Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1009: At Home in France, BUG207
3bed/2bath house near Le Bugue (Dordogne), Aquitaine
June 2004, one week
The house sits on a hill about 2 km. from Le Bugue in the Dordogne region of France. The view from the front of the house was extensive and we could see the town of Le Bugue. We also could see "our" house from the town since its location was fairly high on the hillside and is isolated from other houses. Wonderful sunsets. Perfectly quiet. Got to see a doe and her two fawns one morning on our property.
The nearest grocery was in Le Bugue where there were small shops, several restaurants, and an Intermarche. You need a car to stay here although serious bicyclists would not have a problem.
The house was built in 2000 and was in very good shape. The photos on the websites are accurate.
There were several sitting/reclining areas. There was a teak table underneath the portico that had seating for eight (canvas directors chairs). There were at least six teak chaise lounge chairs along with a teak bench that seated two on the terrace and by the pool. The pool also overlooked the town.
The living room is quite large. There is no dining room. Furniture was in good shape and there were plenty of lights (not necessarily the norm as we all know!). It was quite clean.
We only used two of the bedrooms and those beds were comfortable. None of the bedrooms would be called large but were comfortable for sleeping--there were plenty of other areas in the house for sitting.
One bathroom was in the wing of the house that had french windows out to the terrace in each room (kitchen, two in the living room, two bedrooms). It had two sinks and a shower stall with the toilet in a separate room. The other bathroom was part of the back bedroom suite and had a shower stall, sink and toilet. Good pressure and plenty of hot water.
Lots of closet space in the bedrooms. Not much shelf space in the bathrooms but that was not a problem because of the closet space.
The best kitchen we have found in 10+ rentals. Top of the line Sauder five burner gas stove and big oven. Actually did cook (did not use the oven). Had a dishwasher and double sink. Toaster, coffeemaker, electric hot water pot, two under the counter refrigerators, lots of glasses, dishes, knives, cutlery--it was heaven!
Kitchen table seats eight comfortably.
There was an abundance of food items--sugar, coffee, tea, spices, condiments which we used sparingly and added to. Very unusual.
The washing machine was in one of the entrance ways as was the iron and ironing board. There was a drying rack that we put on the terrace. We also tied our clothsline to the posts of the portico for additional drying space.
Problems or Bonuses
There are two ways up the hill from Le Bugue. One is quite narrow--one car would have to back up a fair distance if another car was coming in the opposite direction. The other way was just as scenic and had room for two cars. The driveway is a white road down to the house. We were warned to take it slow because of its steepness and not much on either side to stop you if you start sliding. It is advice worth taking!
The house and the view were better than we had anticipated as were the amenities. It is a house that is clearly lived in by a family at other times of the year--family photos were around plus all of the food.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
At Home in France was a pleasure to deal with. We had several phone conversations to discuss the pluses of several properties that I was considering. Simply Perigord, besides being a rental agency themselves (many of the same properties as At Home in France) also is their on-site representatives. They were wonderful (they are British).
On the Sat. night of our arrival we realized that water was backing up in one of the bathroom sinks when one of the toilets was flushed--clean water, I should add. We found out on Sun. morning that when one of the showers was used, air was coming up the pipes of the other shower. The house was on a septic system. Simply Perigord is closed on Sunday but has an answering machine. We left a message and left and went to the St. Cyprian Sun. market assuming that the problem would not be taken care of until Monday. We got back at around 12:30 and they, along with a plumber, had already been there and fixed the problem (fortunately just air in the system). We were really impressed!
The rental was $1420 for the week.
Would rent from either again and would rent the same property--it was great.
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Things to do in this area
This was our third trip to the Dordogne region. This is a very good central location. There are the bastide towns to visit (Domme, Castlenaud, Beynac), many castles/forts, beautiful scenery and prehistoric caves the most well-know being Lascaux II. Sarlat is also worth taking a day to walk around.
Our favorite restaurant for a special occasion is Esplanade in Domme. It was as good as it was on earlier trips and the view from the terrace is spectacular. We had good meals everywhere, hard not to.
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