Holiday let for 2 in rural Aquitaine - AD004872

Saint-Paul-Lizonne (14km from Riberac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004872 Advertiser since: 10 November 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
L'Oceana Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

L'Oceana Is A high Quality Studio With Character. This apartment is in a rural setting.

The luxury furnishings provide comfortable accommodation with ambiance. Equipped to suit - double or twin beds as required and en suite bathroom with washbasin, shower & wc. Plus a seating/dining area & wine cave to cool drinks.
The double French doors open onto a private courtyard/terrace area, with bistro table & chairs/recliner sunbeds.
On-site here at Lemarielle with use of the swimming pool, associated dining options & holistic therapies etc.  
UK Freeview tv is available and a fully equipped Summer kitchen with sink/cooker utensils etc.
L’Oceana would be perfect accommodation for couples or friends travelling together and when booked with LeRaphael (AD004391) for extended families offering private space. It offers ideal accommodation for 2, yet at a very competitive price. Also possible are stays of variable duration, i.e. less than a week and with variable arrival days & so can be priced on a nightly basis if needed.
Wi-fi is accessible for your convenience.

Some recent guest reviews from the guest book are pasted in below here: We have been letting L'Oceana for over 6 years now and have only had one less than complimentary review, (unfortunately it was posted on-line via HFD) and contradicts all the other very good reviews we have received. We always take note of guest comments and have made any necessary incremental improvements so that the accommodation is better than ever.

July 2018 - This was our second visit, as LeRaphael was booked we stayed in L'Oceana for the first week and it was lovely. Neil and Marie are great hosts and are continually improving all the accommodation; there is nothing missing that we could see. We enjoyed using the summer kitchen and BBQ when not eating out. Iain and Debbie - Norfolk

August 2018 - Loved it here, very hot out, the pool was beautifully refreshing and the accommodation suited us perfectly. Makes a great base for sight-seeing in lovely surroundings. Jenny and Alan from Winchester

September 2017 - Thank you for a lovely stay at your 'slice of paradise' we felt very welcome. We both had a massage, it as amazing, which we would recommend. Many thanks Sasha, James and Fuin.

August 2017 - Thank you for a lovely stay in L'Oceana, you have done a great job on it, the meal was very tasty, it was lovely to meet you both. Sarah and Peter.

August 2017 - We were able to fully recuperate after an intense year, especially welcome were Marie's massages and even a personal pilates class. Highly recommended. Gonzague and Claire from Nantes.

August 2017 - This is a beautiful calm and relaxing place, the private dining experience was splendid. Hilary and Ian.

August 2017 - We were made to feel very welcome, it was a pleasure to be here and enjoy delicious food, conversations and massages, many thanks for everything. Esther, Chris and baby Sasha.

August 2017 - You are very friendly hosts, our room and the garden was so peaceful. Mary and John Roe

July 2017 - Nous vous remercions pour cette agreable semaine, tres relaxante, bonne continuation. Neil practice your French. Benedicte, Francois & baby Olympe. From Nantes, France.

July 2017 - Thank you so much fir lovely nights spent here, very friendly hosts, our room and garden were so peaceful. Mary and Jon.

August 2017 – Such a lovely set up run by a fab team, it really was a pleasure to be here to enjoy delicious food, conversation & massage. Esther, Chris & baby Sasha.

August 2017 – It is a beautifully relaxing and calm place, our private dining experience was super, wishing you happy times in this super haven. Hilary and Ian.

August 2017 – Un grand merci pour votre accueil, qui nous a perluis de recuperer apres une annee intense. Une speciale mention pour Marie, le cours de pilate and le massages superb. Gonzague and Claire.

August 2017 – Thank you for a lovely stay in L’Oceana, it was lovely to meet you both. Peter and Sarah.

September 2017 – Thank you for a lovely stay at ‘your slice of paradise’. We felt very welcome and the massages were amazing, highly recommended. Sasha, James & baby Finn



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped summer kitchen.

Living rooms

Common space within the studio


One bedroom set up as a twin or double to suit.


Wc, shower and washbasin.


Wall mounted electric radiant heater.

Garden and outside

Private courtyard garden with reclining chairs, bistro table and parasol.

Parking and garages

Parking outside the barn access, 20 - 30 meters walk.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all able bodied individuals.

Information about any additional facilities

Lemarielle next door also offers you the opportunity to 'refresh your soul' and indulge in some highly beneficial treatments; such as aromatherapy and reiki, perfect for holiday relaxation. These are in Cassofiel log cabin, set in the well tended and colourful gardens. There is a welcome pack provided of basic food products, a bottle of wine, nibbles and some items etc to get you started.”


