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We have been coming back here year after year and it only gets better. The house is set overlooking the valley - complete privacy yet a short drive from the local town of Thenon. The house is very well equipped - beautiful big kitchen, wifi and plenty of bathrooms. its easy to spend endless days at the Chalet with the beautiful pool, kids playground and terraces. A 15 minute stroll down the hill takes you to a small lake with a man made beach (great for small kids) and a local garden restaurant. For days out we head to the river beach at Limueil or further along the Dordogne river. Canoeing and water sports available from age 5 upwards.
This house still has the wow factor for our family; four children, partners and grandchildren 1-8yrs. Our youngest even flew from India for the week such is the bonding and banter value on offer, mainly thanks to the pool, a magnet for us all. The high spec bathrooms are another attraction. Although we came in 4 cars, as usual we did not venture far, relying on the more than adequate local Carrefour and weekly market in Thenon. A mass outing to the caves was attempted then aborted by the queue, but Decathlon in Perigieux is a popular alternative.
We took 6 bikes, useful to buy bread and associated patisserie in the morning and to ride the circuit round the village through the wonderful countryside. The kitchen facilities with the stainless steel fittings are popular with us all as we take turns to cook fancy meals, some by BBQ, to impress siblings. Eating outside at night under the nicely lit trees is a treat. Not one mosquito was heard or felt.
The living room is spacious, comfortable and perfect for board and card games with and without grandchildren. The sofa is refuge for sleepy children after lively pool activities.
Mme. Labat welcomes us warmly on arrival and keeps the house immaculate. The house has incredible views from the top of the valley but the terrain is steep with steps crafted into the gardens. These were initially an obstacle to a 70 yr old with 2 new knees and an aversion to using sticks but did encourage independence and resourcefulness as nothing was going to prevent one being first in the pool. In short, this house is a quiet oasis, yet close to an autoroute and airports--Bordeaux, Brive and Bergerac. We drove there from London on one tank of diesel. As in previous years no one felt inclined to eat out as staying in tested everyone's culinary skills and a whole family meal is now a rare event; Carrefour did very well out of us that week.