La Grange de Maudure
Overlooking the listed village of St Martial de Viveyrols and its pretty Roman Church this 18th century farmhouse has been renovated to provide a good sized holiday house with exposed oak beams and stone walls. It has two terraces (South and West), both with outdoor lighting, as well as sunloungers and a barbecue and great views over the surrounding countryside. There is also a covered logia area to give some shade. Entry is through large iron gate and the property is surrounded by an acre of well-kept garden with herbaceous borders, shrubs and a variety of trees giving privacy and seclution as well as a good variety of butterflies and birds. A wonderful holiday can be spent at La Grange either seeing the numerous sights of the Drone and Dordogne Valleys; participating in any of the various sports in the area; or simply lazing around and enjoying the rural life and excellent food and wines which make this region so popular.
There is a massive open-planned living room which has a dining table and comfortable chairs. This is best described as 'baronial' as you can look up to the roof beams and there is a chandelier. The original barn cow-ties act as a divider to the modern well-equipped kitchen. From here is a french door to the side terrace and patio.
Off the main living room you will find a smaller modern kitchen which can be used for breakfasts and a large second living room with a large fireplace. This is tiled and has recently been refurbished to provide a spacious and comfortable room with settees, sofa bed, chairs, HiFi, TV and video. There are 2 large windows one to the front and one overlooking the side garden. There are two bedrooms off this room. 'The Green Bedroom' has a double room with en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, toilet and washbasin. This overlooks the South terrace to the back of the house. Ther is also a twin room (The Pink Bedroom) which is through a small archway. This has a patio door onto the South terrace. A separate toilet and a bathroom with shower, washbasin and washing machine are next to this room.
The second double bedroom is up a wooden staircase and off a small landing which has a balcony overlooking the main living room. At the other end of the landing is the last twin bedroom with 2 single beds. Both these bedrooms are within the eaves of the house and have exposed beams and roof windows. The bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin is in the middle.
Places of Interest
Close to La Grange:
Verteillac is less than 1.5 miles and has Bank, PO, 2 restaurants, several bars, buthcers, bakers, garage and a large general store. It also has a swimming pool, tennis courts and a riding school.
Riberac is 8 miles South and has 4 supermarkets and is well know for its large open air market on a Friday morning. Canoes can be hired to go on the River Dronne.
Aubeterr is a small town about 15 minutes from the house and has an amazing neolithic church carbed inside the hill, as well as a puppet and butterfly museum. It also has a river beach for swimming.
Brantome is 15 minutes in the other direction and is known as 'The Venice of France' being surrounded by the river and has several very good restaurants. Nearby is Chateau de Puyguilhem and Grotte de Champagnac-de-Belain.
Within 30 miles you can visit Perigueux, the Dordogne's capital, Bergerac and St Emilion which is a 'must' for wine buffs as well as those interested in picturesque medieaval towns.
With 40 miles you will find Les Eyzies- the famous cave drawing; Sarlat - a famous walled town and Cognac - with its Brandy warehouses.
It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the West Coast from the house but is certainly possible to visit the sandy beaches of St George and Royan.
This house has an acre of well kept garden with a selection of flowering shrubs all around the house giving masses of room plus two outside terraces - one very large terrace to the south and a small terrace to the west. With the large lawns it is ideal for children to play games and there is also a very old tennis net up on the side as well as a swing.
There is also a sofa bed