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Charming Pigeonnier In Small Hamlet

Bedrooms 2
Space 20,000 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, Bedrooms: 2; Bathrooms: 2; Sleeps: 4

Welcome to our 300 year old pigeonnier (dovecote) at Petit Bout! Find us tucked into an hameau (hamlet) of 6 stone houses in the Perigord Poupre (wine growing region). A 17th century ruin when we discovered it, it has been restored and renovated by an American architect with international design experience. The pigeonnier’s many original features have been preserved; among them, the open fireplace, the stone warming-oven and the evier (stone sink).

On the pigeonnier’s ground floor, we’ve installed ultra modern appliances to create a kitchen that is the perfect blend of old and new. Above the kitchen, reached by a circular steel and oak stair created by a local artisan, is a mezzanine overlooking the lofty open living / dining area. Beyond the living area on the ground floor, are two bedrooms, the spacious master bedroom has an ensuite with a tub and walk-in shower. The second bedroom, a large ‘chambre d’ami’ is beyond, as is another bathroom. Both the living room and chambre d’ami open onto a private interior courtyard. This courtyard leads out to a second, larger courtyard, which offers views of the countryside beyond. The pigeonnier is furnished inside and out with comfortable, Country French furniture and fabrics while the kitchen and bathrooms offer the latest in modern convenience.

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Beverly Held
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Beverly Held

We fell in love with the Dordogne in 1987, on our return to the U.S. from a 5 year posting in Australia. We were in Canberra, yes, but working as an architect and an art historian We returned to the Dordogne two years later committed to finding a place to call our own. We fell in love with the old stone house and the surrounding grape vines. There is something magical about the irregular shaped stones and the rigidly formal lines of vines. Two years later, we purchased the land across from the pigeonnier to protect our view and four years later, we purchased the attached grange. We were ready, finally, to transform our ruin into our home - which we did in 2001, eleven years after our original purchase and as many years of dreaming ! Time is now spent between S.F. (San Francisco) and S.F. (south of France)

Beverly Held purchased this farmhouse in 1989

Why Beverly Held chose Mescoules

During our first visit to the area, in 1987, we rented a pigeonnier outside of St Alvere. And we fell in love with the stones and the high ceilings. One afternoon, sitting at the Moulin de Malfarat, our favorite restaurant in Monbazillac,I promised myself I would return and this time, to find something to buy. Being from N. California, the grape vines of the Perigord Poupre were more interesting than the forests around St. Alvere. So, when we returned to France in 1989, we concentrated on finding a little bit of heaven in the wine growing area - which we did, which we are happy to share with you !

What makes this farmhouse unique

Nestled into a petit hameau (hamlet) of 6 stone houses, we have the luxury of privacy and neighbors. The closest village, Sigoules, is only a short walk away past the Cave Cooperative where locals bring their grapes to be pressed into wine and where you can enjoy a quick tasting or an even quicker purchase. Sigoules has everything you need, from boulangerie to bars, there are cafes, a maison de la presse (with English & American newspapers & magazines) and a short walk beyond the cemetery, a tiny super marche, bank, pharmacie and gas pump. A little beyond this, a post office. And there are walking trails galore everywhere ! If you do feel like taking a drive, a short one gets you to a magical chateau and 10 minutes later, the capital of the Perigord Poupre.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in the Mescoules in the Périgord

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 20000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms have sinks, toilets and showers, the master bedroom ensuite has a bath tub as well.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Both bedrooms have comfortable double beds. In the second bedroom, the 'chambre d'ami' there is a Single Sofa bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer.


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Charming Pigeonnier In Small Hamlet
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

A Beautiful Dream

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful dream ...

I enjoyed my stay in this fantastic and typical Perigord residence ... Without hesitation, I urge you to discover the originality of its beautiful decoration and luxurious service ... Thank you Beverly for your welcome and your kind attentions ... We will return with great pleasure ...!!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Filthy and Uninhabitable

  • 1 of 5

We spent three days trying to get the owner to do something about the internet that does not work and the filthy dusty condition of the property. No customer service from the owner and no prospect of anything being done. Finally moved out after only three days even though we had booked for 12, as we considered it a health risk to stay any longer. Do not book!!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have traveled all over France and stayed in many houses and apartments using Home Away/VRBO. Petit Bout is at the top of the list - it's a very special place! The pigeonnier is beautifully and tastefully restored, and has plenty of space for people to spread out and find privacy. The bed was comfortable in the master bedroom and it was such fun to open up the window each morning and look out over a rolling field!

I like to cook when I'm in France and this kitchen was far better than most, with all the utensils, pots and pans one needs to make delicious meals. Beverly had some great suggestions for the various farmers markets within a short driving distance so it was easy to pick up fresh veggies, meats, fish, fruit, etc. almost daily. There is also an excellent grocery store in town as well as a good boulangerie. Every morning my husband would walk into town to pick up croissants for our breakfast. We also walked to the nearby wine cooperative where you can buy local wines and have a tasting.

Beverly knows the area very well and had lots of good suggestions while we were there. We ate at some lovely restaurants, visited several vineyards, enjoyed the sights of Bergerac, and just had fun driving around the beautiful countryside. This area of the Dordogne is some of France at its best.

