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Villa With Private Terrace Overlooking Pool And Chalets Overlooking Meadow And W - The Pines (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Heated Pool



The Pines (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)

The Pines is a purpose built chalet with its own veranda overlooking our meadow and woodland. The accommodation consists of one double bedroom and one bedroom with a single bed and a bunk bed. The kitchen is equipped with a two burner hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge. There is also a dining and lounge area with a television, shower and toilet with all rooms on one level. There is a mobile BBQ and some deck chairs on the veranda.

About the property


Domaine des Balagyeres is in the beautiful village of Saint Andre D'allas which is only a 5 minute drive to Sarlat, yet situated in a fantastic peaceful rural location surrounded by meadows and woodlands. The property has a large solar heated swimming pool (18m x 7.5m), also a sauna and jacuzzi (solar heated) are available to all guests. Ideally situated to visit the many chateaux, gardens and caves. There is also a lot of beaches and canoeing stations positioned on the Dordogne river which is only 15 minutes drive away. We are close to other quaint villages such as La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and bastides such as Domme.

More Details

Estelle Essex
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2017

About Estelle Essex

I had been in the same job for nearly 30 years, Estelle,my wife was made redundant from her position working in a charity for people who were disabled or had learning difficulties.

It seemed the appropriate time to change our lives, so we moved to France in January 2010. This included 3 cats and 40 Koi carp. We have 2 sons, Callum came with us to help with the maintenance of the gites. Our eldest son stayed in England because he's a qualified offshore surveyor.

Our new life style has been wonderful, the people are friendly and the pace of life is so much better. Our feedback from our guests who have stayed with us has been very complimentary and many want to return. Our aim is for everyone who visits us, to enjoy it so much that they will want to return to this beautiful part of France.

Estelle Essex purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Estelle Essex chose Perigord Noir

We have been coming to area on holiday for many years and when we were viewing properties to purchase, we fell in love with Domaine des Balagyeres. We love our home because it is very quiet with it's beautiful countryside yet only 5 minutes from the pretty and medieval city of Sarlat with many other interesting places to visit. Domaine des Balagyeres is in a location that is very quiet, when you wake up in the mornings all you will hear are the birds singing.

We have just installed solar panels (November 2011) to heat the swimming pool and jacuzzi to help make your stay more pleasurable.

What makes this cottage unique

We have adopted three pigmy goats in September 2012 who are very gentle and friendly, they have now extended their numbers to 5 with the arrivals of two babies in March 2013. This adds an additional amusement for children or adults to help feed the chicken and to pet and feed our goats.

We are ideally situated in the Dordogne for you to visit and explore the many attractions and beautiful rivers and countryside.

Sarlat offers a wealth of culture with it's many restaurants, cafes, shops and markets.

If anyone in your family will be celebrating a birthday, we would be more than happy to bake a cake as a surprise to that person, just let us know.



The nearest airport are Bergerac (1 hour away), Toulouse (2 hours away) and Limoges (2 hours away). Budget airlines and car hire are available from all airports. We are approximately 8 - 10 hours drive away from the channel ports.


Domaine des Balagyeres is in the village of Saint Andre D'allas which is only 6kms from Sarlat, 12kms to Domme and La Roque-Gageac, 15kms to Beynac and approximately 50kms to Rocamadour. There are many place of interest such as Castlenaud which is 15kms away, Chateau des Milandes is 20kms away, the Lascaux caves are 20kms away and there is an aquarium at Le Bugue which is 25kms away. The vast Dordogne river is just 10 minutes drive.

Further Details:

In Sarlat there are numerous restaurants, shops, banks, petrol stations and supermarkets. Sarlat also has a hospital, pharmacies, doctors and dental surgeries in case of any emergency. You can also find traditional markets everyday of the week in different towns and villages.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
To book please contact Ian or Estelle Essex either by telephone or email. At time of booking we require a 20% deposit and the balance is payable one month before the first day of your holiday. A contract will be sent, for you to complete and return with the deposit.

Changeover Day:
During July and August the changeover day is Saturday but it is flexible for the remainder of the year. Guest are asked to vacate the accommodation by 10am and to arrive anytime after 4pm.

Notes on prices:
All prices are in Euros and are on a weekly basis.
As a special for June and September we are offering "The Chestnuts and The Oaks" at 400 euro's a week and "The Ceders and The Pines at 350 euro's a week and a special price for just couples.


