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La Garenne: Beautifully restored Farmhouse & Gîte with Pool in the Dordogne - The main house with playroom and cozy fireplaces

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



The main house with playroom and cozy fireplaces

This is the main house on the property. It has a big and well equipped kitchen, a cozy living room with big fireplace, kids playroom, washing machine and a studio with own bathroom.

About the property


Our property has two houses which we restaurated over the past 16 years with lots of love and passion. It is situated in the middle of a national park, thereby surrounded by forests, rivers and hills; great for lots of different activities which you will find in our entertainment folder in the house.The pool was just recently built and we have lots of blow up toys for kids.

The main house sleeps six adults plus 4 kids comfortably, and has a huge and well equiped kitchen as well a big playroom for the kids.

The house is kitted out with everything you could possibly need to have a great holiday. It opens on the courtyard, with a terrace, table and chairs, facing the gite which we converted from a barn and bread-oven.

The studio with bathroom is perfect for grandparents/nanny/couple with a baby, as it's adjacent to the house on the courtyard, but stand-alone and with own coffee and tea table.. It's also got a hugely comfortable double bed in.

The gite has one big room at the top with two bedrooms underneath it, sleeping a total of six. We kept the rustic wood-fire oven in the kitchen, and built the bathroom on top of it.

The courtyard then leads in the back to the 10x5 pool and pool house.

There's a shower/toilet -room in the pool house, and then the bar, barbecue, stereo and table tennis. There is also another table and chairs by the pool.

Finally, if you have had enough with everyone, take yourself off to the bottom of the garden, and sit under the wallnut tree with a nice rosé, and no one will ever bother you...

The entire property is private and shielded from anyone else.

What's in the house..Everything; washing machine, dishwasher, fridges, freezers, mountain bikes, wifi, table tennis table, travel cots, baby monitors, golf clubs, colouring pencils, buckets of toys, corkscrews...

The town and what to do:

Saint-Pancrace is a very small and rural village. In the village is a bar, a church and a bread van that comes through every morning, with a blast of its horn to signal that time. Beautiful Brantôme is ten minutes away ("the Venice of the Perigord" apparently); Nontron is ten minutes away and Perigueux 30 minutes by car. All of them have amazing markets at least once a week, from where most of our food seems to come.

After such a long time there we know all the best restaurants, bars, river beaches, lakes, châteaux, vineyards, and are happy to share them with you in our entertainment folder which you will find in the house.

Can you manage without a car? Short answer...no. There are rental places at the aiports in Bordeaux (2 hours), Bergerac (90 mins), Limoge (2 hours) and at the SNCF in Angoulême (40 mins).

More Details

Rachel Harris
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2017

About Rachel Harris

We are a family with three young children, both of us working full-time. I bought the house 16 years ago, pre-marriage, and have restored it over the years. Since we got married, the standards of restoration have significantly improved, especially in places like the kitchen and bathrooms...

We have holidayed there every summer, so this year we feel we should try somewhere new, and have decided for the first time ever to let our house out.

Rachel Harris purchased this house in 1999

Why Rachel Harris chose Saint-Pancrace

The property is beautifully located between Brantome and Nontron and with the two houses on our property it is ideal to share holiday with friends and family. The pool and the pool house is the perfect place to spend the afternoon and play with the kids and light a good BBQ.

What makes this house unique

It's our home from home and where i want to retire before i get too old to enjoy it!


Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Wine. We are on the edge of both the Bergerac and the St Emilion regions, so the supermarkets are knee-deep in highly affordable great wine.


2 hours to the sea south of Bordeaux. There are lakes and river beaches 30 minutes away.


Our closest airports are Bordeaux (2 hrs), Bergerac (90 mins) and Limoges (90 mins). Car hire is available at all three airports.

We are approximately 5 hours from Saint Malo and Caen, 6 hours from Cherbourg and 8 hours from Calais.

Use of car is essential for getting around.


The house is in the village of Saint-Pancrace with its local bar (open lunchtimes and most evenings) and bread delivery van.

We are 10 minutes from Brantôme with its shops, bars, excellent boulangeries and Friday market.

The house is 15 minutes from Nontron (good for supermarket food shopping) and 30 minutes from Périgueux, the regional capital, which has great sight-seeing and shopping as well as a market on Wednesday and Saturday.

