Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 8.7/10
|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.
We spent most of September at Maison Neuve and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. An extremely well equipped gite - in fact the best we've ever had. Stuart and Susan couldn't have been more helpful - nothing was too much trouble. Our two dogs were also very well looked after and our collie-cross made friends for life! We took our bikes and Stuart kindly made space for them in one of his sheds and Susan was there everyday to let the dogs out for us if we were late back. Also the welcome package was amazing with even a few extra goodies half way through the holiday. We even had a fig tree outside by the terrace with delicious sweet figs.
If you are looking for a gite in this area, we really can't recommend this highly enough.
It is remote and you do need a car, but it is in a beautiful location and very peaceful, and within easy reach to some of France's most picturesque villages.
Our second stay at this very comfortable and relaxing gite. Warm welcome from friendly helpful hosts and a very generous ‘starter’ pack. The local villages are fascinating and people friendly with the odd chateau thrown in. For those wanting more adventure there is plenty to do.
Thank you for those kind words. It was good to see you both again. Kind regards, Stuart.
We have stayed in quite a few gites in different parts of France and Maison Neuve is the best by far. After a long day of travel, Susan and Stuart were incredibly welcoming and showed us round the gite. They had also included an amazing welcome hamper with everything we needed to get us started and to relax! The gite is set in a lovely rural location next to Stuart and Susan’s home. Even though their house is next door, they are very considerate offering privacy but also being there whenever needed with local advice or help. Stuart and Susan were also very warm and welcoming to our two children and our two dogs. The children loved the pool, as did we! It is a good size, depth and temperature and was just the ticket for those hot August days. The house is well equipped and the en-suite bathrooms for both bedrooms is a real asset. The dogs absolutely loved the rural location and could be off the lead most of the time. Locally, Villereal has an excellent supermarket, or there are several larger hypermarkets in Bergerac. There are various local markets running weekly in the area, Villereal has several and the Sunday morning market at Issigeac is amazing! A further drive away is the beautiful Dordogne river and various gorgeous chateaux to visit, with canoeing on the river a real treat. All in all, a superb holiday for us all, just what we needed and we are sure to come back again very soon!
Thank you Jon got those lovely comments, regards, Stuart.
We have just spent another fantastic week at Maison Neuve. The accommodation is perfect, comfortable, clean, picturesque, with a perfectly positioned & sized pool. Cicadas chirp away & lizards bask on the hot stones. We have even seen deer from the sun terrace! It is the best equipped place we have ever stayed including generous welcoming goodies on our arrival! The hosts have thought of everything & are lovely, genuine people who are welcoming, knowledgeable and helpful. They live on site & are completely respectful of your privacy but are always on hand if needed. The location is perfect too. Quiet & peaceful & only a 5 minute drive into the beautiful town of Villereal which hosts a decent sized supermarket & local market, with the bigger town of Bergerac only about a 30 minute drive away. Again about a 30 minute drive gets you to the Dordogne river. Our favourite things to do are canoeing on the Dordogne; the Sunday market in the stunning village of Issigeac; the famers market in Villereal on a Monday evening where you can feast on all sorts of locally produced foods & wine; & a mooch around the beautiful village of Monpazier. The local Castle Biron is 5 minutes away & stunning. We Love Castlenaud la Chapelle which has stunning views across the area & river as well as wonderful displays of costumes, weapons & historical artefacts. There's an abundance of things to do in the area. We cannot rate Maison Neuve highly enough. Our favourite holiday location.
Thank you David for your very kind words. Stuart.
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