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House With Pool in Castels, Near St Cyprien, Dordogne, France

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Nov-2016
House near St Cyprien, Castels, Dordogne, France - Restored 18th Century Farmhouse With New Pool And Gardens Overlooking Dordogne Valley. Sleeps 7

This old farmhouse was restored in 2011. The entire ground floor comprises a large, light, airy open-plan fully equipped kitchen diner and living room. Two sets of double doors give onto the long, vine-shaded terrace, an idyllic place to have drinks or meals. First floor: two bedrooms, one double, one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower, handbasin and wc. Second floor: two single bedrooms, one with additional camp bed, shower room and separate wc. Original exposed roof beams. All the bedrooms have gorgeous views over the Dordogne valley. From the terrace you look down over the courtyard with 9m x 4.5m swimming pool (built 2011, unheated). The house and pool are set in lovely gardens and woodlands. You may meet the owner’s parents from next door who look after the garden, occasionally use the pool and are a source of advice. Sun loungers, a table tennis table and a barbecue are provided. Separate utility room containing a washing machine and ironing facilities at end of terrace.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in London with my husband our two children and our dog Oscar. In 1973 my husband's parents bought a cottage in the Dordogne, where they have holidayed happily and contentedly for the last almost forty years, and continue to do so. In 2010 the opportunity arose to buy the small farm next door to their house - we took it, renovating the house and installing the pool. My mother-in-law is a keen gardener and over the years has transformed the hillside into an oasis of bamboo, roses and hibiscus.

Speaks English, French

3 Reviews

4.7
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

4

Good House with amazing views

  • 4 of 5

This is a comfortable property that can readily accommodate 4 or 5 people, it might be a bit tight for more. The House has pretty much everything you need from Washing Machine to Dishwasher to Sky to Picnic Baskets and Weber BBQ! The property is truly rustic, not a luxury villa but a real taste of rural French living. Its probably due for a bit of TLC regarding decor and the Garden and I'm not sure the cleaning / garden staff are pulling their weight at changeover but beyond that it was all very good. The views however are fantastic and you can watch the Dordogne Valley change through the day, the terrace is a great place to dine, although the table only seats 4! The pool is an immense asset and is a winning feature of the property, being a sensible size and with good paved areas for lounging. It gets sun all day from 9am through til 6pm and is a genuine sheltered sun trap. The loungers are probably in need of replacement as are the parasols, all had some damage, unfortunately the pool cleaning chap didn't clean the pool once in two weeks, so we ended up doing it ourselves, thankfully we know how to do it from ownership experience but many wouldn't.

Access is challenging, if you don't like driving this one possibly isn't for you. The road is very narrow and very steep but it is manageable. We have an X5 and it just (10mm clearance) goes between the neighbouring cottage & the house. We did it every day with no problem but again its not for anyone who isn't confident behind the wheel, however in a smaller car then I am sure its much less challenging. You can park at the top of the Hill and walk down 80m to the Cottage which course negates this problem!

The location is fantastic though, wth good amenities in St Cyprien and the surrounding areas. Quite challenging climbs back to the House on bikes but its a good workout. Lots of amazing places to visit and activities so a great place to be based for 2 weeks.

We had a wonderful stay, thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite the few very minor criticisms we would go back, especially if the small concerns are tackled for 2017.

The pictures on the web site don't do the House or the views justice - it really is in an amazing location and I would recommend this to anyone subject to the comments above.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Glorious

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable house with all mod cons. We were absolutely "blown away" by the views, the pool and the setting. The gardens and the wildlife were extraordinarily beautiful.

The house was wonderfully cool, even on the hot days and the vine covered terrace was a real treat and a lovely place to sit at all times of the day.

