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 Ferme, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC
An old farmhouse that has been completely refurbished over the past two years. Like Bergerie, it has been really well and comfortably furnished in a characterful way with a use of both antique and modern pieces and limestone floors.
The lofty living room is partially divided from the well-equipped kitchen and has a fireplace with wood burning stove and doors on to terraces on the south and west sides.
Spacious bedroom on ground floor with twin beds or double, + single sofa bed and ensuite shower room. Utility room with wc.
The first floor consists of a twin room with adjacent shower room, a single bedroom and double bedroom with bathroom adjacent.
There are 2 terraces. One, in the south garden area, has a big chestnut tree which provides shade in the summer and another on the west side catches the last of the evening sun. The garden consists mainly of mown grass and the swimming pool, 10 x 5m, is securely fenced for safety purposes with a stone terrace and grass area.
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.
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 .
- 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
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
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.