area at end)
  • 26 - Les Boulevènes - kitchen
    26 - Les Boulevènes - kitchen
  • 27 - Les Boulevènes - stairwell
    27 - Les Boulevènes - stairwell
  • 28 - Les Boulevènes - double bedroom one
    28 - Les Boulevènes - double bedroom one
  • 29 - Les Boulevènes - double bedroom one
    29 - Les Boulevènes - double bedroom one
  • 30 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom en suite with double bedroom one
    30 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom en suite with double bedroom one
  • 31 - Les Boulevènes - twin bedroom one
    31 - Les Boulevènes - twin bedroom one
  • 32 - Les Boulevènes - shower room
    32 - Les Boulevènes - shower room
  • 33 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
    33 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
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    34 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
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    35 - Les Boulevènes - bathroom
  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

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A most tranquil and bucolic setting...

Set in lovely rolling farmland and vineyards near the border of the Dordogne and the Lot-et-Garonne, this is a charming, stone-built 19th-century "Maison de Maître" offering the most peaceful and private holiday atmosphere you could want. It is well placed to explore the famous sites of the Dordogne, and within easy reach of the charming town of Bergerac, as well as the famous vineyards of Bordeaux and the Gironde. 

Accommodation details

Living room, kitchen/dining room, outdoor summer kitchen with seating, 3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom with separate shower, 1 bathroom, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 shower room, 2 separate wcs

Facilities

Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot (linen on request), highchair, no telephone, good mobile reception, WiFi, satellite TV (French and English Freeview channels), DVD, iPod dock, open fireplace, central heating (25 € per week), plancha, croquet, badminton, board games, table tennis
 

Services

Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change. Cleaning (minimum 2 hours) 25€ per hour. The services of a cook may be available on request. Services are payable locally.

Prices quoted are subject to change

Exterior

Les Boulvènes is set in 4500sq metres of lovely grounds consisting of lawns, flowering shrubs, and shady trees, and enjoys uninterrupted views over open countryside and vineyards. Cheerful and colourful shutters and gables overlooking the entrance drive give the house a welcoming aspect, and the area is extremely quiet and tranquil, with only an occasional rumble of farm activity. The pleasantly-rounded swimming pool is set in sunny lawns within a hedge-enclosed gated garden, and surrounded by a paved sunning area. To one side of the house is a delightful covered terrace with a full summer kitchen, ideal for pleasant outdoor relaxing and dining out of the heat of the summer sun. There is a dining table that seats eight, and a 3-burner plancha for tasty barbecues. Off the kitchen is a small patio with a pergola for breakfast and small meals. Sun loungers and other outdoor furniture is provided, along with croquet and badminton sets. There is shaded parking for two cars, and plenty of parking for others along the entrance drive.

Interior

The house is comfortable and pleasantly furnished in a mixture of styles, mostly rustic modern. There are some nice authentic features, like the imposing fireplace set in a stone wall, and beamed ceilings. The main entrance leads into the comfortable sitting room with fireplace and wide-screen television. Off the sitting room is a large dining room with kitchen to one end which opens onto a patio/breakfast area with gazebo. Also on the ground floor are a bathroom with a separate shower unit and a separate wc.

On the first floor is the master double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and dressing area, overlooking both the front and rear of the property, a further double bedroom opposite, a bathroom, a shower room and a separate wc. On the second floor are a third double bedroom overlooking the entrance drive, a twin bedroom, and a bathroom with a wc; both these bedrooms have beamed ceilings. There is a fifth bedroom on the ground floor level which may be opened on request if required for persons of limited mobility. 

Read Anthony Peregrine's article in The Sunday Times >>

Available for short stays

More Information

Changeover day: Saturday

Swimming pool

Private
Security alarm
Fenced-off
Corner steps
Size 10x5m
Depth 1-3m

Tennis court

Bergerac 22km

9 hole 7km
18 hole 7km

Other features

  • Internet
  • Pets accepted
  • Cook (request)
  • Ground level bedroom

Golf Details


9 and 18 hole Château des Vigiers, Monestier 7km
www.vigiers.com

18 hole Tombeboeuf 30km
www.golfdebarthe.com

Les Boulvènes is located near Monbos, 3km from the small village of Sigoulès, just southwest of the lively Dordogne town of Bergerac.The Dordogne region, in the heart of the southwest, has been fought over for centuries by the English and the French – some would say they’re still at it – and no wonder. It is an area rich in all the delights France has to offer. Beautiful dramatic scenery greets you at every turn: castles perched high over the Dordogne River valley, the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac caves, tranquil rivers winding their way through limestone cliffs. Our earliest artists descended 17 thousand years ago into the caves near Lascaux, on the Vézère River, to paint in breathtaking colour the animals they hunted; you can visit a replica cave, as well as many other prehistoric sites in the area. The fortified “bastide” towns of Monpazier, Eymet, Villefranche, and others are remarkably well-preserved witnesses to turbulent times. The mighty donjon of Bourdeilles castle looms imposingly, while Brantôme (the “Venice of France”) wears a more serene aspect, the beautiful Benedictine abbey gazing contemplatively down onto the river Dronne.

