Large holiday let with pool in rural Dordogne - AD005715

9.4/10
1km from Villefranche-du-Perigord, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD005715 Advertiser since: 18 September 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Borie Grande Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3

About this property

Beautiful House with a Heated Private Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This is a beautiful Perigordian style family house, full of charm and character, tastefully furnished and with a large heated Private Pool for your sole use.
You have the feel of the 17th century, but all the upgrades and comfort of home. Ideal for those seeking total relaxation or fun filled outdoor activities. All the rooms are delightfully cool with large volumes of space throughout.
So whether you are a couple on your honeymoon, friends on vacation, or a family wanting some quality time together, there is something for everyone to enjoy at La Borie Grande.

Set in 80 acres of secluded meadow and woodland, a safe and peaceful environment with large mature gardens surrounding the property on all sides with fantastic views over-looking the countryside. There are many quiet seated areas and shaded private terraces for outside dining with a stunning middle terrace with a pizza oven and bbq.

And even better, there is a large wooded deck projecting out over the valley with lovely views and comfortable furniture. Lounging out there after dark, as the sun begins to set then watching satellites and shooting stars, with a back drop of the milky way and a glass of port in hand is wonderful and memorable !!

Hidden away behind a large hedge is the private and secluded, enclosed heated swimming pool area with also a beautiful oak Pavilion to relax inside from the heat of the day, or chilling out with a good book. There are ample comfortable sun-loungers with cushions and parasols. The swimming pool has roman steps down into the warm water and a shallow end for the small ones and a diving board at the other end to suit all abilities.
Beautifully kept gardens, fruit and nut trees, sweet smelling roses, honey suckle pergolas, lavender pathways, stone seats, shaded hammocks ... all for you to enjoy, relax, recharge, explore and make plenty of memories!!

Just a 15 min stroll to our local village, Villefranche du Perigord, with many shops,including cafes and restaurants, boulangeries for fresh morning croissants and bread, butchers, tourist office, mini-marts etc. One of the oldest and prettiest Bastide villages, dating back to the 12th Century, which still has its cobbled streets with tiny alleyways and large covered market square. 12 mins from Monpazier, 30 mins from Sarlat, Beynac, Les Eyzies and the Dordogne river. Great place for cycling and walking with quiet roads.
Bergerac Airport is 50 mins and a very simple countryside drive away, with plenty hire car choice. Ryanair, Flybe, Jet2 and British Airways fly into here with many hire car companies.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The delightful kitchen feels like home from home and has all the modern appliances, including a large oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge, coffee machine, toaster, etc.
The french doors open out onto the breakfast terrace with an undercover seating area.

There is a separate cool laundry room which has a washing machine, fridge freezer, iron and board and ample shelf storage.

Living rooms

The very large, bright living area has a beautiful antique table and chairs, seating 8 comfortably, a piano, and a dresser.
There is also an inglenook fireplace, with a widescreen tv, dvd player and selection of dvds, games, books, 2 sofas and 2 armchairs.
This leads out onto the raised terrace which looks over the open fields, where the deer graze happily away!

Bedrooms

4 large bedrooms.
Master bedroom with king size bed has its own en suite, double wardrobes dressing table and a fabulous view of the valley!
There is a further double bedroom which has a french relaxed feel about it. A stone wardrobe and drawers.
The 2 large bright twin bedrooms both have open views of the gardens and the beauty beyond. Wardrobes and dressing tables.
Plenty of space for adding 2 cots.

Bathrooms

There is a separate shower room upstairs with a toilet and sink and a downstairs bathroom with a corner bath and double wash basins.

Entertainment

Large choice of books and games for both adults and children!

Selection of dvd's.

On site play park with swings, sand pit and trampoline.

Separate boules and badminton court.

Garden and outside

The large mature gardens surround the property. Lavender pathways, climbing roses, smells of honeysuckle, fruit and nut trees. The gardens have been created to include many quiet places and seating areas.
There is a beautiful bbq and pizza oven terrace with a large table and chairs. A wonderful place to sit at night for Al fresco dining with candlelight or night lights, whilst listening to the sounds of the many tree crickets!

Parking and garages

Ample parking.

