Holiday villa in rural Dordogne - AD006754_A

Champagne-et-Fontaine (12km from Verteillac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006754_A Advertiser since: 7 January 2019

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Le Prieure des Dames Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Two 4 foot wide sofa beds, travelling cot.

About this property

A Blend Of History And Luxury. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

As a keen, amateur cyclist and sponsor of Gower Riders, South Wales 2018 and a love of walking, this area of the Dordogne has everything to offer. Gentle rolling countryside or steep climbs, amid fields of sun-flowers, bright blue skies, known for its gastronomic truffles, foie gras, pineau and wine, this is the place to chill and relax.

Le Prieure des Dames de Sainte Marie, is probably one of the oldest properties in the Dordogne, constructed in 1130AD, the first church in the area. Bought as a tumbling down old farmhouse in 2007, we were delighted to be visited by a local historian who presented us with a book he had researched and written about the Priory. His visit and book opened up a whole new chapter for the house. Slowly the house and all it's original architectural features have been exposed and carefully renovated and repaired, brought back to better than their original condition.

Now, this wonderful old Priory of Ladies, once housing 180 nuns, offering accommodation to Richard the Lion Heart and one of the Abbesses being sister of King Louis XIII and so many historical facts and stories, recorded in the Perigeaux Archives, is a tastefully decorated, comfortable, bed and breakfast and gite, blending modern standards and expectations, a heated
10 x 5 x 1.2m, salt-water swimming pool, huge rooms with luxury ensuite bathrooms, central heating, log burning stoves, insulation and double glazing for your comfort.



Kitchen and dining

The Gite has 2 huge rooms. The open plan lounge/diner/kitchen, is flooded with sunshine with 2 pairs of doors leading to the garden and terrace, steps leading to a 2 acre lawned garden and heated swimming pool, with river Lizonne bordering the bottom of the garden.

The modern, teak effect high gloss cabinet kitchen houses a 50/50 fridge/freezer, built-in micro-wave oven, electric oven and 4 ring gas hob, with plenty of cupboard and drawer space, stainless steel sink and tower mixer tap. Kettle, toaster, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, glasses, kitchen tea towels and hand towels provided.
Free welcome pack. Cleaning materials, iron, ironing board, hoover.

An extending draw leaf, dining table and 4 chairs. 3 bar chairs for use at the kitchen worktop.

Living rooms

The large lounge is dual aspect, over-looking the big front garden and village, with the lavender bordered, lawned side garden through 2 pairs of east facing french doors, flooding the room with morning sunshine.
It offers a single / pull-out-double, comfortable day bed, a sofa bed, a 40" flat screen Freeview, British television and a dvd player. Free wi-fi. Log burning stove, central heating, the beautiful, original chestnut floor is insulated between the cellar church below. Very warm and comfortable in the winter and cool in summer.
Both French and British electrical power points are provided.


A huge bedroom. The bed is a comfortable, super-king-size, linen and towels provided. A 4 foot wide sofa bed, chair, coffee table, log-burner, central heating, fitted mirror double wardrobe with drawer space, bedside cabinets, lamps and free wi-fi.


Luxury, quadrangle double tiled shower, low-level w.c., wash-hand basin, bathroom cabinet, mirror. Towels, shower gel and l'Occitaine hand soap provided.


Oil fired central heating radiators, with TRV's. Log burning stoves in the lounge and bedroom.

Swimming Pool. Heated by air-source heat pump.


A choice of board games, free view flat-wide-screen 40" TV , free WIFI.

A choice of local restaurants and bars. Everything from a Pizza van, really good quality value for money pub-grub, through to fine dining and a-la-carte for the special occasion, with a 12 kms radius.

Badminton, boule,darts, swimming pool, BBQ., outdoor dining.

Cycle hire and archery can be arranged.

Garden and outside

Heated 10 x 5 x 1.2m, salt water swimming pool, external dining table and chairs, BBQ, fire-lighters and charcoal, sun loungers, sun parasols, dart board and darts, badminton set, garden boule, astra-turf terrace, river at the bottom of the garden.

The front garden is an easy maintenance, drought tolerant area of stone, sprinkled with various species of ornamental grasses, with a large parking space.

The side garden is laid to lawn, bordered by lavender plants and a copper, beech hedge. Terraced below is another lawn area, bordered by box hedging on one side and a flower and shrubs border on the other.

The rear, swimming pool area, is laid with synthetic grass on two sides, bordered with flowers and shrubs on two sides. Ambient lighting and pool lights.

There is approximately 1.5 acres of garden between the pool and lower gardens which by the river Lizzone and ancient, huge poplar trees bordering the garden.

Parking and garages

There is ample free parking available in the front garden.

Motor bikes and cycles can be stored in the barn.

Visitor suitability

As is common in France, all external walkways are laid with gravel and can be difficult for those with mobility issues.

