Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Tremolat - Les Volets Bleus
Spacious country home, 6 bedrooms, perfect for families & friends together
Not far from Bergerac and Sarlat, where the Dordogne River makes a dramatic loop, “Les Volets Bleus” is a very private, high-end, beautifully-restored 300 year old stone farmhouse that sits on 2 acres of lawned garden, in the heart of the Perigord Noir, with tranquil views of the surrounding countryside. Within 3 minutes of the charming village of TREMOLAT, our spacious home is comfortably furnished with French country antiques and beautiful 'heavenly beds'. Situated among fig and walnut trees, with three sunny terraces: two that overlook the large, magnificent pool receiving day-long sunshine, it has all modern conveniences and is perfect for up to 12 people, with 4 queen bedrooms and 2 single/twin bedrooms, all with crisp white linens. It is ideal for 1 large family group, or for 2 or more smaller groups, since the Farmhouse and the Converted Barn each have their own fully-equipped kitchens, and dining/living areas, allowing complete independence.
Philosophy of the owners, Bill & Janice: We are the proud owners of “Les Volets Bleus” and purchased and upgraded/renovated the property in June 2005. Although our home is in California, we have travelled a great deal in Western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens & towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream home, our philosophy hasn’t changed & we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world. We appreciate the chance that you take when you book on-line and hope that what you see is really what you’ll be getting! We guarantee you will not be disappointed - in fact, most of our guests feel that the reality of the house far exceeds their expectations.
Personal welcome: We have an excellent local manager who speaks both English and French fluently. You will be met personally, and have someone to answer any questions and address all your needs while your stay at our home. Our manager is well-versed in the house and the local area, and is very popular with our guests. We also provide you with very detailed maps and directions before your arrival, as well as information on the area so that you know exactly where to find everything you might need: such as days and towns for the best local market and inside tips and suggestions from previous guests. We want you to have the best possible experience in this wonderful area of the Dordogne that offers so much in the way of scenery, markets, activities, food adventures, and wonderfully warm people.
Internet access: We offer FREE fully-functioning, high-speed WIFI as well as free international telephones for all our guests.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
We (Bill and Janice) are the proud owners of “Les Volets Bleus” and purchased and upgraded/renovated the property in June 2005. Although our home is in California, we have traveled a great deal in western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens and towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream French farmhouse, our philosophy hasn’t changed - and we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world. READ REVIEW on our website.
Janice purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Why Janice chose Tremolat
We found this beautiful area in 2003 when we took cooking classes in the area - and were amazed by the gentleness of the region: gentle food, gentle geography, gentle people. In addition, it's really how you hope life will be when you head to rural France. Most of our guests are shocked that a place like this REALLY exists! We looked at other countries, and considered other areas of France, but we pinch ourselves routinely at how fortunate we were to find villages like Tremolat, Le Bugue, Limeuil, Ste Alvere, Paunat and a place like the Dordogne. In addition, we're 15 minutes walk into Tremolat and 15 minutes drive from Le Bugue and Lalinde, so the easy access from Bordeaux and all the area is a plus. We've never met more welcoming and agreeable people in all our travels, and have never enjoyed food and wine like we do when at 'Les Volets Bleus'! We just love visiting our Farmhouse whenever we can. Rather than finding a holiday home, we've found a life.
What makes this farmhouse unique
The most commented on benefit about staying at our property is the number and quality of double beds, the wonderful linens and cleanliness of the house. We feel that when you're on vacation, you should sleep as well as possible, and so we spared no expense in finding and furnishing really good, queen-size beds in our home. We furnish them with Indian-cotton linens and great pillows - accompanied by soft, fluffy white towels. Others warned us that putting in 4 double bedrooms (and 2 singles) would be a mistake since you 'get more guests per room' if you put everyone in singles beds - but we disagreed! As a married couple, we LIKE to sleep together in a good bed when in vacation, so squashing together 2 tiny single beds is not our idea of fun! So at 'Les Volets Bleus' at least 4 couples get to sleep in a 'master' bedroom... rather than having one nice bedroom and then all the late-comers getting the dark rooms with single beds! Not my idea of fun either! In addition, we run our home like a boutique hotel with all the cleanliness, perks and amenities you'd expect at an upmarket location. We have an expert cleaning and prep team who go through the house with a fine-tooth comb... and it shows! So you can rest-assured that you will be sinking into beautiful, white, Indian-cotton sheets, and a bed that will give you the rest you deserve...and all in a house that meets the top standards for cleanliness. In terms of the outdoors, our guests also love all the terraces to sit outside on, and appreciate all the chairs and tables on each terrace, including all the pool chairs and towels. In addition, the beautifully clean, large pool (fenced to all highest EU regulations) is a winner with families of all ages in the summer. The proximity to all popular locations (being half-way between Bergerac and Sarlat) is also a definite plus, and our guests enjoy all the area has to offer, and not having to drive for hours to take part in it!
Guestbook comments from the owner
This guest review was independently submitted to our "sister" site vrbo.com/79727:
Our trip to France was booked nearly a year in advance and eagerly anticipated by family who were coming from all corners of the world to meet after many years of not seeing each other. The farmhouse just outside of Tremolat turned out to be the perfect setting for a reunion, with very little distractions to take away from family time and plenty of areas to sneak away for a quiet catch-up over a glass or two of wine.
Farmhouse style al fresco eating was also a feature that resonates in the memory still, and the isolation of the place was such that the passing of a vehicle was enough to catch everyone's attention. When the lure of town called, Tremolat and many other equally charming villages were a short hop away. Janice was the ultimate hostess and she provided us with loads of useful information in the lead up to the trip, and support throughout our stay. Truly a local, Janice was able to connect us with people wherever we wanted to go and whatever we wanted to do.
The family fell in love with the region, and would happily return to stay in the farmhouse of one of Janice's other equally charming properties which we had the pleasure of visiting during our stay.