Our dream home
Staff Writer Catriona Burns picks a renovated priory in Dordogne
Ispent seven happy years at a convent school, which might explain why I was so taken with this renovated priory in Dordogne. Nostalgia might have drawn me to the property but there are plenty more reasons why I’d want to call this house my home. Having been restored to accommodate modern comforts, the property has retained its original character: wooden beams, high ceilings and stone walls give a sense of its historical past.
With seven en-suite bedrooms (two have suites with living rooms and one even has a kitchenette), the property has great business potential, so I might consider opening a chambres d’hôtes, or at the very least host a mini reunion for all of my school friends.
Situated just 55 minutes from Bergerac airport and a two-and-a-half hour drive from Toulouse airport, the property is conveniently located for visitors travelling from the UK and Ireland. I’d welcome guests with an apéritif on the south-facing terrace where they’d probably want to sit and relax and take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Dinner would be made with ingredients from the garden and cooked in the beautiful country kitchen. Should I need any more supplies, there is a small hamlet with an épicerie and a dépôt de pain within walking distance. There is also a local restaurant – perfect for nights when I don’t fancy cooking.
Evenings would be happily spent under a starry sky out on the terrrace, reminiscing about old times and maybe even testing how much we remember of our school-girl French over several glasses of local wine. I know they say school days are the happiest of your life, but I think if I lived in this beautiful house, the best of days would be yet to come.
“With seven en-suite bedrooms, the property has great business potential so I might consider opening a chambres d’hôtes” – SAYS STAFF WRITER CATRIONA BURNS