The Gîte

Le Tilleul is a cosy, self-contained, one-bedroom cottage; full of character, wholly private and separated from the owners’ house by the attached barn. The enclosed, gravelled area at the front is shaded by the linden tree, perfect for al fresco eating and a cool glass of Bergerac rosé. French windows in the sitting room open onto the back garden.

The cottage is very comfortably furnished, homely with paintings and objets. There is Wi-Fi, books for all tastes, Freeview UK TV & Radio via satellite, a DVD player & library, and a music soundbar. There’s even a UK wall socket for your phone charger! Walk straight out onto the woodland path for a solitary ramble, followed by a swim in the ten-metre pool. Then off to Brantôme, perhaps, for a delicious lunch beside the river. The temptation to stay put and relax is strong- but after a few days’ unwinding, there are wonderful excursions to enjoy, sights and attractions to visit. And the local specialities to sample!

There are two small towns nearby (5 minutes by car), where can be found bakeries, small supermarket, chemist, doctor, mechanic, and a highly-recommended restaurant. A little further afield at Thiviers (12 mins), there are several supermarkets, banks, petrol-stations etc. Perigueux (30 mins), is a lovely city with many amenities and attractions.

Downstairs

Entrance from front patio. Sitting room: deep arm-chairs, TV etc as above, wood-burning stove, electric wall radiator. Simple corner ‘galley’ kitchen: fridge, microwave & hob, kettle and toaster, wine rack. Electric (hand) juicer, filter coffee-maker. French window to rear garden. Door to shower-room: walk-in shower cubicle, hand basin, loo. Galleried staircase to bedroom above.

Upstairs

Cosy under the eaves (duck or grouse!). Double bed (140cms), bedside tables, deep cupboard with clothes rail, drawers & full-length mirror; electric radiator, floor-level windows.

Outside

The secluded hamlet is accessed via a gravel roadway. Private (unenclosed) parking, gated alley to shady front patio, large grassed garden to rear (shared with owners and two amiable English Setters). Charcoal BBQ on site.

Straight out to rural woodland paths.

The swimming pool (ten metres with stepped entry) is situated in its own large garden, full of specimen trees and shrubs, across from the house. Guests have unlimited daylight access (apart from short daily maintenance times) and share only with the owners. Shaded gazebo, dining-table, loungers. The pool is heated naturally, summer temperatures usually 24 – 30.