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Charming French Cottages with Swimming Pool - Le Chai



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
2 & 3 bedroom "gites" with views of sunflowers and vineyard

At Le Peynau we provide self-catering holiday accommodation in two charming French country cottages or "gites". Our guests tell us that it's both the setting and attention to detail inside the gites that makes our holiday accommodation so special. Both of our gites have been sympathetically converted from former wine-making buildings and retain much French character and charm. The grounds consist of a 2.5 acre estate nestled among vineyards and sunflower fields in the Dordogne region of SW France. Le Peynau is situated just 20km SW of Bergerac and the Dordogne River and only 6 minutes from the medieval market town of Eymet where, along with an excellent range of restaurants and cafe-bars, you will find a choice of 3 boulangeries for your fresh croissants each morning.

The gites are available to let individually or together and are 150 metres apart, each with its own private dining terrace. They have Wi-Fi Internet access and UK Freeview TV Channels.

On-site facilities include a swimming pool and games courtyard with boules, ping-pong and pool table.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Le Chai , 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Le Chai, with stunning open views, is our largest gite (Sleeps 6) and has been sympathetically converted from a 200 year old, former wine-making barn with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and tiled floors. The property has French doors leading to a large, private terrace with large dining table, parasol and chef's barbeque.

The accommodation is on one level and has comfortable furniture and quality fixtures. The open-plan living/dining/kitchen is spacious with a vaulted ceiling and wood burning stove. The kitchen is well-equipped and has a gas cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with ice-box, and washing machine.

The property has three bedrooms, one double and two twin-bedded rooms. There are two shower rooms and a separate WC.

Guests can enjoy Wi-Fi Internet access, UK FreeView TV Channels, DVD Player, Music System, and a selection of books, DVDs, board games and a local information pack. Linens and towels provided.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I moved to France with my husband in 2007 and our daughter was born here in 2012.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 2014 visitors' book entries include:

"Another fantastic stay at Le Peynau. Wonderful hospitality and beautiful vista. We'll be back". (Family S-B, Dublin, Ireland).

"Thank you. You have created a magical place. Le Chai has been perfect for relaxing, sharing with family, and as a centre for exploring the Dordogne". (Family M, Victoria, Canada).

"Hard to imagine a more perfect spot, facilities are second to none". (Mr & Mrs O, Kent, UK).
Sep 2010
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect rural rental in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Accommodation was excellent good quality equipment with large private outside space for dining and sun bathing , externally great pool and facilities for children table tennis , bowls ,badminton and pool. Best parts the silence, wildlife owls and deers and stars at night . We missed the sunflowers in bloom but can imagine how it would look in June / July ... Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing place to go

  • 5 of 5

We'd wholeheartedly recommend Le Peynau. Chris, Rachel and Ellie are wonderful hosts with lots of recommendations for things to do in the area (if you can drag yourself away from the pool). They helped us find places to canoe, eat and explore. Le Chai was really well-equipped - they have thought of all the little details to make your stay easier so there were no 'if only there was a...' moments in the kitchen. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and easy to explore on foot, or you can borrow a bike and go further afield. We particularly loved the pool, it is gorgeous and immaculately maintained, while the grounds were brilliant for the kids to explore and play. A fantastic holiday - we all wish we were still there! Thanks to Chris, Ellie and Rachel for a magical time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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100% recommend La Chai

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, peaceful place to stay, yet close to lots of activities and interesting places to visit. Lots of wildlife close by on various walks, long or short. Fishing, cycling, photography of the fab sunflowers a must, swimming, superb honey, markets, great restaurants nearby plus so much more... a week just isn't long enough!! Rachel, Chris and Ellie could not be more helpful. 100% recommend booking this property .....We will return for sure!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fabulous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

"Le chai" was so comfortable that it felt immediately like home. Perfect for a family of 6. There's so much outside space for the kids to explore too. Our 4 girls loved the chickens, the bee-hives, an abundance of wildlife and trying to catch elusive lizards! They also loved the swimming pool, table tennis, boules, badminton, slide and swings. The adults loved the tranquility of Le Peynau and being able to really relax. This is the sort of place that makes you want to sell up and move to France! Thanks to Rachel, Chris and Ellie for making it such a perfect holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay. We agree with many of our guests who tell us that there is something a little magical about Le Peynau!
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Fantastic gite

