|The Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||3||Cot|
The property is a 300 year old farmhouse set down a private drive, in over an acre of gardens with lots of space for children to enjoy. It has a secluded, private newly renovated 10 x 5 metre pool overlooking a walnut orchard.
For al fresco dining, you can choose to sit in the shade of one of the many mature trees or on the sunny decking.
Inside, the house is full of character and French charm, with oak beams, beautiful floors and a stone fireplace.
The large dining kitchen has an oak table that extends to seat 8 people plus a highchair and is fully equiped with everything you will need, including a dishwasher, cooker, oven and microwave.
There is a large comfortable living room with a stone fireplace and woodburning stove for the colder seasons. There is a frenchdoor opening to the decking at the back of the house and another to the garden at the front
Separate tv room leading from the living room, with dvd player, dvd library, books and boardgames.
There are 4 bedrooms, plus a quirky mezzanine with a double mattress, ideal for older children/teenagers. The house has 3 shower rooms (2 en suite).
On the first floor there is a children's bedroom with bunk beds, which is next to a shower room. Up a couple of stone steps is the family suite which has a large master bedroom, adjoining bedroom with a single bed (a travelcot is also available on request) and en suite shower room.
On the second floor is another family suite with double bed and double mattress on the mezzanine and en suite shower room.
All bedrooms have ample clothes storage, including hanging space.
All three bathrooms are equipped with toilet, washhand basin and showers. They all have generous storage space and towel rails/radiators.
PLEASE NOTE, the property has a septic tank so only toilet paper is to be flushed down the toilet.
Gas central heating via radiators, woodburning stove in living room.
Separate tv room leading from the living room, with dvd player, dvd library, books and boardgames.
Beautiful 10 X 5 metre private pool for the sole use of guests in the property, situated in over an acre of gardens, with a walnut orchard.
Decking with lounge furniture
Large charcoal barbeque
Outside lighting front and back, ideal for evening al fresco dining
Goal post and footballs, swing in the tree.
Four adult bikes
Water polo ball
Parking on the property for several cars
Not suitable for wheelchair access
Utility room with toilet, sink and washing machine.
Large indoor storage area for bikes, outdoor furniture, toys etc.
We are Tony and Nicola, and have been together since 2012 and got married in July 2018. We bought this stunning property in 2017 and completed it this summer, ready to be the perfect getaway for our guests. Our ultimate aim is to take early retirement and move permanently to France in the near future
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||This is a beautiful 300 year old farmhouse situated in the peaceful hamlet of Les Valettes on the edge of the rolling green countryside of the Perigord-Limousin National Park. Just 2km from the quaint village of St-Sulpice d'Excideuil and 6km from the lovely medieval town of Excidueil, the house is ideal for those seeking peace, quiet and relaxation but wanting some amazing sites and fun outdoor activities. The farmhouse is surrounded by stunning countryside, with lots of marked countryside walks and is ideally located for visiting the many attractions the Dordogne has to offer.
Places to visit very close by, include the Chateau de Hautefort, the village of Tourtoirac with the remains of an attractive abbey and caves which are open to the public, Saint-Jean-de-Cole which has been officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and the fairytale Chateau de Jumilhac. It is also about an hour from the historic towns of Sarlat, Domme, La Roque-Gageac and Brantome.
|Unique benefits of property||The house is large enough for 2 families but cosy enough for a smaller group, as it is on three floors.
Set in over an acre of gardens with lots of space for children to enjoy, there is a private newly renovated 10 x 5 metre pool for the sole use of our guests, overlooking a walnut orchard, with enough sunloungers for everyone. It truly is a place to unwind and enjoy everything holidaying in France has to give.
If you like peace and quiet, this is the place to be, the only noise you will hear is the singing of the birds and the woodpecker in the tree.
The town originally developed around a 10th century monastery, in a peaceful setting. There are a couple of reasons to visit Excideuil, apart from the interesting old-town itself with its gothic church and 16th century houses:
The first is the Thursday market, when the village leaps to life with reputedly the busiest market in the region.
