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Totally Secluded Stone Cottage with Private Pool, 2 acres of Garden and Woodland



Updated: 22-Nov-2016
Holiday Home in Bourdeilles, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France - On The Edge Of A Pretty Hamlet, Surrounded By Beautiful Rolling Countryside And Picturesque Villages

A secluded cottage in an idyllic setting, set at the end of a small track with no passing traffic in beautiful Dordogne countryside. The cottage was converted from a 300 year old stone farmhouse to provide modern accommodation while retaining all of its rustic charm. It is maintained to a high standard and has all modern comforts and facilities to make your holiday as relaxing as possible.

The exposed stone walls and low beamed ceilings give the cottage a real old world feel, and the thick walls keep the cottage cool inside and provide a respite against the summer heat.

Outside there is a sunny patio with a retractable sun canopy for shade, and then just a few steps to the 10m x 5m swimming pool. With a pool depth up to 2m, it's great for diving, exercising, playing or just relaxing. There are extensive gardens of grassy slopes and ancient woodland that you can explore along secret garden paths. Trees on the patio and near the pool provide shade for those hot summer afternoons.

The cottage is totally private, and birds and wildlife abound in the natural woodland.

We know that you want to keep in touch, even when you're relaxing by the pool, so we have provided wifi access not just in the house but in the garden too.

In 2014 we installed a modern en suite bathroom for the master bedroom and we completely refitted the bathroom. Showers are roomy and you get a wide powerful spray, so, no dodging around to catch the drops from an inadequate shower head! Downstairs there is a full size washing machine in the WC.

There are attractive paving and railings around the pool and a second patio area with barbecue make the pool and surroundings a real feature of the property. There are sun umbrellas and sun beds for relaxing by the pool and there is lighting in and around the pool so you can enjoy the long summer evenings.

To the front of the house, an open sided barn is used to shelter the car and as a wood store.

The cottage is on the edge of a small hamlet, and although there are neighbours on one side, they do not overlook the garden, which is on the opposite side of the house from neighbouring properties.

Towels and linen are provided, and for rentals of more than a week, clean towels and linen are provided weekly. The property is cleaned between rentals.

You can avoid the Ownersdirect service fee by booking direct at francecottage.com.

Fraud prevention: We encourage you to phone the owner on 01539 563750 to confirm details.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We bought Les Chauses as our holiday home in 2000. After spending many happy holidays there, we moved there permanently in 2006. After 4 years of soaking up the French lifestyle, and now with a new grandson, we decided to move back to the UK to be closer to family.

We love our French cottage because it is so peaceful and relaxing and we can enjoy the quiet and natural environment as we please in our private garden and woods.

Andrew & Adele Dunn.

November 2011.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Headlines from various comments:

“A Peaceful Retreat”

“A tranquil haven in a beautiful region of France”

“Charming farmhouse retreat in an idyllic rural...”

“Met all our expectations”

“Looking for Privacy but not isolation”

“Secluded, charming and rustic French farmhouse”

“Best visit yet.”

“Lovely peaceful farmhouse”

(These reviews posted on a well known review site. Contact the owner for a link)
Nov 2011
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely, peaceful and idyllic corner of the dordogn

  • 4 of 5

Lovely stay at Les Chauses. We had been before, but now the bathrooms have been re-done and there is really (!) good wifi, it makes such a difference. We had some lovely weather which helped!

Andy was really informative in the leas up to the holiday and provided all the information we needed to make it stress-less!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had two weeks staying at Les Chauses with our two young children and Grandad and the weather was great. The area is very peaceful and quiet and we loved our time by the pool. We visited both Bourdeilles and Brantome for coffee, dinners and drinkies and sometimes just to wander around and absorb the atmosphere. Lunch at Le Mouline De L'Abbaye, Brantome was a particular high point. Highly recommend the kayaking on La Dronne with a picnic. All in all this holiday was the perfect combination of much needed relaxation, laziness and some great stuff to do and the property is ideal for that.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Secluded Holiday Farmhouse

  • 4 of 5

My girlfriend, our three boys and I stayed for a week in August. We had a mixed week of half rain and half scorching sunshine. The house is located up some small lanes into a hamlet and is situated right at the end.

