Farmhouse at La Varenne, Nr. Brantôme, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France

Villa With Large Heated Pool In Beautiful Dordogne Valley

Perfect For Families, Friends, And Those Who Like A Little More Space

Sleeps up to 10 (4 Bedrooms)


Rates: (GBP)

£645 - £1400WEEKLY
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  • Property type:Villa
  • Sleeps:10 (4 bedrooms)
  • Bathrooms/Toilets:3
  • Pool with heating
  • Internet access


Property description

We fell in love with this lovely 1860's stone farmhouse and bought it in 2006. We renovated the barns to create a 'maison des amis', then we moved in! Having 'down-sized' we now have a beautiful, comfortably furnished home available for friends, family and guests. Beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom farmhouse sleeps up to 10. Beautiful Dordogne countryside. Perfect for families and friends. Large heated pool. A relaxing getaway for families and friends, or those who like a little more space.

Accommodation description

4 Spacious Bedrooms:
Bedroom 1 with king size bed.
Bedroom 2 with double bed.
Bedroom 3 with double bed.
Bedroom 4 with four single beds.
Two Cots which can be set up in chosen bedroom.

Ground floor WC and wash basin.
First floor bathroom with large bath and shower over, WC and wash basin.
Second floor shower, WC and wash basin.

Large, airy breakfast kitchen with windows and door opening onto courtyard and garden; built-in eye-level electric oven; gas hob; dishwasher; double sink; fridge freezer; microwave; washing machine; wine rack; high chair; breakfast table and chairs.

Living Rooms:
Large salon with log fire; comfortable sofas; baby grand piano (needs a lot of work! ); TV; UK satellite freeview tuner; DVD player; formal dining table; dresser; windows and door opening onto courtyard patio.

Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
A change of towels and linen are provided. Mid-stay cleaning is available for a small additional charge.

Barbecue, Pool Heating, Private Pool, Shared Pool, Parking, Garden.

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

Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite, TV.

Location Type:
River, Rural.

The ground floor is accessible without steps, and there are toilets on every floor. Sleeping accommodation is on the first and second floors.

The farmhouse and barns are set in private gardens.
Large, in ground heated pool occasionally shared with owners 10m by 4m with large Roman step, patio and deck.
Enclosed courtyard and large table for sunny outdoor dining.
BBQ area.
Lots of walks/opportunities to explore.
Woods, pigeonnier, cave used as old wartime hide.
Riverbank at the edge of the property.
English/French speakers close by.
Friendly cafe bar with indoor/outdoor seating, pool and billiards within 5 minutes walk.

Important notes on accommodation

Holidays are really important! If you need any additional information to help you to plan your stay, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We feel very lucky to be able to welcome guests to La Varenne. It's so beautiful, and we love to see how much our guests love it too. We are not far away, and are happy to help when needed with recommendations, directions, reservations, translation...please just ask.



Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
26 April 2014 - 24 May 2014 £ 695.00 5
24 May 2014 - 21 June 2014 £ 895.00 7
21 June 2014 - 12 July 2014 £ 995.00 5
12 July 2014 - 6 September 2014 £ 1295.00 7
6 September 2014 - 20 December 2014 £ 645.00 5
20 December 2014 - 3 January 2015 £ 1200.00 7
3 January 2015 - 28 March 2015 £ 645.00 5
28 March 2015 - 11 April 2015 £ 695.00 5
11 April 2015 - 23 May 2015 £ 745.00 5
23 May 2015 - 20 June 2015 £ 945.00 7
20 June 2015 - 11 July 2015 £ 1055.00 7
11 July 2015 - 5 September 2015 £ 1400.00 7

Notes on prices
Please ask about changeover days, discounts for couples, and prices for shorter stays.

Changeover day
Saturday in high season, other times please enquire.

Booking notes
Payments by cheque or bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
Minimum deposit £250, with full payment 2 months before arrival. Free WiFi. All Taxes, utilities, water, energy and linen included.
Security bond payable with balance of payment, refunded within 2 weeks of departure date, subject to breakages.


Farmhouse at La Varenne, Nr. Brantôme, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France

About the area

20 minutes drive from two beautiful inland swimming lakes.
2 hours drive to the South West coast of France - Royan, Bordeaux.

