Holiday gite to let close to Sarlat - AD003614

Fajoles (9km from Gourdon), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD003614 Advertiser since: 3 April 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Nicotiana Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2

About this property

Family Friendly 4 Bed Barn in a Peaceful Setting. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Situated in the golden triangle countryside, between Sarlat, Gourdon and Rocamador and close to one of the most beautiful rivers in France, La Dordogne. This barn has been converted to a very high standard retaining lots of character with its old oak beams. It's decoration in fresh, pretty colours makes it a most inviting holiday home full of light and sunshine. The attention to detail is superb and the dining kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need - it is quite a feature! The indoor and outdoor space means you will have plenty of room & opportunity to relax.

There is a large comfortable lounge and a downstairs shower room with wc.

Upstairs you will find 4 very large bedrooms & a family bathroom with shower and wc.

In the grounds of the property guests can enjoy the sunny terrace decking for sunbathing and eating and drinking al fresco and using the bbq if you wish.
Bed linen and towels are provided. Free wi-fi can be provided on request. A welcome pack and optional meal service is also available. 

During the period of October through to April we will consider longer term stays for people who may be house hunting or just wanting an extended holiday. Please contact us direct to discuss special rates for 1 month+ stays.

We also host a few weeks each year with a famous Uk artist where guests can stay on a catered basis & learn or improve their drawing & painting.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has huge old oak beams ( mind your head if you are tall). It is very spacious and has everything you could want in order to cater for yourselves, in fact previous guest's have remarked that it has more than they have at home. It has a large dining table with seating for 10 in comfort. The room is in an open plan design and also has separate seating so you can drink and chat whilst the meal is being prepared.

Living rooms

Again the lounge has oak beams and there is comfortable seating and coffee-tables for everyone to relax and unwind. There is satellite tv, dvd, wi-fi on request and here is where you will find the tourist information booklets and a library of books to read and games to play. Large french doors open onto your screened fully fenced and gated private decking area.


Four lovely large bedrooms all with wardrobes - 2 king size and 2 with twin beds.Bedroom 1 has a king size bed, large wardrobe with hangers and drawers, dressing table with 3 drawers, bedside tables with bedside lamps & a chair Decorated in pastel green colours. The window looks out onto the back garden

The second large bedroom is decorated with pastel purple colours and has oak beams and a king size bed, chest of drawers, large wardrobe with hangers and a mirror, a dressing table with drawers and bedside tables with bedside lamps.

The 3rd double bedroom has 2 single beds, a wardrobe with drawers, bedside tables & lamps. The velux window makes this room very light & airy

The 4th double bedroom also has 2 single beds, a wardrobe and drawers, bedside tables with lamps & the window looks out onto the decking area.


There is a large luxury family bathroom upstairs and a separate shower room on the ground floor.

The spacious family bathroom is tiled in white with a tiled floor and has a shower & bath & a vanity unit with drawers and a large mirror and wc.

The shower cubicle is situated in a room on the ground floor


Electric heating.


You can bbq and use the decking area which has seating for up to 10 people to have a great time especially if you buy some of the wood oven home baked bread & some of the local wine from the farmers cooperative just over the road.

Garden and outside

A large shared rear fully fenced and gated garden with play equipment - Ideal for the children to enjoy in safety.
To the front a screened fenced and gated decking area with outside dining table seating 10 - bbq - parasol and sunbeds.

Parking and garages

Off road parking for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for family and groups of friends, anyone who is interested in the history of the area and the many sporting and opportunities the area offers.

Not suitable for wheelchair users but anyone with reduced mobility could enjoy a holiday here. A great venue for groups such as cyclists, walkers, senior citizen groups, foodies and many more. It is ideal for multi generational family celebrations as we can sleep up to 18 in 2 barns.

Information about any additional facilities

We offer a pre bookable cycle hire service via a third party. Bikes and equipment for all ages and abilities can be ordered for your arrival and collected when you depart to save all the hassle and costs of bringing your own bikes.

Free bed linen and towels. Free wi-fi on request.

A welcome pack is provided and an optional 3 course meal on arrival service is available.

Other chef service options can be arranged.

We can also offer guide services by the day (rates available on request) Also airport & train station pick up & drop offs can be arranged for agreed costs.

