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Rural Cosy Beamed Cottage VF-Du-Perigord Log fire Stunning Views Private Terrace

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Traditional rural beams village house Villefranche du Perigord Dordogne 3 beds 2 bath private terrace with stunning views 3 mins walk to shops and large pool with sunchairs bar area table tennis

Traditionally restored French rural cottage on a quiet road with exposed beams located between the Dordogne and Lot Valleys. This terrace offers you total relaxation and privacy after a day sightseeing to soak up the sun with local olives, du vin blanc or rouge, barbecue or simply enjoy an aperitif before a visit to the local exquisite restaurants. You can sample the local gourmet dining at Restaurant "La Bastide" or "La Petit Auberge" are recommended. There is use of a large swimming pool at local campsite (5 minutes walk from house) when you buy drinks in their bar. The house has been traditionally furnished with spacious rooms to accommodate six people and boasts a wood effect fully fitted kitchen with large stone open log fire in the lounge housing two large comfortable sofas and seating for 7 people perfect for cosy evenings, family summer and winter holidays. The Boucherie, Boulangerie and Supermarche are a short stroll and for the more adventurous canoeing and water sports are available on the Dordogne or Lot rivers.

Rachel and David Lewis
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
30 May, 2017

About Rachel and David Lewis

After many visits to different regions of France we were charmed by the Dordogne area in 2007. We appreciated the beauty of the countryside, the french people, their culture, local history and of course the warmer climate. We discovered a property we could buy with a view to holiday rental to share with others the peaceful ambience, exquisite gastronomy, local wines with an enticing slower pace of life. We enjoy the french language and after rekindling my school french I was hooked on learning more to have french conversation with french and english friends. We still work in England but spend our holidays here in and out of season, gradually enhancing the property and we have genuinely loved every minute of it.

Rachel and David Lewis purchased this house in 2008

Why Rachel and David Lewis chose Perigord Noir

Villefranche du Perigord is located in the Dordogne Valley but also close proximity to the Lot region. With both the Dordogne and Lot valley's spectacular rivers, stunning countryside, charming riverside towns, rolling hills, peaceful ambience and tranquility, magnificant chateaux, fascinating historical sites of interest we could truly lose ourselves but could find the community atmosphere within the small village if we desired. Villefranche will suit all ages and tastes with access to local nature and walks, history, sports and water activities and close proximity to popular tourist attractions and larger towns such as Perigeux, Sarlat, Domme, Monpazier, Bergerac, Villeneuve-sur-lot and Bordeaux we felt we were privileged to find such a centrally located suitable holiday property.

What makes this house unique

The house offers stunning secluded terrace views and truly comfortable beds. After renting previous gites our decision to buy a property on the edge of a village was perfect; you can be as involved with the french community as you wish whilst retaining privacy and peace located on the edge of the village. We have feedback from repeat customers who have enjoyed the benefit of walking to the interesting shops, experience the community atmosphere then return to a haven of peace hearing only birds and distant buzzards call. The property is 3-4 minutes walk from a large swimming pool with sunloungers at local campsite that offers drinks and food in their bar. Autumn/Winter holidays are popular with visitors with large open log fire and chestnut festival to offer a true "french experience".

Guestbook comments from the owner

A family of four, we spent two relaxing August weeks in the pretty and quiet ‘bastide’ village of Villefranche-du-Perigord located in the south-eastern corner of the Dordogne. Our holiday accommodation was le Coustalou, a cosy, traditional cottage with a small terrace at the back which overlooks the rolling wooded countryside. How lovely to hear the birds singing in the morning!

The cottage has a homely feel and is very comfortable. We spent most evenings eating and playing cards outside on the terrace. The facilities worked well and there always seemed to be plenty of hot water for showering. The owners were very helpful in providing information and guidance about the area, and all the arrangements worked like clockwork.

The village centre is a gentle stroll, barely five minutes away. There are two boulangeries, so no problem with fresh bread in the mornings! Two small convenience stores provide the essentials and more. Apart from the tourist office, there is also an ice cream parlour/café along the main street. The local people are friendly and we felt very welcome. One of the most charming local customs is the outdoor, communal dinner on Thursday evenings under the covered market in the village centre. A number of vendors have stalls with freshly prepared hot food and local dishes, and having made your choice, there are long tables where everyone sits to eat their food. There is the buzz of activity and conversation above the sounds and smells of cooking ‘al fresco’. A really good atmosphere!

The proprietor of the nearby camp site offers access to the lovely outdoor swimming pool for the price of buying drinks on each visit and we enjoyed simple, but tasty fare, at the camp site cafe, especially welcome after a late arrival on our first day. We also enjoyed meals at two local restaurants - La Petite Auberge, on a hill up a quiet country lane, and le Café du Commerce in the market square.

We had some great days out in the Dordogne and the Lot-et-Garonne départements including visits to Cahors, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the spectacular cliff setting of Rocamadour, the cliff-top gardens of Marqueyssac, canoeing on the Dordogne, the château at Biron and the wonderfully preserved medieval town of Sarlat.

