Holiday cottage in the Dordogne, France
 A converted stone-built barn in a superb position on the edge of a small village near Brantôme
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AROUND THE HOUSE
    The first thing people seem to notice when they arrive is the peace and quiet. The house faces south-west and looks out over a meadow and then woods. Depending on the season there are masses of wild flowers (literally hundreds of orchids in the spring), animals and butterflies. Lizards scamper up the outside walls and we have seen deer and red squirrels in the garden and wild boar in the woods. We have a bit more than an acre of land, which we keep under control with our neighbour’s help. Over the years we’ve lost several trees to old age but we’ve also planted about 30, including 10 in November 2015. A public footpath runs beside our land and goes on through the woods to join the vast network of footpaths and lanes.  One of the French system of long-distance footpaths (GR36, which runs from the Channel to the Pyrenees) passes just outside the village. Some of the local paths are organised into circular walks (details in the house). The local roads are very quiet and ideal for cycling (if you don't mind the hills).                   
    The local economy is based on small-scale farming and timber, with a very attractive  landscape of woods, limestone outcrops (and lots of dry stone walls) with rivers in the valley bottoms.
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