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Tucked away at the end of a local road and at the edge of a small wood, this former Perigord farmhouse overlooking a spectacular borie of dry stones still shows delightful traces of its original vocation. The facades have preserved their plaster and wooden cladding, as if to openly affirm their agrarian origin. Every effort has been made to make this a warm and refined place, a deep desire to emphasise rural heritage and centuries-old expertise has been expressed with great delicacy. It is safe to say that authenticity, which we so often strive for today, has truly been achieved here.
Having loved architecture, old buildings and nature since childhood, I was looking for a farm to restore in a calm part of the Périgord Noir region. I fell in love with this property because it was exactly what I was looking for. The building was in a very bad way but the location of the property - a quiet area at the end of a dirt track that is only used by tractors - immediately enchanted me. It was like arriving at the "world's end" even though it is less than two kilometres from a charming riverside village with all the necessary amenities. I therefore devoted myself to restoring the property. From the floors to the roof, everything has been removed and reused as much as possible. It took a lot of bargain hunting to find flat tiles and beams to replace the defective ones.
It is a small 18th century farmhouse with a main building, a large barn (which is the oldest part of the property) that I transformed into a small private museum for my guests, and some smaller outbuildings including a chicken coop. The most special architectural feature is a dry stone shepherd's hut (in some regions it is called a borie, cazelle or gariotte). These huts were originally used by shepherds as shelters and tool sheds - they are masterpieces of rural architecture. The hut we have here is one of the largest and most beautiful in the region.
Farms in Tourtoirac produced cereals, corn and sheep - the village, at the edge of the Auvézère river, was a lively place with the Cistercian abbey in the 12th century and forges and mills in the 18th century. Truffles under stony ground and small oak trees were also gathered here. We pay homage to an adventurer born in Tourtoirac in 1825, he left for Aracaunie and was proclaimed king of Araucania and Patagonia in 1860 - he is buried in the cemetery of Tourtoirac.
A place where guests can rest and enjoy a change of scenery with the village and all amenities close by. A vegetable garden with tomatoes, pumpkins, rhubarb, aromatic and condiment plants, fruits such as grapes, gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries. A large library of regional books (literature, history, cuisine and heritage) is also available to our guests. The property was given five-stars by the Departmental Committee of Tourism.
In the land of the famous caves of Lascaux, prehistoric sites, and a large number of magnificent castles, the Dordogne is also known for its gastronomy. My favourites are Ferme Roulland and its unbeatable foie gras, walnuts from the Guillou orchards and the Truffière des Mérigots in Gabillou. Excellent goat cheeses and local products can be found in the nearby markets. As for restaurants, the two starred chefs of the "Vieux Logis" in Trémolat and the "Moulin de l'Abbaye" in Brantôme are not to be missed. On the road to Lascaux, I would recommend a stop at the Manoir d'Hautegente, the restaurant on the banks of the river is exquisite. Ten minutes from the village, "Les petits plaisirs" in Hautefort, serves excellently cooked products.
1500 € - 3950 € per week
On the ground floor of the house there is a 40 m2 room with a living room and fireplace, an open plan dining room and kitchen equipped with high-end household appliances, a 12 m2 bedroom with two separate beds (that can be pushed together to make a double bed) a private bathroom, a walk-in shower, a Perigord rock washbasin and a separate toilet. An inner courtyard with two hundred-year-old linden trees, ideal for breakfast and siestas in the shade of the summer sun, sits on one side of the ground floor, the other side features the swimming pool and the beautiful borie. Between floors is a 17m2 bedroom equipped with a large bed and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, sink and toilet. Under the eaves highlighting the old beams of the farmhouse, a large loft space of 60 m2 includes a bedroom with a double bed on a mezzanine, a bathroom with a bath, a sink carved from an oak trunk, a toilet, a living room overlooking the borie and the pool, and a second bedroom with two single beds. This last room has a curtain to separate if from the rest of the space. These two bedrooms share the same bathroom and toilet. The entire loft space comes with air conditioning.