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Spacious, Well-Equipped Stone House With Long Covered Terrace & Butterfly Garden

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Converted Barn at Cabant, Saint Meyme de Rozens, near Lalinde - Secluded And Peaceful Location On Idyllic Hillside Set Amongst Wildflower Meadows And Nearby Forest

La Cabane du Pommier is a recently restored barn. It retains the authenticity of the original stone building and has been extended to make a spacious detached house with a long covered terrace. The house with original features combined with modern furnishings, well-equipped kitchen and bathrooms plus a games room provides the perfect place for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Outside are gravelled areas, grasslands with quince and fig trees and lavender borders with meadows and forest beyond. The building lies at Cabant, close to the tiny ancient hamlet of St Meyme de Rozens and on the edge of the Foulissard Forest. We are only 5 minutes by car to 2 small villages with shops, restaurants and P.O. and less than 10 mins from our pretty local town of Lalinde on the River Dordogne, with all main services. Nearby are a leisure lake, open-air swimming pool and interesting wildlife and historical sites. The building lies next door to the permanent home of the helpful and friendly Anglo-French owners


Owner
David Simpson
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About David Simpson

David Simpson is English originally from Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) and Audrey Royo is French from Agen (Lot et Garonne). We have worked on nature reserves in the UK for over twenty years, mainly on the sand dune coast of Cumbria and Lancashire/Merseyside. After a period working in Mauritius and Seychelles we decided to settle in Dordogne around 2002, not far from Audrey's family. More recently we have been working around France for camping holiday companies such as Eurocamp and Canvas Holidays, both as couriers and maintenance engineers. Today we live permanently next door to our holiday rental cottage 'La Cabane du Pommier'. David leads occasional wildlife holidays, writes articles and manages the gite, whilst Audrey works locally. Their young son Joseph was born in April 2008.

David Simpson purchased this house in 2003

Why David Simpson chose Perigord Pourpre

We chose our location near Lalinde for a number of reasons. We wanted a beautiful natural location with lots of wildlife and local history interest. However it needed to be close to a town with all services, good supermarket etc, an airport for flights to the UK, close to the main Dordogne tourist sites plus not too far from Audrey's parents! We feel that we have found a good balance between a feeling of remoteness and tranquility at the property and yet we are less than 10 minutes from town.

When we first visited the house it was a beautiful crisp sunny day in mid-winter 2002. We parked in the hamlet of St Meyme and walked with the estate agent along the old 'chemin rural' and up through the limestone meadow to the terrace. The place was perfect for us and we purchased it soon after!

What makes this house unique

We are on a hillside facing SE, with bright sunny mornings on the terrace but pleasantly cool afternoons with the protection of the building and forest behind.

We can walk freely out of our 10 acre property through forest and meadows around the open hilltop or down to the marsh. There is practically no fencing hereabouts. Footpaths lead in all directions and can take you to local villages or on walking circuits. The property lies at the end of a lane so there is no passing traffic.

We have a butterfly garden, orchard, ponds, meadows and forest with a great variety of wildlife. Deer visit the meadow and there is always something to watch from the terrace! We can easily reach places of interest, including a great variety of wildlife sites, and there are numerous good restaurants locally.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Can't quite believe this is our fifth visit! There must be something about this place that keeps us coming back. Plenty of activities despite slightly indifferent weather - though much better than we were expecting. Incredibly peaceful as always with not a soul to be met on the hill. Thank you David and Audrey. The Downes family, Suffolk, May 2014.



Well what a beautiful gite. So quiet and peaceful and the birds and butterflies are amazing. So pleased we came and hope to return next year with so much still to see in this lovely area. The Scott family August 2014.



Thank you for creating a beautiful gite in a beautiful setting - we can see from the "before" photos just much energy and effort must have gone into it! We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves exploring caves, castles, canoes and the countryside on our doorstep - not forgetting all the wines and cheeses. One of us had a fantastic morning with David seeing over 30 species of birds. A definite highlight of the holiday. Wishing you all much continued success with this business - we will be heartily recommending you to anyone and everyone who asks how our holiday was! The Brown family, August 2014.



