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Pretty 18thc Farmhouse overlooking Listed Village



Updated: 15-Jul-2016
18thc Farmhouse Nr. Verteillac overlooking listed village

This pretty cottage is part of a 19th century Perigord Farmhouse situated on a south facing hill with views overlooking the listed village and fields. It is comfortably furnished and retains its original features with oak beams, stone walls and tiled throughout. There is a large private terrace with lighting, garden furniture etc and the house is surrounded by an acre of enclosed and gated mature garden. It provides an excellent holiday base for all ages with good facilities and plenty of room. Bergerac and Angouleme Airports are within 1 hour and Bordeaux and Limoge within 1.45 hours so with flexible arrival days this gite is ideal for a quick break away or a family holiday. Verteillac is within 1.5kms and has a large pool, bank, baker, butcher and several bars and restaurants - one with free WiFi. The village is within walking distance and has an excellent bar/restaurant - 5 course for 14 euros with wine! There are many river beaches closeby and lots of places to swim, fish and kayak. Lake Jemaye, just past Riberac, is a large swimming lake with a sandy beach ideal for children run by the countryside rangers and also has a range of refreshment chalets in the summer. Flexible arrival days are available to suit your flights/ferry giving you cheaper options.

Details for holiday cottage Orchidee de Grange (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

The comfortable 18th century farmhouse with large attractive garden. The cottage has a well equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, gas cooker, toaster, kettle, microwave, etc. The large separate living/dining area has an original 18th century stone inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove as well as electric heating. This room benefits from the morning sun which streams through the 2 large windows and has a comfortable leather 3 piece (2 single chairs and a double sofa) with a coffee table by the fireplace with TV/DVD/video player. There is also an oval pine table, 6 dining chairs and a Welsh dresser with a comfortable rocking chair and cane chair plus CD/radio/cassette player and telephone.

Bedrooms: A double en-suite (Bath, shower, toilet and washbasin) and a twin en-suite (shower, washbasin and washing machine in bathroom) plus a separate wc. Outside is a large, private, south facing terrace with garden furniture, shaded pergola and lighting.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

I have been the owner of this gite for over 27 years and during this time we have made many changes to improve the overall property but to also make the cottage as comfortable as possible. My family regularly take holidays and with spectacular views over the valley it is a great place to relax.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Ideal location for a family holiday with lots to see and do and with large enclosed garden no problems with the children (Mrs Jones, UK)

We wanted to explore the area and found this house ideal as comfortable and very well positioned for both the Dordogne 'sights' as well as St Emilion, Cognac and the coast (Mrs Barr, USA)
May 2007
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1 Reviews

based on 1 holidaymaker reviews



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The situation of this property is excellent for those like us wanting a restful relaxing holiday in a very rural area. Views from the extensive and tranquil garden over the village of St Martial and countryside are lovely, and the nearby village of Vertaillac where you can buy bread and meat is a very typical and attractive french village. There is also a general store which sells almost everything, however the pharmacy is closed. The town of Riberac is only 15 minutes away where there is a good range of shops.

The gite is a lovely building converted from a farmhouse and barn. It has a very comfortable sitting/dining room, with a very small tv. Despite being told that there were several english channels available after 9pm we were never able to find one, (particularly annoying as it was the week of the referendum and the Euro football competition). The bedroom furniture could do with some updating, as could the bathrooms. Whilst all the equipment that you might need in the kitchen was there, again a bit of updating is desirable. The kitchen itself is quite small and dark. For those who eat out mostly this would not present a problem.

There is a 2nd gite adjoining this one with an interconnecting door in the kitchen. If this had been occupied when we were there, we are not convinced that there would not have been a certain amount of noise disturbance, depending of course on number and type of occupants! The same goes for the outside space where it may be that some noise interference could arise, although the 2 outside sitting area are visually separate. As always, each party needs to respect the enjoyment of others.