The house is traditional country farmhouse style with beams (mind your head in the kitchen one which I hit several times, despite the warning!). The garden is a great size but with a slope down to the pool area and beyond

One great positive which I did not realise is that the pool is heated. The previous year's holiday, a 20 degree pool can seem a little chilly, even on a hot day but this was 25-26 degrees so lovely in all climates.

The house itself has all the things you would need although a little dark if you are inside sheltering from the rain. A few board games would have been nice but as a seasoned Dordorgne/Charente traveller, the weather is usually scorching sunshine!

The master bedroom is very nice with loads of space and a great en-suite batthroom. The other two rooms area also good sizes and all have fans which you need if the weather is warm as it can get quite hot inside.

Bourdeilles is just a 8-9 minute drive away (come out of the house down to the hamlet square and look for the sign) and there is a great boulangerie and a village shop which sells some great local boxes of wine and actually has a good selection of cheese/milk/meat etc if you don't want to drive all the way to Brantome (20 mins away).

Brantome is definitely worth a visit and best way is to head on the road north of the river dronne and get on the dual carriageway to Peregeux before you get to Brantome. Follow this south for a mile or so and head into Brantome from the roundabout. This takes you past the local Carrefour supermarket and further up are lots of free car parks before you walk over the bridge into Brantome.

Overall a great secluded farmhouse for a family or couple

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would just like to clarify, to avoid confusion, that the pool is not heated. However, it gets quite warm in hot weather.
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An idylic haven

  • 5 of 5

Ours was a return visit to this beautiful place. The farmhouse is rustic, spacious and comfortable, well equipped and hidden away at the end of a tiny ancient hamlet. WiFi and the smart new bathroom and en-suite shower room were a bonus. The lovely large garden and woodland are private and peaceful. We enjoyed lingering lunches in the shade of the apple tree and evening barbecues beside the pool. Mostly you hear only the sounds of birds and insects. One bird has learned to imitate the sound of the pool alarm resetting itself. The night sky is amazing because of the lack of light pollution. We were fortunate with the weather, mainly warm and sunny, and swam most days even though the pool is getting cooler at this time of year. Cycling through the lovely countryside is a delight. The roads, lanes and tracks are so quiet. We can recommend cycling to La Tour Blanche for a good-value set lunch. Very good food lunchtimes and evenings at Le Moulin du Pont near Montagrier. Beautiful Brantome is a must to visit as is nearby Bourdeilles;a tiny town with a large chateau. Thank you to the owners and the kind couple who keep the house, garden and pool so well for a wonderful stay. Can't wait until the next time.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful two weeks that went far too quickly. Weather was so fantastic, much hotter than expected!! Well done with the new bathrooms they are brilliant. Felt like a wonderful home from home, so good to come back again. The fans in the bedrooms are a great addition. The pool was wonderful and enjoyed every day. A big thank you to Ron and Sonia xx We were also lucky to enjoy the shooting stars!! Thank you Andrew and Adele for letting us stay in your beautiful home.

James, Tracy, Scarlett, Ross, India, Watson & Elsie xxx

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments, Tracy. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Les Chauses

  • 5 of 5

The most peaceful of properties in lovely French countryside. Very spacious and well equipped. We had such a relaxing time that we really did not want to leave. Even when the weather is not so good, there is plenty of entertainment systems indoors with Sky and satellite tv, to keep in touch with the UK (if you want to!). When the sun shines, the garden is just the best way to while away you day around the pool, which was most welcome when you need to cool off.

Beds are a mix of doubles and singles, both hard and soft comfort to suit everyone needs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We spent several years of house hunting before we found our perfect French holiday home. We knew when we first set foot in it that we had found our dream property. It had everything we wanted - full of character; large garden and natural woodland; a totally tranquil environment, with only the sounds of wildlife and the countryside; surrounded by beautiful countryside and picturesque towns and villages with superb restaurants. To complete our dream holiday home, we just needed to build our 10mx5m swimming pool, and to update the house with modern amenities.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bourdeilles at 2 Miles Nearest Ferry : Caen at 334 Miles Nearest Golf : Perigueux at 15 Miles Nearest Train : Angouleme at 35 Miles Car: necessary


Swimming and canoeing are available on the Dronne (5 mins).



