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Farmhouse With Sole Use Of Private, Heated Pool In Peaceful, Rural Location

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Farmhouse between Jumilhac-le-Grand and Thiviers, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Refurbished Comfortable Perigordian Farmhouse,2 - 9 People, Private Heated Pool

Haut Combiers is a small farm dating from the 1800's with house and barns built in the Perigordian style. It is set in a beautiful, rural location in an elevated position, giving stunning views of the surrounding Dordogne countryside. There are historic villages and towns nearby, with chateaux, restaurants and markets to visit.

The farmhouse has recently been re-furbished but retains lots of French character, while having all modern facilities and comforts. Ideal for a couple, larger family, or two families sharing, being spacious but cosy, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The ground floor bedroom has a king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom, with a shower over the bath, plus washbasin and w.c. Also at this end of the house is a loft room, which has one double and one single bed. Although designed for children, this room can also be used by adults. The loft room has it's own stairs, which wind into the room, so there is no door. The entrance to this room does have a slightly reduced head height. Also at this end of the house, on the ground floor, is a separate w.c. with washbasin and washing machine.

On the first floor there are two bedrooms and a shower room, with w.c. and washbasin.. On bedroom has a king-sized bed and the other two singles, although these can be put together to make a comfortable super-king sized bed if required. We also have a travel cot with bedding, high chair, baby bath, changing mat, plus stair gates and bed guards if required.

The fitted kitchen has a four ring ceramic electric hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee maker etc. The large kitchen table comfortably seats up to ten people. There is a large sitting room area with comfortable sofas and a wood burner, 40” flat screen TV with English free-sat, dvd player, games, books and dvd's. Wifi is also available. All bedding, bed linen and towels, for both inside and pool use, are provided.

The kitchen, dining and sitting room are open plan, with French doors leading onto the terrace from both the kitchen and sitting room areas. On the terrace are a table and chairs for up to 9 people, plus parasol and gas barbecue. The terrace and a smaller lawned area are fenced off from the pool and larger garden, so that visitors with younger children can restrict access to the pool area.

Access to the private 10m x 5m x 1.5m heated swimming pool is via double gates from the terrace. The gates swing back completely if visitors do not have younger children, giving open access up to the pool. The pool is conveniently situated close to the house and set in the large garden with lawns and mature trees. There is a table tennis table, boules pitch, swing set and picnic table in the garden and adjoining orchard.

To the front of the house is a smaller enclosed garden, also with comfortable, shaded seating.

We have a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses, pigs, Dexter cattle, plus two miniature ponies, who love being petted and groomed. Guests are welcome to help feed and look after the animals if they wish.

This is a wonderful area for cycling and guests can be accompanied for longer rides, taking in some of the nearby sights or more hidden countryside. Good quality touring and racing bicycles can be hired locally, although we would advise booking in advance.

There are nearby lakes and rivers, offering various activities, plus caves, chateaux, gardens and activity parks.

The owners are happy to be contacted should you have queries. This includes prior to booking or before your stay and can be via face-time at a pre-arranged time, if preferred.

More Details

Dawn Twigg
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2017

About Dawn Twigg

We are English and moved to France in July 2012, having lived in the countryside in Northamptonshire for many years. With our children having moved out to start their new careers in various parts of England, it was our turn to start afresh, although Andrew still works as an architectural consultant in England and France. We brought horses, dogs, pigs and ducks with us from England, with cats, chickens, Dexter cattle, rabbits and a border collie arriving at various intervals since then. We also bought two miniature ponies, Sammy and Lipsy, who love being petted and groomed.

Andrew is a keen cyclist and can advise on routes for all abilities or accompany visitors on longer routes, if required. Because there is so little traffic around us, cycling is a pleasure, with pretty, tree lined roads offering dappled shade. Cycling to Jumilhac-le-Grand for a drink or a coffee in front of the chateau is one of our regular routes, particularly on a Sunday morning when there is a small farmers market on the square.

We love our new life here in this beautiful, tranquil setting, with its slow pace of life. We really enjoy welcoming visitors to Haut Combiers, as does our border collie, Fleur, who loves playing with the children who stay here and will happily entertain them for hours.

Dawn Twigg purchased this house in 2012

Why Dawn Twigg chose Perigord Vert

The area is beautiful, peaceful and tranquil. Friendly people, lovely villages and interesting towns make it a wonderful place to live and work. There is little traffic on the country roads, which makes driving a pleasure and we enjoy visiting all the sites of interest that this part of France enjoys.

Although we enjoy far-reaching countryside views from all aspects of our property, we are only a short, but very pretty drive from the village of Jumilac-le-Grand with a stunning chateau, shops, bars and restaurants.

Pretty, nearby towns offer everything else we need.

Our family and friends from England often fly in for the weekend, as Limoges airport is only a 50 minute drive away, with flights from East Midlands and Stansted airports taking only one hour and twenty five minutes.

If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday or shorter break, the house has everything to make your stay stress free. Comfortable beds and sofas, Wi-Fi and free sat English tv, plus several outside seating areas and a heated pool in a large garden with mature trees.

