Charming Perigordian-Style Village House
Renovated within the last ten years, this is a charming stone house nestling in the heart of the French countryside, close to the Dordogne/Correze border. The decor is stylish and homely with a gentle nod to the traditions of the Dordogne region and offers a wonderful open-plan dining/cooking/living area where friends and family can socialise together at all times of the day. In addition, guests have access to a private, sunny terrace to the rear of the property which can be accessed via the top floor - ideal for enjoying a glass of wine in the sunshine or dining al-fresco!
The house is an ideal size to accommodate four adults and a baby in comfort. Please note there is no WIFI in this property.
The village of Badefols d'Ans is peaceful and picturesque but still offers good local amenities such as a boulangerie, local Proxi general store, a well-stocked charcuterie and two wonderful restaurants where a warm welcome is always assured. Hautefort and it's wonderful chateau is 6km away - easily achievable by bicycle or a five minute drive by car. Slightly further afield guests will find the world renowned Lascaux Caves (30 mins by car), a plethora of walking and cycling trails, the fascinating historical centres of Sarlat de Canéda, Montignac and Terrasson-Lavilledieu. The recently discovered caves at Tourtoirac are also close-by for those who have a penchant for exploring the ancient cave networks of the area. During summer months the rivers of the region are ideal for conoeing/kayaking for people of levels of ability.
Last, but not least, it almost goes without saying that the local area provides some of the most amazing gastronomy around. Mother nature has most definitely blessed this region - foie gras, wine, walnuts, apples and many other ingredients are used on a daily basis to create some of the tastiest food especially for you!
Interior layout On ground level there is a spacious living/dining kitchen area with wood burning stove. Real slate floor tiles throughout and exposed beams are a lovely feature of this well renovated home. Extremely well equipped kitchen especially for those who love to cook! Gas oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle etc.
Upstairs there is a lovely big bedroom with village views. A bathroom with bath and shower. From this level there is also access to the garden area where there is garden furniture, space for a BBQ and deck chairs during summer months.
Exterior Recently renovated, Perigordian-style village house in keeping with the traditional buildings of the area.
Sleeping arrangements 1 large double bedroom, plus sofa bed in livingroom
The village of Badefols d'Ans is peaceful and picturesque but still offers good local amenities such as a boulangerie, local Proxi general store, a well-stocked charcuterie and two wonderful restaurants where a warm welcome is always assured. Hautefort and it's wonderful chateau is 6km away - easily achievable by bicycle or a five minute drive by car.
Travelling By Car (And Ferry)
For those driving from the Eurotunnel you can expect to be in Dordogne within 9 hours or so. There is a choice of routes - via Paris or via Rouen tend to be the most popular, depending on where you want to visit. The same applies to those arriving in France via the channel ferries (DFDS and Brittany offer the widest range of times and vessels). There is also an overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to Santander. Perigueux is around six hours drive from there.
Planes and Trains
Until March 2020 the Dordogne region was fairly well serviced by provincial airports and regional railway lines as well as links to the high speed TGV network. We are confident these links will open again once our respective governments learn how to control the Covid19 virus and curb the pandemic. Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways have offered flights from the UK, historically, to Bordeaux, Bergerac, Toulouse and Brive (Vallee de la Dordogne) from departure points across the UK and Ireland. KLM and Air France also offer options from mainland Europe.
If the French leg of your journey begins in Paris there are a range of connecting flights to the airports mentioned above and also some options to travel onwards by train. The high-speed TGV drops you in Bordeaux in an impressive two hours (you could stop off in Saint Emilion for lunch..) or Brive La Gaillarde in around four hours or so.
The Voila Villas team have tried all of the above so please do get in touch if you would like to explore your options, we'll be happy to offer our advice from personal experience. We would heartily recommend having access to a car in order to make the most of your Dordogne experience, there are good hire car options at all airports and train stations.
Free parking within the village and easy walking distance of the property.
belle maison décorée avec soin et très tranquille.
par contre pas pratique pour trouver la maison sans adresse et quand on vient avec des enfants pas d'intimité car aucune porte.
Sinon je recommande cette location belle et propre et région très agréable.
- 20 Aug 2018
The house has been renovated and decorated with warmth and thoughtfulness. Not only was it so very pleasing to the eye, it also was very functional and comfortable. The kitchen has all modern conveniences to support a long stay and during a month we cooked most meals there. The lounge and dining areas are so pretty with lovely little touches of decoration. The lounge was very comfortable, unlike may houses we have stayed in. The laundry, although minute, handled our washing more than adequately. Upstairs, our loft bedroom was charming and we enjoyed a flow through of breeze from the dormer window most nights. Hanging and drawer space was good. The bathroom, leading from the bedroom, was very functional. My favourite part of the cottage was the back terrace where I spent hours under the shady umbrella catching up on emails and reading etc. The old, tiled rooftop came down to waist level and I felt that I was living in another century surrounded by higgledy piggledy old houses. How delightful to spend twilight hours there watching the palette of colours in the sky followed by the evening star and crescent moon. The environment is silent (and I mean silent!) apart from the church bells chiming on the hour.
The hamlet is not for anyone looking for discos and bars, nor for anything looking for anything other than serenity and relaxation. There are two restaurants and a bakery, a post office but that’s it! It was just what we were looking for. The next largest village is only a 10 minute drive away and has a good supermarket and other commodities. There are lovely walks from around the area and many villages to discover. If you are not looking for hustle and bustle then I would recommend our little house and Badfols d’Ans for a lovely stay.
- 02 Aug 2018