Houses in Saint Just, Nr Brantome, Dordogne, Aquitaine - Peaceful, Idyllic Hamlet, Private Pool, 2 Properties Linked, Secluded Garden
A rustic and charming property, 'La Grange' and 'Le Pigeonnier' have a private pool, sunny terraces and a secure, secluded garden with a tall hedge. Wake up to the glorious views across the Val de Dronne from the 'Sleigh Bed' room, or any of the other 5 bedrooms in the property. Enjoy gentle strolls or cycle rides in the quiet lanes. For the more adventurous, hire a canoe - explore the scenic water route to Brantome. Our information pack will provide full details. English satellite TV and a good selection of films and music will provide entertainment when required. For evenings out, no-one could resist the local cuisine. Relax in the comfortable and spacious 2 living rooms, or rest in a sun lounger with a good book, take a dip and then later in the day, BBQ in the back garden. The hamlet of La Germanie hosts just 5 properties, set in a backdrop of ripened sunflowers and undulating countryside, that ensures peace and quiet will prevail for your stay.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely rural position.
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
"It is so lovely to deal with such friendly, helpful people and go to a beautiful home that is exactly as described on your website. La Grange is very beautifully decorated. Thank you so much for a really useful information pack inside the property." KP and family, Gloucester
"Thank you for a truly amazing holiday. La Germanie has been fantastic and the perfect place for a getaway from it all holiday with so many magical places to visit." Brown Family, Bedfordshire
"We have filled La Germanie (14) - our stay has been very enjoyable. We found the accommodation to be very well equipped and it was lovely to be greeted with wine and biscuits :) Lot of hot water and beautifully decorated bedrooms. The canoeing was great fun." Lister family
"Thank you for being so helpful with the arrangements - our first driving holiday in France - we loved it and won't hesitate to repeat the experience. We'll recommend it!" A Daniels
3.7 based on 7 holidaymaker reviews
Lovely rural position.
Taking the whole property made it ideal location for large family holiday with four small children happily contained within secure garden. We had a great time in the pool and enjoyed cycling on the quiet roads and tracks. We would like to go back when the grandchildren are a bit older as there are lots of places to explore and canoeing on the river sounds wonderful. We found the welcome booklet for the property very helpful, with lots of suggestions for local markets, places to visit and general information for the area.
Shabby, unkempt, not fit for rental
We have just spent a week at La Grange and Le Pigeonnier - there were 10 of us.
The entrance to La Grange was through a very uninviting utility room, which for most of the week smelt of the septic tank.
The lounge and kitchen were adequately sized but shabby.
The ground floor shower did not drain properly.
The entrance to Le Pigeonnier via La Grange (accessible only as we had booked both) was via a new staircase which had not been finished properly from the utility room (uninviting and smelly)
Had we booked Le Pigeonnier on its own, access was via a filthy external staircase to a balcony door - balcony also filthy and unswept.
Access to the garden/patio and pool was not direct from the accommodation but down the entrance steps and via an external gate on the outside on the property.
Internally, this was also shabby. New steps from first floor to second floor unfinished and uncovered/unvarnished.
Second floor bathroom had shower attached to taps only with water pressure so poor it was unusable. If we had not had access to La Grange, we would have had no proper shower/bath facilities. There was no toilet in bathroom - this was on the first floor (ie floor below) with no sink to wash hands in - had to use kitchen sink or go upstairs to bathroom - not acceptable.
Second bedroom had no wardrobe.
No fans provided for bedrooms (on second floor at top of property and very hot).
Unswept - covered in dead leaves and covered in moss and in need of a jet wash to clean up.
No way to lock gate which accessed garden / patio - seemed to be broken. With 6 children in the garden / patio this is unacceptable.
Rude and unfriendly neighbours - could this be due to previous guests?
Inadequate area by pool for 10 people and insufficient loungers - only 4 for a party of 10.
Outside render faded, off white and covered in moss. Nothing like the photos.
We were advised that the local cleaning team would contact us during our visit but had no contact from them. We wonder why.
We are experienced villa renters and this is by far the worse property that we have ever rented. We consider this an unacceptable property for Owners Direct to be advertising for rental with the current spec and photos.
Our holiday was spoilt by what we considered very poor accommodation and would like a refund to compensate. We await your response.
An Idyllic Retreat....
One of my friends hosted a family reunion at La Germanie and she, her husband, children and grandchildren all had a wonderful time. I have wanted to visit La Germanie ever since hearing about their vacation there.
My stay at the end of May was all I had hoped it would be. The property is charming inside and out. It is secluded and peaceful, yet a short drive away are the beautiful towns of Bourdeilles, Brantome (my favorite), St. Just and Verteillac with markets, adorable restaurants, shops etc. The people we met everywhere were friendly and helpful......and the owners of the property were attentive and knowledgeable. I loved every moment of my stay.
Thanks for a great holiday
We had a wonderful holiday. Thank you for your assistance in making arrangements. We loved the beautiful house which we found well maintained, very clean and well furnished, spacious and comfortable.
We enjoyed the huge family kitchen, lounge and snug and the bedrooms were very comfortable and clean. There was a good choice of books, games, dvds etc for use .
