Holiday gite in rural Dordogne with pool - AD005864_C

Cales (31km from Bergerac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD005864_C Advertiser since: 28 November 2017

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Cours du Fleuve - The Tabac Self Catering Saturday 3 6 3

About this property

Charming Cottage Decorated With Taste - Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Cours du Fleuve is set in the countryside of the tiny village of Calès, overlooking the banks of the Dordogne River. Across the river lies Trémolat, a typical small French village which caters for the needs of both the French and the English, although it has still retained the French charm. One can amble around the village enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the local ancien St Nicholas church, or simply watch the world go by at the local bar.

Close by is the famous "Cingle de Tremolat", a bend in the river offering magnificent panoramic views of the Dordogne valley. The medieval town of Lalinde (14 km), with its little lake ideal for picnics and lively Thursday market is also worth a visit. Sarlat (44 km) bustling narrow streets and medieval buildings steeped in culture and history, is a must visit for all. The region boasts the world renowned Bergerac appellation wine area which covers 12,700 hectares. Wine has been produced in the region for well over 400 years. Wine enthusiasts will find similar grapes to those found in the Bordeaux region including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec reds; Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet whites. Many vineyards welcome visitors and offer tastings. The formal ‘route de vin’ maps out a plan of the vineyards in the area. The Dordogne is the supplier of almost half of France’s fine produce including truffles, cèpes and foie gras.

The nearest shopping towns are the beautiful Le Bugue on the Vézère River to the east, and Lalinde on the Dordogne to the west. The river Vézère joins the Dordogne at the lovely village of Limeuil just a few minutes drive from Trémolat. Enclosed between the rivers Vézère and Dordogne (the "golden triangle") is a veritable treasure of prehistoric sites, beautiful caves from, for example, Lascaux with cave paintings, to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac with stalactites in a forty metre high underground cavern.
There is so much in the local area it is almost impossible to know where to start. All age groups are catered for. There are prehistoric sites, troglodyte villages, bastide towns such as Monpazier, Belvès and Villereal. Périgueux and Bergerac are an easy drive.
There are châteaux for visiting and wine tasting. Monbazillac is worth a visit. During the summer, countless local fêtes, travelling shows, night markets and dancing in the square to bands with accordions!
Bergerac: 40 mins
Bordeaux: 2 hrs 20mn
Toulouse: 3 hrs
By Car: Approximately 8 hr drive from the Northern coast of France if arriving by ferry/tunnel
Local Station: Trémolat

At Cours du Fleuve there are presently 4 self-catering gîtes for rent : The Cottage that sleeps 4, The Séchoir that sleeps 4 , The Tabac that sleeps 6 and the Farmhouse that sleeps either 3 adults or 2 adults+2 young children under 6 years old.
The Tabac was originally the barn used to dry tobacco leaves. This is the largest of the renovated properties, consisting of three ensuite bedrooms. It is light and airy with views on three sides of the property. The Tabac sleeps six people.

The Tabac offers very comfortable accommodation with original beams, exposed stone walls, tiled floors. It is set up as a home from home so there, really is everything you need for a comfy stay.

For further testimonials, please refer to our website :



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen - The kitchen is fully equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and cooker. There is ample storage space available with a range of units and worktop surfaces

The dining area - The dining area has seating for eight people with a solid oak table. The east facing French doors offer views across the river, opening onto the patio at the front of the property with garden table and chairs for outdoor dining. A second enclosed patio, with garden furniture and gas bbq is situated at the rear of the property within the garden area

Living rooms

This contemporary and comfortable lounge has ample seating with three sofas, surrounding the coffee table. Entertainment is provided by satellite tv: French/English freeview channels, dvd player, hi-fi system, and a media centre containing a selection of reading material


Bedroom 1 - The traditional beams have been maintained to create a light and spacious room with views overlooking the River Dordogne. The master bedroom consists of a double bed, triple wardrobe and chest of drawers. A hairdryer and electric alarm clock are also provided.

Bedroom 2 - The second bedroom continues the traditional theme with exposed beams also views overlooking the river. This room has a double bed, with ample storage in the form of wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Bedroom 3 - The third bedroom continues the traditional theme with exposed beams, with views overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. There are twin beds with storage in the form of wardrobe and chest of drawers.

The bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning. However, this facility is optional.
For further information, please refer to our Booking Conditions.


The master bedroom has a bath with thermostatically controlled shower, toilet and basin.

The second bedroom has an en suite shower room, with basin and toilet.

The third bedroom has an en suite shower room, with basin and toilet.


Central electric heating throughout the property.


Entertainment is provided by satellite tv: French/English freeview channels, dvd player, hi-fi system, and a media centre containing a selection of reading material.

Garden and outside

Outside are 2 patios. One at front facing the Dordogne river banks equipped with garden furniture, and one patio at the back with access to the garden, facing the pool, also with garden furniture, gas barbecue and 2 loungers. Further seating by the pool with loungers and parasols .

You can play badminton, boules, or of course just relax with a book and a drink in the sun or in the shade

Large fenced heated swimming pool with paved terrace, loungers and umbrellas.



