Accommodates: 8, Bathrooms: 4, Bedrooms: 4, Beds: 6
La Maison (Main House and Barn) comprises four generous double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, spacious living room, and large kitchen. The huge renovated stone barn provides the living area with stone floor, oak beams and a 6 metre cathedral ceiling. The extremely well-equipped, open-plan kitchen with fireside corner, provides an American fridge (with cold water and ice dispenser), oversize stove with rotisserie, and cooking pots and utensils. With the large oak dining table you can cater comfortably for 14+ people. Looking out over the living room is the mezzanine reading area. From the living room three large oak French doors open onto the secluded garden with the swimming pool on one side, and the gravel patio and outer garden on the other. From the gravel patio – which looks out to the field with walnut trees – you can reach the raised traditional covered balcony (called a ‘bolet’). Underfloor central heating, an open fireplace and a wood stove provide year-round comfort.
Accommodates: 7, Bathrooms: 3, Bedrooms: 3, Beds: 5
This renovated 1860’s stone house sleeps up to 7, but is very comfortable for one or two. The property is cool in summer thanks to the 70cm stone walls, with a grand fireplace and heaters in all bedrooms for colder months. It has a small tiled patio at the front and direct access to the peaceful, sunny enclosed garden and swimming pool with deck. There are 3 bedrooms (1 master bedroom, 1 triple, and 1 double room). On the ground floor there is a lounge (35sq.m.) with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, sunny dining room, master bedroom with ensuite. Upstairs there is a triple bedroom and ensuite bathroom with full length bath. The garden level provides a double bedroom, with ensuite bathroom and toilet.
Accommodates: 4, Bathrooms: 1, Bedrooms: 2, Beds: 2
The Sechoir provides a spacious, light-filled space for an individual, couple or small family. The downstairs open-plan area provides a comfortable seating area, a dining/study area, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with walk-in shower and toilet. French doors open onto a patio courtyard for alfresco dining or sitting out, with easy access to the main garden area and pool. There is air conditioning for summer and heating for winter. Upstairs (~40 sq.m) there are two bedrooms (or one plus study) and a landing. Both bedrooms open through French doors onto the covered balcony which runs the length of the building. Here are a small breakfast table and two hanging chairs, with views up along the Céou Valley.
If you can’t leave work behind (like us …), Les Paroules is equipped with excellent IT and audio-visual technology—wireless broadband throughout (including the garden), computer with dual 24″ and 21″ LCD screens, printer/scanner/copier, and a full HD 51″ 3D plasma TV with Apple TV, satellite, internet and recording functions in the main house. We are happy to negotiate special out of season ‘retreat’ rates for individuals or couples who need a quiet, well-equipped environment to write, paint etc. There’s quite an active cultural life in the area throughout the year (although mostly in French).
This section of the Dordogne River (2.5 km away) is called the Vallée des Cinq Chateaux and is probably the most beautiful part, close to the Les Plus Beaux Villages of Domme (8km), Beynac and La Roque Gageac (6km). The castles of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Fayrac, Les Milandes, Lacoste, and the gardens of Marqueyssac and L’Albarede are all within 5km. Sarlat is 15–20 minutes away, Gourdon 25 minutes, and many major sites—Les Eyzies, Vezere Valley, cave paintings, and many more chateaux—within a half-an-hour.
For those with gastronomic interests, there is an abundance of excellent restaurants to choose from within 10-20 minutes’ drive from Esparoutis.