Welcome to La Grange - a unique riverside location for a country holiday. The barn is recently refurbished with a brand new kitchen, en suites and family bathroom. Fresh and newly equipped throughout. The heated pool is exclusively for your use. In the garden, a pergola provides a shady seating area next to the barbecue and pool. Three all weather tables provide outdoor seating for up to 18 adults. The children have their own bench table, too.
On the first floor is an Open Plan Living (and leisure) area. The dining table can accommodate 21 excluding two high chairs The well equipped kitchen has two gas rings and four electric plates above the oven, a dishwasher and two under counter fridges. The lounge area has a big screen TV with both French and English channels and DVD player available. Free secure Wi-Fi. A new 9 ft snooker table is provided and the dartboard is ready!
The Bedrooms are as follows....
• Master, on the first floor overlooking the pool has one king size bed, a single bed and new en-suite shower room.
Bedrooms 2, 3, 4, 5 and the family bathroom are accessed from the upper landing area. All velux windows have blackout blinds.
• Bedroom 2 has a king size bed, cot and new en-suite shower room
• Bedroom 3 has a king size bed and shares the family bath and shower room with 4 and 5.
• Bedroom 4 is equipped with four single beds - great for kids!
• Bedroom 5 has two single beds and is very cute.
All bed linen and bath towels are provided.
In the living room there is a sofa bed for two additional guests.
Access to the barn is from the ground level door on the south facing end wall. This is adjacent to the pergola and the swimming pool gate. In the entrance hall immediately to your left is an additional two door 'fridge/freezer. (No need to shop daily.) Then to your right, is a pool shower room plus WC, hand basin and washing machine for your use. A drying line for pool towels is provided. Also, to your right from the entrance hall is a flight of straight stairs to access the open plan living area.
Adjacent to the pergola is a charcoal burning barbecue. Your swimming pool (measuring 5 x 10 m with a maximum depth of 2 m) is fenced and gated with child proof latches. The pool is serviced daily by the owner (and a robot!) An additional selection of poolside furniture is provided. If you forget your swimming towel a limited supply is available on request.
In the garden you have a petanque court. We will provide the boules and have a set for youngsters, too. There is a basket ball practise net. On the lawn is a adjustable net to play either volleyball or badminton; balls and rackets provided. There is a ping-pong table, too. If you would like to try your hand at archery there is a target practise area on the field - two bows and arrows available on request.
The garden leads down a gradual slope to a riverside meadow from which there is direct access to the river for fishing and swimming ( if you're brave enough!) In summer river levels are low and canoe hire is tremendously popular on this stretch of river. The grounds additionally include about one acre of natural woodland which is wonderful for experiencing nature and discovering wildlife, big and small. If you sit quietly on the riverbank you might see a kingfisher, heron and possibly even an otter. You could discover an iron ring set in stone to which the rope ferry was anchored in past times. We have discovered what we believe to be an arms cache site used by the French resistance in the Second World War. If you like adventure, perhaps you can find it?
Access to La Grange is from the main road D12 between Beaulieu sur Dordogne (17kms or 20 mins away) and the town of Argentat (7kms or 10mins). We are on the edge of the Saulieres hamlet 100m down a small tarmac lane. Your vehicles will be parked off the road in a gated courtyard. (Reassuring for Bikers.)
Our special recommendation is to attend the Marchés des Producteurs de Pays held in the town square of Monceaux sur Dordogne every Thursday evening of July and August. A very convivial evening with food, wine and entertainment is assured.
Jen and Jim live in the farm cottage next door and will be available to welcome you and otherwise keep out of your way except when you need us. You might see us, in the distance, working in the grounds which need continual upkeep.
How the Gite Came About …..
Jim retired, met Jen who wanted to work for another ten years. Quick thinking was required! “Right Jen, let’s run a gite in France?” “OK” said Jen. So Jen’s first trip to France was a House Hunting ‘Honeymoon’. The goal … a place big enough to be a gite, must be on a river and south of the Loire.
At the end of our fourth house hunting trip we were persuaded by an agent that he had what we were looking for. (We had heard line many times!) Almost reluctantly we set off on yet another three hour drive. Approaching the Correze we became evermore enchanted by the scenery and unique historic Correzian architecture. Then we came past Beaulieu sur Dordogne and onto the D12 which follows the winding Dordogne River; we went through a few quaint hamlets ever more enthused. Driving through Saulieres we thought “This is great!” while totally unaware it was the village to which the agent would take us the following morning. Job Done.
After two years of hard work, clearing brambles, felling trees, building, painting and ferrying possessions from the UK, we were ready to open in July 2017.
We hope you like it …. We have never stayed in one this good. It’s still a work in progress; we’ve ideas for the outside areas.
Who will be our Guests?
It goes without saying …. Lovers of France and Nature Lovers.
Fishermen - our stretch of river is highly regarded for wild trout.
Bikers, the roads are fantastic here, smooth and twisting, perhaps try the cooler months as it’s a bit hot in leather during July and August.
There is a lot to see from pretty hamlets that don’t even get mentioned in the tourist leaflets to major attractions like Collognes la Rouge, Rocamadour, Turenne, Beaulieu, the quayside in Argentat and the dams.
Groups and Families
One thing we’ve tried hard to achieve is to create a communal atmosphere in the open plan living area. For example, some folk can be cooking while others are playing snooker or darts, watching TV or enjoying a conversation with a glass of red in your hand, all within the same space. However should you need some peace and quiet … take a stroll in the woods, sit by the river or take a dip in the pool. It’s time to relax.
Getting here from the UK
Fly to Brive Vallee de la Dordogne Airport – hire a car – 45 minutes
From Limoges Bellegarde Airport it is a two hour drive through great scenery.
Our favourites are to take either a ferry (Newhaven to Dieppe or Portsmouth to Le Harvre) or arrive in France via the Chunnel. The ferry trip leaves you with a seven hour drive and from the Chunnel trip your drive is about an hour longer. Yes, it is a long drive, the scenic part of the holiday … we’ve done it many times. There will be a warm welcome on arrival, wine on the table and beds ready-made.
We will be happy to share our best route experience with you in detail if requested.
You can get all your groceries in Argentat. There are three major supermarket chains represented not to forget a fabulous market on Thursday morning in the town square. Specialist shops for local producers and artisanal bakers, butchers and candlestick makers …..
Hope to see you soon ….
Jim and Jen