Luxury French gite, just outside the lovely market town of Riberac. Newly refurbished to a very high standard, with a large open-plan kitchen/family room (complete with underfloor heating), 3 double bedrooms (all with private shower/bath room). Private, heated pool built into a terraced slope over looking open fields surrounded by railings/gate and timber decking. Walk into the local village to make use of the local shop and Brasserie, or enjoy the rivers, chateau and vineyards further afield!
We know just how precious holiday-time is for most people, so here at Les Tilleuls we are all about creating the perfect opportunity for you to escape ‘the Every-day’, shift down a gear, and relax into the perfect holiday environment, with nothing to worry about but creating some amazing memories.
Whether you want to spend time with family, take time out for yourself, have a romantic week away from it all, or just get out and explore new places and immerse yourself in all things French, then a stay at Les Tilleuls is for you
The house is named 'Les Tilleuls' - pronounced ‘L-ay T-ee-UUL', & means ‘The Lime (or Linden) Trees’ The house takes its name from the two large Lime Trees which provide shade to its South facing terrasse, looking down, across the pool and the fields beyond. Lime trees are well loved for their large, heart shaped leaves (offering wonderful shade through the hot summer days) and their fragrant flowers, which are drunk as an infusion, famous for its calming and restorative properties.
The house is the perfect combination of a traditional stone farmhouse in an idyllic rural location, packed with history and character; and a comfortable, relaxed, modern family home, beautifully designed and refurbished, offering all mod-cons.
The house boasts a fully equipped, contemporary, top-of-the-range kitchen, as part of an open-plan family room with large sofas and dining table, for relaxed, social cooking and eating. This opens onto 2 connecting terrasses, South and West facing, to make the most of sun and shade throughout the day. This large space has a double height gallery and a huge arched doorway, plus 2 additional sets of french doors, flooding the room with light all day long. With its thick, field-stone walls and contemporary heated, tiled floor, it’s as cosy in winter as it is cool and airy throughout the summer.
There is also an adjoining snug, with stone fireplace, leather sofas and wood burning stove, for those quieter moments, so you can enjoy a good book or some music. It’s also super-cosy in the winter, with a roaring fire, warm blankets and a hot chocolate (or something a little stronger).
Both rooms come equipped with TVs, WIFI and UK Freesat channels, as well as an ‘Xbox 360 Kinect’ for emergencies! (NB. we don't currently have French TV at the house as the local signal isn't very strong). There are also an abundance of books and games that line the well-stocked shelves, as well as a full complement of family-friendly equipment and accessories (highchairs, cots, step stools, baby gates etc, as well as feeding & bathing items) for our younger guests.
On the 1st floor there are 3 double bedrooms, each with their own, beautifully appointed, contemporary bath/shower room (all with heated towel rails), as well as a large galleried landing with desk/work space (complete with colour printer) that looks out across the front terrasse and pool, perfect if you need to write/work or spend some time planning your next excursion.
Bedrooms, Linen & Laundry
The bedrooms can sleep a combination of guests, depending on your group, with Double, Family Room and Twin arrangements available & each has their own private bath/shower room.
The bedrooms/beds/baths are as follows:
- Bedroom 1 – Sleeps 2
South & West double aspect, overlooking the front terrasse, pool & fields
(ensuite shower room)
- Bedroom 2/Family Room - Sleeps 3 (+Cot +pull-out)
East Facing, overlooking the garden and valley beyond
‘Double’ (140cm) with additional ‘single/pull-out king’ (80/160cm) and cot (70x120cm)
(shower room adjacent)
- Bedroom 3 – Sleeps 2
Overlooking open fields to the rear
‘Twin/King’ (2 x 80/160cm).
(family bathroom w/shower adjacent)
*There is also an additional travel cot provided
All our bed-linen is Luxury white 300 thread count cotton & our towels are Delux 650g combed white Egyptian cotton. Bath sheets & hand towels are both included, 1 set each per guest.
*Please note, Pool Towels are not included.
