Large luxury villa to let in rural Dordogne - AD004506

Thenac (23km from Bergerac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004506 Advertiser since: 13 January 2016
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Acabanes Self Catering Saturday 6 15 4 Single Beds

About this property

Luxury Villa, Bergerac 20 mins, Vigiers Golf. This villa is in a rural setting.

Acabanes is very flexible accommodation and can equally be enjoyed by a couple or by a large group. If you are considering a Spring or Autumn holiday and are a smaller group, then please do enquire for lower occupancy rates.

There are extensive facilities for all ages and interests. If there is something which will make your holiday perfect, then please let me know and I will endeavour to purchase it for your stay.

Acabanes is a large, beautifully renovated French villa in a lovely area of the Western Dordogne, close to Bergerac, Duras and Eymet.

It is full of charm and character, yet modernised to the highest standards with extensive facilities, and is situated in a quiet location on the side of a gentle hill with lovely south facing views over the surrounding rolling countryside and vineyards.

Acabanes has been designed and equipped for outdoor living, with a large (11x5m) superb heated pool with retractable cover, which means it can be used as an indoor or outdoor pool.

We cater for all sizes of parties and can accommodate both the very young, the elderly, or those with limited mobility/wheel chair users.
Extensive equipment is provided complimentary for infants and young children. There is no need to bring any of your babies or childrens equipment with you which means you have the option of flying to Bergerac or Bordeaux if you prefer.

The villa has extensive grounds of approximately 3 acres and has 5 terraces. The outdoor areas are ideal for general relaxation and various sporting activities for all the family to enjoy. A large sports box is provided for guests.

The covered tiled terrace is ideal for bbq's, with table and chairs provided for 'al fresco' dining or just simply enjoying the views over the garden and surrounding countryside.

Pool and Terraces: The pool and terraces have been designed to produce the maximum space for guests whilst maximising individual space. The 11 x 5m pool is surrounded by a very large sheltered terrace with many sunbeds and sun shade. The pool is fitted with a retractable telescopic pool cover. There is a Solar heated shower adjacent to the swimming pool. Atmospheric lighting throughout enables the pool and terraces to be used late into the evening.

There are 6 terraces;
1. 5 x 4m outside the downstairs Lavender bedroom
2. 6 x 4m outside the Green bedroom with an inlaid giant chess board
3. Between these terraces and underneath the large balcony is timber deck
5. Breakfast terrace for the morning sun leads from the kitchen
6. Covered main terrace leading from the kitchen

The gardens extend to over 3 acres with a fenced lower garden of 2 acres. This large garden is perfect for football with football goals, and rounders. There is also a supersize trampoline, childrens play area, sand pit, Wendy House and boules.

Ground Floor
The focal point of the barn is a vast sitting room measuring 9m x 8m and which is open to a magnificent timbered 'cathedral' ceiling. This sitting room is full of character with the original stone walls and tiled floors. Located within the lounge is an entertainment area which includes a 50in hd plasma tv connected to a dvd and vcr. A championship pool table is also in the lounge area which our guests really enjoy and many tournaments are enjoyed late into the evening. There is a comprehensive information area with maps and leaflets. There are lots of board games for all ages for our guests to enjoy.

The kitchen and dining area leads from the sitting room. This area is 9m x 4m with tiled floors and oak fitted units. It also has a large Range Master dual fuel gas oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine and large fridge/freezer. The kitchen opens through double frenchdoors, onto a partly covered tiled terrace. There is a Weber charcoal and gas bbq, and table and chairs on the terrace ideal for dining.

Downstairs the two super-king triple bedrooms Lavender and Green, have adjacent en suite shower rooms, with exposed stone walls, tiled floors and doors to their own terraces leading to the pool area.

First floor:
There are 2 family suites upstairs; All first floor bedrooms have air conditioning
The Rose Suite - Master bedroom with super king bed and sofa which can convert to a single bed. Smaller childrens room with a single bed and wooden cot. These 2 rooms share a large bathroom with shower and large organic bath.
The Yellow Suite - Master bedroom with super-king bed and sofa which can convert to a single bed. Twin bedroom. These 2 bedrooms share a bathroom with shower and bath.

All Master bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and all beds have high quality mattresses. Each guest is provided with a pool towel and 2 bathroom towels. There is Bedeck bedding throughout. There are Authentic African nets over all super-king beds.

