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Two Beautiful Cottages with Large Private Gardens in 7 acres with Superb Views - Pippins Cottage



Updated: 01-Dec-2016
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, in Idyllic Countryside Setting

Les Hirondelles can be found at the end of a small lane in a tiny hamlet called Montribot. The hamlet, with just 3 families, is situated on top of a hill at around 1000ft. The location offers peace and tranquility and the most wonderful all round views. It is possible to virtually walk from the door into high flower meadows or onto many varied walks. However, our oasis of calm is far from isolated. The historic town of Rouffignac with all its amenities, including shops, restaurants and a Sunday market, is just 5 minutes away. Excellent roads give easy access to all the attractions of the beautiful Dordogne and Vezere valleys and beyond. They also ensure that, after a busy enjoyable day, it is possible to escape back to our much slower and quieter pace of life.

The cottage has its own private terrace with wooden garden furniture, parasol and gas barbecue. The terrace leads onto a large garden and enjoys superb views across the valley.

Details for holiday cottage Pippins Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Pippins Cottage is a typical Perigord stone cottage which has been tastefully restored and extended to give modern comfortable accommodation, whilst retaining many original features.

The open plan living area comprising kitchen, dining area and lounge, retains its traditional oak beams and chestnut ceiling. An attractive feature of the lounge is the stone fireplace with its wood-burning stove.

There is a fully fitted modern kitchen with an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and toaster.

The bathroom has a tiled and glass shower, WC, vanity unit and washing machine.

There are two bedrooms, bedroom 1 with a double bed and bedroom 2 with single beds. Both bedrooms have wardrobes, dressing tables and bedside units.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

For Peter and Jeanette it was love at first sight! After two weeks travelling around SW France, we found our dream home here in Montribot. That was over 16 years ago and we are still in love! Having retired early from our busy and demanding jobs, we moved to France in October 1999. We spent the next two years working on the grounds, installing the pool and renovating the cottages - so many stories to tell!

We opened for business with Pippin's in the summer of 2001 & Sunset followed in 2002. Since then we haven't looked back. We have met so many lovely people over the past 15 years and it is a pleasure to see them return each year, as well as to welcome new guests.

Whatever your reason for visiting us here in this beautiful part of France, we can assure you of a very warm welcome.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

It has been very difficult to choose just a few of the many comments from our Guest Books. The highest accolade we have been afforded is that over 70% of our guests return! However, we hope the following will give you a flavour of what you can expect when you visit us.

"Congratulations on finding this piece of paradise and thank you for your willingness to share it. By far the best Gite holiday we've ever had. Without doubt we will be back." Harrison family, Jersey

"Another fantastic holiday with perfect hosts. Our second visit has certainly lived up to our expectations and beyond. Perfect Gite, perfect weather, perfect situation, perfect hosts - what more could one ask for". Holden family, Lancs

"What can we say that hasn't been said so eloquently by those who have been here before us - other than to concur with every word. The location, accommodation and hospitality of Jeanette & Peter have all been superb." E & M, Hampshire
Mar 2012
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14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful cottage in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday at this cottage. It was exactly as described by the owners and previous guests. The cottage was well maintained and equipped. It was in a beautiful, peaceful setting with breathtaking views. Peter and Jeanette were so welcoming and helpful. Would definitely recommend this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful holiday destination

  • 5 of 5

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Pippins Cottage, which is set in a most beautiful area.A We always think that Les Horondelles is like 'coming home'. The cottage is extremely well equipped and very comfortable, plenty of books,CDs etc .

Our hosts, Jeanette & Peter are so friendly and helpful - always more than happy to recommend places to visit, local attractions,Restaurants, & will make a reservation for you.

The pool is super with the most fantastic view across the valley-so relaxing.

It is no surprise that guests return many times

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want our guests to feel at home when they stay at Les Hirondelles, and we aim to ensure that is exactly what happens. The high standards we maintain in our cottages and the service and welcome we offer help to ensure that we have happy guests who return again and again.
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A 'Home from Home'

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Pippins late in the day after a long drive down from Brittany and, after being greeted on the doorstep by a smiling Jeanette and Peter, everything just fell into place in line with our most hopeful expectations! The cottage was a perfect combination of practicality and comfort - compact but plenty of usable space and everything you could need for a relaxing self-catering break immediately to hand. A cooked chicken with salad accompaniments in the large fridge, fresh baguettes, cheese, apricot jam, butter, tea, coffee and milk, plus a delicious red wine chosen by Peter and a huge bowl of walnuts from their garden. Could it get any better? Well yes it did .. as the next morning we explored the lovely open garden and grounds including the fabulous swimming pool terrace with views to die for! The local supermarket (2 kms away) has everything you could possibly need at the cottage and the location of Pippins is so central it provides really easy access to all the best parts the Dordogne has to offer. We had a great time here and will definitely be returning! Rob and Rachel (from Hampshire, UK)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments. We very much enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you both again in the future. It is always satisfying when guests enjoy our cottages and the beautiful surrounding area. Over the years we have been in business we have always aimed to maintain consistently high quality and, in any given year, 60 - 70% of the reservations we receive are from returning guests.
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What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautiful. Everything we needed in a perfect location and Jeanette and Peter made us so very welcome. The furnishings are very comfortable and it is really well-equipped. The peace and tranquillity meant we could relax and enjoy our stay and the wildlife that came to visit, including Les Hirondelles..a great start to our new lives in France with two lovely hosts who have quickly become good friends

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We a delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Pippin's. Our principle aim is to ensure that all our guests are happy with the cottage and the service we provide and we really appreciate receiving such good reviews as it makes all our efforts worthwhile.
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Les Hirondelles - A perfect break

  • 5 of 5

Jeanette and Peter are wonderful hosts who are very welcoming to their guests and are very informative about the local area. They are not intrusive,if you are looking for a quiet break they will respect your privacy.The accommodation at Pippin's is one of the best that I have come across, being exceptionally well equipped, clean, and secluded. The swimming pool, shared with the other cottage, is large, well maintained and with ample pool furniture for the guests, The views are spectacular.

