Spacious holiday farmhouse in rural Dordogne - AD006235

Saint-Privat-des-Pres (2km from Saint-Aulaye), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006235 Advertiser since: 9 March 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Maison Catalpa Self Catering Saturday 4 12 3 We have two travelcots

About this property

French Farmhouse, Sleeps 12. Pool, Jacuzzi. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Maison Catalpa is a traditional 17th century farmhouse which can accommodate up to 12 people in its four south facing bedrooms all overlooking the grounds, making it the ideal home for families holidaying together or large groups. We offer short breaks from two nights outside of peak season. Take advantage of low cost ferries and flights. Check in any day of the week. Available 12 months of the year!

We are family friendly and have a great range of toys, books, play equipment and bikes for adults & children of all ages. We are located in a semi rural area just outside of St Aulaye. The house is located minutes away from riverside beaches, beautiful villages and fields upon fields of golden sunflowers.
Also on site;
Two acres of private grounds,
*Swimming pool,
*Outdoor games,
Beautifully styled bedrooms, two with en suite,
Family bathroom,
Large fully equipped farmhouse kitchen,
Family/group living room,
Games room and library,
Utility with washing machine.




Kitchen and dining

Family farmhouse kitchen/dining area
A spacious room with a farmhouse dining table with seating, large gas 5 burner range cooker, full height fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, coffee machine. Equipped with a comprehensive range of cookware and dinnerware.
Log burner for the milder months, with comfy seating around the fire.

Living rooms

Large communal lounge
A spacious South facing room overlooking the terrace, very bright and cheerful.
Equipped with comfy sofas and chairs, occasional tables, tv (English channels) with dvd player, Netflix, Bluetooth speaker.
Logburner for the milder months.


Four good size South facing bedrooms ~ two family/group rooms which run the full depth of the house and are en suite.

Bedroom 1: large family room. Sleeps 4.
Exposed oak beams to the vast vaulted ceiling.
Double bed, two full size single beds.
Handcrafted oak hanging rail, large chest of drawers and bedside tables with lighting. Seating area.
En suite bathroom with an extra wide shower encompassing an Italian style rainfall shower, modern vanity washbasin unit & wc.

Bedroom 2: Double room. Sleeps 2.
Double bed. Presented with a matching set of French style Louis V bedroom furniture.

Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom. Sleeps 2. With two full size hand painted single antique French beds. Pine bedroom furniture.

Bedroom 4; large family room, sleeps 4.
Exposed oak beams.
King size bed, full size single bunk beds. A very large French hand painted armoire and antique cupboard. Seating area. En suite bathroom with bath and shower over, white vanity unit with washbasin & wc.


Large family bathroom
A large and bright bathroom with original exposed oak beams to the vaulted ceiling.
Encompassing a full size bath with hand held shower over, walk in Italian style rainfall shower with drying area, modern vanity washbasin unit with storage & wc.


The house has full central heating* and offers two logburners*, one in the kitchen and one in the living room.

Fans are provided in each bedroom for the summer months.

*Available October - April, surcharge applies.
*First basket of logs free, 7€ per basket thereafter.


Wi-fi is available free to use across the whole house and the terrace.
There is a large flat screen tv in the lounge with Netflix and English tv channels.
A dvd player is also in situ. We have a large range of varying genre dvd's.
A Bluetooth speaker is available in the living room.

Games Room and Library
We have a well equipped games room which offers a good range of toys and games for children. There is children's seating in this room. There are also jigsaws and puzzles, board games for all ages, cards and much more. An old style PS2 with games is also available in this room.
Relax with a good book from our selection of thrillers, romance, biographies, factual and more. A great range of books is housed for children as well.

Outdoors (Seasonal)
Badminton facilities, table tennis, paddling pool for toddlers, garden games, inflatable toys for pool, arm bands, rubber rings, pool noodles, beach toys, garden croquet set and more.

Garden and outside

Set in 2 acres of private fenced land, we can offer you a haven of tranquillity. The south facing garden basks in the summer sun and is a delight in all seasons. Encompassing established shrubs and mature fruit trees. The garden is a haven for many species of birds, including woodpeckers, Kingfishers, and birds of prey who frequent the adjoining fields.The meadow backs onto the Rizzone stream which gently meanders its way into the nearby River Dronne.

A large shaded south facing terrace to the front of the farmhouse provides a welcome area to relax and enjoy an apero and your meals. Why not cook alfreso on the large bbq, then relax on one of the many sun loungers, parasols provided. The beautiful Catalpa tree overhangs the terrace to offer an umbrella of shade.

Swimming pool, a 5.5m circular swimming pool with shaded seating area to the side for spectators.
Jacuzzi, a large 7 seater Jacuzzi is located on the terrace, perfect for kicking back and enjoying the night sky.

Parking and garages

Ample parking onsite.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families holidaying together with children of all ages.
Suitable for groups and organised events.
Mid and low season; stays from two nights, check in any day of the week!

