Large holiday let with pool, rural Aquitaine

10/10
Saint-Front-la-Riviere (13km from Brantôme), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004933 Advertiser since: 4 August 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Varenne Farmhouse Gîte Self Catering Saturday 4 10 3

About this property

Beautiful 4* Farmhouse & Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

We fell in love with this lovely original stone farmhouse in 2006.  We renovated the house, then the barns to create a 'maison des amis', then we moved in! Having 'down-sized' we now have a beautiful, comfortably furnished home available for friends, family and guests. 
 
Beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom farmhouse sleeps up to 10 adults in four spacious, airy bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms have double or king size beds, and the fourth bedroom has four full-sized single beds. We also have a double clic-clac bed and single futon to enable flexible sleeping arrangements.
 
Very family-friendly, we have stair safety gates, high chairs, cots, a pool fence and lots of moveable shade.
 
The house is set in a private, quiet courtyard, and unmanicured gardens. There's a terrace with dining for up to 12, and a lovely barbecue area and picnic table across the courtyard.
 
The large heated in ground pool is set in the garden, with a terrace, pool deck and lots of sunbeds and seating. 
 
We've tried to equip the large breakfast kitchen with everything we'd lke to find, so there's everything from a food processor and pastry board for people who like to cook, to serving dishes and glasses for people who like to open and serve!
 
There are facilities on the ground floor, and two bathrooms, both with showers, one with a large bath.
 
The large lounge has lots of comfortable seating, a tv, dvd and access to UK free to view channels. 
 
Set in the stunning Dordogne countryside, it's perfect for families and friends. On the edge of a peaceful rural hamlet, rather than the middle of nowhere, the gîte is a 5 minute walk to the local café-bar, 5 minutes drive from the nearest supermarket, service station; boulangerie and chemist, and only 40 minutes from Périgueux, the regional capital.
 
La Varenne is a relaxing getaway, perfect for families and friends, or those who like a little more space. We feel very lucky and hope we can welcome you!

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large, airy breakfast kitchen with windows and door opening onto the courtyard and garden.
Built-in eye-level electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, double sink and drainer, fridge freezer, microwave, wine rack, 2 high chairs, dining table seats 10.
The kitchen is very well-equipped, with everything from a food processor and pastry board to lots of serving dishes.

Living rooms

Large salon with log fire, windows and doors opening onto courtyard patio.
Lots of seating on comfortable sofas, baby grand piano (needs a lot of work!), flatscreen tv, UK satellite free-sat tuner, dvd player.

Bedrooms

Four spacious bedrooms, all with natural light:
Bedroom 1 with king size bed.
Bedroom 2 with double bed and double sofa bed.
Bedroom 3 with double bed and futon. Original beams.
Bedroom 4 with four single beds. Original beams.

Two Cots which can be set up in chosen bedrooms.

Our beds are freshly made for each guest with pillows and pillow cases, sheets, quilts and covers.

Bathrooms

Facilities on every floor:
Ground floor wc and wash basin.
First floor bathroom with large bath and shower over, wc and wash basin.
Second floor shower, WC and wash basin.

Heating

Wood burning stove in the living room, and electric panel heaters in every room.
The hot water is solar powered, with electric immersion heater backup.

Entertainment

Tv, dvd player, HiFi, board games, a small selection of dvd's and books.
There's a baby-grand piano, but it needs a lot of work!

Garden and outside

La Varenne is a tiny hamlet in a beautiful, quiet rural setting.

The courtyard and gardens are very peaceful. The patio has an awning and large table and seating for up to 12.

The large, heated outdoor pool has a terrace, pool deck, lots of sun beds and seating and adjustable shade. The pool fence was installed in 2016.

There's a lovely barbecue area with picnic table at the far side of the courtyard, under the fig tree.

There's a 3-piece swing-set with a nursery swing for babies.

There are a few bikes free for guests use for 'pottering', and we can help to arrange bike-hire for serious cyclists.

Parking and garages

Large private driveway with parking for up to 4 cars.

Visitor suitability

Very family and group-friendly, the accommodation is set over 3 floors, with toilet facilities on every floor.

There are a couple of low beams in Bedrooms 3 and 4. Tall people need to duck!

Information about any additional facilities

Laundry facilities:
Washing machine, iron, ironing board, rotary washing line outside, clothes airer inside.

Linen:
All bedding, linen, towels and pool towels are provided.

