- Sleeps: 11 between Main House and Maison d'Amis
- Bedrooms: Main House 2 doubles & 1 twin and Maison d'Amis 2 doubles & 1 single
- Bathrooms: Main House 3 and Maison d'Amis 2
- Rents: £2,400 - £5,000 per week
- Key features: House and Maison d’Amis
Heated Swimming Pool
50 acres gardens, grounds, meadows and woodland
Proximity to The Dordogne River
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Domaine de Pradelle
Domaine de Pradelle, surrounded by 50 acres of its own gardens, grounds, woods and meadows, is a charming family house set on a hillside in the wooded and hilly country just North of The Dordogne river not far from the village of Paunat and a short drive from the market town of Le Bugue.
The main house, of great charm, quiet standing and character occupies a hillside position linked by a beautifully designed and created garden and courtyard to its separate Maison d’Amis.
A notable feature of the property is a wonderful cuisine d’été with barbecue, orientated predominantly to the West and Southerly views.
The two dwellings are surrounded on 3 sides by a garden running over several levels and leading down to a swimming pool on the lower level.
'This is our favourite go to, a magical family home in the heart of the beautiful Dordogne. There is fabulous attention to detail in every room making them warm and delightful; to enjoy a french country feel. The garden is beautifully laid out with places to gather and places to hide and read your book. It is genuinely a mini paradise! We find we immediately relax and are able to switch off when we arrive. We usually come with the family and know that there is something for everyone to enjoy be it playing boule, swimming, sun bathing, walking, cycling or floating down the Dordogne river on inflatables.
Our family love our food and so are in heaven with the amount of superb restaurants and fine food shops a short distance away, some of our favourites we walk to.
I’d recommend it to anyone who needs peace and quiet and look forward to a few days of Dordogne warmth coupled with the beauty and history of this magical region.'
Tanja Ames 2021
'Where do I begin? We really could not recommend the beautiful Domaine de Pradelle highly enough! We have been lucky enough to stay at this gem of a property for a few consecutive years and long to be able to return when, hopefully, normal travel resumes.
The house is in a beautiful, secure setting, furnished and decorated in a very chic and stylish manner, straight from the pages of House & Garden! Wonderfully comfortable beds, great bathrooms (baths as well as showers for a long soak at the end of the day), different outside dining areas as well as a more formal dining room inside. Pretty gardens and perfect sized pool for either swimming lengths or for the children to play in. Comfortable sun loungers too! Plenty of different spaces, indoors and out, for reading/quiet time even if holidaying with friends and family. The perfect bolthole to escape to, re-energise, relax and have fun.
Perfectly located with a great local restaurant (Chez Julien) a short stroll away and the Michelin-starred Le Vieux Logis a short drive away in Tremolat. Good local markets, shops and amenities in various nearby towns, though it is a wrench to leave the peaceful and tranquil setting that is Domaine de Pradelle'!!
Angus, Vicky, Archie & Issy Fraser 2020
For 11 years in a row, until the arrival of the virus in 2020, we were lucky enough to spend part of our summer holiday in this lovely house - a much-looked forward to family tradition. The pool, terrace and sheltered outside dining - set off by the gorgeous view across the valley are just what is required after a cold winter in the UK. On one memorable evening, La Patrouille de France (their Red Arrows) came roaring across just at the cocktail hour.
The tiny medieval village of Paunat with its famous Abbey is a ten-minute country walk away. We photographed our daughters each year sitting on the abbey walls opposite the excellent Restaurant Chez Julien. One minute we were ordering children's menus and lemonade - then suddenly they seemed to be grown ups. Happy days.
We would recommend it strongly to anyone and rather wish we there now.
Crispin and Caroline Black
The house is approached by its own drive from the quiet country road between Limeuil on the Dordogne River and Ste Alvere which follows the valley of The Pradelle to The Dordogne.
