Holiday gite with pool in rural Dordogne - AD006864

4km from Montignac, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006864 Advertiser since: 28 January 2019
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Le Sorbier Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Capacity for travelcot in 2 of the bedrooms.

About this property

A Pretty 3 Bed House In A Tranquil Area With Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Our pretty stone house is located in the tiny hamlet of Le Sorbier nestling at the end of a quiet road with only 2 neighbours and surrounded by farmland.
The house has been lovingly restored to a very high standard with attention to detail and high end fixtures and fittings. Original features such as the large stone fireplace in the kitchen/dining room, wooden beamed ceilings and stone walls have been restored giving the property an abundance of character. New wood floors have been laid throughout and there is a woodburning stove which provides heat and a cozy atmosphere in the winter.

There are woodland walks on the doorstep and the River Vezere is just a short walk away. There is ample parking for several cars plus a large garden. The whole plot is around 1.5 acres and it is all available to guests. As well as the 12m x 4m swimming pool which has an automatic cover there is an outdoor dining area under a pergola and various seating areas throughout the garden. There is also a charcoal barbeque (charcoal not provided).

The lovely town of Montignac is only 3km away and a level walk which takes about 40 minutes and where a market is held every Wednesday and Saturday. In July and August there are night markets every Monday and every July there is a festival of music. There are 24 restaurants in Montignac and numerous shops and bars as well as 3 supermarkets, a bank, post office and tourist information office. There is also a cinema which tends to show films in French only.

The famous and very popular Lascaux caves are only 3km from the house and the tourist attractions in the Dorodogne valley are less than an hour way. Further afield the larger towns of Perigueux (64 km) and Brive (50 km) are worth a visit. The popular historic town of Sarlat la Caneda is 29 km.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen area has a Fisher and Pykel double oven stove with 6 burners and a warming drawer, an integrated dishwasher and LG American style fridge/freezer with water dispenser and ice maker. A large island provides storage with a stainless steel worktop for food preparation. The kitchen is very well equipped including a Bosch Tassimo coffee-making machine, food mixer, blender and crepe maker (A small amount of coffee pods are provided but guests will need to bring a stock of their preferred brand. The local Intermarché supermarket has a good selection)

There is also a separate utility room with a washing machine, separate tumble dryer, sink and toilet and coat rack. This is a useful room for wet shoes and boots.

Adjacent to the utility room is a small library area with a wide selection of books and games.

Living rooms

Full of character, this room has exposed stone walls and beamed ceiling, a newly laid solid oak floor and stunning original stone fireplace with modern wood burning stove.

There is seating for 6 people and a dining table again with seating for 6 people.


First Floor

Bedroom 1
A spacious room with exposed stone walls, beamed ceiling, feature fireplace and new solid oak flooring. The bed is super-king (6ft) but can be split into two single beds if required. There is ample storage in a double wardrobe and large chest of drawers. This room has a lovely view over the front garden and fields beyond.

Bedroom 2
A smaller double room again with views over the front garden and fields beyond. The bed is double (4ft 6”) and there is a double wardrobe and bedside tables with storage

Second Floor

This attractive room has recently been converted from the original attic. There are lots of original beams and a lovely view from the small front window overlooking fields. The metal bed in this room is double (4ft 6”). This room benefits from air conditioning which can be used as heating in the winter. A large velux window makes this a bright and sunny room (black out blind). This bedroom has an en suite shower room.


The two bedrooms on the first floor share a newly fitted bathroom with large shower unit with two separate shower heads. There is ceramic tiling to the walls and floor and a heated towel rail. This room does not have a window.

The attic bedroom has an ensuite which again is a newly fitted room with some exposed stone and tiling. A large shower unit houses a power shower with two shower heads. There are two very small feature windows in the stone wall.


There is a log burner in the living room and electric heaters in bedrooms 1 and 2. Bedroom 3 has air conditioning which can be reversed to provide heating in the winter.

Both bathrooms have electric heated towel rails.


We have a small library of books and games and some cd's and dvd's. A smart tv is fixed to the wall and receives UK tv as well as connecting to the wi-fi

Garden and outside

The 12m x 4m swimming pool is brand new and has terracing with 6 sunbeds (towels not provided)

There is also an outdoor searing area under a pergola for shade when the sun is too hot.

There is plenty of space to be in the sun or shade, whichever you prefer.

In summer the house is surrounded by corn fields making the garden very private.

Parking and garages

There is off street parking for at least 4 vehicles.

Visitor suitability

Unfortunately the property is not suitable for wheelchair users as all the bedrooms are upstairs.

The 2 staircases are newly fitted and very sturdy. The staircase leading to the second floor is narrower than a normal staircase and there is a fairly low beam at the top.

Otherwise all rooms have good ceiling height.

The house is in a very secluded area with very little passing traffic, we only have one full time neighbour and one other holiday home which is privately used by the owners a few times per year.

The total area of the land is 1.5 acres but please note that there is no fencing so guests with small children will need to keep an eye on them.

