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Traditional Cottage Next To The River Isle, with pool, family friendly.

Bedrooms 2
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 14 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

A rustic characterful 2 bedroom cottage, set in 16 acres, with swimming pool.

Set in the extensive grounds of a 17th century Manorhouse is our cute and rustic family holiday Cottage in the Dordogne.

The cottage has 1 large double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom (+ sofa bed and cots), along with a family sized bathroom. It is perfect for one family.

(It should be noted that the swimming pool is shared with our other 4 bedroom gite).

The Cottage originally housed the cook/housekeeper, her husband the farmhand/handy man and their children. Now it welcomes four to six guests. The kitchen/breakfast room is traditional in style with terracotta tiles and a wood burner in the hearth. It has the essentials for holidaying with the fridge freezer, gas cooker, microwave and a selection of Le Creuset pots and pans. The antique wooden table easily accommodates six people.

The bedrooms are two in number. One has two singles and is airy and bright whilst the double has a unique double bed the likes of which you will never have seen before.

The bathroom is also unique and can accommodate a family of four without too much difficulty. Some have said it's a little like a rugby club bath alternatively it could be regarded as Turkish in design. However if showers are your thing it has one of those too.

The lounge has a sofa bed, which can sleep two and hosts the television and Skybox so English telly is still there if you need it, along with the WIFI point. There is a selection of DVDs and books to help care for your children if appropriate.

Outside is a pub bench for eating en plein air with a parasol if it gets too hot, surrounded by lavender. Opposite in the lean-to we keep the BBQ.

The Garden, it's big, some might say too big but it's great for the kids, 16 acres in total. The pool is 10x5 metres in size with a Roman end (curved bit with steps). It is surrounded with a rendered walled garden on three sides and the outer walls of the courtyard on the other. There are gates at either end with a sliding lock and clip to keep little ones out when unattended. There are raised beds all around with exotic plants to make you feel you really are on holiday. Guests are invited to enjoy the salt pool. This does not mean salty like the sea but salty such that you don't need chlorine to keep it clean which can hurt your eyes and irritate your skin. We ask that you use it responsibly and respect the other guests who maybe sharing it with you.

The courtyard is surrounded by gorgeous Perigordine natural pierre apparent walls and a pigeonnier. Under the roof of the pigeonnier there is a sofa and a day where you can sit and while away the day whilst enjoying some locally produced vin in a responsible and health conscious kind of way or if you prefer by the bottle. In the centre of the courtyard is a raised pond with aquatics and goldfish, which I believe are closely related to the aforementioned rabbits as they have multiplied so fast.

Grassy bits are quite large and we have one patch we have kept mown for large groups, usually with kids who need regular exercising, to use as a baseball /rounders pitch. Positioned outside of the swimming pool there is also a full sized table-tennis table, where many a grudge match has been played on a final night.

Down by the river L'Isle there is another pub bench. This is a great spot to watch the river just flow by. We use it for picnics, supporting the local viticulture industry as the sun goes down, swimming and checking up on the local wildlife. Watching aquamarine kingfishers perform low level flying with their underbellies reflected in the water is great. Creeping up on water rats, who have to be the deafest, blindest creatures around is kind of fun. Marvelling at dragonflies making more dragonflies on the wing is incomprehensible but incredible to watch.

We have a wooded area of a couple of acres where you can go "on a bear hunt". Only adults with children will understand this last sentence. Here you will see or more likely hear woodpeckers doing what woodpeckers do. Hear cuckoos cuckooing and maybe see herons in flight, which look like aerial battleships to me.

We have created a child-friendly play area with a trampoline, a set of swings and cabin on stilts where you can bounce, swing and peek out from respectively.

More Details

Sonia Newell
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Sonia Newell

When we arrived here in 2005 we were a family of four which we soon upgraded to five. I (Tony) used to be a hospital consultant, (not that anyone who meets me believes that to be the case), and my lovely wife (Sonia) had a previous life in window display in Central London. On arrival here we put our combined skills into re-inventing “La Feuillade”. Only one child stills remains in our nest as the other two have flown away to University, so keeping him company now is Ruby, a former rescue puppy.

Sonia Newell purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Sonia Newell chose Saint-Front-de-Pradoux

We feel we are ideally situated in this lovely part of South West France. If you want to tour around we are midway between Bordeaux and the Dunes de Pyla to the West and Rocamadour, Sarlat, Lascaux to the East, with Bergerac, Perigueux, Brantome, and St Emilion close by.

