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ELEGANT LIVING ON THE TREMOLAT RIVERBANK WITH A SHIMMERING SALT-WATER POOL

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,550 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A TRULY SOPHISTICATED VILLA ON THE TREMOLAT RIVERBANK WITH A HEATED SALT POOL

The summer of 2017 at "Le Chabrol" , just across the river from Tremolat, is filling quickly - BUT WE STILL HAVE AVAILABILITY FOR THE TOUR DE FRANCE WEEK WHEN THE TOUR WILL PASS JUST KILOMETRES AWAY.

Featured as #12 of the "Top 50 Holiday Villas in Spain, France and Portugal" in the (UK) Times April 2009 and AGAIN 28 Feb 2010, our light and airy home, Le Chabrol, sits in a prime location in walking distance to the gorgeous village of Tremolat, under mature trees, by a vast open meadow running out to the riverbank beyond. The open yet separate spacious gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances will please the most demanding cook. Shop every day in a different farmers' market, then enjoy your treasures under the cherry tree by the pool, at the table on the riverbank, in formal grace under the grapevines on the terrace, or indoors at a fine oak table seating 6 to 10 in easy comfort. The gardens are full of cutting flowers for you to pick, plus snackables like strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cherries, figs, pears, grapes and physalis, each in its season. Elegant 'American' bathrooms with strong spacious showers and unlimited hot water. Enjoy hot air ballooning, cliff-top castles, antique markets, the Bergerac and Bordeaux vineyards, canoeing, Cro-Magnon caves, fine dining and much more. 8-speaker BOSE surround sound, TV, high speed WiFi internet and free calls within France.

More About the House: Passionate about French countryside, style, food and wine, we take great pride in this place and love spending time here with friends and family. To have a beautiful home here is a long-standing dream come true: a tranquil, romantic spot located on the banks of the Dordogne in what we believe to be the loveliest corner of France. This is an area of exceptional natural beauty, steeped in history, glowing with sun and fine weather, with outstanding cuisine at every turn. The former owners had superb taste. They designed the renovation to be in harmony with the region's architectural heritage, and decorated the house in muted colors, with subtly elegant fabrics and authentic French country antiques.

We love a bit of luxury, which you will find aplenty inside this house, and we love outdoor living and a really good barbecue!

We feel that the house is intimate yet expansive, cheerful but calm. In summer we live by the sparkling salt-water heated swimming pool, lunching under the cherry tree with a great bottle of the local Bergerac wine and gorgeous local produce on the Weber BBQ. In winter, we love that big fireplace! Come enjoy our happy home - we think we've set very reasonable prices for what you get!

The Restaurants: There's a list of our current favourites in the kitchen, and you'll surely have done some research on your own. Tempting though it is to eat at home every night (and al fresco, at that -- NO BUGS!!!), there is fantastic food to be had here at every price range. Trémolat alone has its renowned Michelin-starred Le Vieux Logis AND the best pizza restaurant in the region. Within a half-hour radius you can find restaurants ranging from world-class refinement to L'Assiette Gourmande, run by a retired french couple who serve the best confit and foie gras in the world on tottering little tables in their pretty back yard. Note to autumn and winter visitors, GET THEIR CASSOULET!! The classic cuisine of Périgord features, besides duck and goose, the other key regional products which it grows and ships throughout France and around the world: strawberries, walnuts, truffles, Bergerac wines and the elegant Sauternes-like Monbazillac. In summer, don't miss the night markets, where you dine outdoors on regional specialities in rustic village squares throughout the region - live music, locally-prepared delicacies cooked on-site, long, long trestle tables, happy, chatting and laughing French locals and visitors from all around the world .

Enjoying the River: The Dordogne, shallow in summer and rather slow-moving in many spots, is considerably warmer than you might expect, and a delight to swim in. There are many beaches along the roads from which swimming is fun, quiet and easy. Our own bit of the riverbank is protected for the blue herons, wild swans and ducks that have adopted it. It's very scenic and we love swimming from our little jetty with the beautiful Tremolat bridge just 50 metres upstream. Canoe rentals are available throughout the region so you can enjoy any number of leisurely hour-long scenic spectaculars. Waterskiing and pedalos are available at the Trémolat Bassin Nautique, where you can also hire a canoe or kayak for a few hours, or for your entire stay -- there are locking rings on our little boat dock so you can keep it secure during your stay.

