AMERICAN STYLE FRIDGE/FREEZER
APPLE TV and DVD PLAYER
WASHING MACHINE AND TUMBLE DRYER
The C de V Group has provided gluten free holidays in the Dordogne for seven years. We know that travelling in France is not always easy and can cause concern for those with coeliac disease. "C h e f s" restaurant at the Chateau is always gluten free and is open Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday for lunch throughout the season.gluten-free
For self-catering guests with gluten free requirements, please let us know in advance. We can supply a separate toaster, deliver bread or we can stock the house with
flours, pastas and to make your stay as easy and worry-free as possible.
Built in the 1700's, this exquisite and romantic village townhouse in the heart of the small country village of Villars, has been renovated to the highest standards, for your pleasure and enjoyment. Les Sabots is all about luxury for your holiday in France!
Les Sabots stands midway up Rue du Moulin, which leads up to the village squares, with street parking directly outside the front door. Step inside to be enveloped in Sabots' comfort and beauty! The original features of Les Sabots have been carefully retained - the magnificent original oak beams throughout the house, the original fireplaces, and even the the stone sinks have been left in place as decorative touches.
The spacious living room and dining room are open plan on the ground floor, taking up one whole side of the house. Refurbished to a superb standard, it is hard not to feel relaxed in this light and airy living space.There are ample white sofas, sitting face to face, to settle into, whether for reading, chatting or enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail mixed at the bar overlooking the outside terrace
A low doorway gives access to the other side of the house, entirely taken up on the ground floor by a well-fitted kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen has two ‘oeil de boeuf’ windows that look out to the street and a deep white ceramic sink beneath a splendid wrought iron window.
The oven, with its four gas burners, sits in the old fireplace, and beneath an extractor fan system installed in the chimney. Ample counter space, with cupboards below, extends along the entire wall, and a magnificent old butcher block table stands in the centre of the kitchen. At the other end of the kitchen is the breakfast room with fridge (American style with ice-maker), antique breakfast table and a superb antique cupboard from an old presbytery which holds all the glassware and plates you could need - champagne and martini glasses included! No detail has been spared in equipping the kitchen so as to provide all the cooking utensils, pots and pans that might be needed for a French feast! And of course a modern dishwasher to make light of clearing up.
The floors throughout the downstairs of both sides of the house are large stone monastery tiles, creatively arranged and which beautifully offset the wood beams and add to the special atmosphere of Les Sabots.
Each romantic and stylish bedroom is reached by its own staircase and do not communicate on the bedroom level, making for two very private suites.
From the living room side of the house, an original staircase leads up to the ‘Medieval’ bedroom with its gleaming hardwood floors, iron chandelier, powerful oak desk, superior king size bed (which can be split into two single beds) and original (but non-working) fireplace. The ‘Medieval’ bedroom is entered through a small private sitting room overlooking the garden, off which there is the bathroom, fully tiled and in ‘wet room’ style with an open shower. The ‘Medieval’ suite enjoys the added benefit of a wood burning stove in the reading room for extra heating in winter.
The private garden is a sea of greenery. Flowing off the stone terrace immediately outside the house, the garden stretches down to the fields belonging to Chateau de Villars. From there you can catch glimpses of the Chateau’s small flock of Jacob sheep munching in the meadow. There is shade and there is sun. Plenty of places to sit, stretch out, relax. Once again the history of the house has been preserved. There are 100 year old wine barrels standing as testament to the period in the 19th century when wine was made for sale from grapes grown in vineyards above Chateau de Puyguilhem. There are remnants of the equipment used for the resident cart horse who delivered the wine. There is magnificent cider press. And finally there is the workshop used by the last ‘Sabots’ maker in Villars which has now been made into a sheltered and secluded sitting area, from which you can look out to the steeple of the medieval church of St Martial. Giving the house its name, wooden clogs were made here up until the mid 20th century.
