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Rates reduced by half 27.8.16 to 17.09.2016 - excellent accommodation. contact



Updated: 06-Sep-2016
Barn Conversion in Verteillac, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Situated In Hamlet Surrounded By Lush Green Fields

La Blanchie is a beautiful 18th century traditional farmhouse. There are 4 bedrooms (one 6x6m) simply and comfortably furnished. The combination dining and kitchen is again large (7x5m) which opens out onto a terraced area where there is a table and chairs, parasol and gas BBQ, just made for evening relaxing with a glass or two and alfresco dining. La Blanchie has extensive grounds and large (fenced) private pool, set against a backdrop of woods and rolling fields. Nearby are picturesque medieval villages, a good selection of restaurants and shops, plus sporting facilities such as canoeing, horse-riding, tennis, golf and fishing. This lovely area is also a haven for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers. The house is totally detached and has secure parking. This stunning house in its peaceful setting is ideal for families seeking fun and relaxation, ensuring an unforgettable holiday.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My name is John and my wife's name is Jeny - we are both retired. We moved to this house in 2002 after having lived in another hamlet about 10k away for 12 years - where we had four gites.

We live here in the hamlet of La Blanchie all the year around, and now we have just one gite.

We have one daughter here in France who is a qualified Notaire, and works in Bordeaux, and one son who lives in Bristol, oh and we also have a 11 year old female labrador called "inca".

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Well, that's the shortest 2 weeks we've ever had. We had a fantastic time, thank you.

Wonderful stay - fabulous views, peace and quiet, great places to visit. We will be in touch again very soon.

Excellent for kids and parents alike. Super pool.
May 2011
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Rural Heaven

  • 5 of 5

The location is rural, but the countryside is wonderful and still lots to do and shops Tec only 20 minutes drive The gite itself was bright and clean, very comfortable and had all that we needed,and pool was lovely and very welcoming in the hot weather.

We were four adults with a bouncy boxer dog who enjoyed his country walks as much as we did.

John and Jeny are a really friendly,helpful couple and on hand if needed. We particularly liked a small restaurant on the riverside ,pet friendly but out of the way,but john will give directions.

We would certainly recommend this barn to friends a.nd will revisit ourselves in the future

Best fog families with small children. And mature adults

Mike,Cathy,Claire,Carol and George

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb Gite

  • 5 of 5

We had our second visit to this superb gite in La Blanchie in August 2014 and enjoyed the brightness and cleanliness of the property as always. It is comfortable and well equipped and suited our party completely as we were four mature people together with one happy dog, who was exercised each day in the open surrounding countryside. We really enjoyed the sparkling pool and outside areas, as well as taking trips to nearby attractive villages and towns for refreshments and to enjoy the history and architecture of the region.

John and Jeny have lived here for a long time and were always happy to help when we needed it. We have already arranged to visit again with friends.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Gite

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time here. It is a beautifull part of France, away from the madding crowds but with many interesting places to visit nearby.

The gite was very clean and the owners were welcoming.

The pool was superb.

We intend to visit again very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Area, Disappointing Gite

  • 2 of 5

This area of the Dordogne is more rural than the more touristy areas, there are some lovely places to visit and the countryside is gorgeous.

The property is described as "a converted barn", unfortunately the conversion seems to have been carried out some time ago and the property is now quite dated. It does have the smell of damp. Most fittings and fixtures lack style, lots of furniture that is old rather than antique. There are two bathrooms with showers, both have tiled floors and are dangerously slippery; no bath mats are provided. The mastic around the showers looks as if it should have been replaced some time ago.

The barn is large and there is plenty of space outside; the pool, whilst unheated, is good when cleaned.

There is a large outdoor sitting area off the kitchen with a low wall surrounding it, we used this quite a lot. One day, without notification, the top of the wall was painted and one of our party sat on the wet paint. It would seem that the septic tank vent is quite close to this area with the occasional waft coming from it.

The owners who live next door are pleasant and unobtrusive, they were very helpful in providing a spare key when some of the party returned home one evening without the key.

We would certainly return to this area but wouldn't use this house again unless it is improved considerably.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sadly this family failed to bring up these points with us so we could deal with some of their issues straight away. Many of our clients come back year after year and are very happy and content with the cottage. All our appliances are new, or almost, and the furniture is meant to compliment the rustic atmosphere of the barn itself. We did, in fact, forget to put the bathmats down and the new grouting has now been done. We have discovered a birds nest blocking the septic tank stench pipe and have dealt with this. It must be pointed out isolated hamlets and small villages are not on mains drains in rural France and most people with septic tanks do get the odd waft.
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From the Owner

We lived for 12 years at our last house here in France, and decided it was time for a change. Because we were here full time ( having severed all ties with England in 1990 ) it gave us lots of time to be able to look for somewhere new and because we knew the area it was easy to find something else. I think the fact that we moved about 10k from our last house is testament to the fact that the area is absolutely lovely.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 78 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cherval at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 505 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Marsac - sur - l'isle at 39 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme ( TGV ) at 41 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Mussidan at 44 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La tour blanche at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 154 Kilometres Car: necessary


Local beaches are river or lake beaches. These are excellent for all and also for canoeing and local cafes and restaurants. The atlantic coast is 1.5 - 2 hours drive.


