Country House in Salles de Belves, Nr Belves, Dordogne, France

Large Country House With Private Pool, Summer Kitchen, Hard Surfaced Tennis Court, Play Park

A quality country retreat set in beautiful surroundings yet not far from Sarlat, St Cyprien, Belves.

Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) plus 3 babies

  • Rates: (GBP)

    £1750 - £2495WEEKLY
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    • Property type:House
    • Sleeps:9 (4 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:3
    • Pool
    • Internet access


    Property description

    Le Maine Bas offers high quality family accommodation with large volumes both inside and out.The house and grounds offer space to breath and relax in privacy. The position offers fantastic views yet is close to Belves and other villages. The grounds offer a large alarmed/gated pool with solar shower, surrounded by beautiful planting along with a fully equipped summer kitchen and Boules court for out door living. A games barn, covered parking for 3 cars, hard surface tennis court and a childrens play park. Grounds are child safe being gated.The formal gardens surround the main house and pool lead to orchards, paddocks and more open spaces in which to explore. Sports of most kinds are offered within the local environs, endless designated walks and bike and horse rides through magical woodlands can be had. The property is ideal for large celebrations which can be fully arranged by us having hosted many special days including a wedding in 2011. Please contact Sam for further information.

    Accommodation description

    Bedroom 1 - Family room/double with double bed, day bed and room for a bed or cot. A single bed can be added.
    Bedroom 2 with twin beds
    Bedroom 3 with a double bed and en-suite shower room and space for a cot.
    Bedroom 4 (Lower floor) with twin beds.

    Bathroom 1 with bath, wash basin, toilet, seche- serviette, hair dryer.
    Bathroom 2 en-suite to bedroom 3 with XL shower, wash basin, toilet, seche serviette and hairdryer.
    Bathroom 3 shower, wash basin, toilet, seche serviette and hair dryer.

    Kitchen facilities are 6 ring gas hob, electric oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, free internet connection and telephone. Television with DVD player. Other cooking gadgets are supplied.

    Utility Room:
    Utility room is sous sol. It includes a washing machine, tumble dryer, hoover, ironing board, iron and storage.

    Living Rooms:
    Living area includes four sofas, arm chairs, antique furniture and lighting. A large flat screen TV (HD ready) DVD/CD with cinema surround sound,radio, UK Sky freeview satellite TV. Open working fireplace, wooden floors, rugs and original features

    A covered summer kitchen close to the pool includes a fridge, kettle, gas and charlcoal BBQ, music centre, and sink. Fully equipped for summer living, close to the pool with seating for 10 guests next to a Boules court and new seating area.

    Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
    All bath, pool towels, bedlinen are included in the price. Fresh linen provided for guests staying for 2 weeks or more during the high season.

    Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.

    Dishwasher, Fridge, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Tumble Dryer, Washing Machine.

    Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite, Telephone, TV.

    Location Type:
    River, Rural.

    Unsuitable to guests with mobility problems due to the slope of the terrain and gravel courtyard/pathways.

    A pathway descends from the upper terrace, passing shaded seating areas nestled into the gardens along the way. The end of the path leads directly into the fully equipped Summer kitchen which includes a BBQ, sink, fridge, table and seating for 10 guests, passing through the ornate gates, you are led to the pool area. A classical Roman stepped pool measuring 12 x 6 m, with a large tiled sunbathing/play area. The pool has 2 security alarms, a solar powered shower, sun chairs, a separate eating area and views back up to the house, barn and gardens. Through the second gate from the pool area, you are led into more open park land. A hard surface tennis court is located near to the lower boundary. All equipment is provided. There is also a basket ball net within the court. Backing onto the tennis court is a secure children’s play area containing a younger child’s swing set, an older child’s swing set, a slide, a trampoline, play house and a large sand pit. There is a picnic table and bench

    Important notes on accommodation

    The owners of the property live within the grounds. The owners home has separate access/gardens therefore we assure guests that they receive sole use of all amenities and will not be disturbed unless wanted or needed. The owners tend to the landscaped gardens and clean the pool 2 days a week. (Tues and Thursday). We maybe seen tending to horses on a daily basis. The 2 horses can be moved with prior notice for guests not wanting contact with them. The property is suitable for adults wanting a complete break in beautiful surroundings yet is equally perfect for children as they are safely contained within the gated, fenced and hedged grounds and have entertainment on site including the pool (alarmed, gated, fenced and hedged), play park, hard surfaced tennis court (equipment provided) and games barn including Air hockey, table football, table tennis and a bar for those watching the games.



