Sunny holiday gite with pool in Dordogne - AD005044

Castels (3km from Saint-Cyprien), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD005044 Advertiser since: 7 November 2016
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La Baronnie Gite Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Cot

About this property

Sunny Gîte, Heated Pool, Wi-fi And Dordogne Views!. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Baronnie Gîte is a traditional French rustic gîte converted from animal stables and sleeps two to six people in three bedrooms. The gîte and heated pool have stunning south-facing views across the Dordogne valley. Ideally situated close to Sarlat with easy access to the many local chateaux and picturesque medieval towns including Beynac, Castelnaud and Domme. Cycling and canoeing on the Dordogne and Vézère valleys. Several excellent restaurants and local boulangerie nearby. A welcome pack of essentials and bottle of regional wine await your arrival. The whole site including the swimming pool benefits from free WiFi.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped and includes the following: hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, fridge, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, toaster, washing machine.

Downstairs comprises a living room area separated from the large kitchen/diner by traditional cattle feeder stalls.

Living rooms

The comfortable lounge has a 2 and a 3 seater sofa as well as as an easy chair.

The lounge has free WiFi, a DVD/Blu-ray player and TV with UK satellite free-to-air channels. A selection of board games are available for your use, along with bookcases of books for both children and adults. We also have a supply of recent UK magazines for both male and female interest.


Upstairs comprises three bedrooms (one with en suite) and a bathroom with shower.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed, bedroom 2 has a double bed with en suite and bedroom 3 has two single beds.
Bedrooms 1 and 2 have electric radiators and the bathrooms have heated towel rails.
Each bedroom has a cooling electric fan.
A small safe is provided in bedroom 1.
Each bedroom has a hairdryer.
There is also an iron and ironing board.


Both bathrooms comprise a shower cubicle, washbasin with drawers, wc and heated towel rail.


Heating off season is provided by electric radiators in the bedrooms 1 and 2 and heated towel rails in the bathrooms. There is also a convector heater in the lounge.

In the summer each bedroom has a cooling fan. The Velux windows in the third bedroom have blackout blinds.


We have a TV and DVD player in the lounge with UK free to view channels. We have a large library of DVD in which to choose from. We also provide a selection of board games, books and magazines.

For the more adventurous we have 2 mountain bikes and helmets for guests to use.

Garden and outside

The gîte has its own patio with table and chairs and Weber charcoal barbecue, which is perfect for alfresco dining!

There is also a parasol for hot days, although for 2019 we are purchasing a 3m x 3m tonnelle to provide extra shade and privacy for the gîte patio.

The heated pool has plenty comfortable loungers and parasols and is shared with guests from our apartment, with a maximum of 4 people. It will also have a new 6m x 3m tonnelle for shade during hot afternoons by the pool. Photos to follow in the spring.

Parking and garages

The gîte has its own drive and dedicated parking (maximum of 2 vehicles), mainly in the shade.

Visitor suitability

Because the gîte is located on a hillside, there are balconies, steps and the garden is on different levels. Access to the 1st floor of the gîte is by steep stairs and access to the 2nd floor (bedroom 3) is via a spiral staircase. There is a low beam within bedroom 3. The gîte is therefore not recommended for anyone with poor mobility. Young children should be supervised at all times.

Information about any additional facilities

A hair-dryer is provided in each bedroom. A cot and high-chair and we can print boarding passes if required. A small safe is provided in bedroom 1.

Bed linen is provided along with towels. If a change of bed linen or towels is required during the week, a small additional charge may be levied. Stays of more than one week include a change of linen and towels on Saturdays. Beds are made-up prior to your arrival.

Beach towels are provided for use around the pool.

An iron and ironing board are provided.

A comprehensive welcome pack is also provided including wine, bread, milk, butter, eggs etc.


  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: River fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Dordogne river
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: La Forge
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Near Les Eyzies
Distance: 6 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Walks all around on hillsides and valleys


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Roxanne et Cyrano
Distance: 1.5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Shona Wisedale

I left a stressful job as a maths teacher at an academy in Gloucestershire to pursue our dream of a new life in a new country. When we fell in love with La Baronnie we knew the cottage would be perfect for a gite. We hope you love being here as much as we do!<br/><br/>We live on site, keep a low profile but are available if required. Equally, if you wish to be private on your holiday, that's fine too, we won't be offended!

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? On the South-facing slope of the Dordogne valley, our property benefits from its sunny position, providing a real rural feel yet just minutes from the major tourist sites of the Perigord Noir including the medieval town of Sarlat and the castles of Beynac and Castelnaud and the Chateau des Milandes. Our pretty nearby town of St Cyprien has a vibrant and busy market every Sunday along with a Carrefour supermarket for all of your essential provisions. Our swimming pool area offers wonderful views of the Dordogne valley whilst being private and not overlooked. The Dordogne river, with canoe rental, river beaches and hot-air balloon rides is just minutes away. The nearby Vézère river offers several prehistoric sites around the small town of Les Eyzies. Several excellent restaurants are nearby.
Unique benefits of property The Dordogne area is just gorgeous with a wealth of history, places to visit and a wonderful climate. We viewed over 30 properties before choosing La Baronnie. Our sunny, South-facing location amongst wooded hills with rocky outcrops is idyllic, with spectacular chateau forts and honey-coloured medieval towns and villages nearby, who could want for more? We love the house and its views, its warm-coloured stone, traditional french windows, shutters and pigeonnier tower, its quirky layout and character, numerous patios, woodland, pool with a view and traditional French cattle-stalls in the gîte.

