Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The cottage is a beautiful quality barn conversion full of original features and very comfortably equipped to a high standard. The cottage forms part of a private hamlet with three 3 bedroom cottages and two 4 bedroom cottages dating back to the Hundred Years War in the 15th century . The cottage and is set in two and a half acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with stunning views and a large enclosed alarmed pool and paddling pool surrounded by truffle woods.
Our beautiful site, with its high elevation and surrounded by valley views, offers a feeling of repose and tranquility yet gives superb acces to the regions numerous attractions of the Dordogne and Lot,the astounding towns of Sarlat, Dome, Beynac and Rocamadour to name but a few. Ideal for walking or cycling in the gorgeous oak forests surrounding the property and five minutes from the Dordogne river . Families and couples alike are welcome.
Guestbook for Les espioles
A truly idyllic location for this lovely group of cottages set the scene for our very enjoyable break away from the humdrum in the lovely Dordogne. Beverley and David are the perfect hosts-always helpful and friendly in a pleasant and low-key manner. Everything is there on-site;table tennis,badminton,football,boules,children's play area and lovely secluded swimming pool with a most stunning setting.The beauty of Les Espioles is that none of these facilities encroach on the tranquility of the cottages and yet they are all easily accessible. Our 8 year old son was in a permanent state of happiness with such a variety of activities at his finger tips. The only downside was we parents have to try and keep up. All in all it was just beautiful and for us we had the most glorious weather for 9 days, meaning we could always enjoy sitting outside on the patio and just enjoy listening to the sounds of nature. Pure bliss! We would certainly recommend this as a holiday for all age groups and for those appreciating the subtleties of life.
Jim Shropshire, United Kingdom
Review Submitted: August 5, 2010 Date of Stay: June 2010
Our family had one of our most enjoyable holidays at Les Espioles this year. We stayed in the property called Canard Dodu, which had everything we needed, including a lovely airey main living room on the first floor. We enjoyed the lovely swimming pool, and my son made it his mission to beat me at table tennis during the stay (which he did..!) The surrounding area has plenty of great places to visit within easy driving distance, Sarlat on market days, and Rocamadour being two of our favourites. David and Beverley were excellent hosts, and made us very welcome. The views from the grounds were lovely, very peaceful. All in all, we had a great time, and would thoroughly recommend spending your holidays here, and enjoying the area.
Dear Dave and Bev. We just wanted to write in order to thank you for a wonderful holiday. The gite was beautiful and perfect for the family. The kids loved the gardens and the freedom to play. Two weeks wasn’t long enough, we were amazed how much there was to do and see, it didn’t help that the little ones didn’t want to leave the pool!! See you next summer. " - Simon and Alison Derby
"Thank you ever so much for your hospitality and making such a wonderful holiday place to stay. We really did enjoy ourselves and have been looking at our photos wishing we were still there! We hope in the future to come and stay again! We will certainly be recommending Les Espioles. All the best to you and your family. " - Judith, Stephen and boys.
"We had a really enjoyable stay at Les Espioles and were just sorry that we couldn't have stayed longer. We look forward to coming back soon. with many thanks " - the Willis family
"We had a wonderful holiday and have found it very hard to get back to reality. It was lovely to meet you all. Thank you for all your hospitality during our stay, Best regards " - Roisin and family
Merci beaucoup, nous avons fait bonne route . Nous avons passé de très bonnes vacances et nous avons bien apprécié votre accueil et les Espioles.
Nous ne manquerons pas d'en parler à notre famille et à nos amis.
bon courage pour votre saison !
A une prochaine année peut-être,
Bonjour à toute votre famille
Nous avons également apprecié notre rencontre avec vous.Vous ètes une
famille trés accueillante et sympathique.les enfants etaient trés content de
leur séjour . Sophie
Hi Bev, David and kids
We're back safe and sound and back to reality with a thud!
Thank you so much for a great holiday. Les Espioles is lovely and in such a beautiful part of the country...you are really very lucky and I'm very jealous! If we ever get the opportunity to escape the rat race it's where I'm heading!
All the best for the future, hopefully we'll meet again.
Lisa, Paul and kids
Dear David. Thank you for your kind wishes. It was a delight to spend time @ your wonderful place. It will remain a special time during our travels.
Kindest wishes Julie
Hi David & Beverley
Yes we have a lovely time and came back very refreshed. Thank you for your
hospitality and I would certainly recommend your holiday homes to friends as you
are situated in a lovely part of France with everything close at hand.
With best wishes
Pam & Andrew Price
Hi Beveley and David
We really enjoyed our stay at your cottage. It was lovely and peaceful, the area around there was very nice and lots to see.
We got back OK, but it is a long drive. I have to say, it is far more stressful driving in Britain than in France.
We hope to see you again next year.
