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Charming Stone Cottage, Rural Location, Secluded Gardens and Pool with a View - Le Vieux Four

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs2
Space 1,022 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Le Vieux Four

Le Vieux Four is a renovated barn. The living area is open plan with two separate glass doors on one side and a glass entrance door and two separate double windows on the other. This gives the cottage a light and airy feel and allows views onto the courtyard on one side and the gardens overlooking the valley on the other. The fully equipped kitchen is adjacent to the dining area and the salon allows ample seating for 6 persons, 42" television with free to view English and French channels, DVD player and a wood burning stove. The main bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor and the open tread staircase leads to the upper floor where there are two further bedrooms, one double and one twin, and a wc. The kitchen door leads onto a private terrace with exterior dining furniture and a barbecue. The courtyard provides a private seating area at the front of the cottage and a communal seating area under the barn where the old bread oven, 'le vieux four' is situated.

About the property

La Vieille Ferme, St Genies

La Vieille Ferme is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Located in the famous golden triangle of Sarlat, Les Eyzies and Montignac, these three delightful stone cottages (locally referred to as gîtes) nestle together in the heart of the beautiful, unspoilt region of the Dordogne known as the Perigord Noir. The cottages are situated around a charming courtyard with a covered terrace housing the old village bread oven (le vieux four).

Le Vieux Four is open plan with a fully fitted kitchen and spacious dining area. The comfortable lounge offers ample seating, wood burning stove, TV (English and French free view channels) and DVD player. The glass entrance door overlooks the courtyard and further French doors open on to a terraced seating area with views over the valley. Here you can enjoy the secluded garden and enclosed natural spring pond, an ideal spot to watch the comings and goings of numerous birds, butterflies and dragonflies that also inhabit this calm relaxing venue. A large barbecue offers the opportunity to dine outdoors enjoying a glass of local wine and watching the sun go down over the valley.

The cottage has three bedrooms and a large open plan living area giving views to the enclosed courtyard on one side and over the scenic valley to the other. The first double bedroom is on the ground floor with a window looking on to the courtyard. Open tread stairs lead to a further double bedroom and twin bedroom on the first floor. It has a large bathroom with shower and bath facilities and a separate WC on the ground floor and a further WC on the upper floor. Please note this cottage has an open tread stair case.

La Ferme has an open plan living/dining and kitchen area and three spacious, light and airy bedrooms. The downstairs is full of character with original stone walls and beams. There are two entrance doors, one leads to the covered barn area in the courtyard, housing the old village bread oven. The other opens onto a few stone steps leading up to La Ferme’s private terrace, equipped with barbecue, where meals can be enjoyed al-fresco overlooking the gardens. Please note that there is a third entrance door which leads to La Ferme’s separate parking area which is situated at the top of a short flight of stairs in an enclosed entrance hall.

Upstairs La Ferme offers a large double aspect double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The bedroom has a dressing table and stool, two wardrobes and a king size bed with head and foot board. The ensuite is fully equipped with shower enclosure and WC. There are two further bedrooms, both twins, with hanging and drawer space. There is a second shower room also equipped with a glass shower enclosure and WC.

Outside, there is a mature secluded garden offering a variety of places to sit either in sun or shade and take in the views to the north and west. Each cottage has its own private garden terrace where meals can be enjoyed al-fresco. For our younger guests there is a communal indoor games room with table football, darts and a junior snooker/pool table. There is also a table tennis table and a selection of garden games such as badminton and boules for our more energetic guests. The English owners live on the opposite side of this country lane and are on hand to offer advice and help when necessary. Visitors are free to wander in the owners’ five acres of wooded grounds where they can meet (and feed!) the pet goats and chickens.

For those in search of outdoor pursuits bicycle hire, horse riding, and canoeing are all within easy reach. Along with the numerous local markets and many opportunities to taste the local specialties of foie gras, truffles and all things walnut (walnut cake, aperitif or just chocolate covered), La Vieille Ferme offers something for all ages and tastes.

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Sandra James
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Sandra James

Coming from London to the Dordogne, Stephen and I were looking for a change of pace and definitely found it! We love the French attitude to life and were fortunate to settle in an area which is not only beautiful but where the locals have been extremely welcoming. We live opposite La Vieille Ferme (the old farmhouse) and thought we were really lucky to have such a pretty stone property as our view. We now thoroughly enjoy sharing La Vieille Ferme with the many guests who choose to stay here with us.

