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We are a young British family which has lived in the Dordogne for the last decade. We are currently converting a stone barn into two holiday cottages for future guests.
We live at top of the second highest point in the area and can see for 20 miles on a clear day. We are surrounded by farms so there is very little traffic - more tractors than cars! so it is quiet, peaceful and surrounded by green hills and trees.
Relax on a fifty foot long terrace and drink in the views. Meals are a hearty affair eaten at a long oak table on the terrace; the more friends old and new, the merrier!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
My son and I are bilingual English and French, so if you wish to improve either of those languages we are happy to chat away! There are also many beautiful French châteaux and villages to visit.
As we approach autumn, I need to tidy the garden. Grass cutting on sit on lawn mower, hedge cutting, strumming.
I have had a very long renovation project. Now my own home, barn and workshop needs some tidying and organisation. If you actually like tidying and cleaning, please come and help me!
A lesser priority is rustic fence building and planting a wildflower border
I have a separate holiday accommodation, so I will provide you with food to make your own breakfast and lunch and some evening meals. The rest of the evening meals; i will cook.
Should the accommodation become full, I can either accommodate you in the main house, or my second, unrenovated house, with meals, and bathroom taken in the main house.
The Dordogne is one of the most popular tourist sites in France, particularly for those with an interest in Medieval history - we have many fairy tale castles within a 20km radius.
Sarlat has a fantastic Saturday Market, it is the biggest in the Dordogne. For the prehistory enthusiasts we have the Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies, Lascaux caves and many grottoes and caves.
We have a lake a 5 minute drive from the house which has it's own beach and is great for swimming or fishing. There are also lots of rambling paths for keen walkers. In the warmer months, we recommend canoeing on either the Dordogne or Vezere rivers.
In terms of transport, we are in the middle of the countryside so there is no public transport. Ideally you would need your own car. We can give you a lift to the local town or lend you a bike to explore the local chateaux and villages.
On arrival, we can also collect you from Sarlat train station (direct trains to and from Bordeaux). There is also a train from Paris which goes to Souillac, then is met by a bus which takes you to Sarlat.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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