Pet friendly gite in Dordogne with pool - AD006725

1km from Saint-Martial-Viveyrol, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006725 Advertiser since: 17 December 2018
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Lafont Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1 Please note bedroom is on mezzanine

About this property

Lovely Pet-Friendly Gite In Beautiful Surroundings. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Lafont is an old farm steading set within spacious gardens and grounds. The gite is converted from part of the old barn and has a wealth of original features including exposed beams and beautiful stone walls. The gite is open-plan with a mezzanine bedroom and a fully-fitted, well-equipped modern kitchen with dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob and fridge. The bathroom has a walk-in Italian type shower, wc and washbasin.

Lafont gite lies opposite the owners' house in a private setting, backing on to the orchard which has an abundance of trees including pear, fig, cherry, plum,apple, walnut and a very old medlar. The gite is ideal for a couple seeking a quiet get-away but within very easy reach of all amenities. It benefits from its own patio with table and chairs for outdoor eating as well as a large parasol. There are also reclining chairs and a bbq.

Guests have use of the swimming pool (shared with the owners) where sunloungers are provided. There are superb views over the surrounding countryside from the pool terrace - a great place to sit watching the sun go down. There is also a gamesroom with a pool table, dart board, various games and lots of books. Wi-fi is available and the gite also has a tv with English Freeview channels. Bikes are available at no charge to guests. Parking is within the grounds.

Lafont gite is rural but not isolated; the lively village of Verteillac is a few minutes’ drive. Verteillac has a boulangerie, butchers, bank, general store, pharmacy and several bars and restaurants. A number of bars and restaurants are very close by at St Martial Viveyrols, Bouteilles St Sebastian and Lusignac. All are excellent for a relaxing glass of wine in the sunshine and all provide good food.

There is an abundance of wildlife around Lafont: we have resident red squirrels in the garden and there are often deer in the fields and owls can be heard hooting at night. Well-behaved pets are very welcome and there are superb walks right from the door. Lafont has generous grounds including large lawned areas in which guests are free to wander, throw a ball for the dog or sit beneath a shady tree. Lafont is also home to Archery Dordogne so guests can try their hand at this ancient sport under Ian's expert tuition.

Riberac, with its not to be missed Friday market and supermarkets, is a short 10 minute drive away. Canoeing is available on the Dronne river which flows through Riberac. Canoeing is also available at Aubeterre, one of France's most beautiful villages, which is a 15 minute drive away. A stunning hillside village, Aubeterre has a subterranean church as well as a very picturesque square with bars and restaurants in which to sit and watch the world go by.

Well behaved pets are very welcome at Lafont. We have our own dogs (and horses) so your pet must be sociable and friendly.



Kitchen and dining

Open plan modern fitted kitchen with electric oven and gas hob. Built in fridge with small freezer compartment. Built in dishwasher. Kettle, coffee-machine, microwave and toaster along with plenty of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware.

Tea towels are provided.

There is a stylish wooden dining table and chairs.

Living rooms

Open plan, high-beamed living area with wide frenchdoors leading on to the private patio. There is everything you need to relax: a soft, comfortable sofa, well-stocked bookcase, wall-mounted tv and music system. There is also a large woodburner for those chillier months.


Mezzanine bedroom with double bed. Bedside tables and lamps. Dressing table with drawers. Chair.

A hairdryer is provided. For the summer months there is a fan in the bedroom.

All bedding is provided, including sheets and pillow cases. A lightweight summer duvet is provided for the hotter months.


Modern fully tiled bathroom with walk-in shower, wc and washbasin. Heated towel rail.

Bath and hand towels are provided but you will need to bring your own towels for the pool.


Woodburner for the winter months. Heated towel rail
A fan is provided for use in the bedroom area during the summer.


Wall-mounted flatscreen tv which has English Freeview channels. Cd player. Wi-fi is available.

We have a gamesroom with a pool table and a dart board. There is also a table tennis table on the lawn.

Garden and outside

Secluded private paved patio leading to the orchard and grounds. A 4-seater metal table and chairs with parasol. Bbq. Reclining chairs for sunbathing or a sly snooze.

Lafont has extensive gardens including large lawned areas and an orchard. There is a swimming pool (alarmed) with views over the surrounding countryside.