Short barge trips can be booked in the fantastic carved-into-the-cliffsides village of La Roque Gageac on the road to Sarlat. Rent a bike and cycle the tranquil towpaths beside the local canals which skirt the occasional rapids which made it rough sailing when goods from the region drifted downriver to Bordeaux two centuries ago. Climb Richard the Lionheart's spectacular fortified castle in Beynac.

More Details

Owner
Donald Collie
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
14 May, 2017

About Donald Collie

My love for France began when, as a young Australian doctor, I was lucky enough to work at L’Hopital Americain de Paris in Neuilly, suburban Paris. The experience changed my life. I came to appreciate the 'joie de vivre' of the French, I learnt to love the French culture, style, food, wine and countryside. I travelled to the Dordogne in that first year, 1978, and was spell-bound by the beauty of the region, the river and all that it encompassed.

After my time at the L'Hopital Americain, I returned to Melbourne, completed my training as an eye surgeon, had further specialist training in Holland, the UK and in Cleveland, Ohio in the USA and then set up practice in both private and public hospitals in Melbourne. For many years, I was involved with Aid trips to treat blindness in the Pacific Islands – Vanuatu, Solomons, Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Wonderful people, simple lives, beautiful places, bountiful natural supplies. These are the things I love and in its own way, the Dordogne embodies all of them.

In April 2014, I travelled to the Dordogne and met Gary Gunas who, with his partner Billy Rosenfield, had restored this magnificent 300 year old barn on the riverbank, now known as Le Chabrol, just a stone’s throw from one of the loveliest villages in the region.

Gary and Billy were reluctantly selling the property to purchase an apartment in Paris and we were able to purchase Le Chabrol with all their beautiful, original art, superb furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen. We were also able to keep their wonderful staff: Brian and Cheri as managers, Corinne to keep the house spotless, Simon Batt to keep the lawns perfect and Jan of Jardins de Perigord to maintain fine gardens.

Donald Collie purchased this house in 2014

Why Donald Collie chose Perigord Pourpre

We love this property for the way it addresses that great rule of Location, Location, Location.

Location #1: The Dordogne itself. We've vacationed in this region since the late 1970's and we believe it's the loveliest corner of France. This is an area of exceptional natural beauty, steeped in history, glowing with sun and fine weather, with outstanding cuisine at every turn. Our fellow expats here claim, and we agree, that for certain people there's a definite magnetism here that draws you in and just doesn't let go - kind of a mystical, visceral pull, in fact.

Location #2: Our little corner of the Dordogne. The Périgord Noir, as it's called, is the heart of the heart of the region, known for its indigenous black truffles and the black shade of the pine forests that still stand in many areas, however open to farming and scenic vistas it may be today. We have far less of the tourist-jammed traffic of the Sarlat area, 40 minutes to our east, and far more of the sumptuous tranquility which is the region's greatest asset.

Location #3: Our own plot of land. Turning our backs on our quiet little road, we overlook our own pool and gardens, and beyond that the open fields and river, with our own land blending into the neighbours' as far as the eye can see. Giant sky, total privacy. Sweet.

When our now good friends, Gary and Billy bought this property, it was a very tired working barn - cows were still living on its mud floor! They designed the renovation to be in harmony with the region's architectural heritage. From the street, it still looks rather like the barn always was - large-scale louvers around the front door reflect the house's original heritage as a tobacco-drying barn. But from the back - the side facing the river - it's clearly more like the 'Relais et Chateau' properties that inspired its design. More than one friend has called our house a Tardis - a seemingly-modest box by the road, with a whole other UNIVERSE inside and out back.

What makes this house unique

We love to cook -- elaborate meals, for lots of friends and the kitchen was designed to suit this joy. It's got everything you could possibly want in terms of equipment -- fish poachers, cherry pitters, cake and tart pans of all sizes, the works. And given the quality of even the most basic foodstuffs here -- from the daily farmers' markets or the superb Grand Frais shop in Bergerac and other specialty shops like Arvouet Foie Gras in Le Buisson -- well, you can cook the same recipes you use at home and come up with flavours you never thought possible! But you can also use our many French cookbooks (all in English) and cook like you've never cooked before.

What sets us apart from most other rental houses in the area is that it's really a HOME, and not a calculated, Ikea-furnished rental property. The house was designed and furnished with basic calm and good taste and decorated in muted colors, with subtly elegant fabrics and authentic French country antiques. When you compare ours to many other properties, you won't find 'that' sofa here (as one of our guests recently exclaimed with relief)!

