Luxury holiday let with pool in Aquitaine - AD005116

Le Bugue (15km from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD005116 Advertiser since: 15 December 2016
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Luxury Farmhouse Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3

About this property

Luxury Holiday Property With Large Pool. This villa is in a rural setting.

A delightful stone farmhouse offering spacious private accommodation is restored to a high standard with character, comfort and very well equipped. Cosy in winter with the large fireplace and cool in summer with large covered outdoor dining terrace overlooking the pool. Close to rivers, castles, villages, prehistory sites, local amenities in beautiful Dordogne countryside.

Situated on a tranquil hillside above the picturesque village of Mauzens, the property offers privacy on 6 acres of meadow and woodland, with panoramic views of some of the most sought after areas of the Dordogne countryside. The property is approached from a private driveway opening to a parking area. To the front the property looks out on to the old walled courtyard with old outdoor buildings opposite and to the side and rear the views are of the gardens and rolling countryside.

The large swimming pool is in a secluded position, completely private, with beautiful views, furniture, parasols and lighting. It measures 12mx6m. The shallow end is 1.2m with steps for easy entry. The deep end is 1.8m. The pool meets all current safety requirements and will be maintained for you during your stay. There is a sun terrace, below the large covered dining terrace, with stone barbecue and outdoor furniture surrounded by gardens and an orchard of fruit and walnut trees.

The property has woods and pasture land, home to many species of butterflies, birds and wild flowers. The British owners who live next door, maintain the property, pool and grounds and will be on hand should you need anything during your stay.

The house sleeps 8 in four bedrooms, 2 doubles and 2 twins. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and drawers.

Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service: 
Linen and towels are included. The property is cleaned weekly and there is a weekly change of linen and towels for guests staying for two weeks or more.
Pool towels are available.
Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden, fields and woodland to explore.
Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite, tv, wi-fi (although please note that being in very rural France the signal is not strong enough for streaming of films, please download prior to arrival)



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen: Completely fitted kitchen including fridge/freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.
A clothes airer is provided on the large covered terrace.

From the living room, you can step onto the outside dining terrace, which runs the whole length of the back of the house. This has a tiled roof so that the terrace can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Views from here are magnificent.
Large enough for sumptuous dining with guests and friends or simple enough for a family to relax over some excellent local wine and regional specialities for supper. The perfect place to just sit, chill and take in the magnificent views.
There is an additional dining table in the house.

Living rooms

The hall, living room and kitchen are open plan and on three levels of the ground floor with exposed beams, high ceilings and a large stone fireplace. There are comfortable sofas, tv, dvd, video and a good selection of books, dvds and videos for guests.
Wi-fi is available for our guests. Please note that due to our location this is not internet as you may know it in the UK. It is not suitable for streaming films but more than adequate for keeping in touch with home and friends.


Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom with double bed, en suite, fitted wardrobe, drawers, view over the courtyard.
Bedroom 2 - Double bedroom on ground floor with access to terrace, wardrobe, drawers.
Bedroom 3 - Twin beds with view over the pool and countryside, fitted wardrobe, drawers, TV monitor and DVD.
Bedroom 4 - Twin beds with view over the pool and countryside,, fitted wardrobe, drawers.
All bedrooms have fans.


Master bedroom has en suite bathroom, wc, shower and basin.
Family bathroom, separate shower, bath, wc and basin close to the two twin bedrooms.
Ground floor bathroom with shower, wc and basin.
Pool area has solar shower.


There is a constant supply of hot water.
Heating is not normally needed during the summer months but there are radiators in all the rooms and a large open fire for logs in the living room for our winter guests.


Tv, dvd, video and a good selection of books, dvds and videos for guests.
Wi-fi is available for our guests.
A selection of summer sports equipment is available as are soft toys for the pool.

Garden and outside

The large swimming pool is in a secluded position, completely private, with beautiful views, furniture, parasols and lighting. It measures 12x6m. The shallow end is 1.2m with steps for easy entry. The deep end is 1.8m.

There is a sun terrace with stone barbecue area with a Weber bbq and outdoor furniture.
The property has an easy, homely feel and guests are able to relax inside or out and take advantage of the garden and extensive areas of surrounding pasture and woodland.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking for several cars in the carpark adjacent to the property.

Visitor suitability

The property sleeps eight in 4 bedrooms, 2 double and 2 twin rooms and so lends itself ideally to family groups. Due to the nature of the building it is split over three levels on the ground floor and is therefore not suitable for wheelchair access. There is a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor so may be suitable for people with limited mobility.
A car is required to reach the property and for sightseeing in the area.
We are located 10km from the nearest town but there is a very nice local restaurant. If you are looking for nature, tranquility and relaxation then Cour des Vignes is the right place for you and you are only 10km to local amenities, attractions, shops and restaurants.

