Maurens holiday farmhouse accommodation with internet access, walking and log fire and rural retreat

The Chai at Le Clos du Verger, Bergerac,

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The back terrace of the Chai, spring time

Farmhouse / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 209632

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Farmhouse / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Just 5 minutes from the lovely and lively old town of Bergerac on the banks of the Dordogne in the Périgord, Le Clos du Verger is a former farmstead set in a good hectare of land in a gentle, green valley leading up to extensive forests and the village of Maurens.

Our comfortable and well placed accommodation will add to the pleasure of your holiday, whether you are looking for a lazy stay in the country, or an active holiday with outdoor sports high on your agenda, or you plan to spend your time visiting this beautiful and remarkable area of France with its castles, its caves and their extraordinary paintings, its lovely little villages, the vineyards, forests and meandering rivers,

You might just want to stay put with a lunch time picnic by the stream, lulled by the tumbling waterfall, and a book from our library, and perhaps a barbeque on the terrace in the evening. The ball games area near the stream includes in the summer months a small goal and a badminton/volleyball net.

Or why not consider a winter break? Flights into Bergerac airport are particularly good value at this time of year. Many of the most interesting sites are still open. The properties are well heated with underfloor heating and wood burning stoves. For Christmas bookings we add a Christmas tree and some seasonal treats to the welcome basket.


THE CHAI sleeps 4 people. It is the former wine barn next to the principal buildings. It is built in mellow stone and the large terrace overlooks the gardens and countryside beyond.

Inside there is a spacious living room, two bedrooms,and a generously sized shower room. The property is comfortably furnished, cool in summer thanks to its construction and warm in winter with underfloor heating and a woodburning stove.

The living room has wide french windows on to the terrace, where there is an outside sitting area, and dining table and chairs. Inside there are two sofas around the coffee table near the fireplace, satellite TV (French TNT satellite link), books, games, DVDs, broadband internet, dining table and chairs, and a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer, induction hob, oven/grill.

Bedroom 1: 5' double bed

Bedroom 2: 3' twin beds

Both bedrooms have excellent clothes storage and comfortable beds.

Shower room with double size shower unit, double washbasins, and WC.

Customers with some mobility problems may like to know that beds are not the low type so easy to get in and out of.

Cot and high chair available on request. There is a laundry room on site. Let us know if you also want a phone in the property (extra charge).


Prices and availability quoted here are for self catering bookings. We are very flexible about arrival and departure days.

Environmentally friendly - Heating and hot water are from a ground source supply and half the electricity we use on the site is offset by our photovoltaic panels.

The tourist information in the properties includes local maps, walks and cycle rides, places to visit with children, local events.

Each property has a toy box or cupboard, a small library of books and DVDs, and English/French dictionary.

Outside there is a selection of outside games in the summer in the games area near the stream.

Food - The village baker delivers to our site twice a week and there is a good range of supermarkets and specialist food shops in Bergerac,as well as an excellent twice weekly market. Local products from our village include chocolates and patisserie, honey, foie gras and other patés.

Vineyards are on the hill beyond our stream with a good choice of local wines available straight from the producers. If you are planning a special meal we can put you in touch with local catering companies.

We are no more than 5 minutes drive to the edge of Bergerac. There is horse riding only 5 minutes away, a treetop trail 10 minutes away, and a choice of canoeing venues within 20 minutes.

* BIKE HIRE offered by a specialist operator: Excellent prices include helmets, locks, delivery and collection. Our own tourist information includes maps and cycle routes, including nearby waymarked routes.

We take bookings for any time of the year.

Spring starts early here. Summer speaks for itself. Autumn is lovely and there are still regular flights to Bergerac airport if you want a short break. The property is well heated so warm and cosy in winter. It is a great time to see the famous Lascaux cave paintings and other famous sites which are open throughout the year. The winters are short, occasionally severe, but we can often be sitting out for lunch in warm sun in January and February. We offer a special deal for one month bookings between October and March.

Most people come by car but it is possible to just have bikes here, and we have even had guests who have just relied on their two feet. If necessary we can pick you up from Bergerac station, and make sure you get access to some food shopping.

However you come we very much look forward to meeting you.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Lakeside beach 10 mins by car
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac Roumanières 16 km, Nearest railway: Bergerac 7 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Equipped to good standard.

Tiled floors on ground floors with underfloor heating.. Woodburner. Heating in winter months is included in price.

Books in French and English and games. Box of maps and tourist info. Satellite freeview TV with French TNT link.

