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Rural Retreat 5 acres Heated Pool TV WIFI Badminton Boules Games Room Pets

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Pretty period detached cottage three double bedrooms sleeps 6/7 + *2/4 see below

C18th stone cottage with a large garden, terraces and BBQ. Ideal for all the family with exclusive use of 13 metre heated swimming pool (Ultra Violet cleaning System), paddling area for small children and a pool tower with WFI and kitchenette. Floodlit badminton court and separate boules court, games room with table tennis and games table, basketball hoop and goal post; five bicycles (2 adult and 3 children's of various sizes and a child's seat on request).

The drawing room has original period features - an old stone sink and fire place with a door leading to an east facing terrace with table and chairs.

Bedroom 2 - on the ground floor has two single beds and an adjoining walk in shower with lavatory, vanity unit with basin and bidet.

Bedrooms 1 and 3 are upstairs.

Bedroom 3 also has two single beds

Bedroom 1 is the Master Bedroom and has a kings size bed. A balcony and steps lead to the garden and pool.

There is a landing upstairs with additional seating which could easily be made available for another bed (on request) and there is a cot in bedroom 3. There is a portable stair gate and high chair.

The bathroom on the first floor has a bath (with shower head), lavatory and wash basin.

The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge and separate freezer, gas oven, microwave; washing machine and dishwasher.

There are five acres of beautifully maintained gardens and a labelled arboretum with specimen trees; a small meadow garden and a wildlife pond with Koi Carp and a terrapin who has the habit of wandering down to lower garden area!

* if you would like additional accommodation we can make Le Pigeonnier available for you (but only as a single party at an additional cost), otherwise this is not let out during the High Season.

Le Pigeonnier can sleep four. A double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a second bedroom with two single beds (situated on the top floor) but does not have its own separate facilities.

It has a fully fitted kitchen and living room with TV (French and English) See our personal website for additional pictures, prices and further details. or

La Petite Maison is suitable for people with mobility issues (but not Le Pigeonnier).

More Details

Helen & James Gray
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Helen & James Gray

We are a retired couple - James previously worked in the City (London) and Helen in a GP surgery as a psychotherapist. We have two sons and one grandson. Besides the latter, our passion is gardening and we are always seeking new ways to develop the different areas of the garden at Petites Cotes. Our chief desire is to give our guests pleasure as well as relaxation in the beautiful surroundings of Perigord Vert. We spend time in both London and France. We are members of a book, history and gardening club and attend the local English speaking church in France. We love eating out especially as there are many inexpensive restaurants in the area.

Helen & James Gray purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Helen & James Gray chose Nanteuil-Auriac-de-Bourzac

This property offers almost everything for complete relaxation - for art, wildlife and garden lovers (see below for further details) and great inexpensive restaurants and local markets.

ART LESSONS - can be arranged for adults and children.

CANOEING - there are several places in the area but the nearest is at Riberac(15km).

FISHING - Fishing lakes at Vendoire (10km) - permits are available and tackle can be hired

GOLF - there is a picturesque 9 hole golf course at Pillac (20km) and clubs can be hired there or ask us as we have some.

HORSE RIDING - lessons in Verteillac (8km)

TENNIS - there is a free tennis court at St Martial-Viveyrol (4 km).

What makes this cottage unique

A heated 13metre swimming pool and paddling area for babies: unique pool tower with WFI and small kitchen plus changing area. 5 acre garden and small private wood for children to explore. Arboretum with specimen trees - a wild garden with many different Perigord Orchids in Spring - an Iris Garden - Pond stocked with fish and a resident terrapin to name a few of the unique benefits we offer. Local wildlife can be seen frequently in and around the garden, deer, hares, badgers and differing species of birds including buzzards, owls and the occasional short-toed eagle.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Nanteuil-Auriac-de-Bourzac in Périgueux

