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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.
Michel and Stephanie made us very welcome and explained everything about the house for us on arrival. The Gite was spacious, clean and well equipped. There were only four of us but there was room for 2 or 3 more: they have really put a lot of time and effort into furnishing and decorating the Gite.
We all loved the swimming pool, its a really good size-large enough to have proper swim rather than just a paddle-and you can relax in the great hot tub afterwards.
Badelfols d'ans is a short, pleasant walk away where there is a brilliant Boulangerie , local shop and a couple of restaurants-we were made very welcome despite our miserable attempts at French. The area is peaceful and relaxing but there are loads of things to do only a short drive away-the roads are so much quieter than the U.K it's no effort at all. Hautefort is 5 minutes away with its, chateau, supermarket, petrol station and craft brewery. We all really enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the future.