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Converted farmhouse with private pool nestling in walnut groves

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Nov-2016
Farmhouse in Castelnaud la Chapelle, Nr. Sarlat, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Converted Farmhouse With Private Pool And Extensive Patio Sleeps 2 - 9 (4 Bedrooms)

Completed in early 2014, Lablancou is a converted farmhouse with tranquil views over open countryside. Accommodation includes a large open plan living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen and a large patio with two dining areas, barbeque and views of the walnut groves and open countryside. Large solar heated private pool with sun-loungers (pool cleaned daily). Pool house with shaded outside space and small table and chairs; ideal for sipping a glass of wine and watching the pool. Large porch with table and chairs and views across the walnut groves. One king size bedroom, one double, one twin one triple room, all en-suite. Downstairs cloakroom. Lablancou retains many original features but is fully modernised for comfort. Wide screen TV with English channels and DVD player. Wood burning stoves and full central heating. A welcome pack comprising a bottle of local Rose wine, fresh milk, a bottle of our organic walnut oil, eggs and seasonal fruit and vegetables from our organic garden. Kitchen essentials such as salt, pepper, olive oil, fresh and dried herbs, tea, sugar and instant coffee are also provided. Washing tabs and dishwasher tablets also included. Pool towels provided. In order to retain the homely feel of Lablancou a range of our favourite recipe books is provided in the kitchen and the kitchen is fully equipped for cooks. A selection of paperback books is also provided as are board games, playing cards and dominoes. A set of boules, skittles and quoits are available for playing on the lawn or the gravel parking area. The owners speak English and French and move into another property on the farm for the summer. Full privacy is afforded guests, however the owners are available to help out with recommendations of what to see and do, restaurants to visit and to make bookings for tourist attractions if required. Lablancou is in the commune of Castelnaud, with its appellation of 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'. As well as a majestic chateau, view of Beynac chateau and village across the river, canoeing and bicycle hire it also has a superb patisserie, butcher, general store and several restaurants. All of the major tourist attractions of the Perigord Noir are within a 30-40 minute drive of Lablancou with several including Castelnaud, Beynac, Domme, Marquessac considerably less than that. Our previous guests have enjoyed watching the hot air balloons that often fly over Lablancou and sometimes land nearby. We provide binoculars for watching the wildlife and hare, deer, buzzards and woodpeckers, amongst many others, are often to be seen.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Since leaving the UK in 2006 I have been renovating the farmhouse at Lablancou and have also learned to farm walnuts. The last 3 years have been spent turning the farm organic and the 2013 crop was the first to be sold with an organic status.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Please see the guest comments on the property page of the website
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16 Reviews

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based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

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Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I don't really want to recommend this to anyone else, for fear of not being able to book it again in the school summer holidays!

Graham and Adele made us feel so welcome from the moment we all arrived after a long 9 hour drive from the Chunnel with a 'dodgy car' (Graham was so helpful with trying to get it fixed, with his fluency in French because my pigeon French just did not cut the mustard).

The house is just lovely, very spacious and plenty of inside and outdoor seating (even though we only had to sit in one night watching a thunder and lightening show). The rest of the evenings were spent cooling down in the pool, walking round the local area, drinking, relaxing, reading, playing boules... just what a holiday should be, in two weeks of beautiful sunshine (with the exception of that one day).

The pool was just the right temperature and superbly cleaned and kept hygienic.

The barbeque was used nearly every night, whilst we used the Skymap App to star gaze, whilst crunching on the supply of walnuts that Graham generously provided us with.

I loved the walks in the local lanes in the evening, spotting dear and buzzards.... my idea of heaven! I can't wait to return.

Thank you ever so much,

Fiona Eastham and co (and our family friends who accompanied us Christina Pegler and co)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Fantastic gite in Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Situated in acres of walnut groves - lablancou is a haven of peace and tranquility.

The house is well equipped with all you could need. The boys loved the space and the pool.

The owners Graham and Adele were welcoming and helpful throughout the whole of our stay. The property is situated near amazing castles and towns with lots to do and engage all ages of groups who stay.

