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*****CHILD FRIENDLY Beautiful Gîtes. Heated Pool. Fun For All The Family. 4acres - Rose Barn

Bedrooms 3
Space 516 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Rose Barn

Once a traditional barn attached to the farmers cottage, Rose Barn is now a beautifully converted, open plan, high ceilinged luxury holiday gîte. From the exterior, the original wood beams and the timber cladding remain, but the inside has been beautifully transformed. The whole of the 10mx 5m downstairs is a wonderful living, kitchen and dining space. The large patio doors can be flung open to overlook the meadow and bring in the fresh country air. For the early and late season visitors there is a wood burning stove warming the whole house making it cosy and romantic.

Sit outside on the pebble and oak terrace which surrounds the Barn. Shelter from the sun under the ‘abri’ and appreciate the sunset in the evening with a panoramic view over the meadows, play areas, woodlands and pool.

Inside, Rose Barn has three elegant and comfortable bedrooms sleeping 6 +baby in cot and a bathroom with separate shower and full size bath.

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About the property

*** Sol du Mazel *** Dordogne

Sol du Mazel is situated in a most beautiful, quiet rural setting, yet it is close enough to the village to take a morning stroll down the age old footpath to the local boulangerie for fresh croissants.

Situated in the Dordogne, near Domme, Daglan and Castlenaud, nestled in 4 acres of its own land the two gîtes overlook a walnut orchard and wild flower and grass meadow. On the other side of the valley the woods are the home to deer and wild boars which can often be seen at dawn if you manage to get up that early.

Rest and relax by the gorgeous 12 x 5 m swimming pool (heated from May through to end Sept - so that it is still pleasant).

Watch the children play on the trampoline or the climbing frame while the grown-ups might build up the energy to read a book in a hammock.

Later enjoy a barbecue outside sitting under the shade of the abri, or perhaps visit the gourmet restaurant in the village (remember to book). From the end of June to the end of August every Saturday evening the village square and road is taken over by the ‘Marché Gourmand Nocturne’ which can best be described as a street party where everyone is welcome and all sorts of food and drink are on tap.

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Katie & Andy Tanswell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
8 April, 2018

About Katie & Andy Tanswell

We wanted to create a holiday home that was a happy place; overflowing with love and laughter; safe but filled with adventure. We wanted a place that can be special for someone at every age. Whether still feeding from a high-chair; learning to dive or swim a width for the first time; climb a tree fort; explore the woods; sunbathe ,read, walk, cycle or canoe; or simply drink fine wines and taste gourmet local cheeses.

We designed our holiday home to be like this because we knew that as our family grew we wanted it to be the place each person could look forward to returning to the following year. We wanted a place where memories could be created, where the photos are simply aide-memoirs to the joyful experiences shared together.

Katie & Andy Tanswell purchased this barn in 2010

Why Katie & Andy Tanswell chose Saint-Pompont

Sol du Mazel is nestled into an idyllic rural setting , with the two gîtes looking over the meadow up towards a small woodland from which deer and wild boar can sometimes be seen at dawn. Sol du Mazel is just a short walk from the beautiful village of St Pompon, is nestled into the lovely mix of undulating land covered in woods and meadows, where poppies add a splash of colour to every roadside. The textured sandstone houses of the villages in the area are so picturesque they could easily be described as the ‘Cotswolds’ of France. Yet when we bought the place in 2010 the property was a far cry from what it is now. The cottage was, to say the least, in ‘a state’ and the barn was just that, a barn which years ago had been used to dry tobacco.

We set about not just restoring but re-invigorating. The two gîtes at Sol du Mazel are Hope Cottage and Rose Barn. Both have huge open-plan downstairs rooms built to the highest of standards and quality. Large doors connect you with the outside living space where many a meal is enjoyed in the cool of the morning or warmth of the evening sun. The bedrooms, with the chestnut wood floors and wrought iron beds are so quiet and peaceful it is hard not to have a wonderful night of sleep.

What makes this barn unique

Its a simply beautiful setting. Somehow we manage to notice how loud the birdsong seems to be, yet never breakings the peace and quiet we feel.