The house can be approached by a drive into the lower side of the buildings or from a parking area through a gated archway above the Maison d’Amis.
The original main front door of the house leads into a small hallway off which are:
Kitchen - A traditional kitchen with windows facing East and French doors leading to a patio and gardens on the Southern side where breakfast can be enjoyed in the morning sun. The kitchen is well equipped with traditional cobbled floor and a large stone open wood burning fireplace with comfortable armchairs to each side. Fitted units frame the working side of the kitchen with an excellent de Dietrich cooker with double oven and six ring gas stove. Also a full height fridge/freezer, two smaller fridges, coffee making facilities, microwave oven and dishwasher.
Main Sitting Room - A large, comfortable and traditionally furnished and decorated family sitting room filled with natural light. Generous French windows lead out onto a terrace, enjoying superb views across the valley, and running the full length of the South Western side of the house. A single French door opens to the patio and garden on the Southern side. Bookshelves contain a nice selection of holiday reading and reference books.
From the sitting room double doors lead through to an elegant Dining Room with south westerly facing windows over the terrace and valley. The dining table seats 12.
A small office room adjoins the dining room with a computer and printer.
A downstairs WC is accessible from the hallway and the sitting room and a small Laundry room.
Stairs from the hallway lead to the:
There is partial air conditioning in the main house.
A spacious and characterful landing area leads to:
Bedroom 1 - The Master Bedroom with a large double bed (6’ x 6 ½ ‘). Windows with wonderful views to the South and South West.
Adjoining is Bathroom 1 with bath, shower, WC and washbasin.
Bedroom 2 - Double bed (6’ x 7’) with windows to the South and ensuite. Air conditioning. Ensuite Bathroom 2 with bath, WC, shower and washbasin.
Bedroom 3 - Twin beds (3’ x 6’3”) and windows to the South West with its own ensuite Bathroom 3 with shower, WC and washbasin. (Twin beds can be made up together as a double)
Easily accessible to both the main house and to the Maison d’Amis is a delightful and very well equipped cuisine d’été with built in barbecue, comfortable seating around a large table for all occupants and enjoying superb views over the valley.
The Maison d’Amis
A short walk across the yard is the Maison d’Amis, with a terrace shaded by a most attractive vine clad pagoda on its South, inner facing side. It has its own self contained kitchenete, a secondary sitting/cinema room, a double bedroom on the ground floor with ensuite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
A door from the courtyard leads straight into the Kitchen and eating area.
The kitchen is simple with double sink, toaster, coffee making facilities and a fridge. There is a round breakfast table in one corner and a large traditional stone fireplace. In normal summer weather breakfast can be enjoyed outside in the shade of the pagoda
A door from the kitchen leads to Bedroom 4 with a double bed (5’ x 6’6”). This bed can be split into two singles if necessary. It is air conditioned.
It also has an ensuite Bathroom 4 with bath, WC and washbasin.
A door at the Northern end of The Maison D’Amis leads into a second Sitting Room with its own cinema screen. This is often popular with the younger members of a group.
Stairs from the kitchenette lead to the First floor and to:
Bedroom 5 - A double bedroom with bed measuring 6’6”x 6’6”, windows facing South West and with an ensuite Bathroom 5
Bedroom 6 - A single children’s bedroom with bed measuring 3’ x 6’. Shared access to Bathroom 5.
Garden & Grounds
Domaine de Pradelle is surrounded on all sides by its own land.
Formal and semi formal terraces, gardens and lawns surround the buildings on all sides and give way to wildflower meadowland and woods alive with birdsong and wildlife. Located on a valley side in a commanding position, with lovely views over the valley, a feature of the gardens are a series of beautifully planted stepped terraces with the swimming pool at the lowest level. In spring and early summer the song of the nightingale can be heard and the hoopoe is a regular visitor.
