Gite / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Traditional French house with 2 beds, terrace, views

A real French experience in this beautiful village of Estal.

Originally a bastide house where you lived upstairs with your animals beneath you, it has been extended to include 2 double bedrooms, a large sitting room with a sofa bed and roomy dining kitchen with access onto the terrace outside. There are stunning views and friendly people here. If you like, you can picnic in our 1 acre field beneath the house or in our large walnut orchard at the top of the village.

Canoeing, bicycling, swimming, walking, tennis, golf and gastronomy are all available nearby.

Meander up from Bretenoux through peach and walnut orchards and the vineyards of Glanes (the wine is thoroughly recommended!) to arrive at Estal, a small village perched on the edge of the hill, with the most beautiful views back down towards the Dordogne gorge.

This is real France. Farming is the main activity and our field beneath the house is rented by a local dairy farm, but has steps down to it and a flat area for sitting or games. The swallows swoop up and down the valley in front of our terrace during the day and there are many other birds to be seen. The wild flowers are most beautiful in May.

The house is comfortable with beams and wooden floors with an oak staircase built by the local carpenter. Downstairs it is tiled to keep the temperature cool in summer. In spring or autumn the wood burning stove in the large fireplace keeps you comfortable. There is a small library of books to read.

There is one double bed in the main bedroom and twin beds in the other bedroom. There is a sofa bed in the large sitting room. There is also a travel cot and a high chair to fit onto one of the dining chairs.

Our neighbours look after this property for us. Linen and/or towels are included but, we ask you to give 40 euros per week or short stay to our neighbour.

There are no shops now in the village, but, in Bretenoux there is a wide range of shops and a market. This is a bastide town with a colourful history. Castlenau de Bretenoux is the local castle, which together with the castle at Loubressac are definitely worth a visit.

Please see our own website if you would like some more details, or email or ring us. If we drive to Estal, we usually go from Portsmouth to Caen, then it is 400 miles south which takes us 8 to 10 hours. If we fly, we go to Bergerac, Limoges, Rodez, Toulouse or Carcassonne airports, depending on the time of year and the various costs, then hire a car.

If you would like to stay for a short break outside of July and August or would like to stay for two weeks, please contact us to arrange prices.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 shower room
Nearest beach At Lac du Tolerme 30 km
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 100 km, Nearest railway: Biars Bretenoux 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace
Standard Kettle
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Midi-Pyrénées region

This is a most beautiful area and Estal is a village with fantastic views down towards the Dordogne Valley. It is as if you are looking over a rough sea made up of hills and valleys. To get to a village which you can see in the distance involves an up and down journey! This is not like the busy tourist area further east, but there is still lots to do.


For the active - canoeing on the River Dordogne; walking along the Grand Randonee or the many footpaths, playing tennis in either Bretenoux or Carnac, swimming in the Lac du Tolerme
For the history - the local castle Castelnaux de Bretenoux, the bastide town of Bretenoux, historic villages such as Carennac, Loubressac and nearby Teyssieu
For relaxing - sitting on our patio enjoying the view with a glass of wine and delicious food, curling up on the sofa with a good book, staying in bed till midday!