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Converted farmhouse with private pool nestling in walnut groves

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Graham OTWAY
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Graham OTWAY

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.

Graham OTWAY purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Graham OTWAY chose Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Please see the guest comments on the property page of the website
Jan 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in Périgord

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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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Converted farmhouse with private pool nestling in walnut groves
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 25 reviews

An oasis of calm

  • 5 of 5

Lablancou is an oasis. It nestles in the countryside alongside the owners walnut groves and offers peace, tranquillity and comfort . Everything needed for a memorable holiday is at your doorstep. From Graham and Adele’s beautiful and well appointed home with lovely pool and ample grounds for family entertainment to the wonderful countryside with all its attractions. There are many chateau worth visiting , the Dordogne river for boating and canoeing, some of the most beautiful villages in France built with honey coloured stone (most still wearing the mantle of quieter times before the coming of the automobile and all the better for it) and food to die for. God’s only mistake was not putting Scotland next to the Channel Tunnel.

The hosts Graham and Adele could not have been more welcoming if they tried and treated us like we were the most important guests they ever had. Their welcome and enthusiasm to please us was genuine and we can’t wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Having read the previous reviews, our expectations were high when we arrived at this lovely gite. We were a party of six adults and were all delighted with the cottage itself and it's beautiful setting. There was everything to make our stay a pleasure and Graham and Adele are perfect hosts.

We enjoyed walnuts and figs from the orchard, swimming and lazing around the pool and patio, BBQ and having very good wifi. An easy hours drive from Bergerac airport, the cottage is very close to many fabulous castles, gardens, towns and the Dordogne. I highly recommend Lablancou.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic villa in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 2 week stay at Lablancou (our second stay here). The house is immaculate and so well equipped, everything is thought of. Graham and Adele are such lovely hosts and made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived. It is so peaceful and we spent most days relaxing by the pool (cleaned every morning) and evenings B-B-Q'ing in the lovely garden.

We have been booking villas through Owners Direct for several years, and Lablancou is by far the best. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lablancou a great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

Graham and Adele were perfect hosts..The house was extremely clean and tidy and had everything we needed for our holiday.The pool and outside area were perfect for relaxing,the bbq was big enough to cook for 9 people,. Wifi in the house and by the pool was very popular with the family.we couldn't have asked for more from our holiday.We would love to go back.

Ian and Christine

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect.

The Dordogne region is obviously fantastic and Graham & Adele's home is brilliantly situated while at the same time managing to be fabulously quiet and feel wonderfully remote.

The house and garden are immaculate, with everything we needed. There was 8 of us staying (4 adults & 4 boys) and it was plenty big enough.

The pool was lovely and kept the kids entertained all week. The location is beautiful and perfect for enjoying the magnificent night sky.

Graham and Adele were perfect hosts, and were always available to provide help and advice if required.

Can't recommend it highly enough and hope to return one day!

Massive thanks to Graham & Adele for everthing!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lablancou, an idyllic setting for your holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks in July 2017 on holiday at Lablancou with our grandchildren

We loved it and so did they, from the 1st day when we arrived at the gite, to our last one when we had to almost be dragged away!

The property, its grounds, facilities exceeded expectations and our hosts Graham and Adele were perfect, always willing to help & advise, but never imposing on our time

Everything was spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need

We mixed our time between relaxing by the lovely pool, to visiting the multitude of local attractions such as Domme, Castlenaud Chateau, Beynac, Sarlat and the lovely Roque Gageac, so many things to do and all so close

Kayaking down the river was wonderful, as was visiting the many excellent food markets on sunny evenings, really good fun and so relaxed

As we barbecued on an evening and watched the hot air balloons pass by we soon realised how lucky we were to be at Lablancou

And don't miss the amazing patisserie down in Castlenaud, the almond croissants are to die for

Everything at Lablancou is highly recommended by us and we will definitely be back

Thank you Graham & Adele, hope to see you again soon

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Begerac or Brive
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
On the banks of the Dordogne
Car: necessary


By air:

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


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.


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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1 2018
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1 2019
11 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
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 £350.59

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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