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Briance Hilltop Retreat, Bas

Bedrooms 1
Separate WCs1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Village house in Astaillac, Dordogne Valley, Sleeps 3. Spectacular Views of The Dordogne River. On Site Art Studio, Outdoor Eating Area

18th Century Traditional Stone Farmhouse

Situated on the edge of a pretty hilltop village with glorious views over the Dordogne River Valley, "Briance" has been beautifully renovated. With gorgeous gardens and a patio kitted out with loungers, this idyllic French getaway also has a fantastic wisteria.

Outside, there is also a covered eating area for alfresco dining on all occasions! The farmhouse sleeps three people - there's one double bedroom and one can sleep in the comfortably lounge.

Wifi is free to use, and there is UK satellite TV alongside a well-equipped kitchen and large lounge.

The purpose-built Artists studio has diffused natural lighting, strip lights and spots. Additionally, there is a stone floor and electric heating. The space will allow up to eight artists to work, the size being approximately 100sqm. Tables and chairs are also provided.

More Details

Christine Baxter
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Christine Baxter

Myself, Christine, and Alex are both professional artists and regularly use our home in Astaillac for painting trips. We both teach painting and sculpture in France - although this is post-poned for the Summer of 2018. Both Alex and I exhibit our work regularly and teach in the UK.

Christine Baxter purchased this house in 2010

Why Christine Baxter chose Astaillac

We travelled all over both France and Italy, searching for the ideal property that had a beautiful, picturesque countryside.

The views at Briance are just wonderful, and the views from the house were exactly what sold it to us. It is quite a busy tourist area with plenty going on, but the village itself is quite quiet with only a few dozen cars going through it a day.

Despite being small, there is friendly community atmosphere and it's very peaceful and rural.

What makes this house unique

Built on the site of a 12th Century monastery there is a great deal of ecclesiastical masonry incorporated into the property, including the large fireplace in the living room.

Despite being full of history the property is modern and comfortable. In 1936 whilst digging in the cellar a horde of English Silver coins were found dating from the 13th Century!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Souillac Golf & Country Club

distance 29.8 km • greenfee weekdays € 50.00 • greenfee weekends € 50.00 • number of holes 18 holes, 1 golf course

Golf du Coiroux

distance 24.3 km • greenfee weekdays € 36.00 • greenfee weekends € 41.00 • number of holes 27 holes, 2 golf courses

Golf Club de Montal

distance 13.9 km • greenfee weekdays € 25.00 • greenfee weekends € 25.00 • number of holes 9 holes, 1 golf course
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Astaillac in Correze

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please recycle your rubbish. there are bins provided for glass, cartons and non-recyclable. The municipal waste bins are at the rear of the property.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathrooms with shower, sink. Separate WC .
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3: - One double bedroom - One single fold-out bed in lounge
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • swimming
Outside: Village farmhouse set within half an acre of gardens. Beautiful views out over the valley with the Chateau de Castelnau visible on the far side of the valley. From the 1st floor balcony. Covered eating area as well as several large parasols and 4 sun loungers on the large patio are. Please note garden area is sheard between are other propery. Their is a private patio area. Utility: Sink and washing machine and washing line in garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All rooms are provided with clean bedding and towels. Additional bedding is available for guests to change if the stay is longer than one week. Property is cleaned on changeover days. Other: Outside covered eating area to accommodate up to 12.


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Briance Hilltop Retreat, Bas
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Maison tres agreable à vivre, tres confortable, ideale pour 2 familles avec ados et enfants

  • 4 of 5

Accueil tres sympathique pour un cadre joli, facile à vivre, bien amenagé

Des endroits differents et cosy dans toute la maison + jardin

A 4 km de la station nautique de Beaulieu, tres familiale et peu chere +proximite de sites connus de Dordogne

Des vacances cool et pas de menage à faire en partant, compris dans la location . C est vraiment chouette !

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Toller Ausblick und gute Ausstattung

  • 5 of 5

Alles war bei der Ankunft sehr unkompliziert. Ein Dankeschön an Jeremy. Wir waren 3 Erwachsene mit 5 Kindern. Alles hat gut vom Platz gepasst, toll waren die vielen Bäder & Toiletten! Die Küche hat eine sehr gute Ausstattung und unser Lieblingsplatz war die überdachte Terrasse mit dem wunderschönen Blick.

Es war ein toller und erholsamer Urlaub.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5.2 Kilometres
Beaulieu Sur Dordogne
Nearest Golf
19 Kilometres
Golf Club De Montal, Marot Bas,
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Biars sur Cere
Nearest Motorway
37 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5.2 Kilometres
Beaulieu Sur Dordogne
Nearest Ski
110 Kilometres
Le Lioran, 15300 Laveissière
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We are only a few minutes from the Dordogne river and there are a number of Canoe hire companies within a few kilometers of the property. This stretch of the Dordogne is particularly spectacular for canoeing.

Our property can also be used to host painting and sculpture holidays in the Spring and Summer. There's also a YouTube video showing you around the property. Follow the link to have a look around!


This property isn't suitable for a beach holiday as the sea is 300km away. However, there are a number of lakeside and riverside beaches used for swimming in the local area.


"Brive, valle de la Dordogne" is the closest airport with flights from Stansted London City Airports and Paris, there is also a car hire office there. This is about a 40 minute drive from the property.

The next nearest Airport is Limoges which is about 1 hr 50 minutes from the property. With flights from Bristol, Southampton, Stansted, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool.

Trains to Brive are about 40 minutes from the property. If driving from Calais, allow about 7 hours plus stops.


We are 4km from Beaulieu sur Dordogne. About 1km from the Dordogne River, a 30 minute drive from the Gouffre de Padirac, and 24km from Rocamadour.

The most beautiful villages in France are also nearby... Curemonte (8km); Carennac (9km); Loubressac (9km); Autoire (11km); Collonges-la-Rouge (18km); and Turenne.

Canoe and cycle hire are available in Beaulieu, and Chateau de Castelnau is open to the public and is minutes away. There are also markets in Beaulieu and Bretenoux.

Further Details:

The Medieval Abbey Town of Beaulieu has three hotels, six restaurants, and four bars. There's also a nightclub that opens during the Summer. Amongst these, there are two banks, two supermarkets, various other shops, a campside and a Lido swimming pool.

There's also a Tourist Information Centre, a Spring Strawberry Festival and an Autumn Medieval Festival. Plus, every Monday evening there is live music beside the river and a BBQ.

As well as this, on Saturday evenings in the Summer there is a market and fireworks!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £50
Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit will secure your booking. Full payment to be made 1 week prior to arrival. A £200 refundable deposit is also required against damages.

Changeover Day:
No Preferred changeover days. 2 days required between each booking to clean and change bedding.

Notes on prices:
Prices includes bedding and towels for up to 8 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.