Andrew and Karen
Home safely in one go on Saturday evening and thank you Beverley and David
for our stay with you last week. We had a great time and very much enjoyed
exploring the area.
Nigel and Diana
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac,Toulouse,Bordeau,Rodez 150 km, Nearest railway: Souillac 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage is a beautiful barn conversion full of original features, exposed stone and ancient ship beams throughout. The downstairs living area consists of an open plan very well equipped kitchen, a dining area and a seating and tv area as well as two shower rooms. Upstairs houses the bedrooms complete with high ceilings and exposed stone and beams. All have built in wardrobes.
Situated just on the outskirts of the beautiful mountain top village of Nadaillac de Rouge, we are a five minute walk from a superb child friendly restaurant and a mere five minute drive from amenities of a local boulangerie, butchers and grocers with a weekly market.. Bread and croissants may be collected each morning from the local restaurant five minutes walk away
Cots, highchairs and baby bath available upon request
Freezer and washing machine are communal.
Previous guests comments
Dear Beverley and David We had a fantastic holiday, you were great hosts and we have thought of you all this week. We certainly will recommend Les Espioles, and would like to thank you very much for helping us enjoy our holiday in the Dordogne best regards " - Stuart and Verina
"We had a wonderful holiday and really appreciated all your help. I can't believe it is over already. " - Anne and family Dublin
"Hi Beverly and David, We had a great holiday and I wish we were back there now We have stuck the postcard of Les Espioles up in our kitchen to cheer us up as we looked out on torrential rain and hailstones today! Thankyou again and every good wish. " - Justine and family Newcastle
Yes made it back fine and the first day back today in work so am wading
through the post email etc. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday especially
the Chardonneret it was a perfect for the kids. I am telling everyone so
you may get some more bookings!
Thanks Again and enjoy the hot summer!!
Dear David, Bev and family,
Apologies for the delay in replying to your lovely email. Life's been crazy since we've been home.
We had a fantastic holiday. Really special. Les Espioles was just perfect for us and contributed in no small part to us having an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable time. The location was great, the facilities were brilliant and your kindness and hospitality was much appreciated.
It was such a relaxing holiday and with 5 children in tow, that's no mean feat, so thank you so much.
Paris was great and the kids really enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately, as we were leaving the car park of the Campanile hotel to head back to Calais on the Sunday evening, Dave's car got a puncture,
Still, it didn't dampen our spirits and just added to the memories of what was one of the best holidays we've ever had.
Thank you all so much, and we hope to see you again in the future.
Matt, Emma, Anais, Khaim, Mel, Dave, Sean, Ryan and Tom.
|Further details outdoors|
Each of the five cottages in the hamlet has its own private terrace with patio chairs, table parasol and charcoal bbq ideal for al fresco eating.
The 2 and a half acre gardens offer a multitude of sporting facilities, a covered table tennis and darts area, a badminton and volley ball net, a football and basketball area, , two sets of swings one for younger and one for older children, a large boules area complete with Horseshoe games and a 12 foot trampoline with net.
Set in an old walnut orchard the grounds offer lots of shade or sun spots for tanning or snoozing depending on your mood.
The large pool area, alarmed and fenced, is set apart from the cottages in the corner of the grounds surrounded by oak forest and offers privacy of bathing whilst enjoying views over spectacular countryside.
Les Espioles is ideally situated for all types of vacation.
For those wanting a more active holiday we are minutes from abundant sports facilities including several local golf courses, canoeing (the Dordogne River is only 3.5 km away), horse riding, climbing centres,caving,tennis,parascending school, quad biking, paintball,hot air balloon trips, cycle paths and aquaparks
For those wanting to relax and enjoy the tastes of the region we are in the centre of the fine Perigordine cuisine.One restaurant is just a five minute walk away!
Wine lovers can find easy access to several local wine areas- Cahors is 30 minutes away, Bergerac an hour away and Bordeaux 90 minutes
Music lovers can enjoy the many music festivals throughout the summer.
Finally if all you want to do is chill and relax then our site offers two and a half acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy, whether it is a case of laying out on the lawns or terraces , enjoying the shade of our twelve walnut trees or for our younger customers enjoying the play areas.
Whatever your needs, the site is an ideal haven for families and couples alike.
Swimming pool available May to October
Wifi connection available in communal areas
All bed linen provided and made up for your arrival. Towel hire available
Baby cot, high chair and baby bath available
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Centrally placed to explore the beautiful and historic Dordogne and Lot Regions with its world renowned chateaux,cuisine, wines and music festivals.We are 5 minutes from the Dordogne river with all the canooing bathing and fishing it offers.
The climate offers warm long Springs and Autumns and hot Summers whilst the countryside remains verdant.
We are within a 15 minute drive of Sarlat, Rocamadour and the Bastide towns of Domme and Gourdon.
