Cottage in St. Martial de Viveyrols, Verteillac, Dordogne - Peaceful Countryside, 5 minutes from Verteillac
Karin or Nicholas
- english, french, german
About Karin or Nicholas
We have found the perfect place to retire and run a self catering cottage here in the beautiful, serene rural area of SW France. After visiting several times the magic of the Dordogne got into our blood and we fell hopelessly in love with the Perigord. There are wonderful walking trails, beautiful old villages, great food and tranquility. We have a lovely, salt water pool for the sole use of the guests, a cottage with it's own private patio and for the more active, we have bikes and there is a golf course or canoeing only fifteen minutes away. We are ideally situated between three airports, Bordeaux, Angouleme and Bergerac. Being fully bilingual we are able to help with any of your travel, leisure activities or dining arrangements so come and share this lovely corner of France with us.
Karin or Nicholas purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Karin or Nicholas chose Saint-Martial-Viveyrol
In the Dordogne we were surprised to find a culture of such richness and diversity. Pride in its ancient heritage can be seen down to the very smallest of the villages with their ever present displays of flowers. Fetes and vite greniers are held most week ends with music festivals and those magnificent marching bands with their big brass french horns. Epeluche one of our local villages holds a float pageant beautifully lit up on the meandering river that runs through the town. All this is done to a magnificent brass band topped off with the most spectacular fireworks display done to music that you have ever seen. Upwards of a hundred walkers participate in walks organized by the local Mayors. After a morning's walk we meet at the mairie where we are welcomed with aperatives and lunch.
What makes this Cottage unique
The only sounds you are likely to hear come from the quite prolific bird life or perhaps the distant drone of a farmer's tractor. We are surrounded only by pastures and the only car track is the one shared by us and our neighbors who like us. live in remote farm houses barely visible from each other and certainly out of earshot. Being out in the country away from any light pollution or any other kind for that matter the night sky is so spectacular that one could almost touch the stars they are so bright. This gives us the opportunity of conducting the sky tours with our telescope that our guests love so much.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Rustic, charming and very relaxing.
We felt very welcome, great place to relax and get away from everything. Large pool was excellent and the facilities were just what you needed.
Wonderful peaceful time
The gíte is wonderful and peaceful and close to so many places to go and see. The owners are the perfect hosts and are wonderful people always on hand if you need them but discreet and politely distant the rest of the time. We spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool and enjoying the refreshing water. Its has everything you need to relax and enjoy your time away. The town of Verteillac is just down the road with shops and restaurants and a little further away in Ribérac are Lidls and Aldi. We will definitely be returning!
Peaceful, Secluded & Lovely
Our son (6) described the pool as awesome! He loved the cottage and his bunk bed with doors to the balcony. He especially liked his daily chore watering the geraniums on the balcony.
We enjoyed swimming everyday in the pool. The cottage is clean, tidy, well equipped with beautiful views from the balcony across the pool and fields beyond. So peaceful listen out for the owls and watch the stars of a night on the secluded patio.
There is plenty to do within an hour of the cottage, or further afield for those happy to drive ( like us !)
The velo rail @ Thiviers is a must an uphill pedal to a little spot for a picnic, beer and ice cream before a freewheel all the way back! (do ask Karin & Nick to help pre-booking your place)
The Dronne & Dordogne both easy reach you can hire a canoe in many places and take a couple of hours to navigate downriver. With a nervous 5 year old in the middle we had more fun on the Dronne than at any theme park in the UK!
Underground caves near Brantome are great ideal if its raining!
Bergerac, Bourdeilles Brantome, St Aulaye are all worth a visit.
Karin and Nick were lovely hosts, discrete but on hand to help and catch up on our daily sightseeing trips.
1 week wasn't enough! We are very tempted to return in 2014!
Thanks for the great review, Karen. It would be great to see you again some time when you choose this neck of the woods for another holiday. Please let us know even if you're not staying here, we'd love to see you,
regards, Karin Weber
Special interest holidays:
Planned walks through this beautiful area can be organized, with a picnic lunch included, with details including sites of interest.
1 1/2 hours drive west gets you to beautiful beaches and areas well known for oysters.
67 km from Bergerac Airport
620 km from Le Havre port
Care hire is recommended
5 minutes from Verteillac, 15 minutes from the market town of Riberac, 45 minutes to Perigueux and to Angouleme, 1 hour to Sarlat and the cro-magnon caves, 1 1/2 hours to Bordeaux to the west, Limoges to the north. 20 minutes to Brantome.
Verteillac has a bank, post office, restaurants, art galleries, church, general dealer store, doctors, pharmacies and Riberac, 15 minutes away has a great Friday market, supermarkets, cinemas and anything one could need. The surrounding country roads are perfect for cycling to beautiful neighbouring villages. Pack a picnic and canoe down the many rivers traversing the Dordogne.