In case of a rare cold day or in winter, there are electric radiators throughout the house, as well as two working fireplaces and a wood burning stove. In summer there is no need for air-conditioning as the thick stone walls help maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house.
For the comfort of all guests, Les Sabots in a non-smoking property, please smoke outside and use an ashtray.
But with the recent renovation, the 21st century has definitely arrived at Les Sabots! So you will find all the modern conveniences - double glazed windows throughout, dimmable lighting in all rooms for you to create your own ambience and romance, a Bose system for your I-pod, a DVD player and flat screen, wi-fi throughout the house with Apple TV, a Nespresso machine for your coffee hits, an American size fridge/freezer with ice and water dispenser, dishwasher, washer/dryer.
The dining area is at the terrace end of this side of the house. Its large oval dining table can seat up to eight and is perfect for enjoying lunch or dinner prepared from all the fresh produce found at nearby farms and local markets.
A discretely placed washing machine/dryer is available for use during your stay.
Flick through the magazines and guide books, select a DVD
from the Sabots collection and unwind!
(Les Sabots also has free-to-air UK television channels)
From the kitchen side of the house, another original staircase leads up to the panelled double doors which open into the ‘Renaissance’ suite. The bedroom is flooded with light from the large window which opens over the terrace and garden, looking out towards the low hills beyond. With honey coloured wooden floors and oak beams, the ‘Renaissance’ bedroom is warmed with colours of yellow and red, offset by the white plaster walls. Antique fireside chairs and wine tasting tables sit beside the fireplace. Entered through double doors, the spectacular bathroom makes use of an old chimney breast against which is set the sink and huge mirror. Gleaming white contrasts against wood and stone. A towel warming radiator is well-placed for the bath over which is suspended a rain shower head. As in the ‘Medieval’ bathroom, the ample fluffy towels and monogrammed bathrobes, complete the scene.
The colours and fabrics used in both bedrooms ease you into a sense of calm and relaxation. The comfortable oversized beds, duvets, and luxury linens sooth you into a refreshing nightly slumber. Close the shutters as well as the curtains if you want a completely dark environment or leave them open to look out at the starry night skies of the Villars’ valley. There is little ambient light in this little village and the silence at night is astounding. There’s nothing to disturb you!
Above the ‘Medieval’ suite, at the top of that side of the house, is a large bedroom and sitting room, with a double bed. Guests using this room would share the ‘Medieval’ suite’s bathroom. It is most suitable, by special arrangement, for an extra adult or child over 12. It is not suitable for young children because of the changing floor levels. Alternatively it does provide another private suite should that be needed by adults. Les Sabots is ideally suited to 4 but 5 is possible using the upstairs bonus room .
The stone terrace is just one of your 'rooms outside'. With doors opening onto it from the breakfast room and from the dining room, your private space outside is never far away! Outdoor eating is always a special experience at Sabots, whether on the wood decking under the pergola at the long wood table or sitting a the iron table under the blue sun umbrella, having your coffee in the morning listening to the song birds and church bells. And at night, there are candles to be lit as the sun goes down!
The stone barbeque stands adjacent to the terrace and the outside dining area. Alfresco cooking and dining is within easy reach! The herb garden often provides additional exquisite flavours for your kitchen. The peach tree and the fig tree might even provide fruit ripe for the picking during your stay.
Les Sabots was created with the same eye for design, convenience and luxury as for the adjoining Chateau de Villars, just a stone’s throw down the Rue du Moulin. Under the same ownership, adult guests staying at Sabots are always welcome to use and relax at the Chateau’s heated swimming pool (pool towels are provided).
From the bottom of Sabot's garden there are steps down into the Chateau's meadows, you can walk through the kitchen garden to the pool. You are always welcome to stroll in the Chateau’s grounds, to borrow a Chateau bicycle, to take an aperitif on the Chateau’s terrace or to book in for dinner in the Chateau’s intimate restaurant.
Indeed, rural peace and quiet, with CdeV luxury and a warm CdeV welcome, awaits guests staying at Les Sabots!