  • Shops & services

    Villages

    Sigoulès (3km): All shops and services, supermarket, bakery, chemist, doctor

    Towns

    Bergerac (19km): Large selection of shops and services including supermarkets

  • Market days

    Sigoulès (3km): Small market on Saturdays
    Eymet (10km): Thursdays
    Bergerac (18km): Wednesdays
    Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (21km): Saturdays, very busy with plenty to see and buy
    Miramont (21km) and Duras (22km): Mondays
    Castillonès (22km): Tuesdays
    Issigeac (25km): Sundays
    Lalinde (38km): Thursdays, very busy and plenty of stalls

  • Recommended restaurants

    The owner recommends the following:

    Chepaou, Sigoulès (3km): Simple well cooked food and great pizzas
    Le Code Bar, Sigoulès (3km): Known for their 'plat du jour'
    Château de Vigiers, Monestier (9km): The Brasseries are perfect for lunch and the château's dining room is perfect for special occasions
    L'Imparfait, Bergerac (19km): Michelin recommended
    L'Antre Deux Verres, St-Emilion (53km)
    Le Bistro du Coin, Rue du Colonel de Chadois, Bergerac (19km): Great for lunch/dinner with outside terrace.
    L'Entre Deux Verres, 1 Bis Rue Porte Ste Marie, St-Emilion (53km). Great food and ambience with lovely views across the village.
    Chez Le Gaulois, 9 rue de Tourny, Sarlat-la-Canéda (89km) Sarlat is a great day out and this is a must for a Savoyarde lunch – get there early as no reservations and usually a queue! An early departure for Sarlat is also recommended as traffic can get particularly heavy along the route through Beynac. (Usually about 1½ hours without heavy traffic.)

    These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.

  • Places to see

    Eymet (10km): Beautiful 13th century medieval fortified town
    Duras (20km): Famous for its castle and good wines, and has extensive sports facilities
    Miramont-de-Guyenne (23km): Lovely main square and church
    Issigeac (25km): Charming village
    Saint-Émilion (51km): Famous for its vineyards, beautiful village
    Bastide villages of Monségur, Monpazier, and others all nearby
    Grotte de Lascaux, 24290 Montignac (115km): fascinating replica prehistoric cave paintings. About 1½ hours' drive without heavy traffic.
    Grottes de Fontirou, 47340 Castella. For a closer ‘grotte experience’ with fabulous underground caves of stalactites and stalacmites head down RN 21 (between Agen and Villeuneuve sur Lot) for about a 1 hour drive (70km).
     

  • Regional food & wine

    Food

    The area is famous for its foie gras, duck and truffles.

    Wine

    The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas.
    Les Vignerons de Sigoulès, Mescoules. The local wine co-operative in Sigoulès (Cave de Sigoulès) on the way out of the village towards Bergerac. Well worth a visit with free tastings and a large selection of very good quality (many award winning) wines made from grapes from local vines at extremely competitive prices!
    Maison des Vins, 1 Rue des Récollets, Bergerac. Open July & August: 7/7 10h-19h. Introduction to wine tasting: 5€/pers

  • Activities

    Tennis court (22km): Tennis de Bergerac
    Bicycle hire (18km): Apolo SARL, Bergerac
    Horse riding (6km): Paul SALADIN, Pomport
    Château des Vigiers, Monastier (7km): 9 hole golf courses
    Château des Vigiers, Monastier (7km), Tombeboeuf (30km): 18 hole golf courses
    Canoeing and kayaking on the Dordogne River at Port-de-Ste-Foy-la-Grande
    Château de Bridoire, 24240 Ribagnac (11km). Great day out with plenty of activities for the whole family. Special events throughout the summer for children.

  • Getting there

    Airports

    Bergerac 20km
    Bordeaux 104km
    Flight info >>

    Ferry ports

    Caen-Ouistreham 603km
    St-Malo 606km
    Le Havre 649km
    Cherbourg 768km
    Calais 892km
    Channel crossing info >>

    TGV stations

    Agen 64km
    Bordeaux 92km
    Eurostar & TGV info >>

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This property has only just been restored and has not been rented before. We are confident that many good client comments will be available at the end of its first season.

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A wonderfully peaceful and welcoming Dordogne property in the midst of vineyards surrounded by delightful landscape near charming bastide towns, and only 20 minutes from Bergerac airport.

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