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Farmhouse Gite With Pool In Dordogne Countryside near Verteillac and Riberac



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Gite in Nanteuil Auriac de Bourzac, Verteillac, Dordogne - Quiet Location, Spectacular Views, Organic Smallholding

This gite is part of a typical french farmhouse situated in beautiful, unspoilt countryside, enjoying fantastic views of rolling hills, corn & sunflower fields & a slow pace of life. Ideally situated closeby to the town of Verteillac which has all the necessary amenities for an enjoyable and stressfree holiday. Riberac, Mareuil and Villebois Lavalette are also closeby and offer markets, restaurants and other facilities.

The gite, lying between the owners farmhouse & a beautiful old barn, has been recently renovated to provide a high standard of accommodation, yet retaining all the rustic charm that you would hope to find at your french holiday home. Inside, amazing oak roof timbers, beautiful stone fireplace, old oak floors, whilst outside there’s the large courtyard around which the numerous barns & pigeonnier sit, shaded by an old lime tree.The 10m x 5m swimming pool with roman steps has its own enclosed garden and child safety alarm features a terrace, sun loungers, BBQ & dining area under a shaded pergola. There’s lots of space for the children to run, play area, 14ft trampoline, table tennis. Provides the perfect place to relax & unwind yet has plenty of things to do and see, ideal for a family or couples of all ages looking for a real French experience.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Tres Bon - What a wonderful place, plenty of open space to just relax and enjoy. The owners are brill, like your own family and you must sample Wendy`s cooking. Highly recommended hence we're going back for more. "The gities", Derbyshire

A lovely, well equipped gite, beautiful away from it all location. This is our second visit and the kids are already asking when they can go back again! Wendy, Matt & the family once again made us feel extremely welcome, they aways went that extra mile to sort things out for us. Pip & Kev, Nottingham

Our French Experience -Just got back from staying at Chez Devallon. What a stunning place to stay. The gite was as described and more. Very peaceful with spectacular views, only regret was that it wasn't later in the year when the fields of sunflowers would be in bloom. Wendy and Matt really friendly, hardworking couple with charming children. Would recommend for all, plenty to do in the area & plenty of places to eat closeby. Tillydog, Stockton
Sep 2009
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Wonderful gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a great two weeks at chez devalon ,sunsets,laughs,beers,building,bees and everything is in abundance ,Wendy ,Matt and family are very welcoming and can not do enough ,everything in the gite is perfect with a great attention to detail ,would definitely stay again ,and good luck to the Meers family with all there ventures in the future

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and style

  • 5 of 5

We asked Wendy to organise the weather for us. It took her 2 days but after that we had warm sunshine day after day. The gite has been renovated and updated with much of the old timber retained. The furnishings fit the style perfectly. We didn't use the mezzanine, but there is plenty of space as long as you can find your way through the roof-beams - fine for children. The shower-room/toilet is recently fitted out and everywhere was bright and clean. The kitchen area has all the equipment needed for your stay and Wendy had provided some basics in the fridge for our arrival. There was a tiny TV which we didn't use. The pool is just the other side of the courtyard with a good space round it for relaxing. We played table tennis in the barn, had breakfast in the courtyard and in the evening walked round the farm and talked to the sheep while watching the sun set over the lovely rolling countryside, listening to the cuckoo and swallows. I borrowed a bike - there is a tandem to hire if you have the inclination.

The local area is very rural and quiet. A car is pretty essential for getting around. Wendy and Matt (and their 3 boys) were ideal hosts, knowledgeable about the area, helpful hospitable, unobtrusive.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Vendoire at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 500 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montmoreau St Cybard at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Vendoire at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : River Beach at Aubeterre at 18 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We occasionally run willow weaving courses (willow hurdles and plant supports or living willow garden structure) so please get in touch if you are interested.

We also rent out a tandem so if you fancy a holiday exploring the area with a difference then please contact us for more details.

As a family striving towards self-sufficiency we welcome any help offered on the farm - if you are interested in a "working" holiday on our smallholding please let us know - enthusiasm and willingness to put in a hard days work are more important than knowledge and there is always plenty to do!


The nearest coastal beach is at Royal or La Palmyre which is about a 2 hour drive. However there are several river beaches within easy reach - Aubeterre, St Aulaye, Lisle as well as well equipped lakes. Lake Jemaye is our nearest which is well worth the 40 minute drive, where there’s a beach with bars & restaurants overlooking the water front & safe paddling & swimming areas (life guards at peak times).


The use of a car is highly recommended unless you arrive on bikes!

Getting Here:

Flying: The nearest airport is Bergerac, just over an hour's drive away. Bordeaux & Limoges are 1hr 45, Poitier 2hrs & La Rochelle is 2hrs 45mins. Ryanair, Flybe, Easyjet, Monach, Jet2 & BA all fly into the area.