It was great to have the lovely pool with lots of garden areas to relax and entertain. There were lots of walks and lots of places to visit. Your browser with details of the areas to visit and things to do was most helpful and we visited Brantoine, Boudelles, Vereillac and Perigueux to name a few. Lots of activities for children. The house is very suited for families and groups of friends..............Hope to visit again.
A Peaceful Getaway
I spent 10 days in this lovely villa with two of my friends and I couldn't have had a better introduction to the Dordogne and to France. The villa has loads of charm, set in the middle of rolling countryside and leafy lanes. It provided us with a very comfortable 10 day stay. The interior is full of character and the accommodation suited us perfectly. The well equipped kitchen was an ideal place to enjoy evening meals around an enormous farmhouse-style table. The mature garden has lots of shady places to sit and have a quiet read or an al fresco meal and the quite large swimming pool was extremely clean. A car is necessary and we visited many of the quaint surrounding villages during our stay and also a number of the markets. La Germanie is certainly an ideal place to enjoy peace and tranquillity, away from the hub and demands of city life. We were very satisfied with the facilities it offered us and I would have no hesitation in returning there some time in the future.
Very disappointed with this property.
The listing description was accurate regarding the location, layout, facilities but the photos portray a much better quality than what we experienced so I guess the materials were new and everything was clean when the photos were taken.
The property was far from being clean and in our opinion very poorly maintained. Examples include:
a) Residue (sticky) stains on the bedroom and bathroom floors.
b) Bath absolutely ditched in scum (as was sink) and contained many spurious short hairs. Also in bathroom, many dead bugs in the drawers of bathroom unit and wooden trim hanging down from ceiling with exposed nails.
c) Thick cobwebs everywhere particularly on the curtains in bedroom.
d) Bed sheets, towels and pillows stained. One pillow appeared to be stained with blood. Bed frame was also broken.
e) Kitchen utensils very dirty as was glassware.
f) Within the tumble dryer there was some sort of material that was covered in mold growths.
We have never rented a property directly with an owner before but in our opinion the owners have not provided anything like good customer service or customer care. Again in our opinion the property was not fit for purpose. We spent most of the following day cleaning the property and purchasing new bed linen.
I certainly would not recommend this property to anyone.
The comments above particularly refer to the ‘Le Pigeonnier' but in our opinion the Grange did not fair much better.
Activity and Interests
Lisle river beach is a 12 minute drive away.
More details on our website below.
The Atlantic beaches and dunes of Archachon, south of Bordeaux are approx. 1 hour 54 mins drive, and La Rochelle to the north-west approx. 2 hours.
130km (80 miles) from the Dune du Pilat on the south west coast of France. The sand dune is over 100m high and 500m wide and 3 kilometres long, which makes it the largest sand dune in Europe.
By car: ferry to Caen (5.5 hours, 570 km); Saint Malo (6 hours, 518 km); Cherbourg (7 hours, 654 km);
Direct flights to Bergerac from Stansted (Ryanair) from Exeter or Southampton (Flybe).
By train: Fastest train route is to Angouleme from St Pancras.
Saint Just (nearest village with bottle bank and Marie). La Tour Blanche - 6km (nearest shops, restaurant, bars). Verteillac - 9km (shops, bank, restaurants and bars). Lisle - 11km (shopping area) Riberac - 22km (supermarkets, cafes, bars, Friday market). Brantome - 20km (as Riberac).
We are situated between the 2 popular market towns of Riberac and Brantome, both of which are full of atmosphere and have large supermarkets. Other local towns and villages offer a wide range of facilities, including canoeing, horse-riding, walking and cycling. Tourist offices are situated in the squares of Verteillac, Riberac and Brantome, where literature is available on all activities, places to visit and local events. Some brochures provided in our property's information binder.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
8 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£500|
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your booking and the balance is due minimally eight weeks prior to arrival. Prices may be subject to change at the owners' discretion and a refundable security deposit of £500 is required.
There is some flexibility - please contact us.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds for both properties combined. Enquiries welcomed for La Grange and Le Pigeonnier as separate lettings.
Please enquire regarding long winter lets - available at highly attractive rates.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Toilet 2 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower), Bidet
- 3 bathrooms. 2 WCs. 2 bathrooms with bath and shower attachment, hand basin. The third with walk-in shower, WC and wash hand basin. 2 separate WCs.
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 14 (2 + 4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with king sized bed and enormous sofa as additional bed, if required. 2 with double beds. (One with sleigh bed) 3 with twin beds. 2 futon sofa beds.
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Central heating and wood-burning stove in La Grange and electric heaters are provided in Le Pigeonnier. Pets are welcome. Outstanding country walks from La Germanie. Garden area is stone-paved and terraced. Supervision for young children is required. Smoking is allowed in the garden area. Outside: Terraced patio gardens, set on different levels, in stone and secluded with high hedging. Gazebo seats 8 persons. 8m x 4m alarmed and private swimming pool. Garden bench under shaded apple tree. Sun Loungers. BBQs. Utility Room: Washing machine, sink, small fridge, pool towels, lounger cushions and pool equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen, towels and pool towels are provided free of charge. Other: The snug offers a further room of relaxation, with reclining chair, antique bookshelves filled with a selection of reading material and games. Satellite Wi-Fi.