The distance from Calais is 760kms and takes about 8 hours. (Boulogne-Rouen-Le Mans-Poitiers- Angouleme). There are a number of alternative ferry companies. We have found Sea France to be very competitive. By air to Bergerac we suggest Ryanair they have an almost daily service from Stansted or East Midlands. Better still is Ryanair to Angouleme but the service is not frequent. Car hire is available everywhere - Hertze, Avis, Europecar etc.


Verteillac, 7km away, has an excellent bakery, large general store, Bank and cash machine and delightful cafes. Be sure to pay a visit to the Cafe du Commerce - serving the best 'Croque Monsieur' we have ever tasted. Bar le Calice serves a very good plat du jour Mon - Fri as well as a selection of other dishes. There is a post office and hairdressers. A great town. Riberac is about 20 mins away and has a lively square with many bars, cafes and restaurants. The Friday market is real fun.

Further Details:

A short drive from here there is the medieval town of Brantome where it is a delight to walk around the remarkable and ancient abbey founded by Charlemagne (742-814). With its soaring campanile this is one of the most elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings in the Dordogne, complete with caves used by the monks as kitchens and cellars.

The town sits on a bend of the river Dronne and a stroll along the riverside is an unforgettable experience. Loads of brilliant restaurants complete the experience – you will come back. There are also boats trips available.

About 10km down the river you come to the pretty village of Bourdeilles where there are two chateaux of different periods built on a fortified hill – a medieval fortress (13–14th century) and a Renaissance palace (16th) with a remarkable collection of furniture. On the river Dronne you can rent a canoe.

Just a short distance away there is the town of Riberac which is renowned for its Friday market – the best in the area ad well worth a visit.

Not very far away is the village of Villars and a short distance north of the village are the caves with some impressive stalactites and paintings more than 17000 years old. It was discovered in 1953 and is the largest underground network in the Perigord. The underground river has hollowed out huge chambers connected to each other by galleries. A great €7 worth including a commentary. Not to miss!!

Nearby is the Chateau de Puyguilhem in a village of the same name. It is a fascinating structure way out in the woods, a Renaissance masterpiece that fell into disrepair but was carefully restored after WW2 It contains some suburb Aubasson tapestries and fine furniture and several fireplaces that are carved with exceptional beauty.

Just over the Charente border is Aubeterre sur Dronne Its charming narrow streets wind through white stone houses and ancient buildings.The most impressive monument in Aubeterrre is the underground church of St John.


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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
We will send you a booking form by email, this you complete and return with a cheque for 30% of the booking fee, the remaining balance should be paid no later than 8 weeks before your arrival. A £200 deposit against damages will be requested with final payment. This deposit will be returned 14 days after your departure minus any necessary deductions. Final itemised directions will be sent to you about four weeks before your arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Guests should arrive no earlier than 4pm on their first day and leave no later than 10am on their last day.

Notes on prices:
There is a 10% reduction for 4 people or less from the 18.4.2015 - 18.07.2015
and also from the 29.08.2015 - 3.10.2015.

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From the Owner

We enjoy the countryside location and being in a small hamlet. There are a choice of bars and restaurants nearby - all reasonably priced, and a bit further away the theatre, cinemas etc. I suppose it is just the peace and quiet the rural life and being away from the rat race.

Property Type

  • barn


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 192 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Two x bathrooms with shower, WC and sink.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed. Bedroom 2 has a double bed. Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds. Bedroom 4 has 2 single beds.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is detached and all on one level. The accommodation and surroundings are ideal for children of all ages. The pool is fully fenced and complies with French legislation. Owners live discreetly on site but do not share the pool or any facilities and have their own private garden etc. Pets are accepted with prior agreement of the owners. Outside: La Blanchie is situated in a small hamlet about 5km from the nearest village amidst rolling lush countryside ideal for walking and cycling.This stunning house is ideal for families seeking fun and relaxation, ensuring an unforgettable holiday. With your own sole use of a fully secured swimming pool (10x5m), in beautiful landscaped garden , this peaceful setting is ideal for families seeking relaxation and fun. This will ensure you of a great holiday experience in the Dordogne countryside. Located within 4km of the beautiful village of La Tour Blanche, 8km from Verteillac, and 18km from the town of Riberac (well-renowned for its Friday market), it is within easy reach of many interesting places to see and visit. There is an outside entertaining area all with tables and chairs, sun loungers and barbeque. Utility Room: Automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board are provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning equipment is provided. If you require cleaning during your stay then please ask us in advance so that we can arrange it, but it is not included in the base price. Linen is included. Towels are available at additional cost. Other: Table tennis is available outside in a shady tree covered avenue.

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