    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    30 May 2015 - 27 June 2015 £ 1750.00 7
    27 June 2015 - 29 August 2015 £ 2495.00 7
    29 August 2015 - 26 September 2015 £ 1750.00 7
    28 May 2016 - 25 June 2016 £ 1750.00 7
    25 June 2016 - 3 September 2016 £ 2495.00 7
    3 September 2016 - 24 September 2016 £ 1750.00 7

    Notes on prices
    During Peak season the price includes a welcome pack, all towels and bed linen and a mid stay linen change. PLEASE CONTACT SAM DIRECTLY FOR REPEAT BOOKING DISCOUNTS. BOOK NOW FOR 2015/16 TO SAVE DISAPPOINTMENT.

    Changeover day
    Our preferred changeover day is a Saturday. We ask guests to arrive as from 4 p.m. on the first day of the holiday and vacate the house before 9 a.m on the day of departure.

    Booking notes
    All linen, towels and cleaning are included in the price. A deposit of 30% is required to confirm the booking. The balance of the payment is to be paid 10 weeks before the rental period along with £500 security deposit. The secuirity deposit will be returned 2 weeks following your departure from Le Maine Bas.


    Country House in Salles de Belves, Nr Belves, Dordogne, France

    About the area

    The famous sand dune of Arcachon is within 3 hours driving distance. Narbonne Plage, Perpignan, Sete and Gruissan are 4 hours from here but within easy reach.

    There are both a 9 and and 18 hole golf course within 10 minutes drive from here. All equipment can be hired from the course.

    Special Interest Holidays
    Located in the most southerly tip of the Perigord Noir, Le Maine bas is 8 km from the pretty village of Belves and 15 km from Monpazier. Both of these bastide villages offer weekly markets, banks, restaurants and a host of shops and supermarkets. Bergerac is the nearest airport located 40 minutes from the house and is within very easy access. Other airports within reach are Bordeaux, Toulouse and Limoges. Car hire is available from all airports. Should you require help with travel arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us. About the area - the area offers a wealth of leisure activities which, we can pre book given notice. Horse riding for adults and children at the local equestrian centre, quad expeditions, air parks, canoeing, nature walks and bike trails, Troglodyte caves and cave paintings, chateaux visits and historic villages such as Beynac and Rocamador, a small children’s theme park, gastronomic evening food markets.

    How to get there
    The nearest airport is Bergerac, 45 mins drive. The ports on the north coast are approximately 9 hours drive. A car is necessary for getting about as there is no public transport available. Car hire is available at all airports. Train services are available from London to within easy reach of the house. Direct flights available from Edinburgh, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stansted and Southampton into Bergerac airport.

    Our main towns are Sarlat, Bergerac and Perigeux, full of charm and character with weekly markets. Local villages are Belves, Monpazier and Siorac. Close by are the chateaux of Castelnaud, Milandes, Marqueyssac and Beynac, the caves of La Grotte de Lascaux (famous for its prehistoric paintings), the village of La Roque-Gageac and the hillside town of Rocamadour (second most visited site in France). Canoeing down La Dordogne, is an experience not to be missed.

    Further Details
    In Belves, 8km away, Monpazier 12km, Siorac 12km and St Cyprien 15km, you will find banks, supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies, gift shops, news agents and restaurants as well as weekly night food markets. The restaurants cater for all tastes. Siorac and St Cyprien have great river beaches and offer canoeing. Horse riding is offered in Larzac, 5 kms away. Quad randos 12 kms away. On our doorstep are heavenly walks and bike trails. Bikes can br hired at Prats du Perigord (10 mins away) there is a small children's theme park 30 mins away with rides and a large pool with water slides. In Bergerac there is a water park. Half an hour away is the Etang du Bos with purpose made pools with water slides and lake for pedalos. Within 20 mins drive there are grottes and caves to be seen. Belves its self has troglodite caves as does domme.
    At Belves airport you may book a flight in a light aircraft to get a view of the Dordogne valley from up high. You can even learn to fly a micro light. From Beynac, hot air baloon rides are available, following the valley and seeing the Chateaux from up high.
    During the month of september, the local supermarkets and wine merchants host wine fairs where you are guarenteed to pick up the best wines for the best price. Anyone looking for wildlife will be thrilled at this region, the european hovermoth is a wonderous site and the gardens here are filled with them.
    Le Maine Bas itself is highly suited to families wanting to host parties and as from 2014 we will be offering accommodation with an event,i.e: wedding receiptions, anniversaries, whatever the occassion, using the amazing spaces we have available here. We can cater for 70 additional guests easily. A new web link will be posted shortly so as to access further information.

