Ma Petite Maison Francaise
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Ma Petite Maison Francaise is a luxury gite nestled in the beautiful rural countryside of southwest France between the historic market towns of Brantome and Nontron. Ideally situated in the Perigord Vert, La Grange, a private 50 acre estate of parkland and woods, is the perfect rural setting for your French holiday destination and is home to the Brantome Police Horses.
Lovingly and beautifully restored by the present owners, the cottage is a delightful blend of sumptuous luxury and rustic character. Ma Petite Maison Francaise literally translated as 'my little French cottage' adjoins the main farmhouse of La Grange which is reputed to date from the 18th century where the owners are on hand 24 hours a day. The attention to detail, the ambiance created and sensitive approach to this property gives it a boutique hotel feel with the comfort of a real home and special place to stay. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AS THIS IS AN OLD PROPERTY, THE STAIRS ARE QUITE STEEP.
Ma Petite Maison Francaise has two pretty bedrooms sleeping four people and one double bedroom which is open to the stairs and these guests must use either of the two en-suite bathrooms.. The spacious rooms have many original features typical of old French farm properties. Oak beams, shuttered windows and lime washed stone walls compliment the sumptuous bedding, elegant drapes and wall tapestries. French and British antiques and artworks add the final individual touch. The bedrooms comprise two large doubles with en-suite plus a further double opening out at the top of the stairs which shares one of the other bedrooms en-suite, so four can be catered for in style, and two more making six people can be catered for if they aware of the bedroom and bathroom situation.(We would suggest that this room be used for older teenage children, as they would have to use parents bathroom or shower room. The bathrooms are equally lovely with big shower heads, towels, and pool towels.
A cosy sitting room leads through to a well stocked library and television room with games, satellite, dvd and cd players. Both rooms have woodburners and logs are supplied - handy if you want to take the chill off a cool summer's evening or essential with a hot mug of chocolate chaud in the winter. The modern, light and airy kitchen/diner is fully equipped with charming country crockery, a six ring range cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Internet is available.
On arrival guests are offered a generous welcome pack and a specially cooked evening meal is available if required. We'll even give you a bottle of wine to start your holiday in true French style.
It must be pointed out that La Grange and Ma Petite Maison Francaise, is home to many animals including retired UK Police horses, a couple of goats, a few sheep, chickens, dogs and cats and as such these animals are nearby. We do not expect guests to be involved with the animals, but we welcome people who are interested and want to know more. Please look at our website called brantomepolicehorses.com for more information on us and what we do at La Grange. La Grange does experience a lot of outside visitors on certain days, so although visitors are not allowed near to the cottage, they will be nearby.
We also ask that children be accompanied at all times when around the animals.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Ma Petite Maison Francaise has three pretty bedrooms sleeping four to six people.
The spacious rooms have many original features typical of old French farm properties. Oak beams, shuttered windows and lime washed stone walls compliment the sumptuous bedding, elegant drapes and wall tapestries. French and British antiques and artworks add the final individual touch. The bedrooms comprise, two large bedrooms with en-suite, one with a superking bed and the other a kingsize plus a further double open to the stairs. The occupants and we suggest an older child as they would have to walk through one of the other bedrooms to use the bathroom facilities. The bathrooms are equally lovely with big shower heads, towels and pool towels
A cosy sitting room leads through to a well stocked library and television room with games, satellite tv with English channels, DVD and CD players and pool table. Both rooms have woodburners and logs are supplied - handy if you want to take the chill off a cool summer's evening or essential with a hot mug of chocolate chaud in the winter.
The modern, light and airy kitchen/diner is fully equipped including a six ring range style cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Wifi is available.
|Further details outdoors|
Tucked away into the hillside surrounded by plants and shrubs and with stunning views out over the countryside is the swimming pool. Somewhere to really relax and unwind. The poolside terrace is an ideal place for alfresco dining. The pool is available to guests when they are on site but please be aware that the owners may use it if guests are out and in the evenings if we have time and it is very hot.