The description was accurate and lived up to expectations

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pristine, peaceful and perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Sunset Cottage was lovely, and Jeanette and Peter were extremely kind hosts. This was the cleanest cottage we have stayed in, and was perfect for our needs: well appointed and equipped, they really had thought of everything. The pool was a real luxury - our boys (10 and 7) played in it constantly. The view from the patio meant that we ate all our meals en plain air accompanied by local vin rose! At only 3.5km into Rouffignac, we were able to drive in each morning to get breakfast from the baker's shop, and the location was perfect for day trips to a variety of places. The welcome pack with its well ordered and thorough notes was invaluable in helping us choose places to go, catering for a broad range of different activities. Peter and Jeanette struck the perfect balance between being helpful and sociable without ever being intrusive: Peter's home grown veg and sturdy gin and tonic were particularly welcome. We stayed in Sunset Cottage on a recommendation from friends and we would definitely recommend it ourselves. This was one of the best holidays we have had, and hope to return in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our aim is to offer the highest level of care and service to our guests to ensure they experience the best possible holiday and we are delighted to receive such good reviews. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rouffignac St Cernin at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 590 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Mortemart at 13 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A89 at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Rouffignac St Cernin at 4 Kilometres Car: necessary

We are within one day's driving of the channel ports: Calais: 816km, Boulogne: 795km, Le Havre: 715km, Cherbourg: 707km, St Malo & Caen: 589km

Our nearest airport is Bergerac less than one hour's drive away. The airports at Limoges and Bordeaux are about 2 hours away and the new Brive Dordogne Valley airport is just one hour away.

Distances by car:

Rouffignac St Cernin: 4km (5 mins)

Les Eyzies: 19km (20 mins)

Le Bugue: 24km (25 mins)

Perigueux: 30km (35 mins)

Sarlat: 40km (45 mins)

Lascaux/Montignac: 24km (25 mins)

Montribot is a small, quiet hamlet, 4km from Rouffignac St Cernin which has a post office, cashpoint, pharmacy, bars, cafes, restaurants and a Carrefour Contact supermarket. Blondys bakery make the most delicious cakes and pastries for miles around, especially their strawberry tarts - you have been warned!!

The small, colourful market in Rouffignac on Sunday morning provides really fresh locally produced fruit and vegetables, as well as cheese, wine and other tasty goodies! There is a market every day of the week in one of the nearby villages and towns.

The Perigord has many flower-filled, historic small villages which give the distinct impression that they are lost in time. Many have stunning architecture and usually a small bar or restaurant where it is possible, glass in hand, to while away an hour - or three! - and quietly sample a pace of life long forgotton in a busy world.

The area, and particularly the Dordogne valley, abounds in castles, chateaux and beautiful gardens in stunning locations and may be visited throughout the season.

Les Hirondelles is a small paradise for those interested in all aspects of nature. You can walk directly into lovely flower meadows and woodland and we have many varied and waymarked paths, some of which start almost at the door. Spring is the time for bird watching with more than 70 species recorded around our cottages. Wild flowers, and in particular the orchids, are stunning in spring and early summer.

Summer is the ideal time for picnics on the shady banks of a river or relaxing on a lounger by the pool. Autumn is a quieter time, warm with early morning mists and the fantastic changing colours of the forest. The time of bounty with mushrooms, chestnuts and walnuts, and migratiion with Cranes passing overhead in large numbers on their way south to their winter roosts.

For pre-history enthusiasts, the area has the National Centre for Pre-History and the largest concentration of caves and paintings in France. Rouffignac has its own cave with remarkable cave paintings, accessible by an exciting train ride!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
29 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
20 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
26 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday, however we can be flexible in low season.
Arrival time from 4.30pm, departure 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Our prices include electricity, gas, heating, bed linen, towels, bath mats and tea towels (but not pool towels). They also include logs for the wood burner in Pippins Cottage, gas for the barbecues, all cleaning materials and products required for the dishwashers and washing machines. There are no hidden extras!

We ask for a third of the total rental as deposit on booking and the balance, plus the Security Deposit, 8 weeks prior to the rental commencement date. The Security Deposit is refunded within two weeks after the end of the rental period provided there is no damage to the property or its contents.

We accept payment by sterling cheque or bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 01-Dec-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Vanity Unit


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Each bedroom has a wardrobe, dressing table and bedside units


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Our 7 acres of grounds are part-wooded and have a walnut grove and many fruit trees. The garden is visited by red squirrels, pine martins, deer, wild boar and a large variety of birds. Situated at almost 1000ft, from wherever you are in the grounds you can delight in the most magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Our veggie plot is usually very productive and, when available, we offer fresh produce to our guests. This includes tomatoes, potatoes, beans, courgettes and beetroot. We also have an abundance of walnuts always available! The 10 x 5m salt water swimming pool has Roman steps, a shallow end suitable for non swimmers and conforms to modern safety standards. A solar heated shower is provided for your comfort. The pool is surrounded by a large, sheltered sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols, and enjoys wonderful views across the valley.

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