HUGE gite in the stunning town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne : 18-19cent spacious comfortable and stylish house with balconies, garden, nice views on Romanesque abbey and running water. And all amenities at hand.
Close to Perigord, Quercy, Auvergne regions, Collonges la Rouge, Rocamadour, Gouffre de Padirac, wealth of typical villages, caves, castles, prehistoric and natural sites.
At walking medieval distance : services, local market, restaurants, river+pool bath, montgolfière... no need to drive every day.
This house full of character was bought by the owner's family in 1840, and many rooms retain some original features, such as marble fireplace, ancient mirror or paintings, or wooden floor. Everything is not perfect since this welcoming home has irregular walls or so, due to its old age, and adding contribution to its authentic charm.
Enclosed walled garden 500m2 ,with trees providing shade, roses and shrubs. Numerous character features in a delightful location ; although no luxuous bathrooms or hotel services. At least the living rooms keep very fresh, thanks to the cellar just under them, communicating with the river.
Better stay a fortnight !
Beaulieu sur Dordogne is in Correze (Limousin), just close to Lot (Quercy), Dordogne (Perigord). Cantal (Auvergne). Also known as the Riviera of the Limousin, with its palms and banana trees, Beaulieu is right on the banks of the Dordogne river.
The medieval town has links with Cluny abbey, and posseses a rich archituctural heritage, including the romanesque abbey with its famous tympanum, the Chapel of the Penitents, its narrow alleys flanked by half-timbered houses, and a traditioal river-barge. Beaulieu is part of the "station verte de vacance chart" which groups rural or moutain villages able to present a natural attraction and an unspoilt environment, with a god leisure equipement.
It is close to several "most beautiful villages of France", castles and caves. Canoeing and fishing are usual.
You'll stay more than a fortnight : too much to see... and to hear : stage and music festivals in St Céré, Brive, Souillac, Collonges-la-Rouge, Sarlat,....:
By air, Beaulieu is 30 kms away from "aeroport-brive-vallée-dordogne.com" airliner.com or jet2.com
flights from Paris-Orly, Nice, Ajaccio London City Airport and Manchester Plus Limoges airport is 100 kms north Toulouse 200 kms south, Bergerac and Bordeaux 200 kms West.
If you prefer the train, through Paris or Calais, Brive is a 40 minutes drive (if you resist visiting the nice villages on the way).
By road, railway A20 (Paris- Toulouse) exit Brive Sud, then take D38 road.
Or railway A89 (Bordeaux Lyon) exit Tulle, then take D940 road- Prices include electricity (except heating if necessary in autumn), gas, water and local taxes.
The garden is a nice place to eat under the flowered albizzia tree, or to sun bath (except for goldfish no private 19century swimming pool, sorry ; you will have a short walk by te river bank before swimming!) or for kids to play at the sandpit, then under the shrubs or around the banana trees.
Enjoy 2 large living rooms, balconies throughout :
- the spacious dining room can easily seat everybody when you do not choose outdoor eating. Then have coffee in
- the larger living room, with its nice waxed parquet floor ; it also has direct access to the balcony, (security gates for young kids available)
On the first floor, 5 spacious bedrooms : in total 3 double beds, 10 single beds, and cots. Choose the Dordogne room (double plus single) if you like waking up with the sun rising behind the green hills and the light sound of water in the channel. Choose Elise (double plus single) or Abbatiale (double 160x200 plus two singles) if you prefer to fall asleep with the illuminated abbey tower in your dreams. And enjoy the garden if you sleep in Marcellin or Marie bedrooms (3 single beds each)
The property boasts 3 WC), bathroom 1 bathroom and 2 showerooms (one per floor)
The large cellar provides storage for your bicycles, canoes or kayaks, the local wine or the day's catch : just keep it fresh in the stream, you can reach it through this cellar. An extra room near the attic may be used by children for playing or watching videotapes, by a solitary snorer or watching birds.
Of course, the old house has been fitted with many modern facilities : kitchen (kettles, grill, toasters (although with fresh bread from the bakers only minutes walk away and, oh so delicious it's unlikely you'll use the toaster!), 4 rings gas stoveoven, 2 fridges, large combined microwave, dishwasher...), highchairs ...
You may park in the street or enter the old iron gate between its two typical red stone pillars. You proceed by a few steps from the garden to the terrace and ground floor of the house. Movable gates are available to keep your young kids under control on the balcony near the dining or living room if you wish to. The balcony also protects the drying shed.
- please clean the house and garden before leaving. If agreed upon before, extra charge 200€
- Linen (+ samll towel) available (20 €/person) only if necessary
- Small animals admitted under conditions in the garden
- No winter rental (no central heating, and use of fireplaces forbidden ; small radiators in bath rooms)
- Damage deposit : 650 €
- Advance payment : 30% of the rental price.
Enjoy fresh bread in the Beaulieu pastries. The mill is just a little further along the river . You'll pass by the old houses, medieval streets and roman church, with its stunning stone entrance (copy in the national monuments museum, Paris)
Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Corrèze, Limousin, Francja