Périgueux golf course is 40 minutes away.

Special Interest Holidays
Cycling. We're minutes from the beautiful Périgord Voie Verte.
We have several basic adult bicycles available f.o.c. for guests who'd like to cycle for their bread. For more serious cyclists, there are excellent cycle hire facilities close by who also drop and collect.

How to get there
Less than 1.5 hours flight from UK.
Only 1 hour from Limoges Airport, 1.5 hours from Bergerac Airport. Airport car hire easily available (Hertz, Europcar, etc). Cheap Ryanair flights from UK, including Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, East Midlands, Bristol, Stansted.

We have the best of the Dordogne, in beautiful countryside by the River Dronne, close to many tourist attractions:
St Jean de Cole: 'un des plus beaux villages'.
Périgueux: the capital of the Périgord - historic buildings, café culture and gourmet delicacies.
Brantôme: 'the Venice of the Perigord' with Renaissance Buildings, restaurants, markets, canoeing.
Oradour-sur-Glane: memorial village.
Chateaux: at Villars, Bourdeilles, and further afield.
Grotte de Villars: Stunning cave.

Further Details
Friendly cafe bar 5 minutes walk. Local shops, pharmacy, boulangerie, butchers, supermarket 5 minutes drive. Markets in surrounding villages and towns most days of the week. St Pardoux la Riviere has one of the best restaurants in the region. Safe walks, quiet level roads and purpose built cycling pathways. Inland lakes and beaches within 20 minutes.

Guest reviews

14 reviews
in total with an average rating of



Reviewed by: J and D, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 5 August 2014

Date of stay: July 2014


As the title suggest everything was 'perfick. This is one of the best gites we have stayed in. Its location satisfies both relaxation and sightseeing. The accommodation, pool and surroundings were just perfect. I cannot believe we ate 'fish and chips' from the mobile van at the local bar. A very enjoyable evening. John and Joy are fantastic hosts, being helpful without being intrusive. Thank you

Response to review:
Thank you for you lovely review! There are so many gourmet restaurants close by, it seems a sacrilege, but it's great for our guests and the village to have a simple eat in/take away meal on the doorstep. The fish and chips are open every Tuesday. Another take away alternative is the pizza van. Delicious pizzas, and typically rural France venue (it parks outside the cemetery on Thursday evenings!). It was an absolute pleasure to welcome you. We really look forward to welcoming you both again! Love, Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x (& Maddie! x)
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Reviewed by: Denise Mc Aleer, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 30 July 2014

Date of stay: July 2014

"Fabulous Holiday"

We spent a wonderful week at La Varenne in mid July. Joy made the whole booking process easy and informative.when we arrived late John booked us in at Le Hotel restaurant in St Pardoux as we were tired and hungry, the food was delicious and the children's menu for 9€ was exceptional! The house has beautiful generous rooms ,very well equipped kitchen and the most beautiful pool which John looks after meticulously . Our kids loved feeding the chickens and playing in the garden and swimming in the pool( great temperature too!) Very hard to leave! Felt relaxed instantaneously, wish we were still there! Great place to visit is Le Grand Etang lake near Nontron- lovely swimming in the lake, free canoes , nice little cafes and friendly atmosphere . We also did lots of cycling nearby , lots of roads where we felt safe taking our kids. La Grotte de Villars is spectacular , stalagmites and stalactites , alongside some of the first cave paintings. La Varenne is a really special place , made even better with Joy and John nearby to help with advice and information about all things local.

Response to review:
Thank you, that's really kind! It was a pleasure to welcome you all. The Hotel de France at St Pardoux la Rivière is one of our absolute favourite plqces to eat, a family run restaurant with the most amazing food (we'll be sure to pass on your lovely feedback). We've been recommending the voie vert to cycling guests for a long time, based on other guests' comments. It's good to know it has so much shade, so enjoyable even on our hotter summer days. Bonne retour! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon. Love John, Joy, Fleur & The Chooks x

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers and families with young children

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Reviewed by: MBK, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 15 July 2014

Date of stay: July 2014

"Fantastic stay"

A wonderful relaxing holiday in a well appointed farmhouse. A quiet location but within walking distance of a local bar. The nearest village is a 3k walk, or an easy ride on a bike away. The most noise you hear are the chickens when you go to feed them or when the kids put their music on and forget the headphones, rush hour is when 2 tractors pass on the lane! The hotel in the local village has a fabulous restaurant, recommend the scallops! Brantome Police Horse rescue is worth a visit, if only for the scones. The work they are doing is wonderful. I would heartily recommend La Varenne for a stay with friends or familly.

