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Exquisite Farmhouse & Pool



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Stunning Farmhouse and Pool with beautiful views

'A little bit of Provence without the crowds' is how one visitor has described this beautiful 17th century farmhouse, which was once a walnut farm. It has been tastefully restored - there are two large fireplaces - one in the salon and other in the kitchen. The mature garden has some fine trees and wonderful views across the Dordogne countryside. There are terraces all around the house which catch the sunshine all day long. The pigeonnier pool house overlooks the secluded terrace around the pool which is extremely lovely.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We have absolutely adored our holiday here. Thank you for your gorgeous house and garden.

We have had the most brilliantly relaxing holiday in your marvellous house.

Wonderful relaxing holiday with some great days out. Beaches south of Bordeaux definitely worth the effort - Perigueux is a great place for shopping - really enjoyed the street mime - loads of squares with restaurants and cafes - the house is fantastic and the hammock awesome!
Apr 2006
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


A Perfect Escape

  • 5 of 5

We've just arrived home from a relaxing week in this beautiful property. We were 2 families with 4 adults and 4 children and the house was more than spacious enough. There are also several outdoor sitting areas to allow for peace and quiet if you need it. It is located in beautiful french countryside with beautiful towns and villages within an easy drive. The property is stunning and the owners have provided so many bits and pieces to make for an easy holiday. It is so helpful not to have to go out and buy washing liquid, washing powder, dishwasher tablets, salt, pepper, foil, etc etc especially when you are only staying for a week! The owners Michael and Sheila were very friendly and helpful in providing details of where to visit and where to eat nearby. We loved Aubeterre and enjoyed a day at Lac Jemaye. We came away feeling that we had experienced a small piece of real France despite a too short stay and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words - so good to hear!
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  • 5 of 5

Five stars isn't enough! We have just had the most amazing week in this stunning French farmhouse. It doesn't come more traditionally French than this! The house is incredible, and the weather we had meant that we were able to make good use the immaculately maintained pool.

As a large group (there were 9 of us, from aged 7 to 70) the many seating areas were made use of and the kids loved riding the bikes and playing with the games. The owners, Sheila and Michael really have thought of everything you might want to make your holiday special. They are on hand to give you all the local info and places to visit, but also allow you your privacy, they really were the perfect hosts. The basket of figs straight from the tree show how much they think of their guests.

In terms of things to do, the area provides you with enough to do without having to drive for hours, so leaves you the time to relax at the villa and by the pool. Aubeterre is a must, as is the Chateau de Bourdeilles, Brantôme, and the Wednesday morning market in Perigueux. The bar in the village is definitely worth a visit for a drink, only a scenic 10 minute walk, and entertainment was provided on Friday night. Canoeing on the Dronne at Aubeterre and Ribérac was also really enjoyable for those of us who were feeling a but more adventurous!

We would recommend this property to anyone, it really allows you to immerse yourself in French culture, the drive out in the morning to get the baguettes and croissants etc.

Thank you again, we really hope to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing house and beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

We visited this amazing house in July 2015 having also spent a couple of weeks there in September 2014. It's a very special place for us and we're already beginning to work out when we can return in 2016!

The house itself is beautiful. Very well equipped - particularly, if like us, you like cooking. The bedrooms are very comfortable and there are several bathrooms. It's a large house and could accommodate 8 or so people without feeling like you're stepping on each other’s toes. The pool is lovely and there is a fantastic Bali bed for lazy afternoons in the shade.

The house is a short stroll to the hamlet / village where there is a bar. The food is OK but the views and wine make up for it. The house is well positioned and trips to Périgueux or Bordeaux are easy enough.

The owners, Michael and Sheila, are wonderful people who strike the perfect balance between being on hand when needed but absolutely respecting visitors' privacy. They were very accommodating with our four year old who spent many an hour chatting to Michael.

