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Stunning 18thC Stone property with huge Heated Pool in private 50 acre estate

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

Luxurious, large property near Les Eyzies/Sarlat, close to all local amenties

Chestnut Cottage is a beautifully renovated 300 year old stone farmhouse near Les Eyzies:-

• set in the middle of 50 acres of totally unspoilt meadows, woods, lake and stream

• luxurious, comfortable and spacious accommodation

• a magnificent 14 x 7 metre, chlorine-free, heated pool and an activities complex

• wonderful peace and tranquillity, yet in the heart of the Dordogne very close to all the main tourist sites, Chateaux, rivers and market towns

• easily accessible from the region’s three airports, train stations and auto-routes

• shops, restaurants, supermarkets and daily street markets 5-15 minutes away

• available all year round, with full central heating and log fires

• sleeping up to 8 people in four double and twin bedrooms

(+2 more, by prior arrangement)

Chestnut Cottage has:-

• A very large, elegant living room (sejour) with exposed stone walls, terracotta tiled floors and a wood-burning fireplace

•A luxury, very-spacious, fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with large dining area, including fridge/freezer; double oven; ceramic hob; microwave; dishwasher and use of washing machine. The hand-painted ceramic tiled floor has under-floor central heating

• Four lovely chestnut-beamed double and twin bedrooms (one with a stunning roof terrace overlooking the pool), all with chestnut parquet flooring and views either to the pool, lake, or gardens.

• Two luxury bathrooms and two toilets

• Satellite TV/ DVD/VIDEO/CD Stereo

. A 1000+ eclectic book library

. Terraces with electric shade awnings, garden and outdorr dining furniture and barbecue, all looking out towards the pool

• Secluded gardens by the stream

• Ample parking

At the Pool and Summer House there are a host of sports facilities including,Table-tennis, Badminton, Boules,Darts and more.

Additional Facilities and Services are available on Request

For your Arrival

• A pre-arrival shop

We do a shop for your first evening / following day essential foods and cleaning materials as requested so that they are already in Chestnut Cottage when you arrive.

For Children

• Cot and high chair for hire

• Swimming and Diving lessons - Harris is a fully qualified BSAC registered instructor

Dining Arrangements

• Catered Meal preparation based on a per person basis

and depending on Menu Activities

House Maintenance

• Cleaning services: mid and end of stay House cleaing services

Services are charged on an hourly and/or per-person basis.

We invite to you enquire if any of the additional services are of interest to you.

More Details

Harris Raphael
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2018

About Harris Raphael

Owned by an English Family now living and working in the Dordogne, we fell in love with the unique charm of Domaine Le Ruisseau when looking for our little bit of heaven in Southern France.

Harris Raphael purchased this chateau / country house in 2002

Why Harris Raphael chose Fleurac

Domaine Le Ruisseau, set in a magnificent 50 acre private estate, is one of the most beautiful and tranquil locations you could imagine, yet very close to local amenities and all the area's main attractions. It is a perfect place to relax, a real 'swallows and Amazons' paradise for children....and a haven for their parents and grandparents!

The wonderful 14x7M heated, chlorine Free swimming pool and activities complex is a focal point of summer activities, and in the autumn winter period Chestnut Cottage is a cosy property with wood burning fires and central heating

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Some three years after we had undertaken major restoration and renovation work fully sympathetic with the local style, using traditional materials and techniques, Domaine Le Ruisseau was recognised as one of the most beautiful properties in the Dordogne in a visitor survey.

Chesntut Cottage has the special charm of being set in the heart of such a magnificent private estate surrounded by woods, stream, boating lake, and gardens, and yet being close to all local amenities and activities.

