28 July 2009

Maison No. 20 - 2 bedroom apartment finished

Photo: Maison No. 20 Living Area

As a lot of you know, we have been very busy working on our latest venture in Eymet; Maison No. 20.
Apartment No. 1 was completed early this year but as Apartment No. 2 is a lot bigger it took a lot longer than Apartment No. 1 to complete.

The apartment has been designed in such a way that it can be rented as an entire apartment, perfect for families or two couples that are holidaying together or purely on a bed and breakfast (B&B) basis.

Photo: Maison No. 20 Entrance area

It comes complete with self contained kitchen, flat screen TV, DVD player, infact everything that you need is provided right down to the french cane shopping bag so that you can shop like a local.

Photo: Maison No. 20 Dining area

The furniture used in the apartment is a mixture of modern and antique pieces and has been sourced from around the world with many pieces being sourced from local brocantes and vide-greniers.

Photo: Maison No. 20 Chambre 1

The first bedroom can either be configured for two single beds or 1 large super king bed (180 x 200 cms).

Photo: Maison No. 20 Chambre 1

The building consists of two houses that have been merged which means that the bedrooms are some distance from one another hence privacy is assured.

Chambre 2 also contains a super king sized bed which was hand made to the owners requirements and has matching bedside cabinets.

There is also a lovely antique single bed perfect for a small child or alternatively for lounging on.

Photo: Maison No. 20 Chambre 2

In September 2009 there will be a small shop opening for guests use only which will stock local products and french gift items (new & antique).

In Spring 2010, the 3rd and final apartment is scheduled to open and will be perfect for guests that have limited mobility or simply prefer to be on the ground floor.

More information will be posted in due course about the shop and 3rd apartment.



24 July 2009

Dordogne Activities

The perfect day out - Chateau Margaux near Bordeaux

We have produced an insiders guide to Eymet, a one page guide to what we think are some of the key things to see and do during your stay with us at Maison No. 20. This can be found in the "Things to do" folder in the living area.

Today I found this list of things to do on the mrandmrssmith website and thought that you would be interested in reading about some of the activities that they recommend.

Dordogne Activities
Highlights the best Dordogne has to offer, from art and culture to fun-packed activities; we've even found the most inspiring place to enjoy the views from.

Worth getting out of bed for........

The village of La Roque-Gageac, near the charming mediaeval town of Sarlat, clings to the cliffs overlooking the Dordogne valley. The most striking view is from the ruins of the troglodyte fort at the top of a vertiginous ladder.

Arts and culture
The Dordogne is dotted with castles and châteaux. Two of the best are the Renaissance Château de Puyguilhem near the town of St-Jean-de-Côle and the very grand Château de Hautefort, with its wonderful gardens, northwest of Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Something for nothing
The suitably haughty statue of Cyrano de Bergerac takes pride of place in Bergerac’s Place Pélissière. The statue’s famously protruding nose is often stolen.

In Bergerac, Bille de Bois in Place du Docteur André Cayla is filled with old-fashioned wooden toys. There’s so much fabulous local wine to choose from; try the velvety Monbazillac, a sweet white wine often drunk to mark special occasions. There are markets in Bergerac on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Lalinde on Thursdays, Libourne on Fridays and Sarlat on Saturday. Bergerac’s fleamarket sells antiques and bric-à-brac on the first Sunday of the month.

Book two weeks in advance to visit the wine cellar of Château Margaux, north of Bordeaux. The neoclassical château produces some of the Médoc region’s finest wine. The cellars are closed in August and during the harvest (http://www.chateau-margaux.com/).

There is good canoeing on the Dordogne, between Argentat and Beynac. Copeyre in Souillac hires canoes and mountain bikes (www.copeyre.com). The Bergerac area is ideal for wine-tasting; contact www.vins-bergerac.fr for details. L’Essentiel, on Rue Guadet in St-Émilion, promotes ‘boutique’ producers and is stylish yet unstuffy (www.essentiel-vin.com). There’s a challenging nine-hole golf course at Château les Merles (http://www.lesmerles.com/).

An interesting list but we have a few secrets of our own up our sleeve, and I plan to share with you over the next coming weeks some of the things that we think are unique and make this area so special.

