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Perigourdine House With Private 12m Heated Pool, Garden, WiFi & Beautiful Views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House Nr. Thiviers, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location, Fully Equipped, Short Drive To Shops And Restaurants

Clos Esperance is a traditional Perigourdine house dating from 1701, with attached barn, in a sleepy hamlet near the bustling town of Thiviers. It has just under an acre of gardens and a 12 x 5m heated swimming pool (mid May to the end of September). The large garden provides plenty of space for boules and badminton and there is a built-in barbecue and wooden dining furniture for al fresco meals. The house has been recently renovated and is comfortably furnished and decorated in neutral colours. The living room features sofa seating for six, with TV (English and French channels), DVD player, plus plenty of books and DVDs for adults and children. The kitchen is fully-equipped with oven, hob, microwave, large fridge-freezer, washing machine, the all-important dishwasher and plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses and pots and pans.

The house sleeps six in three bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor. The downstairs bedroom has an en-suite shower room and there is a further bath and shower room upstairs, as well as two separate WCs. There is full central heating for spring / autumn stays, and a large log-burning stove. We have retained the traditional features such as the terracotta tiles in the living room and the oak floors in the bedrooms, as well as the original beams, while installing a modern kitchen and new bathrooms. All three bedrooms have a pull-down insect blind at the window. A new addition for 2016 is a table tennis table in the barn.

We remember how complicated it used to be sometimes travelling with our children when they were tiny, so we can provide a travel cot (please bring your own bedding), high chair, baby bath, bed rail, blackout blind, non-slip bath and shower mats and a step to reach the wash-hand basins. We also have plastic plates, bowls, cups and cutlery which can be used for picnics if not needed for younger guests.

We have tried to think of everything you will need for a lovely holiday. All linen and towels, including swimming towels and tea towels for the kitchen, are included in the price, and we provide a welcome pack to start you off. Each bedroom has a hairdryer.

The house is non-smoking and we do not accept pets.

More Details

Wendy and Matthew Wall
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

About Wendy and Matthew Wall

We both travelled to France for family holidays when we were growing up, and when we got married and had a family of our own we continued to visit France to enjoy the weather, food, wine , scenery and sights.

It has long been a dream to own a house here and in late 2011 we finally moved on from looking longingly into estate agents’ windows and organised our first house-hunting trip.

The house was officially ours in March 2012 and we started a renovation programme to install a new kitchen, enlarge the downstairs en-suite and move the main bathroom upstairs. We also got permission to build a large swimming pool, which was finished in time for us to enjoy it in the summer of 2012.

Wendy and Matthew Wall purchased this house in 2012

Why Wendy and Matthew Wall chose Perigord Vert

We viewed several properties around Thiviers, looking for a beautiful traditional stone house in a peaceful location that wasn't too remote. Nothing was quite right until we drove up to Clos Esperance on a cold, foggy November afternoon. Within the first few minutes we both knew this was ‘the one’. (We did go back, once the fog had lifted, just to check that the view was as good as we had been promised – it was.)

What makes this house unique

We love the peace, the starry nights (plenty of shooting stars to be seen in August), cooking food we've bought from the markets (and supermarkets!) and just lazing by the pool.

There are loads of places to visit and restaurants to eat in, or we can just spend a day reading, eating and drinking in the shade.

We road-tested the house with several groups of friends and family over the summer of 2013, just to make sure we had all the right equipment and that everything worked properly. The feedback was great, so we joined Owners Direct in December and had our first enquiry the next day.

We hope that the house, garden and pool will be host to many lovely holidays for many people over the years.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"With many thanks for your help and care during our stay.. Loved your clever décor."
Aug 2015
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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:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs bathroom with bateau bath and separate shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to downstairs bedroom
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Upstairs 'lavabo' with WC and basin
    Toilet 2 - Toilet , Downstairs WC and basin
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom one on ground floor with shower, wash-hand basin and wc; upstairs bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, wash-hand basin; upstairs 'lavabo' with wc and wash-hand basin; downstairs wc and wash-handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Kingsized bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Kingsized bed, en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one on ground floor with kingsized bed and en-suite shower room. Bedroom two with kingsized bed. Bedroom three with twin 3ft-wide beds. All bedrooms have bedside tables with reading lamps and ample wardrobe space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Outside: The garden is just under one acre, mainly laid to grass with mature trees and shrubs. There is plenty of space in front of the house for a game of boules. The 12 x 5 m pool is available from mid May until the end of September. It can be heated (not generally necessary in July and August, but nice in May, June and September) and has a salt system, which is kinder to eyes and skin than traditional chlorine. The pool, which is 6 feet deep at its deepest, with shallow entry steps and a large shallow end, is alarmed for safety, and is for your private use. The patio alongside the pool is in sun all day long and our six wooden sun-loungers are ideal for sun-bathing. There is a built-in barbecue outside the barn and a wooden table and chairs for al-fresco eating. Utility Room: There isn't a separate utility room, but there is a large cupboard containing a vacuum cleaner, broom, mop & bucket, ironing board, iron, dustpan and brush. There are fixed outdoor washing lines to the side of the barn as well as a portable clothes rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We supply two towels per person, plus one swimming towel. Tea towels are also supplied. All bed linen is included and beds are made up for your arrival with sheets, duvets, pillowcases and throws. The property will be cleaned for your arrival.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Lovely House in Serene surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Lovely very well equipped and maintained House, with a good size pool

