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Restored Cottage In French Countryside, For Quiet Time Or Fun Activity Holidays.



Updated: 15-Jun-2016
Cottage in Le Mas, Nr. Villac, Perigord Noir, Dordogne, France - Calm Surroundings Close To Many Beautiful Medieval Towns/Sightseeing in the Dordogne.

Quirky restored country cottage in the Perigord Noir region near many sites of interest, chateaux and children's activities. Have relaxing time out or have full on paragliding, canoeing, forest climbing, hot air ballooning. Visit the medieval villages, Chateaux or prehistoric caves. It's all within an hours drive, for children and adults alike. Big bright, open live space and rambling garden to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Chunky large poplar wood mezzanine bedroom, a dream space for children. Well thought out with a gate for safety. Solid oak floors throughout. Views over woodland and meadows. Absolute tranquility within easy reach of lakes, water parks and local swimming pools. Not overlooked, easy parking and a barn to store bikes. FREE Internet/wifi and internet tv. Soft green shutters all designed to help you relax and unwind in the garden.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Strong Family - Monmouthshire. Lovely Cottage, "floating bedroom" very quirky - our boys loved it! Very relaxing holiday in a lovely part of France. Thanks very much.

Chris and Mike from Rugeley -

Just a quick e mail to thank you for a brill holiday at Chez Paul. We both had a relaxing time, the gite was fantastic, even the weather picked up for our second week. The peace and quiet was breathtaking.

Will certainly recommend to our friends who like going to France.Thanks again.
Jun 2011
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1 holidaymaker review


Great little find for a peaceful time away

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of 4 and stayed for 5 days in May 2016. The size and quality of this property is not evident from the outside so we all had a pleasant surprise! The refurbishment has been done to a high standard and the kids loved the mezzanine sleeping arrangements. Definitely need a car as the property is a 5 min drive into Villac - a little too far to walk to the Boulangerie for your morning croissants. Inside, there is everything you will need for a comfortable stay and Rosie the property manager was fantastic making sure we had everything we needed - even offering to take our load of washing when there was a temporary issue with the washing machine (very quickly resolved).

Would definitely recommend this property if you are looking for something away from it all and very comfortable.

In the area, worth a visit to Sarlat and whilst it rained every day whilst we stayed, there are lots of outdoor actives in the area as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brive at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Terrasson at 10 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Perigueux, Exideuil, Souillac at 60 Kilometres Nearest Train : Le Lardin St Lazare at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A89 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Terrasson at 10 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Le Porge at 200 Kilometres Car: necessary


Lake Coucou is just 10 mins away towards Hautefort For a stroll and for swimming there are many lakes (Etangs) in the area - Tamnies, Rouffiac, Thenon, Chasteaux and Etang du Bos all have swimming areas. Theres a few good municipal swimming pools also Azerat, Montignac and Sarlat.

It's worth the 2-3 hour drive to Cap Feret or Arcachon to the coast for the big waves and exhilaration, there's always camping near the beach for a night.


Bergerac or Limoges 1.5 hours drive.

Bordeaux 2 hours.

Brive-La-Gaillarde 35 mins now open.

Motorway A89 within 15 mins, junction at La Bachellerie or Terrasson.


Villac has brilliant wood fired bread at the boulangerie just a minutes drive away. The nearest supermarkets Terrasson 15 mins and great cafes in Montignac 25 mins. Sarlat 40 mins.

Further Details:

Adults- There's a vast amount of activities and places to visit, the area is steeped in medieval history and architecture. The Knights Templars were in this hamlet! Places not to miss- Rocamadour and Collonges la Rouge the red sandstone village not far from Brive.

Loads of Chateaux within a short distance of beautiful small towns like Beynac, Domme and La Roque Gageac. Hautefort is where they filmed the latest version of "Cinderella"

Paragliding, hot air ballooning, quads, canoe, rock climbing.

Prehistoric caves - with paintings, sculpture, crystals and semi-precious stones.

Artisanal conserves - duck, goose and truffles, biggest walnut growing area in Europe with many gourmet delights. Many pretty gardens to visit.

Wine, art or nut trial and further east there's the volcanoes and cheese trial.

Children - water parks, forest activities, caves, aquarium, insect world, monkey, bear and animal safaris as well as prehistoric parks, dinosaur parks.

It's about 5-6 hours to Paris for Disneyland for a two staged holiday.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Sept/Oct 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Booking contract available in English, French or Spanish.
We will e mail you the code for the keys as they are in a safe box at the cottage ready for your arrival.
We also have a good guide book with local places to visit and info for activities for children. (which is kept in the cottage).
Please watch out for special offers in the spring.
E mail to ask about long term or winter stays, there is central heating from a woodburner which is excellent.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover days. Arrival after 16.00 and departure 10.00.

Notes on prices:
4 nights minimum stay - flexible on the day of arrival. Price includes water/electric and towels/bed linen.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 15-Jun-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


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


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 90 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Practical shower room next to bedroom 1 with shower, hand-basin and toilet. Tiny window with shutter.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Extra matresses also for children if required.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms + Cot) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 -double bed with french windows, opening into the garden. Beautifully pointed stonework. Bedroom 2 - large mezzanine area with quality double futon, and an extra single mattress to make it into a twin bedroom. Travel cot also for a baby.


  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The whole cottage has been restored with natural wood. Beautiful oak floors and quirky finishes like the tree coat stand and chunky outdoor furniture. You'll see a few trademark Irish harps sneaking around. There's a woodburner in the large sandstone fireplace for cooler evenings or winter. Large flat screen tv, also a micro music system, which is a dock for iPod, iPhone or iPads, or dongle. Internet connection with wifi. TV internet also for films etc. Outside: Large rambling mature garden overlooking meadows and calm french woodland views. Bamboo and trees for shady spots and wonderful picnics. Small pond in the garden and plenty space to roam/play. Good chunky wooden outdoor table with 2 umbrellas and also 4 very comfortable outdoor seats. BBQ. Paddling pool for little ones. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and bed linen all provided. The property is cleaned before your arrival and we ask you to treat it with respect. Any mid stay cleans can be arranged.

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