We still talk about our time here - it was truly unforgettable. We would come back again (and hope to stay longer next time) in a heartbeat and recommend Petit Bout highly. I can't imagine a better place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful spot with much to offer.

  • 5 of 5

Petit Bout is a beautifully restored building in an idyllic rural setting. it is within easy driving distance of a dozen medieval market towns, Eymet, Ste Foy le Grande, Villereal, Sarlat, Bergerac, St Emilion and many others. All offer outstanding scenery, history and dining experiences. The castles of Beynac, Castelnaud and Milandes are close by as are many local vignobles. The property offers a full range of household amenities and in need the cheerful help of your charming neighbours. The owner of the property is also seemingly also available by email for any issues that arise or recommendations on things to do and see locally. I recommend a stay at Petit Bout without any reservation!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a WINNER !!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a real find !!! The house is VERY commodious:

- Generous rooms and comfortable furnishings throughout

- Modern, spacious bathrooms with the most modern fittings

- Fully outfitted kitchen with modern, gas stove/oven, stainless steel counters, ...

The location cannot be beat -- set amongst grain fields and vineyards, yet close to picturesque, bastide villages, numerous chateaus, excellent wineries, great restaurants, and more. The owner is wonderful to deal with and provided

a superb reading list for history of and general information regarding the region, as well as very helpful recommendations regarding restaurants, wineries, and markets.

Bottom line: If you want to be in the Dordogne, I cannot believe you will do better than this Pigeonnier. My wife and I enjoyed our stay immensely, and hope to return for an even longer visit in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Fantastic Place in the Périgord countryside

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible property this is. We admit that we were a little uncertain about staying in a 'hamlet' close to a village, but this place turned out to be a highlight of our trip. The Petit Bout is absolutely beautiful, the people around super friendly, the village is authentic (and was host to a local wine festival while we were there - wonderful) and the area all around was lovely countryside. And yet, 15 minutes up the road was Bergerac and the Dordogne river, 45 minutes to St. Emilion and many other incredible castles and sites in whichever direction you wanted to travel. Or, as we did several times, it's a great place to just cook up your own dinner and enjoy the local wines. Beverly provided all the information needed and her local contact was also extremely helpful. Would highly recommend the Petit Bout for a wonderful French (Périgord) experience.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Dordogne River
Car: necessary

Surrounded by fields of sunflowers and rows of grapevines, Petit Bout is in the ‘compagne’ but not remote. A pleasant stroll (or 5 minute drive) along a country road, past the Cave Cooperative (where locals bring their grapes to be blended into wine) takes us to a medieval village, Sigoules, with all amenities - boulangerie, maison de la presse (English newspapers, magazines & books for sale), café, post-office, etc.). Ten minutes by car and you’re at the fairy tale castle of Monbazillac, touring the Chateau or sipping the sweet white wine of the same name, which the locals drink with dessert or more often with another specialty of the region, foie gras. One of our favorite restaurants is in Monbazillac and the food is as good as the scenery is: spectacular. Another 10 minutes farther north will find you at the capital of the Perigord Poupre, Bergerac, made famous by the Musketeer who never set foot in the town. The twice weekly Farmer’s Market which engulfs the Church with fresh, local produce and the Maison des Vins, where you may taste and sniff as many local wines are you are able, will make you forget all about Cyrano’s slight! At Bergerac, you can explore Old Town by foot or take a relaxing gabarre (flat bottom boat) ride and travel lazily along the Dordogne River.

Within an hour radius of Petit Bout, grand chateaux and simple wineries welcome you and offer you samples of their Bergerac sec (white wine), Pecharment (red wine) and of course Monbazillac wine. If you enjoy Farmer’s Markets, you can find one everyday and depending upon the season, you can gorge on white asparagus, wild strawberries or perfectly ripened peaches. If you like antiquing or searching for bargains, then the brocantes (antique fairs) and vide greniers (literally empty the attic) held in different villages and towns each weekend throughout the summer, are for you. Sightseeing too is easy with Petit Bout as your base. Within an hour or so drive, you’ll be touring beautifully preserved medieval hilltowns like Beynac and Castelnaud with their fabulous fortress chateaux, medieval bastides (planned towns) created by English and French rivals during the 100 Years Wars, of which nearby Monpazier is the best preserved. Then there are Sarlat and Brantome and their nearby Renaissance pleasure chateaux. And of course, there are the caves with prehistoric paintings from Lascaux to Font de Gaume and Rouffignac (where you visit the cave by electric train) that are not to be missed. From late July through mid-August, medieval fairs abound - with actors, dancers and musicians all in period costume, you'll be transported back in time. Please keep scrolling for more views of Petit Bout.

Weekly Farmers Markets, Outdoor Vide Greniers (empty the attic) and brocantes (antiquities) weekends all summer, Medieval fairs in July/August


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in the Mescoules, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £44.23
Refundable Damage Deposit £353.86

For rentals in May & October, electricity fee, based upon usage, is collected at end of stay.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
The price listed is for two people staying in one bedroom. For two people using both bedrooms, there is an additional 50 euros/week.
For more than 2 people, there is an additional 15 euros/night fee per person, for those staying a week or more, the extra person fee is 90 euros per week / per person

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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