Character gite+ pool to let in rural Dordogne - AD005716

1km from Villefranche-du-Perigord, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD005716 Advertiser since: 18 September 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Chataignier Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

16th Century Barn with Private Pool in Dordogne. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This Beautiful French stone barn sleeps up to 6 plus a cot. It has been lovingly and uniquely renovated into a home from home property whilst still having it's original oak beams and open stonework. It is filled full of french charm and character. Ideal for families who wish to spend quality time together within peaceful surroundings, with ample different seating areas to eat, and relax in and has stunning views of the open countryside on all sides! The vast gardens surround the property with smells of honeysuckle and lavender filling the air!

The secluded Private swimming pool is for your own sole use and the area is fenced, hedged and gated for total security and peace of mind! Within the pool area, there are many sun-loungers with comfy cushions, parasols and a beautiful oak pavilion to sit inside when you want to escape under cover from the heat of the day! There are wonderful views watching the sun go down after spending a lazy day snoozing at the pool.

Spacious rooms with open views of the meadows and woodland. There are 3 large bedrooms with high ceilings. One double with a king size bed, and 2 twin bedded rooms, all with wardrobes and chest of drawers, so no need to live out of your suitcase!
The upstairs bathroom, has a bath, sink and wc. Bath towels are provided.
A separate downstairs shower room with a sink and wc.

There is a gorgeous private terrace with a charcoal bbq for al fresco dining and relaxing under the oak pergola covered with a beautiful trailing campsis vine, where you can sit quietly and watch the family of red squirrels! There is also a large covered shady terrace for eating outside even if it is raining!
A further back terrace leads out from the living room, with relaxing chairs overlooking the grounds and those amazing sunsets. This leads you into the gardens with mature trees providing shade for the hammocks!

Just 10 steps away from the terrace is your very own private play park, with swing set, slide, enclosed trampoline, sand pit and table tennis to keep the kids entertained for hours whilst you can put your feet up and catch up with your favorite book!
Hammocks to snooze in, boules court and badminton area with wonderful views, the gorgeous weather, peace and quiet, no passing roads or traffic and fabulous places nearby to visit.......... what more could you ask for!

Set in 80 acres of private land with woods and meadow land.

Villefranche du Perigord, our beautiful Bastide Village with its cobbled covered streets, large covered market square and tiny alleyways is steeped in history and it is only 1.5kms away. There are many shops, including boulangeries, for your fresh, warm bread and croissants, butchers, coffee shops, restaurants, mini-marts, tourist office, bank etc.
Every Saturday morning is the local food market with really fresh, tasty produce.
Every Tuesday evening is the village night market, where you can sit and enjoy the tasty cooked foods with a great local ambiance!


Monpazier is 12 kms away
Sarlat - 40 mins drive
Beynac - 35 mins drive
Les Eyzies - 40 mins drive

Bergerac is our nearest airport - Ryanair, Britsih Airways, Jet2 and Flybe come into here from many UK airports - Liverpool, Southampton, East Midlands, London city, Stansted, Edinburgh, Bristol etc It is only a 50 mins drive from here and also has plenty of choice of car hire.



Kitchen and dining

The large and bright country style kitchen with dining table and chairs is fully equipped with all modern appliances. Oven, hob, fridge/freezer, espresso coffee-machine, toaster, washing machine, dishwasher etc.

The frenchdoors lead out onto the side terrace, with a built in bbq under a pergola covered in a beautiful trailing campsis vine and this part of the garden is edged with hazelnut trees where the family of red squirrel live!

Living rooms

The large and wonderfully cool sitting room has a wood burning stove, open stone work and a tiled floor. There are 2 comfortable sofas and 2 armchairs, tv with English channels and dvd player with a large selection of dvds, books and games.

The french doors lead out onto the raised terrace, gardens with hammocks and the private pool area.

Stair gate fitted both upstairs and downstairs.


With high ceilings, the property provides one double bedroom with a king size bed, double wardrobes and looks out onto the hazelnut trees which are visited by the family of red squirrels!

The two twin-bedded rooms (cot available), are bright and airy with high ceilings, wardrobes, and chest of drawers and look out over the weeping willows and swimming pool.


Two bathrooms.
Upstairs bathroom with bath, washbasin and wc and a separate shower room downstairs with shower, washbasin and wc.


There is a great well equipped play park with swings, slide, ladder, enclosed trampoline, sand pit and table tennis table.

A separate boules and badminton area and swing ball.

Board games and large selection of toys.

Garden and outside

The 10m x 5m swimming pool is a perfect place to have fun, relax and sunbathe in a large enclosed area with landscaped gardens, beautiful oak pavilion and amazing open views of the countryside.
Ample sunloungers and parasols.
Large gardens on all sides of the property. To run, sleep, relax and play in with no passing traffic!

Parking and garages

Ample parking.

Visitor suitability

For families looking for safety for their children as there is so much space to run free and play as there are no roads passing through! Plenty to keep them entertained while the parents can unwind and relax..............and finally pick up that book you have promised yourself to read!!

For families, couples and friends who wish to spend quality time together and enjoy the french slower pace of life!

For couples looking to explore the area or unwind together.

Peace and tranquility - no passing traffic.

Gorgeous fresh food from local produce.

Dordogne is steeped in history, with many castles, caves, markets, and parks to explore.
Gorgeous, gorgeous weather!!

Too many wines to sample ..........
The best bread, croissants and cakes EVER !!!

Information about any additional facilities

Wi-fi Internet access

Bedlinen, house towels and pool towels, gas and electricity included.

Cots and highchairs available......lots and lots and lots of toys!!

Smoking outside only.

Sorry no pets.


  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Distance: 15 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

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


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

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Monpazier
Distance: 15 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 3 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Prayssac



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Villefranche du Perigord


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? Beautiful and peaceful location. Stunning views. A night sky that has so many stars and a clear view of the milky way! We are based half a kilometre up a private lane from the main road so there is no passing traffic to think or worry about. Our pretty village is just 1.5kms away, so very handy to pop down if you run out of milk, bread, cakes, wine......
Unique benefits of property Hilltop location. Very large grounds with plenty on-site activities and private and seperate terraces with places to sit, chat or chill. Private location so no passing traffic!. Peaceful. Only 30 minutes from the Heart of the Dordogne with so much to see and do...or stay home and do absolutely nothing but unwind, relax and re-charge .....

The Owner Recommends

Canoeing on the Dordogne river

Great way to spend the whole day. Fill your picnic basket, grab your sun hat, glasses and sun cream and gently row down the famous Dordogne river whilst admiring the beautiful Chateaux and caves!


There are so many wonderful castles to visit. One of my favorites is at Beynac. The view alone from here is so beautiful! With walkways and shops, cafes and restaurants it is a real hit for all the family.

Night markets

You could visit a different night market each night of the week! Local food and produce is prepared and cooked right in front of you. Choose your table and select your wine and enjoy a very typical french evening - you wont be disappointed!


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.


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


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.

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.

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!


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.


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.


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.