Sunny holiday gite with pool in Dordogne - AD005044

9.4/10
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. We also have a self-contained ground-floor apartment that sleeps two to four people in two bedrooms. The gîte, apartment 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 wi-fi.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

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

Downstairs comprises a living room area separated from the large kitchen/diner by traditional 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 wi-fi, 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.
A small safe is provided in bedroom 1.

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. There is also a parasol for hot days.

The heated pool has plenty comfortable loungers and parasols and is shared with guests from our apartment, with a maximum of 4 people.

Parking and garages

The gîte has its own drive and dedicated parking, 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 a wireless printer are available if required. A small safe is provided in bedroom 1. A Bose sound-dock (suitable for early iPods and iPhone 4 or earlier only) may be available on request.

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, or pop into the fish shop for an early morning glass of rosé and half a dozen oysters. 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.

3 Reviews
9.4/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.3
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 Nick and Suzanne 5 October, 2017

It isn't often that you can genuinely rate a gîte 10/10 in every category but Shona and Steve have created the perfect environment and ensure that every guest enjoys their stay. La Petite Baronnie is an ideal place to relax, situated in the heart of the Dordogne with so many interesting things to do and places to visit. The gîte more than lived up to its description and contained just about everything you could need. There's even a welcome basket, to get you started.

The nearby village of St Cyprien has some good restaurants and a main supermarket, as well as a colourful Sunday market. Nearby, there's also canoeing on the Dordogne River, giving you a different perspective of the chateaûx dotted along the banks.

Shona and Steve are certainly good hosts for whom nothing is too much trouble. We would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to enjoy a visit to this beautiful region of France.

Owner response

Thank you Suzanne for your wonderful review. We enjoyed having you to stay and we certainly had some fun evenings with you. We hope to see you here again in the not too distant future!

9 / 10 Mike & Angela 20 July, 2017

La Petite Baronnie is an excellent gite. It is every bit as good as advertised and a great credit to the owners Steve and Shona. Their attention to detail is evident throughout; everything is considered, clean and works, and the property has been set up to a high standard of comfort and aesthetics. Everyone in our family party of 50-something adults and late teen daughters thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location is stunning, and convenient to shops and services, with no shortage of activities, visits and interest all within very easy driving distance. Steve and Shona provide a great welcome and very helpful and thorough local information and guidance - great support on site without any sense of intrusion. We'd recommend this property to anyone and would love to stay again. There are relatively steep open wooden stairs from the ground floor to the bedrooms, bathroom, toilets etc, so visitors with concerns for physical accessibility need to be aware of that (however no obstacle for the vast majority).

Owner response

Thank you Mike for your detailed and excellent review. We are so pleased that you had such a great week and enjoyed the gîte as much as the local area. We like to be on hand to offer support and local knowledge but also if you have any questions. The stairs are steep and we make a point of mentioning them on our website. We would love to have you back again; I'm sure that there is still more to explore and visit!!

9.3 / 10 Cumbriancyclist 19 July, 2017

Shona and Stephen made us feel very welcomein this stunning part of France. The gite was clean and comfortable and we felt very much at home there. Shona and Stephen were ever helpful and proved a good source of local information and there was no shortage of suggestions for things to see and do. Nearby Beynac was delightful, as was Domme and Sarlat. As cyclists we found there was much to explore nearby and the roads are generally pretty quiet and cycle friendly, though having to cycle back up the hill at the end of the day was challenging! All in all, a lovely week in a lovely property. Thanks

Owner response

Thank you Martin for your review! Yes the hill up at the end of the cycle run is tough, but it does afford lovely views over the Dordogne valley. You were great guests to have and we hope that you venture back this way again, perhaps when the Tour de France passes this area again!