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Le Hibou Heureux - Beautiful Villa for 8 With Private Pool and Barbecue

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private and secluded house with extensive comfort and ensuite bathrooms

English -

Beautiful villa situated on a secluded location in the magnificent Dordogne River valley. Modern and spacious accommodation, large lawn and garden, patio area and private swimming pool. The house is fully equipped with all amenities for your comfort.

There is a barbecue and picnic area in the grounds which are surrounded by a feature stone medieval wall recently repaired to become a photogenic feature of the property.

The villa comprises of kitchen dining area, leading down to the lounge with comfortable leather seating looking out through the patio doors to the large garden area with private pool. 3 en-suite bedrooms, and 4th bedroom/sleeping area is on mezzanine level above the lounge area. The property was designed and built as a luxury home with comfort and privacy in mind. There is a remote controlled entry gate with video camera to ensure privacy.

For those who want to keep in touch with work or home there is good quality broadband and printing facilities available.

Set in grounds of approx 1 acre with private pool, Le Hibou Heureux (The Happy Owl) is an ideal base to explore the beautiful Dordogne valley with the centuries old towns and villages, caves, castles, chateaux.

Français -

Superbe villa située dans un espace retiré sur les bords de la magnifique vallée de la Dordogne. Logement spacieux et moderne, grande pelouse et jardin, patio et piscine privée. La maison est entièrement dotée de tous les équipements nécessaires pour votre confort.

Il y a un barbecue et une aire de pique-nique sur les lieux, entourés par un antique mur médiéval, récemment réparé pour devenir un élément photogénique de la propriété.

La villa comprend un espace cuisine et repas, menant au salon avec des canapés confortables de cuir regardant dehors par la baie vitrée du patio vers le grand jardin et la piscine privée. 3 chambres à coucher avec salle de bains attenante et la 4e chambre à coucher/aire de repos se trouve au niveau de la mezzanine au-dessus du salon.

La propriété a été conçue et construite comme une maison de luxe avec le confort et la vie privée toujours pris en considération. Vous y trouverez une porte d'entrée contrôlée par caméra vidéo pour assurer votre intimité.

Pour ceux qui souhaiteraient rester en contact avec le travail ou la maison, sont à votre disposition une connexion internet à haut débit et des outils d’impression/scanner à votre disposition.

La surface totale approximative du domaine est d’un hectare avec la piscine privée, Le Hibou Heureux est un point de départ idéal pour explorer la superbe vallée de La Dordogne, avec ses villes et villages centenaires, grottes et châteaux.

More Details

Property Manager
Ewen McHardy
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Ewen McHardy

Hi I'm Ewen the owner, and it's my aim for you to feel you at home from the minute you arrive. I have lived here for the past six years and although I spend time away I love to come back and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surrounding area. I enjoy relaxing beside the pool and inviting friends for a barbecue. I travel a lot and most of the furniture of the house has a real story behind them. For entertainment, the lounge has a flat screen TV with French as well as the terrestrial UK channels on satellite, though there are plenty things to do nearby ! We always leave a list of our favourites spots, shops and restaurants for our guest's use.

When I am away, Niyada manages reservations and takes care of our guests.

We hope you'll like our home, and wish you the most pleasant stay !

Ewen & family

Ewen McHardy purchased this villa in 2011

Why Ewen McHardy chose Bézenac

The house is very comfortable, with both fans and portable air conditioning for summer months and under floor heating for the cooler seasons. It offers a beautiful living area, spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, well equipped open plan kitchen, dining table and living room with stunning view over the hill and swimming pool.

On the barbecue terrace behind the house, under the shade of 200 years old trees, there is a beautiful picnic area, for those who don't like direct sunlight.

We welcome those who like to travel with their pets, several guests with dogs have given positive reviews the past year.

This is a very comfortable home, the gardens are beautiful and the pool is well maintained. There is a lovely medieval 700 year old stone wall surrounding the house, which was in a sad condition, now it's a beautiful feature! We take pride in our home and we hope you will feel the same way from the moment you arrive.

There is broadband with printing facilities available for those who need to keep in touch with those pesky emails!