The orientation and arrangement of buildings allows for numerous different areas to be enjoyed, in shade or sun, together or quietly if moments of peace are desired. Outside lighting, if desired, is excellent after sundown. The cuisine d’été, well equipped and with a built in barbecue forms a delightful centre accessible to the house, the Maison d’Amis and the gardens in all directions.
Another Weber gas barbecue is located in the garden adjoining the house on the South Western side.
There is a croquet set, a table tennis table, badminton equipment, a set of Boule and masses of space for children to let off steam and play in safety.
The heated, alarmed and fenced swimming pool measures 12m x 6m and has a shallow end of 1m depth to a deep end of 2m.
The natural centre for a barbecue is the cuisine d’été but a choice of locations allow, when required or desirable, a little separation between generations, or different families and age groups.
There are excellent tennis courts at the tennis club in Le Bugue.
Walks through the meadows, woods and around the property provide opportunity for evening or early morning exercise. These are valuable moments to appreciate the interest and beauty of the surroundings prior to an aperitif or as a gentle post meal digestif.
Less tha a mile as the crow flies from the charming village of Paunat Domaine de Pradelle is on the Eastern valley side of the small River Pradelle which flows into the Dordogne a mile downstream.
Following the Northern bank of the Dordogne to the east, (which offer spectacular views to the floodplains on the southern side), the village of Limeuil marks the confluence of the Vazere river with the Dordogne, at one time giving it immense strategic and commercial importance. It changed hands many times between French and English during The Hundred Years War.
Here it is possible to sit on the terrace of the restaurant ‘L’Ancre Salut’ and admire the rivers and the two mighty bridges that span The Dordogne and the Vazere.
There are basic shopping facilities at Ste Alvere (10 mins/4 miles), including a minimarket, boulangerie and café. At Le Bugue (11 mins/5 miles) there is a wider range of shops including a pharmacy, boulangerie, market and supermarket.
Bergerac is the nearest town of size. Many miss out as they fly in or out of the airport without exploring the town itself. Being on the river, it grew on trade, its flat-bottomed barges (gabares) taking the wine on to Bordeaux for shipping to England, for centuries the biggest market.
Domaine de Pradelle is 40 mins (25 miles) from Bergerac Airport, 2 hours (118 miles) from Limoges Airport and 2 hrs (101 miles) from Bordeaux (Merignac) Airport.
The nearest entry to the autoroute E70 (j 16 Perigeux) is 49 mins (28 miles)
The TGV stops at Limoges 2 hrs (100 miles) and Brive-la-Gaillarde 1 ½ hrs (50 miles).
The House Information Folder kept at Domaine de Pradelle gives further detail, as appropriate, on all of the following.
Tenants will be welcomed on arrival, and will be shown how everything works, both inside and out.
There is a telephone system, plus WIFi broadband internet access in both house and the Maison d’Amis.
There is a TV and sound system in both the main house and the Maison d’Amis. A selection CD’s and DVD’s are available for the use and enjoyment of guests.
Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis
3 hours of cleaning per day on 3 week days per week are included in the rental, aswell as swimming pool and garden maintenance. Any additional hours of housework should be agreed direct with the gardienne, and paid to her by tenants at the agreed rate.
The gardienne, who will meet guests on arrival, lives discreetly in a flat with its own entrance at one end of the Maison D’Amis.
Provided sufficient notice is given, a part time cook can be arranged. His/her/their wage will be the tenants’ responsibility, and can be ascertained in advance should tenants so wish.
There is a travel cot and high chair.
There is air conditioning.
There are a number of English language books and family board games.
There are fans in all bedrooms.
This is an all year round property and is centrally heated throughout
There are a number of English language books, DVD’s CD’s and family board games.
Things to See & Do near Domaine de Pradelle
There is a very helpful Information Folder with details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. The folder also includes maps, brochures and imotant/useful local contact details.
