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17th century farmhouse with converted barn, cottage and large pool in 47 acres - The Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



The Cottage

This romantic two bedroom former stables has been sympathetically converted to retain many of the original features, including exposed stone walls and original wooden beams.

Compact yet well-equipped and recently renovated, the cottage has a living/dining/kitchen area, featuring new sofas, a Satellite TV and DVD player, radio/CD player, and a stock of DVDs, CDs and books. The dining table will seat four, and the kitchen has a new gas cooker and microwave. The two bedrooms have new king-sized beds and mattresses, and there's a large shower room. There is also a wood burning stove in the living area, and is supplied with a stock of fire wood and firelighters for colder nights. Each bedroom is equipped with electric heaters during the winter months.

Set back from the main house and other gites, the cottage is accessed across a no-through lane with its own drive and a private orchard garden boasting mature fruit trees.

There is Wi-Fi throughout, and guests have full use of the large pool.

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About the property

Molieres, Dordogne - Close to Lalinde, Bergerac and Sarlat, in the heart of the Perigord Noir

Les Vitarelles, a farmhouse with outbuildings that have been converted into the owners’ home and three gites, is set in 47 acres of private land comprising mature oak woods, orchards and an ancient vineyard, plus lawned areas. In the heart of the Dordogne, Les Vitarelles is close to the market town of Lalinde and the picturesque villages of Cadouin and Molieres, and is accessed by a private no-through lane.

Private, secluded, rural and peaceful, Les Vitarelles is perfect for a quiet country break. This former farm is also wonderful for children, who love our two rescue donkeys, goats, chickens, cats and dog. Also spot wild deer, boars, rabbits and birds of prey. With a wealth of mature fruit trees, pick your own figs, cherries, plums, apples, pears and walnuts, when in season. There is a large, shared pool set in a large lawned area.

On arrival you’ll receive a welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar, milk, butter, fresh bread, eggs from our chickens and a bottle of local wine. Each gite is equipped with a barbecue, along with charcoal, fire lighters and utensils. The Barn, The Farmhouse and The Cottage all have wood burning stoves, and during the colder months we provide a stock of fire wood and firelighters. The bedrooms are also equipped with electric heaters during Autumn and Winter. The kitchen is stocked with washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder (where appropriate), tea towels and cleaning products.

There is Wi-Fi throughout, and cots, highchairs and baby baths can also be supplied on request.

We provide an ironing service and an evening baby sitting service, and with advance notice can also supply packed lunches and evening meals.

Les Vitarelles is available to hire in its entirety - the three gites, The Barn, The Farmhouse and The Cottage, together sleep 26, making it ideal for large parties, weddings and other celebrations.

Looking to buy in the Dordogne? Our gites are available to rent long-term. Please contact us for more information.

Les Vitarelles is just 4km from Molieres, a picturesque bastide town with bar, tabac and epicerie. Cadouin is 6km away and has a number of restaurants and bars, a boulangerie, and a beautiful abbey. Lalinde is a market town 10km from Les Vitarelles, with all amenities including tourist information, pharmacy, supermarket, and weekly Thursday morning market. Les Vitarelles is just over 30km from Bergerac airport, and 150km from the airport at Bordeaux.

Named after the great river running through it, the Dordogne is an increasingly popular holiday destination. With pleasant, warm weather in Spring and Autumn, July and August tend to be the hottest months, with typical temperatures of 25-30 degrees.

The region is typified by mellow, yellow stone bastide villages and towns, including Beynac-et-Cazenac, Monpazier, Domme and La Roque Gageac, and boasts over 1,500 castles, making it ‘The Other Chateau Country’, with particularly wonderful examples at Beynac, Milandes and Monbazillac.

The Dordogne is a gourmet’s dream, with foie gras, confit de canard, the highly prized black Perigord truffles, fresh ceps and walnut oil available in local restaurants and at the markets. Throughout the summer many towns and villages hold weekly evening markets – grab a table, and choose your evening meal from one of the many stalls; merguez sausages, choucroute garnie, boudin noir… Many have live music, too.

Walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, horseriding, golfing and fishing are popular activities in the Dordogne, and all are available within a short drive from Les Vitarelles.

