If you are looking for a peaceful gite, which is a cut above the rest, then the Old Bread Oven is for you. It is the only gite.
The Old Bread Oven is a luxury, detached one-bedroom gite, designed for couples. It was originally a bakehouse and hayloft. It has been painstakingly converted to the highest standards, and so offers the best of both worlds, modern convenience with the charm of an old provincial cottage.
The area is famous for its warm weather, beautiful scenery and long days filled with sunshine. At the Old Bread Oven, you could spend your days relaxing by the pool and spend your nights experiencing the best cuisine, in quaint bistros and 'Allo 'Allo style auberges that can be found in the surrounding hamlets and villages. The attractions of Angouleme, Aubeterre, Riberac, Brantome, Bordeaux, Cognac and Perigueux are all within easy reach, making it an ideal location to explore from.
Surrounded by fields and set in private grounds of the Combe De Chambut farmhouse, there are gardens on all sides which you are welcome to explore and leafy nooks for you to sit in the shade. There is a seasonal swimming pool which is open from May to September, with a sun terrace set out with patio furniture and sunbeds. Only you and the owners (and their visitors) share the use of the pool.
During the day you can lie back and enjoy spectacular long-distance views of the beautiful countryside - the perfect place to relax and unwind. Towards evening, why not sit on the terrace and enjoy a glass of your favourite drink? Watch the amazing sunsets over the valley. Flowers waft scents late into the evening and as it gets dark, the stars burst out in a brilliant canopy before you. You may never have seen the night sky quite like this.
Fancy going out instead? There are some fantastic restaurants and places to visit in the area; a few are mentioned below and the joy of exploring is discovering these gems. Enjoy morning coffee in a picture post-card French square, wander around a medieval town or have a picnic in the shadow of a fairy tale chateau and so much more.
The gite is designed to be home from home. It is all on one floor and has an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. The fully fitted kitchen area is complete with a fridge-freezer, oven and hob (with extractor). It is equipped with pans, a Tassimo coffee machine, a toaster and all the crockery and utensils you may need. In addition, there is a dining table and four chairs. (A washing machine is located in an adjacent barn and may be used).
The sitting room area is bright and inviting. It has a stained glass window, oak beams and a crystal chandelier. French windows open to the garden. It contains a tv, DVD player, sofa, armchair, side tables and log-burning stove for winter days!
There is nothing as important for a good night's sleep. Here you will find a comfortable bed and very dark nights; you may find you sleep later than you thought! There is a well-appointed bedroom with a welcoming antique-style double bed, wardrobe, drawers and crisp, fresh bed linen (washed to covid safety standards).
The en suite shower room has a deluxe double shower, WC and washbasin. Each room has an electric heater and in the living room is a wood-burning stove.
You don’t have to miss your favourite tv shows, as there is a tv with an English ‘Freeview’ satellite and a DVD player. A collection of English books and DVDs are available to borrow. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi.
Outside the French doors is your personal garden complete with its own patio furniture and parasol - an ideal place for alfresco dining!
From there, it's just a 30-second walk around the main house to the pool and sun terraces. The large, crystal-clear swimming pool is very inviting. It has steps at one corner and underwater lighting. You are surrounded by fields and open views, yet this spot is private and secluded. Perfect for a day by the pool.
The Old Bread Oven is ideally suited for couples who are looking for a quiet rural retreat, but a car is a must. Local shops, bars, banks, etc are about an 8-minute drive away. Bed linens and towels are provided. Due to the nature of the property, sadly it could not be made suitable for wheelchair users.
All prices are per week and include bed linen, gas and electricity. Bookings are chargeable in periods of either 7, 14, or 21 nights, and run from 4 pm on Saturday (with check out by 10 am the following Saturday). However, you may choose to arrive and/or leave at any time during the period booked but the full amount remains due. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance to be paid 10 weeks prior to arrival along with a security deposit. We regret that we cannot accept children or pets and that no smoking is allowed inside the gite. There is a designated parking spot.
If flying, you have a choice of 3 airports within an easy drive - Bergerac (70 mins), Bordeaux (80 ins) and Limoges (110 mins). It is approximately 7 hours from the port of St. Malo.
A Few Of The Activities In The Area.
• Visit numerous Chateaux and churches.
• Tour the beautiful landscape and visit picture-postcard villages such as Aubeterre, Riberac and Brantome or towns like Perigueux, Bordeaux and Angoulême.
• Go to the stunning archaeological site at the Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum and Villa
• Visit the town of Cognac and taste its wares!
• Shop in historic markets - buying wine by the case and testing is almost obligatory!
• Visit the river beach and get wet in the water park at St. Aulaye.
• Snap up a bargain - head for the numerous Brocantes (antique shops) where you can buy anything from old junk to crystal chandeliers and Limoges china!
• Visit the nature reserve of Le Tourbières Site de Vendoire with its nature museum and restaurant.
• Go further afield to the theme park 'Futuroscope' or to the outstanding historic cave paintings at Lascaux.
Or you can (subject to local charges)
Go cycling, fish in the river, play golf. ride horses, go walking, do archery, shoot air rifles, canoe, paraglide or ride go-carts at Javerlhac, CIRCUIT DU PERIGORD
Places to visit:
The Venice of Dordogne
The town of Brantome sits in a beautiful location inside a deep loop in the River Dronne. On the other side of the river underneath steep wooded cliffs, the imposing structure of the Brantome Abbey dominates views of the town.
Saint-Jean-de-Cole - One of France's most beautiful villages.
Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne - Beautiful Village and Amazing Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean.
Chateau de Bourdeilles. Another stunningly beautiful village and chateau.
Cognac - wander the town and take a tour and tasting.