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Roufiat is a traditional stone farmhouse with panoramic views over rolling countryside. A paradise for country lovers offering activities for the whole family such as canoeing, biking (with a comprehensive MTB/VTT trail network of well maintained off road tracks), tennis, footpath network walks, bird-watching, artists or simply sun-seekers. Visit Roufiat and soak up the sun, absorb the ambiance, experience the regional gastronomic delights and above all, relax.
Accommodation Particulars Ground Floor * A comfortable lounge with tiled floor, a stone fireplace (inset with wood burning stove) and equipped with satellite TV, DVD,VCR and a music centre for your entertainment and a selection of board games. * The fitted kitchen opens onto a terrace ideal for outdoor dining, which with its tiled floor stays wonderfully cool in the summer heat and is fully equipped with induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher.
First Floor * One kingsize bedroom with fitted cupboards * A bath/shower room with WC and wash basin. Second Floor *One kingsize bedroom with ensuite * WC and wash basin. Chalet Block * Two bedrooms each with bunk-beds and one also with a double bed - ideal for children or adults. * A shower room with WC and wash basin. * A Laundry room has a washing machine.
Outside * 12m x 6m pool which is central to a large garden with mature fruit trees, shrubs and herbs, with views over a private valley of patch work farm fields including sunflower some years. * Large terrace with BBQ and garden furniture. Further seating, including loungers, are situated around the pool.
Barn * Table tennis table, 6 x mountain bikes (from age 5 to 15), darts and the obligatory set of boules! Further or better bikes can be hired locally. Roufiat is an ideal location for exploring the Dordogne with many places of interest to visit from fairytale Châteaux and prehistoric caves to the local markets held on most days around the region.
There are many local safe rivers spots that cater well for swimming, canoeing and general relaxing. There is also a cycle and foot path map available for the local area which has nationally acclaimed VTT competition courses rated from green to black as in skiing.
The nearest village, Grand Brassac is just under half a kilometre away (10min walk) and has a boulangerie, with small store and bar. There is also a public tennis court here which can be booked by you as a locals at a reduced rate.
There is also a selection of bars and restaurants within a few minutes drive in Montagrier and Tocane St Apre which also has a small supermarket. Two large hypermarkets are only twenty minutes away in either direction -- on the outskirts of Périgueux or Riberac.
Areas of Interest Brantôme, known as the Venice of the Perigord, sits upon the lovely river Dronne and is a delight to visit with its Abbey dating back to the 11th Century. There is a host of bars and restaurants including the legendary Moulin de l'Abbaye and the nearby Moulin du Roc which both boast a Michelin rosette. The town offers fishing, canoeing hire, cycle hire or just people-watching at a café in the square. Market day is Friday and is a lively and social event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. There are many other places of interest nearby including Château de Richemont 'Home of Brantôme', one of the Abbots of Brantôme and author of the famous Dames Galantes. The village of Villars offers three attractions; the Château de Puyguilhem, the Abbaye de Boschaud and the prehistoric caves at the Grotte de Villars.
Bourdeilles just further downstream from Brantôme, has a 16th Century Renaissance Château which was built alongside the earlier 12th Century Fortress with its stunning tower offering a bird's eye view of the town. Mareuil-sur-Belle, a local market town, has a variety of bars and restaurants as well as a good selection of shops including an excellent supermarket and three boulangeries. The Château here, like Bourdeilles, is one of the Four Baronies of the Perigord.
Perigueux is the principal city of the region and in its winding streets has much to offer in the way of sophisticated shopping and fine dining to suit all tastes and pockets. The markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays are an absolute must and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral de St. Front is highly recommended, particularly in the heat of the afternoon!
Château de Hautefort, Sarlat, Bergerac and Cognac are all within 'day-trip' distance as is the fabulous pilgrimage to the vineyards of Bordeaux. Poiters is host to Futuroscope, an attraction for children and adults alike.
For seaside lovers La Rochelle or Arcachon are just over 2hrs - easily managed as a long day-trip.
“Idyllic Dordogne farmhouse”
By on 19-Aug-2017
If you are looking for a stress free holiday in the beautiful Dordogne region, this property is perfect. We particularly loved that the house is set in totally private well managed grounds with a large swimming pool and plenty of sun loungers overlooking fields of sunflowers and grazing cows. It was very spacious for our family of three and two small dogs and had everything we needed - good sized lounge with wood burning stove/UK TV/DVD player/music system/wifi; kitchen/diner with dishwasher and two fridge/freezers; stairs from the lounge to a double bedroom and bathroom with a lovely shower for us and a further set of stairs to another bedroom in the roof space with two single beds, a double bed and an ensuite shower room, ideal for our Daughter. Near to the pool, some outbuildings house a table-tennis, a utility room (washing machine/iron and board) with a toilet and shower which was perfect when we were using the pool, plus two further rooms with beds which we didn't need but older children might love for that extra bit of holiday independence. We spent lots of time relaxing by the pool and evenings on the terrace eating bbq. When we managed to drag ourselves away, we cycled to the local river and hired a canoe and visited some of the nearby towns. The owners had thought of everything and were easily contactable to answer any questions we had. A special thank you to Peter who really made our holiday this year. We'd definitely rent this idyllic property again.
“Incredibly beautiful setting with spacious grounds, great views”
By on 18-Jul-2017
'Roufiat' is set in an idyllic spot - on a hillside with views over a beautiful French valley (often filled with sunflowers, or grazing horses and cattle). It has a lot of outdoor space for children to run around (our son took his first steps here!), and the pool is a real treat during the hot French summers! We spent many days relaxing around the pool, having BBQ dinners and walking to the local village (about 15 min walk away) for bread and ice creams! When we did venture out further, we went canoeing (great fun!), to local markets (great one in nearby Riberac on Friday mornings!), wine tasting in Bergerac, horse riding in Tocane and generally just to visit and walk around historic Dordogne villages. One day we ventured out to Lascaux Caves (about 45min drive) which was fun.
Bikes are provided, which could do with a bit of maintenance, but we pumped up the tyres and took them out one afternoon to the local river where we swam in the clear river water - bliss!
The accommodation is basic but comfortable - what you'd expect in an old French farmhouse! My brother and his girlfriend stayed in the chalet rooms which are set apart from the house with their own bathroom facilities. They are basic, but stay nice and cool and it was nice for them to have some privacy. The kitchen is well equipped, and it was a treat to have a dishwasher in a holiday home! The lounge could do with some updated furniture, but we spent so little time indoors this really didn't matter. Even in the evenings, we'd sit outside and look at the milky way - we even saw fireflies and some shooting stars! What a treat!
We would definitely recommend this to groups of people looking for a week away or families who are OK with more basic accommodation. It would even be a nice place for a couple to go for a week away from the hustle of everyday life. We will definitely be going back.