Had a wonderful two weeks holiday in this lovely homely gite in a beautiful tranquil setting. The weather has been perfect although a little cool in the evening towards the end of our holiday, we couldn't have asked for more. There are some lovely places to visit with not much traffic on the roads. A big "thank you" to David for his help and advice on where to visit. We have really enjoyed the forest walks which are clearly marked. Our wishes to Dave and Audrey for all success for their future. The Taylor group, September 2014.
Apr 2008
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mauzac-et-Grand-Castang in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs: En suite shower room to bedroom 1 with tiled shower, basin, wc. Bathroom with bath, tiled shower, basin, wc. Chestnut floors. Shower room (downstairs) with tiled shower, basin and toilet. All bath/shower rooms with electric towel rail.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) + cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: kingsize double bed. Bedrooms 2 and 3: twin beds. Bedrooms upstairs, all similar style with bedside tables, lights, spacious open modern wardrobe with many shelves and drawers, chairs and large mirror. Exposed oak beams and chestnut floors.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Large spacious building. Ground floor area: lounge/kitchen 36' by 15', games room and shower room toilet 17' by 14'. Electric radiators throughout and wood burner in lounge with fire guard. Child gate and high-chair. Household cleaning products provided. General waste, bottle and recycling bins with plastic liners provided. Hairdryer, nightlight, several English-French electric socket adapters. Fan for each bedroom. Small library with novels, guides and maps. Games chest: cards, monopoly, scrabble, trivial pursuit, darts, badminton rackets and boules. The property lies set back from the hamlet and so is particularly peaceful with no passing traffic and is not overlooked by neighbours. Welcome pack with tea bags, coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits and wine. The approximate property location can be found on the web at Multimap by entering 'St Meyme de Rozens' and 'France'. We are a few hundred metres south of this point. Also Google Earth at 44°52'27.42N, 0°46'13.48E. Sorry no pets. Outside: The terrace garden area has grasslands with quince and fig trees and a large gravelled area edged with a butterfly / flower garden. There are views across the meadow and a small valley. Car parking. Extensive forest and meadowland with an orchard (10 acres). Large covered terrace including wooden table and chairs, recliners and sun loungers. Charcoal Weber BBQ. The terrain is managed as a nature reserve. Roe Deer regularly visit the meadow and orchard. Footpaths lead from the house to the hamlet, main road, open grassy hilltop and forest. There are a number of bird nest boxes near the buildings. Footpaths within and from the property include a nature trail and access to a natural spring and an old hamlet. Nesting birds around the property include Honey Buzzard, Golden Oriole, Turtle Dove, Short-toed Treecreeper, Bonelli's Warbler, Firecrest and Woodlark. Butterflies include Large and Reverdin's Blue, Dryad and Duke of Burgundy. Orchids include Lady, Violet Limodore and Red Helleborine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Property cleaned and towels/linen changed before guests arrive. Other: Games room with pool table and games chest (Scrabble etc). French windows and original small window openings and corner stones. On ground floor with doors through to lounge/kitchen/diner, covered terrace and to bathroom. All rooms with exposed oak beams.

Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

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sightseer

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with two friends have just spent two weeks at this property and must say it is one of the nicest and most comfortable gites we have been in. The owner David was great and went above the call of duty to see to our every need. The gite was in easy reach of many interesting places and as sightseeing was our main interest suited us exactly. A car in our opinion is a must as it is off the beaten track but not too far away from Lalinde where you will find shops for anything you may need. All in all a great place and we would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful holiday here with 2 young children (aged 4 and 8) and Grandad who had flown in from Australia to join us. The gite gave us everything we needed and more. The grown ups enjoyed the view from the terrace with the odd glass of wine and the children roamed through the meadows butterfly hunting and searching for deer. They would have been more successful if they were quieter as we saw plenty!

We spent days visiting caves, canoeing, chateaux and exploring the on site countryside. What more could you want!

Thank you David, and family for your friendly welcome, answers to endless wildlife questions and providing such a lovely venue. Merci beaucoup!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a great week we had, a great family holiday, lots of time to relax and unwind in beautiful and tranquil surroundings. Even with 2 children aged 10 and 13! So much so we have booked to return next year there is so much still to see.

David and Audrey were great hosts and not intrusive at all, always available for great advice and assistance.

The Gite had all that was needed for a great family holiday and was truly spotless and luxurious throughout.

The covered terrace was perfect for our late family games of scrabble with a glass of wine and meant we managed all our meals during our stay outside even if we had a little bit of rain, perfect!

It also meant we could sit and listen to the hooting of the owls and I could watch the sunrise in peace before the children arose, perfect.

The wildlife walks David and Audrey had set up, were great fun, especially when the children found an amazing pigeon hunters hide in the woods, what an amazing contraption it was! Our children spent the week looking for different butterflies and birds and searching the well stocked bookcase for information on what they had found. They could play in the woods and of course the pool table was a hit too.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquility and comfort

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting France for over 20 years and have considerable Gite experience. It is safe to say that La Cabane Du Pommiers rates as one of the very best! The location is tranquil, the surroundings beautiful and the accommodation is of a very high standard. A well-equipped kitchen, spacious rooms, comfortable seating and beds, with all furnishings and equipment of good quality, come together to present a Gite that caters for the most discerning of guests. We enjoy being outside, even if the weather is inclement, so the large covered terrace allowed us to eat all meals 'al fresco' and provided shade for those of us that preferred not to bake in the sun. If there are any areas where improvement could be made, perhaps the extent of the wifi coverage, (which was very limited and only really accessible by more capable devices - phones and tablets struggled to connect) could be better and perhaps the small grassed area outside the property could be cut to facilitate relaxing/sunbathing.

David pitched his level of contact perfectly, ensuring that we had everything we need, acting swiftly to address any minor issues, and offering advice on the local area to further enhance our holiday experience.

In summary, we enjoyed a fabulous 2-weeks here and would not hesitate to recommend this Gite to anyone.

We would also like to wish David, Audrey, Joseph and new arrival Hannah well for the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have now added a Wi-Fi range extender which gives better coverage in the gite. For the grassy area adjacent to the covered terrace we are planning to extend the area of short turf for 2015.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
To book the property complete and sign the booking form (which we will e-mail or send out to you) and return it together with the non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total rent due. This should be done within 7 days of receiving the booking form. Following receipt of the completed booking form and bank clearance of the deposit, you will receive confirmation of the booking with access details and key arrangements. The balance is due 8 weeks before the holiday commences.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day for weekly bookings is Saturday but may be flexible in low season. Arrival time after 4pm. Departure time before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds for up to 6 persons. For Euro prices please add 20% to sterling figures. Bookings for the period November to February by special arrangement - please contact us to confirm availability. Heating, mains services, linen and welcome pack included in price.

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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