    Guest reviews

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    Reviewed by: Gleave, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 23 September 2013

    Date of stay: August 2013

    "Le Maine Bas"

    This property exceeded our expectations in every way. The photographs do not do it justice. The owners, Sam and Kieran, could not have been more friendly and helpful. The facilities available at the house were first rate. We made extensive use of both the swimming pool and the tennis court, which were exclusively for our use. The summer kitchen, near the swimming pool was an additional bonus and we ate there for most meals. The layout of the house worked well for us (4 adults and 2 teenagers) with plenty of room to spare. The house is well located. There are numerous bastide towns and villages within one hours drive. Domme, Belves and Sarlat were particular favourites. The hit of the holiday for our eldest son was to be taken on a microlight flight from Belves aerodrome over the numerous castles in the area and along the Dordogne river. (Cost 80 Euros for 35 mins - definitely recommended) Another must is canoeing along the Dordogne. We parked at Castelnaud and were driven to Vitrac by minibus. It then took us about three hours to meander back down the river. Would definitely return.

    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers and families with young children

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    Reviewed by: Akram A., Netherlands

    Reviewed: 18 August 2013

    Date of stay: July 2013

    "Simply perfect!"

    We stayed at Le Maine Bas last year, this year and booked already next year's stay. The place couldn't be better. Big house, large pool, ample grounds and greenery everywhere. Everything is made/furnished and maintained to a high standard by the friendly hosts who have an eye for detail. The villa is within 30 min drive to main attractions of the area (chateaux, bastides). There are quad bike, canoe rentals and horse riding schools in proximity as well.

    Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Guest comments

    Ideal situation for relaxation and excursions alike. Very well equipped. Fantastic views and gardens. Ideal spot for discovering the Perigord. The house is beautiful.

    A beautiful house with a unique sense of style.

    Really enjoyed the holiday, especially the BBQ and pool area.

    Great hospitality and a fantastic holiday

    We booked the house because of the summer kitchen which is just beautiful.

    I want to keep Le Maine Bas a secret so I won't be telling people back home about it!

    Christmas 2011, had the best Christmas ever. Thank you.

    About the Owner

    We are a husband and wife team, one designs, one builds it and the other finishes/dresses it to make beautiful surroundings with the highest quality materials. We have 2 children aged 13 and 9 who try and help!!!! It has taken us 12 years (and is ongoing) to create Le Maine Bas as it is, restful, spacious and very, very comfortable with a unique sense of styling.
    We love the summer season and look forward to meeting out clients, those who return year after year and new guests, who will want to return year after year.

    Year property purchased: 2001

    Why this location?

    We bought in this region by chance. We put an offer on a house much further South but the sale was complicated. As I was 9 months pregnant, we desperately needed a home and bought this property on the way home, in the dark as there was no electricity! It was the best move that we have ever made. We live in a crystal clean bubble of heavenly beauty with delicious food to go with it too! The locals are giving and kind, there is loads to do during the summer months yet at home you could be a million miles away from it all, the choice is yours.

    What are the unique benefits of the property?

    Le Maine Bas is a unique property in that it offers amazing amounts of space both inside and out. The house offers generous volumes and is fitted out with high quality fixtures and fittings whist outside is beautifully maintained and offers you the chance to breath in peace. There are no neighbours to bother you and you are surrounded by huge volumes of countryside, yet if you drive for 5 minutes, you can find yourself in the bustling market village of Belves. The tennis court and summer kitchen add to the luxury of the entire place and outside living during the summer months is easy as everything is provided. A luxury regional welcome pack is included in the price Evening baby sitting can be arranged for a small cost A private chef can be hired for those special occasions.

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