Les Ronces (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)
We are David and Amanda Travis and in the past spent many holidays in France with our children and friends staying in privately owned gites. We had some very good and some not so good experiences!! As a result we were inspired to set up our own gites and Les Charmes has been receiving guests since 2006. We finally fulfilled our ambition to move to France in 2012 and now live here permanently.
Owner purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Owner chose Sainte-Croix
We have always loved the Dordogne for it's pace of life; cuisine, wine and stunning countryside. Our property is off the beaten track and the sense of quiet is truly remarkable yet we are only 10 minutes drive from two local towns and about half an hour away from Bergerac airport. The properties are stone built and around 200 years old and we thoroughly enjoyed the renovation project which has brought the properties back to life after they were abandoned some 50 year earlier.
What makes this Cottage unique
We are conveniently located for all the major sites of the Dordogne and having a heated swimming pool really fulfills the one luxury that was always at the top of our list. As ours was a renovation project we basically started with empty shells - which has allowed us to plan the layout to make best use of space whilst retaining many original features. We have also made sure that the properties are equipped to the standard we would expect which means a full range of kitchen appliances, good quality knives and pans and above all a corkscrew!
Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Out of season break
This really is a charming, comfortable gite
David and Mandy are welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts.
This was our third stay so highly recommend.
Very peaceful, clean and well equipped.
Lovely, characterful property in private location, clean and comfortable.
Very suitable cosy cottage for a couple . Lovely pool. Ideal for the relaxing holiday we wanted.
Beautiful Country Living
Les Ronces was everything we hoped for. Very quiet, very dark at night, gorgeous stars. Everything worked, we cooked most nights, the British Television was smashing.
The pool was perfect as the weather was warm and we were beat after daily exploring.
Mandy was a terrific hostess and made our say extra special with her local knowledge.
The area is chock full of things to see.
Bergerac, Perigeaux, Beaumont ( you gotta visit their hardware store), and don't miss Monpazier a real gem of a very old French village.
Very nice indeed.
Lovely peaceful out of the way holiday
Comfortable apartment with swimming pool which enabled us to cope with the 36C a shortage of shade made for a struggle to get out of the sun in the evenings.
A great place to relax but still plenty to do.
David and Amanda are great hosts - friendly and helpful.
The Gite is well laid out with lovely grounds and a great swimming pool.
So many interesting places to visit without having to travel far.
Driving: from the channel port of Calais it is about an 9 hour drive.
Flying: Bergerac airport is about 30 minutes drive away and is now well served by low cost airlines:
Bordeaux Airport is around 1hr 45mins drive.
As we are a rural property a car is essential.
Les Charmes lies between the Bastide towns of Monpazier 6km ("plus beaux villages de France") and Beaumont 7km. Beaumont has a bank, post office, tourist information centre and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops including a supermarket open on Sunday mornings. It also has a weekly night market with live music and open air dining and bars - a great night out for all ages.
The area is rich in history and many local attractions and activities reflect both the history and culture of the area. You can sample the local specialties of Walnuts, plums, prunes, foie gras and especially "Cepes". In Sept Monpazier hosts its world famous nightly Cepe market. with a ncycling (bikes can be hired in advance of your holiday via our website), horse-riding is available close to Beaumont, you can go canoeing on the Dordogne or fishing in the many local rivers – a “carte de peche de tourisme” is required.
For those who want to venture further a field – many of the sites and flavours of the region are within an hour or so drive, and include:
• Sarlat – one of the Dordogne's prettiest and most famous towns.
• La Roque Cageac – which hangs onto the cliff side of the Dordogne valley.
• Domme – one of the most imposing Bastides in the Dordogne
• Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - with the national museum of pre-history.
• The caves of Lascaux – with the world famous cave paintings.
• Chateau Monbazillac – where you can taste dessert wines to rival the best Sauternes.
• St. Emillion – a beautiful village and home to some of the worlds best red wines.
• Cahors – with its imposing medieval architecture.
• Bordeaux – the regional city with its beautiful old town.