Further, while it's indeed our home, we always de-clutter it completely before any guests arrive, so that you're never living with any of our 'stuff' -- every closet and cupboard is completely empty and sparkling clean. No clothes, photos or toys. You're not working around us; the house is all yours when you're here. We rent HomeAway homes on our own holidays, and a key factor for us is just this -- not feeling like we're bunking in with strangers!

We want this to be your very own home away from home.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Calès in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bedroom One's luxury en suite bath is fully tiled in sparkling white, accented with ecru towels and rug. The spacious shower (no tub) has great water pressure and unlimited hot water. And -- the secret to a happy marriage! -- it has two sinks. Bedrooms Two and Three share the other well appointed full bath (tub with shower), which can be made virtually en suite to Bedroom Three when there are only four people staying in the house. This bath is a breezy corner room overlooking the scenic fields and hills beyond, with a pretty oeil de boeuf window high up over the tub/shower. All bathroom fittings are brand new and of the highest quality -- bright white floor-to-ceiling tiles and window surrounds, sparkling polished chrome-over-brass fittings, plush towels, ample storage behind fitted mirrored cabinets over each sink. We've tried to make the bathrooms sophisticated but unpretentious. There's a third toilet/powder room downstairs, in the 'Office & Laundry' nook behind the kitchen.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Large Double Bed , Super Comfort, Fine Linens
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , The twin beds join to form a perfect extra large King bed
    Charlotte suite - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All 3 bedrooms are designed to an exceptionally high standard: charming, peaceful, immensely comfortable, cosy and just a bit chic. Each has a little something from the local antique shops to highlight the French country architecture. Bedroom One is a beautifully-appointed, gloriously breezy corner room with ensuite bath (shower, no tub). The twin beds in Room Two join to form a perfect extra large king, and the planted balcony is an ideal setting for a sunny country breakfast with binoculars to watch the birds in the fruit trees and riverside brush. Room Three is a pretty room with a lovely river view and exposed original beams. When Room Two is not in use, the second bath closes off to become ensuite. Polished floors of local chestnut and muted Persian carpets complement the carpets. The beds are covered in sumptuous duvets and crisp white linens. All rooms are bright and airy, and overlook the pool, gardens and river. These are romantic spaces - calm and understated.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Our open plan kitchen/dining /lounge area looks toward the river and has a beautifully renovated kitchen with 5 burner hob and double electric oven, Bosch dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso machine and just about every imaginable cooking accessory including superb French copper pots and pans and Le Creuset casseroles and beautiful glassware, dishwasher safe of course. The dining area inside seats up to 12 at a fine oak dining table and outside, a large terrace has a table for 12, a Weber BBQ and a brimming vegetable and herb garden – strawberries, tomatoes, grapes, cherries and any herb you might require. The lounge area includes a 300 year old huge open fireplace, stylish sofas, Bose surround sound, English TV and free WiFi throughout the house. The 10x5m heated salt pool, beside cherry and mulberry trees, leads on to our massive “field of flowers” which extends all the way to the river, where we have a serene picnic area and our own private jetty for wonderful river swimming - heaven!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

5

Fabulous stay in the heart of the French countryside

  • 5 of 5

We've rented many great holiday homes across France and Italy in the last 15 years but this was by far and away our best experience yet. When we got our first friendly email from Donald straight after we made our booking, we knew we were on to a winner.

The location was perfect, the house luxurious with an impressively well-equipped kitchen and the garden and river incredibly tranquil. Cheri and Brian were on hand to provide useful advice and we felt very well looked after.

We would happily return in the summer but (not surprisingly) this house is fully booked, so will look for dates for 2018.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Clare - there really is something special about Le Chabrol. We would love to have you back anytime! Donald
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5

Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

The home is as good as the reviews say with everything you could want but this did make the week go too fast!

We hired canoes which we moored at the end of the garden and we were fortunate in having great weather. The area is perfect for enjoying the dordogne region and we visited the three restaurants Donald recommended, all an experience.

The gite is looked after my the wonderful Brian and Cherie which we did not know until we booked. Why was this a surprise? Well they have a guest house overlooking the Dordogne in Lalinde, Maison Porte del Marty which we stayed at last year. So if your flights don't quite match up then you can stay a night or two here before or after Tremolat.

It was quality time with our children and their partners and none of us would say no to returning, in fact we would all jump at the chance.

Time to check the diaries......

