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Villa With Private Pool With Stunning Views Over The Dordogne valley

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Cottage in Mayrac, Nr. Souillac, Midi Pyrenees, Lot, France - Tranquil Location On The Edge Of A Small Hamlet Yet Not Far From Amenities

The contemporary 3 bedroom bungalow is set on the edge of a small hamlet with a magnificent view of the rolling hills of the Dordogne valley. The bungalow enjoys total privacy. The large garden with its sun-drenched patio and shaded terrace is ideal for lazy dining and relaxation. The large swimming pool faces south with garden furniture for secluded sunbathing. The property is set on gently rising ground in the midst of fields and woods at the end of a single track country lane. There is no traffic to disturb the peace. There are many woodland walks to be had from directly outside the back door. Waking up to the unspoilt sound of tranquility and to the mist swirling in the valley below is truly a delight.This area, with its wealth of breath-taking scenery, is very popular with walkers,cyclists and families. There are many river beaches lining the nearby Dordogne river ( just a ten minute drive away from the property) where you can paddle, swim, fish or canoe/kayak. This area has a huge number of visitors' attractions including castles, beautiful gardens,museums, animal sanctuaries, and quaint villages. Just 20 minutes from the house is the stunning, historical village of Rocamadour ( the second most visited site of interest in France.)

For children there are many things to do and visit, for example; a water park, 2 zoos, an aquarium,a high-ropes adventure park, mini-golf, a dinosaur park, a monkey sanctuary, reptile land etc.


Brive - Vallee de Dordogne airport 15kms/20 mins with CItyjet flights from London/Paris, Edinburgh and Dublin and Ryanair from Stansted. Limoges approx 125 km(90 mins), Ryanair, Flybe. Rodez Airport approx 141 km/2 hours ,Ryanair. Bergerac Airport approx 108 km/1 hour 40 Ryanair/Flybe. Toulouse approx 177 km/1 hour 45. Easyjet/ Jet2com/ Aer Lingus. Bordeaux airport 245 km / 2 hours 30, Easyjet. A car is essential. All airports have car hire facilities. Calais/Boulogne approx 9 hours drive. Brive railway station approx 22km where there is car hire available. Motorail too.


The hamlet is a 5 minute walk from the nearest village . 5km to the village of St Sozy (nearest baker and small supermarket, restaurants and cafes and access to Dordogne river). 10 mins drive to the town of Souillac with its large supermarkets, restaurants, bakers, markets, banks etc. 10 mins drive to the historic village of Martel, 20 mins to Rocamadour (second most visited village in France) 20 mins to nearest airport (Brive).

Further Details:

St Sozy (6 minutes by car) has a small supermarket, bakery, a paper shop, a gift shop and restaurants. There is a well-known restaurant just outside of St Sozy in the village of Meyronne. Martel and Souillac( 10 mins) have more comprehensive shopping facilities including large supermarkets, banks, cash points and weekly markets. Brive is the largest town and has 2 markets a week and great shopping. The food in the area is a culinary delight, it’s the heart of foie gras and truffle region, with some amazing Michelin starred restaurants in stunning settings. The area is steeped in history with its many traditional French villages, castles and towns. The famous hillside village of Rocamadour can be easily reached in 25 mins, as can the well-known town of Sarlat. The beaches of the Dordogne are just 6 mins from the villa from where you can hire a kayak/canoe to meander down the river taking in the breath-taking views. La Cave and Padriac caves make for a very interesting day out. The markets at Brive, Sarlat and Cahors are bustling. A boat trip, or for the more energetic, a day's canoeing on the Dordogne, are ideal ways to view the sights of La Roque Gageac and the Chateaux of Montfort, Beynac and Castlenaud. Family attractions include a steam train ride and Reptileland at Martel, Eagle and Monkey sanctuaries near Rocamadour and minigolf and horseriding at Souillac. Quercyland, a waterpark at Souillac 10km away, has 7 swimming pools, 3 water slides, go-kart area and paddle boats.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
27 January, 2017

About Joanne

We are a married couple from the North West of England. We have 4 grown up children who have recently flown the nest. Our holidays have always been the hi-light of our year, we have a real love of fine things, good food and wine and all things French.

Joanne purchased this villa in 2010

Why Joanne chose Lot

We fell in love with our cottage on first sight, we quite particularly love its location. We still can't believe our luck when we sit outside in the early morning and take in the stunning views and the sound of perfect peace! We love this area of France for its Frenchness! It is so quaint and full of interest, there is so much to see and do and the perfect tranquility helps us to unwind completely from our otherwise busy lives! The neighbours (the few there are) are very friendly. The cottage is easy to access being near the motorway link (7 mins) and the nearby town of Souillac (with its rail link) also, the recently opened Brive airport means access is amazingly simple!