If you're considering the Dordogne and looking for an amazing house in a beautiful area, you will find no better than this. We have holidayed in France for the past ten years and this is the very best!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful month at La Roussie with our dearest and closest northern hemisphere friends and family. As Brits who live in Australia we wanted to avoid the usual tour around the UK to see everyone, and instead decided to hire this beautiful house in the Dordogne and get everyone to come to us. A wonderful decision! Firstly the house is not only beautiful and has a lovely french feel (it felt like we were staying at a friends house), but it's perfect for entertaining. We had many wonderful lunches and dinners at the indoor outdoor farmhouse tables. The pool is stunning and the bali house a perfect place to shelter if it's too sunny or the rain clouds appear. Michael and Sheila are charming hosts, who, without being intrusive shared lots of wonderful local knowledge with us which really made our stay (where to find the best croissant, bread - wonderful home made ice cream, and when local markets are on etc.) This house really is a little piece of heaven and the countryside and little villages around are so pretty. Lusignac and the surrounding area really is 'chocolate box france', just stunning. We couldn't recommend this house highly enough and will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquility Base

  • 4 of 5

The pictures do not do the place justice. The House and grounds are much more spacious than they appear in the pictures. The owners met us on arrival and even provided some snacks and drinks in case we had arrived unprepared. We met them as strangers and left as friends. They have an uncanny ability to appear when needed and fade when not. The pool is Michael's pride and joy and (having had one myself) is immaculately maintained. Our group consisted of my wife and I and our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren (4 & 2 yr old girls). The middle weekend we were joined by our daughter and son-in-law. The house swallowed us up easily and in comfort. As the posting says, "a car is essential", but only because you are in rural France and villages are 10 - 15k apart. The local bar in Lusignac opens from 7pm till midnight, so leisurely lunches in the local bistro's and cafe's were not on, but we enjoyed many self-catered picnics with supplies from nearby Vertiellac. Although the price may seem a little high, when you consider it on a per person per night basis, it is very reasonable.

The locality is rich in wonders:- the church carved out of a cliff at Aubuterre, the nearby freshwater lakeside beach, the stunning town at Brantome, the pub in Vertiellac with its uncompromising English speaking owner (she won't speak French to anyone!). We loved it!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


The coast is approximately 1hr 45mins away. The coast line has fine sandy beaches and the largest sand dune in Europe with pine forests behind.


Bergerac airport is approximately 45 mins drive away and Bordeaux airport approximately 1hr 30mins drive away. A car is essential. The drive from Caen to the house takes approximately 5.5 hours.


The nearest village is 2 minutes drive; Riberac is 10 minutes away; Perigueux is 35 minutes drive; Aubeterre is 15 minutes; and Brantome is 30 minutes drive;

Further Details:

There are supermarkets; bakers; butchers; banks etc. (and the most wonderful market on Friday) in Riberac which is ten minutes away. Brantome is a must with its abbey and lovely river properties and canoeing there is very good. Aubeterre is another fascinating place with its monolithic church and quaint lanes dominated by a lovely chateau where one can also canoe. There are lovely restaurants in all these places. For those who would like a little excitement there is a small microlight airport just outside our village and you can have just the best view of the area!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
After a definite request for a booking via e-mail a booking form will be sent out to be filled out and returned together with a deposit of 20%. The balance is payable eight weeks before the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Arrival : Saturday after 4:00pm
Departure : Saturday before 10:00am

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath, bidet, wc. Shower room with wc. Shower room with wc.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and single 'lit-bateau'. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with three single beds. Bedroom 4 with double bed which can become twin beds.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Large mature garden with two large terraces and lovely views. The private pool is surrounded by a terrace and measures 11m. x 5m. There is a 'Bali' house by the pool where you can relax, read, enjoy a glass of wine shaded from the sun. There is a small boules court; plenty of garden furniture - both for dining and relaxing. There is a large barbecue. There is easy access from all areas of the ground floor to the terraces and pool. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, hoover etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels & linen are included. The property is cleaned at the beginning of stay. The towels & linen can be changed each week - 40 euros (£32) extra. Cleaning can be arranged each week @ 30 euros (£20) extra. Christmas/New Year: logs for fire £60 per week Other: 'Utility' room - pretty stone-floored room with lovely access onto pool terrace.

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