Normally the loudest noise is the splashes from the pool and the laughter of our children.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We could only think of endless positives Only positives about this villa and absolutely no negatives. First impression as you drive up to the villa is how much land it occupies - must be 8 acres - interspersed with what is basically an adventure playground. I counted 7 slides alone! Our boys had endless fun. The trampoline is huge. What grabs you as you walk round is how quiet it is. You feel almost instantly relaxed. To cap it all, there is a large wooden stand alone veranda higher up the garden as it slopes up which looks quite new and has incredibly comfortable rattan furniture and looks down on the house and pool. Benefits from a nice breeze which was great on the hot days. Mother-in-law disappeared up there a few times to escape! Pool is immaculate, very clean, warm with a covered area to escape the sun. Plenty of loungers and a huge amount of kids stuff for the pool too. Fenced and properly gated so no worries with the kids. House has a very fresh shabby chic feel, lots of windows and light with comfy sofas. Kitchen has all you need with a large table. Boxes of toys, books, cuddly toys. If you keep the main door and a couple of windows open it generates a good airflow and is remarkably cool inside. Upstairs - plenty of room, amazingly comfortable beds and soft linen. Bathroom was good and a great shower. The outside lean-to veranda to the villa is where we ate and BBQ'd. Ideal. Big table and enough chairs - protection from the sun too. The early morning croissant and baguette run into St Pompont involved a 10 min walk going down and 15 up. Good work out. We loved it. The village is beautiful and has a Saturday night party in the square which involves numerous cooked food vendors from Vietnamese to pizza and tapas. People sit at loads of tressle tables having picked up a bottle of wine or beer on draft. Absolute bliss and the food was excellent. Small mini market in town is ok but limited. We drove to Daglan where there is a bigger one. Daglan is beautiful too and has 3 or 4 really good restaurants. La Cantine is really good with a great host and does a €25 fixed price menu. St Pompont is ideal located as it is rural so you feel like you have escaped but also tends to only be half and hour drive to where you want to visit.

I could go on but suffice to say this is the best villa we have stayed in and the most relaxing. You'd be mad not to book.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Pompont in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 516 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • This bathroom is a delight to bathe or shower in. Either relax in the full size bath, encased under the huge exposed roof beams, or simply take a refreshing shower in the separate enclosure.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom suite - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Twin Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bunk Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , This includes the amazing floating bed
  • The beds are sumptuous and generous. Each has combination duvets that allow for 13, 4 or 9 tog thickness so you can adapt to the weather and your preferences. For the warmer months, there are fans in each room. There should be spare European and British multi-plugs so you can charge all your own electronic kit. Rose Barn has a master double bed room which has a collapsible travel cot with ample space for it if this is needed. The bunk bed room is very capable of taking full size adults as the mattresses are the normal 6' x 3' size, and they are great fun for kids too. The top bunk appears to float 1.5 m above the ground and is accessed by a normal bunk bed ladder. The elegant twin bed room has two single wrought iron beds with plenty of space, especially as each of these rooms have high ceilings that go into the eaves.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The 12m x 5m heated swimming pool is fully surrounded by fence and is in clear sight of the Barn so parents can watch their kids splash around to their hearts content close up or from a distance. Guests can sun bathe on the pool patio or shade under umbrellas or the ‘pergola’ which gives a lovely dappled shade. Just as the woodland starts at the far edge of the property an observant explorer will discover part of the ‘chemin des Anglais’ – an ancient path that reportedly dates back to the times when France was in the hands of the English! While the land itself is worth exploring, nothing can beat a good old trampoline. But Sol du Mazel does not have an old trampoline –it has the largest and bounciest trampoline you can get. Safely protected with netting, kids and adults alike can spend hours bouncing away simply for the fun of it.


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Rose Barn
average rating of 4.928571 based on 26 reviews

French perfection for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing. We've stayed in a lot of places in Dordogne and wider France. It was by far the most idyllic and best equipped place we've encountered. You've thought of absolutely everything. We couldn't fault one single thing.

Top effort and thanks for a wonderful holiday. The imperfect weather did not detract from the enjoyment for any of us; children and adults.

We took the car and loaded it to the gunnels with games, toys etc to ensure kids were entertained. We needn't have bothered. This place has the lot.