What makes this villa unique

Peace, privacy, comfort, top quality beds, beautiful nature and fauna, the swimming pool to cool down on a hot summer day! We can arrange taxis, restaurant bookings, doctor and dentist appointments......... Pick up from the train station or airport can also be arranged. Baby sitting services can be arranged if planned ahead of time.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bézenac in Périgord

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Independent toilet and wash hand basin - no shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bath, shower, toilet, bidet, 2 sinks
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has a shower enclosure, wash basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has a shower enclosure, wash basin, toilet
  • The bathrooms are ensuite with the three bedrooms, the master bedroom has
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Pink bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , en suite shower room with wash basin
    Mezzanine - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , mezzanine bedroom with stunning views over pool and garden
    Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite bathroom and dressing room
    Green bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , En suite shower and wash basin, toilet
  • Master Bedroom : Queen size bed, ensuite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC bidet and double vanity unit. Walk in wardrobe,with full length mirror. View on the garden and swimming pool. Green Bedroom: King size bed, ensuite shower and wash basin, toilet. View on the west part of the garden. Pink bedroom: Queen size bed, ensuite shower and wash basin. View over the pool. Mezzanine: Double sofa bed, with stunning views over pool and garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
If guests are arriving by air or rail we can provide a pick up if requested in advance. The information needed is - number of guests, luggage so that the correct size vehicle can be arranged. There is an additional cost for this service, please ask for a quote. Transport to local attractions can also be arranged, again in advance. Help with bookings for transport, restaurants, local attractions can also be managed


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Le Hibou Heureux - Beautiful Villa for 8 With Private Pool and Barbecue
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Beauiful House, garden and pool

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing to find fault with at Hibou Heureux. I have stayed in many houses over the years and this is one of the best. Very well equipped with all that you would expect to have in your own home. For families there is a lovely garden and open space to play in, the pool is a delight and its location ensures it gets heated naturally. Beds are very comfortable, excellent bathrooms and showers. Great BBQ area and covered outside eating area. We spent most of our evenings sitting out, eating, drinking and waiting for the hooting owls to start calling (hence the house name). Ewan (the owner) is a lovely man and is readily on hand if there are any problems. We only had one minor problem with the internet (which my daughter needed for an Skype interview) and Ewan went our of his way to find a solution for us (thank you again, Ewan!). He likes to keep the garden looking nice so do let him know if you are going to be out and that way it will stay nice!. He also makes sure the pool stays nice and clean.The house is close to St Cyprien which has a good supermarket so you do not need to go far for your essentials, it also has great market on Sundays. In conclusion we had a wonderful time and would not hesitate in recommending this others.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Martin and I'm glad that you had such a good time and it was a pleasure having you stay. Just to let others know, the internet outage was caused by the service provider doing a scheduled monthly maintenance. I do hope you'll plan future stays at the Happy Owl and look forward to a glass or two of nice chilled rose wine. Best wishes - Ewen
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Beautiful, relaxing home - so lucky to have stayed there. If I could rate more stars, I would !

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well appointed home with everything you need for a stay. Very updated, well taken care of and high quality home. The area (Bezenac/St Cyprien) is perfect to serve as a home base in this southwest (ish) region in France. Plenty of activities and quaint, relaxing towns to visit in this area - it is a perfect area to relax and experience. Whether its castles to explore or wine chateaus to tour/visit, or canoeing the Dordogne, or visiting many great small villages and towns or attending the festivals in the local towns - this is a wonderful area to home base from and a perfect house to relax in. It was easy to find, the owner Ewen, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful - anything you need he is there to help you. He is a great host ! My 2 teenage boys had a great visit too - there was plenty of room and plenty of space for them to run around as well. We are all looking forward to returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just sublime

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at the Happy Owl was simply fantastic. The house and grounds are perfect for family groups with children the pool and BBQ are key amenities. The communication before our stay gave us terrific confidence. Our welcome from Ewen and his team and service throughout was also responsive and proactive. The location is perfect for half day and full day excursions throughout the Dordogne. Local restaurants are first class and markets are also close by. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic luxury holiday venue!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of eight stayed for a week at Le Hibou. We found it easily by using google maps navigation on our smart phones, this took us directly there (about 40 mins from the airports)

We had all the comforts of home that one expects such as premium bed linen, towels, cookware, dinner service, luxury plumbing, plenty of hot water, Full HD TV with smart functions via ChromeCast.

Two of the three double bedrooms were en suite and the 3rd is a shower room (there is a separate cloakroom). The mezzanine has a double sofa bed and the lounge a single bed settee.

Our hosts were very helpful and informative providing details of local attractions and the practical such as food shopping, markets etc.

The kitchen was very well appointed for regularly cooking for eight.... including induction hob, microwave, dishwasher (we used it a lot for our family catering) etc.

We used the excellent BBQ area of the every evening for dinner.

Unusually for France the Internet service speed provided was not just usable but very fast with strong wifi coverage throughout the property and pool area. As well as Internet access there is a colour printer & scanner that came in very useful for our boarding passes etc.

A phone service was also provided that provided free landline calls to Europe, North America, Australia etc. So this is a very good venue for the business traveller on vacation for a family holiday.

The swimming pool was a boon for our children and parents. It is very well maintained and has a very nice patio area.

The gardens are very well kept, the photographs that we saw do not do it justice, The views are idyllic. The property and its gardens are very quiet being situated next to woods.