We accept pets subject to prior approval & there is a charge of £25 per pet per week


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

* Vet details: JH.Fardeau - G Cassagnes Selarl de Veterinaires 46300 Gourdon 0565 410112


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Sarlat - 1st Sunday each month
Distance: 25 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp/catfish + many other species
Name of nearest fishing location: Grolejac
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Souilliac
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Plaine
Distance: 5 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Vins de Domme



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Sarlat - Souilliac


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Fumel
Distance: 40 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Robert McNeil

We are committed to making sure that our guests have the best time possible on their holidays and so far our on line reviews & tripadviser are testament to us achieving this

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? We are situated in the middle of the golden triangle of the Dordogne Lot areas of France in the countryside between Sarlat, Gourdon & Rocamadour
Unique benefits of property The barn is in a peaceful countryside location but within easy reach of all the attractions that the Dordogne & Lot areas have to offer especially for the many different things to see & do with your children. The accommodation is spacious and comfortable and the kitchen & equipment is second to none.

The Owner Recommends

Canoeing in the Dordogne

With the Dordogne River at the heart of the region, a number of canoe operators provide all equipment and will drop you off upstream so you can enjoy a leisurely canoe down river through villages and beautiful countryside.

Château de Beynac

The Dordogne boasts as many as 100 châteaux and Beynac is one of the best preserved castles in the region. This 12th century fortress is open for visits and gives a remarkable insight into what it must have been like in The Hundred Years War. The Château de Beynac was captured, for a time, by the English King Richard the Lionheart. When sightseeing, visitors can take a tour inside the remarkably well preserved interior of the chateax and explore the dungeons, great hall and lookout towers with magnificent 360 degree views across the beautiful countryside.


This famous 13th century bastide (fortified) town of Domme was founded on a dauntingly sheer cliff 8 centuries ago, high above the Dordogne valley. Classified as "L'un des plus beaux villages de France", Domme offers cafes and restaurants with stunning views over the river.

Dordogne France - Local Area & Attractions

From the era of Prehistoric Man through the middle Ages and beyond the Dordogne and Lot area is a sightseer's paradise - steeped in history. The Dordogne region also formed the historic frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War and this rich heritage offers a renowned variety of sights for you to discover on your sightseeing break in France.

Family Friendly- Activities for Children

The Dordogne valley is also a fantastic family friendly area, full of fun leisure activities for kids. They can canoe or swim in the river, which is quite safe and shallow in the summer months. For kids in need of thrills, they can splash in a waterpark with water slides, swimming pools, trampolines and bouncy castles in Quercyland or they can go tree climbing in La foret des Ecureuils where they can jump from tree to tree and dangle from a flying fox 40 feet above the ground! There are also many caves to explore, such as Gouffre de Padirac where you take a boat ride on an underground river or Lascaux, where you can see some of the world's most significant prehistoric paintings. If you want to step back into more recent history, the fortified castle of Beynac with its museum of ancient warfare is the place to visit. It was once the scene of bitter fighting but now looms over the narrow streets of a medieval village on a bend in the river Dordogne. You can also feed monkeys in La Foret des Singes or encounter rare species of eagles in Le Rocher des Aigles in a breathtaking show where eagles and condors are let free high above the Alzou canyon then nosedive towards you. All of these leisure activities and more, are close by - so no one will get bored in the car!


If golf is your passion, there is a superb 18 hole golf-course within a short drive, with excellent greens and tree-lined fairways. If you don't wish to bring your golf clubs etc. on the plane with you, everything you need to enjoy a game or two of golf in the Dordogne is available for hire.

Ideas of Activities in the Area

From the era of prehistoric man through the middle ages and beyond the Dordogne and Lot area is a sightseer's paradise - steeped in history. The Dordogne region also formed the historic frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War and this rich heritage offers a renowned variety of sights for you to discover on your sightseeing break in France. local The Perigord boasts numerous castles, churches and medieval bastides towns as well as beautiful stone villages and prehistoric caves, all set in some of France's loveliest countryside. The Dordogne and Lot Rivers meander throughout undulating hills, forests and limestone cliffs with new discoveries around every corner.

La Roque-Gageac

Like Domme, La Roque-Gageac is one of the many villages labeled as "L'un des Plus Beaux Villages de France" in the area. Situated on the banks of the river, the ochre-coloured houses are built directly into the face of the huge cliff that overhangs La Roque-Gageac. When sightseeing in La Roque-Gageac, you can take a ride on a Gabare, the traditional flat-bottomed boats of the Dordogne that used to trade goods up and down the river.

