How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its location in the heart of a perfect small town so you could walk to everything.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The owner who built the property was the manager of the famous shoes factory "Astor shoes", which was a big industry in St Astier in the 1950s and 1960s. These hand made leather shoes could be found in John Lewis.
St Astier was one of the first towns in the Dordogne to get it's own railway station due to it's thriving 19th century industry.
The original chalk factory still runs today and provides some of the best quality rendering in the world (it's often used on beautiful white Georgian facades such as the town houses found on Brighton seafront).
St Astier also has a goat's cheese factory where you can buy it's products directly (or find them in your local Sainsburys!). Another export is cinema seats, the St Astier factory made the seats in the Sydney Opera House.
Going back a little further in time you can enjoy the medieval center of the town or take a walk up to the original Chapel du Bois where the town was first founded.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Grab a basket and go to the local market on Thursday. Go to St Emilion; Aubeterre; Sarlat; Perigueux, Brantome, La Jemaye and canoe down the l'Isle river.
Foie gras, confit de canard, local french caviar and walnut oil.
The local chateaus and gardens including Hautefort, Chateau de Montreal, Les jardins Imaginaire.
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Walk to the everything and leave the car behind; tennis, biking, walking, eating, drinking, local shops, the market, the river... There is so much to do and see!