Just five minutes walk from the charming market square of Ribérac in the Dordogne lie two maisons bourgeoises, built in 1888, which 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 retreat offering bed and breakfast. It is also available to rent as a gite. Across the large courtyard sits the other Urbain house, with its two Périgord-style towers, where owners Peter and Lesley live.
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.