The house was a farming hamlet whose origins pre-date the 16th century. Deserted after the Second World War, it was bought and beautifully restored as a single house by the present owners in 1970. Built of sandstone, the house has all modern comforts while retaining original features including wooden beams and original bread oven. From its hillside position it commands wonderful views over the valley, with two terraces providing sun or shade at different times of day. The large sitting room has an open fire place and provides direct access to the dining room and one of the terraces. The swimming pool is below the South-west terrace. There is a table tennis table in the large games room. Situated in its own grounds deep in the countryside and with direct access to woodland and valley walks, it is a haven of peace, safe for children, and yet within very easy reach of major tourist sites, historic places, medieval market towns such as Sarlat and Les Eyzies, and fine restaurants.
The Périgord Noir region is famous for its chateaux, prehistoric cave paintings, bastide towns, thickly wooded hillsides and valleys, beautiful climate and superb food. Sarlat, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, holds a music festival in July and August and there are spectacular firework displays along the rivers.
Horse riding centre is only 5 minutes drive away from the house.
Weekly markets are held in the local towns all year round on different days for example Saturday in Sarlet, Sunday in St Cyprien. In the late spring, summer and early autumn months you can hire canoes and kayaks on the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, and a ten-minute drive from the house there is a leisure park with swimming pools, water sports, fishing, and shady picnic areas. There are also safe swimming places in the Dordogne river, also only ten minutes away.
Le Bugue which is 10 minutes by car from the house has a famous old market on Tuesdays. Le Bugue has 3 supermarkets, an excellent wine merchant and a DIY store. It also has a good medical centre. Doctors readily do home visits at very reasonable rates.
In the spring the peach and nectarine trees blossom on the slopes below the house and wild boar may occasionlly be heard in the woods. In the autumn the misty early mornings give way to warm sunshine that ripens the walnuts, grapes, and an astonishing variety of wild mushrooms/fungi.