Farmhouse in Boisseuilh, Perigueux, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France - Calm Spot, Comfortable Accommodation And Great Outdoor Spaces For The Whole Family
The property is on a hill not far from Hautefort with its famous Chateau in the NE of the Dordogne, and set back from the road with country views on three sides. The gite is the original 18th Century farm house at one end of the long building, and provides all modern comforts and conveniences, while keeping the charm of massive oak beams, exposed red-sandstone walls, an inglenook fireplace, and quaint dormers. The swimming pool makes the most of the view over the property's 34 acres. Visitors enjoy their private terrace by an ornamental pond, a shady lawn with flower borders, and ¾ acre of mown meadow. Those who can tear themselves away from this quiet spot can easily get to most of the famous Dordogne sights within an hour or two, but also, in the same amount of time enjoy some of the treasures of the adjoining Departments of the Haute-Vienne or the Correze.
Top Traveller Review
Hospitality and period charm
About the Owner
Anne and David taught in the UK as well as abroad, in Sri Lanka for two years, and in Japan for many, returning for David's last post at Durham University. Since retiring they have lived in France and for a number of years have run their gite, with pleasure and, they hope, some success.
They find their visitors, coming from a variety of backgrounds and places, stimulating, and they get pleasure from helping them to make their stay comfortable and rewarding. The only thing they cannot help with, of course, is the weather!
Interested in photography, ceramics, painting and music, they also restored a late 15th Century house in Brittany, but Les Arcies always calls them back. They are available for help whenever needed, but otherwise get on with their own activities and lives.
Guestbook comments from the manager
We had a super week: every bit as good as last year and that was excellent. Weather, pool, garden and hospitality all perfect. Thank you so much to David and Anne – and we hope to be back again.
Neil, Liesl, William and Megan Popplewell, Leicestershire
It's not often that an armchair in someone else's house, let alone holiday accommodation, provides one with the comfort one's accustomed to at home. This was symptomatic of the ease with which we slipped into the gite and its routines. The garden, pond and pool were a delight, the view and general ambience at once relaxing and revitalising. Anne and David were of a piece with everything, and we are grateful to them for their unobtrusive but attentive hospitality.
Brian and Liz Graves, Brighton
So glad we stayed here and not in a Tourist 'Hot-Spot'. Gite perfect, location wonderful, neighbours great! Eleanor particularly enjoyed the pool and the 'moo-cows'.
James, Katie & Eleanor Barr, Aston Clinton, Bucks.
5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Hospitality and period charm
We had a lovely stay in this wonderful, cleverly restored French farmhouse. It was full of character and period charm but also very comfortable and extremely well equipped - especially the kitchen which has every utensil you could wish for! The weather was perfect and we loved the large pool surrounded by pretty shrubs and potted geraniums and enjoyed eating all our meals outdoors in the shaded outdoor dining area. It was also great to have so much space in the garden for playing games at a safe distance from the sunbathers. Our party of 6 adults made visits to the amazing cave paintings at Montignac as well as the beautifully lit caves at Tourtoirac closer by. The outdoor leisure centre by the lake at Rouffiac offered a wide range of activities for adults and children, from climbing to water skiiing and was a really fun day out. Brive, Terrasson and Bergerac were more relaxing day trips to very pretty local towns. David and Ann were such kind and hospitable hosts. Thank you!
Beautiful tranquil place with magnificent views
David and Ann are excellent hosts and ensured that everything was perfect for our stay. The fantastic pool offered welcome respite from the glorious weather we had. There is an excellent Intermarche five minutes drive away in the nearest town-Hautefort. Additionally, restaurants, a bank, cafes and other shops could be found in this town. For us the best bit was the complete escape from it all-so tranquil. The BBQ was a godsend. The vast gardens provided plenty of play area for our three boys. We would highly recommend.this place for a peaceful, traditional get away in the beautiful French countryside.
