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French Rural retreat sleeping 6 in Dordogne Valley- tranquillity

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Bilhac - La Belle Maison

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, will sleep up to 6 adults + 3 children depending on age

Old farmhouse recently converted with many exposed beams and other original features. Wood burning stove in attractive open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area. Fully equipped kitchen. Most accommodation at 1st floor level with 1 twin room and bathroom in the roof space area.2 double rooms one of which has ensuite shower room/WC. Each room could have a Z bed or equivalent added.

At ground floor level is a room with washing machine and small snooker table and other rooms suitable for bike storage etc.

Overlooking open countryside with large shared garden equipped with own B-B-Q and private patio area. Offroad parking.

Electric radiators in bedrooms and underfloor heating in 1st floor bathrooms.

Local Swimming: There is a local camp site open during July and August which has a swimming pool open to all provided you buy some refreshments. This was closed last year and is changing management so we cannot guarantee its availability etc. It is 8 mins away by bike on a flat country lane.

Also nearby (10 mins by car) are a popular waterpark with 2 slides and a swimming lake with a diving platform and slide. Both have restaurants and are recommended.

Eating out: There are many excellent restaurants within 5-15 mins drive.Most are children friendly and all offer very good fixed price menus.

Other Activities: Canoeing is available on the nearby Dordogne river with the nearest canoe hire shop only 10 mins away. You can leave your car and transport is provided to bring you back.

There is a golf course which we have not sampled on the other side of the valley close to St Cere and about 15 mins drive.

The nearest stables for horse riding is 10 mins away by bike.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

David Rudd
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
3 August, 2015
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About David Rudd

We are in fact 3 families who co-own 2 houses adjacent to each other. One is La Belle Maison which we rent out commercially through this website and the other is Les Hiboux bought in 1989 which is a larger property but less well equipped and which we use ourselves or let to family and close friends.

David Rudd purchased this farmhouse in 1995

Why David Rudd chose Brive la Gaillarde area

This was a building which if we had not bought it would by now just be a heap of rubble. It was however an integral part of the village and it presented us with a challenge and a project that was irresistible. Today it is equipped for holiday living to a good standard with effectively a bathroom per bedroom.

We chose the area because it was within a day's drive of the Channel ports and was sufficiently far south to hopefully be in with a better than even chance of some sun and warmth. It was located sufficiently close to main tourist traps to allow for interesting sight-seeing but away from the madding crowds of the 'popular' end of the Dordogne valley (Souillac westward). Her we were not inundated with non French speaking English and it felt to us like the real France and a place where we could relax in peace.

We know that we lack a swimming pool but some of us were concerned that it would be difficult to keep maintained to a high enough standard and some of our guests have specifically wished to avoid the risk of a pool for their young children. With a swimming lake only 10 minutes drive away we have not felt it to be too great a drawback and going to the lake lets us mix with other families, gives us a bar and restaurant and a truly tranquil haven to return to.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We have endeavoured to preserve and enhance the original features of this old farmhouse and have we believe succeeded. There is a wealth of exposed beams and wood flooring,

The wonderful site of Rocamadour is only a 45 minute drive away along with some of the most beautiful villages of the Dordogne valley.

A very pleasant light red and rose wine is produced locally (Cotes de Glanes)

There are many local food markets where truly fresh, flavoursome and local fruit and vegetables, cheese meat and free range eggs are in plentiful supply.


5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

French Rural retreat sleeping 6 in Dordogne Valley- tranquillity
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Manchester, United Kingdom

Brilliant Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

My family (parents 60+, husband and I, sister and 2 year old son, plus 60+ couple) spent two weeks in this delightful house. The house is set up well and the area is quiet and scenic. It is close to many beautiful, scenic and historic sites. We loved our stay and are already planning when we can come back

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
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Suffolk, England

La Belle Maison

  • 5 of 5

A very peaceful and quiet location surrounded by beautiful countryside. Close proximity to a number of interesting chateaux, towns and villages plus local amenities within 5 minute drive. We would happily recommend it to any prospective visitors to this area.

The owners made it easy to locate and provided us with the neccessary information to enjoy an extremely relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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Cheshire, England

La Belle Maison

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully restored old house with very comfortable accommodation and very spacious outdoor area. Very tranquil setting in a hamlet so tiny it isn't even on the map but within a few minutes drive of a village with a couple of boulangeries, small supermarket and bar\restaurant. Several good restaurants within half hour drive in picturesque villages. Particular favourite is Hotel Fenelon in Caranac.

We keep going back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
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Middelburg, Nederland

Pleasant, clean, cosy and comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

A very pleasant, clean, cosy and comfortable house in nice and quiet surroundings.

In this area are a lot of beautiful villages (Collonges-la-Rouge, Martel, Carennac, Curemonte, Beaulieu, Bretenoux, Rocamadour and castles as Montal, Castelnau, Tours de Merle, you can visit.

This part of the Dordogne is calmer than the western part (surroundings of Sarlat) and is very interesting for people who like that.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
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  • 5 of 5

Une maison très agréable et avec beaucoup de charme qui permet de passer des vacances reposantes tout en étant proches des lieux touristiques.

Les lieus sont propres, la machine à laver, les draps et les linges de bains fournis sont très appréciables.

Petit village très paisible, à 5 minutes des petits commerces et d'un petit centre aquatique très apprécié des enfants.

Nous avons déjà recommandé cette location à nos amis.

Nous recommandons cette maison à des familles avec enfants en bas âges, a des grandes familles ou a des séniors qui recherchent la tranquillité.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Brive Dordogne Valley
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Puy Brun
Nearest Ferry
625 Kilometres
Caen (Ouistreham)
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
St Cere
Nearest Train
54 Kilometres
Brive (with local link to Vayrac/Puybrun or Biars)
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A20 Junction 52
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Situated on the border of Correze with Lot and Dordogne departments in the Dordogne valley within 15 mins drive of several of the most beautiful villages in France. Away from the main tourist area but within easy reach of the main tourist sites such as Colonges La Rouge, Rocamadour & several caves/gouffres. The mediaeval towns of Beaulieu & Bretenoux are both within 15 mins drive, & Sarlat with its renowned Saturday market is about 1.5 hours drive. The Dordogne River is 10 mins away by car & there is also a swimming lake about 10 mins away. The closest airport is Brive Dordogne Valley which is about 40 minutes driving time away (35kms). Also available currently are Toulouse & Limoges both around 1.5-2 hours travel from the house and Bergerac is a beautiful drive along the valley of about 2.5 - 3 hours . Ryanair fly to Limoges and Bergerac and flights to Brive are yet to be confirmed.. Flybe also operate to Limoges and Bergerac.

Other Activities: canoeing/kayaking

Golf: Golf Du Montal at St Cere approximately 15 kms http://www.golf-montal.fr/


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Bilhac, Tulle area

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 Sep - 29 Nov
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Nov - 5 Apr
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Apr - 21 Jun
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer High Season
22 Jun - 5 Sep
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Bilhac in Correze

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    En suite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , En Suite
  • 2 doubles, 1 twin, 1 cot (and 2 folding beds available if required)
  • Books ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Non smokers preferred. Smokers are asked to smoke outside only.3 and 4 week rentals available. Pets will be considered but please be aware that there are local dogs and all pets must be fully house trained. Please ask about children's beds/cots as there is space for them. There is a child's travel cot and 2 Ztype beds. For 2 week rentals not requiring a change of bedlinen/towels at the midway stage we offer a discount on the 2 week cost of 12.5%. Small size snooker/pool table. Small library of books and some board games.

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