Visitor suitability

For families and friends wishing to spend quality time together.
Unfortunately due to the different levels, La Borie Grande is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Information about any additional facilities

The large heated private swimming pool, is fenced, hedged and gated. Totally secluded. Beautiful gardens and an oak pavilion to relax inside when you want to escape from the heat of the day!
Ample sun loungers with comfy cushions and parasols.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villefranche du Perigord
Distance: 1 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 15 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Prats du Perigord
Distance: 3 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lolivarie
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Monpazier
Distance: 12 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 3 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Prayssac

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Villefranche du Perigord

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Prayssac
Distance: 15 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Tracy Scott

We moved here to the Dordogne 15 years ago with our very young children. We love every single day in this beautiful region. <br/>I love spending time with my family, in the garden, going on and exploring long walks and meeting new people.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? It is stunning. The quietness, the scenery and just a short drive from all amenities and attractions. So much to see and do! Only 1.5kms from our local friendly village which has 2 bread shops, mini-marts, butchers cafe shops and restaurants. Great place for cycling and walking!
Unique benefits of property Hilltop location with gorgeous views. No roads, no noise. Starry nights that go on and on and on!! On site facilities to keep the kids amused while you relax and chill out!

The Owner Recommends

Canoeing

Starting from Vezac, you are taken with your canoe/kayak up the famous Dordogne river to your chosen distance. Then spend the day lazily rowing back down. Take your picnic and stop off at the many beaches or snack stops while gazing at the beauty of the castles and caves all around you!

Villefranche du Perigord

We’re 1.5 km from Villefranche-de-Périgord, one of the oldest and prettiest fortified villages in the Dordogne, 12km south of Monpazier. The village has a good selection of shops, including two boulangeries, two butchers, three min-marts, cash machine, hairdressers, gift shop and tourist office.
There’s a weekly market in the square. Look out for the mushroom stalls – mushrooms and chestnuts are among the most highly prized local produce.

Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda
This medieval walled town has been the backdrop to many movies and is an outstanding example of 14th century French architecture. The many twisting and cobbled streets will inevitably lead you to a fabulous restaurant, chic boutique or magnificent spot to watch the world go by.
Sarlat’s main square plays host to a huge market for local produce – duck and goose confits and patés, goat and bovine cheeses, breads, walnut cakes, pastries, wines, brandies and aperitifs.

Domme

Domme
A magnificent walled medieval hill top village with fantastic views over the Dordogne valley. The spectacular grotto is well worth a visit and immerse yourself in the history of the Knights Templar and their close association with the village.

Rocamadour

Rocamadour
The village of Rocamadour is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been an important pilgrimage destination for 1000 years. Today, it remains popular among tourists, who marvel at the medieval buildings hewn into the cliffside.

Les eyzies

Les Eyzies
The UNESCO heritage site of Les Eyzies lies in the heart of the Vézère Valley, and can be counted among the area’s many notable prehistoric landmarks. It was near Les Eyzies that Cro-Magnon man (evidence of the some of the earliest homo sapiens) was discovered, along with cave paintings at Font de Gaume.
The town is small, with just 900 inhabitants, yet draws around one million visitors a year – so expect it to be busy!

Lascaux Caves

Lascaux Caves
In 1940, four teenagers discovered paintings on cave walls near the village of Montignac, which archaeologists believe are the oldest ever found, dating back 17,000 years. Although opened to the public in 1948, the Lascaux caves were closed in 1963 as modern pollution took its toll.
Today, Lascaux II and neighbouring Le Thot, provide visitors with a rare glimpse into the world of prehistoric man, with a walk-through replica of the original caves, plus an immersive experience of this truly remarkable story.
For more information see the Lascaux website.

Marqueyssac

Marqueyssac
A beautiful chateau with exquisite gardens overlooking the Dordogne valley and river. The walks around this magnificent house and its gardens are breathtaking, and to capture the romance try the Thursday evening candle lit, and stroll around and listen to the live romantic music wafting over the valley. Also, around the gardens are activities for children to become involved in and a great maze.

Castelnaud

Castlenaud
One of the most impressive chateau in the region, the Château de Castlenaud stands on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Périgord Noir. From here, you can enjoy a panoramic view across the Dordogne Valley. Founded in the 12th century, the castle is a perfect example of a medieval fortress.
More information from the Château de Castelnaud website.