Bicycling - This is excellent bicycling country with easy routes from the House to the local village of Paunat, into the surrounding countryside and along The Dordogne river itaelf. Bicycles can be hired through www.themountainbikehirecompany.co.uk or call 00 33 5 53 63 08 91 or Bike hire based in Bergerac http://www.apolo-cycles.com
Walking - There are fine walks in many directions both on Domaine de Pradelle and locally. Details are available in the house and there are copies of the excellent local series blue maps.
Canoes and kayaks can be hired at various points on the magnificent Dordogne and Vezere Rivers to paddle serenely past Chateaux and negotiate some gentle rapids http://www.lesmerles.com
Riding - There are various local riding stables where everything from lessons to pony trekking can be arranged. http://www.lajumenterie.com
Chateaux - There are numerous examples well worth visiting – Beynac, Castelnaud, Commarque, Les Milandes, Fenelon, Biron, Puymartin, Bourdeilles and Duras to name but a few
Gardens - A number of exceptional and varied gardens are open to the public. Jardin/Manoir d’eyrignac, Chateau d’Hautefort and Marqueyssac are all within reach. Gardens of the Dordogne www.northofthedordogne.com/gardens.php
The prehistoric caves of Lascaux and their fascinating paleolithic wall paintings, designated a world heritage site, are renowned and well worth a visit. Lascaux IV
Golf courses. There is a golf course (9 holes) at Golf de Rochebois at Vitrac. Also Golf de la Forge (9 holes) at Siorac-en-Perigord and the 18 hole Golf la Croix de Mortemart is near Le Bugue.
Other Golf Clubs include:
Aquitaine and Dordogne area Information
Fairs festivals and concerts are held in the region throughout the summer. Details are included in The House manual and are also available in the tourist office in Bergerac http://www.bergerac-tourisme.com
Markets - There are open air markets in numerous local towns and villages, taking place on different days of the week. Details in the Guest Information Book.
Tremolat and Limeuil - The local villages are a delight to discover and too numerous to mention individually save perhaps for Tremolat and Limeuil, classified as one ‘the most beautiful villages’ of France. Tremolat occupies a wonderful hilltop position overlooking a loop of The Dordogne. It also boasts two restaurants, one of which, ‘Le Vieux Logis’ is michelin starred.
The town of Bergerac - 40 minutes (25 miles west) is a mix of very old half-timbered (colombage) houses set in the narrow streets with a more modern shopping centre around the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. The old town is mostly traffic free and it’s lovely to wander around the cobbled streets, through the little squares passing the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac. http://www.bergerac-tourisme.com http://www.pays-de-bergerac.com/english/index.asp River Cruises from Bergerac
Bordeaux - 2 hrs (97 miles west) the port city of the Garonne estuary and the centre of the famed wine-growing region. Known for its Gothic Cathédrale St-André, as well as its many fine and contemporary art museums and 18th and 19th century mansions. Public gardens line the curving river quays, and grand Place de la Bourse opens to the water, with the Three Graces fountain at its centre. http://www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/What-to-see-do
Issigeac - 40 mins (23 miles south west over the Dordogne river) is a pretty medieval ecclesiastical town in the centre of the Pays des Bastides. It was built in concentric circles according to the same pattern as the “Bouyricou”, the traditional Périgord basket which you can still buy in the local markets. The church of Saint Félicien (16C) overlooks the central square with its octagonal bell tower in the late gothic style. On the other side of the square is the Bishops’ Palace (17C). It now hosts the Tourist Office and its rooms are used for exhibitions. Enjoy a glass of something cool in one of the little bars or restaurants. The regular Sunday market is a feast for the eyes (and stomach!) and in the summer the night markets here are not to be missed.
Lalinde - 21 mins (13 miles west along the Dordogne) was the first English bastide, founded in 1267 by Henry III Plantagenet. It suffered serious damage during the Hundred Years War but there are still some medieval half-timbered buildings to admire. Lalinde is on the river Dordogne but as this section was difficult to navigate a canal was built over 150 years ago between Mauzac and Tulieres, the views from locks at Mouleydier are worth a visit and the canal is a great place for walking and fishing. The chateau de Lanquais at Saint Capraise de Lalinde is unusual as half of it is Medieval and half is Renaissance allowing you to admire both architectural styles.
