Charming Stone Farmhouse with Dordogne River View
From $110 / night
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Description from the owner
Close to Sarlat, this wonderfully restored stone farmhouse dates back to the 13th Century. Decorated in a French Country style that combines old world charm with modern conveniences for today's traveler. A comfortable south facing house, “La Borie des Combes” is full of the beautiful diffused light that has attracted artists to the region for decades. The meter thick stone walls provide natural coolness to the interior, and the outside has a peaceful, restful area for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. After dinner, walk to the “private” castle a mile up the road or explore the surrounding woods. Arrive on Saturday and visit the market ...Read more
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Charming Stone Farmhouse with Dordogne River View Bezenac, Aquitaine, France
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This, is a true photographers dream. Literally everywhere you look you’ll find a target you simply can’t miss. The abundance of majestic castles and ruins with all of their mystery and historical significance, medieval towns and small villages glowing in the magic light that seems to permeate the air just for you. A simple drive on the scenic back roads can provide hours of opportunities you may never find elsewhere. A must have item, is a good camera, with lots of memory. You won’t be sorry.
They call this area “The Land of a Thousand Castles”. Trust us, it’s not a misnomer. There are castles around every corner. Some of them have been in movie productions like the castle at Beynac just 5.5km from the house. With movies like Joan of Arc and Chocolate to it’s credit the tour becomes even more fun trying to find the places that appear in the films as you roam the majestic edifice that can tell a thousand tales. The former home of 1930’s performer Josephine Baker is right across the Dordogne River. Château Milandes is a stunning example of a privately owned chateau that has a fabulously interesting history. (website: hidden)
At market days you get to live like a local for a bit. Market days are not staged events for the benefit of the tourists. The markets are where most of the local inhabitants go for the freshest produce, duck (canard) and all of the associated products that formerly were quacking, like foie gras, duck and goose (oie) liver pate’s in countless variations, rabbit (lapin), mushrooms (champignons), exotic and expensive truffles, pork (porc), nuts, spices, sweets and on Saturdays a huge selection of clothing and even antiques….I think you’re getting the picture. It’s fun and colorful. Don’t miss it.
The Café Scene
One of the neatest things about French life is the amount of time you could spend in a café without being called a weirdo. It’s almost the national pastime. Even in a weeks time, you may find yourself getting to know some of the regulars whether they are tourists or locals. I gives you a chance to relax (you’re supposed to be doing this right?) and observe the world as it constantly changes before your eyes. So pick one….any one and become French for an afternoon.
With one of the most scenic rivers in France at your feet it’s no wonder that activities of an aquatic nature flourish. Guided boat tours, and canoe, kayak or small boat rentals for the more adventurous, are a great way to spend some time. Do not forget your camera. The view from a boat is quite different and you’re sure to get some great shots.
Hiking and Walks
Get out of the village! This is where things can really get interesting. There are several ways to do this. Honestly you can’t miss. You can just randomly take a walk near the house and come away totally happy….. or …. Find some of the marked trails that abound. You won’t find these trails sterilized like in the states. They’re often rough, unimproved and unchanged for maybe oh, like a thousand years or so! You’ll run into old ruins that haven’t been destroyed because, heaven forbid, you might hurt yourself. You’ll see loose rocks lying around from a crumbling medieval wall, windows in the middle of walls that that appear in the strangest places, that present a mysterious puzzle for you to solve. There are some very amazing ruins and things to ponder in the wood. Get out there and explore.
Yes, there is golf here! We have several beautiful golf courses in the area. le Domaine de Rochebois 15 km away in Vitrac, and le Golf de l’Olivarie 14 km away in Siorac, plus a few others.
Outstanding cycling opportunities await you in our area. From easy flat terrain for the cruisers, on super scenic back roads that all seem to be made for you, to the hilly more demanding roads for the hard core Lance Armstrong types. This is a cyclist’s heaven.
In the Air
Small plane rides, para-sailing and hot air ballooning are all available within a very short distance from the house. Not only is it thrilling to see the castles, villages and valley from the air …. but up there, high over this wonderland, in the early morning or early evening, you will get some of the most incredible photographs imaginable. The light at those times is perfect. When you get home your friends will accuse you of swiping your photos from post cards! The best part is you’ll also be storing them in that special part of your memory that will stay with you, forever.
Visit the Chamber of Commerce, or better known as the “T.I.” (Tourist Information) office in the town of Sarlat. It’s both centrally located in the old town and very friendly and informative. Here you will be able to get assistance finding a host of things to do and places to go from the English speaking staff. Loads of books and pamphlets in both English and French are available both for purchase and free.
Naturally, with France being a major producer of fantastic wines the wine tasting opportunities can be quite enjoyable. Bergerac, St. Emilion, Cahors, Bordeaux all have many wineries to tour and spend some time getting familiar with one of France’s most famous products.
Sarlat is the primary shopping destination in this area. There you will find a wide array of shops. In Sarlat you could find virtually anything. From gift items to bring back home, clothing and shoes, to some of this areas unique food items as well as pharmacies and banks, you’ll likely find it in Sarlat. For the more adventurous souls the town of Perigueux, forty minutes driving time away has many discount outlets and stores to explore.
France is famous for its food. The French have a way with their preparation and presentation of a meal so as to translate it into an art form. The second your plate is set before you, the senses start to give you the message. This, is going to be great. Artfully presented and perfectly prepared is the French norm. It seems that here in France most meals are far more than just a way to satisfy hunger. They become a multi faceted sensory excursion into paradise. Even sidewalk cafes can even serve up some of the tastiest dishes in typical French style. Explore on you own or use our favorites list to guide you.
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