Gite & pool to let, Mialet, ideal for couples - AD006415

Mialet (35km from Brantome), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006415 Advertiser since: 31 May 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Beaux Souvenirs Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Gite with Pool, Ideal for Couples, Village Location. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Welcome to Beaux Souvenirs, a superb gite newly introduced to the market in Summer 2018. Part of a 19th century stone built coach house with a beautiful garden filled with fruit trees and flowering plants surrounding a magnificent swimming pool. The property layout is unsuitable for children and therefore it is ideal for a relaxing holiday for couples.

It’s located at the heart of a national county park in the Perigord Vert, the Northern region of the beautiful Dordogne. So aptly named for the greenery of its forests and meadows, rivers and rolling hills. The village of Miallet is one of its prettiest traditional villages and the property is just a few minutes’ walk from the quaint village square. Here can be found a superb butcher who also sells local produce and a bread and patisserie shop, There is a chemist, doctor and physio, a newsagent selling stamps and a small selection of British newspapers. The L’Oreal hairdresser speaks a little English, or why not dine at the village bistro.

Beaux Souvenirs has secure parking and its own entrance and separate exit to the garden.
The interior decor is an eclectic blend of old and new, vintage and modern, offering an interesting twist to the building's traditional features. The large, open plan lounge/kitchen/diner has plenty of room to chill out after a long day, and the smart tv is perfect for catching up on all your favourite programmes. Upstairs there are 2 lovely double bedrooms with very comfortable sprung king size beds. On the ground level, enjoy the gorgeous bathroom with twin vanity units, toilet, and spacious walk-in shower. Included for your convenience are quality bed linen, bathrobes, towels and pool towels too.

The frenchdoors in the kitchen lead to a shaded patio with an outside table, lounging chairs, and barbecue. The 12m x 6m in-ground swimming pool is exclusively for the use of guests. With crystal clear air and sky at night full of stars, our gite is perfectly placed for relaxation and to completely unwind.

Lovers of vintage fashion will be delighted to know that there is a private on-site fashion museum. Beaux Souvenirs guests are treated to a one hour guided tour discussing not only fashion brands throughout the 20th century but social history too.

The location is perfect for sightseeing as many are within an hours radius of the property. There are numerous chateaux, gardens, beautiful villages, Roman remains, UNESCO heritage sites, caves and prehistoric relics, Medieval Cities and so much more.

This region is one of the best in France for food and the area is renowned for the duck, fois gras, black truffles, walnuts, chestnuts, strawberries, beef, apples, fruit liqueur and of course wine from Bergerac. Most restaurants and eateries incorporate these into their menus. Apart from our village, there are many places to eat out in the surrounding area, including the Chateau Mavaleix just a 10-minute drive away.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen diner is well equipped for 4 people. It has fitted units, a fridge-freezer, oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, electric kettle and toaster. If you like cooking you may use the fruits and herbs from the garden.
You can dine on the vintage oak table in the gite or out on the table on the patio. Both intimate areas for when the sun goes down to enjoy dinner and share a glass of wine. Off the kitchen is a storage room that is perfect for luggage.

Living rooms

The spacious living room continues on from the kitchen/dining area and has two large comfortable corner settees for relaxation. It has a very interesting collection of Napoleonic memorabilia.
Within this area is a large screen smart tv, where you can catch up with British tv albeit one hour later! Out of season visitors can enjoy the wood pellet stove/heater which keeps everything toasty warm as well as acting as a focal point. Old original prints, many with a French flavour adorn the walls throughout the accommodation.


On the upper level, there are 2 double bedrooms both the same size located on each side of the staircase. The gold room has a very comfortable deep sprung king size mattress housed in a beautiful French bed surround. The bed will be made up for you with quality cotton bed linen, a seasonal weighted duvet and you can have the choice of a microfibre or feather pillows. On each side of the bed, there is a bedside cupboard and lamp. There are a wardrobe and a chest of 4 drawers for storage.

The blue room also has a comfortable dressed king size bed and is furnished to the same high standard. It has 2 chests of drawers for storage and a hanging area. Both rooms also have long mirrors, Velux windows, and cooling fans.


On the ground floor is the large luxurious bathroom, with 2 vanity cabinets and sinks, a walk-in shower, a toilet and storage cabinet and linen basket. We supply top quality cotton bath towels, hand towels, face flannels and pool towels too. There is also a hairdryer for your convenience. Should you forget any major toiletries then the chemist in the village has a selection including sun preparations. Meanwhile, if you have no time for hairdressing then our L'Oreal branded village salon could be very handy, they also do hair colouring and stock L’Oreal hair products. Off this room is a small utility area housing a top loading washing machine, manual clothes dryer, ironing board and iron.


The accommodation is heated by electric and the lounge benefits from a pellet burner which warms the entire ground floor.


