Holiday Farmhouse in St Front la Rivière, near Brantome, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France

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
** Limited offer ** Take 10% off price per week September 2014 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

12 reviews
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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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Reviewed by: Angela and Ian, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 2 May 2014

Date of stay: April 2014

"La Varenne Farmhouse"

We have just returned from a family holiday at La Varenne. Initially we were concerned about driving on the right, but the roads were superb (quiet with no speed bumps, traffic lights or cameras!). The house was easy to find (with Joy’s help – she emailed the route plan and a map of the local area in advance). On arrival we had a warm welcome from Joy and John and a tour of the house. The Farmhouse is really quirky, full of character, very clean and well maintained (the website photos don’t do it justice). It was ample size for our large family, with four large bedrooms, two bathrooms and downstairs toilet. The spacious dining kitchen was well equipped with every appliance and utensil you could possibly need, including a dishwasher and washing machine! Joy supplied us with plenty of towels and even loaned us some beach towels for the pool. The grandchildren loved collecting eggs from the hens and enjoyed eating the egg and soldiers even more. The peaceful location made it the perfect setting to relax round the pool and we also made use of the outdoor BBQ. Joy and John were happy to loan us four bikes so we managed to enjoy a leisurely cycle around the village. We visited nearby bustling markets in Branton and Brantome. We particularly enjoyed the picturesque village of Brantome, so much so, that we returned the same evening and enjoyed our best meal of the week at Le Coureur Indien (not to be mistaken for an Indian restaurant). We also ate locally in Saint Pardoux La Riviere at Hotel De France. This meal was lovely and great value at 13 euros for three courses. The grandchildren and adults loved the trip to Perigord Vert Adventure Park, set in a forest in Nontron. Here, they experienced numerous outdoor activities, including climbing and zip wiring - myself and Ian gave this one a miss! The Farmhouse has WiFi, Sky Television, and variety of DVDs and board games to suit everyone, so there was always something to on the nights we stayed in. The log fire and unlimited supply of logs made the lounge really cosy on an evening. Overall, we had a fabulous week, Joy and John were really helpful and we can highly recommend the farmhouse.

Response to review:
Thank you for such a lovely review. We can't believe you packed so much into a week! You seemed to totally relax from Day 1. Your comments about the photos ate so kind, thank you! It proves we're better hosts than photographers, and we' really will have to get some taken by someone who can do it justice. We often think sound would help to get across how peaceful it is too:) It was a pleasure to welcome such a lovely family: grandparents, children and friends/partners, grandchildren, all found so much to see and do. Please thank Reece and Alfie again for their fantastic help with the molehills, and little Tilly for the cuddles:) We know you hope to come again. We look forward to welcoming you all - together, or even just Ian and Angela if they can get away ! Love to all, Joy, John, Fleur and 5 Happy Chooks x

Recommended for: Age 55+ and families with young children

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Reviewed by: lisa, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 15 April 2014

Date of stay: April 2014


we have just got back for our holiday and that is just what is was... a holiday!! it was very easy to find and only an hour away from limoges airport. upon arrival we were greeted by joy and john in an very welcoming manner, joy showed myself and the kids around the house while john and my hubby were chatting about the area and journey etc. the house is absolutely fantastic everything u could possibly want and need on a holiday, the gite is traditionally french which is lovely,the bedrooms are very good sizes and the ones on the top floor are gorgeous and quirky with the exposed beams. the bedding and towels etc were nice, of good quality and there were plenty available.the kitchen was very well equipped with things i havent even got at home lol. everywhere was lovely and clean and well maintained. the pool got a lot of use and the kids loved helping joy and john do little bits around the garden. there were bits we didnt even explore as we were having such a lovely time around the pool as the weather was amazing. we shall explore those bits next time we go, we are in the process of booking for next year already!! you can do as much (there is loads to do) or as little as u want the choice is yours. we went to the grottes de villars which was nice and brantome is a lovely place to visit,we went around the abbey and on a boat trip around brantome. we went to a lovely bistro in mialet which is not far away,they were very friendly and accommodating. my boys wanted to try frogs legs and snails so they went shopping the following day and got some in for them to try the following night. we really didnt want to leave on saturday as we enjoyed it that much :( cant recommend them highly enough ,our overall experience was fantastic and cant wait to go back!!

Response to review:
Thank you for your lovely feedback, Lisa. It was an absolute pleasure. Since you were here, a new 'Parc d'aventure' has opened in nearby Nontron, with inflatables, bridges and zip wires in the trees. You'll never get through the list of things to do and places to visit:) We're so looking forward to welcoming you all again next year. Keep in touch! Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks xxx

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

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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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