Hautefort (15 minutes drive) is claimed to be the most beautiful château in Périgord, perched on a rocky spur. New rooms have been opened to the public since 2005 and a visit to the castle's famous formal French gardens will make your visit even more enjoyable.
Sights include: the remains of a Roman amphitheatre (known locally as the arènes romaines) the centre of which has been turned into a green park with a water fountain; the remains of a temple of the Gallic goddess "Vesunna"; and a luxurious Roman villa, called the "Domus of Vesunna", built around a garden courtyard surrounded by a colonnaded peristyle now housed in the Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum.
Perigueux is also great for shopping and restaurants.
The most famous town in the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France. It is also one of the most attractive. Often called just Sarlat, the town is actually twinned with its less famous neighbour and is more correctly called Sarlat le Caneda.
Destined to be besieged by tourists at almost all times of the year Sarlat is a beautiful, well restored town a few kilometres north of the River Dordogne. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times is a pleasure to visit, especially during the spring and autumn, or early in the morning. If you can catch the early morning sunshine on the yellow sandstone buildings, so much the better.
Before setting off for your walk around Sarlat, visit the tourist office which can provide a suggested walking tour to take in the key attractions. The tourist information office is near to the cathedral.
After your visit there is lots to see in the area around Sarlat. Take a look at our 1-day guide for the key things to do around Sarlat.
Broadly, the pedestrianised Rue de la Republique runs the length of the old town, with mazes of narrow streets either side. The cathedral is to the south-east of Sarlat, with the attractive Place de Payrou and Hotel de la Boétie. North east is the lovely Place de la Liberté and the wonderful winding street of the Rue des Consuls.
The cathedral was originally the church of Sarlat Abbey. Over the centuries it has been added to and transformed and is now a mix of Roman, Gothic and other styles. The Jardin des Enfeus just above the cathedral is the ancient abbey cemetary and there are several sarcophagus and 'enfeus' (enfeus are tombs that are built into the church wall).
Up above the cathedral and the Jardin des Enfeus is an unusual structure -' La Lanterne des Morts', lantern of the dead. This bullet shaped building has had various roles over time including a funeral chapel.
Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne (slight exaggeration strictly speaking) - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.
The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene.
Look inside the abbey as well (built by Charlemagne in 769 and the main historical highlight of the town) and at the troglodyte section behind the abbey including the famous cave of the 'Last Judgement'. These are the remains of the original abbey and during the summer you can do a night-time visit of the troglodyte section - very atmospheric.
At the other end of the abbey are an attractive Renaissance Tower and the round Tour St Roch. These formed part of the defenses of the southern part of the abbey whilst the Porte des Reformes defended the northern side.
The church belfry in Brantome was built in the 11th century and is the oldest to be fund in France, it stands on a rocky outcrop at the bottom of a cliff.
The Church of Saint Pierre is also worth admiring, with certain parts dating back to the 15th century (especially part of the cloisters) as is the bridge that crosses the river, and provides a good vantage point to admire the town.
It is above all the situation of Brantome on the river Dronne, that encircles a large part of the town, and the steep wooded slopes around the town, that add most to its attraction. The river is calm and gentle at this point, covered with water lilies, and sheltered by weeping willows.
It is very pleasant to walk along the edge of the river and through the river-side gardens. Brantome really is one of the most attractive towns of the Dordogne area and well worth a trip.
You can hire a canoe or paddle board from 1 hour to a whole day which is great fun.
Canoeing in Brantôme
One of the most entertaining things to do in Brantôme is to hire a canoe and circumnavigate the town, braving the weirs in both directions! It only takes an hour or so but is a hugely amusing experience, especially if you get stuck on the weir where waiting tourists take photographs of your plight!
There are plenty of places to hire canoes in Brantôme, as well as nearby Bourdeilles. If you want to go for a little longer, they will take you North of Brantôme and let you paddle the boat down, otherwise you can take the boat downriver to Bourdeilles and see its beautiful chateau as you reach the town. Canoeing costs about 7€ per person for an hour and usually not much more for a half-day.
