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6 Feb, 2007
Les Taloches - La Châtaigne
Sleeping 12, this lovely old farmhouse has its own private pool,garden and plenty of space for everyone. On the edge of the pretty village of Tourtoirac, near Hautefort, it is part of the 19-acre estate of Les Taloches, once a traditional Perigord farm. A paradise for children of all ages with its large play area, games room and summer kitchen.
La Châtaigne is a picturesque old house with beams, exposed stonework and open fires. It is a large house with plenty of comfortable living space for large parties and all the mod cons for a comfortable holiday. There is a big living room with lots of comfy sofas,a large fireplace at each en and a big dining table - in case anyone should want to eat indoors!
The enormous kitchen has additional dining space and opens on to a big south-facing terrace overlooking the private pool and lovely countryside. The terrace has lighting for the night, a barbecue and a vine covered shady area. It is a perfect location for a relaxing sun downer! The terrace can be made secure for small children and of course the pool has secure safety fencing. Three of the five bedrooms are ensuite and some are heavily beamed - mind your head!
On the ground floor there is a pretty en-suite double bedroom which has its own access to the terrace. On the first floor, there is a double bedroom and a bedroom with bunks - these share a bathroom and separate toilet. Also a twin bedroom with an en-suite shower/toilet. On the top floor is a large double with an twin-bedded annexe and en-suite bathroom and toilet.
We welcome children and provide equipment for babies and toddlers and plenty of games and activities for older children.
Les Taloches is paradise for children of all ages with 19 acres of wood and meadow to explore, yet within walking distance of a pretty riverside village. In an unspoilt area of the Dordogne, it is close to the fairytale château of Hautefort. Gracing two sides of a large, lime-tree shaded courtyard are the oak-beamed farmhouse - La Châtaigne - and a huge stone barn - La Grange - now transformed into a superb house. Both are self-contained for privacy - each has its own large private pool, secluded garden and separate drive. Also on site, for the energetic, there is an adventure play area, badminton, table tennis, a games room and bikes, but the lovely location is ideally rural for those who just want to relax in the sunshine.
At Les Taloches apart from the woods and fields, there is a games room in the second barn, table tennis, badminton, a boules pitch, a sandpit, a substantial adventure playground, a playhouse and bicycles of varying sizes to borrow. Nearby are canoeing, tennis, fishing, horse-riding, the possibility of rock-climbing or caving and within half and hour, a lake for windsurfing, wake boarding or just using the nice beach. On our doorstep are miles of tracks for walking or riding. We are also within easy reach of both the hundreds of castles, caves, pre-historic sites like those at Lascaux and Les Eyzies, lakes with watersports, themed parks, medieval towns like Brantome and Sarlat and lively markets. There are lots of excellent restaurants nearby to sample the gastronomic delights of this region - duck, foie gras, truffles. However, we also have a lovely beamed 'summer kitchen' shaded by a lime tree, where we offer occasional evening meals (no baby-sitting or driving worries!).
What our guests say:
'Three generations here and plenty of space for us all - everyone from 10 month to 72 thoroughly enjoyed every aspect.' A P Leicester
'Second visit, just as great as the first and already planning our next visit.'A & H Herts
35km east of Perigueux and 8km from the chateau of Hautefort, Les Taloches is on the edge of the medieval village of Tourtoirac. In the Perigord Noir, it is easily reached by motorway - about 8 hours drive from Calais - and just over 1 hour from Bergerac and Limoges airports.