(FLT) Les Tulipiers, Welcoming family holiday home, secure pool, in the Dordogne SW France
- Local Area
- Private 10m x 5m Pool
- Heated swimming pool
- Pool security cover
- Modern fitted kitchen
- Dog friendly
- Ground floor bedroom
- Ground floor wc
- Hairdryers (4)
- Room fans (4)
- Mature garden
- Table tennis
- Off-road parking
- Free WiFi
- Cot (1) and highchair (1)
- Stair gate (1)
- Satellite TV and radio
- Walk to weekly markets
- Walk to bars, restaurants, shops
Les Tulipiers is a 4 bedroom 4 bathroom holiday home just five minutes walk from the charming market square of Ribérac in the Dordogne, France. Complete with private heated pool, and garden.
The whole property consists of two maison bourgeoises, built in 1888, which were once the home of Achille Urbain, the professor after whom our street was named.
Les Tulipiers is one of the two houses and is now a well-appointed and stylish retreat offering holiday accommodation. Across the large courtyard sits the other house, with its two Périgord-style towers, where owners Peter and Lesley live. They do have a very well behaved dog.
Les Tulipiers is ideally situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of Riberac, yet in an area that is quiet and green. Many of our guests have commented on how it feels as if we are in the country, surrounded as we are by established trees and gardens.
A complimentary apéritif is offered to Les Tulipiers guests who dine at Le Chabrot, an excellent local restaurant (Full details provided on arrival)
The professor would no doubt be delighted to see what has become of the twin Virginian tulip trees, magnificent Magnolia Grandiflora, yew, box and numerous other species which he nurtured. All are flourishing and look particularly splendid when they are illuminated at night.
In what was once the professor’s orchard, there now lies a secluded 10 x 5 metre heated swimming pool. It has been sited diagonally across the garden to allow the maximum benefit from the sun.
Peter and Lesley have restored Les Tulipiers carefully, retaining most of the original features, whilst installing modern plumbing, heating, Wi-Fi, and English speaking British Freesat television. They have created a welcoming environment, set in pretty gardens, where there is always a shady spot in which to read or enjoy a glass of wine.
The living area is open plan with the lounge, kitchen and dining table.
A comfortable lounge seating 8.
The tv has an HDMI input to allow you to input your own streaming device if you wish. there is are DVD and a CD player. English speaking satellite television. French speaking channels are being installed. Internet access Wifi.
Fully-equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge-freezer and microwave.
Dining table seating 8 guests.
Central heating for the cooler months.
Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board.
Grenier: Is a large room with double height oak beamed ceiling. King size bed 160 x 200cm. Twin aspect windows with views of the garden and the front courtyard.
En-suite shower room with wc.
The East room: Is a light and airy room with twin beds, two 90 x 190cm or large king-size bed can be configured as 180 x 190cm. Twin aspect windows with views towards the town and the front courtyard.
En-suite shower room with wc.
The West room: Is a spacious room with a king-size bed 150 x 200cm. Twin aspect windows with views of the garden and the front courtyard.
En-suite bathroom with wc.
The Studio: Situated on the ground floor, double bed 140 x 190cm. Its own entrance to the front courtyard terrace, twin aspect.
En-suite shower room with a separate wc.
Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided and are included in the price. Hairdryers and fans in each room.
There are two proper cots and two high chairs available at the property.
Table tennis, two single guest beds and a sofa bed, if required.
Baby facilities: There are two proper cots and two high chairs and a stair gate can all be supplied on request. The stair gate can be easily moved around to wherever it is required.
Outside and the garden
The owners live opposite Les Tulipiers. They are very discreet and unless you would like some advice or information, they will allow you to enjoy this lovely property and its gardens in peace. There is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their privacy.
Large mature gardens with sunny seating areas and still plenty of shade under the trees and parasols if you require. Outside table and chairs for 8.
Private off-road parking for up to 3 cars.
Private swimming pool
Set in the pretty garden is the private 10m x 5m heated pool which is 1.7m at the deepest point. There is a rigid security cover, sun terrace with loungers and parasols, and a handy wc in the pump house.
The pool is open from late Spring to Early Autumn.
Pool heating is included during certain dates and can be ordered as an extra during all other dates when the pool is open, charged at £100 per week.
Please see the ‘Price’ section for specific dates and details.
