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

Spacious Farmhouse with Large Heated Pool In Beautiful Dordogne Valley

Peaceful and Perfect, for Families, Friends...and Those who just like a little more Space

Four spacious, airy bedrooms - comfort for 2 to 10

  • Rates: (GBP)

    £645 - £1500WEEKLY
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    • Property type:Farmhouse
    • 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 and sofa 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; table seats 12.

    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, 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)
    11 April 2015 - 22 May 2015 £ 745.00 5
    23 May 2015 - 19 June 2015 £ 945.00 7
    20 June 2015 - 10 July 2015 £ 1055.00 7
    11 July 2015 - 4 September 2015 £ 1400.00 7
    5 September 2015 - 18 December 2015 £ 695.00 5
    19 December 2015 - 1 January 2016 £ 1200.00 5
    2 January 2016 - 1 April 2016 £ 645.00 5
    2 April 2016 - 15 April 2016 £ 695.00 5
    16 April 2016 - 20 May 2016 £ 745.00 5
    21 May 2016 - 24 June 2016 £ 945.00 7
    25 June 2016 - 8 July 2016 £ 1055.00 7
    9 July 2016 - 2 September 2016 £ 1500.00 7
    3 September 2016 - 16 December 2016 £ 695.00 5
    17 December 2016 - 6 January 2017 £ 1200.00 5
    7 January 2017 - 7 April 2017 £ 695.00 5
    8 April 2017 - 26 May 2017 £ 745.00 5
    27 May 2017 - 23 June 2017 £ 945.00 7
    24 June 2017 - 7 July 2017 £ 1055.00 7
    8 July 2017 - 1 September 2017 £ 1500.00 7
    2 September 2017 - 22 December 2017 £ 695.00 5

    Notes on prices
    Couples discount - 25% off any week in April, May, June and September. We are happy to telephone to answer any questions you may have to enable you to plan and book your holiday. 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
    Walking and 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

    18 reviews
    in total with an average rating of



    Reviewed by: Roberts and Burninghams, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 24 September 2014

    Date of stay: July 2014

    "Perfect in every way!"

    We stayed in this fantastic villa in July/August 2014. We had a lovely welcoming off the owners John and Joy who sat with us by the pool and gave us ideas of where and what to do - with a lovely glass of bubbly too! They really have thought of everything clean towels (sorry Joy we really did use them all didn't we!) barbecue, board games, satellite tv and even eggs from the chooks! This villa was spacious, clean, welcoming and had the best heated pool, which John looked after always (even when they had been out late)! My girls loved watching John in the cattery too! I can honestly say that it is the most relaxing holiday we have had in beautiful surroundings. The fish and chips at the local on the Tuesday evening were a must, and John and Joy were there enjoying them too! A true insight into French life! John and Joy are perfect hosts and when our car broke down they even helped us sort it out! We will definitely be coming back soon! Thanks :)

    Response to review:
    It was our pleasure! Thank you for your lovely comments. Really kind. We love that your GPS is still set to 'home' at La Varenne:) We look forward to welcoming you all again very soon! Our very best wishes, John, Joy, Fleur & the Chooks x

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

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    Reviewed by: Marissa, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 20 September 2014

    Date of stay: September 2014

    "Five Star Farmhouse & Five Star Hosts!"

    In March 2013 I was the very lucky winner of the Sheffield Hospital's Charity and the prize was a weeks' stay in a French Farmhouse. The French Farmhouse just so happened to be the lovely La Varenne owned by the equally lovely Joy & John Milton! Myself, my partner Danny and three of our family members spent a wonderful week here, Joy & John warmly welcomed us to their beautiful home and couldn't do enough for us. It was our first visit to the Dordogne and it certainly won't be our last - we can't wait to go back! La Varenne is in beautiful countryside by the River Dronne, a quiet location which is perfect for a relaxing holiday and there is a local bar only 5 minutes walk away where we enjoyed fish, chips and mushy peas! We couldn't believe how quiet the roads were, so lovely to drive on and so different to the busy city roads of Sheffield - no potholes either!! La Varenne has everything you need, it was perfect and we wanted for nothing. We visited the beautiful town of Brantome and it truly is beautiful. We enjoyed the pleasure of Joy & John's company on a couple of occasions during our stay, one of which was a lovely meal at the Hotel De France - a lovely family run hotel serving delicious food and providing excellent service. A fantastic week was had by us all, we discovered a beautiful part of France and found two new friends in Joy & John. Thank you both for making our holiday such a great one, love from Marissa, Danny, Mary, Terry & Pat xxxxx

    Response to review:
    Thank you, Marissa. It was a pleasure to welcome you all! The Sheffield Hospital's Charity is a fantastic cause. The charity used some of the money raised by the raffle to buy folding beds to enable patients' families to stay by their loved ones. Thank you for supporting the charity. We're so pleased the winners were such a lovely family:) Come back soon! Our love and very best wishes, from Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks xxx

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

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    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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    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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