We are 5 minutes from the Dordogne river, a superb water park with 3 pools 2 slides and innumerable bouncy castles, canooing , horse riding, tennis and an 18 hole golf course.
There are two forest climbing centres and a paintball centre within easy reach.
We are central to the magnificent caves at Padirac, Lascaux , Cougnac and many others,
There are linnumerable Chateaux to visit and a range of magnificent gardens.
Every day offers a different local markets
This is the foie gras and truffle centre of France and it boasts superb restaurants to suit every budget and palate.
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29 Sep 2013
It was our children that chose to go to France this year and Les Espioles did not disappoint. From the moment we arrived we could tell that this was going to be an excellent holiday. Bev and Dave were… More
4 Sep 2013
"A great disappointment"
Although a beautiful garden and location, on arrival we were given a long list of rules which the (very present) owners try to ensure are adhered to. In fact my older children (12 and 9) commented (un… More
Whilst we are sorry to hear that the family were disappointed with their holiday,we feel it only fair to communicate our point of view.
Our site is a collection of five gites so we do have certain rules to ensure the security and respect of other guests.
This particular family were clearly upset that we expected them to supervise their young children whilst at the pool.They seemed to believe that as their children could swim there was no need. We explained about the need to keep the pool gate closed to protect other toddlers on site but despite this on several occasions we saw the children entering the pool knowingly unsupervised
Most of the holiday their three children were left unsupervised in the garden either screaming or misbehaving an example of which was the youngest child throwing a solar light in the hedge and stamping on the tube whilst the oldest child was kicking a ball against the wall of another guests house.
We do try to be discrete however when health and safety and the tranquility of others are being adversely affected we do sometimes need to address the situation as politely and fairly as we can.
We have been hosting families for 10 years and in all this time we have had good relationships with the vast majority of our guests.
We knew the relationship with this family was going to be difficult when on their arrival the father refused to allow us to show him around the house and grounds and remained at his car.
15 Feb 2013
"Fantastic family fun"
My wife, myself and our 2 daughters stayed here in July 2012 and loved it so much we are returning in 2013- something we have never done before!
We wanted self- catering without the isolation (and expense) of our own villa and without the chaos and caravans of Eurocamp. We have found it.
Fantastic accommodation- spacious, well equipped and with 2 private terraces and lovely grounds for children to run and play in- including swing set, pool, boules etc. location is fab as not too touristy for the dordogne but within easy reach if main sites. Host have perfect mix of friendly whilst respecting privacy.
4 Nov 2012
"Tranquility in the rolling Dordogne countryside"
An excellent group of Gites with good facilities, lovely grounds and well located. We had the last week of the season, so it was a little cold and the local restaurant was closed, but should be absol… More
7 Oct 2012
"Wondeful place and nice owners"
It is such a beautiful place, the apartment is really nice and comfortable and the garden and views are wonderful. The owners Bev and David are there and available to help in every (reasonable) reque… More
6 Oct 2012
When arrived with our daughter and grandaughter aged three - "Wow" was the first word spoken. Beautiful surroundings large gardens, large swimming pool plus paddling pool, Trampoline and swings - lots of older children too such as basket ball, table tennis and boules for the oldies!!. The pool had plenty of loungers although we had it to ourselves for most of the stay. The cottage was spacious clean and extremely well equipped with everything we required. The little extras like washing up liquid , dishwasher tablets, bin bags etc were very welcome as was the wine!! We had a large shady terrace with barbeque and had most meals outside - apart from one rainy day that is when English TV and DVD came in very useful. The owners Beverely and David were very helpful friendly. We hope to be back in the near future, our grandaughter summed it up for all of us "can we stay here forever and ever" I only wish....
12 Sep 2012
"Lovely property and very welcoming owners"
We stayed in the message blue end cottage which was full of character and had nice terraces outdoors. The facilities on site are great for a young family, good sized pool and large grounds that are well tended and with lots of room for our boys to roam around.
Owners are very helpful and approachable and they have extensive local knowledge and contacts.
21 Aug 2012
"Good location and facilities"
We stayed in Le Canard Dodu and overall impressions of Les Espioles are somewhat mixed.The cottages are well situated to visit a large number of local attractions and are within walking distance of a … More
29 Jul 2012
A great place to stay; our cottage was part of a larger complex with all facilities & large grounds & gardens to meander round.
The property was well situated as long as you had a car to get to various scenic villages & attractions.
Outstanding owners ( on site ) who went more than the extra mile to help us with our car problems - nothing was too much trouble for them.
Les Espioles is right near a little village & a short drive to a major town.
20 Sep 2011
"Relaxing, quiet, friendly respite from the world"
My sister and I decided to extend our stay to 9 days after experiencing some dramas driving around SW France. Les Espioles provided us with some much needed respite from our busy careers back in Austr… More
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