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|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 shower room|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon basin at 100km, local lake at 10 km|
|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|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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.
|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 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.
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.