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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

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