Large holiday let with pool, rural Aquitaine - AD004933

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!



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

Broadband Internet access is provided free via WiFi.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Family activities

Fishing nearby

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


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



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voie Vert


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bergerac (Wine tasting also available onsite, please ask)
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


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.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Jason Christie 13 August, 2018

We all had a great time, a perfect location with the perfect hosts. The Gîte was clean and well equipped, with a great pool and gardens.
Plenty for the kids including canoeing, zip wire and beautiful lake with a great beach.
Will look to return in the future.

Owner response

Thank you for your super review and comments, that's really kind. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Varenne. It was lovely to meet you and your wonderful family. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Warm regards, Joy and John.

10 / 10 Val Gains 31 July, 2018

Our 3 week stay at La Varenne was truly wonderful. The first time we have stayed in one place for so long and had family and friends come and join us and it worked perfectly. John and Joy are perfect hosts. They are never intrusive but always available to help in any way. The Gite is extremely well equipped and coped easily with 8 adults and 2 children. The four bedrooms are all spacious with very comfy beds and a bathroom on each floor + an extra toilet on the ground floor. The pool area has everything with loungers for everyone as well as a lovely area in the shade to sit in. The pool itself is perfect with a shallow area at one end that very young children can sit and play in safely and big enough to swim up and down. The area outside the pool (fenced off with a safety gate) is brilliant for playing games on with swings at one end plus the chooks!
We enjoyed dining outside under the veranda. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. We had a couple of very enthusiastic chefs with us who just loved it. Local bar is 2 min walk, Saint Pardoux La Riviere 7 min drive away has boulangeries, large supermarket, butchers and a good restaurant at Hotel De France. Champagnac de Belair 9 mins drive was a treat one lunchtime - a friendly, affordable Michelin star restaurant. We visited - Brantome (canoeing, picturesque, amazing market, caves and an abbey) 20 mins - Bourdeilles (Castle, Chateau, restaurants) 30 min - Grottes de Villars ( Cave, prehistoric garden, cafe ) 15 mins

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely feedback, it's really kind and very much appreciated. Holidays are really important, especially when it's a chance for family and friends to get together.
We know how important reviews are In helping future guests to choose their next holiday, and your comments are super. We learn from our guests too, and the Moulin du Roc Michelin restaurant is now high on the list of places we need to try soon!
It was a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful family and friends. Our team rated you 5* guests and we couldn't agree more! We look forward to welcoming you all again one day soon.
Warmest regards, Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks

9.5 / 10 Aussie Rosie 5 June, 2018

A great choice - we got what we expected and more. Our hosts were fab - just knew the right line to take. The accommodation is spacious with a good roomy kitchen. The pool and cabana area are just delightful. There is a nice little bar within walking distance in the village; bakery, fabulous butcher, nice restaurant are 3km in the next pretty village, St Pardoux. This a geographically beautiful area too. Yes, I would book La Varenne Gite again.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, very kind and much appreciated. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your friends and family over the 3 weeks of your stay.
We hope to welcome you again one day! Thank you again, and à la prochaine, Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks

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