The Gîte. An old bakery with wood-fire oven and cozy rooms.
An old converted bakery. We kept the wood-fire oven (great for pizzas) in the kitchen and built the bathroom on top. The two rooms are on the ground floor, open to a nice terrace infront. From the first floor (living room) you can overlook the courtyard.
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.
You can also book the entire property which sleeps 18 people in total. Just contact us.
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 soundproofed. 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).
About the Owner
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 cottage in 1999
Why Rachel Harris chose Dordogne
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 cottage unique
It's our home from home and where i want to retire before i get too old to enjoy it!
Friday or Saturday are preferred for July and August and for the half term week at the end of May. Flexible otherwise.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
From the Owner
“It's our home from home and where i want to retire before i get too old to enjoy it!”
- Guest House
- Away From It All
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- Ping Pong Table
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Private Chef
- children welcome
- winery tours
- eco tourism
- paddle boating
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Child Bed, bunk bed
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe
- 4 bicycles
- 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.