This paradise is set in 40 acres of woods and fields with breathtaking views of the Maronne River Valley and the 12th Century Tours de Merle. These two recently refurbished and independent properties, the Farmhouse (Crozat) and Cottage (Le Four) are ideal for either a large family ( parents in one and kids out of the way in the other) or for two families who want to be together but need space or for young pensioners who can benefit from the glories of spring and autumn ( colours, mushrooms, walnuts and chestnuts on the property ), out of season. Retaining many original features Crozat has two large bedrooms each with 2 single or double beds. New tiled bathroom containing large bath and shower. The ground floor comprises large traditionally furnished sitting room with original working fireplace, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with wood burning stove. Outside are 2 large south facing terraces, one paved, one grassed .The 6m x 12m swimming pool is below the property
Eating Out: Full details of all the local restaurants in the area are contained in the information packs in each property. They range from Chez Viviane (5 mins.by car), simple, satisfying and cheap to La Vieille Auberge (5 mins) owned by the local Maire and excellent, to Auberge de St Julien aux Bois (10 mins).also very good. Further afield at Argentat (20 mins) there are 2 first class restaurants, one on the bank of the Dordogne, and for the adventuresome some other hidden gems in the area but a little further afield.
Sightseeing: You can either walk down through the fields and woods or drive the 5 mins to Les Tours de Merle, a 12th Century Feudal Citadel and a national historic monument.Situated on the borders of Le Lot, Auvergne and Limousin and 15 mins from the Dordogne River, there is a huge range of villages, churches,monuments and sights worth visiting. They range from Collonges La Rouge and Beaulieu sur Dordogne and the gorges and dams on the Dordogne River in Correze, to Salers,Puy Mary and the Volcanic Peaks of the Massif Central in Auvergne and treasures such as Conques and the many sights in the Lot. Locally there are a range of magnificent walks in the hidden hills and valleys that surround the property,canoeing, boat excursions and swimming on the Dordogne, horse riding from the local village, rock climbing for those so inclined. But above all the property offers peace and serenity, free from traffic, pollution and noise.
Commisioned from Sandhurst into 10th Gurkha Rifles. Served 25 years all over the world including Malayan Emergency, Borneo, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany, Northern Ireland, finishing as Defence Attach Baghdad. Then became Director of Marketing for British Aerospace and finally a Marketing Consultant.
My oldest French friend whom I met when he was at St Cyr and I was at Sandhurst came from this area and asked me for 30 years to buy a local property. I finally succombed on retirement largely to get out of my wife's hair a bit. but also because we immediately fell in love with the property which never reached the open market. His French family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters, born in the local Chateau with now 105 grandchildren have provided a huge support mechanism and introduced us to a wide group of French friends. I continue our love affair with France
A beautiful setting with the peace and tranquility it is so rare to find in our modern world. Totally surrounded by 40 acres giving us complete privacy but kind generous and supportive neighbours. Outstanding walks and always something to do as I cannot sit still.
Close to the borders of the Lot, Dordogne and Cantal (Auvergne), this paradise of peace and tranquillity sits above the 12th Century Tours de Merle, on the Franco British frontier during the 100 years war, in an undiscovered land of hills, woods and secret valleys, a utopia for walkers (the property lies in the centre of a range of magnificent walks), cyclists, equestrian and water enthusiasts. Medieval Chateaux and Churches, some of the most beautiful villages in France, (Collonges la Rouge, Salers amongst others) cultural festivals, canoeing on the Dordogne, some of the best food in France are all within easy reach. The local village St Cirque de Loutre (bread and essentials) is 5 mins by car and the main town 10 mins (all essentials including restaurants). Or you can just chill out and lay by the 6M x 12M pool, forget the tourists, pollution and stresses of modern life and relax in complete privacy and peace except for the sound of the birds, and odd rutting stag
Other Activities: Rock Climbing, Canoeing