La Gabriale - Pays de Bergerac
Ideally situated for touring the best sites of the Dordogne, this lovely traditional old property is on the edge of a small village next to the countryside and a walk to the local shop,and restaurant. It has been fully restored to give modern accommodation with 4 bedrooms and fully fitted kitchen. There is a large garden with private pool, fenced and alarmed for your security.
A covered terrace surrounds the house on two sides, facing the pool and garden with outside garden table and chairs for eating alfresco on those warm sunny evenings. From the terrace there is an open view across the garden to the west and the Chateau de Montreal.
The large garden has childrens swings and outdoors table tennis and other games. The pool is a 5m x 10m infinity pool with varying depth from 1.20m to 1.80m.
INSIDE THE PROPERTY
Entering the property there is a good sized fully fitted kitchen / dining room with large (expanding) dining table. There is everything you need to cook and serve a lovely French meal to enjoy inside or out on the terrace. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, electric oven, gas/electric hob and extractor, microwave, coffee machine, kettle and microwave.
From the kitchen access leads through to the large lounge with ample seating, a chimney, small television (French and foreign channels including International news channels and BBC World service). Off the lounge is a double bedroom and a bathroom with separate shower, there is also a wc and a washing machine.
Stairs lead from the lounge to the first floor and a further three bedrooms. For families with young children there are stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. A cot and high chair are also available on demand.
On the first floor are one double bedroom with ensuite shower and hand wash basin, one twin bedroom with views west to the chateau and a further single bedroom.
THE LOCATION AND AREA.
Situated on the edge of a quiet little village and within a short walk of the local shop and restaurant the property is in a quiet location bordering the countryside with a splendid view west across the large garden and private pool to the Chateau de Montreal.
For supermarkets and the local market (Saturday mornings) in the nearby town are a short drive (10 minutes), where you will find everything from a bank to chemist and all the other usual shops. There are several restaurants also within a short drive, including Le Rocher des Gourmets opposite the ancient abbey and church at Sourzac, recomended for its unique interior dining (the property is built into the rock face) and its excellent food.
From the house you can walk up the lane into the countryside or down and across the village, there are many signed country walks and a large panel opposite the church has a map showing some recommended routes to follow, either on foot or bicycle (local bike hire can be arranged).
The area is steeped in history from the Chateau de Montreal (guided visits throughout July and August), to the lovely village church in the centre of the village, the old stone buildings and the tucked away ancient lavoir (wash house) down by the river, to the old abbey and church at Sourzac and the hidden alleys of the nearby town of Mussidan (follow the signed town trail).
Further afield are the historic and pre-historic siotes of the Perigord Noir, along the Dorodgne valley following the river with its spectacular scenery and fairy tale chateux. To the south lies medieval Bergerac surrounde by its vineyards amoungs which is the Chateua the Monbazillac and its famous sweet white dessert wine. To the north is Riberac and Brantome and going west towards Bordeaux you enter the Girond and Saint Emillion which hosts the strong full bodied Bordeaux red wine.
You will without a doubt enjoy discovering all that the Dorodgne has to offer both near and far and you will appreiciate the friendliness of the people, the quiet and calm pace of life and the agreeably sunny climate.
Views across open countryside to the Chateau de Montreal.