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Heart of Dordogne 3 bedroom Luxury Double Height Barn Conversion With 14m Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 16-Aug-2016
Lovely Stone House with large pool in Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - between Aubeterre and Brantome - Peaceful Location 10 Minutes to Shops and Restaurants and 20 Mins to River Beaches or forest tracks

Beautifully restored light, spacious & well equipped for with quality amenities throughout, this peaceful, secluded house is ideal for families and couples wishing to share all that the Dordogne and Aquitaine & Charente have to offer. With a sunny aspect nestling in a Perigourdine valley, the house benefits from beautiful surrounding countryside and easy access to shops, supermarkets, market towns and many authentic French cafes & restaurants. The large patio with BBQ and outside dining table, plus the well equipped kitchen will also help for those days you prefer to just laze by the pool, read and take in the beautiful surroundings. Sleeps 6 plus 2 (2 children on sofa bed/Zbed or cot for under 2s). Please note the pool is not available from October to mid-May.

Kayak, paddle-board, and river sport enthusiasts are 20 minutes from the historic Abbey and market town of Brantome, or equally from Aubeterre sur Dronne with it's river beaches, voted one of France's top 10 prettiest small towns with charming shops and cobbled streets. For the cyclists, there's over 2000 km of MTB tracks with cycle hire available in Riberac, and for walkers and wildlife connoisseurs, the surrounding forests and lakes have plenty to offer.

In addition to the rivers, there are also lakes at Jemaye and Chandos for watersports, swimming, canoe hire, windsurfing with restaurants, water parks with slides and lots of other kids activities.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Sarah is a languages teacher living in a small Cambridgeshire village

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

The property was clean, comfortable and extremely well- equipped. We loved using the swimming pool and relaxing in such a beautiful, peaceful area. The outside area was a favourite place to enjoy supper and read or play games in the evenings.
Jun 2015
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10 Reviews

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A spacious, comfortable and well equipped house in a beautiful location with stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here exploring the lakes and rivers, shopping in colourful markets, splashing about in the pool and enjoying the wonderful views and starry night skies. The house is really lovely to come home to after a day out in the sun (it was 44 degrees at times) and by the end of the week the children (aged 7 and 4) said it felt like home. We particularly valued the fact it was so well equipped - the beach towels we're so useful - and the large number of bathrooms felt a real luxury. Thank you Sarah and family for making it such a relaxing and memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautifully-equipped house in a peaceful rural location

  • 5 of 5

We travelled as two adults and two teenage children and this property had everything we needed for a peaceful holiday in a beautiful, tranquil setting. The property is located in a small hamlet with farmland all around and the one permanently-resident farmer has free-range chickens and a lovely friendly dog - which was an added bonus to us. There is an off-road parking spot which is easy to access.

The house has absolutely everything we could have hoped for - three large twin rooms with beautiful ensuite bathrooms, tastefully decorated. The main living room and farmhouse-style kitchen are all one room, and there are more than sufficient plates, cups and glasses for a horde or people, let alone our four. There's a good stock of English-language books and DVDs, and a really good TV network with a great selection of English-language channels. Internet is reliable and fast. The mobile phone reception is only moderate, but we were warned about that. The house was spotless on arrival with lots of unexpected extras - enough dishwasher tablets for the whole week, and washing powder, plus basic necessities like oil, salt and pepper and tea.

Outside there is a lovely small terrace, overlooking extensive and well-kept lawns. Further on there is an unheated swimming pool, which has a secure fence round it, and a petanque (boules) court. We drove out to go canoeing on a nearby river, and there are plenty of historical sites to see as well. This is unspoiled France, utterly traditional, completely uncrowded.

There is a small village about 3 miles away, with a traditional French bakery (complete with traditionally-eccentric opening hours) and a small deli. Within 7 miles there are several small towns with lots of restaurants and a decent-sized supermarket.

The other houses in the hamlet are mostly foreign-owned, mostly by English people and not usually let out. So in August we had the entire place to ourselves, which suited us very well. If you are looking for a busy, sociable holiday with lots of other people, this is not your place. But if you want sunflowers, complete silence (apart from the companionable cluck of happy chickens), fresh air, beautiful views and a real rest, come here. This property would suit families of all ages, and is reasonably accessible if you have someone in your party with a mild mobility impairment - it's a very short walk down a gentle slope from the car park to the house, and one of the bedrooms is on the ground floor.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely surroundings, well set up property

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time during our stay. The surrounding countryside is lovely and the property is within driving distance of various villages/towns and amenities. The house was perfect for us and 2 kids, and could comfortably fit more with the additional bedroom we didn't use. A very relaxing holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in a central area

