enhanced with a lake, just a few kilometres from Sarlat
In the Black Périgord area, just a short distance not only from the Dordogne Valley and its many chateaux, but also from Sarlat-la-Canéda, a regional stopover that is a must for visitors. A place steeped in history where it is pleasant to take a stroll, to explore markets selling local produce, to enjoy cultural events or to sample the traditional, gastronomic delights of the south-west of France. The natural surroundings are both beautiful and unspoilt. The undulating countryside is dotted with stretches of dense woods, of various species, and numerous streams. Bordeaux and Toulouse are less than 200 km away by road; Bergerac and Périgueux are some 75 minutes away and Brive-la-Gaillarde some 60 minutes away. Airports, train stations and motorways put the region within easy reach.
The buildings follow the lie of the land’s gentle gradient on the west slope of a predominantly wooded hill. The main house is preceded by a gravel courtyard, forming a lovely esplanade where visitors can appreciate their surroundings. It also features a partially converted dovecote and an annexe building, providing independent accommodation as well as a covered area for taking meals outside. Further down are a first-category stream, ideal for fishing, and the millrace, now partially protected by a thick bamboo hedge, through which passageways have been made. A few centuries-old trees enhance the pleasant, well-planted parklands which are also home to an old, dry-stone cabin, a swimming pool, a well and a large lake, currently drained, by the banks of the stream.
The main house
This plain, but harmonious house was constructed in the 19th century from the light-coloured, Dordogne stone. It is composed of two buildings, spanning one and two levels (excluding attic space which could be converted), set at right angles to one another. The roof, covered with flat tiles, is enhanced with three Jacobean-style roof dormers above the south-west facade. The inside is accessed on the south-east side of the house via a terrace, slightly raised in relation to the esplanade. A privileged spot for appreciating the unobstructed view over the surrounding countryside. Under the terrace, a flight of wide stone steps goes down to the “lower garden” and its streams as well as to the lower section of the house, notably composed of a self-contained flat. This same terrace also gives access to the dovecote and to the “upper garden”, home to the swimming pool.
The inside spans a total surface area of just over 200 m², all of which is perfectly habitable. It has been meticulously restored in a resolutely refined style using light hues so as to enhance the clarity and preserve the timeless charm of the small-paned doors and windows.
The main entrance to this level (approx. 140 m²) opens off of the south terrace, enjoyed by the living room and the kitchen. Both rooms intercommunicate with one another, making mealtimes extremely convivial. The pleasant, functional kitchen is fitted with a central unit and numerous cupboards. The old “cantou” fireplace, now condemned, is home to a cooker. The floor is covered with recent, imitation stone tiles. The living room has strip pattern parquet flooring and a stone fireplace, housing a wood-burning stove. The exposed beams reflect the same light-coloured hues as the walls. The extension provided by the terrasse is an appreciable asset. A corridor on the north side leads to a laundry room and the three bedrooms on this level, all facing south-west. Their floors are covered with sea-rush matting. One of them has its own shower room, whilst the other two share a bathroom, with a bath and a shower.
This level is composed of several sections that are laid out, independently of one another, in the south-west section of the house and reached via the “lower garden”. Running from north to south are a flat, spanning approx. 38 m² and comprising a living room, with an open-plan kitchen, a bedroom and a shower room; a games room, spanning approx. 25 m² and enhanced with a wonderful stone monumental fireplace which is now but decorative; and a storage area, spanning approx. 11 m², followed by a 27 m² cellar.
The annexe building
This house, spanning approx. 100 m², stands at the entrance to the property. It can therefore provide independent accommodation. Constructed all on a level with an attic floor which is now converted, it was built from the regional, light-coloured stone and topped with a gable roof, covered with flat tiles. The southern section bears witness to the previous existence of a bread oven. On the north side, it is extended by a covered area, enabling guests to appreciate the view, whilst taking meals outside. The inside is pleasant and perfectly habitable. It comprises a living room, fitted with a stone fireplace, a kitchen, a child’s bedroom and a shower room on the ground floor. The upstairs is taken up by two bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom.
The old dovecote
This building adjoins the covered area extending the annexe building. It spans three identical levels, each spanning approx. 8 m², and is topped with a hip roof, covered with flat tiles. The ground floor houses a woodstore, the first floor is used for storage purposes and the second floor is laid out as a study. Although plainly converted, everything is functional.
Standing at a distance on the north side, this garage can be reached from the outside via the little lane leading to the hamlet or via a little path from the “upper garden”. A recent building, it adjoins the stone wall bordering the property boundaries. It is topped with a single-sloped roof, covered with Roman tiles. The inside, spanning 80 m², can take several cars or provide a large storage area, if required.
A region where it is pleasant to live and where residents never tire of exploring its numerous, outstanding splendours. Near to a town renowned for its preserved medieval centre, making it a genuine tourist mecca.
Although some will regret that the peace and quiet of the premises can be disturbed by the road leading to Sarlat, others will appreciate this surprising, discreet haven, not only for its sober, welcoming accommodation, but also for the beauty of its setting and the privacy that it gives. An ideal family home, the assets of which could, no doubt, be adapted for use as seasonal lets, much sought-after in the local area.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 9 a 50 ca|
|Main building surface area||205 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 m2|
Dordogne, Lot et Corrèze
Ilan Libert +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.