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Maison Ballard - Restored, old Villa with private walled pool & Dordogne vistas

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5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
14 guests
4 nights minimum
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Beautifully restored old riverside Villa with elegant, sweeping exterior stone staircase and balcony, with honey-stoned facade and traditional shutters, offering stunning views over the Dordogne, flowing at the bottom of the garden. Soak up the sun on steam loungers in the private, secluded, pool/pool house area, do a little fishing from the river bank, or make your own pizza baked in the large, wood-fired pizza/bread oven. Enjoy dining on the perfectly set cobbled terrace, or sit in the evening under the terracotta pantiled loggia, overlooking the illuminated pool. With its classic, graceful character extending to exposed beams, local stone walls and cool, tiled floors, Maison Ballard has been carefully restored and arranged over 4 floors for extended family and friends' groups in min...Beautifully restored old riverside Villa with elegant, sweeping exterior stone staircase and balcony, with honey-stoned facade and traditional shutters, offering stunning views over the Dordogne, flowing at the bottom of the garden. Soak up the sun on steam loungers in the private, secluded, pool/pool house area, do a little fishing from the river bank, or make your own pizza baked in the large, wood-fired pizza/bread oven. Enjoy dining on the perfectly set cobbled terrace, or sit in the evening under the terracotta pantiled loggia, overlooking the illuminated pool. With its classic, graceful character extending to exposed beams, local stone walls and cool, tiled floors, Maison Ballard has been carefully restored and arranged over 4 floors for extended family and friends' groups in mind, with five good-sized bedrooms (3 ensuite, plus large family bathroom) Four of them looking directly over the river. For extra comfort, all bedrooms have wooden shutters and cooling ceiling or floor fans. The bright, well-equipped, granite-topped kitchen has a range cooker and all modern appliances, including an american style fridge/freezer dispensing cool filtered water and ice, plus a large kitchen table that seats 8. Off the kitchen is a small balcony giving a wonderful promontory to breakfast on and watch the early, misty, river, or to just sit on later in the day to watch the abundant bank-side bird life and see the occasional boat go lazily by. The house has a separate, tiled sitting room with french window to balcony and views over the river; plus a second large, sitting room/play room beneath, both with good UK terrestrial TV, Netflix, Amazon, etc. The small hamlet of Port de Couze on the bridge is close by and has 2 boulangeries, a cafe bistro 'sur le pont', a delicatessen for local produce, a mini market and a couple of good restaurants on the river, all less than 200 meters from the house. Outside, Maison Ballard has landscaped gardens with superb uninterrupted vistas across the river valley and reflective Dordogne river along to the graceful arches of the 'Pont de Couze' and direct access to the river bank. It offers a variety of different areas for sunbathing, and some quiet, secluded spaces and corners to read or snooze in. All have comfortable outdoor garden and pool furniture, generously dotted around, allowing Guests to sit out relax, eat and talk in comfort. To the front is a private, walled, swimming pool (heated) with its own pool house/bar for evening drinks, and a large granite-topped preparation area and wood fired pizza/bread oven (old, local vine wood can be provided) for special family 'make your own pizza' nights, or start your own 'Bake-off' competitions! A corner loggia with pantiled roof and an extensive adjoining cobbled patio area with firepit, provides a shady refuge from the sun during the day and a cool, relaxing place to eat and drink 'al fresco' under in the evenings. To the rear a grand, sweeping stone staircase leads down to a grassy play area for games and further beneath a raised sitting area onto the river banks. Comfortable sofa/chairs provide the perfect location to sit and take in stunning river views, and watch the glistening setting sun through the bridge's arches. The highlight of any Dordogne visit is a lazy day on the river drifting downstream in a canoe/kayak, post breathtaking chateaux and troglodyte villages hewn deep into the river's rocky banks and escapments. Located on the outskirts of the Bastide town of Lalinde (2.5k), with its colourful market (Thursdays), the house is a short cycle ride or 25 mins walk along the tree-lined canal to Lalinde for lovely market square and medieval remnant walls.Also good-sized Hypermarche, charcuteries, boulangeries and bars/restaurants. Maison Ballard is a graceful, old river villa retreat with landscaped gardens, set in the historic Bastides towns region, with its prominent position firmly focused on the river and its associated life. If your plans are to visit and explore the area in a larger family/friends group (20+) Maison Ballard can be connected with the neighbouring property (Maison Cinq Arches) by opening the large double garden gates on the river side to create a truly magnificent through garden river vista venue with lots of special places nooks and 2 pools, front and rear! Price reductions considered for smaller groups in less busy periods for Maison Ballard. Prices on application for larger groups in combined house options (Maison Ballard & Maison Cinq Arches).More
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About the Owner
Paul & Sarah D
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2007
Interaction with guests
There is a local Gardner who deals with pool maintenance during your stay and a cleaner who arranges the Changeovers and linen after your stay. She can provide additional cleaning/linen services, by arrangement. For emergencies there is a local English speaking property co-ordonator for Maison Ballard.
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Ceiling Fans
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Water Views
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Waterfront
Iron
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
Deck
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Are there nightlife options close to this holiday rental? YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Perfectly located in the 'Pays des Bastides' region for visiting the beautiful historic villages at Beaumont, Monpazier, Eymet, Issigeac, Le Buisson, Limeuil & Tremolat, all with their own unique markets. Well positioned in the 'Périgord Poupre' area for popular growing cellars of Pecharmant, Bergerac and the delicious sweet wines of Monbazillac and Saussinac, not forgetting the soft, pink summer rose See the panoramic views from the medieval citadel of Domme and the bustling market and town of Sarlat Activities to keep all ages busy: canoeing/kayaking, local cycle hire, fishing, troglodyte settlements, caves, go carting, bowling, tennis Giant hypermarket (Intermarche) near Bergerac (1k from the airport) to stock up on arrival
How to get there
The international airport at Bergerac is a conveniently short 20 minutes away by car, where a full range of national car hire services are available at the airport, right opposite the exit for your seamless onward journey. For journeys by car, follow suggested routes from the Channel Tunnel and Ferry Ports. There are Railway Stations with good connecting services at Bergerac & Lalinde, and even a one train a day service from Port de Couze station to Bordeaux.
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