Limoges: 90mins; Bergerac: 90mins; Bordeaux: 2 hours.


Caen: 6 hours; Le Havre: 7 hours; Calais: 9 hours.


Bourdeilles (local shops & restaurants): 2 miles.

Brantome (shops, restaurants & supermarket): 8 miles.

Perigueux (hypermarket, supermarkets, shops & restaurants): 18 miles.

Further Details:

The house is approximately 300 years old, restored and equipped to a high standard with all modern appliances, en suite master bedroom and newly fitted bathroom.

The surrounding countryside is green and attractive, with rolling hills. and many delightful walks from the door. It is also wonderful cycling country and four mountain bikes are available suitable for teenage to adult.

There are numerous opportunities for sightseeing and leisure activities, such as canoeing on the river Dronne at Bourdeilles (2 miles). Bourdeilles is a lovely picturesque village with an 11th century chateau, shops and excellent restaurants. Brantome (8 miles) is an interesting market town, and is known as the "Venice of the Dordogne" being surrounded by the river Dronne. It has an 11th century abbey and many other interesting buildings and attractions. Perigueux (18 miles) is the capital city of the Dordogne and has a unique cathedral, roman remains and many other attractions. There are spectacular natural formations to be found in the caves at Villars, and dozens of other activities and places to visit in the surrounding area.

Relax in this beautiful setting in the rolling Dordogne countryside. Enjoy the top class food at local restaurants, canoe down the River Dronne, or visit the many interesting attractions and picturesque villages.

Nearby activities: Tennis, fishing, canoeing (all within 2 miles).

Horse riding (4 miles). Countryside walks and cycling from the door - up to 4 mountain bikes are available at a cost of £10 per week each.

Golf (15 miles). Sight-seeing, dining, local markets in nearby towns and villages

Caves (16 miles).

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Rental rates

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Rate 10
25 Mar 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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Rate 11
17 Jun 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
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for 7 nights
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29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
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23 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
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My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £2 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £160

Booking Notes:
You can avoid the Ownersdirect service fee by booking direct through our web site at francecottage.com.

Fraud prevention:
o For your reassurance, we recommend phoning before making payments. See phone number below.
o Verify the ownership details of our website, francecottage.com, using a domain checker, such as betterwhois.com
o Verify our name and address at 192.com - Andrew Dunn, LA7 7AX
o Check our business registration (SIREN 477562136) at societe.com - Georgina Dunn

All bookings are subject to conditions.

Changeover Day:
Change over: Saturday.
Arrival after 4pm, departure before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Up to 4 mountain bikes are available at £10 per week each. Please ask for a quote or book direct through our web site at francecottage.com, as Ownersdirect does not allow them to be requested.

Phone: You can contact us on (+44) 1539 563750, where we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We think Les Chauses is a unique holiday home. Properties that offer such a combination of beautiful surroundings, tranquility and privacy are few and far between. The pool and garden are not overlooked and are solely for the use of guests. The cottage is on the edge of a pretty hamlet, so it is not totally isolated and you will meet the neighbours around the hamlet, but it is at the end of a small track, so there will be no passing traffic to disturb you.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • En suite bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Ground floor toilet - Toilet
  • The newly refurbished bathroom has washbasin, toilet and a shower-bath with extra space in the shower area. The master bedroom has en suite bathroom with washbasin, toilet and good sized modern rain-head type shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed and single bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. In addition a travel cot is available on request.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 5 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: An optional grocery pack is available to get you started with your basic groceries. Please contact the owner for details. This is an ancient property and has low doorways and low beams, which require care, especially for those who are taller than average. Internet access and WiFi is available. For technical reasons, internet is not guaranteed and does not form a contractual part of the agreement. Well behaved pets are welcome.

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