The Owner Recommends

Sunday morning market

The Sunday market in St Cyprien is always worth a visit at any time of the year. Local producers of food and drink can be found as well as local crafts and plants. Sit on one of the many pavement cafés and watch the world go by, either for a coffee or an early morning glass of rosé! Perfect on a sunny summers morning!

Le Bistrot d'Epicure

Our nearest restaurant and arguably one of the best in the area. Fine dining in lovely surroundings, with an outside terrace for the summer and indoor restaurant featuring fantastic works of art by local artists. The chef is the owner and his wife front of house and both so welcoming and friendly. However as it gets busy, booking is recommended.

Chateau des Milandes

The former home of the singer and activist Josephine Baker is only 7 km away. It is a beautiful chateau and is how she had it in the 1920s. Her story is fascinating if sad. There are beautiful gardens, a superb restaurant and the falconry display is worth a look.

Chateau de Beynac

Perched high on the hill above Beynac this impressive fortress was once home to Richard the Lionheart. Wonderful views over the Dordogne valley towards St Cyprien.


Another fortress built high on the hill only 10 km away.Home to the museum of the middle ages it features trebouchets and crossbows. It was the former home of Simon de Montford, Earl of Leicester.

Sarlat la Caneda

The local town is world renowned for its history and beautiful buildings in the old town. Sample foie gras and duck and walnuts served as a cake, or a tasty wine.


Lots of places to pick up a canoe from less then 2km from us and canoe, or kayak, down the river Dordogne past all the wonderful chateaux. Hire times can be from as little as 2 hours to all day. Often a highlight of the holiday.

9 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.1
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 8.8
10 / 10 americanas 20 May, 2019

Extremely well-appointed and outfitted gite with quite extraordinary hosts--Shona and Steve--and an amazing view. Also, superbly located close to many great sites, restaurants and things to do. We were warmly received and Shona and Steve were available to answer questions, provide recommendations and information about the area.

Owner response

Thank you Ellen for your kind words about us and about our gite. We love to help guests when we can. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us and loved our wonderful location! We look forward to welcoming you again to La Baronnie soon.

10 / 10 Christine16 25 September, 2018

This is a beautiful, spotlessly clean Gite with stunning views across the Dordogne valley. It is in a quiet, secluded part of the countryside but within easy travelling of several lovely towns, vineyards and chateaux. After a busy day seeing the sights the private pool provides welcome relaxation. The hosts are very kind and attentive and their local knowledge is excellent, We would thoroughly recommend this gite and we certainly hope to be able to visit again.

Owner response

Thank you Christine for your review on our gîte. We chose this spot for its location and views and as you say easy proximity to local attractions and sights. The pool is indeed welcoming after a hot day out. With living on the site we are able to help guests make the most of their holiday.
We really do hope to see you both again in the not so distant future.

6 / 10 Eleanor&Nick 9 September, 2018

In our opinion this property is unsuitable for a family holiday in the summer. There were many rules that restricted our ability to relax and enjoy the holiday whilst on site. The owners made it clear upon our arrival and throughout our stay that they do not like customers jumping into the pool, using sun cream when swimming or moving sunshades to shade the family from the sun. The property was nicely appointed however both showers did not drain well and got close to overflow frequently. Ventilation was poor, particularly when there was a risk of rain when the owners requested we close the windows to prevent rain coming in. The large window in the children's room opens directly into the road and could not be left open securely, rendering the room unusable during a particularly hot spell. The owners did provide fans but these did little to help. We were falsely accused of knowingly returning a broken fan. We were intructed by the owner part way through the holiday to wash our hands more thoroughly to prevent any possible discolouration of the towels. We recommend you take your own towels to avoid such unusual scrutiny.
Overall disappointing as this was meant to be a special holiday for our family and had cost a serious amount of money.

Owner response

We are sorry to hear your holiday did not live up to your expectations. We strive to provide the highest levels of service and cleanliness, and rely on feedback from our guests during their stay, as we are unable to resolve issues after the event. We ask guests to report any breakages during their stay in order to rectify them as soon as possible and to ensure everything is in order for subsequent guests.

Unfortunately, your stay coincided with the longest heat wave of recent years along with the associated thunderstorms, something clearly beyond our control. The top bedroom opens onto a small patch of land adjacent to a very quiet lane. It is possible to close the shutters on this window for security.

Our rules are limited to the swimming pool, its safe use and the shared comfort and enjoyment of all guests. Parasols can topple into the pool if moved too close. Additional shading is available at the opposite end of the pool. We will install larger immovable canopies for next season, which will overcome this issue.

We are aware of the poor drainage of the gîte bathrooms and are installing a pumped solution over the winter period to alleviate this problem.

We have hosted many families over the past five years whose reviews can be read here and elsewhere and all of which are positive.

10 / 10 Ecosselisa 4 September, 2018

La Baronnie is perfectly situated for guests to access the Dordogne's best activities, cultural and heritage sights. The property has stunning views towards the river and the facilities are very good; sympathetic but with all modern conveniences. Shona & Steve are superb hosts and nothing is too much trouble. We have now visited La Baronnie three times and intend to return again in the future.

Owner response

Many thanks Lisa for your review highlighting that our situation here is ideal for exploring the area. We loved having you to stay and look forward to welcoming you again to La Baronnie Gites.