When it was hot we just closed the power metal shutters to keep the house cool, and it was very effective.

Sarlat-la-Canéda and Saint-Cyprien are close by and of course the River Dordogne. We found that there are lots of attractions for all ages. The food and wine here is top notch in the world so eating and drinking was not a problem!

There is plenty of parking space for three cars just outside of the triple garage.

We had a fantastic time, all too often when we stay somewhere I feel that we have been “nickle & dimed”, not the case with our stay at Le Hibou Heureux!

We found very good value flights to Bergerac and Brive airports (we travelled via Brive).

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfectly equipped house in a lovely quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Prior to arrival with our two dogs the owner made contact several times to check if there was anything we needed to enhance our stay - this even included the dogs requirements (very impressive). Finding the villa was not easy but this was mainly down to the homeaway directions. Once we had spoken to the owner we easily found it. The villa was spotless, gardens beautiful and pool inviting. We had everything we needed to enjoy our stay and that's exactly what we did! This villa is perfect if you want some space and peace and quiet but also be close enough to find somewhere for dinner and access all the numerous beautiful sights around the area. Would we go back? Yes definitely - we had a wonderful time. Do note that homeaway say this has 1 bathroom - it actually has 1 bath/shower room and 2 good sized shower rooms.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review, we look forward very much to your next visit, I've never seen such happy dogs so they obviously enjoyed their holiday too! I have contactd HA and edited the information on he bathrooms and toilet and will also improve the directions so guests can find us easier, some GPS systems are easier than others to use and I have found that people are directed down unsuitably narow roads for larger vehicles, you did the right thing to contact me for the last few kms because one or two lanes are VERY narrow. Best wishes, Ewen
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Beautiful & Private

  • 5 of 5

When you arrive at this property you come in through a beautiful gate and pull in to a spacious parking area. Then you walk around to the main entry and are greeted by a huge, perfectly landscaped garden. The outdoor space here is completely amazing! When we arrived everything was in full bloom and so tranquil. There is forested area surrounding the property with just one neighbor at the far end across the road. The pool is the perfect place to sit and just RELAX. I want to note that there is lavender and bees love lavender. The bees didnt bother us at all (and we have 2 kids ages 9 & 10) and we hung out and had meals outside a lot, but I could see how some people might be nervous about bees.

The house itself is also beautiful and has 3 bedrooms with double (queen or king) sized beds and 1 mezzanine with a double bed. The bedrooms all have lovely modern baths but keep in mind that this is France and toilets are separate. There are 2 toilets, one in the master and one in the main hallway. The rest of the house was very comfortable with plenty of seating and a kitchen stocked with the basic tools most people would need to make meals. There is also a BBQ area out the kitchen door that we used almost every day.

The house is a few minutes drive from all kinds of things: a pizza place is closest, canoe rentals (on the river Dordogne), a zip line place, several castles and the village of St Cyprien that has restaurants, a large grocery store & a market on the weekend.

Ewen was a great host and shared a bottle of Rose with us one night. He was flexible and accommodating. We had a great time and the kids wanted us to move in and stay forever! We would be happy to go back during our next trip to France.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words and of course you're welcome to come back any time. We enjoyed your company and are glad you found the house and gardens were to your liking. Looking forward to your next visit. Best regards, Ewen
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Nearest Airport
56 Kilometres
Bergerac & Brive
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Le Chai
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
La Lolivarie
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
St Cyprien
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Le Bistrot d'Epicure
Nearest Ski
276 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Our house is located on a hill, between the villages of Beynac and St Cyprien. Beynac is a stunning medieval city, built on the cliff just above the dordogne river. Amazing scenery and fantastic gastronomy, Beynac is one of these unmissable villages that makes southern france so unique. St Cyprien is famous in the local area for its Sunday market : Butchers, organic vegetables, rustic bread loaves... Unlike the market in sarlat, St Cyprien's Sunday market is open all year for locals who know where to find the best of our Perigord produce. St Cyprien also offers canoe and hot air balloons tours. If you continue driving towards Bergerac for 45 minutes, you'll reach the vineyards, driving through Pecharmant, Bordeaux, Monbazillac and Bergerac vineyards. Just 20 minutes from home is the famous city of Sarlat, the beating heart of Perigord Noir.

Just behind the house, walking up the hill, you'll reach our recommended walking tracks. They'll take you through the forest, to either Fond Chaude hot water source, or Redon Espic church (where the virgin Maria appeared last century) in less than an hour.

The Dordogne river at the foot of the hill offers beautiful and quiet picnic areas.. but we'll leave you to discover it by yourself.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Bézenac, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late summer early autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2018
14 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Stay tax £1.50 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Manager'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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