The 50 acre extensive grounds offer homes to a variety of farm animals, including retired Police horses from the Metropolitan Police Force and Avon and Somerset Force, goats, sheep and chickens and the occasional Gloucester Old Spot pig. As a haven for wildlife, look out for deer, wild boar and badgers roaming the land and the wonderful birds of prey such as the Red Kite and Hen Harrier.
Take a stroll down by the lake, which attracts an assortment of dragonflies, frogs and visiting ducks. There are many woodland trails. Short walks and for the more serious walkers, whole day rambles without seeing a main road can be achieved.
A generous welcome pack is provided on arrival.
The swimming pool is available from April to October but heating is dependent on weather.
Main grounds are shared with the owners of the house which is adjacent to the cottage but own area with table,chairs and barbecue outside of property
Owners on hand 24 hours to answer any questions..
Home to the Brantome Police Horses.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Perigord Limousin Natural Park is the perfect location to discover the regions chateaux, prehistoric caves, vignobles and gastronomy.
The Périgord is divided into four regions, the Périgord Noir (Black), the Périgord Blanc (White), the Périgord Vert (Green) and the Périgord Pourpre (Purple). The area is noted for its cuisine, more particularly its products related to ducks and geese, such as foie gras. It is one of the truffle areas of France, historically the most famous. Périgourdine wines include the famed Bergerac (red and white) and Monbazillac. With its spectacular rolling scenery, the Dordogne is a wonderful place for a holiday
With thousands of historic castles, châteaux and tourist attractions, including the world famous caves at Lascaux and similar amazing caves at Villars, 10 minutes away.
The wine country of Bordeaux is two hours away and the beaches of Aquitaine are also within reach.
Ma Petite Maison Francaise is ideally located for discovering this beautiful region of southwest France. You will find La Grange at the end of a country lane just outside the village of St Pancrace and only ten minutes drive (9.6km) from Brantome.
Brantome is a picturesque, medieval town completely encircled by the river Dronne. Visitors to the town are captivated by its beauty, history and architecture. The Benedictine Abbey built by Charlemagne in 769 and the Church of St Peter with its cloisters dating from the 15thC, are well worth a visit. It is a delight to stroll through the quaint cobbled streets filled with boutiques and shops and dine in the many restaurants. Sip wine on a riverside terrace and watch the world go by, especially on a Friday, when it is market. The river is calm and gentle at this point, covered with lilies, and sheltered by weeping willows. A walk along the edge of the river ending with a picnic in the gardens is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip or follow one of the trails through the surrounding wooded hillscape. Canoes can be hired at Brantome for a relaxing glide along the river (a favourite with adults and children).
Perigueux, the capital city of the Dordogne, has Roman and medieval remains, lots of town centre shops great restaurants and a daily food market.
St Jean de Cole, one of the most beautiful villages in France has a yearly plant and flower festival in May.
Bourdeilles has a medieval and Renaissance chateau.
Villars is famous for its abbey and prehistoric caves.
Hautefort's chateau is the most impressive in the Dordogne.
Sorges has an interesting truffle museum.
Jumilhac Le Grande with its fairytale chateau offers a lovely photo opportunity.
St Emilion and Bordeaux, if you don't mind a drive, offer wine tasting and vineyard tours. If you fancy stocking up your wine supply you will be spoilt for choice and have experts on hand to advise.
Charente's vineyards produce some of the world's finest Cognac with Hennessey, Martel and Courvoisier offering guided tours.
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17 Sep 2013
"Well worth a visit even just for the cream tea!"