By Rail: TGV train to London via Paris or Lille takes about six hours from Angouleme.

Ferry/Drive: St Malo, Caen & La Havre all about a 6 hours drive away & Calais about 8hrs30.


The gite lies about 2km from the village of Nanteuil Auriac de Bourzac. Verteillac lies close by for basic shopping requirements & bank, P.O., bars/restaurants, doctor pharmacy, garage, tourist information. Just 15kms away is Riberac, renowned for its busy Friday market, or in the other direction, Villebois Lavalette, both having good supermarkets & other town amenities. Further afield take a day out to explore Cognac(70km), Bergerac (75km), the vineyards of St Emilion(80km), or Bordeaux (120km)

Further Details:

Local Attractions: You will be ideally placed for access to all the beautiful sites in the Dorgogne and Charente. There are chateaux to visit, prehistoric caves to explore or pretty market towns to meander around. Not to be missed is market day in Riberac on Friday or you could go to Villebois Lavalette for their modest market on a Saturday morning under an incredible old oak structure, where you can join in with the locals eating oysters with beer. The Perigord region is renowned for its quality food and wines and there are numerous good yet affordable restaurants locally. Typically a four or five course lunch costs between 10 and 12 euros, often with wine included! For the serious wine lover, Bergerac is just over an hours drive away or you could take a day trip to St Emilion (1hr45mins) or Bordeaux (2hrs). Cognac is another interesting day out where you can take a tour around one of several brandy houses and then take a wander around the shops or along the river.

Activities: For the more energetic there are plenty of outdoor activities. Try canoeing along the river from Brantome, the little Venice of the Dordogne, to Bordeilles with its fortified chateaux, or explore the quiet but well signed lanes by bike or on foot. Several river beaches are within easy reach where the children can play in the sand & swim or you could visit Lake Jemaye, well worth the 40 minute drive, where there’s a beach with bars & restaurants overlooking the waterfront & safe paddling & swimming areas (life guards at peak times). Facilities at Chez Devallon include swimming in the pool, boules, badminton, table tennis, table football, swings & slide, 14ft trampoline, sandpit, trikes, BBQ, & 8 aces of grounds to wander around. We also have a large selection of books, games, toys & a DVD/ CD library on request. To help you get the most out of the area we have put together a comprehensive guide with leaflets & lists of local events (eg. village festivals, night markets & brocantes).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 10
15 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 11
21 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is requested to secure a booking, with the remaining balance due 8 week prior to the start of your holiday.
Although the price is quoted in euros please ask if you prefer to pay in pounds sterling.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday during July & August but otherwise we are flexible on arrival & departure days as well as the length of your stay. You are welcome to arrive at any time after 4pm & we ask that on leave by 10.30 on departure day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a large shower (90cm x 90cm), two hand basins and a toilet. A baby bath can be provided if requested.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom has a double bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers and a great view! The mezzanine bedroom has twin beds but an additional single or double bed can be put in if needed. We can provide a cot for either bedroom.


  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: A grocery welcome pack is provided for guests staying for one week or more. There are centrally heated radiators in the two bedrooms and the bathroom and a woodburning stove for heating the main living area. There is a nominal charge for any wood burnt during your stay. We have all the "gear" for babies and children - cots and bed linen, high chairs, all terrain 3-wheel pushchair, stair gates, as well as indoor and outdoor toys and books. The gite is perfect for a couple wanting to have a "get away from it all" holiday or for those wanting to explore the area but it is equally suited for a relaxing family holiday in the countryside. No smoking is allowed in the gite. Well behaved pets may be considered, please ask us. Outside: The swimming pool is 10mx5m with roman steps. It is shared with our family but we aim to ensure that you get plenty of time in the pool and area if that is what you like. The pool garden has sun loungers, garden chairs & a dining table under the pergola as well as a BBQ. There are also places to relax in the courtyard - two hammocks shaded by the lime tree, & a table at the bottom of the gite stairs for your sole use. The open cart shed also has a large dining table for times when it's too hot to eat outside. There is ample parking space. Chez Devalon is an old french dairy farm - we are now running it as a (nearly) organic smallholding, strving at self-sufficiency. We have a small flock of sheep (come in the spring to see the lambs), chickens & we hope to have a few pigs next year. We cut & bale our own hay & straw & grow very small crops of corn & sunflowers for animal feed. We also have an orchard and rather too large veggie patch! Down the road we have a willow plantation. Utility Room: There is a separate laundry room with a washing machine for your use in one of the courtyard building and an iron and ironing board are available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels (bathroom and beach towels) are included. If you require maid service or baby-sitting please enquire. Other: Internet WIFI access is available.

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