Sunny holiday gite with pool in Dordogne - AD005044

9.5/10
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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

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

Heating

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.

Entertainment

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.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

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

Golf

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

Walking

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

Watersports

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.

Castelnaud

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.

Canoeing

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.

11 Reviews
9.5/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.1
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.2
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 Ann W 12 August, 2019

We really cannot find fault with this property and we spent a wonderful week enjoying all its facilities and our hosts hospitality and knowledge. Every comfort has been thoughtfully provided from the very well equipped kitchen to the beautifully appointed pool area. The region is beautiful with all the important sights within easy driving distance. The local little town has a good supermarket and a couple of bar/restaurants and an excellent market on Sundays.

This property is more suited to people with no mobility issues as the stairs are quite steep in the property and the gardens and pool area are on different levels - however we found this enhanced our enjoyment of the gite. The area beside the gite was a lovely space to cook on the bbq and sit and enjoy the lovely balmy evenings. The property is sub divided into three different accommodation spaces which share the pool - something to bear in mind if you want complete privacy but it certainly did not affect our enjoyment of the gite.

Owner response

Thank you Ann for your lovely review. The different areas provide lots of interesting views of the Dordogne Valley. We loved having you all and hope to see you all again.

9.7 / 10 Hagger. J. J 3 July, 2019

We live in South Africa but have younger family residing in the U K & Guernsey . We took a chance on this locality and booked it for three weeks —— and it more than exceeded our expectations .
We ALL arrived on the same day and the first evening were invited to join “ our hostes “ to a “ welcoming “ party !!! And it just got better from there .
The area is beautiful and full of interest and Shona and Steve’s knowledge , enthusiasm and interest is revealed in the biggest welcome package we have ever seen .
Day to day : a super boulangerie - 1 1/2 Kim’s
A first class , butchery 2 Kms
In St Cyprian 2 supermarkets which are well stocked
In addition in the surrounding towns and villages there is a great selection of coffee shops and restaurants .
The three castles in the immediate vicinity are ALL worth a visit ( because os the vast amount of money that has been spent on them ) because they now show what they were like to live in — “ history alive “
A location to be recommended

Owner response

Thank you Jay for such a wonderful and comprehensive review of your 3 weeks here with us! We are lucky to be in such a lovely area with magnificent châteaux, excellent restaurants and lots of beautiful towns and villages. Our local boulangerie is certainly excellent.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting all your family and missed you when you left! We hope to see some or all of you again in the future.

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.