2nd visit to Ma Petite Maison Francaise, loved every minute as much as the first time we visited.The afternoon cream tea and talk was amazing, Everyone works so hard.Made to feel very welcome, the acc… More
11 Sep 2013
"Home from home"
It is difficult to find fault with this beautiful french gite attached to the owners home. Perfectly renovated there are plenty of comfy living areas downstairs and a very well equipped spacious kitch… More
10 Sep 2013
"It Just Gets Better"
Have just returned from a 2nd visit to "Ma Petite Maison Francaise", having had another wonderful week are now looking at dates for next year, sorry to the owners Roland and Alison but we ar… More
20 Jul 2013
"Horses for courses"
This property is on a rural working farm, albeit on a small scale. It is charming as the accommodation is authentic, very well appointed and in a pretty setting. Linens are good, everything works and … More
19 Jul 2013
What a wonderful place - not only have Roland and Alison selflessly created a well-needed refuge for retired police horses (not to mention, ponies, goats, cats, dogs, sheep and chickens!!), but they have also created a beatiful holiday cottage in the most tranquil of settings. You need to have a love of animals to stay at this place, but if you have then you won't be disappointed! They kinda become part of the family, chickens wondering into the kitchen in the hope of a snack, Henry and Cooper (2 of the dogs) bounding up to welcome you in the hope of a tummy rub - or is it that you become part of their family?? not quite sure, but either way, it's a holiday with a difference. Alsion, Roland and their extended family were so welcoming and not only invited us for canapes (she's an amazing cook!) and afternoon tea but also played taxi driver when we went out for a special dinner at the local Chateau Villars (equally amazing). Our group was 6 adults and the property was ideal for lazing by the lovely pool and playing pool in the evening in the well equipped games room. There was even satellite TV so we were able to watch the Wimbledon final :-) . Everything is provided (even luxurious shower gel and body lotion) and if anything was missing the Philips would provide it no hassle. The only thing to be aware is that the 3rd bedroom (though lovely) is situated at the top of the stairs, which can make privacy and access to the en-suite bathrooms a bit of a challenge particularly at night. The kitchen could also do with some additional cutlery - but this is a v minor point as the cottage was really amazing and Alison and Roland really have thought of pretty much everything to make your stay a fabulous experience!! So get booking! The surrounding area is also stunning as is Brantome. The pefect place.
3 Sep 2012
"Beautiful cottage in peaceful private setting"
We stayed here with friends for a week in Aug. The holiday was everything we were looking for, a beautiful cottage with large private pool not too far from a town.
Alison and Roland make your stay so relaxing, everything has been thought of in the cottage, its is beautifully decorated and spacious. A huge selection of DVDs if you do venture indoors !?, pool table, sky TV.. and a small libray of books. Outside the pool was bigger than we were expecting, and feels very private from the main house. If you love animals you MUST come here. 12 horses, 5 dogs, sheep, chickens and goats. All very friendly and only added to our holiday experience.
1 Sep 2012
"Relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable"
Lovely renovated farmhouse with full, modern amenities (especially the bathrooms and kitchen) set in 25 acres of pasture and 25 acres of woodland with swimming pool having exceptional views. We fell i… More
23 Aug 2012
I have used Tripadvisor for a few years now but I have never felt so compelled before now to actually write a review myself. From the minute we arrived at the cottage and were greeted by Alison and R… More
10 Jul 2012
"Fabulous French farmcottage for a restful holiday"
We had a very restful 2 week stay in the cottage in June/July. An absolute home away from home. Alison and Roland are wonderful hosts and sincerely enjoy making sure their guests are happy and content… More
12 Feb 2012
"Lovely situation with beautiful views and wonderful, character property."
This was a really lovely property, full of character and spotlessly clean. The 2 bathrooms were ideal when travelling with teenagers. The linen on the beds was of such good quality that it made for a really good nights sleep. We ate outside every night, using the barbeque and were often joined by the animals who live there including the dogs, cats, and goats. We would feed the retired Police horses every night in the stables. The pool (complete with comfortable recliners) has lovely views over the fields. It was an ideal, base for visiting sites such as the Padirac caves (do book your tickets on line before you go as you can then bypass the awful queues). Brantome is really lovely - do visit the Abbey and try canoing on the river. We had a lovely time and the owners animals were an absolute delight.
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