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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 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 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.


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  • 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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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
350 Kilometres
San Sebastian
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Limeuil (River Dordogne)
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

The owners are tour guides with detailed knowledge of both local wildlife and historical sites. We can provide all necessary information and a guided service to guests. Prices are from 50 euros per person per full day (30 for half-day). See our website for further information on local wildlife, species lists and my articles including 'Butterfly' June 2008, 'British Wildlife' December 2009' and 'Bird Watching' January 2011. Over 20 species of orchid and 70 of butterfly on site. c.100 bird sp. recorded. April - June best months for birds and orchids, May to September best for butterflies. Hoopoe, Wryneck and Golden Oriole nest locally. Nearby arable plateau has harriers, shrikes and Rock Sparrow. Migrating cranes autumn and early spring. See my book 'Birding Dordogne' (iTunes). The night sky is good for observing stars and planets. Available for use: maps, walking guides, wildlife identification guides, butterfly net, bat detector, moth trap, telescope, binoculars and camera tripod.


Nearest sandy sea beaches on Atlantic coast at Arcachon and Cap Ferret 2.5 hours drive.

River beaches on Dordogne river at Limeuil, Le Buisson, Coux et Bigaroque 20-30 minutes drive.

Lake beach at Lanquais and Le Bugue 20 minutes drive.

Aquapark, Bergerac 30 minutes drive.

Watersports Centre, Tremolat 20 minutes drive.

Open air swimming pool at Lalinde, 10 minutes drive.


Bergerac Airport 30 mins. To Stansted, Liverpool, E.Midlands, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Soton, Bham, Gatwick, Exeter, Luton. Winter only: Stansted, Exeter, Soton. Bordeaux Airport 2 hrs. Toulouse Airport 2.5 hrs. Limoges Airport 2.5 hrs. We can provide taxi service to and from Bergerac airport in car or minibus as a supplement to holiday cost of £40. Around 800km (a days drive) from channel ferry ports. Car hire (available at airport) or private car advised. Bike hire available locally.


Nearest villages (Sauveboeuf and Mauzac) with shops, restaurant and PO, 5 mins drive. Grocery store open Sunday am Sauveboeuf.

Town (Lalinde) with large supermarket 10 minutes drive.

Large town (Bergerac) with many supermarkets and restaurants 30 mins drive.

City (Perigueux) 50 mins drive.

Dordogne Valley and chateaux/gardens 30 mins drive

Bergerac and vineyards 30 mins drive.

Les Eyzies prehistoric caves and museum 30 mins drive.

Sarlat medieval town 50 mins drive.

Bordeaux 2 hours.

Further Details:

La Cabane du Pommier lies at the heart of a footpath network with both local and national routes. There is a range of beautiful walks from the house both short and long and also mountain biking routes locally. Excellent local restaurants in Paunat 'Chez Julien', Mauzac 'La Metairie', Lalinde 'Le Perigord' and Tremolat 'Le Vieux Logis'. Pizzeria/take-aways in Lalinde. Market day Lalinde Thurs and Sat. Market day at Medieval town of Sarlat Wed and Sat. Banks and ATMs in Lalinde, banks closed Mondays. Canoeing at many points on the Rivers Dordogne and Vezere locally, nearest at Limeuil, 20 minutes drive. Fishing available locally on rivers, canal and lakes. Several of the 'most beautiful villages of France' are within 30 minutes drive: Roque Gageac, Beynac, Limeuil and Belves. Aquarium at Le Bugue 20 minutes drive. River boat cruises at Beynac, Roque Gageac and Bergerac, 30 minutes drive. Horse riding, pleasure flights and hot air ballooning available locally. Forest adventure parks near Sarlat. The property is centrally situated for trips south and westward towards the fortified medieval 'Bastide' towns eg. Monpazier, Eymet, Molieres and Lalinde created during the 100 Years War and to the vineyards of Bergerac including the Chateau of Monbazillac. There are further interesting medieval sites at Beaumont, Issigeac and Cadouin Abbey. To the east and north lie many fascinating chateaux towards Sarlat and the World Heritage UNESCO sites of Perigueux cathedral together with the Vezere Valley and it’s prehistoric caves including Lascaux with cave paintings, sculptures, stalagmites, stalactites and crystalline deposits. The Cahors vineyards are around one and half hours drive. The city of Bordeaux with its fascinating mix of old and new is 2 hours drive and another World Heritage UNESCO site - the Saint Emilion vineyards - lie on route as well many of the other Bordeaux vineyards. Roman Villas can be visited at Montcaret (west of Bergerac) and Vesunna at Perigueux.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mauzac-et-Grand-Castang, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
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High season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 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
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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