Should you wish to stay indoors, there is a smart television with UK programmes and Humax recorder so you don't have to miss anything. Netflix is available if you have your account details. A selection of board games as well as playing cards is perfect for long summer nights on the patio.

There are many places to visit which are covered on our website and we include in the gite a comprehensive pack of information with leaflets on activities, tourist attractions and places of interest. You will also find someday out suggestions handy for when the time is of the essence and reading through leaflets and books are taking up your precious holiday time.

Garden and outside

The 3/4 of an acre garden is truly lovely with a large selection of fruit trees, grapevines, and seasonal flowering plants. Depending on when you stay you may find wild strawberries and even the odd Cepe mushroom or two.
Relax on the patio and listen to the sounds of the many birds that visit the garden including the very pretty Hoopoe.
The pool is open from 9.30am to 8.30pm from the end of May to the end of September although this may be extended depending on the weather. Chill out on the numerous chairs and loungers surrounding the pool.
There is a gas bbq right next to the outside table perfect for al fresco dining. From here you can watch the sun go down and then marvel at the thousands of stars in the clear night sky.
You will find many of the trees in the garden have lichen growing on them which is a good indication of just how clean the air is in this area.

Parking and garages

We have secure off road private parking right in front of the gite.

Visitor suitability

The property is not suitable for children and is offered as an adult-only retreat. It is perfect for two couples or a couple/two friends who like their own bedroom. We would, however, be prepared to consider one single child over the age of 15.

For the comfort of our guests, we have no pets and regret that we do not accept bookings accompanied by pets either.

In terms of getting around, there is no local bus service so, a car is very much essential, and will enable you to get the maximum benefit from enjoying local activities and sightseeing.

If some guests love shopping and others don't, then we suggest being dropped off at the local station at La Coquille 10 minutes away wherein after 40-45 minutes they can arrive at either Limoges or Perigueux and shop without pressure!

Information about any additional facilities

Most shops in small villages and towns and tourist attractions close for lunch from 12 noon to 2pm leaving just the restaurants open. If you would prefer to take a picnic or packed lunch out with you then we have a handy cool box with ice blocks for you to use.

There are a lot of golf courses within easy reach, so should you fancy a game we have 2 golf sets that can be borrowed.

If you would like to read a daily national British newspaper just let us know a week before you arrive and we will ask our local newsagent to reserve it for you. The same goes for our hairdresser (she is very good) let us know and we will book you an appointment.

If you are here to celebrate something special and need help in the organisation, we would be delighted to help.

Finally, we are delighted to have open our fashion museum in spring 2019, for the private use of guests and friends.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Coquille
Distance: 6.7 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Pike, Perch, Carp and Black Bass
Name of nearest fishing location: Le Barrage de Miallet
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: St Medard d'Exideuil
Distance: 37.7 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Miss Vanessa Howard

After a lifetime in Marketing and my partner William, ex-Royal Navy. we yearned for a change of lifestyle and a new challenge. Having visited a couple of French property shows we found ourselves touring the Dordogne. One month later we were introduced to a dream property and hey presto! My passion is my vintage fashion business and William has a passion for the Napoleonic period and a very enthusiastic amateur cartoonist. We both enjoy antique hunting, car boot sales, and general history

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? The Dordogne lies in the South West of France with warm weather. Having toured the entire area we liked the North the best. It was very green with quiet roads and plenty to do and see. There in the beautiful Perigord/Limousin Regional Natural Park, we found our perfect home in the pretty village of Miallet. The location was superb for local shops and close proximity to both a mainline railway station and Limoges airport.
In fact being close to the borders of the Limousin and Correze along with the Dordogne, we have the luxurious position of having activities and sightseeing opportunities in abundance.
Nearby there are numerous chateaux, gardens and beautiful villages to visit. Caves, prehistoric art, and Roman history is in abundance. Plus the beautiful medieval cities of Limoges and Perigueux are well worth a visit. The area is also one of the best places in France to be if you are a food lover. Discover local museums dedicated to Fois Gras and the world famous black truffle.
Unique benefits of property It’s unusual to find a holiday home with the best of all worlds. Not only is it easy to find, close to an airport, with a large private pool, but its village location means you can shop, eat local and stay home relaxing by the pool. Further, if you don’t fancy driving far, La Coquille train station is just 9 minutes away by car and parking is free. Here, you can catch a train to both Perigueux and Limoges (great for boutique shopping, museums and markets). Just tell us what you are interested in, and we will offer suggestions of what to do and see and experience in the area.
For those that like the great outdoors there is golf, fishing, bird watching, riding, biking and walking opportunities nearby.
New for Spring 2019, we are delighted to introduce our Beaux Souvenirs Fashion Museum, for the dedicated follower of fashion. Meanwhile, if you want to learn about visiting local food producers or buying a property in France, happy to discuss over a glass of wine or two!