We cannot recommend this gite enough and will absolutely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Beautiful and relaxing making a perfect holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Lablancou is an amazing gite set in its own beautiful grounds. The gite had everything and more in terms of what you could need. From the well stocked kitchen to the pool house there truly was everything!

The layout of the gite and the patios outside allows families/friends plenty of room to enjoy their holiday. We stayed for two weeks and it rained for the first week!!!! But we still had a wonderful holiday. When the sun came out we realised there was always a patio in sun and one in shade so you could always relax comfortably.

The pool is beautifully kept and the pool house with its own fridge is a bonus!!!!

Graham and Adele were the perfect hosts, so friendly and always there when we needed them. We truly had the most wonderful and relaxing holiday and we hope to go back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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An Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lablancou for 2 weeks with our 2 young children and 3 of our friends, and what a fantastic time we had!

From the minute we arrived Graham and Adele were welcoming and attentive. Throughout our whole holiday nothing was too much trouble for them and their home was lovely, it has everything you could possibly need and more!

We had horrendous weather for our first week but this did not dampen our stay, we had more than enough to keep us occupied in the house and we also explored a lot of the neighbouring towns and villages.

There are ample cafes and restaurants around, and a number of tourist attractions/days out to be had. The local markets are a most (our favourites were St. Cyprien and Domme) and we went to the zoo with the kids and had a great time experiencing the close encounters with the Lemurs and Spider Monkeys.

Overall, we had an amazing time, which Graham and Adele definitely contributed to, and we would love to return again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Could not be better

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Lablancou. The house is superbly appointed with everything that you could possibly need. The pool and surrounding areas are fantastic and Graham and Adele could not have been more helpful during our stay with hints tips and advice. Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Amazing accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Lablancou is the most beautiful gite we have ever stayed in. It is like staying in a first class hotel with the spotlessly clean stylish bathrooms and elegantly furnished bedrooms. The well equipped kitchen has everything you could possibly need to cook a 10 course banquet (we didn't).

Relaxing around the pool was our favourite activity, lounging on the comfortable sun beds and floating on the crystal clear water. We did manage to drag ourselves away from the gite a couple of times during our week, visiting the chateau at Castelnaud and we spent an exciting day Kayaking on the Dordoyne. There was so much we didn't get to do in the local area so will definitely have to go back.

We were so well looked after by the owners Graham and Adele who bent over backwards to make our stay perfect. Next time it will have to be two weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

From the Owner

We found the Dordogne was a perfect location with its hot summers and crisp clear winters and we love the contrast between seasons. We wanted a property that was close to the interesting things to see and do in the area and also fulfilled our dream of growing organic food; Lablancou fitted the bill perfectly. It is close to all the amenities, charming villages and chateaux yet remains a tranquil hideaway. On a clear night the view of the stars is breathtaking and we never tire of gazing at the Milky Way and shooting stars when they are around. The biggest light pollution here is the moon and we provide a telescope for those interested in viewing the stunning night sky.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Begerac or Brive at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Castelnaud at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Souillac at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Castelnaud at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : On the banks of the Dordogne at 5 Kilometres Car: necessary

Travel:

By air:

The nearest airports are Brive-La-Gaillarde and Bergerac.

Brive.

Flights via City Jet from London City Airport and Ryanair from Stansted. Brive is about 60 minutes drive to Lablancou.

Bergerac – flights via Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2 from airports across the UK. Bergerac is about 65 minutes drive to Lablancou.

Car hire is available from both airports.

Brittany Ferries sail from Portsmouth to Caen and Portsmouth to St Malo.

From the Channel Ports and the Channel Tunnel, approximately 8-9 hours drive.

Distances:

The medieval market towns of Sarlat and Domme are 20 minutes drive. The nearest villages are Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and St Cybranet, each less than 10 minutes drive.

Facilities at Castelnaud include a magnificent Patisserie, a good quality butchers, a general store, a post office with cashpoint machine, a hairdressers and a café bar and a restaurant. There are further restaurants and coffee shops within the medieval village. St Cybranet has a garage and an organic food shop.

