Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 612: Owner, Wisteria Cottage (#3822)
1bed/1bath cottage in Vézac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
April 2003, 1 week
In its own garden (1.5 acres), with views down to the Dordogne valley and Beynac's château. All very secluded and peaceful, apart from occasional barking from a neighbour's dog.
Shops and restaurants in Beynac and La Roque Gageac, both about 2 miles away. Both villages have boulangeries; Beynac has a small alimentation, but the nearest supermarkets are in St Cyprien (7 miles) and Sarlat (5). Restaurant in Vézac itself, and excellent restaurants in La Roque Gageac and Domme (5 miles).
Recently restored cottage. Kitchen, shower room, and wc on ground floor. Living room also on ground floor: a spiral staircase (narrow!) leads up to the bedroom.
Large garden with grass and trees; paved terrace with table and chairs.
Sofa and armchair in the living room. Lighting a bit dim for reading, but there was a table lamp that could be moved.
Wide double bed with decent mattress and nice cotton sheets. Very pretty little bedroom, but nighttime bathroom visits entailed negotiation of the spiral staircase.
Plenty of new, fairly cheap pans; lots of crockery, cutlery & glasses. 4-ring gas hob (stove) & electric oven; electric toaster, kettle & drip filter coffee maker. Pine table and chairs in kitchen: all perfectly big enough for a couple.
Problems or Bonuses
The English owner, who lives in the area, is quite new to holiday rentals. But she's keen to get things right, and immediately went out and bought the coffee machine when we pointed out that most renters would prefer to make real coffee (there was a jar of instant in the storecupboard, but no cafetière, jug or filter funnel).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sandra, the owner, spends half the year in England and half in France: we phoned her in both places to sort out various details. The description and photos on the French conncections website are true to life.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
It's a simple, secluded little cottage. Perfectly comfortable bedroom, but no great luxury anywhere. It is, however, pretty cheap: €300 for the week we were there (Easter). The setting is very peaceful, and the surrounding countryside is lovely.
Things to do in this area
Restaurants: L'Esplanade at Domme, and La Belle Etoile at La Roque Gageac were both superb. Sarlat is close by. Lascaux is within an hour's drive. Canoes can be hired from lots of places: we hired at Cenac and paddled down to Beynac (an afternoon's worth: a minibus picks you and the canoes up and returns you to Cenac). Several good, waymarked walks in the woods (books of walks are available in branches of Maison de la Presse). Josephine Baker's Château de Milandes is very close: a fascinating exhibition devoted to her life.
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