Jasmine Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)
FR9868 18th C. private estate
Mike or Lindy Crowcroft
About Mike or Lindy Crowcroft
Lindy and I were not actually house hunting when the agent took us to see Les Sarrazinies - merely practising for a time in the future.We met outside the village church and found ourselves driving up the properties wooded avenue before emerging on the brow of a hill next to the 18th C. farmhouse. As we stepped out of the car and looked 300 metres down the lawns to the lake and on into the woods, we were completely blown away by the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the place. Without even going in to the buildings, we knew we had found the right place and fast tracked our retirement. Since acquiring Les Sarrazinies, we have updated the cottages - originally barns and rooms for smoking hams and roasting chestnuts. Visitors return time and time again and have become friends.
Mike or Lindy Crowcroft purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Mike or Lindy Crowcroft chose Saint-Félix-de-Reillac-et-Mortemart
Les Sarrazinies offers the best of both worlds - complete tranquillity in the centre of a 65 acre estate. Ideal for children (or grandchildren in our case). Yet within a 10 minutes drive can be found a dozen restaurants, an excellent supermarket, an 18 hole golf course and English speaking doctors and vets. Within 40 minutes are all the top tourist destinations in the southern Dordogne - the caves at Lascaux 2, the chateaux at Beynac and Castlenaud and the Dordogne and Vezere fishing and canoeing rivers. We host a drinks party at the beginning of the week so that we can share our local knowledge on restaurants, markets, tourist sites and vineyards. It's also a chance to get to know your neighbours!
What makes this Cottage unique
Fishing in the lake - a catfish broke a 20 lb line 3 years ago! There is a live camera feed from the top of the pigoniere (where barn owls breed most years) to an accessible TV screen. Nesting box for kestrel in the woods. A deep man made shaft in the woods where it is believed the French resistance stored their weapons and ammo. Use of herb garden - rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, tarragon and parsley. Wild boar farm within walking distance where you can see the young boar and buy boar products for the BBQ. Last but not least, for those who want to eat in and not cook, our resident guardian, Nigel, is a professional cook, specialises in local Perigordian dishes - duck or wild boar . He can also prepare meals to order.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
We have just spent a glorious few days at Les Sarrazinies with two friends. Jasmine was a perfect cottage for us. Roomy with all mod cons and perfectly fitted out. The cottage was very clean and well maintained as were the swimming pool and the grounds. Mike and Lindy were excellent hosts. Very friendly and most helpful. Knowing the area so well they were able to give us lots of advice about places to visit and places to eat. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We shall definitely be returning!
A little piece of perfection
Having decided on a last minute getaway, I came across these beautiful gites which looked perfect for our family break. Upon arriving we discovered the tranquil haven that is Les Sarrazinies and couldn't quite believe this was to be our home for the week! Mike and Lindy were extremely kind and helpful...all in all, the prefect hosts. Our two young children loved the cosy accommodation, freedom to run around, and the beautiful pool so much that we are already planning a return trip with friends.
The nearest coastal beach is Arcachon 2 hours away but we do have a large lake 20 minutes away which has a beach and water skiing.There are also 2 aqua parks within 20 minutes with flumes etc.
Bergerac a/p - 40 minutes.
Brive a/p - 60 minutes.
Limoges a/p - 90 minutes.
Bordeaux a/p - 120 minutes.
7 hours driving from Calais.
Use of car essential.
1 mile to nearest bar/restaurant
4 miles to La Douze - nearest boulangerie/bar.
5 miles to world famous Les Eyzies.
5 miles to Le Bugue - nearest supermarkets/doctors/vets.
15 miles to Perigueux - regional capital and shopping centre.
20 miles to Sarlat - medieval city.
10 "Beautiful Villages of France" and all the best chateaux, caves and canoeing rivers in the southern Dordogne, together with the vineyards around Bergerac, all within a 40 minute drive.
We have a large supermarket in Le Bugue with a fresh fish counter (plus Aldi and Lidle!) together with a highly regarded "wine cave". Le Bugue market is one of the largest in the region specialising not only in local produce but clothing and pottery.
Sarlat has a magnificent collection of medieval buildings - the highest density of Historic Monuments of any town in France. Like Venice without the canals!
Perigueux is the regional centre with both a Roman quarter (2000 year old temple and amphitheatre) and a medieval quarter - again pedestrianised with lovely squares for al fresco dining.