Farmhouse and converted Barn in Guibert, Issac, Dordogne, France - Two Private Properties can be Taken Separately or Together. Well Suited for Groups & Large Families
The two properties comprise the farmhouse and converted barn and outbuildings separated by a large courtyard (originally the farmyard). Both have pools and private gardens and can be rented together or separately.
Details for holiday La Bergerie, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 4 Bathrooms
The large 2 storey high living room, 6 x 9 metres, cool in the summer and with large fireplace with log burning stove keeping the whole room warm in the winter. A long refectory table, comfortable sofas and chairs form a spacious living area suitable for large parties. The fitted kitchen at one end provides an open feeling and social area to the sitting room while preparing meals.
French doors from the living room and also one double bedroom open onto a private, sun trap terrace and grass garden facing south.The swimming pool (8m x 4m) is surrounded by a child safe fence.
The bedroom wing has a double bedroom, bathroom, a twin and twin/double rooms and shower room. Above the kitchen and shower room is a mezzanine with double bed + single sofa bed, good when running at full capacity but not entirely private. Adjoining is La Robanson - a self contained open plan bedroom with double bed, living room with single sofa bed, kitchen and shower room accessed from the house and exterior.
Top Traveller Review
Fantastic family friendly hidden gem!
About the Owner
I am a practising architect in Hampshire, England and have enjoyed both restoring the old farmhouse and converting some of the other outbuildings and barns into accommodation for an ever increasing size of family and friends. A great deal of the work in the past was carried out by myself with the skilled help of a carpenter friend and local macons. I can recount stories that happened at different times along the way far in excess of those recounted in Peter Mayle's books. My aim was never to turn the place into an architects show piece but to respect the character and keep it as french as possible whilst at the same time arranging spaces to suit living in a relaxed way with no formality. Its always been a pleasure for me to let Guibert and share it with other families.
1 holidaymaker review
Fantastic family friendly hidden gem!
Just the best place to relax, even with two little ones in tow. I couldn't recommend it more... Family friendly house with a fenced off pool meant the parents could unwind too. Only a 10 minute drive to the nearest shops meant we had fresh croissants every morning, we also had access to the BBQ which in the evening, so we could eat whilst watching the sun set... Simply stunning! Thank you!
From the Owner
“I first heard of the Dordogne when a master at school raved about its beauty. This was about 1959 and my first chance to visit the area was on my honeymoon in 1970 when I completely fell in love with the area. It only took me a further 2 years before I bought Guibert though not without much searching to find my idea of perfection. The owner had just died and the picturesque farmhouse remained virtually the same as it had for 400 years save for an electric bulb hanging from the ceiling to light an otherwise very dark interior. In those days the cows with their bells clanging were herded through the meadow and the neighbouring collective of farmers picked grapes at harvest time. Our visit to our neighbour at 6 every evening for the fresh, warm milk provided a perfect rural idyll.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
The region is well known for its stunning landscapes, rolling hills and beautiful villages which has inspired many painters.
A little over an hour's drive will take you to the South West coast of France. This world renowned stretch of coast makes a great day out for swimming fishing or even surfing.
Bergerac 25 mins drive time - Airlines: Flybe & Ryanair
Bordeaux 1 hour drive time - Airlines: BA, Air France, Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe
Folkestone (Eurotunnel) to:
Calais drive time 8.5 hrs
Portsmouth (Brittany Ferries) to:
Caen 6.5 hrs drive time
St Malo 6 hrs drive time
Cherbourg 8 hrs drive time
Portsmouth (LD line) to:
Le Havre 7.5 hrs drive time
Newhaven (LD lines) to:
Dieppe 7.5 hrs drive time
Dover (P&O) to:
Calais 8.5 hrs drive time
The nearest village is at Isaac situated at the bottom of the hill. It has a small village with no more than twenty houses, a beautiful 16th century church and a family run bar with pool table and restaurant at the rear.
Mussidan, 8 km away, is the nearest village for both general and supermarket shopping and has a weekly market plus bars and restaurants. You can hire bicycles in Mussidan and canoes, indoor and outdoor hard tennis courts and riding stables and golf, are all available locally
Bergerac on the River Dordogne, is a 20 minute cross-country drive and has a huge range of shops and L'Imparfait is one of the best restaurants in the region. The cobbled quays beside the river were once used for loading wine casks onto sailing barques for their journey downstream to Bordeaux, behind which are beautiful narrow streets and ancient houses.
The vineyards of the Bergerac area, which produce both excellent white and red wines, are close to the town and include the well-known sweet white wine of Monbazillac, akin to Sauterne, so there are lots of opportunities to taste. St Emilion is 45 minutes drive.
Other lovely villages, such as Issigeac and Monpazier, with their arcaded market squares and old fortified village "bastides" such as Domme, perch spectacularly on the limestone cliffs overlooking the river, the old town of Sarlat, the famous caves at Les Eyzies and their prehistoric paintings, and the spectacular river panorama at Beynac, are all about 30 minutes to an hour’s drive away. Périgueux, the ancient capital, is 30 minutes drive.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
For further information, please see our own site. A deposit of 40% is requested on booking. Balance 6 weeks before arrival. Damage deposit payable with balance: £600 (€900).
All bookings are Saturday to Saturday arriving after 4pm departing by 10am
Notes on prices:
There may be special offers available for certain weeks please call .
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Guibert has now been passed over to my three children who look on the property, like myself, as their home in France not just any old holiday cottage. We have recently completely up dated both Bergerie and La Ferme and changed most of the furnishings to give a nice bright, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Most of our farming neighbours have retired and some land has turned to nature but we are still left with fields and woods all around and 20 mins walk takes us into the charming village of Issac where we find the bar and restaurant though no longer bread or other food which is 10 minutes drive away in Mussidan. What I most enjoy is the peace and tranquility of the property and this is despite my many grandchildren who adore the freedom and play noisily around in complete safety.”
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: Each pool will be open from 25th May - 28th September and are rented exclusively with their respective property. La Bergerie's pool is 4x8 meters, table and chairs for up to 10 people are ready for outside eating. Sun loungers are also provided. La Ferme's pool is 5x10 meters with table and chairs for up to 8 people provided for outside eating. Sun loungers are also available.