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Our gite is available for weekend lets (Thursday to Monday) and we are offering a range of Activity Breaks in conjunction with it.

Les Fontenelles is an old farmhouse situated in the Dordogne department of France on the border between the departments of Dordogne and Lot et Garonne.   The area is a very interesting cross between the Dordogne tourist area and some of the best rural and agricultural areas of France.   The main product, of course, is wine but Perigordian cuisine comes a very close second.   Duck farms are plentiful and local restaurants and markets offer some of the best produce in Europe.   Couple all that with the superb climate of the region with high sunshine and daytime temperatures reaching into the upper 30°s C, (even in the middle of winter they can reach the mid 20°s C) and you have a superb location for a short break.   (Mid-day on 25th December 2004 the temperature was 25° C)

Our activity breaks are offered as a separate add-on to the gite reservation. The way this works is that you choose your activity break and then book both the break and the accommodation at the same time.   The cost for the accommodation is PER GITE and the cost for the activity is PER ACTIVITY. Any activity can be enjoyed by any of the party up to a maximun of 4 people.

When arranging Activity Breaks please remember that the gite is equipped with double beds.

Our Activity Breaks include collection from the airport, transport to and from the activity and transport back to meet your departing flight.    These services are provided free of charge and we regret that we cannot offer any reduction for those not requiring the service.

All Activity Breaks must be booked with accomodation at our gite.

RAMBLING BREAK

A chance to spend a couple of days enjoying some rambling in the South West of France.   The break is based in our gite for upto 4 people

The Break offers the following features:

  • Free collection and return to Bergerac Airport
  • Different hikes for each of three days
  • transport to the beginning of each hike and collection at the end of the day.
  • A packed lunch each day
  • Optional transport to local restaurants.
  • Use of all Les Fontenelles facilities (barbecue, swimming pool, gardens etc.)
  • All transport is provided.

Transport is provided for this break and we will be on-hand each morning to provide any additional local insight you may need.

hiking

Friday morning starts with your host delivering fresh croissants and pain (bread) to your gite.   After breakfast we drive to the start of your first days hike. Hikes will be agreed with you the evening before and can be tailored to your own experience and stamina.   With over 150 kms of interesting hiking trails in the locality and many more a short drive away, your three days of hiking can be very varied.

This break is flexible and the itinerary can be varied to your particular tastes and experience.   There is also time to enjoy the gardens and swimming pool at Les Fontenelles

Please note that packed lunches are provided on this break .   Evening meals can be taken in the gite, which has full cooking facilities or we will provide transport to a local restaurant   There are excellent restaurants in this region offering a good quality meal comprising 3 or 4 courses for as little as 12 to 15€.   The break is based at Gite Les Fontenelles which has a fully equipped kitchen.

The Charge for this activity (HB1), as detailed, will be £250.00 for up to 4 people.

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SHOPAHOLICS THERAPY

A chance to spend a few days shopping and sightseeing in France's renowned country markets and to enjoy some excellent local fayre as well.   The break is based in our gite for upto 4 people

The Break offers the following features:

  • Free collection and return to Bergerac Airport
  • A meal at a local restaurant on the first evening
  • Accompanied visits to a different local market each day.
  • Optional transport to local restaurants.
  • Use of all Les Fontenelles facilities (barbecue, swimming pool, gardens etc.)
  • All transport is provided.

All transport is provided for this break and we will be on-hand to provide any additional local insight you may need.

shopping

Friday morning starts with your host delivering fresh croissants and pain (bread) to your gite.   After breakfast we drive to a tiny local farmer's market.   After lunch we will go to "old Bergerac" for some excellent sightseeing and serious shopping.     You'll be amazed at the diifferences between shopping at home and in the old world atmosphere of "la vieille ville".   As well as regional food, France is well known for it's clothing style and there is an opportunity for some stylish shopping.

You will be taken to a local hotel for Lunch. (Lunch is not provided to give you the opportunity to make your own choices.   Lunch for the French is a serious affair and whilst it is common for 4 courses to last over two hours, menus can be found for around 12 to 15€ sometimes including wine and coffee.

shopping

Saturday morning we take a trip to Villereal, some 15 kms away to visit the town market.   Villereal is a 12th Century Bastide town and there will be time for both market shopping and sightseeing.   Of particular interest in Villereal are the 12th Century covered market hall, which is the home of today's market and the church.

Sunday.   Another day , another market.   This time it's the turn of Issigeac to host us at their Sunday morning market.   Issigeac is a beautiful Medieval city and there will be lots of time for both sightseeing and shopping.

Monday and we take a change from markets and concentrate on what the region is famous for.   We will visit a local vineyard for a tasting.

This break is flexible and visits and the itinerary can be varied to your particular tastes.   There is also time to enjoy the gardens and swimming pool at Les Fontenelles

tasting

Please note that no meals are provided on this break.   Where the itinerary includes a restaurant, you will be free to choose anything on the menu but all restaurants featured will offer a good quality meal comprising 3 or 4 courses for around 12 to 15€ at lunch times and slightly more in the evenings.   The break is based at Gite Les Fontenelles which is fully equipped with a kitchen.

The Charge for this activity (ST1), as detailed, will be £250.00 for up to 4 people.

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WINE TASTING BREAKS

Spend a long weekend discovering some of the mysteries of wine making in one of France's best wine regions.   We will arrange various tastings in vinyards in a variety of different appelations.

This Activity Break will include the following features:
  • Free Collection and return to Bergerac Airport
  • Use of all Les Fontenelles facilities (barbecue, swimming pool, gardens etc.)
  • Daily transport to and from the vinyards.
  • Tastings and an opportunity to discuss the methods of making wine with the producers
  • The opportunity to buy any of the wines tasted at vinyard prices.
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The Charge for this activity (WT1) will be £250.00 for up to 4 people.

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TAILOR MADE ACTIVITY BREAKS

We will be happy to arrange any activity you would like providing we can find the resources.    Just email us with your request and we will come back to you with a proposal and a price.   There is no further obligation on your part and you are free to accept or decline our offer.

This Activity Break will include the following features:

  • Free Collection and return to Bergerac Airport
  • Use of all Les Fontenelles facilities (barbecue, swimming pool, gardens etc.)
  • Daily transport as required by the activity.

The Charge for this activity (TM1) will be agreed directly with you and will cover up to 4 people.

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