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Verteillac and Riberac
Distance: 10 km

Beauty treatments


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Within the Hamlet 500m
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Manoir Longeveau
Distance: 8 km



About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Neil Poyner

We aim to provide a warm welcome and a memorable experience. Together we began a new lifestyle providing 'holidays with a difference' where all can be welcomed. Marie from Edinburgh, was a professional dancer & went on to become a teacher. She then taught physiology & nutrition. Marie is also trained as a holistic therapist & fitness trainer.<br/>Neil was employed as a research scientist for 27 years & led a successful business as Managing Director. Personable & with diverse artistic interests.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? The area is very tranquil and possesses so much natural beauty, yet the location in a hamlet is not isolated and larger towns are readily accessible. We are close to a picturesque canal and river and you can readily go out for a walk or cycle ride. Marie often goes out on long walks in the area and rarely sees anyone whilst out. There are super opportunities to eat out in traditionally French rustic style or for more formal dining and we have many recommendations to offer having personally sampled those we consider to be the best. We will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions, but will remain discreet unless called upon.
Unique benefits of property Cassofiel Log Cabin (next to Le Raphael) is the perfect place to relax & rejuvenate. Many guests have opted for the services available & have found them to be highly beneficial, relaxing and enjoyable. Cassofiel, launched in 2015 is Marie's Log cabin. Here on offer are a range of treatments and well being programmes including Reiki, Pilates, Aromatherapy, Meditation, Aquatherapy, Personal Fitness, Life coaching & Personal Development. These can be requested during your stay & can be tailored to suit.
The locale is perfect for cyclists too and If you are 'house hunting', we are geographically well positioned. September and October were glorious months. We are also registered with specialist sites for accommodation for outdoor activities such as walking and birdwatching.

The Owner Recommends

Local and Days out

There is an award winning Boulangerie/Patisserie at St Severin that sell the most wonderful cakes, both to look at and to eat! Once tempted, you will be back for more. Restaurant Lavieille Maison is a short walk. St Severin is 1.5km with a Spar shop and Cafe/restaurant. Restaurant Le Pitaud at Pallaud is not far. Riberac 11km, a bustling market town with a great atmosphere and famed Friday Market. Aubterre 10km, has won awards as one of the prettiest villages in France. Sit in the square with a drink or fine dining at Hostellerie du Perigord and Taps at La Taverne, plus a host of other good bars and restaurants. Brantome 35km, Venice of the north. Very attractive with lots of good restaurants. Perigueux 40km, the capital with the old town and architecture. A visit to St Emilion is a must, it is full of charm and character and makes for a splendid day out with a lunch at one of the many restaurants. Or visit a Wine cave and amble down the cobbled streets. The Cognac houses of the Charente are close enough for an easy days visit as are the cave paintings at Villars, (close to Brantome). The Dordogne valley with its numerous prehistoric sites are a long days outing. Lac Jemaye is a huge fresh water lake with swimming beaches and pedalos and hectares of forest walks. There is no charge to access the lake and facilities and picnics are recommended. There are canoes and Kayaks for hire locally - a really fun way to potter down the river.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 7
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 4
  • Local Amenities: 3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 8
7.8 / 10 Fiona and Gerry 18 September, 2018

The hosts Marie and Neil were lovely and made us feel really at home to the point where we were invited to Marie's birthday party! The accomodation was small, dark and damp unfortunately. However it was also cold which helped when the weather was really hot. The bed was very comfortable. Didn't like the outside kitchen as the plates etc were always wet in the morning and never sure what had been in the cupboard with the plates and cutelry. Didn't like having to 'bag' toilet paper instead of flushing. To remote for us but great pool and hosts.

I wouldn't recommend our gite but from speaking to other guests the other property sounded very good

Owner response

In contrast we have had many positive reviews over 6 years. The studio has a focus on outside living, i.e., the summer kitchen and courtyard area. We did appreciate the comments regards our hosting skills.
There is an extractor fan in the bathroom, but If regular showers are taken without opening any windows or doors, (due to a fear of spiders) and so inadequate ventilation, there will naturally be condensation, the solution is to open windows and doors.
The studio space is well insulated, it stays cool, highly beneficial which guests have appreciated. There is good lighting available for use in each area.
This was mid-September, so becoming autumnal and dew in the mornings, for wet plates a quick rinse with hot water is the simple solution.
In rural France fosse septiques can require mechanical assistance, which can cope with toilet paper, but due to previous instances where restricted objects have been flushed it has led to blockages, hence time, cost.

The low score for local amenities may have been due to limited language skills, resulting in a lack of adventure. It is the simple beauty of the area, bars, restaurants, markets and local towns that people decide to come. It is rural France, quiet, but with a great many towns and attractions nearby, such as Brantome, 'the Venice of Périgord', Aubeterre, Perigeux, Cognac; Costa del Sol it is not. If any doubts/concerns had been communicated we would have been pleased to suggest alternatives and make a suitable refund.