Janet and Chris
Relaxing family holiday in beautiful lsurroundings
David and Anne have a truly special place here in the Dordogne. The children had a wonderful time playing in the pool and exploring the garden for wildlife. The house was very comfortable with all the necessary amenities. David and Anne were very welcoming and made sure that we had everything we needed. Hautfort town (10 minutes by car) has a great boulangerie and butcher and a wonderful free municipal tennis court. It truly was a relaxing holiday for our family of six.
A very peaceful getaway
A blissfully, wonderful peaceful spot with super pool and gardens. David and Anne could not have been more helpful and put themselves out to ensure we could enjoy our holiday as much as possible. Gite had everything we needed and was well located for sightseeing and enjoying the area. Would happily return and recommend to family and friends.
From the Owner
“The Dordogne, its fields, farms, forests, reminded us of our native Gloucestershire, but on a grander scale and with more variety. The appeal of a life in the deep country combined with the opportunity to have a place much larger and more interesting than was affordable in the UK. Even today there is a population density of only ten or so people to the square kilometer in our small commune. Although we are still in the deep countryside, access has improved with the new motorways and cheaper flights, making it easier for visitors to get here. The extraordinary number of interesting places to visit, from pre-historic sites via a range of chateaux to medieval towns and the traces of France's rich history, so intertwined here with the UK, are a continued delight.”
Activity and Interests
Arcachon, the Pilat Dune, Cap Ferret, the Cote d'Argent, and the Gironde Estuary are from 2 – 3 ½ hrs. or more by car, as are Royan, La Rochelle with its old harbour, and more Atlantic coast islands and beaches.
At Hautefort the small Cuckoo Lake, 10 mins. by car, has fishing, and at Rouffiac there is a bigger, supervised lake with sandy beach and water-sports, about 25 mins, while the Lac du Causse, near Larche 1 hr. away, also has sailing, rowing and water-skiing.
Airports: Brive-Suillac (50 mins. by car), Bergerac-Roumanieres and Limoges-Bellegarde (both 1 h. 20 mins.), and Bordeaux-Merignac (2 hrs.). Car-hire available on reservation.
The Channel Ports are 9 hrs. by car.
The SNCF serves Limoges, Thiviers, Perigueux and Brive, but onward local services, rail or bus, are rare or non-existent.
A car is essential to get to the supermarket, shops, bars & restaurants, the bank or medical centre and for most sightseeing or activities.
Hautefort Village is 4km. by car. Towns, Excideuil and Terrasson, are 30 mins. Cities, Perigueux, Brive and Limoges are +/- 1 hr.
Hautefort Chateau & Museum of Medicine are 5 mins. Tourtoirac Cave 20 mins. Medieval Sarlat 1 hr., Domme, Beynac and other Chateaux and Dordogne River sights are from 1 – 2 hrs. Lascaux II and many archaeological sites are from 30 mins. - 1 hr.
Padirac Cave + underground river and Rocamadour are 22 mins. apart, and 1 hr. 42 mins. and 1 hr. 35 mins respectively.
The Hautefort pharmacy, butcher, baker, bar, antiques & other shops, barber's & restaurants, & the Intermarche supermarket, with petrol station, are 5 – 10 mins. by car. Take-away pizzas are sold outside the supermarket or at the bar in St Agnan.
The bank/ATM, bar/restaurant, brocante & 2 bakeries at St Agnan, and doctors & dentist at the Health Centre are 10 – 15 mins. away by car, as is the Motrio (Renault) Garage.
Next to Hautefort Town Hall is the Post Office, and there is a small Vival grocery store on the corner where the D72 turns down from the Hautefort Ancien Hospice square towards Boisseuilh.
Hautefort has a regular Wednesday Market in the morning, and a 'Foire' on the first Monday each month, which take place in the square by the Ancien Hospice.
Horse-riding, quad-biking, local produce and flea-markets, walking activities, fishing & canoeing are available locally and there are many local fetes. There are tennis-courts at St Agnan and Cherveix-Cubas 10 - 15 mins. away by car.