The Owner Recommends

Our Top 12

1. Brantome, the Venice of the Perigord, an island site town with a beautiful abbey with caves. You can either canoe on the river or take a tourist boat instead. Many people visit the Brantome Police Horses, a retirement home for horses after service. Great places to eat here including the Michelin starred Le Moulin de l'Abbeye under the bridge.
2. St Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages, good for eating out and a photographers dream!
3. Grottes de Villars, for caverns and original cave art including a very rare human figure! NIce area outside the entrance to picnic.
4. Chateau de Hautefort, with a hilltop location and magnificent gardens, one of the best chateau in the Dordogne. No facilities inside so suggest eating in village below.
5. Jumilac le Grand, a stunning chateau that easily competes in grandeur with those on the Loire valley.
6. St Yrieix la Perche, a lovely Medieval town and nearby was where kaolin was discovered which was used to make porcelain. Superb seconds shopping village just outside on route to Limoges.
7. Limoges, a city famed for its porcelain, museums, and galleries.
8. Oradour sur Glane, a haunting village left as a memorial to World War 11.
9. Perigueux, a city renowned for its superb cathedral and Roman remains. A lovely place to sit at leafy restaurants and watch the world go by.
10. Arnac Pompadour, France's national stud with a lovely racecourse named after Madame Pompadour, mistress to Louis XV. Racing available at weekends in July and August. Castle well worth a visit, including stables with racehorses.
11.Terrasson Lavilledieu, a delightful riverside town featuring the amazing Jardins de la Imaginaire, a one of a kind attraction not only in France but Europe too. A gorgeous old town with great cafes to eat in and don't miss the chocolate museum close by.
12. The Perigord Vert Velorail, for an unforgettable trip through the countryside, on a bike contraption using an old railway track.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Kirstyn & Andrew Samalionis 29 August, 2018

We were thrilled when we arrived at our accommodation to see that it was as wonderful as advertised. The hosts were so friendly and had thought of so many of the little things that make your stay comfortable and easy. Even booking us a table at a local restaurant on our arrival day.
The home was perfect and super clean and well organised, the gardens were beautiful and the pool just made our day. William ensured that every morning we had perfect clear waters to dive into.
Vanessa was a wealth of information on the local area and helped you really choose outings that matched your interests and created days out that made the best of the direction you were travelling in. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting local food markets and had a great day kayaking in Brantome ... this did not touch the surface of all the thing you can do and see in the local area.
I would not hesitate to recommend William and Vanessa holiday home to any of our friends and family - it was an oasis of calm and rest in a busy world.

10 / 10 barond 15 August, 2018

This beautiful accommodation has been renovated to a very high standard and decorated with great care, the owners have added their own personal touches with antiques that really enhance the unique nature of this property. The gite was spotlessly clean on our arrival and the outside areas and garden are beautifully presented.

The kitchen is very well equipped and the owners have provided a huge range of equipment to accommodate the needs of the guests with some very thoughtful touches. There is a full oven and hob, fridge-freezer and microwave, outside there is an excellent gas BBQ. We ate most meals outside and it helped that the dining area was shaded by a tree.

The saline swimming pool was one of the highlights of our stay, it is perfect for cooling off and lounging around in and a real luxury to have it to ourselves, it was cleaned daily by the owners. The pool area has comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas which proved invaluable in the summer sun. Other amenities offered are an excellent stereo system, TV with DVD and wifi with plenty of comfortable seating if you wish to dine or relax inside.

The owners Vanessa and William were extremely hospitable and really welcoming, they went out of their way to recommend places to visit and things to do and provided a lot of information about the local area. In the many years we have been coming to France this was definitely the best gite we have stayed in. We would highly recommend it.

10 / 10 Ken D 24 July, 2018

FIRST CLASS! My wife described our stay as "perfect". This is a beautiful property with plenty of space situated in the heart of a lovely rural village with all the amenities we needed. Located in a great tourist area but without being 'touristy', Beaux Souvenirs has two beautiful hearts behind it in the form of Vanessa and William. Their care was evident not just in the calibre of the accommodation with its attention to detail, but in their concern to meet our needs for space or companionship. Despite being within a village, the grounds are not overlooked and offered the perfect mix of pool, eating area, space, shade and wildlife in the form of resident little owls and geckos! From Beaux Souvenirs we were within easy driving distance of medieval towns, nature reserves, beautiful villages, restaurants and markets. It was perfect for us to be able to go out some days to accessible places of interest or equally to remain at Beaux Souvenirs to enjoy the peace and rest of this beautiful gite. The only hesitation that Susie and I would have about recommending Beaux Souvenirs is that we wouldn't want anyone else to go there - which is probably the highest recommendation we could give! The cat is now out of the bag......