WiFi:
Broadband Internet access is provided free via WiFi.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brantôme
Distance: 16 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: River Dronne
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Périgueux
Distance: 39 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Miallet
Distance: 19 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bergerac or Bordeaux

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voie Vert

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bergerac
Distance: 90 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Joy Milton

We fell in love with La Varenne in January 2006. <br/><br/>We renovated the farmhouse, then the barns to create a maison des amis. In true 'Grand Designs' fashion, we moved into the barn, and now have a beautiful 4 bedroomed farmhouse available to welcome friends, family and guests.<br/><br/>We speak French and English (well, Scottish and Yorkshire!). We're happy to help with reservations, recommendations and information, please just ask!<br/><br/>We feel very lucky. We hope we can welcome you!<br/>John and Joy

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? The Dordogne is really beautiful. La Varenne is on the edge of a tiny hamlet - rather than the middle of nowhere - so we're close to all the fabulous things France has to offer, and the convenience of towns a short drive away.
Unique benefits of property It's really lovely. We've worked hard to create a welcoming home from home for our guests.

The farmhouse is perfect for couples, or for families and friends who want to holiday together. We have the space and amenities to welcome everyone comfortably. We're still learning, but have tried to include everything we'd like to find ourselves.

Guests love the heated swimming pool and little guests also love feeding the chickens!

The Owner Recommends

Brantôme

The 'Little Venice of the Périgord" is beautiful, with restaurants, bars, shops, Roman and Renaissance buildings, prehistoric church, canoeing - far too much to list!

Grotte de Villars

Stalactites, stalagmites and cave paintings.

Le Grand Étang de St Estephe

A fresh water lake with beach, canoeing, pedals, snack bars, picnic area, children's play area all in a beautiful setting.

4 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Kimberly Duncan 12 November, 2017

Absolutely fabulous place.

We went to relax, and we certainly did that. I can't remember the last time we did so little. We had the best intentions and everyday planned an outing, but usually looked at each other over breakfast and decided to stay by the gite. It was just too comfortable and relaxing to drag ourselves away. In some ways this was a shame because there is plenty to see and do in the area, but it does mean we will have to return ;-)

The pool area is amazing, It's been a long time since I went swimming and I really enjoyed it. I love the luxury of a private pool, and the 'executive lounge' is perfect for chilling out.

La Varenne is in a lovely location and the gite is beautifully presented, immaculately clean and so well equipped. The thought and care that has gone into every little detail shines through.

The hosts, Joy and John, couldn't be more helpful, never in your face, but on hand with plenty of advice and suggestions if needed.

I can't recommend La Varenne highly enough, we enjoyed it as a couple but it is perfect for a family or friends too.

We'll be back!

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely feedback!
We know reviews help future guests to choose. We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Varenne, and look forward to welcoming you again very soon.
Best regards, John, Joy, Fleur and The Chooks

10 / 10 David and Michelle 19 June, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous peaceful place to stay. Everything you need is there and the owners are so helpful and friendly. Shops and eateries all around and great quality and reasonably priced. Beautiful places to visit from the gite as your base. Clean and lovely pool to swim and sit by. Can't wait to go back! Would highly recommend staying here. Lots of room inside and out. Excellently maintained. Pub in walking distance. Have recommended to friends who are going in September. You can even feed the chickens 🐔

Owner response

Thank you David. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome you both. Come again soon! Joy and John x

10 / 10 Carlie 6 September, 2016

Joy and John made my family and I very welcome. The boys loved feeding the chickens and playing in the pool. We had a brilliant time so relaxing time. Will be recommending to my friends.

Owner response

Thank you so much Carlie! We know reviews really help people to choose their next holiday, and personal recommendations like yours are very kind and much appreciated.
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome three generations of your lovely family. We hope to welcome you all again one day (and especially Luke and Jamie!).
Thank you and à bientôt!
Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks x

10 / 10 Judy curran 19 August, 2016

It was are 5th year here and still the best each year we come back ther is all ways some think new joy and John work hard to make it very nice Brantome is fab to see and to eat out The gite is surrounded by farmland and woods-perfect for scenic walks we will be going back some time jc mc

Owner response

Thank you!!
It's always a real pleasure to welcome you both, and we're very proud that you've trusted us enough to bring friends and family to stay too.
After this year's big projects - pergola by the pool, new pool fence and the new living room furniture - we're planning what 'John's list' should have on it for next year. We think we may replace the pool heater. Not very glamorous, but as newer models are really efficient, guests coming in April or September should be able to enjoy their swim even more.
We really look forward to welcoming you both again as soon as you're able! Thank you!!
John, Joy, Fleur & The Chooks xxx