A bientot,

Leeann x

17 July 2009

September 2009 Key dates

Sat 5th Sept Rando en fête Monpazier, dès 14h30
Sat 5th Sept Marché Nocturne Monpazier, à partir de 19h

Sat 5th Sept Marche Gourmande ( Randonnée)Biron, à 18h

Sun 6th Sept Vide Grenier MonpazierRens : 05 53 22 68 59

Sat 12th and Sun 13th Sept Salon des Antiquaires Salle Anatole France, Bergerac

Sat 12th Sept Fête des Gabarriers et des VigneronsVieux Port, BergeracRestauration et animations sur les quais. L’après midi : joutes, chasse aux trésor, promenades en gabarre... ; en soirée : table des gabarriers avec animations musicales. Rens :

Sat 12th and 13th Sept Salon des Antiquaires BergeracSalle Anatole France,

Fri 18th and Sat 19th Sept Journées du Patrimoine - 500 ème Anniversaire du Pont Place Barbacane, Bergerac05.

Sat 19th Sept Discover archaeological sites and the Mégaliths Monpazier, 09:00-12:45 Départ à côté du Bistrot 2 à 9hTransport par voiture individuelle. Inscriptions 48h avant au 05 53 22 63 01
Sat 19th Sept Discover the Roman churches Monpazier, départ à côté du Bistrot 2 à 14h30Transport par voitures individuelles. Inscription 48h avant au 05 53 22 63 01
Journées européennes du Patrimoine Sat 19th et Sun 20th Sept EymetLe samedi 19 : découverte du patrimoine de Sadillac.Visite nocturne aux flambeaux musicale et contée. Participation gratuite, vente de torches et flambeaux : 2 €. Départ du bourg à 21h00.Le dimanche 20 : la bastide d'Eymet se dévoileConcours de peinture toute la journée dans les rues du centre historique.Visite guidée de la bastide. Départ 15h00 de l'Office de Tourisme.Informations : Office de Tourisme du Pays d'Eymet,

Sat 26th Sept Grass Track Champions of France Marmande

4 July 2009

August 2009 Events

Tuesday Night market Eymet

Every Thursday Night market Duras

Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Aug Festival Bastid'Art- street festival Miramont
Sat 1st Aug BODEGA-ASE EymetPlace Gambetta de 17h à 1h00.Entrée gratuite.Informations :
Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Aug Fete Votive Le Sauvetat

Sun 2nd Aug Vide Grenier Montignac de Lauzun
Sun 2nd Aug Vide Grenier Loubes Bernac
Eymet, Itinérance médiévale en Vallée du Dropt Fri 7th- Sun 9th Aug Medieval Festival

EymetDu vendredi 7 au dimanche 9 aoûtLe temps d'un week-end, Eymet se replonge au Moyen Age.Soirée cinéma, balade aux flambeaux en français et en anglais, marché médiéval, animations, grand banquet-spectacle le 09 août à 20h00 sur la place de la BastideInformations :

Sat 8th and Sun 9th Aug Duras Wine Fair - Chater wines will be there!
Sun 9th Aug Vide grenier Lauzun

Fri 14th Aug Night grass track MiramontSat 15th Aug Fête de l'huître et du vin blanc EymetToute la journée, Place de la Bastide.Informations :

Sat 15th Aug Foire a Tout Eymet- Vide grenier
Sat 15th Aug Fete du Rugby repas fireworks Miramont
Sat 15th Aug Vide Grenier Tonneins

Fri 21st Aug Marche Nocturne Miramont Fri 21st and Sat 22nd Aug L'Autre Festival FonroqueFestival pluridisciplinaire alliant musique, arts du cirque, arts visuels et jeux pour les enfants. Restauration et hébergement sur place.Le 21 de 19h00 à 3h00 (1 soirée 10€, les 2 à 15€)Le 22 de 15h00 à 4h00Camping Lou Tuquet, Fonroque.Informations :
Sat 22th DEJA VU, Classic Rock Band, music from the 60's to 80's with a couple of modern ones thrown in. Free concerts LE MAS D'AGENAIS:Under the market hall: Meal available at the bar 'Le Bateau Lavoir': Meals can be reserved on 06 73 84 15 93

Sun 23rd Aug- Domaine Chater Summer Fair -St Sernin de Duras from 11.00 am - 11.00 pm - Day time - Craft stalls, local produce stalls, entertainment. Evening - Hog Roast and entertainment. Food and drinks available all day long. Some of the funds raised will be going to charity.For more info click www.domainechater.com

Thurs 27th Aug Visite aux flambeaux Eymet Accompanied visit with music. Visit free. Torches 2 €. Leaving from l'Office de Tourisme à 21h30. Informations :