About this listing
Carpenter's Cottage is a comfortable self catering holiday home amongst the former farm buildings of Le Clos du Verger, 5 mins from Bergerac. Sleeping 3, there is also space for an extra single bed or cot. Wood fire, cottage charm, enclosed garden.
Le Clos du Verger is a rural site a few kilometres from Bergerac with a hectare of land dropping gently down to a small stream. There is a variety of trees, including about 30 fruit and walnut trees. Abandoned for 30 years, the former farm is now springing back to new life as the restored buildings welcome visitors from around the world into their comfortable, practical and stylish country interiors.
Approach the cottage across the garden terrace and through French windows into the main room of this pretty property with its original fireplace used by the carpenter and his family. At one end there is good seating round the hearth and TV, with dining area to one side. At the far end is the well equipped kitchen.
Heating is by woodburning stove (wood provided) and underfloor heating from our geothermal heating installation, according to season.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms (each 11 - 12 sq m), one with a wide double bed, the other with a single. Comfortable mattresses, good clothes storage, and space in the single room for an extra bed or cot.
The bathroom is also upstairs. It has a shower, washbasin unit, and WC.
Outside the cottage has its own enclosed garden, including the terrace furnished for outside living in the summer, and an attractive dining pergola.
1. The stairs are a french standard but may be considered steep by some people.
2. The cottage is part of the side wing of the main house.
3. Kitchen includes microwave, dishwasher, electric oven/grill and hob, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, food processor.
Parking just beyond the garden.
Wider access on foot to the woodland walk, the games area, the goat paddocks, the bamboo forest and the stream. Our little herd of 5 small goats love a bit of fuss and attention!
In the summer when the ground is drier we offer an outdoor games area for our guests near the stream, including a sandpit, a net and a small goal.
The local baker delivers twice a week.
Interaction with Guests
We live on the site, so are here to welcome guests on arrival and to help at any point during their stay.
We live in a beautiful area of France, in a rural location midway between the attractive and lively old town of Bergerac and the small farms, pretty villages and forests so typical of the Périgord - or Dordogne as it is often known.
Bergerac hosts a varied programme of summer activities and regular street festivals,as well as its excellent Saturday market;
Whether you have come for the local wines and food, for the sporting activities, or to explore the extraordinary historical heritage of this area, or to enjoy country walks, or just to relax doing nothing very much, you will find you have a varied and enjoyable holiday.
Bergerac airport is 20 minutes away. We can collect you from the airport or from the train station. There is a good choice of car rentals at the airport, including a good local firm, Buggs Car Hire, run by English speakers.
You will probably appreciate having a car or bikes for your stay (although a few people do without either). We can recommend good bike hire packages that are delivered to our site.
Other Things to Note
Please let us know before booking if you have any special requests or requirements.
Bikes can be delivered - reasonably priced hire packages.
Breakfast baskets available.
We ask visitors to treat the property with care and respect, to report and pay for any damage, and to leave the place reasonably tidy on departure. We just ask you to do some basic cleaning at the end of your stay (including a clean loo,empty rubbish, washing up done, fridge empty). If you don't want to lift a finger before you go we charge a 30 euro cleaning charge.
Please note that we expect parents to supervise their children at all times whilst they are staying on the site.
Sorry no pets, but note that we have goats in our paddock.
I am delighted to be living near Bergerac in France and to have slotted happily into life in our little community. My husband Martin is a retired builder, We celebrated our arrival in France by getting married here! This place was derelict and beginning to fall down when we purchased it, but now our French neighbours are pleased that we have breathed new life into it, and it has become a place of wonderful international get togethers. We are proud of this lovely part of France and also have a little retreat in Norfolk, England. I hope you will enjoy staying in either location as much as we do.