Response to review:
Thank you! We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and we've passed on your kind feedback to the wonderful family at Brantôme Police Horses and Friends. We know you enjoyed your morning walk/cycle to the boulangerie. Patrick, in the café, has said the baker's van stops by the bar at 8am Monday-Friday. Guests are welcome to go to meet the van there, or to place an order with Patrick the day before and collect it later in the morning. A lovely excuse - if one were needed! - to have a leisurely espresso on the terrace:) It was an absolute pleasure to welcome you all, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Love, Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks x

Recommended for: Pet friendly, sightseeing and families with young children

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Reviewed by: anniep, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 13 June 2014

Date of stay: June 2014

"perfect holiday break"

A beautiful Gite for a perfectly relaxing break. The house is first class with everything anyone could want. The sunshine and the pool combined to create the perfect environment and Joy and John were wonderful hosts. The only downside is having to come back to real life. A fabulous venue def 5 star.

Response to review:
Thank you Ann, really kind! It was a pleasure to have you to stay, and to see you so relaxed. We look forward to welcoming you again when you need another break - don't work too hard! Love and best wishes, Joy, John, Fleur and the Chooks xxx
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Reviewed by: Fran, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 2 June 2014

Date of stay: May 2014

"Family holiday"

We would like to thank Joy and John for such a warm welcome to their beautiful home. Nothing was too much trouble for them, even sneaking out to buy a second baby swing so that both babies could play safely together. I don't think I have ever stayed in such a well equipped house. Being a cook this was very refreshing. With such a large group (10) there was more than enough room for all of us to find our own space. The children loved it. Plenty of room to run around in complete safety. The area is spectacular and brantome absolutely beautiful.

Response to review:
Thank you for your comments Fran, really kind. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. We look forward to welcoming all of you again! All the very best, John, Joy, Fleur and the Chooks xxx

Recommended for: Age 55+ and families with young children

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Guest comments

"Our daughter arrived before us and called to say 'Mum, it's lovely, you'll love it', and she was right. We had a party for my 80th birthday on the terrace: it was wonderful. We had room for close family to stay for a few days. John and Joy couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. When we went out anywhere, we would call the farmhouse 'home'.

It's so peaceful, but not too far away from anything, and we had such good weather. Our daughter stayed with us, and she loved the pool and the walks. We stayed for 2 months, and didn't want to leave. We will definitely go back."
The Dobsons, Leeds

"Wonderful hosts, wonderful accommodation. Joy and John were kindness itself, and went out of their way to make sure that we had a memorable holiday. I would definitely recommend La Varenne to anyone considering the Dordogne."
Mrs Smith, Stockport

"We had a wonderful stay. The house is luxurious and comfortable and you've thought of everything."
Fleur and Fergus, London

About the Owner

We bought La Varenne as a holiday home 'with a project', and love it so much we moved out here 3 years later. We feel very lucky.

Year property purchased: 2006

Why this location?

We renovated the barn intending to create a maison des amis for family and friends, then we moved in - 'down-sizing'?!! We now have a beautiful 4-bedroomed farmhouse, perfect for families and friends, and anyone who likes a bit more space. With good broadband access, we're able to work from home, and walk, swim or cycle in the afternoon - which is just as well, as the local restaurants are wonderful.

What are the unique benefits of the property?

The Dronne Valley is beautiful. We're on the edge of a peaceful village, rather than the middle of nowhere, and are just a short drive from everything we need. The local café is only a 5 minute walk away, and improving our French is a great reason to visit!

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Farmhouse at La Varenne, Nr. Brantôme, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France

Contact Name: Joy and John Milton

(FRANCE) +33 553609436

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