Pretty medieval house to let in Aquitaine - AD007203

Saint-Jean-de-Cole (8km from Thiviers), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD007203 Advertiser since: 13 May 2019
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Petite Maison Francais Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Pretty House in Beau Village and Restaurants < 200m. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

A pretty medieval house with 3 floors set in the centre of a beautiful village, with amenities and great restaurants just a 1 minute walk. Vehicle access to the door and free parking around 50m away. There is also free wi-fi.

A perfect place to relax and soak up this small village rated in the top 100 beautiful villages in France. Rest leisurely and chill or take in some of the many great attractions nearby, including the market towns of Thiviers and Brantôme.
Chateau's and caves, lakes with sporting facilities and beaches at Nantheuil and Ruffiac.
Canoeing etc on many of the local rivers.
Those interested in gardening should visit during mid May to see the stunning flower festival.
Those interested in walking and cycling will find lots of trails on the doorstep. Photographers don't stop clicking!
The Cole River runs though the village and makes a lovely place to dip your feet!
Tourist information office is also in the village as is a wine shop!
Many local fetes take place in the summer months, there is always something of interest happening in the neighbourhood.
Lots of local brocante (antique and flea markets) and markets keep those with a keen eye busy.

The problem is not what to do but simply how to fit it all in!



Kitchen and dining

Fully fitted kitchen diner on ground floor including fridge, freezer, electric oven and hob. Dining table and chairs. Microwave, coffee-maker, picnic basket and baskets for the market shopping. Lots of extra bits and pieces!

Living rooms

The spacious first floor enjoys a large lounge with old fireplace and woodburning stove.
Two facing 3 seater sofas, coffee table, occasional tables and a reading corner.


Two good size bedrooms. The first with a queen sized bed and wardrobes with views over rooftops to countryside. The second with twin single beds and window overlooking the narrow flower filled street below. Quality bedding and towels included. Many light touches giving lovely French ambiance and a homely feel.


One bathroom with bath and shower, vanity sink unit. There are seperate toilets on ground floor and third floor.


Woodburning stove. Electric heaters. House stays beautifully cool in the summer!


Wi-fi Tv, with Netflix and amazon, radio, and Bose sound system.

Garden and outside

Small pretty terrace to the rear incorporating a table and 4 chairs in a shaded seating area. Bbq.

Parking and garages

Drop your bags at the door. Free parking approx 50m away.

Visitor suitability

Three floors so plenty of stairs, therefore not suitable for those with impaired physical ability. Great for couples and families and groups of friends.
Dog by arrangement.

Information about any additional facilities

Wi-fi, sun hats, books, assorted games, picnic basket and market basket. Bose sound system. Towels and bedding included.
The village has its own chemist, grocery store and several good restaurants we would highly recommend. Le Temps de Mets is a must, enjoy fabulous food under the trees outside. Heaven! The restaurant 'La Perla' serve some stunning salads and ice creams, whilst the restaurant & terrace at the St Jean hotel is great food all year round. The Zen tea rooms offer a warm welcome and tea, coffee and snacks most days.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Thiviers - Clinique Veterinaire des Cygognies Route de Nontron Thiviers. 0033553550130


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Many Varied Markets Throughout The Season
Distance: 8 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp and Coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: River Cole, Dronne, L'isle, Veziers and Lakes
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Excideuil
Distance: 24 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Hippocamp at Lempzours (Tel: 0553 526199) just 10 minute's drive away
Distance: 10 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous Walking Trails, We Are Directly Sited On A Walking/Cycling Route In The Village


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Bridget Dawson

We fell in love with the French countryside and way of life many years ago and finally made the move to live here. No regrets and so far still loving it.

Year property purchased 2019
Why this location? St Jean de Cole has again achieved the accolade of being one of the top 100 most beautiful villages in France. The pretty medieval village houses nestle in narrow lanes with flowers and roses everywhere, they are delightful. Its a relaxing, laid back village but you can still feel its heart beat.
Unique benefits of property A pretty medieval property fronted with colombage. You can relax and stroll through the flower scented narrow lanes in the village. Visit the old square in the evenings to try a variety of restaurants and whilst small, the village has it's own amenities with a chemist and a small grocery store. For those who wish to explore walking and cycle routes are literally on your doorstep and a large array of interesting places to visit and market towns are only short journey away.

The Owner Recommends

Local Markets & Vide Greniers (Flea/Antique Markets)

Lively summer markets - great fresh produce, artisan beers, cheeses, meats, local winery and of course clothes and shoes and gifts.
Thursday morning: until midday in Excideuil.
Friday morning: large market in Brantome.
Saturday morning: lovely Thiviers market.
Wednesday and Saturday in Perigueux
Piegut-Pluviers Wednesday mornings

check this link for details .


Chateau Excideuil lay besieged 4 times I believe, but never taken by Richard the Lionheart.(40 mins away)
Chateau de Puyguilhem nearby there is well worth a visit too.(10 mins away)
Chateau Hautfort (45 mins) Grandeur, turrets and towers set in beautiful village with pavement restaurants and brocante.
Jumilhac le Grand another magnificent chateau overshadows the tiny village below. (25 mins)
Beynac chateau on the hillside by a stunning river setting.
Rocamadour - come for the hot air balloon festival each year 4th weekend in September each year. Amazing sight to see.

Grottes de Villar

These famous caves have original prehistoric paintings amongst large caverns of stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours take around an hour (10 mins by car)

Leisure Lakes and Watersports

Lac de St Pardoux. famous for its beaches and watersports.
Ruffiac lake also has a local beach and waterskiing. Archery and high canopy tree walks and a lakeside restaurant.
Lake Coucou lake near Hautfort. Fishing and restaurant.
Canoeing on the many local rivers including Brantome on the Dronne, Veziere and Corgnac sur L'isle.

Horse Racing

Horse racing at Pompadour. Spectacular, inexpensive and a great day out!


Corgnac sur isle.
Follow the old railway tracks using pedal power. 25 mins drive.

Cycling and Walking

Voie verts. 17km of old railway line.
Cycle or walk around the thousands of kilometers of tracks and hills in the surrounding countryside.

Oradour sur Glane

You will have tears in your eyes as you walk amongst the stone village houses, which were left untouched as a memorial to the dead after Nazis destroyed the entire village and its inhabitants in retaliation for resistance attacks. A wall was built around the village to preserve it. (1.18 hr drive) well worth it!

Brantome Police Horses

Charity stables for the welfare of British police horses. Follow their stories, watch video footage of them in action and hear the heart rendering tales of bravery. Enjoy with an English afternoon tea and walk around the stables. Book in advance. Really good and very popular.
Voted no 1 attraction in the area on tripadvisor.


Perigueux, the extensive historic centre is very beautiful, bustling with pavement cafes and interesting shops. Riverside walks. Beautiful architecture.

Historic Towns To Visit

Medieval and interesting towns within an hours drive
Brantome - monastery to visit and town around a twisting river and many great restaurants and shops, Busy market days ( Fri)
Bourdeilles - lovely castle and river setting.
Perigueux - The county capital, Superb Cathedrale and buiildings. Well worth a day here.
Piegut - pluviers ancient market town.

Truffle Museum

Thiviers is the truffle capital of the Dordogne.10 mins