Sandra James purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Sandra James chose Saint-Geniès

You can’t help but fall in love with this area, it has everything - beautiful views, plush green fields, picturesque villages, an abundance of spectacular castles, all littered with wonderful restaurants cafés and bars. There is so much to see and do, we are always stumbling on new gems we didn't know existed. All this combined with a climate that means you can enjoy outdoor living for almost all of the year. The relaxed attitude and abundant sunshine means that you can be as busy or as active as you feel, spending your days reading a book in a quiet corner of the garden, lulled by the sound of bees humming, or equally taking a canoe down the river, a bike ride along the extensive ‘voie vertes’ or cantering along a woodland path, the choices are endless and wide. The ubiquitous caves and castles make the area a fascinating place to visit, traversing the centuries from prehistoric man to modern day. All this and fabulous food and wine to boot, what more could you want?

What makes this cottage unique

La Vieile Ferme translates as the old farm and that is exactly what it was. We have three gites, Le Vieux Four, La Ferme and La Vieille Maison, all renovated from the original farm and barn, parts of which date back to the beginning of the 19th century. The original stone bread oven which served the whole village still stands today, attached to the open barn. Situated in a small hamlet overlooking the valley, we are very quiet and rural but within easy reach of all the major towns and tourist sites and well served by airports (Brive - 25 mins away, Bergerac and Limoges -1 hour and 20/30 mins). Montignac is our nearest town, being just 10 minutes away, and nestled on the banks of the river Vézère, it is one of the prettiest. It boasts very many cafés and restaurants and five boulangeries! 20 minutes away, just a few miles from the banks of the Dordogne, lies Sarlat, the largest concentration of medieval buildings in Europe, built in beautiful honey coloured stone that glows gold in the evening sun.

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Please note additional guest fee applies to adults only.
30% non-refundable deposit payable on booking.
Total balance payable 56 days prior to rental start date.
Total rental payable on booking if booking is made within 56 days of rental start date.
A fully refundable security deposit of £250 is payable on final payment. The cost of any breakages or additional cleaning/repair costs may be deducted from this at the end of the rental period.
Changeover day is Saturday but on request alternative arrival/departure days will be considered.
Please contact us (the owners) if you wish to make a booking of less than a week as we may be able to accommodate you.
Bed linen, towels and beach towels are provided.
In colder periods logs for the wood burning stove are payable on departure.
Taxe de sejour not included in price. (This is a nominal fee payable to the local mayor's office. Last year it was 44 cents per adult per night).
Please contact us for full terms and conditions.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Geniès in Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1022 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • There is a £50 cleaning fee which will only be returned if the property is cleaned before departure, see booking conditions for full details
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • Le Vieux Four has one bathroom situated on the ground floor. It is spacious and includes a bath, shower cubicle, sink with cupboard underneath, fitted mirror with lights and a large tiled surface next to the sink unit. The washing machine is situated in the bathroom under the tiled surface. There is a window, fully equipped with a blind, offering a bath with a view! There is a separate wc next to the bathroom and on the upper floor there is a second wc with a sink unit.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Each bedroom has drawer and hanging space, a dressing or bedroom table with mirror and dressing table chair. Cot available.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The cottages provide a picturesque, peaceful, relaxing rural idyll. However, they are just a short drive from many historical sites, chateaux and beautiful gardens. La Vieille Ferme is just 10 minutes away from both Sarlat and Montignac Lascaux where there is an abundance of cafés and restaurants in stunning locations. The popular medieval town of Sarlat is a world heritage site, with the most registered classified buildings per square mile in Europe, with winding streets, summer festivals and a famous market. Montignac is a very pretty, small riverside town, home to the world renowned Lascaux caves. It offers canoe hire on the River Vézère, a Wednesday market and many riverside bars and restaurants where, along with Sarlat and the many ferme auberges between the two, the opportunities for tasting local produce are endless.


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Le Vieux Four
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful cottage and hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weeks holiday in this beautiful cottage in June. It was our first trip to the Dordogne and we wanted a good base near Sarlat and Montignac which had a pool. We were so pleased with our choice! Even before we arrived we found Sandra and Stephen to be very welcoming by offering to pick up a few groceries for us as our plane arrived after the supermarkets had closed, and so as soon as we arrived we felt at home. The cottage was so peaceful with beautiful views over the open countryside and was very comfortable and well equipped. We were very lucky with the weather and used the pool daily which was a treat as we seemed to have it to ourselves! In addition to the pool there were plentiful communal areas for sitting and even some complementary drinks provided by our wonderful hosts Stephen and Sandra! All in all a great place to holiday with lots of places to visit within easy reach or just to sit in the cottage and relax!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was excellent with lovely views of the countryside. Steve and Sandra, the owners of the gite, live nearby and they were very friendly and helpful. The whole area was full of interesting places to visit. We had a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Great holiday location, accommodation, and hosts

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at Le Vieux Four, and we were delighted with the very comfortable accommodation with lovely gardens and views over rolling countryside.

