Bungalow in idyllic surroundings, Purple Perigord, Dordogne

St Meard de Gurcon, 24610 Dordogne
3 Beds
2 Baths
1 Garages
137.5 m²

Situated in its own idyllic surroundings, this minimum maintenance, 3 bedroom, single storey house is only 23 years old yet holds the quintessential charm of a typical, much older French home.
A huge, beamed, open plan kitchen, dining and living area has three large patio doors that lead out on to the covered terrace on two sides of the house, with stunning views across the French countryside and garden with it’s own small lake, field and swimming pool.

It has been a wonderful, tranquil place to live and we are sad to go. Perfect for nature lovers, for outdoor living in the summer and cosy in the winter. Lots of amazing places to visit in the area with wonderful local wine and produce to enjoy.

Living/dining area   (52m2)

Wooden, beamed ceiling
Plenty of electric sockets, satellite tv connection and telephone point.
Three radiators.
Large attractive stone fireplace and wood burner.
This wood burner is so efficient that we have not needed to use the gas central heating system for several years. Wood is by far the most economical way to heat this house.

Three double patio doors with electrically controlled shutters. One opening to terrace on side of house, facing south and directly to swimming pool. The other two open onto the west facing part of the terrace with beautiful view over lake, garden, french countryside and great sunsets!

Fitted Kitchen
Built in fan oven with pyrolytic self cleaning
Separate electric hob with extractor above. Gas connection under worktop, should you prefer gas.
Double sink with draining board and dishwasher under worktop.
Kitchen island with long worktop and cupboards and shelves underneath.
Door leading to the utility room, back door and integral garage.
Window above sink overlooking the meadow and woods

Utility room   (approx.8.5 m2)
Doors to garage and garden
Plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer.
Large (and deep) ceramic sink and tiled worktop.
Large floor to ceiling cupboard.
Gas boiler on wall for central heating. This has not been used for a few years and although it worked well last time it was used, it could do with replacing with a more efficient one. (or just use the wood burner). The gas storage tank is located under ground in the garden.

Garage    (approx. 25m2)
Good sized garage with plenty of extra space for shelving, storage and freezer.
Small storage room (cave)with hot water heater/tank

Hall way    (approx.5m2)
Large storage cupboard to one wall.
Doors to toilet, bathroom and bedrooms.

Bathroom    (approx. 7.5m2)
Fully tiled bathroom.  Large shower with tiled floor.
Two hand basins set into vanity unit with mirror over and cupboards under.
Floor to ceiling cupboard with shelves. Radiator under window
There is no bath but space to install one.

Bedroom 1    (approx.15m2)
Double room with built in cupboard to the whole of one wall. Radiator
Door to ensuite, fully tiled, shower room with WC and radiator.
Double doors leading to conservatory (12m2), garden and swimming pool.

Bedroom 2   (approx.15.5m2)
Built in cupboard to one whole wall. Radiator
Double patio doors opening to garden and directly to swimming pool.

Bedroom 3   (approx.12m2)
Smaller than the two other bedrooms but still a doubled size with plenty of space for wardrobe, chests etc. Window overlooking garden and swimming pool.


There are roller shutters fitted to all main windows and doors.  The smaller windows to the back of the house have wrought iron bars. All doors and windows are double glazed.

The house is hidden from the road and is approach through gates and a winding gravel, tree and shrub lined drive. It is very secluded and peaceful.
The front garden is a large grassed area with a small lake, which you can walk round, surrounded by trees and bushes. There is a row of poplar trees, a fruiting mulberry tree and a small wooded area.  The lake is visited by a variety of wild life including ducks, herons and moorhens. If left in peace the moorhens will nest here each year. There is an old duck house by the side of the lake and we have kept many muscovy ducks and some geese.                     We are on the flight path for the migrating cranes (Grue) that fly over twice a year. There is a wide variety of  birds and other wild life that visit this garden  and it’s delightful watching them all from the terrace or the kitchen window.

The lake is not big enough to be subject to any regulations.

On two sides of the house and terrace (south and West) are flower beds, mostly herbs and roses and a lawn. The terrace which is under the same roof as the house, is  shaded with wisterias and climbing roses. On the other side of the house is a grassed area with garden shed with tiled roof, several flowering shrubs and a plum tree.

Leading on from here is a field with vegetable plot which could easily be enlarged or grassed over, a chicken run and coops,  a donkey stable which needs repairing, and a few crab apple trees (beautiful blossoms in the spring). There are several young fruit trees including plums, pears, cherry and two young walnut trees. Half this field has been left as a meadow and cut just twice year. In the spring the whole field is covered with purple wild orchids and there is a succession of wild flowers through the year. There are areat least 4 types of orchids on this land.
On two sides of the meadow is woodland and a small part of that belongs to the property.
There is a hedge along another side and the field beyond that is farmed.
Total land area just over 1.7 hectares

Over the last 12 years there have been no chemicals or weedkillers used anywhere on the property. The previous owners, who had the house built, assured us that they had not used any either.

Swimming pool
10m x 5 m
Paved area surrounding pool
Outside lighting around pool and terrace.

Septic tank
The fosse septic works perfectly well but it no longer conforms. Rules seem to change every now and then. The current owner does not need to do any updates as long as they live here.
New owners are expected to update it within a year. The changes necessary will be minor although they are yet be specified. There is a 50 euro fine if it is not done within a year.


The house is situated in small hamlet, walking distance from the nearest village which has its own grocers shop, newsagent/post office/petrol station, baker, hairdresser and restaurant. There is also a school.

There are just 5 other houses in the hamlet and there is no through road for traffic. There is a track (chemin) which leads to woodland and some good walks.

The village is situated in the wine growing region in the southwest Dordogne, between Bergerac and Bordeaux, also known as the Purple Perigord.

It is about 10 minutes drive from both Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, which is on the river Dordogne, and Montpon Menesterol. Both towns have a weekly market, supermarkets and many other shops and facilities.

St Emilion is about 40 minutes away. Bordeaux is an hour away and you can get to Merignac airport in an 1 hour 15.
Bergerac airport is only 30 minutes away.


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Property details:

Property ID: IH-19392
Property Type: Bungalow
Property Status: Sale
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 1
Area Size: 137.5 m²
Land Size: 17500
Garage Size: 27.5 m²
Year Built: 1997


  • Air conditioning
  • Apartment/Annex
  • Balcony
  • Barns
  • Central Heating
  • Double Glazed
  • Electric Heating
  • Fosse
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • Gas Heating
  • Geothermic
  • Internet Connection
  • Lake
  • Land
  • LPG
  • Mains Drainage
  • Off Street Parking
  • Office
  • Oil Heating
  • Open Fire
  • Out Building/s
  • Pellet heating system
  • Renovation Project
  • Reversible air conditioning
  • Roof terrace
  • Stables
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone Connection
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Under floor heating
  • Utilities Connection
  • Utility Room
  • Water Connection
  • Wood Burner

Property address:

St Meard de Gurcon, 24610 Dordogne

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