Highly recommended. And obviously the area is typical Dordogne: BEAU

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Sol du Mazel and for your kind words. We have tried to make it a holiday venue that is fun and relaxing for everyone. We hope that we might see you again.
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Superb holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

Stayed out of season (October 17) to use both cottages between extended family. This meant we could open the intervening door during the day to enjoy meals together and close it at night for more privacy.

The property was immaculately presented and very comfortably furnished. I particularly liked being able use the log burning stove in evenings although a useful addition would be a bin for the ash. This is an ideal place for those seeking a quiet break but still within walking distance of a village with a butcher, restaurant and supermarket. The easiest way into the village is to follow the road but do try the old footpath for a better view.

We no longer have small children so can't comment on that area other than there seemed to be plenty of activities available. I was impressed by the construction of two small play forts in the grounds complete with arrow slits and battlements.

This holiday is ideal for seclusion hunters

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review - we appreciate you taking the time.
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Tranquillity personified

  • 5 of 5

Rose Barn - Sol du Mazel gave us everything we needed for our family holiday plus 70th Birthday celebration.

Last year we visited Hope Cottage (next Door) and enjoyed ourselves fully, so this year we wanted to repeat that and have both Hope Cottage & Rose Barn so more of our family could join us.

The garden and pool looked superb and the new gazebo was excellent for breakfasts, quite times and our birthday party.

We also found plenty to do in the area i.e. Eating out, The Dinosaur park, The Zoo, The Aquarium, canoeing on the Dordogne and Saint Emilion.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful house in a beautiful spot

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely house in a beautiful and quiet spot. The grounds are extensive, the pool large and everything you could need being provided. We will be back for a third time.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to do a review for us. We look forward to your third visit.
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Summer fun in Rose barn

  • 5 of 5

We stay in the Dordogne every summer and this is the best gite we have found. The barn is beautifully positioned, away from it all but not too far from local facilities, on a large plot with a good size pool, beautifully finished and well equipped with everything you could ask for. Our children are 19, 17 and 14 and they loved the gite, pool and local area too. The owners are very helpful. We aim to be back!

We went canoeing twice from Castelnaud (Bernard, the pool maintainer, recommended it and got us a discount) and visited the castle at Castelnaud. Monpazier on market day was fun as was market day in Daglan (a beautiful little village close by).

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family rental

  • 4 of 5

We rented out Rose barn and Hope cottage with friends. There was everything and more we could need especially with young children (potty, high chairs, toys, kids cutlery etc). There is a large outdoor space with lots to keep the kids amused in a peaceful setting. There is a boulangerie (highly recommend the almond croissant)and lovely restaurant within walking distance (15 min). It was a real home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
St Pompon
Nearest Ferry
527 Miles
Calais (not really the closest)
Nearest Train
118 Miles
Bordeaux St Jean has the TGV
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Souillac A20 / E9
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
St Pompon - Highly recommeded - L'Envie des Mets
Car: necessary

The area is fabulous for those looking for fun activities or who want to explore the beauties of the region. Kayaking on the Dordogne is very popular with tours that allow you to start upstream and be collected hours later downstream. You could start in the amazing town of Castlenaud where three fairytale castles stand guard over the river beaches. Alternatively, Domme is the enchanting medieval market town which overlooks the river as it bends through the rich landscape below, explore the caves or take the miniature train around the town. La Roque-Gageac, on the northern shore is described as 'outrageously picturesque' and has an artist studio where you can certainly bargain to get a good deal on a beautiful original watercolour.

There are some wonderful vineyards in the area, some are very commercial - others very artisan and off the beaten track - certainly worth exploring.

Cyclists love the area and St Pompon is even host to the exciting and horizontally–challenged, dramatic, annual French VTT competition.

There are all sorts of caves with evidence of habitation dating to pre-historic times, châteaus and castles galore - check them out by hot air balloon; 5* gourmet restaurants the suspended gardens of Marqueyssac. The animal reserve at Calviac has some lovely lemurs but at Conquil they look back in time to the dinosaurs and cavemen (as well as tree adventure park).

There are town markets to explore pretty well every day of the week – you just need to know which day they are on.


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