|Maison Neuve||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
The gite/cottage is a modern conversion from an ancient barn, with thick half metre solid stone walls built in days long ago. It is situated alongside the main house, which was an old large farmhouse and barns many years ago.
Behind the cottage there is a large sun terrace that is very private and looks out over the countryside fields.
On the rear terrace there are a large table and chairs, two large umbrellas and sun loungers.
Parking is just very close to the gite with a separate access from the car park.
The gite has a fully fitted kitchen with all utensils. An insert electric oven at waist height and a four burner gas hob.
Constant heated hot water in the kitchen on demand. Fridge freezer, dish washer and washing machine. A utility and pantry are attached to the kitchen.
The kitchen is very well appointed with kettle, coffee machine, toaster, etc.. everything that you would need in a modern day kitchen.
The dining area is alongside the kitchen in the living room and consists of a large dining table with four chairs.
A comfortable living room with a three piece suite, a two seater settee and two individual chairs.
Coffee table, pine dresser, bookcase and pine blanket box.
The network wi-fi (open) is in this room. Also in the living room is a tv with UK satellite television. (free channels on Sky box).
Lounge window to the front and rear door leading out onto the sun patio.
The gite has two en suite bedrooms, one to the front of the gite and the other to the rear.
One has a double bed with side tables, side lamps for reading and a window looking out over the fields to the rear and large sliding door fitted wardrobe.
The second bedroom has two single beds with side tables and lights, the same wardrobe facility and its own en suite bathroom.
Both en suite bathrooms are identical. They each have toilet and wash basin with mirror and a shower unit. Modern.
UK tv provided in the living room along with an internet broadband connection on the Netgear wi-fi point.
Not much of a garden in summer, it is usually too hot and sunny here in summer for a good garden, the grass of the lawns has normally turned brown with the heat.
For private use of the guests (you), a swimming pool, 8.5 metres by 5.5 metres with a step down area into the pool. the pool is one depth only about 1.3 metres. You can stand up anywhere in there (Safety).
There is a car park just alongside the property.
On arrival you bring the car in to the gite to unpack and then it is possible to use the parking area just alongside and have access to the gite by a separate side gate.
Not suitable for handicapped people as there are two steps to different areas.
Nearby in Villereal we have a beautiful old bastide covered square with most facilities that you would look for. In the centre of the town is a small Carrefour supermarket which we might refer to as a mini supermarket that has nearly everything and just alongside the small ring round surrounding the town there is a large Intermarche full supermarket with fuel pumps. There are two bars in the centre of town, patisserie shops, church, chemists, tobacco shop and several restaurants. All easy access from here, a few minutes away. To the east of here nearby is Monpazier which is really the prettiest of the local bastide towns. Very old, the square here is surrounded by arched arcades.
We are just a half an hour south from Bergerac on the Dordogne river which is one of the major tourist attractions of this area.
Flights to Bergerac airport from Stanstead, mainly Ryan Air and FlyBe.
Dogs are very welcome being owners of Jack Russells.
Hi, we have lived here in this beautiful place for 25 years. We built the bungalow about ten years ago which was an old barn conversion. Retiring here has been the most pleasant thing to do in this rural landscape.
|Year property purchased||1993|
|Why this location?||Very peaceful, rolling hills and valleys. A very pretty and welcoming place.|
|Unique benefits of property||It is an old and very pretty property, private and secluded with views all around with open countryside, although being quiet it is ideally situated for Villereal and Monpazier, just a few minutes away.|
Nearby Bastide towns of Villereal and Monpazier are both steeped in the past bringing many summer attractions along for the tourist industry with markets during daytime, evening and at weekends, restaurants and bars, village centres from ages gone by. Days out from here could include canoeing on the Dordogne river, a visit to the ancient town of Sarlat or a visit to Bergerac on the Dordogne river just a half hour away. There are many chateaux to visit along the Dodrgone valley and Chateau Biron is just a few minutes from the house. There are many paths in the massive Biron Forest nearby for walkers, and it is very pretty. Of course, these things will be hard to fit in with much of your time being spent in the private pool for visitors.
If you are looking for a peaceful relaxing holiday in this part of France then Maison Neuve is the place for you. Beautiful tranquil rural setting - very private. A comfortable well stocked gite with welcoming friendly and helpful hosts. Close enough to Bastide villages, chateaux and river activities it enables you to be as lazy or active as you wish. The best we have found after many years of visiting this area.
Thank you Keith for those kind words.
Maison Neuve is one of the best holiday homes we have ever visited where we had the pleasure to spend our 2 week holiday in August this year. The accommodation was perfect, clean, cosy & exceptionally well equipped, there was nothing that we could have wanted that wasn't provided, including a gorgeous welcome surprise of bread, croissants, cheese, fresh local tomatoes, wine & beer. There were books, games, a TV with some English channels on (not that we spent much time watching it) and WiFi. The owners Stuart & Susan are such lovely people, welcoming & at hand if needed but we didn't notice they were on site as they totally respected our privacy. We loved our private terrace spending many nights star gazing & it was a luxury having the pool to ourselves too. The position was all we had hoped for located in beautiful, peaceful countryside, just a 10 minute drive away from the picturesque Villereal where there is a supermarket and regular markets. There are some stunning villages near by too, with our favourites of Issigeac & Monpazier. We loved days out exploring along the Dordogne river and canoeing from Castlenaud to Beynac-et-Cazenac. There were plenty of castles to visit and slightly further afield approx 30-40 mins drive is the bigger town of Bergerac. We had the best holiday with memories of Maison Neuve firmly set in our hearts. We will definitely be returning and cannot recommend Maison Neuve highly enough.
Hi David, thank you for those kind words. People will think that I have paid you to leave such a good review,,,lol. (but I haven't....honest!). It was lovely meeting you all.
We had a lovely 2 weeks at the Gite Maison Neuve. We were made very welcome by Stuart and Susan who showed us everything we would need to know about inside and outside the property. It was clean and well presented, and there there was nothing that we could have wanted that wasn't provided in the gite. The surrounding area is very beautiful but a car is required. It was so peaceful and the pool was great for us a family with young children. We had some lovely trips out to the medieval towns in the area, to the Dordogne river, to many markets and to some beautiful chateauxs. The food and wine of the area is fantastic too.
We absolutely loved our holiday and would definitely go back, and as it's only a 45 mins from Bergerac airport it was a nice short journey from the UK.
Thank you for the kind words Anneke, we really did enjoy meeting you all.
This is the perfect place for those who love tranquil & beautiful countryside. A car is a must, as the nearest village is 10 minutes away. To have your own private pool is a delight, as is the detached gite which has everything you need. The owners, Susan and Stuart, could not have been more helpful. It was lovely to arrive and find enough food and drink (including wine) for a couple of meals so avoiding the need to go and shop immediately. There is a good supermarket 10 minutes away, and some lovely restaurants and bistros in the area. The nearest town is Bergerac, about 30 minutes away. We were there in June and it was quite hot the second week, however because the gite has very thick walls it remained quite cool inside. The gite is on a small lane serving only three properties, so hearing a car was a rare occurrence. Everyone we met was friendly and even the postman waved when he passed us in his van. Another plus is the wide selection of books available in the gite & the free wi-fi works well, together with the satellite TV, which has quite a few English channels. The only small problem we had was poor mobile phone reception, though as we wanted to get away from it all was actually beneficial! We hope to go again next year and would recommend it to anyone who is reasonably able to cope with the couple of steps down to the private terrace and again down to the pool. Stuart and Susan struck a perfect balance of friendliness & helpfulness but still respecting your privacy.
Thank you Jane for your review, it was really nice to have you and Charles stay with us and we are so happy that you enjoyed being here and of course for guests to return is always a good thing, because that does mean that the guests have enjoyed their stay, and that does happen often.
I have to agree with you about the phone service, very rural in this area. I found it depends on the provider. I have changed for a cheap deal, (I wonder why now), and fnid I cannot get a signal, if I take Susan's phone outside, she is with Free, I can get three bars and always E (for Edge) and occasionally 3G. Moving to Syma has taken away my reception on my own mobile. Living a few miles from Villereal brings us to the hills and valleys of this rural area.
I enjoyed chatting to Charles, it's lovely to meet people and it was our pleasure to meet you both this year. Kind regards, Stuart