  • 5 of 5

Myself, husband and 2 teens spent a fantastic week in this house. I would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone. It was exceptionally clean and had tons of room for our family, it was exactly as advertised. Sarah was wonderful, and answered any questions we had very quickly. There was an excellent package including local information in the house for easy reference, including nearby markets, restaurants and bakeries. We found this helpful and enjoyed seeking out some of these out of the way places we may not have found on our own. The house was spacious and extremely well equipped, there was not a single item we felt we were missing. The home had in floor heating and a wood fire, so in the evenings even in the cool Spring weather the house was very cosy. The internet was fast, much to the delight of my teens and we enjoyed watching one of the many movies available to wind down at night. This location is very quiet with plenty of roads to walk and spectacular views. I have no doubt we will be back in the future. Thanks for introducing us to the Dordogne in the Spring, it was everything we had hoped!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind comments. We are glad you had a lovely stay!
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A New Year's Day Home From Home....

  • 5 of 5

Due to a close family member in France being unable to travel to UK we needed somewhere for a family to stay for a week from Boxing Day 2015 that was warm cosy and large enough to accommodate comfortably. We honestly could not have chosen any better!

Coutancie has wonderful views especially on crisp winter mornings and those lovely Indian summer afternoons we were so lucky to have. Bedrooms are spacious, en-suites all immaculate. The open plan kitchen and lounge was very comfortable especially around the log burner, however with heating in every room it was lovely and warm. The kitchen has everything you need so no need to pack all those utensils just in case, even has a large cast iron casserole pot that if we had known would have saved a bit of space in our cramped car on the journey down!

Apart from a couple of trips to Super U supermarket in Villebois (big supermarket has everything you likely to need inc cheap fuel) we only visited Brantome for lunch as we already knew the area very well. That meant most of our days were spent playing games and boules on the boules court next to the pool. A lovely spot with views across the valley. Sarah was readily available if we needed her but the info provided and directions make the whole trip and stay effortless really.

We would recommend this prperty without a moment of hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Winter's tale

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 'older' friends needing warmth and comfort during our house hunting trip local to this wonderful property. The underfloor heating and the log burner were perfect during the evenings whilst we used the super wifi to search for properties and book appointments with estate agents. Sadly we did not have enough time to utilise the amazing choice of books and DVDs. The position of the house is perfect and we can imagine in the Summer to be surrounded by such amazing views must be fabulous .We would have no hesitation in recommending the property . It is well equipped ,clean ,comfortable and we could not have chosen better !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Fabulous area, small hamlet with only 6 small houses sharing the pool and beautiful surrounding countryside, the house has space to relax and unwind yet is within 10 minutes of shops and 20 minutes to some great river and beach facilities which both our teenage boys enjoy. Not to mention the 2000km of cycle and footpaths in the Natural Parc Regional de Perigord & Limousin just 15 minutes away.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac Roumaniere at 79 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Martial en Viveyrol at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 499 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Tourbières at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lac de Jemaye at 10 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Kayaking & Paddle Boarding from Brantome or Aubeterre on the river Dronne

Lac de Jemaye - beaches, boat hire and lido restaurant

Walking, rambling, bird watching & hiking holidays - the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin has over 2000 kms of walks, bike and horse riding trails and begins in Mareuil only 15 minutes by car.

Historic tours.

Cycling with cycle hire close by in Riberac or mountain bike hire in Brantome. See www.randonnee-dordogne.com for all the walks and cycle trails available.

Wine tasting.

River and Lake swimming.

Birdwatching in surrounding forests and the Perigord National Park

Coast/Beach:

River beach 20 minutes with kayak & cycle hire, water park 'complexe aquatique' with swimming and splash pool, waterslides and sun beds at Saint Aulaye near Aubeterre. Windsurf & jetski lake 30 minutes north towards Angouleme with jet-skis and fly-board or spend the whole day on the coast at Ste Royan, a couple of hours drive west & excellent surfing available

Travel:

Bergerac airport 80 km = 1 hour and 25 minutes - car hire essential. Bordeaux and Limoges airports are also under 2 hours drive away. A good option is also TGV from Paris to Angouleme as the station is just 40km away.

If you're driving then one of the quickest options is Le Havre - just over 6 hours using toll roads

Distances:

10 minutes to nearest villages with shops and restaurants. Verteillac market every Saturday

20 minutes Aubeterre (20 km)

50 minutes drive to Angouleme (40km)

60 minutes Perigueux (55 km)

Bergerac Airport 1 hr 20 minutes

1hr 45 to Bordeaux - airport access very easy

Further Details:

Verteillac at 10 mins away is a typical small French town with a bakery, butchers, supermarket, at least 4 restaurants and Saturday morning market.