Parking and garages

Off street private parking within the grounds.

Visitor suitability

Adults only. Not wheelchair accessible. Some steps.

Information about any additional facilities

Washing machine, ironing board etc available in separate utility room.

Archery lessons available at the house - payable by the hour.

Bikes available free of charge.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Vet: Laurent Francois ZA du Puy Est, 24600 Ribérac +33 5 53 90 26 90


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Verteillac - first Sunday of every month
Distance: 5 km


Family activities


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

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecurie des petites fontaines, Nr Riberac
Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are numerous tracks near the house with marked tracks at St Martial Viveyrols & Verteillac and St Martial Viveyrols

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Ian Hendy

Lafont is owned by Ian and Cathy Hendy. The property was a French owned private residence that had been in the same family for generations. Originally a small farm, the property has its own well, bread oven and traditional outbuildings. Ian and Cathy have sympathetically restored the buildings and helped return the extensive gardens to their former glory. Ian’s background is in farming, property development and the outdoor activity industry. Ian offers archery lessons at the house.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? The property is in a fantastic secluded location with no immediate neighbours and lovely views. The villages of Verteillac, Lusignac and Saint Martial Viveyrol are only a few minutes away and have all the shops/services that you need. Bergerac and its vineyards are less than an hour away and a great place for a lazy lunch and a walk round the old town. Major tourist attractions such as Sarlat and Les Eyzies can be reached in a couple of hours and make a great day trip.
Unique benefits of property The house sits in about 18 acres of formal gardens and pasture all of which are accessible to guests. We are pet-friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome to explore the grounds and there are longer walks leading directly from the house.

The Owner Recommends


Verteillac is a 5 minute drive from the house and is a lovely village with bars, restaurants and shops. There is also a bank and tourist information office. It is a lively village with a weekly Saturday morning market and a famous brocante held on the first Sunday of every month. During the summer there are evening markets where you can buy direct from the producer and have your food cooked there and then. Great social occasion with entertainment thrown in.


As well as having two large supermarkets and a 24hr petrol station, Riberac has a must-see Friday morning market. You can buy anything from flowers through to crafts, clothes and the all-important food and wine. It's a feast of the senses and well worth a visit. The river Dronne runs through the town and canoes can be hired by the hour or part-day.


Aubeterre is a stunning hillside village 15 minutes away by car that is a must see. It is officially listed as one of France's most beautiful villages. The village itself is full of narrow, meandering streets, quirky shops and numerous bars and restaurants. Have lunch in one of the restaurants in the tree-lined square and then visit the Church of St Jean, a subterranean monolithic church. At the foot of the village there is a riverside beach with canoes available for hire.


Brantome is known as the "Venice of Perigord". The river Dronne meanders through the town in a big loop. There are guided boat trips and canoes for hire. The town is dominated by the huge abbey and former monastery. There are numerous restaurants catering from burgers to fine dining. Nearby is Brantome Police Horses a charity which looks after retired UK police horses. The visit and afternoon tea is a must for anyone, horsey-minded or not.


Lafont is home to Archery Dordogne. Ian is a professional instructor and offers lessons to individuals, groups and families. All equipment is supplied and sessions are informal and structured to cater for beginners through to intermediate. All you need to do is come along and have some fun learning a new sport!

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Benadryl Susie 9 September, 2019

A lovely place to stay in a peaceful beautiful setting .
Close by local town with restaurants and shops .
Lots of interesting places to visit not to far away.
Charming host.
Would recommend as a lovely place to stay .

10 / 10 Lynda, Geoff & Zara 25 August, 2019

We & our dog had a fantastic time staying at Lafont. Ian & Cathy were very welcoming, helpful & knowledgeable about the local area and Dordogne region. The Gite is very well equipped with lovely private outside space. There are amazing views across the fields best seen from the swimming pool terrace that offers both sunny and shady areas to relax in. There is a games room with a pool table and dart board. Archery lessons are also available. Set in a very beautiful & peaceful location but only a very short drive away from the village of Verteillac with restaurants, bars, cafes, bakers and a well stocked supermarket/general store. A simply perfect hideaway. & location for exploring surrounding areas.