For children: High chair and travel cot available. There is a selection of toys and games in the toy cupboard, and a stable of "hobby horses" for loan.

Washing machine in guest laundry in separate building (near car parking area).

The property will be thoroughly cleaned for your arrival, beds made up with newly laundered linen and with a good provision of bathroom and kitchen towels and teatowels. For bookings of 2 weeks or more we offer a towel and bedlinen change weekly.

Damage deposit: We may ask for a 200 euro damage deposit on arrival. You expected to report any breakages or damage during your stay so that we can get things back to order as soon as possible. We ask you to leave the property in a clean and tidy state on departure, but not super immaculate! If you want to leave without having to clean up, or you want us to provide a cleaning service during your stay there is a charge of 30 euros per clean.

PETS. We have a small herd of pygmy goats contained within a paddock or in their winter accommodation and possibly a few chickens in the orchard.

Further details outdoors

Our site is over a hectare, bordered by a green lane on one side, and a stream at the bottom of the site. The buildings and the gardens take up the front of the site, which slopes gently down to our paddocks and a variety of trees including 30+ fruit and walnut trees. Part of it is reserved for our use, but the rest you are welcome to explore, and some guests enjoy a daily walk down to the stream. There are a couple of benches dotted about in shady areas and a dedicated grassy area for ball games, away from the buildings, with a small goal and a volleyball/basketball net (football size ball and rackets/shuttlecocks provided).

We have a few small goats grazing one of the meadows and chickens in the orchard.

PARKING - The parking area is to one side of the site, and a path (lit at night) goes through the gardens to The Chai. We are always available on your arrival to help carry your luggage.

The Dordogne region

The Dordogne, or the Périgord as the French call it, is a rural part of France with forests, small farms, orchards and vineyards. It is delightfully French with fine food and strong traditions. It is an excellent place for an activity type holiday, for just chilling out, for tracking down special wines, or for visits to historical sites and beautiful locations.

People come for the wealth of beautiful villages and small towns. There is no big city although one of France's principle cities, Bordeaux, is within an hour and a half's drive and is well worth a visit.

Visitors are astounded by the historical sites, spanning the centuries from early man. The beautiful Lascaux cave paintings are known and admired throughout the world yet they were only discovered in the twentieth century and are only one of many notable sites. All around us you can trace the centuries through the strongly fortified medieval castles, the bastide villages of the Hundred Year's war, followed by the flowering of the Renaissance.

Just from the historical context there is more to see and do than you will probably fit into your holiday here. Add to that the multitude of village events, the excellent markets,sports such as canoeing, cycling, golf and horseriding, lovely places to eat, the genuinely friendly welcome and a holiday here will give you a taste of a truly delightful corner of Europe.


Until the early twentieth century Bergerac was for hundreds of years predominantly a town dedicated to the wine trade, with the old town jostling behind the river port on the Dordogne.

It is big enough to provide a good range of individual shops and a large market, as well as offering a lively cultural life. For several months each summer the beautiful old town hosts nightly events - and often you can join in for free - as well as specific festivals at weekends. Mid week entertainment includes dancing in one of the squares, jazz concerts, and a regular "brocante" or antiques market. Just wandering around is fun! Even better is to stop at a pavement café for a quick drink or a leisurely meal and watch the world of Bergerac go past. Bergerac even has a music hall if you want to try a fun night of Moulin Rouge type entertainment. All this is just an easy drive - no more than ten minutes from our property to the middle of town.

Maurens is our commune although we are as close to Bergerac as to the village itself. The baker delivers to us twice a week, and the postman collects any letters we want to post. You will probably need a car or bikes when staying with us but we will also point out some pleasant walks. We are surrounded by meadows and fields and the nearest vineyard is just up the(steep!)hill. Up the road the forest begins. Some of it is worked for timber although most is deciduous forest that has been left to go to its own devices, and is cut through with tracks and paths. There is a lovely round walk from the centre of Maurens using part of the old pilgrim trails.

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Review 1-10 of 14

10 Jun 2013


"Excellent - would recommend!"

Great property! Lovely private courtyard, very well equipped kitchen, comfy sitting area with new sofas. Wifi, games and DVD player included. All very clean and beautifully furnished. Very spacious - although there was only 2 of us staying, there is plenty of space for 4 people. We stayed there for one week and would definitely recommend it. The hosts Jane and Martin were wonderful! :-)

Thank you for your kind comments. We enjoyed having you both to stay at the Chai.

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