L'Eyssalle is an old stone farmhouse with more recent additions, set in 20 hectares of its own vineyard and woodland; total rural peace but on the outskirts of famous Monbazillac village. It caters well for 3 families, or for up to 14 adults. There are terraced lawns and a roofed terrace area, with 2 barbecues, which can seat up to 20 people. There is also a second covered terrace by the pool. Well equipped and comfortably furnished to a very high standard, the house is like a second family home with a large protected and alarmed swimming pool and a hard tennis court. The central core of the house is a huge kitchen/dining/living room with a soaring beamed ceiling. The table can seat up to 14 and the sofas and chairs are wonderfully comfortable in front of a roaring fire if the weather is cold. A separate book-lined sitting room has sofas and a wood burning stove along with a television and DVD player. There is also disabled ground floor access. There is a travel cot, plus a stairgate and high chair.
L'Eyssalle is only a 10-15 minute drive from Bergerac Airport, so is incredibly easy to reach, but really does represent the perfect escape from the world. It sits in its own valley, with wonderful views and is immensely peaceful. It is hot in the summer and many people spend long hours lounging by the pool. But at the other times of year, or for the more energetic, there are a huge number of other attractions; playing tennis at the house, wine-tasting, wandering up to Monbazillac for a long lunch at the rather nice but very simple bistro, an even longer dinner in one of the many fantastic restaurants nearby, a quick trip into Bergerac (a fabulous medieval town) for a drink or something to eat. Nearby, there is also golf, canoeing (incredible fun with the kids), wine-tasting (and buying), a tour of one of many historic châteaux and towns, a leisurely walk through the woods and vineyards (there are some particularly wonderful long hikes), and fantastic markets if you love fresh produce and like to cook.
The owners particularly love going down to the house slightly off season. It is truly wonderful, for example, in late September and October (and in May), particularly for groups of adults. If you like hiking, playing tennis, long lunches, wine-tasting and open fires, it's a perfect break.
Long weekend breaks negotiable.