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Traditional Dordogne farmhouse, heated pool, idyllic countryside, pets welcome

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Updated: 22-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Set in its own grounds, well equipped for people who love cooking, sleeps 8

Situated in the 'golden triangle', famed for its dessert wines, near Monbazillac and just 18 km south of Bergerac with easy access from the airport and the N21. Just off a country lane at the top of two valleys, this traditional farm-house is equally well placed as a base to tour the 'bastide' towns, the vineyards of the Bergerac, Monbazillac and Bordeaux regions, or the châteaux and prehistoric sites of the Dordogne.

Set in private grounds, surrounded by mature oak trees but with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, this delightful and deceptively spacious 18th Century stone-built house provides modern amenities and is well-planned, equipped, and comfortable.

The well-equipped farm house kitchen makes cooking the local produce a pleasure, but it is also within easy reach of good country restaurants, and then back for a brandy in front of the wood burning stove - though not in the heat of summer - when the stone and tiled floors keep the house cool

The house: Being at the head of two valleys, Au Cedre benefits from gentle breezes during the hot summer months - most welcome when the temperature can rise from 25C to 40C. Apart from a dip in the 16ft x 24ft and 4ft deep pool (heated to 23°C during high season), there are 8 bikes of varying sizes, stored in the Grange, on which to explore the locality. To pass away those moments when not exploring the Medieval Bastide towns, the vineyards and Chateaux, you can relax in the garden or simply select a book or listen to one of the many music CDs. Unusually, there is also an electronic piano. There is Satellite TV (FreeSat and Astra 1 for the European channels), dvd and video and cd system. We changed the provider of Wi-Fi broadband for 2011: it works now!

The area: This is the Golden Triangle, the area south of Bergerac bounded by the N21 and the N133, dominated by the appellation controlee of Monbazillac and its chateau and the production of the dessert wines that the locals claim put the 'Or' into 'Perigord'. There are many wine growers locally and further afield who welcome visitors with free wine tastings. The house is between the more tourist-visited areas of the east Dordogne, and the attractions of St.Emilion and Bordaux, accessible but away from the crowds. There are many tourist destinations within easy reach, or you can just enjoy France as she is really lived.

Local amenities: Of particular delight is the medieval village of Issigeac, 5 km from the house, with local shops and good restaurants, and three bakers for 'pain aux raisins' for breakfast. The Sunday morning market is a must for local colour and produce, especially in the autumn, when the 'cepes', 'foie gras', walnuts and honey vie with each other to persuade the most recalcitrant cook to have a go. We enjoy cooking, so the kithen is genuinely well equipped. Within a short car (or taxi) ride there are more restaurants than there will be time to sample. The Housebook at the property provides a wealth of further information and recommendations.

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About the Owner

Bryce Somerville
Member since: 1997
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2017

20 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)


Superb stay in a beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a fantastic two weeks at Au Cedre. Writing reviews like this is always such a personal thing but here's what we liked: Bryce who owns the house was fantastic from the booking last October all the way through until we got home. Readily available on email and quick to answer questions. The directions were faultless and the house is very well equipped and was as described. The pool was lovely and the grounds were big enough for the kids to ride their bikes around. Au Cedre is quite remote (which we liked) although bread and milk are only five minutes away but this was great too as we took our dog who loved the quiet walks around the neighbouring woods. Would we recommend it.....absolutely, would we go back....absolutely.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Wonderful hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We have rented in the Bergerac area for the last 10 yrs experiencing a variety of villas and farmhouses with pools. Au Cedre stands out for us for 3 reasons.

Location - rural, private, quiet

Facilities - Airconditioning (God send), WiFi, Freeview, Piano, bikes, bats(of the flying variety), bbq, pool, excellently stocked kitchen.

Communication - Bryce is the most accomplished and thoughtful owner we have come across.

Stop looking around - just book it. It's a no brainer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Great place, France Profonde. Very comfortable, well furnished. Barbecue facilities and bikes. Pool well maintained, house clean, good supply of fresh linen and towels.

Good communication with owner, informative emails and house book.enjoyed welcome pack.

Recommended property.

Great pool and garden, lovely walks from house. Issigeac and Eymet very attractive villages with vibrant weekly markets.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Enchanting gite full of surprises.

  • 5 of 5

The first thing we did upon arrival at Au Cedre was open the doors and say 'wow' as it is very spacious inside. Surprisingly so. Our son fell in love with the piano before going out to the pool. Woops - let's say the pool alarm works well. We then remembered for the rest of the week to set it to not disturb the silence! Lovely well-equipped kitchen but lots of lovely restaurants not far away. Lots of room for a family of 4 - we spent a few days completely relaxing in the sunshine. We saw lots of lizards and spent the evenings drinking wine looking over at the vineyard. Issigeac market is fantastic but very busy. Recommend a Thursday evening visit to the night market - lots of dishes freshly cooked and you sit with the locals. They were very welcoming and offered us some cheese. Visit Monbazillac a must and look around the rows of vines after. We bought some very nice red wine home. Bryce was a pleasure to deal with from the initial booking right through to answering a couple of little questions. Finally the best welcome pack on arrival in over 15 years of visiting France!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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A Wonderful Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a very comfortable holiday at Au Cèdre. The house and garden were even better than we expected and the idyllic setting made this a perfect location for a relaxing holiday.

