La Chaise consists of a pair of stone farm buildings, a couple of centuries old, set on an organic sheep farm in a ten acre (24 hectare) clearing in the woods at the head of a secluded valley.
Both houses have the region's traditional red clay roof tiles and are floored with terracotta tiles downstairs and chestnut boards upstairs.
Each house has its own garden, terrace, and separate access to the swimming pool which is also in its own, child-proof, fenced garden.
Guests can enjoy a 5 x 10 metre outdoor pool and a private eight hole golf course on the property. The golf course is 2200 yards, par 30. The owners can supply a set of children's clubs and a few adult clubs.
The nearest village is Mensignac, two kilometres away. The traditional village store stocks everything and sells the best bread for miles around. Mensignac also has a good butcher and a cafe-bar. For more serious daily shopping, Saint-Astier, nine kilometres away, has three supermarkets, a grocer, two butchers and four bakers - two of whom do excellent pastries. Of several restaurants, the best is probably the Chapeau Rouge which has a delightful garden.
Saint-Astier also has its own tourist office which will provide maps of cycling and walking paths. The town has a large covered swimming pool with a roof that can be opened in high summer. Market day is Thursday morning with a smaller market on Sunday mornings.
The Perigord is divided into four areas, each designated by a colour. La Chaise is in the Perigord Blanc, so named for the chalk stone used to build its houses and castles. The Perigord Vert is a largely agricultural area whose main town is Riberac, site of an excellent market every Friday.
The Périgord Noir, so called because of its deep, narrow valleys and houses with steep slate roofs, is the setting of the Dordogne's two most popular tourist towns, Domme and Sarlat, both an hour away. Finally, the Périgord Pourpre, named for the grape harvest, is set around the wine area of Bergerac.
A trip along the Dordogne river in a local boat called a garbarre is the easiest way to see the historic châteaux that line its banks, but set aside a day to visit some of the finest châeaux, such as Hautefort, famous for its formal gardens.
The Renaissance town of Brantôme, half an hour from La Chaise, is particularly attractive, small enough to walk around, and has some very good restaurants. The town has an arts and crafts community making jewellery, glassware, clothing, and woodwork from the local woods, walnut and cherry.
Brantôme is set on the Dronne, a trout river for which fishing permits can be bought locally. Many of the villages along the Dronne offer canoeing trips.
Perhaps the most famous attraction of the Dordogne region is Lascaux, site of the prehistoric cave paintings. The Dordogne's regional capital, Perigueux, is well worth visiting. Just 20 kilometres from La Chaise, it is important historically and architecturally. The old Renaissance quartier is now a beautifully preserved pedestrian area, and there are also Roman ruins to visit in the Vesone quarter.