The 300yr old spacious and warm property is made entirely from stone, wood and materials from the estate itself and other local sources.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Fleurac in Périgord

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure , spacious
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , triple volume shower area
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , large open walk in shower
  • The bathrooms are spacious with modern fittings and large walk in shower areas
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Large master bedroom with huge terrace overlooking Pool
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Large ground floor bedroom with additional bed by agreement
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 large single beds. Overlooks the boating pond and stream
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 2 large single beds. Double aspect views to Poll and Ponds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , Seperate ensuite bedroom - available by separate arrangement
  • All bedrooms are of good size as are the beds themselves. A separate ensuite double bedroom suite is available for two extra guests if required (making a maximum of 10 guests) by arrangement on request. Pro-rata additional charge. Please enquire. The master suite has a very large terrace overlooking the swimming pool and lower meadows. All bedrooms look out over either the pool area, herb gardens or boating ponds. All bedrooms have chestnut flooring and exposed oak beamed ceilings.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Stunning 18thC Stone property with huge Heated Pool in private 50 acre estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful holiday at Chestnut Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Chestnut Cottage is in the loveliest tranquil and beautiful environment. The accommodation itself is full of character, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. It is set in a secluded and beautiful valley. On our immediate arrival we fell in love with it all and asked immediately if there were any vacancies for 2019 and thankfully we have been able to book two weeks there for next year which we are already looking forward to.

We have had many quality villa and gite holidays but this beats them all. That it does so is due to many factors. The very large heated pool is stunning and simply the best we have experienced. The nearby games room provided plenty of entertainment in the form of table tennis, darts, table football, boules, and trampolining, especially for the younger members of our party. But it is perhaps the beauty and serenity of the vast landscape, which makes it such a beguiling, place to holiday.

It was a hot week for our stay and in the mornings we visited the many beautiful villages around the region, usually lunching out and then returned to enjoy the pool as the temperatures rose in the afternoon. We often didn’t leave the pool area until nearly 8.00pm, as the temperatures and the air were still so very pleasant. There are quality large umbrellas for those seeking more shade and together with the swimming, reading and games the hours just passed by blissfully.

In the evening we chose to eat outside the cottage as the atmosphere is so serene and the view of the valley never ceases to amaze. There is fabulous produce and wines in the local markets and shops and for those who choose to cook you can sample the finest food. But there were also many wonderful restaurants for those who may want to eat out.

As animal lovers we adored the dogs, cats and chickens, which are all so friendly. We are also grateful to Harris and Victoria for making us so welcome and being such friendly and helpful hosts.

I feel we only really ‘scratched the surface’ in our visits to the villages, towns and markets of the Dordogne region in our week’s stay but in the fortnight we will spend at Chestnut Cottage in 2019 should afford more opportunities to enjoy the unique character, history and culture of the Dordogne.

Roll on July 2019!

Mick and Chris Addison and the family

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house in quiet rural setting

  • 5 of 5

The property is very comfortable - exceptionally well maintained. Everything worked! The pool is superb and there is loads of outdoor space. The setting is off the beaten track and nice and quiet. The owners' accommodation is adjoining but not overlooking and we had exclusive use of the pool and surrounding grassy areas.

The owners were very helpful during our stay providing local information.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard and family, Thank you very much for your lovely review. Victoria and I are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable time at Le Ruisseau and we would be delighted to welcome you back to this little corner of paradise! Harris and Victoria
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Wonderful Holiday!!!

  • 5 of 5

Chestnut cottage is fantastic! The house and grounds are stunning. Harris and Victoria are very welcoming which enables you to feel relaxed from the moment you arrive. We travelled as 2 families of 4 (4 adults , 4 children) and the house has more than enough space and is superbly equipped. The pool is exceptional and if you can tear yourself away there are countless day trips to enjoy - we would certainly recommend kayaking on the Vezere and a trip to the caves! We all had a brilliant time and would be delighted to go back as there is so much to see and do.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello James - We are so pleased that your family and friends had such a great two weeks at Chestnut Cottage and we hope that you choose to return at some poiont in the future. Your lovely comments are very much appreciated - Harris and Victoria
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

This estate went beyond our expectations. It was absolutely beautiful and a perfect spot to see all the region has to offer (the prehistoric caves, charming, historic small towns nearby and Bordeaux and St Emilion a mere two hours away) or just stay around the property and take in the beauty of the grounds with a rejuvenating swim in the pool. We loved making meals in the spacious kitchen and sitting inside or out watching and listening to nature. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and we wanted for nothing. And most of all we loved our hosts who helped guide us through our week in the Dorgdogne region and were helpful, charming and a lot of fun. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Sue for your lovely comments. We were delighted that your two families were able to relax and enjoy the delights of Chestnut Cottage and the region. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Harris and Victoria
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Beautiful stone cottage in the Dordogne region

