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)

£595 - £1400WEEKLY
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  • Property type:Villa
  • Sleeps:10 (4 bedrooms)
  • Bathrooms/Toilets:3
  • Pool with heating
  • Internet access


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)



£ 595 -

£ 1400


At a glance

  • Villa:
    • Sleeps: 10 ( 4bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets: 3

  • Pool with heating
  • Internet access

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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)
4 January 2014 - 12 April 2014 £ 595.00 5
12 April 2014 - 26 April 2014 £ 645.00 5
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 ** £100 off per week for available weeks Spring & Summer 2014 Please ask about changeover days, and prices for couples and 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

7 reviews
in total with an average rating of



Reviewed by: Sharon S, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 3 November 2013

Date of stay: October 2013

"Relaxing Retreat :-)"

What an amazing place! The property is situated in a beautiful location, close enough to visit local towns and attractions whilst being remote enough to be thoroughly relaxing. Joy and John's hospitality was second to none, and made the stay all the more enjoyable / relaxing. The girls loved feeding the chickens on a daily basis, and we would definitely recommend a visit to Grotte de Villars which is beautiful. We are already looking to re-book for a future visit :-)

Response to review:
Thank you! It was lovely to have you all. Autumn here is a beautiful time of year, great for getting out and about, and there's so much to see here - we're still discovering new places right on the doorstep. We know Chris really enjoyed his training runs out here too, it's so peaceful. We wish him luck in Edinburgh! Please thank the girls again for their help gathering walnuts (and for saving some for us! ), and for not scaring us too much on Halloween:) The Chooks have finished off the pumpkins, and we've put some of our favourite pictures on the fridge. We really look forward to having you all back. Keep in touch! Joy and John xxx

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

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Reviewed by: Sharon, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 28 September 2013

Date of stay: September 2013

"A special place to stay"

La Varenne is a great place to rest and relax with all the necessary facilities and more besides. The spaciousness of the house and pool area meant that we all had plenty of personal space in which we could unwind and enjoy ourselves. There was plenty to do in the surrounding areas for days out and Joy and John kindly helped us with bookings and ideas which made everything so easy. The house itself is very comfortable, immaculately clean and our hosts were most attentive to our personal needs. My only regret is that we chose to go for one week instead of two - we really didn't want to leave! This property exceeded our expectations, was excellent value for money and we couldn't have wished for more gracious hosts. Thanks for a fabulous holiday - we will definitely be back .

Response to review:
Thank you for your feedback. Really kind. It was an absolute pleasure, and we hope that you'll be able to stay for longer next time too! We'll be sure to keep those lovely blankets available, just in case we have future guests who prefer them to quilts. You discovered some beautiful places we haven't visited, and we'll be sure to pass those along to future guests. We'll look out for you when the Cardinal Richelieu is televised?! A la prochaine! x

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

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Reviewed by: Piers Jackson, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 14 March 2012

Date of stay: February 2013

"Peace and tranquility in Dordogne"

We spent a wonderfully peaceful week here with time to write, travel out and about and think about if and when we would move to live in France. The house is magnificent, extremely comfortable and with plenty of space for larger groups (we were only two!). Being February we couldn't explore the pool, but can imagine what fun it must be in the warmer months. Joy and John are wonderful hosts and happy to give any information we needed. We'd stayed in the area before so it was great to visit beautiful places like Brant?me again. It's a lovely setting and we'd highly recommend it. And yes, we're moving to France at the end of September!

Response to review:
Thank you! We need to ask Owners Direct to add a new category of recommendation "People who need to combine work with pleasure!". We weren't sure how useful free WiFi would be to our guests, but to busy people like yourselves it obviously proved invaluable. Congratulations on the move! and please keep in touch x

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

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Reviewed by: Rachel, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 4 September 2013

Date of stay: August 2013

"La Varenne Holiday"

What an amazing week we have just had in Joy and John's villa - La Varenne! Having come in search of sunshine, swimming and simply chilling out our holiday ticked all the boxes. La Varenne is situated in a lovely area of France and we by no means explored all there was to offer - but went to the caves, canoeing and for bike rides as well as having ample time for doing not a lot by the pool. The farmhouse itself is very comfortable, well furnished and has plenty of room, though we didn't really spend much time inside due to the gorgeous surroundings The chickens provided extra entertainment for the children! We will most definitely be going back sooner rather than later!! Finally Joy and John were the perfect hosts

Response to review:
Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure! The children were great with the chooks:) The chickens worked really hard while you were over, and we had lots of eggs. Although they're in a large enclosure at the end of our own garden, we encourage guests to give them leftovers such as bread and fruit, and children really seem to enjoy that. Anything the chooks don't eat goes into the compost bins, and our local commune makes recycling so easy: everything except glass into the yellow bags. We know you discovered some lovely local restaurants too. They all welcome children. A special thank you to your own children for cooking us a super meal. We've not had sausage and pasta since we came to France and it was absolutely delicious! We're so pleased you all enjoyed your stay with us, and really look forward to seeing you again soon x

Recommended for: Age 55+ and families with young children

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Reviewed by: Jude's , United Kingdom

Reviewed: 14 August 2013

Date of stay: July 2013


We had the best holiday we had had for years- So beautiful,quiet,and restful!joy and John made us so welcome(again!).nothing can beat it so we just have to return 2014! Bran tome is a short drive away for nice gift/ Food shopping and restaurants/bars.loads of nearby places of beauty or interest to see.canoes can be hired in bran tome.paradise!joy and John are a font of knowledge and gladly help with any queries.

Response to review:
Thank you for your lovely comments, Jude. We first found La Varenne on a visit to France early in 2006, and loved the peace and calm. Before we moved here permanently, we were lucky enough to be able to escape here for long weekends, and the beauty and tranquillity were a perfect antidote to busy and sometimes stressful lives. A 90-minute hop on the ryanair 'bus' and we could be here. It's difficult to describe the impact of such a beautiful and peaceful setting, but we breathed differently as soon as we parked in the courtyard. We really enjoy welcoming groups of families and friends - we know that's how you found us originally! - and it's wonderful to be able to welcome such a lovely couple. Especially when they love La Varenne as much as we do! We're really looking forward to your next visit! à très très bientôt, Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks x

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing, 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

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