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La Petite Maison

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 19 reviews

La Petite Maison

Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

We are located in a small hamlet, close to Bergerac, rural but not isolated and very peaceful. As one guest described the cottage and setting: "an oasis of calm".

Set in the grounds of a beautiful Perigordian Chartreuse, La Petite Maison is a two room cottage built of honey-coloured stone under a tiled roof with lovely oak beams in the living area.

It is an ideal retreat for couples or families with young children. Perfect for getting away from the stresses of modern life.

The garden attracts abundant bird and wildlife, including birds rare to the UK, red squirrels,many beautiful butterflies and humming-bird moths. Wild flowers, including orchids as well as flowering trees and shrubs provide a colourful backdrop most of the year.

There is a good sized swimming pool 12 metres by 6. It is fully fenced with a security gate and although unheated, the solar blanket means that the water remains warm. We open the pool as soon as the weather permits, usually from early May and put it to bed for winter in late October, though the main season is June to September. The pool is ideally placed to catch the maximum sunshine and is very private with views over the garden and surrounding countryside and woodlands.

We have a swing and slide set for small children as well as a selection of outdoor toys.

The area benefits from a very pleasant climate and although temperatures in the Dordogne in high summer can be very warm we usually benefit from a dry non humid heat.

The area is justifiably famous for its food, wine, cultural heritage and archaeological sites as well as having the world heritage city, Bordeaux nearby.

La Petite Maison is well placed for day trips and the choice of activities is only limited by what you enjoy. It is an ideal base for exploring the region or even house-hunting for your own dream cottage.

The rental rates quoted are for the cottage and include bedding, linen, bathroom and swimming towels.

Although the cottage can sleep four, we can only accept two adults and two children.

We can supply cots and other useful baby and toddler equipment, if pre-booked.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Arcachon basin at 100km, local lake at 10 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 20 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

There are two main rooms, the double bedroom with separate shower room and the spacious, sunny, open plan living and dining room which has a small double futon sofa bed for children. Please see the photographs.

Equipment such as cots buggies and toddler trikes can be provided.

Baby equipment should be booked in advance.

There are electric thermostatically controlled heaters in the rooms.

A washing machine and dryer as well as clothes airers are available for the use of our guests.

The rental rates quoted are for the cottage and include bedding, linen, bathroom and swimming towels.

Because we are usually on site, we can generally lend you additional equipment from the main house if needed.

Further details outdoors

There are tables, chairs, benches and sun loungers available and one of the great pleasures here is sitting outside, sampling one of the many Bergeracoise wines on a balmy evening looking at the stars through the clear skies. Because this is a rural hamlet, there is very little light pollution so visibility can be excellent.

We find most guests eat their meals outside in the garden in the summer .

The pool is very private, sheltered and in the sunniest part of the garden and has a solar heated shower.

There are games available, such as boules and golf clubs can be borrowed.

The outdoor parking area is within the fully fenced garden, near the cottage.

The entrance to the property is through electrically operated gates.

The English owners live in the main house and only use the pool when it is convenient for our guests.

Further details

We will do our best to ensure you have a relaxing and memorable holiday and if you have any special requests please let us know and we will try to help.

The cottage is available for couples or families with small children.

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

Steeped in history from the archaeological remains of earliest man around Lascaux to the world heritage site of Bordeaux; Aquitaine and the Dordogne region are rightly renowned.

The valley of the Dordogne is famous for its chateaux and formal gardens and some of France's most prestigious wines are produced from its vineyards.

There are numerous Bastides, grid layout medieval towns in excellent condition, as well as ancient churches and monasteries, monuments and markets.

The climate is pleasant with long hot summers, fine springs and autumns and bracing winters and long sunny summer days.

What are you waiting for?


The pretty market town of Bergerac has numerous restaurants and plentiful shopping as well as a lively market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

All around the area are wine trails and vineyards for tasting and buying. Bergerac has more different individual AOC wines than almost any other part of France, from the sweet white Monbazillac to the rich dark red Pecharmant and many in between to suit all tastes and moods. Many of the vineyards and cooperatives are open for tastings and will make visitors most welcome. Bliss!

There are plenty of sporting activities ranging from golf to canoeing, from karting to fishing as well as pleasant walking cycling and horse riding from local stables. Walking is a pleasure along marked trails throughout the region.

Pretty villages boast small auberges and restaurants and host interesting flea markets known as vide greniers (literally empty attics) and brocantes, antiques and collectables markets and stores abound. If you have the eye and are lucky you might star on the next antiques roadshow in your area.

There are frequent open air night markets in the summer with good selections of local foods and sometimes dancing in the streets at weekends in high summer.

Bergerac's Bastille day fireworks are superb and the open air restaurants and stalls make it a night to remember.

There are also discos and late night bars for the night owls among you.

The very popular Battle of Castillon is reenacted on certain weekends in July and August

As a young family we holidayed in the region over many years. We love it here, which is why we retired to this beautiful part of France. We are confident you will love it too and La Petite Maison is the perfect base to do so.

Truly a year round place to visit and return to again and again.

