- Detached House
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 2
- Reception rooms: 1
- Property size: 145 sqm
- Land size: 2 Acres
- Year built: 1970
Larger than average heated pool 10m x 6m
Attractive lighting to rear garden and pool, and automatic security lighting to front
Imposing, elegant property in grounds of approx 2 acres and small wood
In a major important touristic town with great facilities
New Fosse Septique installed in 2017
Very attractive pool and garden area to the rear
Open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area
Calm and tranquil area with woods and fields adjacent
Full basement suitable for conversion to additional living space
Cosy and warm with central heating and woodburner
This is a spacious house with 4 bedrooms (one on main living floor) and a larger than average, heated swimming pool. This elegant property, built in approximately 1978, sits imposingly in the middle of approximately 2 acres of land including a small wood, just above the stunning touristic town of Les Eyzies de Tayac. Surrounded by woods, fields and nature, it benefits from a large amount of space and a calm environment. There is a small, one storey house/bungalow on land to the rear of the property, which is well screened by woods and several evergreen laurel bushes. There are no other close neighbours. The lane to the front of the property is very quiet with hardly any traffic passing.
During the summer the house is run as a successful holiday property, so there is a business opportunity if that appeals. Equally it is perfect for all year round living, or as a holiday home.
There are two main floors to this well constructed house, and a full basement.
The rooms are spacious and elegant with mostly high ceilings.
The 'L' shaped lounge and dining room are reached via stone steps and double doors on a small terrace to the front of the house. On entering, the dining room is directly in front of you and the kitchen area is to the right. To the left as you enter the front doors is a square shaped lounge that features a large stone fireplace. There is a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, and a bathroom with slipper bath and rainshower opposite on this floor, and also the doors leading to the top floor and the basement.
Satellite TV and Wi-Fi are available.
An enclosed, curved wooden staircase leads upstairs, and turning through a door at the top there is facing you a large single bedroom with built in low cupboard storage and dormer window, with views over the treetops to the front. To the right of this bedroom, there is a large open office/sleeping area with built-in low cupboard storage, adjacent to which is a shower room and a separate WC. At the end of the open area, a door leads into a stunning spacious master bedroom that has great views over the treetops. There is a double bedroom at the end of a small corridor when turning left at the top of the stairs, large enough for a double and single bed. This bedroom also has built-in low cupboard storage and has views into the woods.
The decor throughout is mainly neutral and white with some wallpaper. There is mostly secondary glazing and central heating via radiators throughout. There is a woodburner in the lounge, and a much larger one in the basement which efficiently heats the water and all the radiators. There's the option of heating just the water, by turning off the radiators, and once heated to a good temperature the hot water will last for up to 3 days. This boiler is also connected to gas via a cisterne to the side of the rear garden so there is the option to use gas instead. There is also a separate electric water tank.
The kitchen area has been remodelled this year and now has shiny new ivory doors, an island and oak worktops. A Smeg range and dishwasher and a Teka double sink are new this year. The washing machine has been repositioned within the basement with a rotary clothes line on hand outside, and there's also a long clothes line within the rear garden. The kitchen lighting is very flexible and the lightbox gives ambience.
Another major update this year has been to the floor, which now features beautiful beige and cream travertine tiles throughout, giving the whole living/dining/kitchen area a real feeling of light and space.
Going outside to the rear, there is a large terrace with BBQ, and a curtained pergola. From here there are balustrade steps leading down to the pool. Stepping stones lead to the pool terrace under a pretty wooden honeysuckle and wisteria-clad pergola. The pool area is framed by many well established attractive plants, trees and bushes including vines and a fig tree, and features a little fountain.
The 10m x 6m swimming pool has Roman end steps and is a comfortable depth of 1.25m throughout. The pool can be heated via a very cost-effective pool heater on chilly days and a solar cover keeps it warm during the sunny days.
In-ground remotely controlled lighting has been installed around the pool, on the steps and within the garden, which makes it an enjoyable space to spend time during long summer evenings. There is also automatic sensor lighting to the front of the property, and lighting to the front gates.
There are many trees in and around the front garden and a border of shrubs and trees surrounds the lawn. There is a small wood which extends from one side of the front gates to the end of the rear garden which forms an 'L' shape. The entrance to the property is via white metal gates then along a drive to and around a large raised island full of established shrubs and flowers. There is parking for several cars on the drive, and a carport to the side
One room in the basement houses the central heating boiler, hot water tank, swimming pool filter pump, a sink and the washing machine. There is also a water softener in this room, although we have never used it. Just outside through the large double garage doors is a tap with garden hose and also the pool heater. This outside area is lit by automatic security lighting. The basement could easily be transformed into further accommodation if necessary, and two further good sized rooms are already formed at the other end. The large open space in the centre currently houses a table tennis table, pool table and the ride on lawnmower, but equally it could house at least 2 large cars comfortably.
Several improvements have been made to the house and garden since it was acquired by us in 2011. The downstairs bathroom has been totally remodelled and modernised, the swimming pool and terraces were added. The garden which frames the pool area was formed, and a wooden pergola and the steps and fountain area were created to enhance the whole environment. In 2015 some balustrade steps to the pool were added, together with remotely controlled lighting around the pool and garden. There is sensor lighting on the front of the house and at the front gates. A new 4000L fosse septique was installed at the end of 2017.
The surrounding environment is wooded and wonderfully tranquil. It's a short trip downhill to the village with its several shops, doctor's surgery, pharmacy, post office, cash dispensers, and restaurants, all in a beautiful riverside setting. Les Eyzies is a popular tourist town and caters well for the many visitors who come each year, mainly from April to October. There are a number of cafes and restaurants in the town which provide everything from pizzas and take-away snacks to award winning gourmet delights, and some restaurants stay open all year round. The two nearest larger towns of Le Bugue and St Cyprien are about 10 minutes by car and here you can find larger supermarkets (Carrefour, Lidl, Aldi, Intermarche), and in Le Bugue there are banks. The larger medieval town of Sarlat is approximately 25 minutes' drive and here can be found more services and official offices, as well as larger shops.
There are several interesting attractions in the area and the house is perfectly situated for major places of interest such as the Lascaux cave paintings, medieval Sarlat, Domme, Castelnaud, La Roque Gageac and so much more. Les Eyzies has fascinating pre-historic links, a museum, the Font de Gaume and amazing and beautiful grottos, and is situated alongside the massive River Vezere. For foodies there are 13+ restaurants in the town, and several lovely places to find delicious food all around this area!
Les Eyzies is approximately an hour's drive from Bergerac Airport (Ryanair), and slightly more from Brive Airport (Ryanair). Bordeaux (Easyjet) and Limoges (Ryanair) Airports are between 2 and 4 hours' drive. Driving from Calais takes approximately 9 hours, depending on stops and traffic conditions.
Floorplans are included here. More photos and information can be provided upon request.
Some furniture may be purchased by separate negotiation if required.