Holiday let for 2 with pool, rural Aquitaine

2km from Plazac, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD005080 Advertiser since: 22 November 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Petit Merly Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1

About this property

A Charmingly Restored Barn With Pool And Vista. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Chalet is a charmingly restored barn nestling on a hillside in the heart of the Perigord Noir. It has been renovated exclusively by the owner to provide a unique living space, using reclaimed oak and locally sourced green oak, local golden limestone, Lakeland stone (sourced from the English Lake District), and Italian marble tiles. There is a large decked terrace with a small built in swimming pool, which is perfect for outdoor living. It has a stunning outlook over the valley, and provides the perfect 'getaway'. Although it is very secluded, the chalet is close to all the tourist attractions of the area such as Lascaux caves in Montignac, The Vezere valley, Les Eyzies de Tayac and Sarlat.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen/ dining/living area is open plan. The kitchen has a traditional belfast sink and drainer with authentic taps. There is a large beech work surface with a built in 4 ring gas hob. There is a large Smeg retro fridge with small freezer, with ample space to chill wine. There is a microwave oven/ grill and oven combined which is discreetly hidden behind the gingham curtains. There is an electric kettle and toaster. It is well equipped with ample pans, crockery and utensils. There is a folding table, and two chairs for indoor use.

Living rooms

The kitchen/ dining/ living area is open plan. There is a comfortable settee and elm coffee table. It has character green oak beams and discreet LED lighting to highlight features of the living space.


The bedroom is in the roof space of the chalet with feature oak beams. It has been renovated to provide ample storage for clothes and luggage. There is a comfortable double bed, and leather arm chair. It has a stunning view of the valley.


The bathroom is on the ground floor. It has a walk-in shower with a solid Lakeland stone base. There is a hand basin and toilet, and space for towels and toiletries. Discreet lighting highlights the features of this space. A hair dryer is provided.


There is underfloor heating.


There is a radio and cd player and docking station with speakers.
Wi-fi is available.

Garden and outside

The chalet has a large decked terrace with a small built in swimming pool for the sole use of guests. Sunbeds and inflatables are available for the pool, which is perfect for cooling off during the hot summer months.There is a pergola, barbecue, wooden table and chairs for outdoor living and dining. There is a stunning vista from the terrace over looking the valley. You can watch the sun setting sampling the local wine as the colours change over the walnut orchard in the valley.

Parking and garages

There is a large car park.

Visitor suitability

The gite is perfect for couples and lone travellers.

Information about any additional facilities

The owners live discreetly on site, but are available at all times for advice on the attractions of the area.The owner Cheryl is a Pilates Teacher and is available for lessons on the terrace when required. We have a selection of bikes for use for our guests. As keen cyclists, walkers, runners and swimmers we can advise on how to make the most of your stay.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Leon
Distance: 6 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Barbel, Trout, Pike,Perch
Name of nearest fishing location: Vezere
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Blue Green La Marterie, St Felix de Reilhac
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Rouffignac
Distance: 4 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: 0.1

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Cheryl Ann Cook

Originally from North West England, we bought our property in 2002 and it became our permanent home in 2008. Since moving to France Paul has spent his time renovating the property, whilst I have established a small business teaching Pilates. We have never regretted our move, enjoying the slower pace of life and French culture. We are keen cyclists, and love outdoor activities, including cross country skiing, and mountaineering. Our son Lee lives in New Zealand.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? We fell in love with the area whilst on a cycling holiday in 2002. The panoramas, the golden stone architecture, the chateaux, and the region's prehistorical significance still inspire us after 8 years of living here. We enjoy the hot summers which last well into September, but each season has it's merits, spring and autumn are incredibly beautiful seasons here. We love the traditional markets,and the slower pace of life. Life here is family orientated and it sometimes feels like you have been transported back to life in the UK during the1960s.
Unique benefits of property Our property nestles on a hillside and enjoys a beautiful panorama. Our three buildings, a cottage, and two barns were built in the late 18th century. All three buildings are built from the golden stone of the region. Our cottage has a steep Perigordian traditional roof resembling something from a fairy tale. The small barn (Le Chalet) has been completely renovated by Paul using reclaimed wood where possible, green lakeland stone and slate, local golden stone, giving it a unique feel. There is a large terrace with a small built in swimming pool overlooking the valley. The terrace is perfect for outdoor living, with a pergola, and bbq. Evenings can be enjoyed watching the sunset as the colours change over the walnut trees in the valley sharing a bottle of local wine. It is not unusual to see deer in the field below the chalet. Our property enjoys peace and tranquillity yet is very close to all the tourist attractions of the area.