Information about any additional facilities

A high chair and travel cot is available on request.
Hairdryers are available in the double bedrooms.
Room fans available for high temperatures.
Iron and ironing board.
A welcome pack on arrival.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Les Eyzies and Le Bugue
Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: carp, tench ,bream
Name of nearest fishing location: Le Bugue, Vesere River
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Marterie, Mortemart, St Felix de Reilhac, 24260
Distance: 5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Farm Equestre De Belle Oreille
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Bergerac



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Boucle de Miremont


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine de Grangeneuve, Pomport, Bergerac
Distance: 30 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Gillian Basnett

We moved to this beautiful corner of France 2 years ago and have developed the house and grounds to give our guests the best possible stay. We live on site so are available to assist with aspects of your holiday. We know the area well and can advise on places to visit or eat. Our French is improving all the time and we love the lifestyle here. We look forward to welcoming our guests to this tranquil area of France.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? Cour des Vignes is situated in a perfect corner of the Dordogne, quiet, relaxing yet only 10 minutes from every amenity you could need for yourselves or your children. We have a superb large swimming pool which is totally secluded, landscaped gardens to enjoy and woodland to explore. We live next door which our guests really like. We keep the pool clean and can be on hand for any needs you may have or to provide local knowledge which can be useful. We are situated on a tranquil hillside above the picturesque village of Mauzens, the property offers privacy on 6 acres of meadow and woodland, with panoramic views of the beautiful Dordogne countryside, forests and local walking trails.
The Dordogne has a multitude of things to do and interesting places to visit,from historic chateau to prehistoric caves. Sporting opportunities such as golf, canoeing or cycling are available and for the adventurous hot air balloon rides along the river.
Unique benefits of property The house sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is ideal for family groups. Surrounded by nature the property and large swimming pool offers seclusion and privacy. The 12x6m pool is maintained throughout your stay and is complete with furniture, parasols and lighting. The shallow end is 1.2m with steps for easy entry and the deep end is 1.8m. There is a large covered dining terrace which extends the length of the house to the rear, overlooking the pool. The roof has been designed to ensure outdoor dining no matter what the weather. There is a sun terrace with stone barbecue and outdoor furniture. The property has an easy, homely feel and guests are able to relax inside or out.
There are a range of garden games available and we encourage you to take advantage of the garden and extensive areas of surrounding pasture and woodland walks. Nature abounds here and there is lots to see from butterfly’s to eagles.

The Owner Recommends

Canoeing on the rivers Vezere and Dordogne

Everyone who comes to stay with us enjoys a day out canoeing. The Vezere River offers a relaxed few hours meandering down the river in the tranquility of the Dordogne countryside and an opportunity to spot the wealth of wildlife that can be seen along the water's edge. It is always a few degrees cooler on the river and there is plenty of welcome shade in the summer.
For those who are a little more active or adventurous the river Dordogne is a much bigger river and a very enjoyable day out. There are many impressive chateaux to be seen along the river. Every now and again there are natural stopping points along the river where you can take a pause, maybe a little rest during your canoeing trip. A picnic is strongly advised to really make your day perfect!

Wine trail & tasting

Bergerac and Bordeaux are world famous for their wine production and there are many companies offering wine tours and tastings. We recommend a visit to Domaine de Grangeneuve, à family run vin yard in Bergerac where There are opportunities to visit the vineyards, the wine making facilities and enjoy a guided tasting of many varieties of wine produced at the Domaine. A thoroughly enjoyable visit and a chance to buy wines to take home at preferential prices. There are local cav’s where you can sample and buy wine in Le Bugue and Les Eyzies

Visit the international centre of prehistory

The International Centre of Prehistory is in Les Eyzies a short walk from the National museum of Prehistory.
Many of our guests take the opportunity to visit both the museums and the many caves to be found in the region.
Here are the notable cave trips a short stance from here:
Lascaux (paintings), Grotte de Grand roc (geological formations), Grotte de font de Gaume (paintings), Gouffre de Proumessac (Chasm & Crystal formations), Les Cent Mammouths Rouffignac (paintings & engravings) and several others.
If you wish to learn about the prehistoric period then Les Eyzies has everything: a prehistory centre, museum and a selection of caves and shelters in the vicinity which contain prehistoric paintings and engravings etc.
Les Eyzies is in the Vezere valley which is home to a large concentration of prehistoric caves and shelters, 15 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Housed in a large modern building which is very light and airy inside the centre has various different exhibitions relating to the prehistoric period.
There is a large screen giving information in several languages about prehistory in the Vezere valley as well as film about prehistoric practices such as making weapons from flints. Other areas include an auditorium with films about the period and an animation and learning zone with workshops on archaeology and a reconstruction of an archaeological dig.
A documentation zone includes books, magazines, dvds and internet conections to relevant websites which are available to anyone to use. Some of the material is in English.
There is also a shop and a café.
Entrance to the centre is free and certainly gives some very useful background to visitors about to visit some of the caves in the area.

