La Cachette Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom)
"The hideway" is the smallest of our properties. Both the bedroom, bathroom, lounge, kitchen and dining area are all open to the eaves. There is one bedroom with a double and a single bed and an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom has a bath with shower over.
The large room at the front of the property consists of a comfortable relaxing area with soft furnishings, a dining area and a kitchen equipped with electric cooker, fridge and washing machine.
Leading from this room through french doors is a private covered patio with bbq and garden furniture. A great place to sip wine and view the romantic sunsets. If you like wildlife then watch the birds of prey and perhaps you will see our resident hares and bats.
The property has DVD/CD/radio/mp3 player/ipod with a selection of books and games. DVD's are available on request and we hold a good library selection.
Courtalou is a group of 4 beautifully restored 17th Century cottages in 2 acres of secluded private gardens surrounded by farmland and woods. Set in the rolling hills and gentle valleys of the Lot et Garonne near the Dordogne borders, which boasts a rich history of enchanting castles and medieval towns such as Monpazier, Monflanquin and the famous Bergerac vineyards and gastronomic specialities. Our 1 bedroom sleep 3, 2 bedroom sleeping 5, 3 bedroom sleeping 6 and the main farmhouse sleeps up to 9.
Top Traveller Review
Peace and Quiet
See you soon we hope.
About the Owner
About Dawn Hillier
Friendly couple in their late 40's who wish for you to have a stress free and memorable holiday.
Have finally made my dream come true and spend 4 months every year in the sunny Dordogne / Lot et Garonne region. I love having holiday makers to stay and want them to have a fabulous time and to see all the amazing sites that this region has to offer.
Dawn Hillier purchased this house in 2009
Why Dawn Hillier chose Perigord Pourpre
When I first saw Courtalou I instantly fell in love with the stonework of the farmhouse and its cottages and the feeling of being away from It all - just being able to see fields and trees. The only noise you can hear is that of a woodpecker or the tree frogs in the woods. To see deer roaming free across the gardens always makes me smile.
Whilst feeling rural, it is still within very easy reach of Villereal with all its shops, bars, restaurants and pharmacy and there are 3 geogous bakeries in Villereal and 1 within walking distance to Montaut for that morning croissant I so enjoy.
The woods at the end of the drive and plenty of cycle paths and footpaths around made it attractive to me yet just jump in the car and there are many beautiful places to visit.
What makes this house unique
Having internet is handy so I am able to communicate with friends and family whilst away for the summer months.
The pool is right opposite the cottages and farmhouse so its easy to nip out whenever you feel like it to have a dip or, to relax on one of the floating armchairs in the pool.
There is a good library of dvd's and books so if you just want to stay in one night, cuddle up and watch a good movie its easy to do so.
There are games and puzzles in each gite which are fun to play with friends and family.
If you fancy a bit of sport, there is table tennis and basketball on site too.
10 minutes up the road you can visit the manmade beach and crystal clear lake which all ages of children and adults alike can enjoy including the hire of pedeloes.
Please note that to confirm a booking 40% of the total holiday cost is payable by bank transfer. The remainder of your balance is due 6 weeks prior to the start date of the holiday and an e-mail will be sent to you to confirm receipt and full booking details. Once a deposit has been paid, no refund may be provided in the event of cancellation. Rent includes water, electricity, linen, towels and tea towels including tourist tax.
We offer flexible change over dates depending on availability. In the event of full occupancy, check out time is 10.00am on a Saturday and check in time is Saturday 4.00pm unless arriving an alternative day.
(2 traveller reviews)
Peace and Quiet
We have visited Courtalou on several occasions in our car with our dog and on the motorbike without the dog! We have always had a great welcome from Dawn and found the gite spotless and with everything in it we could wish for. The surrounding area was stunning and the pool very inviting after a day of exploring the many villages and countryside. We found Courtalou very quiet and relaxing and look forward to a future visit.
This exceeded our expectations in every way. The host, Dawn was warm, welcoming and helpful throughout without being 'obviously present', nothing was too much trouble.
The accommodation was quite simply my dream home, and spotless too. This time I went with my partner and his child but went the year before with a girlfriends. Both holidays were fabulous. I daresay we will be back again soon possibly with the entire family...all nine of us!
From the Owner
“When I first saw Courtalou I instantly fell in love with the stonework of the farmhouse and its cottages and the feeling of being away from It all - just being able to see fields and trees. The only noise you can hear is that of a woodpecker or the tree frogs in the woods. To see deer roaming free across the gardens always makes me smile. Whilst feeling rural, it is still within very easy reach of Villereal with all its shops, bars, restaurants and pharmacy and there are 3 geogous bakeries in Villereal and 1 within walking distance to Montaut for that morning croissant I so enjoy. The woods at the end of the drive and plenty of cycle paths and footpaths around made it attractive to me yet just jump in the car and there are many beautiful places to visit.”
