In a sought after location in the Périgord Noir, considered to be the most beautiful region in France and famous for its numerous châteaux, pre-history sites and outstanding cuisine, this charming, beautifully restored period stone cottage with original features, has been awarded four stars, the highest rating available for self-catering accommodation.
Set within the spacious, leafy grounds of a small 17th Century manor house that was formerly the courthouse for the nearby Château de Losse, the cottage has a private 11 x 5 metre swimming pool and offers guests peace, privacy and a sense of wellbeing.
Tastefully decorated and furnished, and equipped to a high standard, the cottage offers 2 charming bedrooms, (1 double and 1 single) with oak floors and beams, ideal for a couple or 2 friends travelling together. There are 2 spacious modern shower rooms, a handmade fully fitted kitchen with dining area and a charming and comfortable living area with stone fireplace fitted with wood burning stove. TV/DVD (UK channels) and WIFI are offered and for those dreaming of lounging by the pool with a book, a large selection is available. The garden offers delightful shady areas for outdoor dining and lovely views of the surrounding tree-lined hillside.
The village, is on the bank of the Vézère river and is a few minutes away on foot. It has a grocery store where fresh bread can be bought daily and a boutique selling traditional local specialities. And for those who don't feel like cooking and don't want to drive home from eating out, there are also a pizzeria, a restaurant serving traditional regional food in its delightful shady garden and a hotel restaurant on the banks of the river.
The village which with its 3 châteaux featured on the 2017 Tour de France, is in the heart of the Vézère valley, the cradle of civilization in Europe, habitat of Neanderthal then Cro-Magnon man and world famous for its prehistoric sites and decorated caves. It lies between Montignac and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac , home to the National Prehistory Museum and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire valley is peppered with ancient caves, their walls decorated with fabulous artistically and historically significant wall paintings. The most important is just a few minutes away in Montigac whose Lascaux caves are considered to be "the Sistine Chapel of prehistory". The new International Centre for Cave Art was opened in Montignac in 2017 and offers an exciting technological approach to retrace these celebrated caves.
A few minutes drive from the cottage you will find favourite tourist attractions such as the imposing Château de Losse and its gardens, the glorious village of St Léon (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France), with its riverbank cafés and restaurants and the prehistoric settlement of La Roque St Christophe.
The nearest towns offering all amenities are the medieval towns of Montignac (6km) and Sarlat (26km). Montignac is a small, pretty riverside town with an attractive stone bridge and lovely balconied houses along the riverfront. Sarlat is the third largest town in Périgord and boasts many splendid and beautifully restored Renaissance mansions and timber-framed buildings. Both towns are lively and dynamic, have twice-weekly markets and host festivals, art exhibitions and events from June to September. Local events include the international music and dance festival held annually in Montignac, regular flea markets and bric à brac fairs, as well as evening farmer's markets where you can sample the local cuisine and wines.
For those preferring relaxation, take a picnic to the Etangs de Fongron, 2 lakes (10 minutes on foot) in a lush setting where you can fish for trout or carp or walk for miles in the the surrounding woodland. Or visit the natural lake of Tamniés, (10 km) situated in quiet, verdant countryside with its 5000 square metres of fine sandy beach, offering swimming, fishing (in a secondary pond), tennis, picnic areas with tables.
Or for a more active stay, the area also offers many outdoor activities such as canoeing/Kayaking (hire station in the village, a few mins on foot), cycling (for hire in Montignac), woodland walks, horse riding and river fishing and lake fishing.