La Courberie is a beautiful traditional detached stone French farmhouse of 200 m2 situated on a hill in the Dronne Valley on the right bank of the river Dronne near Riberac in the Périgord blanc area where the climate is warm and temperate.
The traditional stone farmhouse and barn have been converted retaining all of the original features. The south facing house has four double bedrooms, two at either end of the house making it ideal for two families to share. There are two bathrooms one either end of the house and a separate toilet. There is a traditional French farmhouse kitchen with wood burning stove. The lounge is 63 m2 with a full height ceiling and chimney breast in original stone with an open fire and french doors leading to the garden. There is also a snug with french doors leading to the garden. The house has Wi-fi, full air conditioning as well as central heating making it an ideal summer or winter holiday. The grounds are in excess of a third of an acre, the house is on a hill and the views from the property and garden are beautiful, perfect for relaxing, enjoying a glass of wine and watching the evening sunset.
The Dordogne is one of the most visited regions in France, it is deeply steeped in history, littered with authentic castles, fortified towns and vineyards. There are 6 waterways across the Dordogne offering excellent water activities including canoeing, kayaking, sailing and fishing. France is known for its food, and the Dordogne region is acknowledged as one of the most important food regions of France. The whole of the Dordogne abounds with places to eat and you will never be far from something to suit both your taste buds and your pocket.
April through to October is undoubtedly the best time to visit the Dordogne. Spring brings warmth, bags of fresh market produce and beautiful flowers. Summer is busier and very hot but there are plenty of ways in which to cool off. September and October is less busy when crowds and searing heat mellow, and the grape harvest begins. For committed gourmets, the black truffle season, December to March, is memorable and after a long walk in the winter the open fire and wood burning stoves are an absolute treat.
There is so much to see and to do, the area offers something for everyone, whether you want to relax in tranquil surroundings, explore the local markets, enjoy the many walks and trails, take in some sightseeing, wine tasting or participate in leisure activities or more extreme sports. There are lots of local markets to explore and the Friday market in Riberac is extensive and well worth a visit. The nearby towns of Riberac, Brantome known as 'Little Venice' and Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne with its monolithic church are well worth a visit. There are lots of restaurants, cinema, open air swimming pool, kayaking, fishing, river beaches. La Jamaye is 20 minutes away and is a protected nature reserve with a large recreational lake in the middle of the Forêt de la Double with beaches and water sports facilities. It is a protected nature reserve of 210 hectares, the lake is 35 hectares. There is supervised swimming in the summer months, fitness trail, hiking, fishing, picnic area, play area. The lake is highly recommended, perfect for swimming, sunbathing and enjoying a snack or a meal.
The house is rural, within a small hamlet, but not isolated, there is a local shop in Villetoureix for essentials including fresh bread. Riberac is 3 miles with supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies. Travel links are excellent, 55km (40 mins) from Bergerac airport where there is excellent car hire available or fly to Bordeaux which is about a 90 minute drive. If you prefer to drive there are excellent ferry routes from the south coast. The drive from Caen is about 5 hours.
The ground floor comprises:
Open plan 63m2 lounge and dinning room with double french doors to the garden with exposed stone and lots of beams, snug with beams, TV for watching DVD's only, DVD player with a selection of DVD's, double french doors to the garden, equipped kitchen with woodburner and with exposed stone and beams, washing machine, cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, second fridge, ironing board/iron. There is a downstairs shower room with toilet.
The first floor (above kitchen) comprises:
Bedroom 1 with beams: double bed
Bedroom 2 with beams: 2 large single beds overlooking garden
Mezzanine landing (above snug and lounge/dining room) comprises:
Bedroom 3 with beams: double bed overlooking garden with stunning views
Bedroom 4 with beams: double bed overlooking garden
Bathroom with bath and shower
The garden is 1/3 acre where you can relax on sun loungers, enjoy the peace and tranquility whilst enjoying the stunning views and beautiful sunsets. The large yew tree offers much needed shade in the summer. There is an eating area, two very large tables, one which can be moved under the yew tree. There is a BBQ for eating and drinking al fresco. For entertainment there is a table tennis table and there are other garden games as well as plenty of board games and books. There is ample parking.