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Malcolm. We are so glad you had a great family holiday and I am also glad we were able to accommodate you with a last-minute booking which came through while I was walking the Camino in Spain. I am pleased to hear that canoes can still be rented just across the river, then moored at our little jetty - what a way to spend a day! We would love to have you back and wish you luck in finding the home you are looking for in this wonderful part of the world. Donald
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5

Impeccable

  • 5 of 5

Reflecting on four delightful weeks at Le Chabrol has me reaching for the thesaurus to come up with a suitable list of superlatives; let me start with effortlessly stylish, lush, pretty, wonderfully situated, impeccably decorated, casually elegant – get the idea? This is no ordinary gite.

We had a delightful family holiday. Le Chabrol is wonderfully livable for families. Our children loved the pool, the lawns (the local lawn man happily mowed a cricket pitch into the grass, resulting in some epic father-and-son cricket contests) and exploring the paths down to the edge of the river. The cable tv and excellent wi-fi were useful on the days when the Perigord was unseasonably wet. While our children were not super-keen market-goers (“Dad, do we really need more cheese and duck fat?”), there are plenty of attractions nearby: amazing castles, horse-riding, canoeing, caves and so on.

The little details push Le Chabrol up into the highest category of holiday accommodation: things like sharp chef’s knives and a truly bewildering array of wonderful cooking paraphernalia, luxurious linens, super-comfortable beds, bunches of flowers from the garden, and underfloor heating (great on chilly mornings). And there are lovely surprises, like a herb garden: on many occasions we picked a few leaves and added basil, or parsley, or tarragon to our cooking. We feasted on fistfuls of ripe strawberries and raspberries. Fantastic.

The local village, Tremolat, (an easy ten minute walk away) is beautiful and has all the basics (two bakeries, of course, a small supermarket and several cafes) but those who like a bit of bustle will be disappointed: Tremolat is very quiet – sometimes almost too quiet. Tremolat does boast a sensational restaurant, Le Vieux Logis, a buzzing bistrot and a great pizza bar. Further afield lie many market towns full of the best produce of this region.

We must mention Brian, the genial, talented and astonishingly helpful manager. He, and his formidable wife Cheri, helped us with humour and good grace when a couple of unforeseen problems arose. The owner, Donald, is always ready to assist via e-mail if required.

Le Chabrol is sophisticated, inviting and comfortable. Stay as long as you can and let the many delights of the Perigord work their charms on you. We left Le Chabrol relaxed, slightly more rotund, and longing to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and Amanda, what can one say to a review like that! You were wonderful guests and we are so pleased that Le Chabrol provided an environment for you and your family to experience and enjoy some of the best France has to offer. Thank you very much and we would love to see you back anytime Donald
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5

A stunningly beautiful and quaint country home...

  • 5 of 5

Le Chabrol offers many things for a traveler in search of a restful and enjoyable vacation. The beauty of the country cottage is instantly relaxing, and being complete with stunning bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen, it's tough not to feel at home. We particularly enjoyed its proximity to Tremolat, which made for easy walks or bike rides into town for morning visits to the boulengerie and afternoon trips pour un biere pression. Our days were spent swimming, eating underneath the cherry tree, and reading in the garden. A perfect destination for a quiet and laid back trip away from home. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, we are so glad that summer days at Le Chabrol are meeting your expectations. Our lovely corner of France is so far away from other problems in France and the rest of the world - and long may it remain so! Thank you so much for being long-term guests in what is currently your home Donald
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5

LeChabrol....Magnifique!

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I spent 5 glorious days with the Shaws at LeChabrol. Such a lovely comfortable home with all the amenities anyone could ask for. It's closeness to villages made day trips very easy. We loved walking into Tremolat for delicious baquettes and croissants every morning! A truly relaxing home away from home!

K & A Petersen

Australia

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci bien Monsieur et Madame Peterson We are very happy that you enjoyed your sojourne at Le Chabrol with the Shaws, our longest guests to date! We can't wait to meet them in October. Donald and Maureen
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5

Beautiful home in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

The reality is even better than the photos. Le Chabrol is wonderful. The house offers everything you could need - it is extremely well appointed and comfortable and every room is decorated charmingly. The garden is delightful and we had several meals sitting outside. It was not warm enough to use the pool during our stay although one of our party did swim in the river. Tremolat is a delightful village and we enjoyed walking there for a coffee and croissant or a drink. I would highly recommend this property and hope to make a return visit before too long.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer/High season
20 May 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,438
for 7 nights
£2,438
 
 
Autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,769
for 7 nights
£1,769
 
 
Autumn/Winter
14 Oct 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,474
for 7 nights
£1,474
 
 
Winter
25 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,137
for 7 nights
£1,137
 
 
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,348
for 7 nights
£1,348
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,516
for 7 nights
£1,516
 

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £421.1

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