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • SHOWER ROOM - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Situated on the ground floor next to the main bedroom
    BATHROOM - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Situated on the first floor
  • The fully tiled shower room is on the ground floor and the bathroom with bath upstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • BEDROOM (2) - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Upstairs room
    BEDROOM (1) - 2 Single Bed , Ground floor access
    BEDROOM (3) MAIN - 1 Large Double Bed , Main bedroom upstairs - Door to balcony and steps to garden
  • The accommodation is normally for six people and there is a cot in bedroom 2. An additional mattress could be provided either for the seating area (on the landing upstairs) or in one of the bedrooms. Bedroom 1 on the ground floor has an adjoining shower room making it accessible for persons with mobility problems. There is additional accommodation in Le Pigeonnier (to the west of the property) for family or friends and sleeps 4. See for photos and prices.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 5 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
EXCLUSIVE use of heated swimming pool A football goal and a basket ball net with ball WI FI. French and English TV is available. (Sky at Le Calice in Verteillac). It is most important for the maintanence of the highest standards that owners of visiting pets collect any litter and dispose of it hygienically and do not allow their pets to roam around unsupervised or go into the pond.


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Rural Retreat 5 acres Heated Pool TV WIFI Badminton Boules Games Room Pets
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wonderful cottage in beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at les Petite Côtes. A lovely cottage set in a beautiful garden surrounded by picturesque countryside. Helen and James are lovely hosts who made us feel very welcome and we look forward to seeing them again when we return to the area. We would highly recommend the property to families looking for a cosy base with a lovely pool and plenty of facilities to entertain the whole family. Close to Verteillac.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that lovely review - much appreciated - truly a real pleasure having guests like you. The LPM was left immaculate and your boys are to die for........!! So charming and polite.
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Outstanding and very well equipped, clean and we were spoilt with so much to do.

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful time, there was so much to do at the property and in the surrounding area, our girls loved spending as much time as possible in the large pool. We spent many a pleasant evening barbecuing and playing Boules. Helen and James were the most accommodating hosts and were always on hand to give us advice on places to visit and the best restaurants in the local area.

We shall be returning again one day as we have definitely found a little gem here.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Firstly let me say the lovely photos on here do not do this place justice - it is so beautiful - it really does need to be seen to be believed!

Our party ranged from aged 10 years to 75, and we rented both Le Petite Maison (perfectly spacious for myself, husband, two boys and our eldest son and his girlfriend) and Le Pigeonnaire (for my in-laws to have their own space when required) - well, what a perfect set up!

This was our most relaxing holiday to date, offering us everything we had hoped for and so much more.

On our first night Helen had reserved a table for us at Fleur d'Eau (also recommended), but after that we really enjoyed family meals together at the many locations (depending on if you wanted sun or shade) in Le Petite Cotes - the children particularly enjoyed a bbq followed by a game of boules.

There is so much to do on site (and we didn't do all of it as we never got out on the bikes) that even though there is plenty to see in nearby areas we often chose to stay put.

It was a pleasure to meet James and Helen whom are just lovely and I think add to the magic of the place - they were so helpful - they would recommend places to visit / local events that we wouldn't of known about otherwise and I felt really went above and beyond! Despite always being on hand if needed it's like my son said, "It's like we're in our own world here, I love it"!!

Our eldest likened the pool area to something that Ronaldo would have!

Precious memories were made - thank you James and Helen and we hope to see you again next year.

I cannot recommend this property enough!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review - thank you so much - we felt quite choked reading it! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all - model guests and an excellent decision to stay in both La Petite Maison and Le Pigeonnier. Thank you for the aperos - much appreciated - we look forward to seeing you all again at Petites Cotes. Warmest wishes xx
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Beautiful cottage with excellent facilities

  • 5 of 5

La Petite Maison delivered absolutely everything it promised to.

The cottage was full of character, felt very spacious and was a home from home. The pool area was huge and sunny and the pool was probably the largest and best we have had on a holiday. It was so peaceful lying by or swimming in the pool but we also loved being able to play badminton, table tennis and use the basket ball hoop. We used the BBQ several times and loved the many outside tables to eat at depending on the time of day and the weather. The gardens were spectacular and vast and our children and dogs enjoyed the space and freedom.

The area around La Petite Maison was absolutely stunning and we saw hardly any other tourists which was a big plus point for us. Verteillac, only a 5 minute drive away, had everything we needed. A very well stocked general store, great butchers, amazing bakery and a really lovely bar/restaurant that we ate at several times. We also managed to fit in Kayaking twice during our stay which was inexpensive, local and great fun.