Parking and garages

Parking for several cars.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Beaumont du Périgord
Distance: 20 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Perch
Name of nearest fishing location: The Dordogne river
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Lolivarie - 24172 Saint Germain de Belvès
Distance: 24.4 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: La Route des Vins through Bergerac vineyards - Wide choice of different wines



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Julien de Savignac - Le Bugue
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Anne Harmer

We are an English/French couple. My husband Paul and I decided that a change of lyfestyle was in order, so we left the Côte d’Azur where we lived for 45 years after falling in love with the beautiful region of the Dordogne. We bought Cours du Fleuve in June 2017 and are enjoying every minute here. We are very proud to offer high standing accommodation and our pleasure is to make sure that our guests have the best time possible on their holidays.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? When we drove up to the Cours du Fleuve for the first time, we realised how special the place was and how it appeared to be “the one”. We love its character and charm and the beautiful countryside all around it, peace and tranquility it offers. This part of France is not only beautiful, but has exemplary food and wine, culture and history.
There is so much to explore in the area. Markets selling local produce and antiques. Castles, churches and prehistoric caves, vineyards, and restaurants serving the region’s specialities (such as truffles, duck and foie gras). There are stunning walks, cycle routes, canoeing, golf, horse riding.
Unique benefits of property The property sits on a high plateau overlooking the glorious Dordogne river and the countryside. The gîtes are full of authentic charm, but have been completely renovated to bring them into the 21st century. Our guests all remark on the attention to detail and comfort afforded by the gîtes.

The Owner Recommends


The city in the sky perched on the cliff tops overlooking the Dordogne Valley, the medieval Bastide of Domme is one of the treasures of the Dordogne. The views down the valley are stunning and you will feel very much part of history as you walk around the streets. Market day is on Thursday.

Gardens of Marquayssac and Eyrignac

Two contrasting styles of gardens. Marquayssac perched on the cliffs above the Dordogne Valley has small formal gardens and then extensive walks along the cliff tops to the Belvedere overlooking La Roque Gageac (one of the prettiest villages in France). Eyrignac, located about 7km from us, is one of the foremost gardens of France - very formal and mainly green! The gardens of Cadiot (in the English style) are also in the vicinity.

Gouffre de Padirac

The biggest geological cave in the region, the Padirac chasm is over 100m deep and 32m wide. You descend into the cave complex by way of a boat journey on an underground river. The biggest cave (the Grand Dome) is a staggering 91m high.

La Roque St Christophe

One of the most incredible attractions in the region, a UNESCO World Heritage site, La Roque St Christophe is a 1km long cliff, 80m high with 5 enormous galleries. Since troglodyte days, it has been a place of safe refuge. You get to see how the city was arranged and there are working replicas of the lifts which were needed to bring supplies up the cliff face.

Lascaux II, Montignac

In the Vezere Valley, you will have the opportunity to visit a replica of some of the most important pre-historic cave paintings ever discovered. The Lascaux cave is outstanding and the paintings are breathtaking. See bison, mammoths and cave dwellers dating back 10,000 years.


There is at least a market a day, the most famous being the Saturday market in Sarlat and the Sunday market in St-Cyprien. Go early to get the best selection and to avoid the crowds.


One of the finest examples of a medieval town in France. The centre of the town is picturesque and all the buildings are beautifully preserved. Market days (Wednesday and Saturday) are well worth a visit and an evening visit is a must as all the old town is lit up. During the period between mid-July and early August, there is a theatre festival and throughout the summer you are able to watch the street performers and listen to the musicians who perform in the streets of the old town.

The Dordogne Valley

The 60/70km stretch of the Dordogne River flowing through the Lot and the Perigord Noir must be one of the most picturesque river valleys in Europe. With countless medieval villages, breathtaking scenery and cliff-top chateaux, a trip either upstream or downstream is a must. Travelling upstream, you get to see the beautiful villages of Creysse, Carennac with its fortified abbey, Loubressac, a cliff-top village with panoramic views of the Chateaux at Castelnau and Beaulieu, a market town where the river widens. Downstream takes you past some of the major chateaux of the Dordogne, Montfort perched overlooking a loop of the river, Fayrac, Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes and through the village of La Roque Gageac.

Canoeing / kayaking

From our own experience, one un-missable joy is canoeing (or kayaking) down either the Vezere, Dordogne or Dronne rivers - take along a picnic, pick up your chosen craft, oars and safety vests and off you go, drifting downstream to a preselected destination where you will be picked up and returned to your parked car. One such route in the Dordogne valley passes beneath several famous chateaux including Baynac and Castelnaud, and drifts through the eye-candy village La Roche Gageac. Simply delightful.


Golf, horse riding, hot-air ballooning or simply stretching your legs – there are a number of local walking clubs (randonnées) who welcome regular or occasional friends – and a number of spectacular gardens offer more leisurely distraction


Old town and port
Layers of history to explore, starting with the medieval buildings of the old town. During the summer months the old port and the main squares throughout the town centre buzz with a variety of summer events, many completely free.
The river was absolutely vital to the town's development as a centre for the wine industry. Timber for barrel making came from upstream and wine could be exported down river towards Bordeaux. The Maison des Vins overlooking the old port is a great place to ask for an introduction to a few of the local wines.
Canoe hire and boat trips are available from the old port during the summer months.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 CornishFrenchies 1 September, 2018

Everything about this gite was excellent. It's a spacious, comfortable and homely gite with a front and rear patio with seating areas in both - both have lovely outlooks and it was good to have a shadier rear patio during the very hot weather we experienced. Anne is fantastic house - friendly and accommodating without ever being intrusive. Genuinely interested in your holiday and welfare and on-site if needed. The pool is amazing- clean with adequate loungers for all guests. The area is little way out from the busier Dordogne hot spots which we liked - less traffic and people but you still have Tremolat just 5 minutes down the road which is a lovely little village with an excellent Pizzeria and other restaurants and a Boulangerie. We have been to the Dordogne 4 times and this was by far the best accomodation we have had - 5 stars!

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