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3 Beautiful Holiday Gites - Cote du Grel

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Cote du Grel

Côté du Grel was part of an old, stone farm building, bought as a shell in 1985 housing a tractor, and not much more. The building was transformed into an open air BBQ restaurant, which eventually closed, allowing the building to be split into beautiful holiday gites.

The gîte has it's own private garden and generous sized balcony with outdoor furniture and BBQ. It has beautiful open plan kitchen/dining/living area, tiled throughout, with exposed original beams and stone chimneys. The interior decoration creates a clean bright area, with a quirky edge. There is a wood burner for those renting out of season, and thick stone walls to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.

Ground level twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Upstairs double bedroom with separate bathroom. Fold down sofa-bed available. Both bathrooms include toilets, showers and sinks. Appliances include double oven with grill, hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster. Wifi & English Satellite TV.

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3 Beautiful Holiday Gites

3 beautiful gites, Cote du Grel (sleeps 4), La Maison des Roses (sleeps 4) and Les Hirondelles (sleeps 6), set in the heart of the most majestic part of the Dordogne, in a quiet off road location. Based just outside of the hill top Bastille town of Domme, and 15 minutes from the medieval city of Sarlat.

The gites each have a private garden or terrace area with views across the forest valley. There is a large swimming pool in a peaceful location, with a parasoled seating/lounging area, and a play area for the children with swings, a tyre monster, trampoline, badminton and table tennis.

The area is a photographers dream! The scenic views are breathtaking and the magnificent architecture documents the area's fascinating history, with a chateau around almost every corner.

Nearby attractions include the town of La Roque Gageac built into the cliffs, Castelnaud and Beynac Castle, Sarlat and the beautiful Jardins de Marqueysac.

Fantastic onsite and nearby activities (within 15 mins): Canoeing, kayaking, climbing, walking, high ropes, via ferrata, pleasure boats, paint balling, fishing, golf, hot air balloons, cycling, tennis.

Photography holidays available: A week of daily classes exploring the area, board and evening meals. Please contact us for details, dates and rates.


Minus £100 per week from the rate shown in September to June for groups of 4 people or less (in 2 bedrooms only).

Double sofa-beds also available (+£20/wk).

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Ben Frisby
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2017

About Ben Frisby

Hello, I am Maria. I live in France with my husband, brother, mum, dad, and our 4 dogs, Woofie, Dopey, Bobby and Merlin.

We were very fortunate to inherit our beautiful property from my Uncle Neil who moved to France in 1986. We were even more fortunate to have lived here with him for many memorable years before he passed away.

Before Uncle Neil moved here he was a Vicar in Salford, however after being subjected to years of vandalism and break ins, he decided to move to France and set up an open air BBQ restaurant.

The restaurant was open for 12 years. The menu consisted of chicken and chips, or pork and chips, and the wine was always free. Some nights it attracted up to 200 people seated in the barn and garden behind the property. Uncle Neil would wear silly hats and tell jokes. Later in the evening he would play the keyboard and everyone would sing along to 'The Ovaltinis' and 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'.

Ben Frisby purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Ben Frisby chose Perigord Noir

Our accommodation has something for everyone, whether looking for a quiet break to relax and take in the sights, or an adventure packed holiday!

The property is set in the heart of the most majestic part of the Dordogne, in a quiet off road location, just outside of the hill top Bastille town of Domme, and 15 minutes from the medieval city of Sarlat.

The area is a photographers dream! The scenic views are breathtaking, and the magnificent architecture documents the area's fascinating history, with a chateau around almost every corner.

What makes this cottage unique

The Dordogne region of France is celebrated for its beauty and culture, and if you look a little closer you can find a whole lot of fun!

Nearby attractions include sites officially listed as 'The most beautiful villages of France' including the historic town of Sarlat, La Roque Gageac built into the cliffs, Castelnaud, and Beynac.

Our gites have more to offer than other gites in the area. Not only do we have a family friendly atmosphere with a play area, swimming pool, trampoline, and games, we also offer activities such as canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, and archery.

And if that's not enough, there are loads of nearby activities to keep you occupied such as high ropes courses, walking, cycling, pleasure boats, beaches, hot air balloons, golf, fishing etc.

Make it your own!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Have just returned from France and took the first opportunity to say a huge thank you to you and your family for the excellent week we spent at your gite. The accommodation, pool and the facilities were outstanding. Since we left and have talked about it, your gite is one of the few places we would return to because of its excellence and the warmth of the greetings from your family.

Once again thank you so much for a very enjoyable week.

