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Beautifully restored and well equiped character cottage, perfect for two people.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Holiday Home near Eymet, Dordogne, Aquitaine - Set in Mature Gardens with 10m Heated Salt Water Pool

This charming small barn conversion, now a well equipped 1 bedroom gite sits in a large and mature garden surrounded by gently rolling agricultural land. The superb shared salt water pool with Roman steps and Solar Heating has a large sunbathing area and vine covered pergola. La Petite Grange is well proportioned and beautifully restored with deck and outside dining area, perfect for 2 people. We are situated 7kms from Eymet ideally placed for you to experience the peace and tranquility of the Dordogne and discover its numerous markets, fetes and festivals. The gite is heated with radiators and a wood burner. We are discreetly on hand to offer any help we can to ensure you have a wonderful holiday. A welcome "basket" is provided with some essentials to get your holiday off to the best possible start.

John Rivers
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About John Rivers

We are in our 60's and consider ourselves semi retired. Our working life in England was split between London and Gloucestershire in the antique jewellery business.

Although our French is pretty basic (some more basic than others) we have many french friends and Susie is a local councillor. We thoroughly enjoyed our first full season and met many charming people who were very kind in their comments about La Petite Grange. We like to keep a low profile but are always on hand if needed.

John Rivers purchased this cottage in 1980

Why John Rivers chose Sainte-Innocence

We bought the property 25 years ago as the fulfilment of a dream to have a second home in France.The peace,tranquility and pace of life were compelling attractions as was the gentle rolling countryside and soft limestone buildings. When we decided to move to France permanently we embarked on a major building program, upgrading and extending our original holiday home, which is now a four bed room gite and converting two barns in the grounds to a one bedroom gite and our two bedroom house.This winter we upgraded and extended the sun terrace around the salt water pool and installed solar heating , thereby making swimming from May to November feasible.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Sainte-Innocence in the Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bright modern and clean with large walk in shower
  • New en-suite bathroom with large shower, wc, basin and radiator.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Cool double aspect bedroom with very comfortable king size bed and en suite shower room. All towels, linen and hairdryer provided.
  • limited accessibility
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: All heating costs are included. Outside: The shared 10m salt water pool with Roman steps and Solar Heating sits in a large grassy garden.There is a tennis table with bats and balls provided. Utility Room: A utility room is available with washing machines and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly. Pool towels are also provided.


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Beautifully restored and well equiped character cottage, perfect for two people.
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Wonderfully equipped and clean small gite with helpful and friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a trip to this wonderful gite. We stayed in the little gite and were welcomed warmly by John and Suzie plus Orla and Maisie their two dogs. The gite itself is well equipped with a more than adequate kitchen, fabulous shower and one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. It is beautifully furnished in a country style, which includes a number of authentic French pieces lovingly included into the decor.

It is difficult to find anything wrong with this lovely place which included use of a shared pool. It is quiet and peaceful, surrounded by sunflower fields. We were lucky to go at a time when the cherry trees were loaded with fruit, and Suzie kindly left a bowl of fresh cherries outside our door a couple of times.

We would recommend this gite for a quiet, peaceful and laid back holiday

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy and Richard, So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards - John and Susie.
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Great property, lovely hosts - real home from home

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from 3 lovely weeks at La Vieille Grange. This is a superb property, very spacious and well equipped in large gardens with a fantastic swimming pool. It is in a very small village so you need a car but it is well positioned to explore the surrounding area, with lots of interesting things to see and do. John and Susie are very friendly, helpful and hospitable should you need them, but equally conscious of your privacy if you don't. Thoroughly recommended for a relaxing, enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tim and Sue, Many thanks for your very generous review. Kindest regards - John and Susie.
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Excellent gite run by lovely people

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat visitors to Les Vielles Granges over several years. It it is hard to imagine a better gite or nicer owners than John and Susie Rivers anywhere in the Dordogne ( or anywhere at all).. They must blush every time they read the comments left by all their visitors. As a couple we have stayed in the smaller gite and and. with another family, also taken the large one which swallowed up four adults and two teenagers with ease.The facilities, especially the pool, are first rate. The gites are well equipped both inside and out and the decor is charming and in excellent taste. It is an excellent base from which to visit the bastide towns of the Dordogne; take a boat out on the river; eat at good restaurants ( try the Relais d'Ancien Gare at Issigeac) and visit the local markets, especially Eymet on Thursday mornings. For those with small children the garden and pool, set of swings and table tennis offer suitable diversions.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Gite

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of space for 2, clean, nicely furnished and decorated, friendly welcome with essentials provided in fridge, spacious site shared with owners and one other (larger) gite. Good-sized heated outdoor swimming pool. Set in pleasant rural hamlet within easy reach (by car) of shops, vineyards, golf, interesting sites, good restaurants.

Not particularly easy to find; tip - it's in the hamlet of Lestang (near St Innocence) on the road between St Innocence and Puyguilhem. 2 friendly resident dogs and 1 cat, unobtrusive.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Holiday 27th July - 10th August

  • 5 of 5

La petite grange is a wonderful gite. It is very well appointed with everything that you would require to have a wonderful holiday. The site is really quiet which suited us and you have access to a nice sized swimming pool which is kept really clean. John & Susie are excellent hosts and very accomodating. You rarely see them, but are always available should you require help. There are several beautiful towns and villages close by, but Eymet is within 10 mins and has all that you could require, supermarket, fuel stations, restaurants, and a beautiful centre which hosts a twice weekly market which is a must. This place is a hidden gem and if you like a nice peaceful, tranquil setting for your holiday. Then this is the place for you. Top marks John & Susie :-)

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Cafe de Paris - Eymet
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Les Vigiers
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
La Bastide, Restaurant Italienne
Car: necessary


Bergerac airport is a leisurely 25 minutes drive away. The channel port of St.Malo is a 6/7 hour drive.


Our nearest town is Eymet, an unspoilt 13th century bastide with numerous fetes, festivals and markets throughout the summer - Just 7kms.

Bergerac with its charming old quarter is 24kms away. The nearest baker is in Fonroque - 2kms.

Further Details:

Canoeing on the majestic Dordogne river, go-carting at Bergerac. Tennis, horse riding and wine tasting are all within easy reach.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Sainte-Innocence, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit secures your booking, the balance being payable not later than 6 weeks before the commencement of the rental. A security deposit of £150 should be sent with the balance. We aim to reply to e-mail enquiries within 4 hours, if you haven't received a reply please check your Junk Mail or telephone us.

Changeover Day:
Our usual change over day is Saturday, with arrivals after 4.30pm and departures before 10.30am. We are happy to be flexible if possible.

Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are per week in UK pounds. Payment can be made in Euros if more convenient.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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