Heated pool
Championship pool table in sitting room
Free Sat tv with sports package
Super size trampoline
Table tennis, bats and balls
Air conditioning in all first floor bedrooms plus tea and coffee, hairdryers
Hundreds of dvd's for all genres
Flat screen tv's in bedrooms
Extensive infant equipment
Golf equipment and 30% reduction on rounds at Chateau Vigiers
Bikes and helmets for all ages plus details of cycle routes
Hamleys board games, book library, cards
Wendy House
Sand pit and sand toys
Weber gas and charcoal bbqs and lots of utensils
Extensively equipped kitchen

Family Pets:
We have been welcoming much loved family dogs since we started renting in 2000 very successfully, and indeed with many returning each year. The majority of local restaurants and vineyards welcome them too. There are lovely walks directly from La Grange through the vineyards and along the single track lanes. It is very easy to bring them on the ferry in the dog friendly cabins.

Chef/Beauty Treatments/Yoga/Massage/Spa:
We offer a complimentary concierge service to ensure you have a stress free holiday from the time of your first enquiry and can arrange lots of extra services at the villa.

Cycling, Walking and Wine Tasting:
The villa is surrounded by a network of single track lanes without hedges which are perfect for cycling and walking. One of the great joys in rural France is to enjoy a walk or cycle to a local restaurant.
We have strong links with several local family and dog friendly vineyards for our guests to enjoy.



Kitchen and dining

Vast, very well equipped kitchen with seating for 12, Welsh dresser, wine fridge, Large fridge freezer, Bosch washing machine & dishwasher, Le Creuset, Scan Pans, Viners cutlery, ice machine, cafetieres & coffee machine, full size range of wine glasses.
Dining area is huge and is part of the kitchen and this whole area is an extremely sociable area for guests to meet up, cook and dine.
French doors lead onto 2 terraces, a breakfast terrace the main large, covered dining terrace.
Wood burner for a cosy out of season holiday

Living rooms

Vast room 9m x 8m with a Cathedral oak timbered ceiling. There is a seating area around the large wood burner and also a 2nd seating area grouped around the large 50 in plasma with full satellite package. Dvd & Panasonic surround sound, vast dvd collection, extensive board games & cards, gaming table.
The Champion pool table, is very popular with guests!


Ground Floor
Lavender - 4 poster super king, single bed, en suite shower room
Green - French Sleigh super king, single bed, en suite shower room
First Floor

Rose Suite - super king & single in Master bedroom, adjoining single room with cot. These 2 rooms share a bathroom with shower & bath
Yellow Suite - super king & single in Master bedroom. Separate Twin bedroom. These 2 bedrooms share a bathroom with shower & bath

All master bedrooms have romantic African nets, tea & coffee facilities, hair dryers. First floor bedrooms all have air conditioning.


4 en suites
Hans Grohe
Large modern luxury showers
Two bath towels per guest
First floor bathrooms have free standing baths
Large, heated towel radiators


All bedrooms have electric radiators
First floor bedrooms also have heating units
Kitchen and sitting room have Jotul wood burners and all logs are complimentary


50 in plasma with surround sound, FreeSat TV and sports package
Gym & infra red sauna
Table football
Kids snooker table
Large number of bikes for all ages, including infant bike seats & tag along Bikes with helmets
Super size trampoline, Wendy House, sandpit, football goals, table tennis, hundreds of dvds, large book library, outdoor chess, gaming table, board games, gaming table, children's play area, flat screen tvs in bedrooms.

Garden and outside

1 acre upper garden
2 acre lower enclosed garden
large pool area with large, heated saltwater pool
Garden equipment as above

Parking and garages

Large drive for parking of many cars

Visitor suitability

Acabanes is a wonderful house whether you are a couple wanting a romantic break or a large group or family group. It has extensive facilities for all ages and interests.
It is also suitable for guests with limited mobility
Pets also very welcome

Information about any additional facilities

Holiday concierge complimentary service to ensure your holiday is fun and stress free


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Castanet Veterinarians 63 Avenue de Bordeaux 33220 Port Ste Foy et Ponchapt


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Ste Foy la Grande
Distance: 8 km

Beauty treatments


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Les Eaux de Queyssac
Distance: 20 km


Name and address of nearest golf course:
Distance: 7 km


Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Jumenterie, 24240 Rouffignac de Sigoules
Distance: 20 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Duras



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Razac-de-Saussignac

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau Feely, Saussignac
Distance: 4 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Tracey Jones

Hello, my name is Tracey Jones and I live in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in England. I live with my husband Adi and elderly Golden Retriever Holly. We have a daughter who is married and lives in Cape Town and a son who lives in the Dordogne. After many enjoyable family holidays in the Dordogne, we decided to buy two holiday cottages, 10 minutes apart, and offer our guests a stress free, enjoyable experience. Holidays are really important and I do everything I can to ensure our guests are happy.