Local markets

These are the favourite places for the gourmet and the connoisseur to buy local products.

Les Eyzies de Tayac Sireuil (April to October.)
Beynac ( mid-june to mid-september)

Le Bugue
Salignac (April to September)

Carlux (July and August)

Meyrals (26/06 to 04/09)
St Julien de Lampon

La Roque Gageac (May to September)

Le Bugue

Marquay (June to September)
Rouffignac Saint Cernin de Reilhac
Calviac (July and August)
Carsac (June to September)

During the winter there are Christmas markets to visit in all the major towns and cities and from December to February the truffle markets for the famous Perigord black truffles.

Chateaux and Castles

Chateau de Beynac, Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau des Milandes are just some of the fantastic examples of chateau available to visit. Many are in excellent condition and have areas for children to explore and play amking a great day out.
This link offers an idea of some of the other sites near by -


The area is blessed with some stunning gardens. Often attached to a cateaux and often with a tea room and play area they make an interesting change and are well worth the visit.
Marqueyssac gardens are among the best know, famous for the topiary and candle lit evening tours. They offer a 6km walk and stunning views accross the Dordogne valley.
Les Jardins Panoramique de Limeuil offers wonderful views of the confluence of the Vezere and Dordogne rivers and offer an educational element with various workshops available to children in the summer.
The Les Jardins d'Eyrignac are well worth a visit and have a lovely tea room. It is possible to visit a different garden every day - please ask for details. Visit this link for further ideas

Child friendly amusement

Jacqou Park, Le Bugue - an aqua park, a small animal park and amusement park all rolled into one, less than 5km from the property.

Bergerac Aquapark - Four swimming pools with water chutes.

Le parc Aquarium du Périgord Noir at Le Bugue/VezereAquarium -
4000 m 2 , 66 ponds, 3 million liters of water, more than 6000 fish.
The largest private freshwater aquarium in Europe. On 4000m2 discover 66 pools and more than 3 million liters of water hosting more than 6000 fish: Walk through 7 different atmospheres: Jo's House, Alligator Ranch, Alligator Bayou, Lizard Corridor, Turtle Beach, Snake Mine and Iguana Greenhouse.

In 2019, the Aquarium celebrated its 30th anniversary with 3 new zones: the Alligator of Yang Tse , turtles in sub aquatic with the incredible turtle alligator and the giants of freshwater.
On the same site:
Labarynth of pre history - hall of mirrors, labaryth and more
Big Bird - Amazing climbing frame, reported to be the biggest in Europe
Jungle golf - mini golf course
SIngle pass available for all areas

Univerland - just 5km from the property. Huge laser game centre

Sporting opportunities

An excellent area for cycling - the 2017 Tour de France passed close by, why not try the stage? Also many off road lanes to explore. There are companies renting bikes try this site for more information
Walking - France is criss crossed with clearly marked walking routes and we can offer ideas of local walks, try this page for some good ideas. Many paths are very close to the house including one that starts right outside! The spring and autumn are ideal times for walking please ask us about special rates for small parties during this time.
Hot air balloons - what a wonderful way to see the chateaux of the area. many companies offer tours.
Micro light - not quite as peaceful as the hot air balloons but just as exhilarating. There is a microlight trip available from the village and offers tours of the area, chateaux and rivers to give unrivalled views of the Dordogne.
Many small independent riding schools and stables offer trekking throughout the summer.
Dont forget canooing on the rivers

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Sue Webster 11 November, 2017

Lovely barn conversion. We were there in October but we were warm enough - lit the fire one night and that kept the whole building warm.
We managed to eat outside for breakfast but the covered area at the back looking out over the pool would be lovely in summer for long nights chatting over some wine!!
The pool had been winterised so we couldn't use it (too cold!) but was a decent size and there was an outdoor shower and plenty of room for loungers.
We used three of the bedrooms and they were comfy and clean. The bathrooms looked recently renewed and were very clean, three had showers, one had a bath as well.
The kitchen is fairly small but has everything needed and for the amount we were in it, it was fine.
We had not been to this area before and it is lovely. Cour des Vines is in a very quiet area but is not far from Les Eyzies and La Bugue and Sarlat was maybe 30 mins away perhaps.
The owner was available if needed and I would recommend - lovely to come back to the quieter surrounds after doing the tourist trails!

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely feedback. \we would love to have you come back in the summer and enjoy all the area has to offer (and our pool).