Cycling

Cycling
Exploring rural France on a bicycle is certainly the best way to see the pretty villages and catch a glimpse of rural French life.
The Dordogne really excels, with fields of sunflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see, attractive woodland, meandering riverside lanes, and astonishing viewpoints that were made for leisurely picnics.
For information about routes and bike hire, see the Aquitaine Bike website.

4 Reviews
9.4/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 Grant: 15 September, 2019

Our third family holiday at La Borie Grande. Fantastic position, wonderful views, immaculate house and pool and the perfect host. So many beautiful places to sit and relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Already looking forward to our next visit to this special place.

Owner response

Thank you for your comments - always a pleasure to welcome you all back here!!
Glad you enjoyed the outside areas.... look forward to welcoming you all back soon!
Best wishes
Tracy

10 / 10 Wllyj 4 September, 2019

A fantastic family holiday, something for everyone. Large, clean private, heated pool, private play park for the kids. Wonderful views from the house where we spent many hours on the front terrace watching the stars, with a glass of wine - or two!! The large, spacious house is spotlessly clean and contains everything for adults and children. The 'welcome folder' has lots of useful information to help you enjoy a relaxing holiday, full of places to visit and things to do. We walked into the lovely, local Bastide village on several occasions with the children and were delighted to see deer jumping across the lane.
Tracy is the perfect host, very welcoming, friendly and helpful and we feel we have made a true friend. We will most certainly be returning to enjoy this special little piece of France.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review! Glad you all had a great stay here and made full use of all the facilities. Yes, we are so lucky to have such a great little village with such friendly people and many shops!
Looking forward to catching up with you all here again in the beautiful, stunning and of course sunny Dordogne!
Best wishes

7.5 / 10 McC1 1 September, 2019

This is, in many ways, a lovely gite. It is close to a charming village and there is a beautiful view from the balcony at the front of the house. It also has an enclosed swimming pool and a nice play area for kids. However, I have some issues with its suitability for families with younger children. Whilst the outside of the property has facilities for children, the inside of the house contains an inordinate number of breakable ornaments. The owners have provided a large folder containing detailed instructions of what not to do in the house. We found that we were required to remove all the ornaments that our children might break and replace these in exactly the same position at the end of our stay. Our first day was therefore spent moving ornaments and taking photos of where these items had been. This, alongside the numerous rules, meant that we were rather uneasy during our stay and to be honest, it did not make for a completely relaxed holiday. The owners’ expectations of how the house should be left also suggested that they would rather the house had not been occupied by children. The other issue that might cause a problem for families is the walk into town. Part of the walk is along a busy road with no pavements and the property is situated at the top of a steep hill. In the evening, this walk in the dark felt rather perilous, and again we found it difficult with children. All in all, our stay here was good but I would hesitate to fully recommend it to families.

Owner response

Thank you for your comments at which I am somewhat confused! They are very contradictory to the comments you actually said to me when you were leaving and also in your email to me when you arrived home .."thank you for a fabulous holiday in your great house. We had a wonderful time, especially the kids.!"
It makes me wonder why the reversal of comments – would it be due to the fact you left the property in an unacceptable state and caused damage, therefore had money deducted from your deposit?
You state you spent all day removing the '6' ornaments when within 30 mins of arriving you could be heard having lots of fun in the pool! No guest has ever felt the need to move these from any of their children!
Re our welcome folder - we ask that guests leave the house in a clean and tidy state. As this was not left in an acceptable state, a small cleaning charge was made and to cover the damage.
They are all so untrue and laughable! True comments on our webpage - giteindordogne
Our property is approached up a nice, private, quiet lane. Re the road - there is a large grass verge for 30 mtrs then a pavement to the village. This is rural France with no street lights!
Families return here year after year because of the wonderful safe environment for the children with everything they could wish for.
Country holidays do not suit everyone and clearly you feel the need for street lights everywhere and pavements instead of stars and nature - maybe choose a townhouse next time!

10 / 10 Mike Y. 19 September, 2018

Excellent house with most amenities and facilities. Very helpful on site English owners. A bit pricey when compared to similar properties but all in all, good value for money. Local town has all basic needs. Larger supermarket about 14 miles away. Quiet area with empty roads but 25 mile drive to major Dordogne attractions which can become tedious. However, very good restaurants in Daglan -15 miles and Monpazier -11 miles.
Would consider a return trip sometime, so recommended.