There is a washing-machine and tumble-dryer in a separate laundry cupboard (laundry sundries provided) as well as a washing line, large clothes-airer, iron and ironing board. If you require a full set of fresh towels/bed linen or a housekeeping visit during your stay, these can be arranged on request, in advance, when you book.
Pool and gardens
The pool is heated and measures 7.3 x 3.8mtrs (& 1.3mtrs deep). It’s accessed down a set of stone steps & through a secure gate, off the large, south-facing terrasse. It is surrounded on 3 sides by a timber deck and railings and a pool alarm is also provided. There are a selection of teak sun-loungers, deck chairs and tables provided for your use and enjoyment around the pool.
The terrasses and gardens at Les Tilleuls are cut into a gently sloping plot that faces south. On the East side, closest to the house, is a flat area of lawn lined with plum and cherry trees. Towards the lower front corner of the gardens is the shady play area, with 2-story wooden play structure, slide, climbing wall and ‘crows nest’, all within view of the house and front terrasse. There is a hammock-swing that can accommodate babies and older children alike, as well as gym rings and a standard sling-swing, for those more accomplished!
Beneath the large lime tree on the front terrasse hangs a wonderful tree swing, which is always a firm favourite with our younger guests. There is a large gas grill/BBQ on the sunny West terrasse, along with table and chairs, perfect for eating late into the summer evenings. The shady front terrasse offers both relaxed garden sofas with fire pit, and large garden table seating 8, for shady lunches. The East terrasse gets the morning sun and has a pergola and an ancient grape vine that wraps around the house, the perfect spot for some fresh morning pastries, juice and coffee.
There is a footpath down into the adjoining woodland which leads to a small stream and large natural pond, ideal for spotting wildlife. There are all manner of newts, frogs, fish and birds, and even deer, red squirrels and otters make frequent appearances, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
There is ample parking for multiple vehicles at Les Tilleuls and you can pull cars right up to the front or side doors to unload luggage or shopping with ease. Details of a range of local shops, restaurants, amenities and attractions (as well as quick-start instructions for all equipment and appliances at the house) are provided for your information with the Welcome Book that will be left for you on arrival.
We ask that guests check in after 4pm and check out by 10am, as we like to have ample time to do a full and thorough changeover. If you have any questions at all regarding a stay at Les Tilleuls, please do get in touch via the message function and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
What else is on your doorstep?
If you fancy venturing out explore, there is a huge amount to see and do just a stone’s throw from Les Tilleuls.
The village centre of Villetoureix is an easy walk/cycle, with its friendly bar/restaurant and village shop with daily bread deliveries and local produce. It also boasts a pretty church and local primary school, as well as lovely park and picnic area on the banks of the river (next to the Salle des Fetes/Village Hall) with an outdoor cafe/restaurant that runs throughout the summer.
The near-by village of Vertillac, just to the North, has several lovely cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as colourful local produce markets and brocantes that run all year round,
The town of Ribérac is 3 miles/5km away and boasts a wonderful 12th century church, shady town square, several large supermarkets, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, doctors, pharmacies, and its large/famous weekly market (also open all year) with every kind of local food stall, alongside all manner of household items and locally produced arts and crafts.
There is plenty to see and do in the area, no matter what time of year you visit: river beaches, lakes and water sports at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Aulaye and La Jemaye, tennis courts in Villetoureix and Ribérac, horse riding and fishing, canoeing and kayaking all along the Dronne River Valley. There are many cycle routes and beautiful walks, not to mention the huge selection of quaint French villages, wondrous chateaux and vineyards, Roman ruins, and amazing pre-historic caves to explore within easy reach across the Perigord.
Day trips further afield:
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bordeaux, the amazing Dune du Pilat and the beautiful wine-producing region of Saint Emilion are all fabulous day-trip options to the SouthWest, as well as the breath-taking towns of Bordeilles and Brontome, carved into the rock-faces along the Dronne River to the North East. The famous attractions of Lascaux (with its pre-historic cave paintings) and Parc du Thot, and the wonderful chateaux and towns of Sarlat-le-Canade, Montignac, La Roque-Gageac & Domme, lay to the South East, in the environs of the Dordogne River valley and the Perigord Noir.
Villetoureix, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Frankrike