Local area and what to do
Les Tulipiers has lots to offer being just a short walk away from the restaurants, cafés and shops of Ribérac. In the area there are many activities and places to visit, please click on the ‘Local area’ tab above for more information.
- Bergerac 60 km
- Bordeaux 120km
- Limoges 117km
- Angouleme 59km – Eurostar/TGV
- Mussidan 29km – for the train to/from Bordeaux
- Calais 794km
- Caen 530km
The local area and what to do, Ribérac and the Dordogne, France
Les Tulipiers has lots to offer being just a short walk away from the restaurants, cafés and shops of Ribérac. This delightful country town also has tennis courts, a cinema which often shows English-language films and a renowned Friday market, where you can buy antiques, soap, jewellery, delicious local produce, pottery, linen and vintage clothing, – you name it – it’s there. There is also a smaller farmers’ market on Tuesday mornings. The town has medical and dental facilities, pharmacies, bakeries, banks, supermarkets and, if you are thinking of buying a house in the region, there are several estate agents.
Five minutes’ drive takes you to Canoes Ribérac, where you can hire a kayak or canoe for the day or a few hours and explore the river Dronne. Take a picnic lunch and look out for the wildlife.
Riberac hosts many musical events during the summer, ranging from classical Baroque to blues, jazz, rock and folk.
There is good walking in and around Ribérac and for those who love old buildings, a superb circuit of Romanesque churches is on the doorstep. Mushrooms of various types love it here and there are guided outings for those who wish to find and cook with them. The Dordogne has attracted countless artists, professional and less so and one could do no better for a subject than the very attractive view of Ribérac and its churches, from the house itself.
Ribérac is well-placed for visits to Bourdeilles and Brantôme, the monolithic church of Aubeterre and the very pretty town of Verteillac – home of night markets, music and good eating places. Périgueux, the region’s capital, is half an hour away by car and well worth a visit so that you can see its cathedral and wander through cobbled streets and squares that would grace any film set. It has a first-class Roman museum, a Wednesday and Saturday market and a museum of the Périgord region, housed in a magnificent building with parking nearby.
The magnificent city of Bordeaux and the unmissable town of St Emilion are about an hour and a half away by car. We can suggest possible wine tours and tastings if you are interested in learning about or buying wine. Whilst on that theme, we are about an hour’s drive from Cognac and Jarnac, where the scent of cognac is in the air.
If you like rummaging around for brocante, you will find plenty of opportunities to do so, perhaps at one of the many vide greniers held throughout the summer in towns and villages nearby. They often include a fishing competition, moules frites and a firework finale. Nearby La Rochebeaucourt includes duck racing in its summer festival. If you wish to view the area from the sky, there are very reasonably-priced flights in small aircraft from the flying club at Périgueux or you could even try hot-air ballooning.
There are 2 local golf courses.
There is an excellent lake with a man-made beach, two restaurants and pleasant woodland walks and bike trails, just 20 minutes away at La Jemaye.
Gardens – Near and far
Autumn in the Dordogne is usually quite mild and the abundance of deciduous woodland makes for some spectacular colours. Your cuisine could be enhanced by the addition of some local mushrooms or truffles. At this time, one might notice the aroma of wood smoke in the air as people begin to light their log fires and our garden will be carpeted with wild cyclamen.
When spring arrives, our orchard is a riot of cherry, plum, apple, peach and pear blossom, followed by Japanese quince and early peonies. Throughout the year, you are likely to catch a glimpse of our resident red squirrels chasing each other through the trees.
The area has a variety of gardens to visit but our favourite is at Sardy, about an hour’s drive from here. It is an elegant Italianate garden that is beautiful, natural and unpretentious and from which one can take ideas for one’s own garden. If you prefer something more thought-provoking, the Gardens of the Imagination at Terrasson are just over an hour away.
Sandy Beach, Water sports
There is an excellent lake with a man-made sandy beach, canoe hire, two restaurants with facilities, pleasant woodland walks and bike trails, just 15km away at Grand Etang de la Jemaye.
Lac Jemaye TripAdvisor link
Cycle hire, Bike hire
The countryside around our properties is popular for cycling, whether it’s just a gentle ride around to explore or if you are a keen cyclist, a long training ride on fantastic stretches of road to get the blood pumping whilst taking in the fantastic views.
Bring your own bike or bike hire is available, we recommend booking in advance.
Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire