Characterful barn and pool to let, Aquitaine - AD007377

3km from Saint-Sulpice-d'Excideuil, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD007377 Advertiser since: 17 December 2019
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Walnut Barn Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Spacious, Luxurious And Characterful, Ideal For All. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Walnut Barn lies along from our 18th century farmhouse and is set over two floors. Renovated to a very high standard offering 2 bedrooms, one double, one twin with luxury master bathroom incorporating a roll top bath and modern shower as well as a spacious open plan living space with tv and high specification kitchen.

The two sets of double frenchdoors lead outside to a large wrap around deck over looking the pool. You have plenty of space to explore or relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. You have use of the shared pool (seasonal) which is secluded with the sunshine all day long and into the evening. Sunloungers, tables and chairs and picnic areas are all here for you to use. You also have your own bbq.

Walnut Barn is currently under renovation but will be fully open from 1st June 2020 and we are taking bookings now. We have another property called Oak Barn which is fully renovated and also advertised on this site, AD007375. You may wish to view Oak Barn to get an idea of the type of accommodation that will be on offer to our guests. We will upload interior photos of Walnut Barn as soon as they become available.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen and dining area - open plan

Electric oven


Induction hob

Crockery and glasses


Cutlery and utensils





Filter coffee-maker

Iron and ironing board

Washing machine

Wine rack

Dining table and chairs seating 4

Living rooms

Chesterfield sofa's to seat 4

Electric radiator

Smart satellite tv (English channels only)

Free wi-fi

Two double frenchdoors leading to large wrap around deck

Child stairgates (upon request)

Baby facilities (upon request)

Games and books


Bedroom 1 -

Double bed

Bedside table and lamps

Dressing gowns for two

Walk in wardrobe/storage

Hair dryer

Complimentary toiletries

Electric radiator

Linen, towels and bedding

Bedroom 2 -

Two single beds

Bedside table and lamps

Hanging space

Complimentary toiletries

Electric radiator

Linen, towels and bedding


Roll top bath


Modern shower


Shaving point

Heated towel rail


Electric radiators throughout. Electric towel rails in wet rooms.


Tv (English channels only)
Heated pool
Swingball and other garden games

Garden and outside

Set in 13 acres of land with plenty of seating areas. Heated 10m x 5m swimming pool (seasonal). Bbq's. Pretty courtyard garden with views of countryside.

Parking and garages

Parking available on site.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families and couples. No wheelchair facilities. Baby facilities available. As we are rural some ground is uneven so may not be suitable for the less mobile.

Information about any additional facilities

Fine quality towels and bed linen are provided throughout. Towels are for indoor use only by our guests and pool towels are provided for outdoor use. Dressing gowns are also provided for guests staying in our double room. Beds are made up on arrival. All bedding is provided. A cot, stairgate, potty and changing mat are available. Guests have use of the large heated swimming pool (seasonal). Please abide by the safety regulations and usage is at guests own risk. Free wi-fi is provided and the tvs are ‘smart’ (English channels only) allowing you to link a tablet or similar device. A selection of books and games are provided. All areas are monitored by electronic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoking (including all electronic cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere within the property, and pets are also not permitted. No disabled facilities are available. A welcome pack is provided on arrival for those guests staying with us for at least 7 days.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Broc Dussac
Distance: 6 km


Distance: 15 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Domaine d'Essendieras
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Pantaly Pony Club
Distance: 7 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 7 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Perigueux



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Numerous
Distance: 25 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Lara McSweeney

We have spent our working life in the City of London but knew that we wanted a different life. We lived in Leigh-on-Sea and loved our time there, however we made it our aim to buy our dream home and settle down in the French countryside. We made several trips to France touring around looking at many different areas before falling in love with the idyllic Dordogne countryside. We found La Roussille after seeing around 10 other properties and it was love at first sight!

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? A wonderful mix of rural tranquility, beautiful countryside and architecture, medieval villages and chateaux. Also plenty of activities close by. Our local town offers all the amenities you require i.e. banks, supermarkets, bakery, butchers etc. Please see our website for all things to do in our area.
Unique benefits of property All our rooms are designed for comfort and with a hint of something special. The renovation has been completed and decorated to a very high standard offering our guests large luxury accommodation. Set in a beautiful valley, the property has 360 degree views, with 13 acres to explore. It is a truly wonderful place to unwind and relax with lots of wildlife and outside space. We also offer a large heated swimming pool with plenty of seating areas to enjoy the outdoors.

The Owner Recommends

Hautefort Chateau & Village

The elegant Chateau de Hautefort sits atop a rolling green hill, offering superlative views of the Lourde and Beuze valleys in the Dordogne and is 23km from la Roussille. The chateau has a long and rich history, with records showing that the earliest parts of the building date back to the ninth century, when it was the residence of a number of Knights of the Crusade. The architecture of the chateau has undergone many renovations over the centuries, as the need for fortifications lessened, giving over to aesthetic modifications, particularly in the form of symmetry. The building is surrounded by stunning gardens and is well worth a visit.

Vide Greniers & Brocantes

Vide Greniers (meaning empty attics) is probably the equivalent of a car boot sale in the UK. However, our experience is that the wares on sale here are in general of a much higher quality. So our opinion is that they are often worth a visit. These are more amateur markets with predominantly private sellers. They are social events with bars and food outlets making it a great day out, not to mention the advantage of much better weather for an interesting browse, making the experience overall very enjoyable.
Brocantes: These are markets or individual establishments that in the UK would fall somewhere between a salvage yard and an antique shop. Here you will find almost everything under the sun – as long as it’s second-hand, although having said that we have often seen stalls with new items, and you can also come across food stalls selling local produce. However the majority of merchandise will be items of furniture, things for the kitchen, old books, games, music, art and tableware etc. They are a great day out with the possibility of finding that must have item. Be warned, these markets and shops can vary in quality.

Chateau d'Excideuil

This fortress built in the twelfth century has the only double square dungeon of Périgord, softened by a castle of Renaissance. She has had tragic moments (twice besieged by Richard the Lionheart), and wonderful moments with the delicate poetry of Giraut de Bornelh, one of Dante's greatest troubadours.
Come and feel the last echoes of love and fury of this emblematic place of the Middle Ages in Périgord. Just 10 minutes in the car from La Roussille.

Domaine d'Essendieras Golf Club & Spa

Be pampered by a professional team from Revitalize Beauty. Enjoy the Jacuzzi’s, sauna and follow this with a massage, facial or the many other treatments on offer, including body scrub, pedicure, manicure, heat massage or body therapy. This wide range of beauty treatments are available for both men and women. This will help you to truly relax and recharge yourself during your holiday.
The 9 hole golf course offers a large variety of holes so you never have a dull moment. It starts with a very short hole where precision is the key word. A 130m par 3 with a vertical drop of 15 meters to a green that looks like a giant foot. Your walk will lead you along some small lakes and on some small hills with magnificent views. The large and very sloping greens will demand every bit of technique and concentration from you. This course is a pleasure to play on.

Saint Jean de Cole

St Jean de Cole is a charming village with ochre coloured houses, including many half-timbered ones with lovely tiled roofs. Indeed the roofs once won the ‘finest roofs in France’ competition!

The river Cole runs along one edge of the village and you can admire it from the lovely little humpbacked bridge or the small river beach below. This stretch of river is very green and tranquil. The village square is flanked on one side by the Chateau de la Marthonie. Every Spring (May) there is a flower festive, which is truly magnificent and is a must go to event.


Brantome is a very beautiful and interesting town sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne. The town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire and 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. The town is situated on the river Dronne, that encircles a large part of the town, and the steep wooded slopes around the town add to its attraction. The river is calm and gentle at this point and in season is covered with water lilies and sheltered by weeping willows.
It is very pleasant to walk along the edge of the river and through the riverside gardens. Canoes can be hired for a relaxing glide along the river and a visit on market day adds to the attraction.
Brantome really is one of the most attractive towns of the Dordogne area and well worth a trip.


One of the most popular activities for visitors to France is experiencing the local market in a nearby town. All areas have a local market, usually held in the same location every week for many centuries, and Excideuil and the surrounding area is no different.
French markets have great produce to tempt you. There are reputedly more than 10,000 traditional markets in France, so you should have no difficulty finding one, however below we have listed some of those near to us.
In France, shopping for dinner in the open air and not by supermarket aisle, is simply the norm. The vendors arrive early in the morning to set up their stalls and lay out their goods, and the customers arrive in throngs, baskets and market sacks across their arms. By mid-afternoon, the market has closed for another day.
A French Market is as much a social event as a shopping trip and it somehow epitomises much of what goes to create the unique character of France – the lack of haste, the gentle friendliness of the people who live here and, above all, an abundance of great fresh produce.
You really should make an effort to visit a market or two during your stay, it will be an experience that you won’t forget.


l'Escapade Des Sens - Thiviers
Les Temps de Mets - St Jean de Cole
Bistro le Passage - Tourtoirac