  • 5 of 5

The property is even more wonderful than in the photo's and video, the surrounding grounds are well maintained with beautiful flowers and an herb garden. Because of the thick stone walls, the cottage was cool inside even though the temperatures soared outside. Victoria and Harris were very welcoming, they answered all our questions and gave us great ideas for restaurants and sightseeing. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Chestnut Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Corine, Thank you for a such a lovely review. We are delighted that your stay at Chestnut Cottage was so pleasurable and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Harris and Victoria
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Beautiful farmhouse in heavenly surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Chestnut Cottage is a five star holiday home set in the most beautiful, tranquil gardens with the bonus of a fabulous pool to relax in.

The house has everything needed to make your stay stress free, including really comfortable beds!

Genuinely lovely, charming owners on hand should any questions arise and with sound knowledge of the area.

We left Chestnut Cottage feeling happier, healthier and more relaxed than we had for a very long time...,wish we'd booked for longer, we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review. We are so pleased your family had such a lovely holiday and we hope to welcome you back to Chestnut Cottage soon. Harris and Victoria
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Bergerac or Brive
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Le Marterie
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Les Eyzies
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Chestnut Cottage is set in the “Périgord Noir”, the heart of the Dordogne, with easy access to the region’s chateaux, rivers and market towns.

The house is five minutes from the town of Les Eyzies, a major site of prehistory, two minutes to the nearest restaurant, and five minutes to a bakery, pharmacy, shops and a small supermarket.

Within 15 minutes are the towns of Le Bugue and St-Cyprien, with large supermarkets and a range of other facilities.

This is an ideal spot for anyone who enjoys exploring. From the house, one can enjoy miles of walks through forests and countryside, by rivers, lakes and medieval villages.

Among the sports available locally are golf, canoeing, tennis, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hot air ballooning, and climbing.

• Eating – The Périgord is one of France’s true gastronomic delights……Foie Gras; Walnut salad; Magret de Canard (duck); Truffles; Smoked Salamis. Cêpes……

• Wines – with numerous Chateaux and Caves, the local Bergerac, Pecharmant, Saussignac and Monbazillac wine estates are quite wonderful.

• Walking – From Domaine Le Ruisseau, you can explore countless miles of stunning walks through unspoilt forests and countryside, by rivers, lakes and medieval bastide and hillside villages.

• Sports - golf, canoeing, tennis, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hot air ballooning, micro-lighting, paragliding, climbing – it’s all here.

• Culture - Chateaux, Bastide towns, antiques fairs, music festivals and much more. Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes, Puymartin, Losse… ; picture-book stone villages including La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Brantôme, St Leon sur Vézère, Cadouin, Monpazier …

• Sarlat is a must see – an ancient and magnificently restored medieval town.

• Visit the Department of the Lot Lot with its famous villages of St Cirq Lapopie, Rocamadour and Puy l'Evêque.

• Pre-History - the cro-magnon man region is the cradle of pre-historic sites in Europe with its incredible caves and cave paintings. Lascaux (a world heritage site), Font du Gaume, Rocamadour, Gouffre de Proumessac are all only 10-60 mins away.

• Exploring -the Bordeaux region, St Emelion, Limoges, Toulouse, and many other attractions are only 1-2hrs away. Spain and the Pyrenees are less than 4hrs away.

• Shopping –beautiful, vibrant street market s and specialist fairs happening every day of the week.

• Chilling-out !!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Fleurac, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Sep 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jan 2020 - 1 May 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 May 2020 - 3 Jul 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jul 2020 - 4 Sep 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Dec 2020 - 8 Jan 2021
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £425

The booked week runs from 4:30 pm on the first Saturday of your stay (no prior arrivals) to 09.30 am on the last Saturday of your stay (no later departure).
One full set of LINENS is provided per bed, plus one set of TOWELS per person (not to be used as pool towels). Pools towels are available for hire on request.
Discounted longer terms rentals outside of high season are available. Do enquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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