This was a memorable family holiday and a taste of the real France – thank you!
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Villefranche-du-Périgord in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • town
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • One large bathroom with mixer tap shower and back up electric shower, bath, washbasin and toilet, cupboard space and small free-standing unit for toiletries. 2nd toilet with wash handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 large king size French traditional wooden bed, bedside tables and wardrobe, Bedroom 2 with restful views to countryside over terrace built-in wardrobe, Bedroom 3 with twin beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table in shabby chic style.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Notes on accommodation: Note - open tread wooden traditional Perigordian staircase to first floor with handrail. Upstairs separate WC and bathroom. Large master bedroom with traditional French bed antique bedside tables, exposed beams in all bedrooms. Extensive rural countryside views. Exposed stone log fireplace, logs provided. Easy car access to large areas of natural woodland and stunning countryside. Exceptional walking and bird watching area. There are a selection of books Some local guides and maps, more guides can be obtained from local tourist office 5 minutes walk. Bicycles can be hired in Prats du Perigord 10 mins drive. Pets considered on request. Ample free onstreet and offstreet parking available just 25 yards from house for several cars. Outside: Outside terrace hosts large sun umbrella, table and chairs for 8 people, barbecue, garden bench. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: One set of linen, towels and end of staying cleaning included in price for one week. Spare set of linen and towels can be provided for longer stays, property is cleaned when guests vacate the house at end of holiday. Other: Dining Room with seating for 8 people. Hairdryer located in main bedroom.


4.6/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


A very peaceful , fantastic place tostay in the Dordogne.

  • 5 of 5

The property is lovely. It had everything you could possibly want including games , books, bbq along with, every conceivable kitchen utensil. The owners provided very detailed instructions as to how to get there,how to get in, how to operate the appliances. It was brilliant. The property is in a gorgeous little village just a few metres along the road. We were also able to use the local campsite facilities too which was lovely.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always strive to provide a memorable holiday for all our guests and in addition the campsite does offer a large swimming pool and sunloungers only 3-4 minutes walk from the house.
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Villefranche du Perigord

A Quiet Retreat

  • 4 of 5

I was slightly anxious on arriving in Villefranche after a long car journey across France from Caen but I need not have worried - everything was exactly as we'd been promised in the brochure. Trouble-free access to the key soon gave us entry to the property that was absolutely spotless and clearly well-maintained. We soon discovered that Le Coustalou was indeed a 'home from home'.

The next morning on our initial sortie into the village for fresh-baked bread, it became clear that Villefranche was simply perfect for our needs : an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of working life and offering a splendid centre from which to discover some of the hidden corners of the Dordogne. Shopping was no problem, though it must be acknowledged that large supermarkets were at a fair distance - but the journey was a small price to pay for the benefits of being in such a charming village - besides, the local shops offered most of what we wanted.

For one of our party, the highlight was the relative proximity to Perigueux and the closing stage of the Tour de France but for most of us, the best times came from the chance to explore the wonderful hill-top castles and 'bastides' and enjoy the excellent local food and wine. There are superb opportunities for walking and exploring the local area, and for those wanting more energetic activity, much is available within a short radius of the village. A word must be given to the local restaurants which were so welcoming and thoroughly merit the stars they have earned!

In fact the warmth of the locals is something that will stay in our memories - the friendly toleration of neighbours and shopkeepers who struggled to understand the manic efforts of our Australian brother-in-law as he manfully tried to resurrect his schoolboy French of 50 years ago was a sheer delight to behold!

That warmth and friendliness was felt from the very outset with our contact with owners, Rachel and David: their service was simply the best - prompt accurate information came our way and the financial arrangements were just as well organised (including the meticulous deposit refund). I could not fault it in any way.

I sit now on a damp grey October evening thinking back over a wonderfully relaxing holiday, and in my imagination can still feel the warmth of the evening sun as I sit on the terrace of le Coustalou nursing a chilled glass of rose - Villefranche has worked its charm on me and I shall look back to returning at some point in the future

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Quiet Life

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in rural France. The village is well placed for lots of sightseeing in the Dordogne area.

The terrace is excellent for wining and dining and the views are superb.

The village is exceptionally quiet and traditional, as is the property.

An excellent and relaxing stay.

Many Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cozy, family friendly home

  • 5 of 5

Everything was "just right" about this old-style house on the edge of the village. We could sit on our balcony and stare out over the hills in the twilight pretending we were alone or in minutes walk to the center of a thriving small town. Our young teenagers loved the proximity of the campground, where we were able to arrange use of the pool in exchange for buying a few drinks. The auberge at the top of the hill affords a delicious meal - though you should get there by 8:30 if you don't want to incur a grump from Madame. All the beauties of the region are within an easy drive.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have had a fantastic holiday at this lovely gite. We loved being

so close to the village with all the amenities on our doorstep and

took full advantage of all the community activities that were taking place during our stay in the market place. We enjoyed using the local campsite pool which was very good value for the price of an ice-cream or 2. The owners of the campsite were very friendly and welcoming.

There were so many lovely places to visit and we enjoyed doing some of the local circular walks. We also enjoyed meals and sitting reading on the sunny terrace, with beautiful views over the countryside and even watching shooting stars late at night.

Having been to many gites in France, this was by far the best- clean, well equipped and ideally located. Although there was no dishwasher, we did not find this a problem and even found we enjoyed sharing the washing up!

The owners have been very helpful at every stage in the process of booking, providing detailed information and prompt responses to queries. We would definitely recommend this gite and hope to return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early summer
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Booking requires 50% non refundable deposit with balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival, travel insurances will cover non-refundable deposits.
We require a £250 or 300 Euros security deposit payable with balance fully refunded within two weeks of departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays in peak season (Jul-Aug) flexible arrival/departure dates can be negotiated during off-peak season(May-June-Sept-Oct).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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