What makes this villa unique

Our property is not overlooked and, being at the end of a single track country road overlooking the valley, traffic of any type is impossible to hear. The only sound in the garden is the sound of the red squirrels cracking their nuts and the woodpeckers. Although the cottage is set in peaceful countryside it is only 5 mins to a village with all amenities and 10 mins to the main town. So you really can have it all!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a really fantastic time in your villa and would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone or returning ourselves at some point in the future (which we hope to do) – thank you for a wonderful and very memorable family holiday.

We all loved your house. Very easy to maintain, nicely furnished, and with great views. Your booklet of information was good, and it was nice to have lots of leaflets of places to go. We made good use of your bikes to go to the boulangerie. We would certainly consider renting your house again, if available.

We really enjoyed our holiday and found the views from the property

even more impressive than the photos led us to believe. We were very

fortunate with the weather (40C+) and were pleased that we had booked a

place with a pool to cool off. Overall, a lovely, relaxing place that is competitively priced. We would highly recommended it to anyone.
Oct 2010
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Fantastic location and house

  • 5 of 5

A most fantastic location, with a great pool and lovely accommodation, it was the perfect retreat for our week away - and the weather was perfect. Couldn't have asked for more

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday - the cottage is perfect, fully equipped and spotlessly clean.

The swimming pool is large, very well kept and a fantastic place to cool off!

Views from the swing in the garden are breathtaking especially early in the morning.

There are lots of places to visit in the area that are all very close by - caves, monkey forest, tree climbing to name but a few!

We enjoyed lovely meals out at St Sozy and Martell, again both close by.

Thank you Jo and Graham for a wonderful, relaxing holiday.

We would not hesitate to recommend Plum Cottage and would love to return!!

The Taylor family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review ! We are thrilled that you had such a good time ! My husband refers to the swing seat as my perch, as I can often be found there, glass of wine in hand, admiring the view and enjoying the peace and quiet. Hope to welcome you back soon. J and G .
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Nice house, beautiful garden and swimming pool, perfect location and incredible views.

  • 4 of 5

This is a very interesting area, very close to the river Dordogne an the villages near by are beautiful although not full of tourists. The house is comfortable and the owners very helpfull all the time. Lovely holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. J and G.
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Perfect vacation for family with kids

  • 5 of 5

A perfect location for a great vacation! A lovely and quiet place. We enjoyed the mix of sightseeing and activities in the area as well as just relaxing around the pool and watching the kids transforming to frogs. We can only recommend this place, as long as you book after us.... :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments! We are glad you had a nice holiday. You are right it's the mixture of activities and sight seeing and tranquility to return home to which make for a great holiday. Hope to welcome you back sometime. J and G
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The property was lovely. Had fantastic views at the front. Every thing we needed was in the bungalow

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at the bungalow. Great pool and accommodation. The views were lovely, great location. Plenty to see and do. Sarlat a must as well as Racamadour.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We had a superb stay. The kids loved the pool and all the things around to do...especially the dinosaur park! It was peace and tranquility, when the children were not screaming with delight! Overall I cannot recommend plum tree cottage enough, or indeed, the area! There are so many things to do for all the family. The scenery is truly stunning, with its quaint, historic villages, hills and forests and the meandering Dordogne river. There are a number of great restaurants where you can sample specialities of the area. The kids loved the high ropes adventure park and kayaking on the river. Definitely coming again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! One of the great benefits of this area is that there is plenty for everyone to do and enjoy. We feel that it's a great mix of things of interest for the youngsters, scenic sites and historical interest for the parents and the culinary delights this part of France has to offer.
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Prices & Availability

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1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
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3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
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29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
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Changeover Day: Saturday
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes: Bookings are usually Saturday to Saturday.
25% non refundable deposit payable on booking. The rest payable no less than 8 weeks before your stay. £250 refundable damage deposit will be refunded with in 2 weeks of your return.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturday, guests are asked to arrive after 4pm and to leave before 10.30am. (please ask if this is a problem).

Notes on prices:
A heating supplement of £50 will be charged per week from October to March
Special prices negotiable for long-term lets

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mayrac in Midi-Pyrenees

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with shower, WC, bidet and wash basin. Separate WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with single bed with a further full sized single bed underneath to pull out. All bedrooms have built in, mirrored wardrobes and bedside cabinets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: We have good internet access, great games and three bikes to use to make your stay even more enjoyable. The fans in our cottage are free standing. Outside: The property is set in an enclosed, private garden of 1/4 of an acre. It has a 10x5m pool which is fully compliant with French safety regulations. The patio has a dinning set with parasol from where you can enjoy stunning, far-reaching views over the Dordogne valley or watch the swallows swoop around you over the pool.There are sunloungers round the pool and a large bbq. There is a big shed which houses a number of inflatables and outdoor games for your enjoyment( also 3 bicycles). To the rear of the property is a 3 seater swing seat, where you can sip your coffee and watch the morning mist in the valley below; it's really something to behold! From the property you are within woodland in 2 minutes and in the small village of Mayrac within 5 mins on foot. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included ( please bring your own pool towels). Villa will be cleaned for your arrival, please leave it as you find it. Other: Our fans are all freestanding but still provide great comfort and circulation during your sta

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