Information about any additional facilities

A wide range of bikes for children & adults, golf clubs, small range of fishing gear are available for guests use, free of charge.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Aubeterre
Distance: 5 km


Distance: 1.5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Not known
Name of nearest fishing location: Local rivers with permit
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Manoir d Longeveau, Longeveau,16390 Pillac
Distance: 9 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecuries Des Chênes, Chez Martin,16190, Bors de Montmoreau
Distance: 11 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: St Emillion



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Marked trail in woods


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Emillion
Distance: 33 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sue Ball

My name is Sue and I moved to the Dordogne with my husband Steve over 4 years ago. <br/>We adore this part of France, its tranquil and scenic with beautiful river beaches and historic buildings. We are forever discovering new places and sights. We would love to welcome you to stay at La Maison Catalpa and to enjoy the region for yourself.

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? There is so much to see and do here. We are located in the Dordogne but border the Charente. Families will spend days at the local river beaches, canoeing is a big pastime in the summer months, we have outdoor nature parks with high ropes courses, traditional markets and brocantes, wonderful restaurants serving a range of cuisines. You may like to take a stroll to the local Boulangerie or cycle around the sunflower fields that border La Maison Catalpa. If rest and relaxation are on the cards, we have numerous sun loungers in the private 2 acres of grounds, take a dip in the pool, kick back in the Jacuzzi. Take an apero on the terrace whilst the children take advantage of the play equipment in the garden or enjoy playing with the toys, puzzles and books we have in the games room.
Unique benefits of property The property is geared up to families, and can offer the space and security to enable everyone to have the best holiday possible. We are also ideal for friends and groups holidaying together. We can offer short breaks from 1 night outside of peak season, take advantage of low cost ferries and flights, check in any day of the week.

The Owner Recommends

St Aulaye

Less than 2km away from La Maison Catalpa, you will find bars, restaurants, cafes, supermarket, petrol station, creperie, pizzeria, market on a Saturday, pharmacy and a choice of two wonderful Boulangeries.
The ever popular river beach has lifeguards on duty in high season and a safe roped off area for children, take a bucket and spade, enjoy an ice cream or an ice cold beer from the beach bar. Snacks or more substantial meals can be enjoyed at the beachside bar and restaurant. Across from the beach you will find high ropes activities, The Arbor Adventure Nature Park at Saint-Aulaye has something for all of the family. They have a number of exciting ropes courses through the trees, ranging from an 80 metre long zip line, to an 8 metre high ropes course, to a 1 metre high course for small children. The park also offers canoeing/kayaking, climbing – tree climbing and small walls, Skywalker trampolines and archery.

A small market is held on a Saturday morning.

Aubeterre sur Dronne

Officially listed as one of 'The Most Beautiful Villages in France' since 1993, it has welcomed pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in north west Spain, visitors and tourists for over 1000 years. Two important historical monuments add to the cultural status of Aubeterre sur Dronne; the extraordinary, monolithic, underground Church of St Jean and the Romanesque Church of St Jacques, with its stunning façade.

Visitors and tourists can enjoy meandering through the ups and downs of the narrow streets, popping in to admire the many specialist shops, including a leather worker and potters, and then settling down in the village square, Place Trarieux, at one of the cafés or restaurants, comfortably shaded by ancient lime trees.

For the energetic visitor there are activities aplenty. Aubeterre sur Dronne has been designated a “Station Verte” for over 25 years. At the foot of the village, where the meadows meet the River Dronne, are to be found a river beach and restaurant.

Market day in Aubeterre is on a Sunday morning.

Lake Jemaye

Located in the heart of the Double, characterised by its woodland and stretches of water, the Grand Etang de la Jemaye is one of the gems of this magnificent ancient forest. The site is composed of a vast forest and six interconnected ponds. Used for swimming and watersports since the 70s, the department of Dordogne has developed this site so that it would be able to reconcile the large number of visitors that it attracts and the protection of its natural habitats and species.

Perfect for a family day out, shaded areas for picnics. Children's play area. Designated area for paddling and swimming which is manned by a life guard in the summer months.

Snack bars serving ice creams, lunches drinks etc.


Brantome is an idyllic village located to the north of Perigueux on the banks of the River Dronne.
The town is known locally as the Venice of Perigord. Wooded cliffs loom up behind the beautiful Benedictine abbey and the river Dronne runs around the village in front of a Benedictine Abbey. There is a small weir and a lovely and unusual right-angled stone bridge to add to the beauty of the scene.
During a walk around the rest of the small village of Brantome you can see various examples of medieval and renaissance architecture. The town also boasts a selection of good restaurants including the Michelin starred Moulin de l’Abbaye.
Market day is Friday in Brantome


Dating from the 9th century and set in the Dronne valley, Riberac is at its best on a Friday morning, market day for reputedly the biggest market in Perigord. At most other times it is fairly quiet.
Riberac is a pleasant market town which is pleasant to explore, stop for lunch or a coffee or browse the shops along the high street.