Further Details:

We are within easy distance of lots of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, cycling, golf and tennis.

We are also close to the following:

- The chateaux of Castelnaud, Beynac, Fayrac, Les Milandes and Montfort

- The prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux II and Font du Gaume

- The medieval market town of Sarlat with its stunning produce markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays

- The charming walled village of Domme with its views across the Dordogne valley

- The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac and Eyrignac

- Fresh produce markets held on a daily basis at a different charming town or village each day. We are happy to provide details and times.

- Many charming restaurants specialising in local and regional cuisine. We are happy to give recommendations and make bookings for you if required.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 1 - 2017
6 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
Rate 2 - 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,381
for 7 nights
£1,381
 
 
Rate 3 - 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
Rate 1 2018
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£712
for 7 nights
£712
 
 
Rate 2 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,423
for 7 nights
£1,423
 
 
Rate 3 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£712
for 7 nights
£712
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,423
for 7 nights
£1,423
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £335

Booking Notes:
Please note that guests are welcome to book a stay shorter than 7 nights, however you will still be charged for the full week.

Non-refundable 30% deposit payable upon booking. Balance is payable 12 weeks before arrival. Security deposit of 400 Euros.


Changeover Day:
Changeover days, arrival and departure dates are flexible in the low season. During the high season, bookings are only available Saturday to Saturday and check-in is 4:00pm with check-out at 10:00 am.

Notes on prices:
Non-refundable 30% deposit payable upon booking. Balance is payable 12 weeks before arrival. Security deposit of 400 Euros.

30% deposit payable at the time of booking with the balance payable 12 weeks prior to arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Having all of the great tourist attractions of the Perigord Noir within a few minutes drive means that there are lots of interesting things to see and do. At the same time Lablancou offers a haven of tranquillity and is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the countryside. There is plenty of space for children to run around and only the occasional car or tractor that passes by. There are fabulous food and craft markets in a different local town or village each day and they are perfect for wandering around and appreciating French culture and lifestyle.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

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

Location Type

  • river
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • En-suite 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Shower cubicle, toilet and wash handbasin. Generous size.
  • En-suite 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bath with shower attachment, toilet, wash handbasin
  • En-suite 4 - Toilet, Toilet and wash handbasin
  • Cloakroom - Toilet, Downstairs cloakroom with toilet and wash hand basin.
  • En-suite 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Luxury walk in shower, toilet and wash handbasin
  • All bedrooms have en-suite facilities. Bedroom 1: separate shower, wc and vanity unit. Bedroom 2: large room with separate shower cubicle, wc and vanity unit. Bedroom 3: bath with shower attachment, wc and vanity unit. Bedroom 4: wc and vanity unit.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Spacious room with king size bed with en-suite shower room.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Spacious double with en suite shower. Space for travel cot.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Double bed with single over and en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Twin room with en suite toilet and wash handbasin. Pool view
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 - 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king size bed. Bedroom 2 is a spacious double room. Bedroom 3 is a triple room (double bed with single bunk over). Bedroom 4 is a twin room. All have views over the walnut groves and there is extensive storage in bedrooms 1 and 2.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Outside: Private swimming pool, 8m x 4m, for the exclusive use of guests. Pool house with fridge for chilling drinks. There are two separate dining areas and a barbeque. Guests can enjoy eating and drinking by the pool. Large gravelled private parking area. Lablancou nestles on a 12 acre walnut grove with mixed woodland and rural views beyond. There is very little road traffic; generally neighbours passing only, sometimes by tractor! On a clear night there is no light pollution and the view of the stars is breathtaking. A telescope is available on request to view the night sky. Utility Room: Downstairs cloakroom with large storage cupboard containing ironing board, iron and clothes airer. A selection of board games is available for guests to use. Towels / Linen / All linen and towels are provided including pool towels. If the holiday is for more than a week, fresh towels and linen are available upon request. Other: The 300m patio area contains a large dining table with seating for 8 and a sun parasol, a private pool with sun loungers and a further dining area to seat 6 with sun parasol. The farm is organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables and eggs are available.

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