We did enjoy the week that we spent there. The area is beautiful and well-worth visiting.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: La Grange is one of the oldest buildings in the Village and we have worked hard over the years to form a sympathetic, comfortable and peaceful environment with 'herbaceous borders' attracting butterflies and birds. I am glad our guests enjoyed their stay. However one or two points. My guest commented that the pharmacy was closed but in fact, it has moved... and is now next to the Dr's surgergy on the Angouleme main road. The 15" TV is 'French' as we do not have satellite TV but CSI Miami and a few other 'US' programmes are in English. We find most people do not want to watch TV while on holiday but there is an extensive DVD and Video library (over 80 films) There seemed to be a slight misunderstanding on this so we will change the information. Needless to say the Euro Football Competition was definintely on as France was the host! The 2nd gite is mainly used by my family except in July and August. The whole farmhouse is often booked by one larger group but when we have had two families there we have not had any negative comments on noise disturbance. The outside areas are too far away and the walls are very thick. However as my guest commented 'each party neeeds to repect the enjoyment of others' and this is applicable of many gites and nearly all holiday resorts. We hope everyone enjoys their holiday
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From the Owner

I was told by a French friend: Never buy a house near water - it may flood in the winter and you get mosquitoes in the summer! Always buy a house in a village and near local shops. If possible buy a house near a local school as it will be much easier to sell in the future and stone houses are more durable and cool in the summer. My friend was perfectly correct on all points above. So I bought this listed house!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Martial de Viveyrols at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : St Malo/Caen at 310 Miles Nearest Train : Angouleme at 30 Miles Nearest Motorway : Angouleme or Mussidan at 30 Miles Nearest Restaurant : St Martial de Viveyrols at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Royan at 80 Miles Car: necessary


1.45 hours drive to the beach at Royan is the nearest large beach and within 15 minutes from the house there are a number of river beaches along the Dronne River as well as a 'lake beach' at Lake Jemaye which is within 20 minutes drive.


The nearest airport is Bergerac within 1 hours drive. Bordeaux is within 1.45 hours drive. Limoge is within 2 hours drive. Although the village and small town are within walking distance a car is recommended. The house is within 8 hours from Calais, 6.5 hours from Cherbourg and 5 hours drive from St Malo.


The nearest village is just down the hill and within walking distance. The nearest town (Verteillac) is within 1.5kms and nearest larger town (Riberac) is within 15kms.

Further Details:

The village has a bar/restaurant, hard surface tennis court and a Roman Church.

A good supply of shops including a butcher, baker, PO, garage, bank, restaurants, bar, general store and chemist are within Verteillac (1.5kms). There is also an excellent swimming pool with lifeguard plus sports complex with football pitches. Supermarkets, cinemaand more shops are in Riberac (15kms). There is also an excellent country park at Lake Jemaye, just past Riberac, which has fishing as well as sandy beach and changing facilities.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid Rates
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
15 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £80
Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owner for key information. 25% deposit required to reserve, 75% remaining deposit required 8 weeks beforehand. A breakage deposit is also required.

Changeover Day:
Flexible arrival days and departure times makes the house ideal for organizing cheaper flights and mid-week sailings

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Kitchen linen is included in price as is all water, electricity and gas in mid to high season. In low season (Jan-Apr & Oct-Dec) electricity is extra. Linen hire and towels are £9 per person if required. There is a 10% discount for 2nd week out of high season and with flexible arrival time this makes the house excellent value.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

This pretty property with wooden beams and nooks and crannies is ideal for those who want some space with a large garden around it. It is peaceful and overlooks the village with a listed Roman Church and the surrounding field. The abundant fruit trees and flowering shrubs attract lots of butterflies and we have resident geckos (wall izards) which are suppose to be lucky. They do indeed prove very interesting to watch as well as eat any small insects - so good for your holiday! There is no pool on site, although padding pools have often been used for small children and there is an excellent pool in Verteillac and Riberac with life guards, etc and lots of river beaches in the area.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 20 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure, Washbasin and shower enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, + bunk bed if required


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is suitable for young children as the house has large gates which can be closed onto the quiet lane and hedges and fences around. For heating (out of season) there is a supply of wood for the wood burner and there is electric heating. Bedlinen and towels can be hired for just £10 per person. The cottage is under 2 hours to Bordeaux and Limoge and within 1 hour from Bergerac (RyanAir) and there is flexible arrival dates. We have found this has meant clients can obtain cheaper off peak ferry and air fares. Outside: The cottage has its own separate south facing terrace which has electric lighting, garden table and chairs, BBQ and sun loungers. For those who enjoy wildlife the house garden has orchids, geckos (a sign of a friendly house!) and a range of butterflies attracted by the mature garden. The terrace overlooks the listed village of St Martial de Viveyrols with its Roman Church and bell tower as well as the surrounding countryside giving magnificent views.

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