David Hawdon (Les Hirondelles)

We had an awesome times and loved every minute of it, from the hiking to the rock climbing to the kayaking, tubing and of course the archery. Not to mention the outdoor space, the great atmosphere, beautiful hosts and the freshest of fruit from the trees. I can honestly say it was the best holiday and we can't wait to go back. Marisa & Lola (Cote du Grel)

Thanks for an amazing week, much enjoyed especially the kayakin, just shows theres a first time for everything. Julie (Cote du Grel)
Jan 2012
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(8 traveller reviews)


Super stay

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable gite, with lots to do at the property, swimming pool, table tennis, badminton etc. and in a superb location for visiting lots of interesting sites close by. Walked into the medieval town of Domme, (only 20 mins easy walking), and visited Beynac and Roque de Gageac. Stunning scenery, good restaurants, and the river Dordogne to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Little piece of heaven in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Cannot heap enough praise on this gorgeous gite, part of a small complex close to the lovely medieval town of Domme. It is full of character and has everything needed for a comfortable stay. The location is perfect with some of the best villages and towns in this part of the dordogne in easy reach and loads of interesting sites and garden. We were sent a 'what's on during your stay' email before we arrived which was brilliant in helping us to plan our week, and the quality of tourist information at the gite was second to none. Ben is a great host, super friendly and can't do enough for you, if you are active you must try the canoeing and cyling which he will organise both are superb experiences, we didn't meet Maria but she was very efficient with our booking and any queries - good quality wifi if this is your thing and English tv helped with the teenager. The restaurants recommended in Domme were great (you can walk if you want a drink but you need to be reasonably mobile) - the evening farmers markets were a great eating experience, and if you fancy a night in the pizza takeaway van in Cenac opposite the supermarket was really good. Can't recommend this holiday enough.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful gite in a fantadtic location

  • 5 of 5
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This gite is gorgeous and has everything you need for your holiday. It is in a very peaceful location but only 10-15 mins away from many stunning places. The kids loved the pool, ping-pong, tampoline, badminton and having toasted marshmallows at the fire pit.

The owners Ben could not be more helpful, nothing was too much trouble for him. We hired bikes and kayaks from Ben and he dropped us off and picked us up ehem we were finished which was great. All in all this was our best holiday in France and we hope to return in 2018.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Taire du Grel is a beautiful cottage set in hills close the Dordogne river. It is quiet, but convenient for everything. A short walk takes you up to Domme (lovely restaurants and beautiful views from high above the Dordogne) and a short drive takes you down to the river. The cottage itself was perfect for our family of four (we have two boys 8 and 10 yrs). We used the pool every day, played table tennis, made camp fires, did archery and climbed on the climbing wall. Ben and Maria were great hosts. They looked after all of our needs, but weren't intrusive in any way. They supervised the climbing and archery and lent us a canoe and kayak to spend a beautiful day paddling down the river. Everything was clean and well maintained, Ben and Maria made sure we had everything we needed. Thanks for a fabulous holiday guys, and hopefully see you again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cote du Grel

  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful 2 week stay here. Property was clean and functional, excellent facilities on site. Made use of the pool, table tennis, trampoline, camp fire, rock climbing wall and canoes. Beautiful scenery around and plenty to do out and about. All in all excellent value for money! Thanks to Ben and family!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A week of bliss!

  • 5 of 5

Sadly, only stayed a week before moving on, bad move!

Just want to return, and we will.

Nothing but praise for the owners and their friendliness and helpfulness.

Accommodation idyllic and lives up completely to website information.

A car is needed to enjoy the area, but Taire du Grel is only a very short drive from Domme, all types of shops there and more importantly excellent "fooderies "!!

Guess you can assume we enjoyed it!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday, and thank you for being perfect guests! We are always updating the welcome booklet with new discoveries, so we're sure they'll be plenty more for you to explore next time, not forgetting a river trip on the canoes. We wish you all the best, and look forward to hearing from you again. Many thanks, Ben & Maria
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Domme in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Downstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
The private garden has flower beds and outdoor seating with a BBQ area. There is a shared orchard lawn, as well as other lawns for guests to use. The gites are set apart allowing our guests to feel privacy and solitude, but with the added comfort of knowing the owners live next door if you need help/information etc. There is a large swimming pool with a seating/lounging area. Parasols and sun loungers available, and inflatables permitted. Plastic glasses are also provided for the pool area. There are 2 large fields to the rear of the plot which guests are welcome to use for ball games etc. and there is a 'camp fire' area for evening entertainment. Activities available on-site include the use of canoes/kayaks/giant inflatable rings on the river Dordogne, archery lessons on the back field, and rock climbing on the indoor walls of the barn and at nearby cliffs. Participation at your own risk and at owners discretion. See T&Cs.

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