19th century house • 21st century comfort & convenience
Just five minutes' walk from the charming market square of Ribérac lie two maisons bourgeoises, built in 1888. These were once the home of Achille Urbain, the professor after whom our street was named. Les Tulipiers, one of the two houses, is now a well-appointed and stylish gîte available throughout the year.
Across the large courtyard sits the other Urbain house, with its two Périgord-style towers, where owners Peter and Lesley live. Bed and breakfast is available in one of the charming tower rooms of their house.
The professor would no doubt be delighted to see what has become of the twin Virginian tulip trees, magnificent Magnolia Grandiflora, yew, box and numerous other species which he nurtured. All are flourishing and look particularly splendid when they are illuminated at night.
In what was once the professor's orchard, there now lies a secluded 10 x 5 metre heated swimming pool. It has been sited diagonally across the garden so as to allow the maximum benefit from the sun.
Peter and Lesley have restored Les Tulipiers carefully, retaining most of the original features, whilst installing modern plumbing, heating, Wi-Fi, and Freesat television. They have created a welcoming environment, set in pretty gardens, where there is always a shady spot in which to read or enjoy a glass of wine.
|Beds and bedrooms||Sleeps up to 10 with four en suite bedrooms (one with bath). Linen and towels (inc. pool towels) provided
Grenier - 160 x 200 cm bed
East - 2 x 90 x 190 cm beds - can be configured as a 180 x 190 cm bed
West - 150 x 200 cm bed
Studio - 140 x 190 bed
Games Room on Grenier floor can be configured as bedroom with two singles 80 x 190.
|Access||Off-street Parking. Car advised.|
|Nearest restaurants, cafés and shops||500m.|
|Nearest travel links||Bordeaux, which is served by British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair. Bordeaux is a 90 minute drive from Ribérac.
Limoges, which is served by Ryanair and now, from May to September, by British Airways. Limoges is about 1.45 hours from Ribérac.
Angoulême (for the TGV) is just under an hour from here.
Bergerac is served by Ryanair all year round and by British Airways from London City Airport from May to September. Flybe also operates from Southampton and Bristol.The drive from Bergerac is just under an hour.
Car hire is available at all the airports and at Angoulême station.
|Family friendly||Suitable for all ages. There are two cots and highchairs and the pool has two levels of security.|
|Pets||There is a charge of £50 per dog per week. Please let us know before you book that you wish to bring a dog so that we can discuss it. When you depart, please ensure that there is no evidence of your dog's holiday with us, inside or outside the house.|
|Pool||We include pool heating in the rental cost from May to September. (Exact dates vary according to the weather but we will specify them before you book). Outside these times, the pool may be available, depending on the weather and there is an additional charge of £100 per week for heating and maintenance. There are parasols and 8 sun loungers by the pool.|
|Garden||Private garden, BBQ.|
|Internet||There is broadband Internet access and free Wi-Fi, which is subject to a fair use policy.|
|Entertainment||DVD player, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games Room, Satellite television. Bluetooth speaker|
|Utilities||Fully-equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge-freezer, microwave. Separate laundry with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Hair dryers in each room. Safe. Central heating.|
|Living accommodation||Sitting room seats 8
Dining area seats 8
Outside table and chairs for 8
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month) Short breaks (minimum stay is 3 nights).|
|Damage deposit||This is £250 payable on arrival and returned after an inspection of the property upon departure. We do not deduct anything for everyday breakages such as glasses or crockery. We even break these ourselves from time to time. The deposit is to protect larger items which may be damaged or which require extra cleaning.|