St Severin , also 10 miniutes away in the direction of Aubeterre has a great restauant at the Hotel de la Paix as well as Spar minimarket, bank, newsagensts and several cafes

Voted one of the most beautiful villages of the Poitou Charente, and in the top 10 for France, Aubeterre sur Dronne with its cobbled streets and many shops and restaurants is a great place to combine a lunch stop with some afternoon kayaking & is nearby (15 minutes). The river has a beach and restaurant , tennis, kayaking, canoeing , fishing, horse-riding. Close by at Poltrot there is also high tree walkway and tree climbing.

Dining: For the nights when you don't barbecue and watch the beautiful sunsets from the terrace there are also several charming restaurants within very easy reach in surrounding villages, from the rustic charm of L'Ecole 5 mins drive away in Vendoire to the majestic grandeur of Le Chateau Le Mas de Montet

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Winter 2016-17
5 Nov 2016 - 24 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£375
for 7 nights
£375
£1,200
 
 
Spring 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£975
for 7 nights
£975
 
 
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£455
for 7 nights
From
£65
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Security deposit returned within 7 days of departure provided no damage incurred.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day - arrival after 3 pm and departure by 10 am. This will not apply for shorter off season periods from November to March - upon request

Notes on prices:
Payments can be made in £ UK or € Euros
Short breaks considered out of peak season ( for example Christmas and the New Year ) & large discounts available for long term lets off-peak.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

From our experience with previous properties we rented in the past when we were a young family we decided that this house should be a 'turnkey solution' - ie once you're unlocked the door there should be little that you'll to want for - so fluffy beach towels, quality linens, books, DVDS, indoor & outdoor games (including a full size table football and for the boules pitch a complete boules set) and a useful grocery starter pack all mean that you shouldn't need to pack too much or have to worry about provisioning too early on in your stay....

Property Type

  • house

Theme

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

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, Downstairs separate loo and wash basin
  • En suite bathrooms to each of the 3 bedrooms = 2 bathrooms both with shower over and 1 shower room all with wc, bidet and wash basin.Separate downstairs toilet and washbasin with heated towel rail. Quality hand towels, bath towels and extra large beach towels all included

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 & 2 children (3 Bedrooms plus mezzanine & double sofa-bed, cot & Zbed) Notes on bedrooms: Bed1 with twin beds with chest of drawers, & fold up single bed Bed 2 with twin beds with chest of drawers/wardrobe & travel cot. Bed 3 with twin beds chest of drawers, & dressing area w/wardrobe.(Fans in each room) Mezzanine w/ king single sofa-bed..

Outside

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: On the ground floor :Spacious, tiled open living area with adjoining kitchen diner and views across the countryside.Rear of kitchen area a separate utility room, downstairs loo. First bedroom downstairs with walk-in dressing area, side aspect window and en suite bathroom. Space for fold-up bed (included) Stairs to mezzanine - open space with TV and DVD, and futon which can be used as an additional sleeping area. Wood flooring throughout upstairs. Bedroom 2 has side aspect window and en-suite bathroom. Landing to 3rd bedroom with front aspect window and en-suite shower room. Wifi throughout Outside - BBQ, 4 deckchairs, 2 pool beds plus garden table with parasol and 6 chairs. Outside: Large, sunny patio overlooking extensive communal garden with a view down to the enclosed, large 14 x 7 metre shared pool and beyond to the beautiful, rolling countryside. Shaded area to side of house and under the large chestnut tree. Garden furniture includes table, 6 chairs & 4 loungers and parasol on patio, shared pool (2 pool beds included). Gas Barbecue and tools, gas included... Lovely shaded area under the large oak tree close by - the perfect reading spot! Shared parking very close by. Boules area next to pool (boules provided) Utility Room: Large upright fridge freezer / Washing machine / Vacuum cleaner/clothes airer/ironing board and iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: ALL Bath, Beach and Hand Towels, bed linen for up to 8 people and welcome pack included - No need to pack towels!!! The house is thoroughly cleaned & checked on each arrival day, sheets & towels replaced & a welcome basket with essentials provided. Other: Mezzanine with laptop incl free internet , sofa bed (sleeps one) & full size French table football Internet is 20 mbps and wifi reception very good throughout the house Phone with free French local calls Large choice of English books & DVDs

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