If you have kids to entertain, locally there are cycle paths, a lake beach in the forest, a maze in a maize field, karting in Bergerac, tree top adventures at Laveyssiere, canoeing, and fishing. In our own grounds they can swim in the pool or the river (your choice), play table tennis, run around in the 16 acres, use the trampoline, swings and play cabin. Alternatively you can do nothing at all except watch the banna tree leaves flutter in the afternoon breeze.

What makes this cottage unique

I believe one of the best features of our home is the space 16 acres affords you. The children can cycle their bikes without fear of traffic or frolic in the play area whilst still in view from the pool. We even have a wooded area where they can make camp. We have around 250ms of river frontage next to the L'Isle so you can sit on one of the picnic benches and look out for a passing kingfisher or admire the dragon flies skimming over the water. Of course we would recommend that this should be enjoyed with some locally sourced beverages, chilled Rosé or Pecharmant as you wish.

We also live here full-time so if you want to get some local information as to where the best restaurants are, or which market is the most 'French' we are happy to oblige. We have had our fair share of children and therefore appreciate the challenges that holidaying “en Famille” can provide. We have baby stuff, and for the younger ones age appropriate toys. There is Wi-Fi for the grunters (also known as adolescents).


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Saint-Front-de-Pradoux in the Périgueux

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Toilet is in a separate space.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double bedroom. - 1 Large Double Bed , An additional single bed or cot could be added.
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , An additional single bed or cot could be added.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Traditional Cottage Next To The River Isle, with pool, family friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

La Feuillades Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A gorgeous cottage with everything we needed. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts who had a wealth of knowledge of the surrounding area and tips of where to go. James especially enjoyed the pool and table tennis, whilst we just enjoyed relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

Everything was easy from the drive from Bergerac airport about 30 mins to the large supermarkets about 5 minutes drive from La Feuillades.

Would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in the cottage which is just perfect, a rustic, cosy holiday home with lots of attention to detail. The grounds are lovely to walk in and having a river at the end of the garden gives a special touch of charm. I had a look round the barn which has been really tastefully decorated and together with the cottage and pool provides very comfortable accommodation for family groups.

Tony and Sonia are lovely hosts, a mine of information on the area and makers of great homemade jam. They also sell fresh eggs and home-grown seasonal vegetables and Sonia has a lovely brocante shop. They make you feel at home immediately.

Despite mixed weather we were able to get out and about; many interesting little French towns and markets (Perigueux, St.Astier) being within 30 - 40 minute drive away. We had a day at the beach, walked up the largest sand dune in Europe, Dune de Pilat and relaxed on Plage Corniche followed by a delicious seafood meal in Arcachon. So much to do and see and a cosy cottage and pool to laze by, all you could ask for in a perfect summer holiday. I hope we can come back sometime.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from this gorgeous cottage. Very traditional with great swimming pool. My husband particularly enjoyed fishing in the river at the back of the property really pretty spot. The owners tony and Sonia could not be more accommodating nothing was too much trouble and we really enjoyed the fresh produce direct from their garden

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage La Feuillade was just perfect for a weary family of 4 from Glasgow. From Sonia's amazing interior design, to our 4poster bed, to Tonys salad,raspberries,eggs, suggestions for places to visit, the pool, table tennis and the all amounted to a perfect family holiday. We only wish we had stayed longer!

We recommend visits to Grand Etange Lac La Jamaye (brill for kids and adults), market day at St Astier (Vietnamese food stall was super), Bordeaux and the little restaurant that you can walk to (with 1 toddler and a 6yrold) can't remember the name, which was amazing value and delish.

Overall would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family hideaway in Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing holiday destination! Peace, tranquility, beautiful surroundings, abundant wildlife (especially the rabbits!) and plenty to do. Tony and Sonia are perfect hosts and the Cottage has been decorated and furnished in a lovely style, making for a really relaxing holiday. The pool is a great attraction for our teenage kids, and there are quiet corners and the beautiful river frontage when you want to sneak off with your book for a quiet read in the sun. I thoroughly recommend the Cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in the Dordogne.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rustic Charm

