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Gorgeous cottage in glorious countryside with shared pool and tennis court



Updated: 06-Jul-2016
Former farm Cottage near Riberac / Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne, Dordogne - Shared Swimming Pool And Tennis Court

'Les Noisettes' is a lovely 300 year old stone farm cottage on a private development of seven houses, set in 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens with lovely views. Close to the Charente border and beautiful Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. Ideal as a peaceful 'home from home' away from the crowds, and a great base for exploring the historic towns of the region. Walking, cycling, sketching, golf and canoeing can all be enjoyed in this area. The ancient village of Vanxains with its boulangerie, post office and small bar/shop for essentials is just 1.5 miles away. The charming market town of Riberac is just 4 miles away. Inside the cottage is light and airy and retains many original features such as exposed stone walls, a stunning Perigordion fireplace with a wood-burning stove and beamed ceilings. The house is superbly well equipped and tastefully furnished. Outside there is a large patio area with views over the swimming pool and a private walled courtyard garden to the side of the cottage.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Susan and Kirk Lloyd fell in love with the Perigord Vert region 6 years ago.

We always spent family holidays in France and in 2009 we stayed near the Charente/ Dordogne border. We were absolutely bowled over by the beauty, tranquility and ambiance of the area. As soon as we viewed our cottage at Chez Portier it was a 'coup de foudre!

We love the view of the rolling countryside from our patio, where we barbeque produce from the fabulous local markets, washed down with a chilled rose ! It's so relaxing and yet the large pool and tennis court at Chez Portier, not to mention all the activities at Lake Jemaye - keep our hyper active sons happy too!

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've just arrived home after what was a fantastic and relaxing holiday in your lovely home. The house itself, the pool and the location were all better than we could have hoped for and we'll hopefully be in touch next year.

Helen Mathieson, Co Galway

We had a really happy family time. The house was great and we all thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool and the tennis court. The surrounding area and villages were very picturesque and we enjoyed meals out in Le Pauly, Aubeterre, Brantome and Bergerac, golfing at Longeveau, canoeing on the Dronne and swimming at La Jemaye. The market in Riberac was an experience. All in all, a wonderful holiday.

Derek Baker, Belfast

A quick email to tell you what a great holiday we had. The house and grounds were fabulous and we spent loads of time swimming, playing tennis, having barbecues and enjoying the wonderful view.

M Bentley, Bristol.

Accommodation was everything we could have wanted and kids loved the pool.

M Wiison, Notts
Jan 2010
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Peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

The layout of Les Noisettes was perfect for us. The gite offers stunning views of the rolling countryside, the grounds are beautifully maintained, a beautiful place to relax and unwind.. The pool was a little on the cold side for us but other guests enjoyed taking a dip. Outside dining is a must. If its a little windy the enclosed garden is ideal. The gite is equipped with everything you could possibly need, and its close proximity to Riberac with its lively Friday street market and supermarkets makes it a perfect base to explore the Dordogne. We loved our stay, and the weather in May was perfect. We certainly would like to return. So thank you Susan and Lloyd for letting us use your lovely French home.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments ! We were so glad you had good weather - May 2015 was glorious . We hope you will return to Les Noisettes in the future .
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From the Owner

If visiting for a week or less we usually fly into Bergerac which is 1 hour away and hire a car -this is certainly the fastest way to get here. Bordeaux is a little further but a good choice if you fancy a night or two visiting Sarlat or Saint Emilion beforehand . For longer stays , we use the ferry from Dover to Calais or Portsmouth to Le Havre and take our own car.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : BERGERAC at 43 Kilometres Car: necessary


Lake Jemaye, just 5 miles away has a large sandy beach, children's play grounds, volley ball pitch, cycling/walking tracks and fishing . Canoe hire is FREE during Peak season for 25 mins per session which allows enough time to explore the boundaries of the lake . During the school holidays lifeguards are also present. This is a beautiful lake - lovely for swimming - and safe for children .

There are also sandy beaches on the river Dronne at Aubeterre (8 miles) and Saint Auleye (9 miles).