The Owner Recommends

St Leon sur Vezere

As one of the most beautiful villages in France it certainly lives up to it's reputation. Set in a curve in the V├ęzere River it is a small village with houses in the attractive local golden stone joined by narrow meandering pathways and alleys. There is a beautiful church to explore which sits on the riverbank where there are beaches and grassy areas as well as a few picnic benches. You can stroll along the riverside a little way to get some of the best views of the castle.The chateau de Clerans has a beautiful slate roof with spires and ornamental stone work. It is private but very attractive and can be seen from various points around the village as well as from the riverside path.You will find a couple of cafes and restaurants in the centre of the village plus a little cafe hidden away on the edge of the river edged with weeping willow trees.

La Roque St Christophe

Only 5km away from our property on a cliff overlooking a tranquil section of the River Vezere is the remains of a large troglodyte town called La Roque St Christophe. The cliff has evidence of use as a shelter for Neanderthal man (50000 BC), Cro-Magnon man (25000 BC) and since then up until the Renaissance in 1588 when the trogolodyte town and fortress that had grown up was destroyed in the Wars of Religion. For those interested in history this is a must see and it attracts thousands of visitors each year.

12 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Herdy Gal 8 October, 2017

Wow wow wow. This is our 2nd visit to Le Petit Merly and the improvements to the terrace take this property to a complete different level. Its really rare to find a property just for 2 with your its own pool and private outdoor dining area with stunning views. Paul and Cheryl, (as helpful and welcoming as ever) have done an amazing job, everything is quality with lovely little touches. Looking forward to returning already.

10 / 10 Gillian E 26 September, 2017

We stayed at Le Petit Merly for a week in September. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The gite is perfect for a couple. It is immaculately clean and well equipped. Our weather wasn't great, too chilly for the pool, but it was lovely to sit out and admire the view from the terrace. Evenings are lovely with the sounds of the owls. Lots to see and do in the area - too much for a week! Overall a great holiday.

Owner response

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review. It is great to know that you were able to have a great holiday even though the weather wasn't what we would have hoped and not typical for the time of year. There is definitely an abundance of things to see and do here whatever the weather.

9.8 / 10 Paul & Louise 19 September, 2017

Paul and Cheryl are wonderful hosts who have put a lot of love and care into creating Le Petit Merly. They went out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed during our stay, but at the same time were very discrete. The gite is the perfect size for two people and is beautifully fitted out and decorated. Unfortunately we had very unseasonal weather during our stay so didn't really get to appreciate the outside terrace and pool, however, I can imagine that it would be a perfect place to sit with a glass of wine, looking out across the valley at the spectacular views and watching the sun set.

The gite is ideally situated for enjoying the local villages, markets and caves and also for canoeing on the river. Whether you want to totally relaxing holiday away from it all or something more active, Le Petit Merly would be the perfect base and we would thoroughly recommend it.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your excellent review. It is very satisfying to hear that all the 'love and care' that was devoted to creating our 'gite' and terrace has been so well appreciated. We try at all times to achieve a balance between being helpful to our guests, but at the same time respecting their privacy.

10 / 10 GJB 28 August, 2017

Cheryl and Paul were excellent hosts at this highly finished gite retreat. They provided us a warm welcome, a detailed show around, local information, and even sorted a couple of bikes for us to explore the stunning area. Thrown in for good measure were handfuls of home grown cherry tomatoes and courgettes.

The gite is excellent quality with high spec fixtures and fittings. Clean, comfortable and a perfect size for a couple. The outside decking, with an arrangement of lighting and seating areas, was perfect for evening BBQs and drinking wine looking at the stars. It was a good sun trap too, so the pool was ideal for cooling off in. This was all set in Cheryl and Paul's stunning plot with great views over the valley.

The location was also brilliant. Not far from the Vezere river with stunning picturesque villages like St-Leon-sur-Vezere were ideal to ride to with lovely river side cafes and in summer the delicious Le Petit Leon for dinner in their garden. The area is also surrounded by hundreds of pre-historic sites well worth investigating even if that's not your thing. On one day, we canoed a thirty km stretch from Montignac to Les Eyzies. Not far from Sarlat, or other more well-known Dordogne villlages, you are awash with opportunities. Chill out, explore, or get active - it has it all.

We loved our stay. Even though the weather was a little unseasonable, it was a excellent place to stay and visit.

Owner response

Thank you so much for such an excellent review. We are so pleased that our little retreat fulfilled all your requirements for the perfect holiday. Our aim was to create an oasis for couples who want to just spend time away 'far from the madding crowd' and it is really satisfying to know everything that has been done is being really appreciated by our guests.