Maine de la Garde
St Martin de Ribérac
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The present owners, John and Pippa Bromell, discovered Maine de la Garde at the end of a summer holiday spent at a gîte in nearby Siorac de Ribérac. We fell in love with its character, the space and the breathtaking views straight away, and it became ours in January 2008. 'Maine de la Garde' means 'watch tower' or 'vantage point' - and it is easy to see how it got its name.

The house has stone walls two feet thick, oak beams, and fireplaces almost big enough to stand in. It was restored by the previous owner, Nancy Roberts, a locally well-known and very popular artist. Nancy has returned to her native America, but you will find many prints of her paintings decorating the walls of the house - as well as hanging in the local Mairie and the doctor's surgery!

The accommodation includes four bedrooms and is spacious, comfortable and homely rather than luxurious.
 
Ground floor: Entrance hall. 'Grande salle' with kitchen, living and dining areas. The kitchen is well-equipped, with a dishwasher, gas cooker, microwave oven, toaster, and fridge/freezer. Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Living room with satellite TV (English channels), video and DVD player, a variety of games for the children and plenty of books for the grown ups. Wi-fi internet access is available. Inner hallway with desk and sofa. Master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, washbasin and W.C. Bedroom with twin-beds. Separate bathroom with shower, washbasin and W.C.
 
First floor: (Completed in 2012.) Landing with sofa. Bedroom with double-bed. Bedroom with twin beds.  

The house has central heating for the colder months of the year.

Outside, there is a garden with flower beds and lawn, mature trees, and a large 'meadow' area which is covered in wild flowers from Spring until our neighbouring farmer comes to cut it in August. Tables and chairs are provided for eating outdoors, and there is a barbecue. There are several outbuildings, including a vast barn. Le Pigeonnier is about 40 yards away from the house.

The 12m x 5m heated swimming pool is open from the beginning of May until the end of September.

There is covered parking for two cars parked nose to tail. 
The House
Living room
Grande salle - kitchen area
Grande salle - living area
Ground floor master bedroom
Ground-floor twin-bedded room
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