"Briance", Rue des Mellons, Astaillac is on the site of a medieval monastery and although mostly built in the early 19th Century there is a lot of ecclesiastical stonework incorporated in its construction, including a huge fireplace with the symbol of the sacred heart carved into its stonework. It has wonderful views out over the Dordogne river valley and the Chateau de Castelnau de Bretenoux.
The house was built around 1814, it is of typical local architecture in stone with a turreted pigeonnier. It is actually two houses joined and set in its own grounds. It is an ideal painter's retreat, quiet but on the edge of a village only 4Km from the busy Abbey town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne.
There is ample patio and garden space in which to relax either in the hammock or loungers or in which to sit and paint under the large parasols set about the grounds.
All the rooms are furnished and decorated in a traditional French farmhouse style, but with all modern conveniences. All rooms have both French and UK plug adaptors, extra pillows and covers, an en-suite bathroom with towels, soap and shampoo. We have 3 twin bedrooms and one double bedroom. There is also the opportunity to rent three extra rooms in the holiday home directly opposite us. Two twins and a double. (all meals etc would be taken at "Briance"). So we can accommodate a mixed party of between 6 and 10.
There is a shady outside studio which is ideal for demonstrations and painting the valley with views of the castle. In the evening we set the table outside for our evening meals. There is also a purpose built inside studio where Alex gives demonstrations and where students can set up their own space and work on their own.
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