Guests regularly comment that the house has everything for a relaxing stay - from the well equipped kitchen to the books, toys and games; from the sunbeds and parasols to the quiet seating areas; from the fresh eggs to the wonderful views; from feeding the pigs to grooming the ponies. We want everyone to leave Haut Combiers with happy memories, having had a wonderful holiday.

For parents with younger children, we have designed the garden so that children cannot access the pool area if adults are in the house, but they still have a terrace and lawned area to play on. Children can enjoying running around in the large garden and adjoining orchard, making as much noise as they like. We have no near neighbours and love to hear children enjoying themselves - often playing with our border collie, Fleur. We usually have at least one hen with chicks during the summer and children love to help feed them and the pigs.

What makes this house unique

The house sits in the middle of our land, approached by a long drive, so there are no neighbours in the immediate vicinity. Children can make as much noise as they like; there is no-one else to hear them. Both the larger garden, the smaller lawned area with the terrace and the front garden are enclosed, so that parents can relax. Children love to spend hours playing with our border collie, Fleur, who will join in almost any game, if invited (although this does mean that we regularly have to replenish the supply of shuttlecocks and table tennis balls.....)

We live in one of the large barns, which we recently converted, across a large yard with another barn between us and the farmhouse. The two houses are largely orientated in different directions, so visitors in the farmhouse are assured of privacy, peace and quiet. We are happy to advise on days out, nearby towns and villages, bars, restaurants and markets etc.

Although there are animals on the farm, during the summer months they graze the land away from the farmhouse, so do not disturb visitors at all. If, however, visitors would like to get involved with looking after some of the animals, they are more than welcome. Feeding the animals (the pigs will welcome you at any time,) grooming our minature ponies and having fresh eggs for breakfast are all experiences enjoyed by both children and adults and create lasting memories.

Several acres of the land and woodland are available for visitors to walk in, with either a gentle stroll or a more adventurous scramble up and down a bank. This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a slower place of life in a beautiful area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dawn and Andrew are such kind and thoughtful hosts and the house is beautifully equipped and the super welcome pack was much appreciated including the wine after such a long drive. The children were rarely out of the fabulous pool and loved all the animals, Fleur the collie, the ponies, Sammy and Lipsy, rabbits, pigs, cats and hens. The layout of the house also lent itself to the two of us after the family left. A beautiful area with lots of interesting places to visit. Very relaxing!
Aug 2016
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Absolute relaxation and our best family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully appointed & homely farmhouse in stunning gardens with 360 rural views and absolute tranquility. The heated pool was heavenly, even our 6 month old baby couldn't get enough of it...Andrew & Dawn were amazingly hospitable and attentive, without being intrusive at all. They went above & beyond by taking the kids (6&4) on the tractor and fully involving them in all aspects of the farm. The little extras were very special: freshly picked veggies for supper, giant fluffy pool towels, kids toys and garden games etc. In the very hot weather the house stayed cool and the garden had tree shade at all times of day. Lovely places to potter nearby if you can tear yourself away from the house & garden... We'd love to come back if it's not fully booked!! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is our absolute favourite place in France so much so we keep coming back. The gite is wonderfully appointed and so comfortable,, the setting is idyllic with stunning countryside views . Andrew and Dawn are great hosts - nothing is too much trouble. The perfect place for complete relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5 star property - the best I have stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

having stayed in many gites since 1989 almost every year this is unquestionably the best. The level of equipment, cleanliness and facilities are superb. The owners have attended to every detail and are always on hand but unobtrusive. the temp. of the pool is a constant 28 deg. and is in immaculate condition.

the property is isolated - (you can hear the silence) but within 10 minutes drive there is a boulangerie (with magnificent cakes), a general store (with english newspapers if you must) and a 'local french restaurant' that provides a wonderful food - forget the diet-go for it.

I would recommend this property to anyone - just don't book it when I want to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Haut Combiers

  • 5 of 5

Our weeks stay at Haut Combiers, Aug 2015 has been a truly memorable, fun, relaxed super week. The house was lovely with ample room for seven adults and supplied all our needs and much more. The decor was lovely with a great french feel. There are also a very good selection of games for all. The animals we met around the farm were a great addition, we all loved the pigs and dogs. The pool area was great for relaxing, very clean and the temperature of the water was perfect. We visited Brantome which was a lovely little town with some nice little shops and canoeing. We all had great fun go karting at Teyjac. Dawn and Andrew were lovely owners more than willing to help in anyway required and always available to advise on markets and restaurants. I would most defiantly recommend Haut Combiers to anyone and we will most certainly look to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. It is also really helpful for future guests to see the local places you enjoyed - we love Brantome too! We look forward to another visit from you all.
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Beautiful house in a tranquil setting...

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed at Haut Combiers for two weeks this summer, we have to say that this place is truly amazing. From the friendly and welcoming owners to the clean and well-maintained house and pool area, we truly had a perfect time. On arrival the owners welcomed us with their lovely dogs and over our stay they introduced us to the rest of the animals, including chickens, pigs, horses and many more. It is clear that they are passionate about what they are doing, down to the smallest of details. While we were there we spent a lot of time sunbathing by the pool and had to make the most of the umbrellas provided due to the high temperatures, however we did venture into a few local towns for coffee or to the bakers in the morning for fresh pastries. For our family, this holiday rental was idealistic and characterful, and we hope to return soon.