Accommodation and facilities for The Pines (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)in Saint-André-d'Allas in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Golf ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: All accommodation come with an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, bedlinen and towels are provided, except swimming towels. All linen is changed weekly. Cutlery, crockery, cooking equipment and glasses are also provided. Included in the price is gas for cooking. There is recently added a new laundry room available to all guests should you require to do some washing whilst away with drying facilities included should the weather be damp. Outside: All chalets are equipped with mobile BBQs some deck chairs and all have their own seperate verandas. The villa is equipped with a BBQ, sun awning and outside table and chairs on it private patio. The large swimming pool is solar heated and measures 18m x 7.5m situated in a very sunny position, there are sun loungers, outside tables, chairs and parasols available around the pool area for all guests to use. Near the swimming pool is a full size undercover ping pong table with bats and balls for use. In the meadow is a sauna, jacuzzi (solar heated), badminton and football nets and a swing area for children, these are also available to all guests. There is a private car park area with sufficient space for all gites.


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The Pines (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Fabulous holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the end of August for ten nights, as a family of 4, and had a brilliant holiday. Our boys loved everything, but especially the goats, chicken and sheep, who were very well fed the time we were there I suspect! Ian and Estelle were friendly and helpful during our stay and able to answer questions we had about the surrounding area. Our gite was clean and did the job perfectly for our stay. The pool was lovely and we also enjoyed using the jacuzzi, with its amazing view. The highlight has to be how quiet and peaceful it is, we loved hearing the owls at night and spotting shooting stars, as it was so dark. It was a perfect holiday in a perfect location, and we would totally recommend staying here if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday surrounded by nature

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review, it was a pleasure having you all stay with us for your holiday this year. We are so glad the boys enjoyed the animals and wildlife that surround us, we would love to see you all again some when in the future.
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A lovely fortnight

  • 5 of 5

This is great property - we can't recommend it highly enough. Ian and Estelle are wonderful hosts and we had a great two week holiday with them.

The gites themselves are clean and comfortable, perfectly sited to give you privacy while allowing you to easily socialise with families in the neighbouring gites. We really enjoyed the company of our French neighbours and so did our little boy.

There is a lovely pool too and lots of space for children to play as well as the endless attraction of the goats, sheep and chickens.

Ian and Estelle looked after us so well. When we asked them to recommend a restaurant to celebrate Nikki's birthday, Estelle insisted on baking her a cake and bringing it over on the big day! So kind and generous.

The area is stunning; isolated and peaceful and yet just a few kilometres from Sarlat and within easy reach of all the sites and towns of the Dordogne. If you're a birdwatcher or enjoy nature you'll be in heaven.

We had a wonderful holiday. We didn't want to come home and will definitely return one day.

Jonathan, Nikki and Harry Rice

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, you were a pleasure to have visit us, so glad you all enjoyed yourselves. Harry was a dream and so well behaved, we would welcome you all again in the future. Thank you for leaving the gite in a lovely clean and tidy state would recommend you to any other hosts. Hope to see you all in the future. Ian and Estelle.
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Relaxing break and we loved the goats!

  • 5 of 5

The site is in a beautiful location on the edge of a small village. It feels remote but it only took about 15 minutes to drive to the supermarket in Sarlat and the many tourist sites near to the Dordogne river. The home was very clean and comfortable and despite the heat wave (over 40 degrees some days) we were not too hot at night. This part of the Dordogne is spectacular with chateaus and medieval villages round every corner. The hilltop gardens of Marqueyssac are well worth a visit especially when the paths are lit by candles one evening a week in the summer.

The pool was a great size, keeping our children entertained for hours whilst the hot tub was a blessed relief after a long drive from Calais. There was a nice mix of both English and French families during our two weeks which helped our children improve their French, although not necessarily the adults'!

A car is absolutely essential; we took our bikes but didn't realise the steepness of the hills in the area. I braved the cycle to the boulangerie on one day; 25 minutes to get there, less than 5 to get back!

The owners were a great mix of friendly and helpful without being at all intrusive. However, the goats were our favourite and were the perfect answer to the perennial question of what to do with day-old French baguettes.

We would definitely return to this area and to this site as despite spending a fortnight here there is still plenty more for us to do. It would be a great place for a group of families or friends to stay, but please don't book the dates we might want!

Phil, Lucy Amelia and Reuben

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a lovely family, we are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The goats are missing their extra baguettes also us for the help with feeding them. Thank you for your kind comments, we would love to see you all again.
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Agréable séjour

  • 3 of 5

Nous sommes ravis de notre séjour dans le Chalet de Estelle et Ian. C'est un endroit vraiment calme et paisible.Nos filles ont apprécié les animaux (chèvres, moutons, poules). Merci encore pour votre accueil.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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