Canoeing the Chateaux circuit
There is a great canoe trip to do a little further out of Brantôme, which takes you on the river L’Isle which has pretty sights including a couple of chateaux. You drive to St Astier and then they take you upriver where you take the canoe down the river, admiring the beautiful scenery along the way. The 14km journey takes about half a day and costs around 12€ per person for a shared canoe. They offer it every day in July and August but only on weekends in the shoulder season.
Another magnificent canoe trip can be made year round near St-Cyprien and Beynac, that takes you down the valley of the chateaux (Montfort, Domme, La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud, Marqueyssac, Beynac, Les Milandes)
We had a lovely week in the Gite. It was a very hot week, 40+°C!
Thanks to the spacious, cool house, the 3 fans and of course the superb pool, the heat outside was bearable. The beautiful walnut trees provide plenty shadow in the garden and over the pool. We brought our hanging chair for a nice afternoon nap. ‘We’ are 2 families with 3 children aged 6, 14 and 16. The kids were happy the wifi worked properly.
The house is charming with different levels and nice subtle decorations. The kitchen is very well equipped and inviting to be used. Everything was clean and new. The garden and pool are secluded. Only some cows had a peek every now and then. The village and surroundings are lovely, typical Dordogne. We felt in the middle of nature, but not quite in the middle of nowhere.
On the hottest day we visited the Grotte de Villars, besides the (usual) stalactites and -gmites, there are some beautiful cave paintings. Online reservations are advised. A visit to the impressive Chateau de Hautefort was followed by a treat on ice cream at ‘Les petits plaisirs’, just a few steps down the road. We also recommend a visit to the ancient but buoyant town of Périgieux. Plenty shops and restaurants e.g. Little Cocotte.
Recommendation: on a calm and hot day lots of flies from the farm nearby came over for a visit. Maybe it’s an idea to put some kind of fly screen at the main door.
Myself and my family stayed here in July. The property was perfect for my family as it had a good sized swimming pool and a large garden which my children all enjoyed. The propoerty was very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. The area was beautiful and so peaceful - with gorgeous surroundings, perfect for a getaway any time of the year. There was plenty of outdoor seating where myself and my family enjoyed our breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday as well as lounge chairs by the pool which was fab. There was plenty to do whilst we were there such as explore different towns such as Sarlat, Perigueux and La Roque Gageac which were all beautiful and there was plenty to do there, including many restaurants and ice cream shops! There were supermarkets close where we were able to get our groceries for our stay. There were also many cafes and restaurants we could visit, locally and in the towns. The owners provided outstanding care and custmer service. We would definitely recommend The Gite to anyone wanting a relaxing stay with plenty to do and would definitely visit again!
If it's peace and quiet and the feel of what life in France is all about then look no further. We stayed her for six and a half months over the winter of 2017/2018. We did wonder what the experience would be like but, considering we stayed over one of the worst winters France has ever had, we LOVED it! On cold winter nights it was super cosy with the log burner but we also had hot sunny weather right up to the end of October and winter seemed like a mild one in the UK or a particularly wet English summer. The house has character and charm and is not too far from local amenities and the local area is full of history without the commercialism normally associated with it. We would both heartily recommend this lovely house however long you want to stay
Les Valettes was simply stunning. Spacious, clean, tastefully decorated, well equipped, and in a lovely tiny little village with everything you need nearby, lovely English neighbours who made us feel very welcome during our week and some interesting French characters including the Mayor close by, a car is a must!
We could have spent all week just at the Gite but there are so many lovely towns and villages nearby that it’s worth exploring a bit.
We are a family with an 11 yr old daughter who spent many hours in the amazing very welcome private pool, and the layout of bedrooms and bathrooms was ideal.
The weather was very hot so the two fans were very welcome, although as we occupied just two of the rooms they may want to add more fans should all the bedrooms be occupied in future.
We would love to return and would definitely recommend this house to others, we had the pleasure of meeting the owners Nicola and Tony were lovely with super communication.
An amazing place, Nicola and Tony you are very lucky!