Activity and Interests
There is a private lake some 10 minutes drive away in Lougratte which offers a sandy beach and canoeing / childrens playground, restaurant and water slides etc. The nearest beach is roughly 2 hours drive away on the Atlantic coast.
Our nearest airport is Bergerac Roumaniere which offers flights in from Flybe, Ryan Air and Jet 2. This is a 25 minute drive away and is a very direct route via N21 / D2 / D218. Alternative airports are Bordeaux and Toulousse which are both 2 hours drive away offering flights with Flybe, Ryanair, Air France, British Airways and Monach. Folkestone to Calais is ½ hour via the channel tunnel and then a further 10 hours drive to us however, there are ports at St Malo, Dieppe and Caen.
Villereal town is 5 minutes drive away (around 5kms) with many restaurants / shops and bars and weekly markets. Monflanquin and Monpazier are equal distances (20 minutes drive) and are historical market towns with castles / lakes / magnificent views. The old town of Bergerac is 30 minutes away with gastronomic delights and the river Dordogne. The quaint village ambience of Pujols has amazing views from terraces and superb shops to purchase gifts such as “Prunes”, liqueurs and “canard”.
The nearest supermarket is under 5 minutes drive away and will sell all you need for your holiday. There are weekly markets on a Wednesday and Saturday at Villereal which are open from 9.00am till lunchtime and why not stroll around this village and look at the fabulous church and purchase a delicious cake from the stunning patisserie opposite. Villereal also has chemists / tobacconist and banks with cashpoint facilities. The doctor’s surgery within the village offers an English speaking doctor and there is a vet close by. If you fancy a hack across the countryside towards “Chateau de Biron” with a local horse riding centre or, just have a lesson in their school, these can be arranged. Days out fishing and canoeing are both within 30 minutes drive. I highly recommend the Gouffe de Padirac (The Caves) they are simply marvellous and en route you MUST visit Rocomadour for its entrance through the rock face to the awesome buildings set within – around 1 hours drive.
In this georgous natural countryside enjoy the solitude and peace by simply resting your senses: Mind Body and Soul.
Hiking and cycling are highly recommended and bikes can be delivered for hire to your gite for weekly rental. If you are a bird watcher then you will have a fabulous treat ahead! Whilst walking, you are likely to spot hares, deer, hedgehog, beavers and many different birds of prey. Artists and painters will be inspired by either the rich countryside or the architectural design in local stonework
There is a small farmyard along the lane with goats, piglets, ducks, chickens and horses. Or pick your own sloes, blackberries, Mirabelle plums and cherries from our trees and try making your own jam.
Many motorcyclists have visited as it is a great base for site seeing and touring around.
Alternatively, simply relax and enjoy the naturally slower pace of life at “Courtalou” – its really majical.
From the Owner
“Having internet is handy so I am able to communicate with friends and family whilst away for the summer months. The pool is right opposite the cottages and farmhouse so its easy to nip out whenever you feel like it to have a dip or, to relax on one of the floating armchairs in the pool. There is a good library of dvd's and books so if you just want to stay in one night, cuddle up and watch a good movie its easy to do so. There are games and puzzles in each gite which are fun to play with friends and family. If you fancy a bit of sport, there is table tennis and basketball on site too. 10 minutes up the road you can visit the manmade beach and crystal clear lake which all ages of children and adults alike can enjoy including the hire of pedeloes.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- non smoking only
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
- Bedroom 1
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe
- Notes on accommodation: All gites are fully equipped with modern conveniences including ironing boards and irons and high chairs, cots and stair gates where required. Each gite has a selection of Board games, dvd’s, puzzles and books. We offer wireless internet to all the gites however please remember we are rural and this may sometimes be affected by atmospheric weather. Ipod base chargers are in all gites together with one English socket and adaptors are provided. Cd’s and dvd players are provided with English tv and Colchique and La Palombe offer X box. There are lots of local interest brochures for site seeing. All Beds have good quality mattresses for your comfort and relaxation. Bedding and towels are included in the price provided as well as pool towels. Outside: The gites are set within 2 acres of grounds. All the properties have a private patio area which includes tables and chairs and weber bbq’s (we provide some bbq coals and firelighters). Outside areas have either a parasol or bamboo cover for shade. Colchique and La Cachette have their own private gardens with fencing (ideal should you wish to bring along a pet). Our pool measures approx 20m x 5m and it is surrounded by willow, flowers, pines and lavender. We have a stone wall enclosing the area for safety. We rely on the sun to maintain its ambient temperature and surrounding the pool are ample sunbeds / parasols and tables with chairs. Inflatables and some water toys are provided. The gardens provide a safe environment for children as we are at the end of a long lane where only hikers visit with woodlands at the end of our driveway. There is a children’s play area which offers table tennis, netball, swings, badminton and a firepit for evening campfires. Private carpark.