The swimming pool has an electric cover which closes with the press of a button. It is very important that the cover is closed when the pool is not in use. This not only protects your children but also prevents any animals going into the pool such as rabbits or deer.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Valojoulx
Distance: 7.2 km


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Souillac Golf and Country Club
Distance: 39 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Les Cavaliers de la Vezere
Distance: 8.5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 4 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sue Spence

Hi, myself and my husband Simon have just spent a year renovating our lovely house just outside Montignac. We still live in the UK so have just listed our house for rental when we are not using it ourselves. We have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and hard work that the renovation has brought and hope everyone loves the house and the area as much as we do.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? We love the Dordogne and particularly the quieter Vezere Valley. Montignac is a pretty town and is still lively in the winter due to a large percentage of the population being French. We wanted to be near enough to the ports to be able to drive easily, we are around 6 hours from several ferry ports and 8 from Calais, we usually use Eurotunnel. We also wanted somewhere with a good climate and this area certainly delivers, the temperature is in the 30's in August and only a bit cooler in September. Winter can be very cold though ie December, January and February. We are only 4km from Montignac which takes between 30 and 40 minutes to walk and 5 to drive. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants although some do close in winter. People here are very friendly and polite and the French love it when we try to speak to them in their language.
Unique benefits of property Our house is situated in a small hamlet with no passing traffic except our one neighbour and the occasional tractor. The lane to our hamlet finishes just after our house and then becomes a track which leads into the woods where we can walk or cycle. The house has lots of original features such as a large fireplace and we have removed old render to expose some of the original stone walls which look amazing. The kitchen is very well equipped with a Fisher & Paykel double oven range cooker & LG American style fridge/freezer. There is also an integrated dishwasher and in a separate utility room, a washing machine and tumble dryer.There is also a food mixer, blender, coffee machine & crepe machine. Upstairs as well as three bedrooms there are two newly fitted shower rooms, both have large showers with two shower heads. Doors on the first floor landing lead to a balcony which overlooks and garden and pool which is 12m x 4m with sun loungers for all. The pool area is surrounded by corn fields

The Owner Recommends

Bar Paradiso, Montignac

Bar Paradiso is a lovely/bar restaurant adjacent to the local cinema. They have lovely comfy sofas outside in the shade or sun and are open from lunchtime until midnight for food and drinks. The owner, Elvira, speak perfect English. Some of her staff speak English but not all so a good opportunity to practise your French!

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Rich & Clare 19 August, 2019

Found this property only 6 weeks before we wanted to go. It looked amazing on the website and was able to speak with Sue, the owner, directly while booking. We were certainly not disappointed when we arrived at Le Sorbier. The house was very clean and well maintained. Sue met us on arrival and was very friendly and helpful, showing us around and giving advice about the local area. Beautiful swimming pool surrounded by maize fields. A very peaceful, secluded location and only a 3 minute drive (or 35 min walk) into Montignac, with bars, cafes, restaurants of all types. A really lovely friendly town. Big market on Wednesday and Saturday morning and the evening food fete is a must. (You buy plates of food from stalls and sit on benches with the locals. Great atmosphere). Went to Lascaux caves, Chateau de Losse, Bergerac, canoeing on the Vezere (an excellent family activity). Many more things to do. Relaxing by the pool in beautiful surroundings, was a highlight. Whole family loved it. We would definitely recommend to family and friends. It's one of the best houses we've been to in many years of French holidays. Thank you Sue!

Owner response

Thank you so much Richard for your fabulous review and also for looking after our house so well and leaving it so clean and tidy. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family and I sincerely hope we see you again.

10 / 10 melllesage 7 August, 2019

We’ve just come home from a week at Le Sorbier as their first guests! What can I say! We were warmly welcomed by Sue and Simon the owners and shown around their stunning property. It’s even more idyllic in real life and is so tastefully decorated and restored with beautiful finishes and details! There is everything you need to feel home from home but has all the charm of a rural property. The pool is amazing and we spent many hours in it or lazing on the sun loungers in the glorious sun, listening to the eagles soaring above the nearby woodlands. We enjoyed our evenings barbecuing and eating alfresco in the garden under the gazebo which was beautifully lit with fairy lights! The house location is perfect, it’s a very short drive into Montignac and there are many attractions near by or further afield within around 30 mins in the car! This is the perfect spot for families to enjoy or just a quiet retreat. We’ve had the best holiday and can’t wait to return, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.

10 / 10 Halls 5 August, 2019

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Le Sorbier. The house is very well equipped, including high spec kitchen appliances and wonderful showers in both bathrooms. The new pool area is magnificent and just what we needed for the very hot weather we experienced during the first week of our holiday. If you can tear yourself away from the pool and loungers then Montignac is a a few minutes away by car or an easy 40 minute stroll. Montignac is a beautiful French town and we thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the Monday evening food market, which is held during July and August. There’s so much to do in the area, our visits included Chateau de Losse, Périgueux, The Lascaux caves, a day kayaking and our favourite Le Jardins de Marqueyssac. One of our holiday highlights was an evening spent dining at Le Petit Leon in the nearby village of St Leon sur Vezere, highly recommended.
Thanks so much to Sue and Simon, we would highly recommend a stay in your beautiful holiday home!

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review Kendra. It was great to meet you, Stephen and your lovely boys. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday, your lovely comments about the house and pool make all our hard work worthwhile.

Hope you see you again some time.