(FDC) Domaine de Colombat
- Local Area
- Shared pool
- Table Tennis
- Satellite TV
- Woodland walks
- Fishing lake
- Private off road parking
- Tennis courts nearby
- Golf courses nearby
- Cycle hire available
- Cafe/bar 4km
- Restaurants and shops 6km
Domaine de Colombat, a charming one bedroom cottage in a peaceful location with shared use of the owners swimming pool. A quiet location surrounded by countryside and woodland walks. Set in the Perigord, Dordogne, near Mussidan south west France
One bedroom with either twin beds or a large king double with a “zip and link” mattress. The cottage allows 2 guests in total.
This pretty gite, part of the 16th century “Chartreuse” Domaine de Colombat, was built in 1594 by King Henri IV of France and has the benefit of being all on one floor. Attached to the owners’ house and has its own private entrance, this is the only rented part of the property. The owners, a retired couple and very keen gardeners welcome you to their idyllic and peaceful setting, a large estate surrounded by mature gardens and its own countryside and woodland.
There are walks around the property and woodland, a path takes you down to the large lake which is a beautiful spot for sitting and watching the visiting wildlife. The house is set at the end of a long private tree-lined carriage driveway, there is plenty of space for parking; including undercover if you wish.
You have full access to the estate which consists of 110 acres of grassland, oak, chestnut and pine woods with a well-maintained woodland walk, a fishing lake and lovely gardens.
The nearest village is St Front de Pradoux (4km / 5-minute drive) which has an Artisan Boulangerie with super bread and a supermarket. Mussidan with restaurants (6km), a mix of shops and a small high street and holds a traditional French market every Saturday morning.
This charming room is flanked with original thick stone walls. A comfortable sofa and armchair are set around the wood burner and there is a small table with two chairs with views over the gardens and the owners vegetable garden. TV with French and English channels, a DVD player and a selection of DVD’s to watch and plenty of books to read.
Modern country kitchen with lots of cupboard space and a dining table. Facilities include; Dishwasher Refrigerator with freezer compartment Electric oven Gas hob Microwave Kettle Toaster Cafetiere
Washing machine, iron, ironing board, hoover etc. shared with the owner, both guests and the owner have separate access. Additional shared freezers in the barn with nearby direct access.
The bed can be either a king-size double or can be split into two singles if required (zip and link). Lots of built-in wardrobe space and drawers. Mosquito net. There is a TV with a DVD player for watching films (no TV channels). A fan and hairdryer are provided.
Modern en-suite bathroom with a feature bath, separate walk-in shower, wc and washbasin.
Cleaning, towels and linen
Bed linen and bath towels are provided and included in the price.
Garden, woodlands and lake
Walkout from the sitting room onto your own private covered terrace with table, chairs and lounger chairs with views over the paddock. Charcoal BBQ. Southwest facing for stunning sunsets.
The estate consists of 110 acres of grassland, oak, chestnut and pine woods, explore the well-maintained woodland walks crisscross each other with benches for a rest. The “secrete garden”, an open glade in the forest with a picnic bench is a lovely quiet spot for a picnic. There is also a lake where you can watch the wildlife or do some fishing, fish include Carp to a few pounds and Zander.
If you love nature you will feel at home here, there are many types of wildlife including deer, wild boar, birds of all kinds including kingfishers on the lake. Beautiful well kept mature gardens surround the property. Driveway and parking area.
The pool (shared with the owners) is situated in front of the owners’ side of the property. The owners are quite private and generally, rarely use the pool themselves. The pool measures 10m x 5m and is 1.5m deep throughout. The pool is open throughout the year. A large sun terrace surrounds the pool with beautiful garden views.
The nearest village is St Front de Pradoux (4km / 5 minute drive) which has an Artisan Boulanger with super bread and a supermarket. This could be walked or cycled to via a quieter road (3.8km), 50 minutes to walk or around 18 minutes to cycle.
Cycle hire is available delivered to the property.
Mussidan (6km) with restaurants, a mix of shops and a small high street. There are many towns and villages within easy striking distance to explore; Bergerac 30km, Riberac 23km, Brantome 50km, Perigueux 40km, Saint Émilion 57km, Bordeaux 108km, Verteillac 30km, Aubeterre 35km, Sainte Foy la Grande 36km, Castillon la Bataille 48km.
Market days: Montpon is Wednesday. Riberac is Friday. Bergerac is Wednesday and Saturday. Perigueux is Wednesday Mussidan is Saturday.
For more information on the area and the region please click on the ‘Local Area‘ tab above.