It's also a great location between nearby Sarlat and Montignac.

The great thing about this area is the varied nature of the local attractions - caves, rivers, castles, gardens, markets, great restaurants, etc.

Everyone in our party had a great time.

And our hosts were fantastic. They couldn't have been more friendly and made sure we had a great time.

Would highly recommend and will definitely be returning ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very relaxing and comfortable Gite.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Le Vieux Four and had the most wonderful time. This is such a beautiful location the hospitality is superb and surroundings are stunning. we could not ask for more. Even the weather behaved and just added to the two weeks we stayed. Would highly recommend, and will certainly be going back again.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Wonderful house, area and hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very rainy stay in this house.

Despite this we found the hosts very welcoming, in fact they couldn't do enough to help!

The property was very clean, had very comfy beds and extremely well equipped. you could have cooked a snack, or a full sunday roast!

Despite been close to 2 other properties, it was very private with its own terrace, with wonderful views. We would definately return to this property if we decide to return to this area again.

We just need the owners to guarantee us good weather!!! : )

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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A perfect & beautiful corner of France

  • 5 of 5

We had our third holiday at this venue this year and each year it remains just perfect for all my family across all age groups. we are able to relax and unwind completely in a well furnished Gite which seems to have everything you could wish for. The bedrooms are very comfortable and clean. The spaciousness of the interior main room provides such a great [;ace for the family to relax and play together. The fact that this large Gite is situated at the foot of the L shaped farmhouse means that it remains very private and indeed it is like having your own individual property. We love the breathtaking view from the terrace in the morning which provided the best opportunity ever to start the day in the right way. On ocassions we really enjoyed the barn area in the courtyard where we had some great fun. Steve and Sandra were lovely hosts and went out of their way to ensure we had all we needed. The games room was an asset as was the paintball course in the woods, the paintball with Steve has provided enough memories for the whole year. We are back in 20016 and are really looking forward to it. Can't wait.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Brive Vallee de la Dordogne
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
St Genies
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
St Genies
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Lake Tamnies
Car: necessary

La Vieille Ferme is situated between the medieval town of Sarlat and the picturesque riverside town of Montignac-Lascaux, home of the famous Lascaux Caves. For those interested in prehistory, just 24km N is Les Eyzies where you can visit the National Prehistory Museum, housing one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artefact's, or the cave at Font de Gaume where some of the oldest (and original) cave painting in the world is still on display. Our prehistoric ancestors settled in the Vezere Valley more than 460,000 years ago and this area has an abundance of sites to explore. The region offers a vast choice of caves including the prehistoric decorated caves of the Vezere Valley. The Dordogne is also known for its many spectacular castles such as those of Beynac, Castelnaud, Commarque, Hautefort and Milandes to name just a few within a short drive away. From the belvedere at the cliff top gardens of Marqueyssac you can view the renowned ‘Valley of the five Chateaux’, looking out over the Dordogne valley for as far as the eye can see.

La Ferme is one of three stone cottages, collectively known as La Vieille Ferme, located just 3 km from the stunning village of St Geniès, boasting a castle, an auberge restaurant, a twelfth century church, a fourteenth century chapel with original frescoes, a café and bar and the ubiquitous boulangerie. There is also a small village shop for all the essentials and a Sunday market for local produce. The cottages are just 12 km from Sarlat-la-Caneda, a world heritage site boasting the most registered classified buildings per square mile in Europe. With its winding streets, summer festivals and famous twice-weekly market, Sarlat also offers endless opportunities for tasting local produce at the many restaurants and ferme auberges.

Just 8 km in the other direction lies the riverside town of Montignac, famous for its caves at Lascaux II. Here you can canoe on the River Vézère, browse the Wednesday market, and choose whether to enjoy a quiet coffee, a locally produced aperitif or to sample the authentic French menus at any one of the numerous riverside bars and restaurants.

There is also a sandy beach within a 15 minute drive from La Ferme at Lake Tamnies and the world renowned wine regions of St Emilion and Bergerac are just over an hour’s drive, with Bordeaux under 3 hours away.


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