Thank you so much Dawn and Andrew, we couldn't have asked you to make our holiday anymore special than you already did.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from two weeks at Haut Combiers and we couldn't have enjoyed it more. The house is beautiful, inside and out, with wonderful attention to detail and amazing views from every window. The pool is great, a really good size and extremely clean, and we spent every spare moment swimming in it or relaxing by it. Our children really enjoyed being on the farm and helping to feed and look after the animals, as well as having fresh eggs for their breakfast from the chickens! Most of all, Dawn and Andrew were incredibly welcoming and helpful and we really enjoyed meeting them. It was such a joy to spend time at Haut Combiers and we will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
7 Jan 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Apr 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
4 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half-term
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
25% deposit is required to confirm the booking, with the balance due 60 days prior to the start of the holiday.
For bookings made under 8 weeks, payment in full is necessary at the time of booking.Balance of Payment: We do have to reserve the right to cancel your booking, without refunding the deposit, if you have not paid by this time. If your circumstances change, we will endeavor to either re-arrange your holiday (this can be for the following year if necessary,) or secure another booking. In the rare circumstances that neither of these options is possible, the cancellation charges below will apply.

In the unlikely event and for reasons beyond our control we have to cancel your holiday we will refund in full any payments already received. However, the owners cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations to your holiday due to wars, threat of war, terrorism, industrial action, civil strike, airport closures or congestion, technical problems, weather or other difficulties beyond our control. As above, we will endeavor to re-arrange your holiday if possible.
All travel arrangements will be the sole responsibility of the booking party. It is essential that you are adequately insured for your holiday, including cover for any activities that you wish to do. This is the responsibility of the booking party. Your personal property, including baggage, is your own responsibility at all times, unless any loss or damage is due to our negligence or failure to carry out our responsibility. Use of the swimming pool is entirely at the risk of the booking party and we cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur due to inappropriate usage or negligence.
We are committed to ensuring that our guests enjoy their stay, but we do request that people staying at Haut Combiers respect the property and surroundings, as well as the animals we have at the farm.

Damage and cleaning deposit: £300.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Paul-la-Roche in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This bathroom is en-suite to bedroom 1
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On the first floor , adjacent to bedrooms 3 and 4
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with bath and shower over, washbasin and toilet. Shower room adjacent to bedrooms 1 and 2 with shower, washbasin and toilet. Separate toilet and washbasin on the ground floor (and washing machine.) There will be some toilet rolls in each bathroom when you arrive, plus shower/bath mats. We also provide a non-slip mat for the bath, if required and we provide a baby bath as well.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , This bedroom is on the ground floor with en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , First floor bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , single beds can be put together making a super king size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Loft room, slightly reduced head height to access
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1, king size bed. Bed 2, two single beds (or can be made into a super-king size bed, if required - please advise at the time of booking.) Bed 3, ground floor, king size bed, en-suite. Bed 4, one double and one single bed. The bedrooms have freestanding electric fans. The three double bedrooms each have a hairdryer. We have a travel cot with bedding, which can be put into any of the bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
The house has wonderful views from both inside and out, looking over undulating countryside with large areas of woodland. The owners are English and live in a converted barn on the far side of a large courtyard area, with another large barn in between. We can advise on days out, markets, local bars and restaurants, etc. We have dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, pigs, horses and Dexter cattle on our small farm. In the summer months, however, several acres are kept clear of animals for visitors to walk in. In April, in particular, there are large areas of bluebells and periwinkles in the woods, with many wild flowers coming through in the fields in May and June. There are lots of dragonflies and butterflies to be seen, plus a wide variety of birds. Deer regularly graze on the land and, in late September and October, during the rutting season, the stags emerge and bellow from the woods on the opposite hill. Binoculars are left in the house, along with bird and wildlife books. The house has garden areas to both sides, with various seating options. From the kitchen and living room, two sets of French doors lead out onto the patio with table, chairs and gas barbecue. The occupants have sole use of the heated pool, which is 10m x 5m x 1.4m deep, plus wide steps. The pool is alarmed and will be cleaned regularly for you. There are cushioned sunbeds around the pool for all occupants and a solar heated shower, plus a small table and two chairs. The large garden has lawns, mature trees and a shaded parking area, with a pathway leading up to the house. There is a fence around the terrace and a smaller part of the lawn, with a wide gate at the bottom of the steps leading up to the pool. If occupants have younger children, this restricts access to the pool area and the larger part of the garden. A paddling pool can be provided within this fenced off area. The gate at the bottom of the steps can be swung back completely, giving full access to the pool and larger garden area, with a table tennis table, picnic bench and boules pitch. All towels for the house and pool are provided, plus bedding and bed linen (from "John Lewis" and "The White Company.") For guests staying longer than one week, bed linen and towels can be changed on a convenient, mid-term day. The first floor bedroom with two single beds can be made into a super-king size double bed if required. This does make each of the four bedrooms suitable for couples

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