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1 Sep 2014


"Relax in idyllic surroundings"

'La Petite maison' is beautifully situated on a hill with beautiful views over the valley. Around the house you have a lot of shade and sun spots. The spacious garden offers plenty of privacy and seating. The cottage is small, but very well equipped. There is a lot of baby equipment available! The mattresses seem what old, nevertheless, we slept well.
The pool is clean and large. The cottage is located in a outdoor area, so you have to drive a bit further for the sights. Rob and Liz are very friendly and welcoming, perfect hosts. La Petite maison is a must if you want to relax in idyllic surroundings.

Thank you for your review and helpful comments.

We were extremely disappointed at your comment regarding the mattresses as they are very high quality, pocket sprung and have only been used for the three summer seasons that we have been letting the cottage. We also ensure that they are covered with both waterproof under-sheets and quilted mattress covers to ensure they remain clean and hygienic.

Perhaps the fact that they are mounted on sprung steel frames rather than divans affected your assessment.

7 Aug 2014


""La petite maison" is a real gem."

We had a very relaxing holiday in "la petite maison" in the beautiful Dordogne countryside. The accommodation is extremely well equipped and comfortable. The extensive grounds are stunning, … More

Thank you for your kind comments. We try to keep the garden as wildlife-friendly as we can and at times parts of it can appear untended especially the wild-flower meadows at the end of their season; so it was nice to see you felt the grounds are well maintained. As you know, the pool is our joy and we always try to keep it as pleasant as possible for our guests as well as ourselves.
We would be very pleased to welcome you again.

20 Jul 2014


"The perfect place to re-charge your batteries in beautiful surroundings"

This is our second visit to La Petite Maison and we can't speak highly enough of it, spotless accommodation; equipped to a high standard; excellent hosts; informative and on hand if needs be, but otherwise you are left to your own devices. If you a seeking the chance to re-charge the batteries in beautiful surroundings we highly recommend it.

Thank you for your lovely review. We were very pleased to get another booking from you and to welcome you back here. We are always glad to see that our guests have been able to relax and unwind. It's what holidays are for, and why we try our best to ensure our guests get a peaceful and trouble-free stay.

4 Jul 2014


"Second time around and twice as nice!"

This was our second holiday at La Petite Maison following an extremely enjoyable stay last summer. Our expectations were once again realised and made all the much better due to the improved weather conditions. Rob and Liz were, as usual, excellent hosts, on hand if needed but unobtrusive otherwise. The high standard of the accommodation has been maintained and made for an memorable second visit. Still a good number of villages and attractions to explore so maybe another visit could be on the cards but if it's peace and quiet you require then this cottage fits the bill admirably and comes highly recommended..

We were really delighted when we received your repeat booking earlier this year and we are very pleased that you again enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope all our guests will savour the peace and quiet that we have become accustomed to. It is nice to be reminded how lucky we are to be living here.

6 Oct 2013


"A lovely cottage with great hosts."

The cottage is 10 minutes outside of Bergerac, in a lovely quiet setting.Rob and Liz were incredibly helpful, the pool was very warm even late in the season!They were kind enough to recommend some lov… More

We were pleased to see that you enjoyed the pool early morning on your last day. We are still making the most of it now in mid-October, but it's a little chilly!. Thank you for your kind review.

4 Sep 2013


"A diamond in the Dordogne"

Le Petite Maison provided us with a holiday to remember. From the moment of arrival to the all too soon departure day the whole experience was delightful with the ambience and tranquility overpowering. The facilities which included the wonderful pool made for a truly memorable stay.
Rob and Liz are the perfect welcoming, unobtrusive, hosts with nothing being too much trouble, and on hand should you require help. We would have no hesitation in recommending wholeheartedly to others and we will return - the place is beautiful!

Thank you for your kind comments. We try to ensure that all our guests experience the tranquility that we enjoy and that they have pleasant memories that they can take away with them.

28 Aug 2013


"The holiday that we wanted."

A lovely place for a truly relaxing holiday. After a long drive it was great to sit outside and unwind. The cottage is well equipped, spacious and comfortable. The swimming pool was superb and the use of the bikes greatly appreciated. Liz and Rob were the perfect hosts who left us to our own devices but were always there if we needed anything. We definitely recommend this cottage for anyone looking for a holiday in the Dordogne.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. It was great to see the pool giving a lot of pleasure, as it is one of our favourite features. We were impressed by your fitness levels, using the bikes nearly every day of your stay. Thank you for your kind review.

14 Aug 2013


"Outstanding holiday let."

Unbelievably fantastic gite in superb location only 15 minutes from Bergerac. Spacious, clean, home-from-home. Very large garden with larger than average size, clean pool. We've been to France se… More

Thank you so much for this superb review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, it was a pleasure meeting you both.

13 Aug 2013


"Couldn't be better"

Lovely gite with gorgeous views over the garden. Large terrace and quality terrace furniture and sun loungers. Good pool towels provided.Very pleasant , helpful owners and glorious very large pool.… More

Thank you for your kind review. We were pleased that you enjoyed the pool as much as we do. We were very fortunate that it was in place when we bought our home.

31 Jul 2013


"Wonderful place & so tranquil !"

We were totally delighted with La Petite Maison in every way. Rob & Liz were very welcoming and couldn't do enough to help. However they left us to our own devices and although their chartreuse i… More

Thank you for this lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. We always try to ensure people have a memorable holiday and can appreciate our love for our tranquil location.

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