Helen and James the owners were an absolute pleasure to meet and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. They were next door if we needed them but never intruded and we had a week of really special family time. We would return to La Petite Maison in a heartbeat and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Thank you Helen and James xx

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your really positive review (and apologies for not having responded sooner....I know I should have done before!). It is very helpful for us to have feedback from people (particularly families) who stay in La Petite Maison. I also like the way you said "next door" you being in the 300 year old cottage where the family would almost certainly have slept and us being in the barn house which was for the animals! Please do come back it was a pleasure.
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A most perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Everything that has been said in previous reviews over the years is genuine, the descriptions are heartfelt. Petites Cotes welcomes guests with open arms like a soft blanket: the house, the beautiful garden and wider environment, and owners Helen and James are truly unforgettable. The private pool was important to us and is fabulous, clean and well-maintained. There is a good combination of shade and sun in the beautiful garden. Our labrador was safe and made welcome. Wifi was also important and it worked better than BT... Like others, we were torn between staying put the whole holiday or visiting the area, but there are some lovely towns to see within a 45 minute drive and combining these visits with a meal or a market worked well for us. Our 14 year old daughter was very happy here. We were so sorry to only have had one week here and would highly recommend this property. Thanks and fond wishes 🌸

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing your comments about both Petites Cotes and us......we do appreciate this kind of response and hope that it may encourage others to come here and we look forward to seeing you again!
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A beautiful cottage in rural France

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous quiet rural family holiday! We had two great weeks staying in the Perigord at La Petite Maison, for the first week there were six of us staying and in the second week just my wife and I and our two teenage daughters. The facilities are excellent, with the pool being a particular highlight - it is one of the largest and best kept pools we have ever had exclusive use of on holiday.

Helen and James are perfect hosts - around when needed but otherwise leaving you to your privacy. The local town Verteillac is very friendly and picturesque and has some great restaurants and bars. If you like cycling, there are miles and miles of undulating hills and quiet roads to get around. Weather was pretty good for most of our two weeks, some rain but mostly warm and sunny.

All in a all a great holiday and a fantastic place to stay if you like rural France.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review and for what you said about the pool. We think so too!! We appreciated your kind words and that you enjoyed your stay at Petites Cotes - perhaps you may come again! Warmest wishes Helen and James
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Bergerac (1 hour)
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
St Martial-Viveyrol - 4 minutes
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Caen (roughly 5 hours)
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Pillac (9 hole) 20 - 25 minutes
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Angouleme - TGV from Lille or Paris - 40 minutes
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
A 10 Angouleme - 40 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Tourbieres at Vendoire
Nearest Ski
266 Kilometres
Mont Dore 3h 25 minutes
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Riverside beach 20 minutes - Atlantic 2 hours
Car: necessary

Perigord Vert is known as the most unspoiled part of the Dordogne being a paradise for country life lovers and an inspiration for artists. Verteillac, the nearest town is 8 minutes by car and buzzes all the year round. It has almost all amenities - baker, bank, bars, butcher, chemist, hairdresser, newsagent, post office, restaurants and boasts the 'best general store' in the Dordogne selling everything from groceries to furniture.There is a weekly Saturday market and the area has numerous, reasonably priced restaurants.There is a lovely sandy riverside beach at Aubeterre which is within easy reach of the domaine plus nearby fishing, horse riding, tennis, walking, canoeing, golfing, medieval towns, Romaneque churches, prehistoric caves - to name just a few! Within an hours' drive is the Dordogne Valley and the wine regions of Bergerac and Pecharmant. Bordeaux, St Emillion and Pommerol are a little further away. There is an English speaking church at Bertric Buree with weekly services

Other Activities: There is also a children's mini clock golf course and canoeing nearby.

Golf: Golf clubs can be hired at Pillac - 9 hole course - 20 minutes by car

Ski: There is skiing at Le Mont - Dore (3h 25mins)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Nanteuil-Auriac-de-Bourzac, Dordogne

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Apr 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

PLEASE NOTE: Both the Booking Form (which should be sent to the owner electronically or by post together with the deposit) and Conditions should be viewed and approved on,uk or

Please ask the owner for Le Pigeonnier rates - only let out in conjunction with La Petite Maison - but can be let as a single unit without use of the swimming pool as this is exclusive to LPM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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