Surrounded by the simple beauty of the French countryside.
La Hulotte offers a peaceful setting on the edge of a small village, ideal for family holidays or for friends who want to escape the hustle-bustle of everyday life. The recently renovated swimming pool will be ideal for cooling off during the summer months and is just next to the sunny terrace which benefits from a lovely panoramic view across the countryside towards Hautefort Chateau.
The house was once an old farmers' dwelling which had fallen into disrepair before being lovingly restored by it's current owner who has a long-term familial connection with the village. The results of the renovation are impressive. Spread over three floors, you enter on the middle level (via private parking space for two cars) where you'll find a spacious study complete with traditional fireplace and wood burner as well as television and DVD player. This level also provides a double bedroom and modern bathroom. Upstairs there is another double bedroom with wonderful exposed beams and a further bathroom both of which offer an element of privacy for whoever sleeps here.
The lower level of La Hulotte is the main living, eating, drinking, socialising area and has been created with a healthy dose of style and traditional charm. Open plan, this floor has a nice seating area with wood burner, a big dining table and a kitchen which has the prefect balance of traditional style, modern appliances and clever layout. Guests can enjoy the sunny terrace via the French doors - not far to walk with a freshly poured G&T and close enough to chat with the chef! The terrace leads you down a small banking towards the inviting swimming pool. This lower level also has a handy WC and shower.
The village of Badefols d'Ans is a short walk along a country lane - here you will find two good traditional French restaurants (booking is recommended), a village store, charcuterie and the obligatory French boulangerie. The village of Hautefort is a short drive away and will provide more of the same as well as your nearest supermarket.
Located in the eastern corner of the Dordogne region, you will find yourself surrounded by walnut groves rather than vineyards and the landscape is more hilly over here as well as being stunningly beautiful.
You will find less traffic than other parts of the region but that doesn't mean you'll be stuck for things to do, far from it. Within a few miles you can kayak along the Auvézère river, explore the famous Lascaux Caves (as well as the more recently discovered Grotte de Tourtoirac) and visit the magnificent Chateau de Hautefort.
Interior layout Spread over three floors, guests enter on the middle level.
Exterior Stone built French farmhouse, lovingly restored. Perigordian style roof and stone. Large garden (2000m2) with private pool and countryside views.
Sleeping arrangements 2 x Double Bedroom (1 double bedroom has an additional single bed)
1 x Sofa Bed in study
La Hulotte is based in a little hamlet called Raffaillac, just outside the village of Badefols d'Ans. It's a rural French village, well situated and has all the local amenities that you need to get you started on your holiday within walking distance. Including two restaurants and one Cafe/Bar which is a short stumble over the hill! A small Proxi general store/tabac, Boulangerie and a Charcuterie. Badefols d'Ans is 6km from Hautefort where there is a larger supermarket (Intermarche), chemist, several restaurants, an excellent boucherie and last but not least La Boulange Gilbert - a must visit! Also within a short drive is the 'Plus Beau Village' of St Robert, which again has a selection of places to eat and really is a lovely place to visit.
Popular tourist destinations such as Montignac, Terrasson-Lavilledieu, Sarlat La Caneda, Domme and Beynac are no more than a 45 mins drive south of Badefols d'Ans, all within easy driving distance for day trips.
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 for two cars, just outside the property.