History of the estate
Colombat in its present Chartreuse style was built in 1594 on the site of an 11th-century religious refuge. Many references state that the house was built by Henry IV, King of France and Navarre as a hunting lodge and resting place on his journeys between Pau and Paris. Henry decreed that every family in France should be able to eat chicken once a week (Poule au Pot) and legend have it that this idea came about whilst he was enjoying the wonderful food and hospitality of the Perigord here in the Foret de la Double. In those days Colombat lands went down to the river Isle and the Port of Mussidan, from where produce from the estate would have been shipped downriver to Libourne and Bordeaux.
After the revolution, Napoleon gifted Colombat to one of his Generals, Joseph Morand, who following his death in the battle of Lunebourg on April 2nd 1813 was buried here on the estate. After the second world war, his body was exhumed and reburied in the St. Etienne cemetery.
Colombat was occupied during the war by the resistance and was the HQ of the 4mme Battalion Group Francoise, Brigade Demorney. Resistance supply drops were made by the RAF into the field behind the house and on one occasion a parachutist was caught up by his parachute on the roof of the barn opposite. Not for long as the ladies of St Front liberated him to have the silk from his parachute to make underwear! (The current owner was fortunate to meet these formidable ladies at a resistance lunch not long after they moved to the house).
The house was attacked by Nazi troops on two occasions and one of the house restorations was to strip off all the concrete that had been covering the external walls to cover the damage. About the above, visitors interested in the history of the resistance and the Marquis can visit the memorial at Camp Virole and the resistance museum at St Etienne Marie.
The 15th Century church nearby is well worth a visit too. Visitors can also see a Nazi troop carrier still in the woods, which has been traced back to an order placed by the Wermacht with Citroen in 1942. This vehicle was captured by the Maquis and used in the attack on Montpon station in 1944 and other raids on the retreating Nazis, namely the much-feared “DAS Reich” 11th Panzer division responsible for the massacre at Oradur sur Glame and over 50 hostages in Mussidan.
- Bergerac 40 km (40 minutes drive)
- Bordeaux 115km
- Limoges 135km
- Brive Souillac 127km
- Périgueux (Paris line) 43km
- Bergerac (Bordeaux line) 31km
- Bordeaux (TGV). Bordeaux station 106km
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What to do locally near Ribérac in the Dordogne region
The nearest village is St Front de Pradoux (4km / 5 minute drive) which has an Artisan Boulanger with super bread and a supermarket. Mussidan (6km) with restaurants, a mix of shops with a small high street. Market day is Saturday. Lou Marmitou
Saint Émilion 57km, Bergerac 30km, Bordeaux 108km, Riberac 23km, Verteillac 30km, Brantome 50km, Perigueux 40km, Aubeterre 35km, Sainte Foy la Grande 36km, Castillon la Bataille 48km.
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.
There is canoe hire at 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.
Verteillac (with public tennis courts) 30km.
Aubeterre is another fascinating place where you can also canoe and it has a monolithic church and quaint lanes overlooked by a lovely chateau. Restaurants can be found in all of these beautiful places.
Aubeterre is 35km, things to do Aubeterre Tripadvisor, Canoe hire, town information and also a Monolithic church.
Bergerac 30km. Markets Saturday and Wednesday. Boat trips on the Dordogne river.
Monbazillac chateau (famous for its gorgeous sweet white wine) nearby is also worth a visit.
Bordeaux 108km. Beautiful major city with an abundance of things to do including; museums, opera house, shopping, wine museum and antique quarter.
Abbey at Echourgnac ” Vespers” has a choir practice between 5;00 – 5;45 pm, shop closes 5-30 pm. (20mins away) Chateau Milandes with falcon display (1 hr).
Issigeac one of the most beautiful villages in France, artisan market on Sunday mornings Lascaux Prehistoric caves and new museum Lascaux Gouffre de Proumeyssac (underground caves).
Audrix Hautefort chateau Maison forte de Reignac Roque St. Christophe.
Visit 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.
Saint Émilion 57km. World-famous medieval town with cobbled streets, monolithic church, stunning architecture and wine caves.
Brantome 50km. A “must-do” with its abbey and lovely river – canoeing there is very good. Known as the French ‘Little Venice’.
Perigueux 40km. The Citadel and the Cathedral St Front markets Wednesday and Saturdays.
Sainte Foy la Grande 36km. Set on the Dordogne river and has a famous weekly Saturday morning market.
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 is an excellent lake with a man-made beach, two restaurants and pleasant woodland walks and bike trails, just 20 minutes away (19km) at La Jemaye.
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. The Dordogne guide and information Gironde bike information or Dordogne bike information Bike hire can be delivered to your door, view prices and book – click here for details. Bike Hire Direct, cycle hire