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic week's stay at Le Peynau. A beautiful place to stay, relaxing as well as being perfect for our young family. We explored lots of the local area and loved the markets. We will be back, thank you Rachel and Chris for being great hosts!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you and your young family enjoyed your stay, and very much look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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wonderful Le peynau

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Le Chai and had a wonderful holiday. It really is a home from home. We cooked in every night in the well equipped kitchen - eating outside with a stunning view. The children loved all the toys and games provided and just having so much space to run around in and play hide and seek in. Chris, Rachel and Ellie are excellent hosts with lots of knowledge of places to go in the local area. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay, and looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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From the Owner

We considered a number of regions before choosing the Dordogne. It was the pretty towns and villages, undulating landscape, pace of life, climate and the ease of access from the UK that attracted us.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Eymet at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 600 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Chateau Vigier at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : Libourne (TGV Station) at 70 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Marmande at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Eymet at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Arcachon Bay at 150 Kilometres Car: necessary


Le Peynau is just a 20 minute drive from Bergerac airport.

Le Peynau is a 1½ hour drive from Bordeaux airport.

Le Peynau is a 45 minute drive from Libourne, our closest TGV station.

375 miles from St Malo (ferry crossing from Portsmouth).

525 miles from Calais (having taken the Channel Tunnel or short ferry crossing).


Le Peynau is situated just 20km SW of Bergerac and the Dordogne River and only 6km from the medieval market town of Eymet.

Further Details:

Besides the wonderful wine country, the area is famous for its 13th century 'Bastide' towns with their arcaded central squares and medieval architecture. The closest of these, Eymet, is just 6 minutes away by car. Just 20km from Le Peynau, in Bergerac, you can explore the winding streets and beautifully restored old town.

The local area provides a wealth of interesting activities, you could...

artake in wine tasting at some of the numerous vineyards and caves on our doorstep, follow Bergerac's wine route, or choose to explore the fascinating hill town of St Emilion, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, only a 40 minute drive away.

Visit local Chateaux including the Chateau de Duras and the Chateau de Monbazillac.

Canoe or take a boat ride in Les Garbarres, traditional vessels, along the Dordogne River.

Enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful 18 hole (par 72) course at Chateau des Vigiers, only a 10 minute drive away. The Chateau also offers a beauty spa, gym and dining in their brasserie or more formal restaurant.

The region offers anglers a host of rivers, waterways and lakes, the River Dropt and Lake Escourroux to name just two spots for a peaceful days fishing near Eymet.

Traditional and Farmers' markets provide the perfect occasion to sample the delights of the land, such as duck, goose, truffles, porcini mushrooms, walnuts and strawberries, direct from the source.

Splash around in Bergerac's Aqua Park Junior Land, ideal for younger children.

Visit the educational Aquarium park at le Bugue where you will learn about nature - 6,000 fish inhabit 3,000,000 litres of water.

Learn about the region's history at a number of fascinating sites - feed your interest in Prehistoric man (France's national prehistoric museum is located at Les Eyzies), or tour Troglodyte villages and cave dwellings.

Cycling - enjoy virtually traffic-free, winding roads. Bicycle hire available locally. Keen cyclists may choose to head eastwards up the Dordogne or Vezere valleys.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 start season
20 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 mid season
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 shoulder
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 peak season
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 late shoulder
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 late mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 late low season
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A completed booking form and deposit of 25% of total holiday cost is required on confirmation of booking. The balance together with a returnable damage deposit (£200 per gite) is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date.

Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Check-in after 16.00 on arrival day and check-out by 10.00 on departure day.

Notes on prices: 15% discount offered for property occupancy by a couple only during May, June and September.

Please note that a maximum of one promotional booking offer can be used at the time of booking (if applicable).

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From the Owner

One of our favourite things is the Sunday lunchtime market at Soumensac which is just 2kms from our property (held in July and August). You pitch up and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared food and wine from local producers. The tables and chairs are positioned in the shade of chestnut trees and to take advantage of the stunning panoramic view. Such a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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