Absolute 'musts' are the Office de Tourisme for information pamphlets on all the places to visit locally, & the Museum of Medicine, both in the Ancien Hospice at Hautefort (where the chapel is still used and worth seeing), and the hilltop 17th C. magnificent Hautefort Chateau with gardens in both formal French and informal English styles. Both the Hospice and the Chateau are Classified Historical Monuments, set in or above the renovated narrow streets of old village properties, less than 10 mins. away by car. The recently discovered Tourtoirac Cave, with its beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, is 20 mins. away.
There are good local restaurants in Hautefort (3 on the Place Eugene le Roy, the old town square), St Agnan (by the Church) and nearby Cherveix Cubas (in an atmospheric renovated barn), all with reasonably priced menus, and much frequented by local residents as well as by tourists.
4 first class restaurants 30 mins. to 1½ hrs. by car.
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
A 10% non-returnable deposit is required on booking, the balance due 6 weeks before arrival. A cash security deposit is payable on arrival (£150.00 or €200.00) against damages or cleanliness on departure. Please leave the facilities as clean as you found them. A cleaning service is available on departure day for a fee, currently £45.00 paid locally. This can be deducted from the Security Deposit.
Saturday is the usual changeover day, but owners will seriously consider other changeover days. Guests can not be admitted before 4.00 pm., and are asked to vacate the premises before 10 am, unless by prior arrangement.
Notes on prices:
All prices shown are in Pounds Sterling per week (7 nights). Discounts are available for stays of 2 or more weeks except in high season.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“We both much appreciate the wide, open countryside, the country life-style and the chance to pursue hobbies and interest in peace and tranquillity. We also enjoy a challenge. Visitors can have first-hand acquaintance with the difficulties and delights experienced by those who set off to live in another country. They may be confirmed in their wish to take a similar risk, but also may choose to enjoy what they have already.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Toys ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 97 m²
- Bathroom 1 (1st floor) - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 (ground floor) - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Ground floor: shower room with shower cabin, hand-basin & wc. 1st floor: bathroom with sunken bath and shower over, bidet, hand-basin and wc.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Cot, cots available on request
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1: 1st floor, double bed; access via Bed 2. Bed 2: 1st floor, twin beds. Bed 3: ground floor, twin beds. All have bedside tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers & towel rack. Bed 1: + dressing table & chair, easy chair. Bed 3: + easy chair
- Golf ...
- Tennis ...
- Notes on accommodation: Access to Bedroom 1 (master, double) is via Bedroom 2 (twin). There is a classic wash-stand and laundry basket on the landing between these bedrooms. Electric fans in bedrooms and lounge. Our filtered tap-water passes through a water-softener and should not be used for mixing baby-food, though it is perfectly safe for everyone else. For baby food use bottled water. The swimming pool is treated by copper-silver ionization and the use of chlorine is minimal. Occasionally oxidiser is also used to ensure the water remains clear. Outside: You arrive in the yard in front of the gite main door. There is parking for 2/3 cars. On the south, the gite has a private terrace, with garden bench, pergola, table & chairs for 6, & BBQ, kept in the old bread-oven building. The gite terrace is separated from the owners' by a wisteria-clad fence, and one side gives onto ¾ acre of mown meadow, wonderful for games or just taking the air. There is an ornamental pond, max. 1 m. deep, next to the gite terrace. Below the pond is a shady sloping lawn with 6 loungers. The swimming pool (10m. x 5m., with Roman steps, security ledge, & alarm) is shared with the owners, and looks out over the 34 acres of the property's fields and oak & hornbeam forest. The pool has a 1m. 30cm. drop over a 17cm parapet behind the summer cover roller at the south end. Everyone, especially children, must be aware of the presence and features of both pond and pool. There is a stretch of lawn below the pool, and flower-beds. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Indoor hand & bath towels and bed-linen are provided, changed weekly. Guests should bring their own swimming towels. The gite is checked on change-over. Please leave it as clean as on arrival, or a deduction will be made from your security deposi