Further Details:

Brantôme has most facilities that you would need for a peaceful rural French holiday: a small Carrefour, Friday market, bars, banks and shops. There are also a number of canoe rental outfits in the town as on a sunny day there is nothing better than drifting quietly down the Dronne.

Nontron, 5 minutes further away than Brantôme, has two slightly larger supermarkets as well as banks, other shops and a market on a Saturday.

If you are looking for water, there are a number of really beautiful river beaches 20-30 minutes drive away, with enough sand to keep small children happy. You can picnic or one of them has a good bar/café with chips and ice cream. We are also within easy driving distance of the lakes of Saint-Estephe and La Jermaye. Saint-Estephe has a good cycle path around the edge to work off some energy.

Chateau Puyguilhem (10 minutes away) is an excellent outing: a rare example of a Loire chateau not in the Loire. The southern Dordogne is renowned for its limestone caves, and we have them in the north too in the shape of the Grottes de Villars near the Château.

Further afield, and for those with older children, we have recently discovered some excellent tree-climbing/zip-wiring (think Go Ape but French-style) the other side of Périgueux.

Available Rentals

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Changeover Day:
Friday or Saturday are preferred for July and August and for the half term week at the end of May. Flexible otherwise.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Saint-Pancrace in the Dordogne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Child Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Child Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • rafting
Outside: We have a 10 x 5 metre pool, heated by the sun (as the estate agents would say) Several outdoor places to eat, depending on the time of day and the temperature. The entire property is private and shielded from anyone else. We also have 2 portable baby/toddler beds.


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The main house with playroom and cozy fireplaces
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Lovely house, fantastic for children!

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased and surprised by the space, and how well equipped the house was from the kitchen, to bathrooms, to everything that we needed for our little boy. An absolute dream of a property for a young family.

Poolhouse also very well equipped with games and outdoor activities, we have definitely brushed up on our tennis skills. It was a shame the weather wasn't very good as we would have used the pool daily.

The gardens were great for children to play in as enclosed and safe with only access to the pool through a bolted gate.

The play room was the best surprise with so many toys we didn't know where to start!

Thoroughly recommend for families with children!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic family retreat

  • 5 of 5

A great spot for a large family group like ours. The grounds are enclosed so the kids can roam free, and the pool and the playroom occupied them for hours. The surrounding countryside is fantastic. Particular highlights for us were canoeing from Brantome and visiting the lake at Saint Esteph.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, well equipped gite

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the refurbished bakery. The gite is beautifully and tastefully restored. The bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped so that you could feel at home from a cooking perspective.

The location is perfect for a week "away from it all". It's situated in a very peaceful hamlet with beautiful walks direct from the door.

A bonus is the proximity to Brantome which is a fantastic town surrounded by its own moat - ideal for canoeing.

Highly recommended and we hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home, a Fabulous place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We rented the entire property, with parents, children and grandchildren (9 adults and 3 children). There was more than enough space for more, if needed. Both properties are completely fully equipped with everything you would require. The properties have been updated to a high standard with some really quirky up cycling ideas, the shower's in the main house and guest room were amazing! The location is great for all, a lazy day by the beautiful pool, a walk around the village or a short drive in the car to many of the Heritage sights of the Dordogne. We have stayed in many houses in this area over the years, but none ticked the boxes half as much as this. Our final evening was made extra special as the barn owl nesting in the old barn behind the house decided to show itself and gave us a Fabulous show, amazing! Thank you for a truly wonderful family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic, spacious family getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We have four, energetic boys and this was the perfect holiday destination. The house is set up brilliantly, all the amenities you have at home (and more). Very comfortable beds and well equipped bathrooms. Super play barn with bar and the pool area is quiet, high, with good views and is not overlooked at all.

It's the perfect rental for two families who can be independent of each other whilst having the benefits of holidays together.

Great spot - would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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family friendly, flexible and well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the main house with friends, comfortably sleeping 9 all together. The kitchen is really well stocked with all the kit you might need, which is great as it feels like home from home. With 5 children from 2-8 it was fab to have the playroom complete with with lots of things to play with including books and games as well as table tennis in the bar and the pool of course. The location is great to explore and with wifi you can research as you go, we arranged a canoe trip, saw local caves, visited a number of local towns and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The property is in great condition, clearly well looked after i'd recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emily, thank you very much for your positiv feedback! We are glad you had a good time in our farmhouse and we are looking forward to welcome you again next summer. Best wishes, Family Harris
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