Bryce provided a wealth of useful information both before our stay and during our stay through the very comprehensive 'House Book'. He has literally thought of everything that visitors might need. The pool and house are well looked after by Richard who was willing to help and provide advice about the local area.

We visited many towns including Eymet, Bergerac, Sarlat, Beynac and Issegeac and also enjoyed the canoeing on the Dordogne. Our teenage children particularly liked the food at the pizza restaurant in the square at Eymet.

We will definitely be back for another holiday in the future.

Many thanks to Bryce for providing such a wonderful holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Rustic and charming Au Cedre and our stay

  • 5 of 5

When we first pulled in to the driveway, shaded by oak trees we where exhausted, it's a long drive from the North East of England with 2 dogs in the back of the car. We got out, opened the boot of the car and walked in the gardens, we were unsure if this was the right place, it's a big property with big gardens and a pool area. Once the dogs and us had stretched our legs we figured we should try the key in the shutter and thankfully it was the right house. We went into the kitchen, all nice and clean with cool stone floors for the dogs, a bonus for them. As we explored further we were really surprised at the size of Au Cedre, A big double bedroom and 2 bathrooms downstairs with the large kitchen dining sitting room and a further lounge and library area. Upstairs 2 large bedrooms. In the kitchen was a welcome pack with all the basics and a couple of bottles of the local wine, much appreciated.

We found Au Cedre to be very relaxing -but only a 5 minute drive from Issiegeac, we found a couple of small stores a spar and a casino both great for fresh foods. there are also bars, cafe de europe and cafe de france that we spent time in, both have outdoor seating. We also did the sunday morning markets and the thursday/ friday evening food market, a fabulous way to eat and meet locals. We ate at pretty much all the restaurants; so pizza to lamb shanks to moulle frites to chorizio stuffed fish and foie gras, not a bad meal amongst them.

The pool was maintained while we were there and we used it everyday, the weather was fantastic considering we were 'out of season', topping 40 degrees c. We can't thank Richard and Ann enough for looking after the house and grounds and pool while we were there. Oh and although there is not a great deal of information for walks with dogs head to Le Nette at Monmarves a fantastic lake for dogs to swim and for Jim to fish!! & only 5km away. Fishing permits 'Carte Le Peche' available in the Bio Store in Issiegeac.

Throughout the complete process of our initial enquiry through to returning the key to Bryce his communication was second to none. Bryce made the whole process clear and simple.

Would i recommend a holiday at Au Cedre? YES. Think the Dogs would too!

Will we be going back? Oh I hope so.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac (Roumanieres) at 10 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Issigeac at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 400 Miles Nearest Train : Bergerac at 18 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Issigeac at 5 Kilometres Car: necessary

This is the 'golden triangle' south of Bergerac, known for the appellation contrôlée of Monbazillac and its dessert wines, and the Ryman's Château de la Jaubertie and Christian Roche's Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure, amongst others. Nearby, the unspoilt picturesque medieval town of Issigeac attracts a lot of painters and its Sunday market is lively and full of fresh local produce. Fénelon wrote the French Prayer Book here, in the summer palace of the Bishop of Sarlat.

The house is well placed to visit the surrounding bastides (medieval settlement towns), St Emilion, Bordeaux and Duras (and the château of Montaigne, where he wrote his famous 'essais') to the west and the châteaux of Feyrac and Beynac and the prehistoric sites and cave paintings of Lascaux and Rouffignac to the east. To the north lies the old port town of Bergerac with its 'gabares' and to the south Castillones. Across country you get to Puyguilhem and Castillon la Bataille where the 100 years war began and ended.

Golf: There is excellent golf at the Chateau de Vigiers nearby.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
18 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Special Offers: second and subsequent weeks discount 20%; early booking discount 10% for 2017 bookings made before 2016 ends Free welcome pack on arrival
Bed linen and towels included but not pool towels.
Third bedroom is a family room with 4 single beds.
£250 Damage deposit required
'Pack and Go': for those in a hurry, optional cleaning package £90 means you don't have to clean up before you go.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 22-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 160 m²


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Principal Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Second Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Family Bedroom - 4 Single Bed
  • 2 doubles, 1 family bedroom, 1 cot


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • There are two double bedrooms and four single beds in the 'family room'. The bathroom and separate shower room both have sinks and WCs, electric fan heaters on timers if needed in the winter, and electric hot water. Two large living rooms(30m2 each) contain a CD system, video and DVD player, and Satellite TV, and electronic piano in the one; and a wood burning stove with additional armchair seating, dining area and fully equipped kitchen in the other. In addition to the usual amenities there are a combination microwave, dishwasher, two fridges and a freezer, and a washing machine. For the young there is a cot and a high chair; for the elderly only one step has to be negotiated onto the patio and thereafter there is the principal bedroom and both bathrooms on the ground floor. The pool, c 16' by 24' and 4' deep (open and heated to 23°C in high season only). Garden furniture, books, games, bikes, a barbecue and Wi-Fi broadband are available. Smoking only on the veranda

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