Bergerac airport - 38 miles

Angouleme airport - 47 miles

Bordeaux airport - 75 miles

Limoges airport 75 miles

La Rochelle airport 118 miles


Le Pauly - 1 mile for Crêperie/restaurant

Vanxains - 1.5 miles for Boulangerie, general store and bar

Riberac - 4 miles for cafe's, restaurants, banks, and supermarkets. Bike and canoe hire is also available here.

Aubeterre - 8 miles for a very pretty, perched village

Perigueux - 26 miles for sightseeing at the capital of the Dordonge

Brantome - 27 miles known as the Venice of the Dordogne

Les Eyzies/Lascaux - 57 miles for prehistoric caves

Sarlat - 77 miles for restored medieval town.

Further Details:

Don’t miss Riberac’s Friday morning market – it is said to be the finest in the Dordogne! We also love the Monday market at nearby Chalais. Les Noisettes is also just 15 mins from Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, one of the 'plus beaux villages de France'. Steeped in history, Aubeterre is so beautiful with its winding cobbled streets and white stone houses with wooden balustrades bedecked with flowers in Summer. Don't miss its amazing subterranean church - said to be the largest in Europe. Guided walking tours of Aubeterre are available in high season and can be booked at the Tourist Information office. Do you love pottering around Antique shops? Well this area has a great selection of 'Antiquaires and Brocanteurs' which we include in our guide.


Rental rates

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:

A deposit of £200 is required to secure your reservation, and the balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. Full payment is required for bookings made less than 8 weeks prior to departure. A refundable security/ damage deposit of £100 is payable with your balance . This will be refunded after the cottage has been checked by our property Manager .

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our main changeover day . Out of high season we can be more flexible - so please ask !
. Please note that guests are requested to arrive after 16.00 hrs and depart by 10.00 hrs

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in GBP and include all bedlinen and bathroom towels , beds made up and cleaning prior to your arrival . Also included are the services of our property Manager where appropriate and French tax.
Special Offer for couples : 20 % discount (excluding July and August). Other durations may be available – please contact the owner to discuss.

The owner requires a deposit of £200 to secure a reservation . The balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival .
Payment by cheque or bank transfer accepted.

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From the Owner

Les Noisettes has everything we need for a perfect holiday. We truly relax here, the countryside is gorgeous, we are surrounded by historic villages, beautiful Aubeterre is just 20 mins drive away, the Friday market at Riberac is really good for meat , fish, cheese, fruit, baskets, jewellery, well everything really! August is a great month to catch all the local 'fetes ' and we have been to some great concerts at nearby villages. As a family , we love Lake Jemaye which is just 10 mins drive away. The Lake has a soft sandy 'beach' and offers free canoeing as well as mini-ski-ing, wonderful walkways and a 'fitness route ' for anyone missing their work outs!

Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shared by Double and Twin Rooms upstairs
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Next door to downstairs bedroom
  • Downstairs with shower, washbasin, bidet and W.C. Upstairs with bath/shower over, washbasin and W.C.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Downstairs bedroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Twin bedroom with lovely outlook
  • Description of sleeping capacity: We can comfortably sleep up to 6 Adults in 3 bedrooms. We have an additional small bedroom which is suitable for a child or infant. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, downstairs with kingsize bed and doors opening onto Patio/Pergola. Bedroom 2, upstairs with double bed with views to side. Bedroom 3, upstairs with two single beds and view to the front


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Suitable for families and friends . We regret no pets, and no smoking in the house or around the pool. Outside: Outside there is a large patio area with views towards the swimming pool and the rural landscape beyond. Equipped with a table and chairs and a gas barbecue - it's an ideal spot for relaxed meals with a glass of wine! Les Noisettes also has its own secluded walled garden again with table and chairs - a private spot for that morning coffee! In all there are 2.5 acres of well maintained grounds to enjoy at the 'Domaine', including the large 15 x 7m swimming pool (now gated and fenced in compliance with safety regulations) and a fine all weather tennis court complete with umpire's chair! Utility Room: Ironing board and iron, plus vacuum cleaner are located in the understairs cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: To lighten your load we include all bedlinen and towels (excluding pool towels).

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