Périgueux - 50 minutes (29 miles north) is the ‘capital’ of the Dordogne department but is actually on the river Isle rather than the Dordogne. It has been in existence since neolithic times, and from Roman times you can still see the Vesone Tower and the remains of the amphitheatre. Chateau Barrière dates from the early middle-ages. Périgueux also contains an interesting medieval and renaissance centre, with attractive boulevards concentrated around the cathedral Saint Front, built in the Byzantine style with its cluster of domes and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the model for the Sacré Coeur church in Montmartre, Paris. There are regular markets in the covered marketplace and some lovely places to sit with a coffee or meal and watch the world go by. http://www.tourisme-perigueux.fr/en
The medieval town of Sarlat (correctly Sarlat-la-Caneda) 42mins (25 miles east) is well worth a visit. It has excellent shopping facilities (including 4 supermarkets) and a wealth of restaurants from Michelin starred to more modest establishments which nonetheless pride themselves on the quality of their cuisine. Apart from hosting a renowned International film festival every November Sarlat boasts one of the very best day time Saturday markets in the region, held in the centre of the old medieval town. This centre, floodlit at night, is magical and well worth an evening/dinner visit.
Saint-Emilion - 1 ½ hrs (73 miles west along The Dordogne) is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage cultural landscape, two thousand years of history between men and vines await you. A remarkable example of historical vineyards that have survived the centuries and remain largely untouched by time. Meander through the cobbled streets of this lovely small town and admire the architecture, drop in to one of the many caves and enjoy a wine tasting or a chilled glass of award winning sparkling wine while sitting in the 14th century cloisters. http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk
FOOD AND WINE
Good food and wine is taken seriously in The Dordogne:
Goose, Duck and Foie Gras - There are many farms in the area that produce high quality and delicious goose and duck meat, pâté and of course the ultimate foie gras. You will get to taste some of these products during your stay or perhaps at the local Auberge, Bistro or Restaurants.
Fresh Fruits - From Bergerac along the river plain you will see a multitude of soft fruit orchards growing peaches, nectarines, apricots & kiwi. In the area further south, around Duras and Monségur you will come across field after field of sunflowers. These are at their best during July depending on the sunshine of course. There are also acres of plum orchards, some of which go to produce the famous Agen prunes.
Autumn Harvest - From late September the grape harvest begins. The autumn months also see the nuts beginning to appear - walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts then of course the mushrooms and infamous truffles.
Wine Tours - Dordogne Vineyard Tours will take you out to taste local wines at various vineyards and also a delicious French lunch amidst the vines. Full day tours, evening tours and half day tours are available to suit 00 33 6 63 40 88 05 www.dordognevineyardtours.com for further details
Organic and Biodynamic Vineyard with a difference - Chateau Feely is 15 mins west of Bergerac and offers award winning visits and organic biodynamic, natural and no sulfite added, white, red and rosé wines. Day or half day wines school, a wine and food pairing experience created in collaboration with a Michelin starred chef or a family friendly visit with a cheese platter - all are options. Best of Wine Tourism Gold trophy winner in the greater Bordeaux and Bergerac region in 2013 and 2017. www.chateaufeely.com for details.
Restaurants and eating out. The choice is vast. The owners make some of their favourite suggestions in The House Information Folder
Rents & Terms
2022 RENTS & TERMS
July and August £5,000 per week
June and September £3,680 per week
All other months £2,400 per week
Easter, Christmas and/or New Year £5,000 per week
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week, and will begin and end on a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5pm on the commencement day, and should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure. They will be welcomed on arrival and shown around the property.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £750 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
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