A peaceful rural retreat in the heart of the Dordogne, Dahlia is a three bedroom house located on a 1.5 hectare (4 acre) site of privately owned gîtes, with a large shared heated pool, three children's playgrounds, a badminton court and a boules court. It is suitable for up to six guests, and would also suit a couple or two couples.
Inside the two-storey house, the large living/dining area is double height, revealing the roof beams. A log burning fire provides warmth in cooler months. Sofas and armchairs let up to six people relax. A DVD player is available. French doors open onto the private terrace, which has an outdoor dining area for six and a chimney barbecue. Enjoy a meal outside while taking in the view of the medieval village of Carlux.
Off the main living area on the ground floor is a double bedroom, a bathroom and the kitchen.
The fitted kitchen is fully equipped for a self catering holiday, and includes a fridge-freezer and drinks fridge, a five burner hob/stovetop and eye level oven, a washing machine, clothes airer, iron, ironing board and a range of appliances such as kettle, toaster, and microwave.
The double bedroom has a king size bed, fitted wardrobes and a family bathroom. It also has doors opening onto the terrace.
Upstairs is a large family bedroom with a king size bed, a single bed, a travel cot and high chair. The mezzanine landing has a small library of English language books and games. Off the mezzanine landing is a single bedroom, which is connected to a spacious shower room.
A car park space is available outside the door for easy unloading. The sun terrace to the side of the house has sunbeds for 4 people and a parasol and looks over the gardens to the pool. The pool is open from May to September.
Within walking distance from the gîte, the medieval village of Carlux has a boulangerie (baker), grocery, doctor, dentist, a bar-restaurant and also a traditional restaurant rustique.
A fifteen minute drive will bring you to the richly historic medieval town of Sarlat with many shops, restaurants, banks and supermarkets, and a market on Wednesday and Saturday. There are more markets to be found every day in all the nearby villages, selling local produce, cheeses, meats and more.
There are swimming and picnic beaches all along the Dordogne river. Canoeing and kayaking are available at Rouffillac. A cycle and walking track runs along the banks of the Dordogne river, and for the more experienced walkers, the GR6 trail goes through Carlux.
Golf is at Chateau Montford, and tennis and horse riding can be found in Souillac. Fishing is available all along the Dordogne river. Theme parks of all types can be found between Souillac and Sarlat.
Two areas of history are represented in the Dordogne. The prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, dating back 17,000 years, are internationally renowned.
Medieval history is represented by the many chateaux, including Château Millande, the home of Josephine Baker, and Château de Castlenaud, which has a popular museum of medieval warfare, featuring reconstructions of siege engines and trebuchets.
The pilgrimage village of Rocamadour, built into a hillside, is well worth a visit. Don't miss the riverside villages of Beynac and Le Roc Gageac, and Domme, a crucial town in the turbulent medival history of the Templar sect. There are so many local chateaux that it's easier to take a balloon flight or an airplane ride and see them all in an afternoon.