The approach to the house was at first daunting, especially with a large car, but actually once you've mastered it a couple of times its good fun!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good facilities in a pretty, private setting

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, with everything we needed. Good sized pool and fantastic views across the Dordogne valley. Slightly tricky car access but makes it more secluded. Not too far from tourist attractions.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are really glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Location

From the Owner

My family have visited the Dordogne for seventeen years, and my husband's family have holidayed there since 1971 (when he was 7), buying a house there in 1973. We love the food (goat's cheese, bread, patisserie, mushrooms, pate, duck, fruit, vegetables, ice-cream from the baker's...) from the shops and Sunday morning market in St Cyprien (1.5km down the hill) and Lucco's patisserie and bakery (1.5km away at Bezenac). We love the river, for swimming in and canoeing down and picnicking by, the castles to visit and clamber over, the caves for their amazing prehistoric paintings (one you travel into on a small train), the gentle empty countryside and the friendly people. The eighteenth-century farms, the old churches, the interesting walks, the wildlife, the speed of life, the peace and quiet.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The area surrounding Castels is full of wonderful excursions. As well as the dramatic countryside around the Dordogne River (we specially recommend canoeing trips), within a short drive you will find prehistoric caves including amazing cave paintings at Lascaux and elsewhere, medieval chateaux, old fortified towns and markets as well as tennis, fishing, horse riding, cycling and hiking. And of course, some of the best food and wine in the world.

Travel:

Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Bergerac. From Bergerac airport (where there is car hire) it is an easy one-hour drive.

You can take the Eurostar to Paris and then train to Brive (car hire, also one-hour drive).

Other drive times:

Bordeaux – 2.5 hours

Limoges – 2 hours

Perigueux – 1 hour

Paris - 7 hours

Southern Channel ports 8-10 hours

Further Details:

The house is situated in one of a number of tiny hamlets in Castels, which is a scattered canton with no real “centre”, in open countryside overlooking the Dordogne valley.

A walk of about a mile will take you to neighbouring St Cyprien. Ancient houses and narrow streets cluster around its 12th century abbey. In and around the main street are cafés, restaurants and shops and there is a busy market on Sunday mornings. Look out for specialist craft and food markets on summer evenings. There are also supermarkets and anything else you may need such as medical or dental services, and a station with rail links to beautiful old towns such as Sarlat or Tremolat along the Dordogne valley..

You are a short drive from the Dordogne and its swimming, canoeing and the Air Parc.

A half hour drive will take you to the medieval jewel that is Sarlat – or to Les Eyzies, the capital of the prehistoric world.

Availability

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£800
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
30% booking deposit to make reservation and balance due one month before arrival. A fully refundable 750 Euro damage deposit is given to housekeeper in cash on arrival and returned on departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Flexible out of high season.

Notes on prices:
Payment must be received a month prior to arrival date. (Last-minute holidays by arrangement but full payment must be received in advance in any case.)

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Facilities

From the Owner

The house is an easy 25 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the amenities of St Cyprien (Sunday market, chemist, butcher, supermarket). From the house you can walk out into the countryside to explore neighbouring woods and hamlets. It is a 5 minute drive to the river, where there are beaches for swimming and canoe hire. We are a 20 minute drive from the historic medieval town of Sarlat (or you can take the train from St Cyprien). In half an hour you can be in the valley of world-famous prehistoric caves that begins at Les Eyzies. Or you can just stay by the pool - the house faces south, making the pool a sun trap - and we provide beach towels so you can travel light.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

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

Location Type

  • river
  • rural

Attractions

  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 on first floor - bath with over-bath shower, basin, wc, electric towel rail Bathroom 2 on second floor - shower cubicle, basin, electric towel rail Separate wc also on second floor

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - king-size double bed Bedroom 2 - twin bedroom Bedroom 3 - single bed Bedroom 4 - single bed plus fold-out camp bed

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The pool has a cover but is not fenced and there are some steep drops around the property, and therefore we do not recommend it for children under seven. Outside: The house has a large garden and several acres of private woodland with a 9m swimming pool. There is also a large, shady terrace along the front of the house, overlooking the courtyard, pool and river valley. Barbecue, table tennis, sun loungers and outdoor dining furniture provided. Great boulangerie down the hill 2km distant, St Cyprien (1.5km) has a good weekly market, excellent fish restaurant, chemists, doctor and Carrefour supermarket. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels and beach towels provided. Cleaning and linen change on arrival and departure. Extra cleaning/bedlinen laundering can be purchased by arrangement. Other: High chair, travel cot and baby bath provided.

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