Maison Bleu is furnished to a very high standard & set in 5 acres of south facing garden with large orchard (help yourself to fruit). Situated in a small tranquil hamlet, with panoramic views of the countryside, easily explored on foot or bike. The 40 x 20 ft pool is enclosed to current safety standards with ample space for loungers/parasols. Croquet/boules/badminton/golf practice. Inside.Cosy reading lounge with music system, extensive collection of books/music. Large dining area with french doors onto front terrace. Fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with farmhouse table & chairs and french doors to sunny front terrace. Double bedroom, bathroom with corner bath, seperate WC. Conservatory with view of pool, perfect for watching the sunset with an aperitif. 1st floor.Large TV lounge Sky TV (Freeview channels), video/DVD player. Large video/DVD library. 2 large bedrooms one double and one twin/triple. Bathroom with walk in shower WC & wash basin. Perfect for a family or 3 couples.
Relax: Water sports are available along the banks of the river Dronne at various locations.Kayaks and Canoes can be easily hired.
There are two golf courses within 30 minutes, 9 hole at Aubeterre & 18 hole at Perigueux. There is also an excellent 18 hole course at Cognac. Within our grounds we have a large area in which to practice your golf swing, clubs and balls available.
You will find many relaxing short walks in the area and we can provide picnic equipment for a longer day out.
The surrounding countryside is perfect for cycling as it is not too hilly and there are many quiet country lanes.(3 bikes available on site)
The area is frequented and favoured by many artists, with perfect light and a variety of subjects.
Taste: You will find a multitude of excellent restaurants ranging from quick snacks to fine dining in and around the villages and towns of the region, including Riberac known as the capital of foie gras. Other specialities include wild mushrooms, walnuts and also the truffle.
The fresh fish in the area is superb and don't forget to try the moules. .
One of the main features of the balmy summer evenings is the free outdoor live music sessions held at local cafes throughout the area. Just relax with a beer or glass of wine and soak up the atmosphere.
Explore: Markets are a big attraction for visitors, the best being in Angouleme, Perigueux and Riberac. There is also a large market in Chalais (40mins) on Monday.
There are many fine Chateaux and Churches for you to explore as well as historic medieaval towns with pretty cobbled market squares.
You will find excellent shopping in the larger towns also good antique shops, and vide greniers throughout the season.
Visit the vineyards at St.Emilion and many others around Bordeaux and Bergerac or the famous distilleries at Cognac.
You cannot fail to find plenty to do here if you have the energy, if not just relax by the pool, you are on holiday !