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a idyllic setting = fabulous holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a fantastic two weeks at Clos Esperance. The house is absolutely beautiful, set in a secluded spot with fabulous views across the forest. The house is as shown on the photos, immaculately clean and very well managed. Everything has been thought of for a very comfortable stay, even down to a first night welcome hamper. The outside gardens and pool are a real treat too. We were blessed with extremely hot weather and therefore were able to fully utilise the pool and gardens. Our 4.5yr old spent every waking moment in the pool and loved watching the wildlife (of which there is a lot - from butterflies to bats at night!) We know the Dordogne area very well and therefore were more than happy to spend the super hot days by the pool and having breakfast, lunch and dinner outside while enjoying the peace and traquility. There are some lovely chateaus close by which are worth visiting and Brantonne is lovely for a lazy lunch by the river. If you want to go further afield, then a trip to see the beautiful gardens at Eyrignac et ses Jardins are worth the drive. Even further (1hr plus drive) there is Sarlat with the famous valley of the chateaus - busy but worth it if you haven't been to them. Would we recommend it?....absolutely, but not before booking our dates for next year! 😊 Thank you very much for a wonderfully relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and pool in peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous old stone farmhouse, decorated and equipped to high modern standards. Hidden TV and better wifi than the UK! The pool is large and was excellent for a days relaxing, or family fun. We had a great week exploring the local area or just staying by the pool. Ticked all the boxes, even the teenagers!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The most beautiful holiday home we have seen in 25 years

  • 5 of 5

Clos Esperance looked too good to be true in the photographs but it is exactly as shown. Wonderful interior design within a beautiful, 315 year old building. Excellent standard of equipment - for example, the softest John Lewis towels and top-end FSC garden furniture for outdoor living.

The kitchen and its equipment is Ikea but beautifully fitted and everything works. Massive fridge/freezer (for a French holiday home) and very clever washing machine, does it all perfectly. The living room is very grand with a piano, library, superb open fireplace with lifting glass cover and a great TV with all the UK channels by satellite (we were there for the second week of Wimbledon). The owners advised us that there are occasional bees in the living room (they nest in the chimney). I am phobic about wasps but the bees were completely harmless and we just waved them out the window with a newspaper. All the bedrooms are gorgeous and the upstairs bathroom is extravagantly appointed. We used the ensuite bathroom downstairs and the shower is lovely.

Outside, there are some beautiful, mature trees and the best pool we have ever rented (we have rented a lot of houses with pools). It's partially overlooked from the road and the neighbouring properties but there's nobody about most of the time. Nearby, the Chateau at Jumilhac is a must-see and the sights of Brantome and Bourdeille are the most exquisite gems. If you love food and wine, do try Les Temps Des Mets by the river in St Jean de Cole and order the "Khan" vintage red wine from Pecharmant region of Bergerac, in the south of the Dordogne. It's full-bodied, velvety, sublime and great value.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful property in lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Clos Esperance. The property is full of character, and well equipped and spotlessly clean. We enjoyed the pool and sun loungers at the pool. The owners were very helpful, especially as I left an expensive watch at the property, and they arranged for it to be posted to us. Many thanks for everything. A great holiday in a beautiful property in a great area of France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clos Esperance

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from a wonderful stay at Clos Esperance, the accommodation is stunning and in a peaceful setting, but just a couple of miles from the town of Thiviers. The cottage is beautifully decorated and was very clean. There is a large pool which can be heated and there are lovely views over the valley. We would definitely recommend this cottage and are hoping to return next year. Many thanks to the owners Wendy and Matthew for their help and advice.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking, with the balance due six weeks before the start of your holiday. A damage deposit of £500 is required in the form of a cheque which will be returned within a week of the end of your holiday. We do not make a charge for final cleaning, as long as the house is left clean and tidy. Please contact the owner for further information.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, with arrival after 4.00 pm. The house must be vacated by 10.00 am on your departure day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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