Year property purchased 2000
Why this location? Beautiful area with rolling vineyards, sunflowers, cypress trees, woodlands. Although it is rural it is not remote with restaurants and activities all easily accessible.
Easy to reach by plane with Bergerac airport being a 20 min drive and Bordeaux 90 mins.
The ferry ports of Caen and St Malo are a 6 hour drive
Unique benefits of property I offer a complimentary, holiday booking concierge service to ensure you holiday is stress free.
MATTHEW, OUR YOUNG TALENTED OPTIONAL IN HOUSE CHEF!! MATTHEW OFFERS VERY AFFORDABLE DINING OPTIONS - taster menus, bbq's, canapes, picnics, wine tasting. This means you can dine very well at the house and not worry about babysitters or taxis.
Both villas have heated pools with retractable covers, trampolines, WIFI, table tennis, air con in bedrooms, luxury Bedeck bedding and towels, memory foam mattresses, tea/coffee facilties in bedrooms, flat screen TV's in bedrooms, hundreds of DVD's, plasma TV's, full satellite packages, new bikes and new helmets, Championship pool table, football goals

The Owner Recommends

Canoeing on the river Dordogne

Great fun for all the family and abilities

Daily colourful markets to explore

One of the many pleasures of rural France

Explore Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a wonderful car free city centre with state of the art trams and great restaurants

Go karting in Bergerac

Good for all ages

Organic wine tasting locally

Feely Wines in Saussignac offer a range of wine experiences on this family run farm

St Emillion UNESCO world heritage site

A wonderful day out, only 35 minute drive! Historic village with artisan shops and good restaurants.

Wine tasting at Chateau Thenac in the village

Caroline will give you a private tour as well as an enjoyable tasting, with children extremely welcome also with toys available.

16 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 dtc 30 September, 2019

This is the third time we have used this property, the facilities are second to none. Any questions or queries are answered immediately and any problems are promptly dealt with. The owners are impeccable in their dealings with clients and treat your more as friends than customers. The gardens and pool are well kept and have all the equipment to entertain young and old alike. The adult bikes supplied are of a good standard and there are good children’s bikes and tag alongside available.
We are planning a repeat visit and couldn’t recommend this property highly enough.

9.8 / 10 Caves family 22 July, 2019

Fabulous rustic french gite in beautiful rural Dordogne. Gorgeous house in a beautiful setting with vineyards and sunflowers surrounding. Great sized heated swimming pool. The house is very well equipped and maintained. Enjoyed cycling on quiet roads to local villages and Chateau vigniers. Wine tasting at Chateau Thénac within walking distance. Chateau Vigniers is great for a lazy breakfast or Michelin star dinner. Kids enjoyed the table tennis, pool table and trampoline at the house; and canoeing the Dordogne river and local aqua park at Bergerac. Tracey is very attentive and has thought of everything to make your stay perfect. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. We would love to return.

Owner response

I am delighted that all your family enjoyed Acabanes so much!

10 / 10 Pamelad 27 May, 2019

Very good accommodation, lovely for children

Owner response

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you found Acabanes good for your grandchildren.

9.7 / 10 Susan, North London Scot 22 May, 2019

Acabanes is the best property that we have been lucky enough to find in our 20+ years of villa rentals.
This was our third visit, and won't be our last.
This time, we took some friends who hadn't been there before, and they were wowed.

From pre-booking to after coming home, the service and communication from Tracey is superb.

As well as being spacious, with high quality furniture & fittings, and hugely comfortable, the house is equipped with everything you could wish for.

Bathrooms are brilliant, beds are so comfy, equipment is extensive and high quality.

We have taken our 2 springer spaniels each time, and the house and grounds are exceptionally dog-friendly.(and also child friendly!)

The house, pool and fantastic grounds are immaculately kept.

The concierge services provided make everything so easy and relaxing.
We took advantage of - ordering shopping to be delivered for our arrival, arranging for chef-cooked meals from Lucy Simper (great quality and quantities!), and restaurant booking.
On previous visits, we have also had massages and other treatments in Acabanes arranged.

We can't wait to go back!

Owner response

Thank you to your family and friends for being such super guests and we are delighted that you enjoy your time at Acabanes so much! Looking forward to you returning again soon.