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The house is equipped with modern facilities which work well. There is a fully functioning kitchen including dishwasher. The bathroom and toilet fittings are reasonably modern and the walk in shower works well There was ample hot water. The only omission was a dryer for the washing. Unfortunately we had some wet weather and it was difficult to dry clothes inside with only a folding rack.
The wooden floors are original ,somewhat undulating and creak a bit,but this is rather natural for such an old building which has been sympathetically restored. Ther are electric wall heaters which mainly work and for cold weather one can have a log fire in the huge original fireplace.
Mobile telephone reception was rather marginal. There is Internet connection which worked reasonably but not in all rooms.
There is good car parking at the side of the house.
A large lawn can be enjoyed in good weather behind the house. A working farm goes on nearbye and sight and sound of the cows is pleasant. The young farmer just up the lane is very friendly and speaks English.
Our host Monsieur de Lupel went out of his way to be helpful and is a very friendly man. We were sorry that his wife was away and M de Lupel had to also leave before our tenure finished,we should have liked to talk more with him in our limited French
The location is very rural in pretty undulating countryside with lots of small villages in the area. Objat and Vigeois are the local towns about 15 or 20 mins away. Further away there is very pleasant upland country areas and the Dordogne valley is very attractive. Brive La Gaillarde is a city which has been well restored but otherwise not so remarkable.
A stay at Les Chaises Basses would appeal to visitors seeking traditional rural France without a heavy tourist presence.
A perfect place to stay for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in this beautiful area of France. The villa is beautifully furnished to a very high standard and equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay. The pool was fantastic and because it’s heated constantly you can use it even when it’s not sunny; we especially loved using it in the evenings after sunset. The location is quiet and peaceful and true to its ‘get away from it all’ concept. Gauthier was friendly and helpful throughout our stay, his attention to detail and passion for his beautiful villa made for a memorable family holiday. Highly recommended!