Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 739: Simply Perigord, Beaumont (BEA 146)
4 bed/3bath house in Beaumont-du-Perigord, Aquitaine
30 May - 20 June, 2003, 3 weeks
This house is located in the countryside between Lalinde and Beaumont. It is located on a rise in the middle of a field in farm country. We awoke every morning to the mooing of cows. We were up the road and faced the Chateau de Bannes, a 15C chateau built by the bishop of Sarlat. There were 2 working farms down the road. The setting was idyllic. I can't imagine it being more perfect.
We were located between the bastide towns of Lalinde and Beaumont. It was a 5 minute drive in either direction. Lalinde was the larger of the two. There were supermarkets on the outskirts of either, wonderful food shops and excellent local markets.
This house is a restored barn with thick stone walls and was extremely comfortable. It felt more like being in someone's home rather than a rental.
There are 2 beautifully private sitting areas - one in the front of the house and one in the back where we took our meals when dining in or having drinks The 10m x 5m swimming pool has a lovely view of the Chateau. The pool furniture was new and very inviting. There was also a dining table there as well. There was also twice weekly pool service.
The house was in superior condition, very comfortable and the level of furnishings and equipment is excellent.
There is a large dining room with a very well equiped kitchen area that was a pleasure to cook in. There is an American fridge with an ice making compartment, a dishwasher and a microwave oven. The dishes, silverware, pots and pans and serving pieces was plentiful. This was an open area.
The living room is also spacious with a large stone fireplace and comfortable sofas and armchairs.
There is one double bedroom downstairs with an ensuite bathroom. Upstairs there are two more double bedrooms and one mezzanine bedroom with twin beds together with a shower room and WC. The beds were very comfortable with beautiful linens and blankets and the bathrooms were new and large.
There was maid service twice a week, telephone with internet connection, satellite TV, video recorder, music center, washing machine and dryer, garden furniture and a barbecue. The house was kept immaculately.
Problems or Bonuses
Whenever one rents a house you never really know what you are going to find when you open the door. This was fabulous! This house was very light and airy which, I'm told, is very unusual for Perigordian houses. I like light!
The only negative that I can think of is that when it gets really hot (and we were there at the start of the brutal heatwave of 2003) the upstairs bedrooms get extremely hot. Fans were provided but they could only do so much. We slept in the downstairs bedroom so it was better. It could have been a problem if there were other renting with us. There were big windows on both sides of the house which allowed for good cross ventilation and we made sure to close the shutters when we were out during the heat of the day. It was so nice to come back and jump into the pool.
The only other thing is that because the walls are so thick there are no clothing closets. Clothing racks were provided and we scavanged some more from the upstairs bedrooms. It did mean that you stared at your hanging clothes when you were in the room. Definitely not a problem though.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency is phenomenal. I think that because they are local (3 towns over in Le Bugue) they were very accessible and available. It is owned by a British couple who live there. They were very helpful. We had a problem at first getting out laptop to work and they gladly solved the problem. At the end of our stay we packed up some boxes of clothes to be sent back home and they shipped them for us and billed us when they were billed. There restaurant suggestions, being that they are townies, was wonderful.
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Things to do in this area
Where does one begin? The Perigord (Dordogne) region of France is like no other and we have traveled in France extensively. There is a lot of history there and so there are many castles that were fortified at one point by the opposing British against the French. It is also an area of pre-history. The hieroglyphics in caves are not to be missed. We were not far from Bordeaux and that incredible wine region. We loved the idea of NOT being near any other large town and the masses. I think that one of the reasons for this is that there are no super highways through this region yet. We loved visiting all of the bastide towns that were built during the Middle Ages around a center square for protection. And the Dordogne River runs through providing such beauty.
Restaurant reviews will be forthcoming. The foie gras and the duck confit and the pates are outstanding!!!!
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