Le Bugue

Le Bugue - Tuesday market, village of Bournat (craftsmen, animals, funfair), aquarium, Proumeyssac underground crystal vault.

Leisure and Pleasure Opportunities Abound in this Area

Swimming - Karting - Walking - Visiting Castles and Chateaux - Canoeing - Art Galleries - Cycling - Craft Markets - Golf - Animal & Bird Parks - Hot-Air Ballooning - Parascending - Fishing - Churches - Horse riding - Waterparks - Potholing - Cave Diving - Rock Climbing - Garden Visiting - Tennis - Aquarium - Cinema - Music Festivals - Adventure Playgrounds - Ancient Cave Paintings

Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies, the prehistorical centre of France, is situated below limestone cliffs where our direct ancestors used to roam 40,000 years ago. The Vézère Valley in particular houses some 250 UNESCO sites including caves and rock paintings, making it the undisputed 'Prehistoric Capital of the World'.


The Perigord boasts numerous castles, churches and medieval bastides towns as well as beautiful stone villages and prehistoric caves, all set in some of France's loveliest countryside. The Dordogne and Lot rivers meander throughout undulating hills, forests and limestone cliffs with new discoveries around every corner.

Local Cuisine and Specialties, Haute-Cuisine in The Dordogne

Food and wine are at the heart of French culture and when in the Dordogne the best way to experience this is through colourful French markets and local restaurants. The Perigord is renowned for its Confit de canard (duck), its world-famous foie gras, truffles, goat's cheese and walnuts served in salads or in the delicious Gâteau aux Noix. Local red wines from Cahors and Bergerac, and the famous white Monbazillac are bound to find their way onto your table. From Haute-Cuisine and Michelin Star restaurants to simple and delicious Auberges serving local produce and specialties, the Dordogne / Lot region offers an unforgettable culinary experience.


Monpazier - beautiful bastide, perfect rectangular townplan, galleries. Market.

Prehistoric Man - Lascaux II & Les Eyzies-De-Tayac

This world heritage site is home to prehistoric cave paintings 17,000 years old and contains the finest examples of Palaeolithic art in existence. Lascaux offers a fascinating glimpse into the souls of our distant ancestors and guided tours are conducted both in French and English.


The second most visited site, by sightseers in France, Rocamadour spectacularly clings to the cliff of the Alzou canyon. Rocamadour is part of the medieval Christian pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela, where, Kings and peasants alike once crawled up the Rocamadour chapel steps on their knees seeking redemption and cures.


Probably the most famous town of Perigord, Sarlat has survived almost unchanged since the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Arched alleyways and ancient narrow cobbled lanes radiate out from the Sarlat main square. On market days (Wednesdays & Saturdays) the streets of Sarlat -la-Canéda burst with local produce such as foie gras, truffles, cheeses, wine, walnuts and mushrooms in season.

Walking and Cycling

A visit to the Dordogne offers walkers of all abilities the chance to explore the beauty and wilderness of the countryside as hundreds of marked walks are available (including the famous GR 46 route). You can also hire bicycles in Souillac (15kms from your holiday barn). If you're feeling adventurous you can even see the world from above on a hot air balloon flight.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The Wrigglies 1 November, 2017

Although in a relatively remote location, the Barn was well located for the many historic towns, villages and attractions within a 50km radius, which suited the grandparents in our party. Our teenage children loved the many sporting facilities within a short car ride, canoeing, cycling and swimming. The accommodation was excellent, a quality conversion from its former life as a tobacco drying barn, exceptionally well furnished, plenty of room for the 6 of us and all the facilities we needed. We would have given a 10 it there had been a pool but this was not high on our priorities. A dishwasher would have been nice, but certainly not essential. There were plenty of books and games provided so I don't think we watched the TV once, although with the WiFi reception the youngsters kept themselves fully occupied on their various gadgets. The hosts could not have been more welcoming, always available and supplied us with a generous welcome pack, home made jams and cake plus some very welcome rhubarb! Although not intrusive they were always available for our enquiries, and we were hardly aware of our neighbours in the adjacent barn. This is our 3rd visit to this region and there is still so much to explore so the Nicotiana will be our first choice on a return visit.

10 / 10 Barrie Eilbeck 1 November, 2017

Great place to stay as everything you need and Bob Megan are veary helpful