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the cottage with our three children. The place is charming with bags of character. It is decorated in a beautiful querky french style. It was private yet we could choose to mix with other guests if we wanted. The river is beautiful and the ideal spot to sit for a quiet apperatif. And the pool is wonderful - it is salt water and lovely to swim in. It is nice to be off the main tourist trail of the dordogne but still within easy reach of the river. Our hosts were extremely accommodating and the shop has some amazing things I could have bought most of it but had to make do with some smaller things. It is a really great spot and one I wouldn't hesitate to go back to.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
560 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Lou Marmitou (Mussidan)
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lake Beach (Lac Jamaye)
Car: necessary

Bergerac is nearby and is a pretty town to meander around and have a beverage down by the river. It has been made famous courtesy of a guy with a long nose, alas Monsieur Cyrano is pure fiction but despite this he has a statue in one of the squares. There are many places to eat but it has to be said that vegetarianism is regarded as a bit strange. The buildings are a lovely warm sandy colour and topped with traditional slate roofs they are truly photogenic.

You can walk down to Mussidan Bridge and hire a canoe or kayak (in season) and paddle down river and count the kingfishers. Alternatively you can stop at the restaurant just before and spend the next 2 hours eating local cuisine in a truly French environment and at a ridiculously low price. On Saturday you could make it across the bridge to market and get all you need for supper, pique-niques, or if you are feeling more adventurous get yourself a live chicken, pintade or rabbit!

Half an hour south is the Dordogne River and if you head east you find more fairy castles than even Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White altogether could have ever wished for. It has to be said they are magnificent dotted along the river, sentinels to an age when things were not quite so harmonious between the locals and the Rosbifs.

Bordeaux is 60 minutes west and in our view well worth a visit. 'Paris' in the south with lovely architecture, parks, markets, a North African sector to give it an exotique edge. And if you want to indulge in one of the world's top 50 restaurants you have got to visit La Tupina. And for little people there is a fountain parc to wander amongst and cool off.

On the way back pop in on St Emilion (or visit in it's own right). Wine is what it is famous for but it is an exquisite town set in acres of vines. You can try a little of what you fancy and then take it home. Not surprisingly there is a Museum of Wine, a hermitage, underground cellars and an ossary.

Perigueux is a half-hour away and has to have one of the most outrageous cathedrals with its multi-pepper pot roof. The Romans spent some quality time here and built enormous towers and have a museum for Roman things. It is a great place to wander around (especially the pedestrianised section) and grab a cafe.

Things to do for the kids:

There are loads of other stuff to do, from checking out the man-made beach at La Jemaye set in a fabulous oak forest (really safe for tiny ones) with a fab wooden play area. Often there is free canoeing and kayaking at the height of summer.

A bicycle route which passes by our village goes east and west through beautiful villages, sunflower fields, and intermittently kisses the river, and if you are really up to it you could go to market in St Astier on Thursday morning, and return with your picnic.

On a more gentle note. If you fancy a wander in a maize maze field then off to St Martial you should go. The farmer has a play area to entice you as well and gorgeous homemade ice cream. On Thursday evening there is a local producers soirèe where you can buy locally produced food, freshly cooked on site and share your meal with the locals sitting on benches around long tables. Idyllic. Then to cap it off you can have a round of football golf. This is not obligatory.

Half between us and Bergerac is Accrozarbes. If you like heights and walking in the trees this place is for you.

Very close by is the Saut des Anges. Set down a track in the middle of nowhere is this horse riding stable. You can instruct the owners as to your capability and go on a hack in to the woods.

Stroking carp at Le Bugue and descending into caves in a bucket for five. Every day is market day somewhere to get all you need to have a splendid gastronomique experience.

A little further away is the Dune de Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe. I was a little sceptical before but it really is spectacular. It is enormous and stretches south with the Atlantic down below. If fishing is your thing then the L'Isle has sander, perch and even pike. Close by there is a carp lake and a trout farm.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Saint-Front-de-Pradoux, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Mid season
1 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season
25 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
31 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax 0.6% per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

Booking Notes:
Please see calendar or check the availability with the owners by phone or email. A deposit of 25% will secure a booking, and a statement will be sent showing the balance outstanding. The remaining balance must be paid in full 8 weeks before arrival. If less than 8 weeks remain before arrival, then the full rate is payable at the outset.

Changeover Day:
Generally a Saturday to Saturday, arriving at 4pm departing at 10am. Although we can be more flexible out of high season, when we will also consider taking bookings for long weekends.

Notes on prices:
We will be keeping our prices from 2014 the same for 2015.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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