Whilst the property has been restored and renovated to be able to accommodate all abilities, there are steps to the front door entrance and from the Gite to the pool area. The spiral stairs to the leading to the B&B accommodation and pool is not suitable for disabled or those with mobility issues.

Information about any additional facilities

Dog friendly but will carry a supplement and cannot be left in the house unsupervised.

The provision of extra logs throughout the winter will carry an additional charge.

Cycle hire available.

Off-site archery can be arranged, subject to availability.

Reservations to restaurants can be arranged, subject to availability.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Veterinary Clinic Lavalette, 6, Avenue Maison Blanche, 16320 Villebois-Lavalette tel. 0545649022


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Vertilliac
Distance: 12 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: River Dronne
Distance: 24 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf d'Aubeterre
Distance: 18.1 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Meyfrenie, Verteilliac
Distance: 12 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 17 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: le Plasson 16190 Bors


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Local

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau des Plassons
Distance: 18 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Pamela Walters

Friendly, sociable, outgoing, efficient, very high standards.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? A keen cyclist and sponsor of the Gower Riders, South Wales 2018 and a walker for many years, the area around my home is ideal for comfortable rides exploring this wonderful countryside. In winter when the fields and trees are bare, wonderful frosty days with blue skies, wrapped up in thermal clothes, rosy cheeks, you can see forever. Whilst in spring and summer the whole area has a yellow glow. Starting with the flowers of the rapeseed crop, moving onto fields of sun-flowers as far as the eye can see, under the clear blue sky with blistering daytime heat. What's not to love?
Unique benefits of property History. The house was built in 1130, probably one of the oldest properties in the Dordogne. Richard the Lion Heart stayed here on his second crusade 1189-1192 and King Louis XIII's sister became an Abbess the of the convent (evidenced in the Perigueux archives). The original church which is undisturbed in the cellar of the house, still houses huge, ancient oak wine barrels and press. Just so much history, the house takes your breath away.
What was once a cloister of the abbey, destroyed during the French Revolution is now a wonderful south facing terrace with 10 x 5 x 1.2 metre heated salt water swimming pool, surrounded by beautiful flowers borders, with bees humming the tune of summer.
In the centre of a small village with easy access to local amenities, shops and tourist attractions, spend the evenings under clear, star filled skies, listening to the nightingales and owls. Could you find anything better?

The Owner Recommends

Villebois Lavallette (8.4kms)

Hosting a stunning chateau built on top of the hill, dating back to the 16th century, a charming, covered market place with a small but lively market every Saturday morning.

Vertilliac (12kms)

A small, thriving town, watch the world go by town, with newsagent, post office, bakery, butcher, gift shop and a choice of restaurants.

Brantome (31 kms)

A tourist destination, known as "the Venice of the Dordogne". Stroll around the town, enjoy one of the many restaurants alongside the crystal clear water of the River Dronne. Visit the Benedictine Abbey which was founded in 769AD or purchase something in one of the many artisan shops. Hire a kayak and challenge yourself to rowing around the town or further down river to the pretty little town of Bourdeilles (9kms), with a chateau open to the public.

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (25kms)

A pretty little town set on a rocky crag, the town square with mature trees providing much needed shade during summer, while you take a break and enjoy a coffee or lunch at one of the many restaurants. A lovely, sandy beach and picnic area on the River Dronne, canoes on hire for those who wish to explore, watch the many King-Fisher birds dive for their food.

Perigueux (47kms)

The capital of the Dordogne, built around a 12th century cathedral and set on a hill overlooking the River Dronne. With twice weekly, thriving market, shady squares and restaurants, wonderful architecture, theatre and cheap parking.

Just Chill and Do your Own Thing

Why not take a drive, stopping at one of the many, man-made safe bathing and picnic areas alongside a river, count the fish, admire the kingfishers and herons from the riverbank.
Visit one of the many Romanesque churches, chateaux, or vineyard. There is so much to do.
Catch an impromptu music night or planned music festival, a fete in one of the many little villages, an evening producers' market offering all sorts of tasty food products, locally grown or caught, cooked on site. Enjoy your meal sitting on one of the long picnic tables with the locals tasting the local wine or Pineau.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Kath J 25 August, 2019

What a beautiful place to stay! We spent three nights at le Prieure des Dames in the B&B. The house is fabulous; the rooms are huge and comfortable and the breakfasts are lovely. Our hostess, Pam, was kind and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. She is very knowledgeable about the history of the house and where to visit in the surrounding area. We went to Brantôme and Aubeterre for day trips which were really lovely, and visited nearby restaurants on Pam’s recommendation. There is a large heated pool and garden to relax; and BBQ / picnic areas in the grounds. It is a really great place to visit in a beautiful setting, and wholeheartedly recommended!

Owner response

Oh thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to host you and your family I really enjoyed getting to know you and hope we meet again.
I am glad you liked the house. xx

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