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Emma Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2017

About Emma Smith

We took a leap of faith, sold everything, and moved to the Dordogne in 2015 with our young son, and we haven't looked back since!

Emma Smith purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Emma Smith chose Perigord Noir

We fell in love with this former tobacco and dairy farm immediately, and spent the best part of our first year here converting and refurbishing the properties, and getting ready to welcome our first guests. We loved the (literally!) acres of space, we're 2km from our local small town, Molieres, and we have just a few neighbours, plus a duck farm adjacent to us. Quite often, the only sound you can hear is birdsong, and at night the sky is so dark - perfect for stargazing during the summer. We're close enough to Molieres to feel like a real part of a local community, and we're lucky enough to have been welcomed with open arms.

We have access to wonderful, cheap wine (the local Pecharment and Monbazillac in particular are delicious) and you could visit a local market on any day during the week in summer, and buy local chickens and ducks, fantastic cheeses, and beautifully fresh fruit and vegetables.

We've found a much slower pace of life here, which we're really enjoying and would recommend very much!

What makes this cottage unique

The space at Les Vitarelles is wonderful. We have acres of woods, with oaks, hazels and hornbeams, where we often spot wild deer. During summer the fields are full of wild flowers and bales of hay and, of course, we have space for all our animals, which currently number two rescue donkeys, two goats, chickens, cats and our Labrador dog. Our pool is large, and set back in an acre of garden, with an old well, walnut, cherry, pear and apple trees, and fantastic views across the fields and woods.

The gites themselves are made from the local creamy yellow Perigordine stone, with many original features including oak beams and fireplaces. We set up a new gite business when we moved here, and I love that we've been able to really add our own stamp to the properties. Come and see what you think!

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Changeover Day:
The changeover day for all gites at Les Vitarelles is Saturday, although please contact us if you have other requirements as we may be able to be flexible. We ask that guests arrive after 4pm on the appointed day, checking out before 10am.

Notes on prices:
All linen and towels are provided.


Accommodation and facilities for The Cottagein Molières in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , With new king-sized bed and mattress.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , With new king-sized bed and mattress.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: There is Wi-Fi throughout, and cots, highchairs and baby baths can also be supplied on request. The kitchen is stocked with washing-up liquid, tea towels and cleaning products. Outside: Les Vitarelles has a large pool shared by guests at the three gites. It is set back in a large lawned area, bordered by mature fruit trees. The cottage has a private orchard garden, and the Farmhouse has a terrace and full access to the lawned courtyard. The Barn has two roof terraces and a paved patio area. All three gites have full use of the 47 acres of lawn, meadows and woods that is Les Vitarelles.


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Lovely French farm cottage with close distances to local villages and sights

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of four friends and spent one week in one of the cottages/houses provided by our excellent hosts Emma and Don. The cottage was as described and found well appointed and clean and the swimming pool was a welcome respite in the hot weather. Emma and Don were most informative and very approachable and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend their cottages to any of our friends/family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, Sue. We'd love to welcome you all back to Les Vitarelles again.
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Excellent property, location and owners.

  • 5 of 5

We have had a fantastic week at your cottage and would like to thank you for your hospitality. The cottage was perfectly equipped and the location is amazing. We loved exploring the local area (thank you for your recommendations) and your pool and surroundings provided many a happy hour in the afternoon and at night. The children particularly enjoyed feeding the donkeys and our daughter has told everyone about it! Many thanks, you are the perfect hosts and we hope to see you again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Pam! We really enjoyed having you to stay at our home, and we'd love to see you and your family again in the future.
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Amazing hosts, beautiful location!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage the first week and in the farmhouse the second week (as part of a larger group of friends). Don, Emma & Henry were amazing hosts and were very generous in making our stay as comfortable as possible. We travelled with a number of children of varying ages in our party and they absolutely loved the farm location. Various child related equipment was provided on request, free of charge. The accommodation was super clean and well stocked. The pool is fenced and has a number of alarms for those concerned about little ones running off!! Our 2-year-old loved chicken chasing, feeding the donkeys and goats, and picking fruit straight from the trees. A lovely family holiday, we hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we'd love you to return Donna! Thank you so much for your kind comments.
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