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Peaceful Cottage In Walking Distance To One Of France's Most Beautiful Villages - The Old Farm house

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

L'Ancienne Ferme

Situated on a quiet lane, the spacious stone built single storey converted farmhouse and 2 storey barn has 4000m² of private gardens with views of a lake and surrounding countryside and is within easy walking distance of the picturesque village of Saint Jean de Cole with its restaurants, shop and Tourist information office.

The refurbished farm house has original beams, a stone fireplace and has been furnished to ensure a comfortable peaceful holiday with plenty of space for 4 people. (can sleep 5)

There are two large bedrooms, one with a King size bed and a double bedroom. There is a third bedroom between the double bedroom, the lounge and the bathroom with a single bed. The bathroom has a walk in shower in addition to the bath. The farmhouse style Dining kitchen with range cooker is fully equipped and there is also a separate formal dining room. The lounge features a stone fireplace with Log burner, flat screen TV with UK channels and comfortable seating . Free Wifi broadband internet access is available and the cottage has ample parking.

To the rear of the cottage, double French doors take you from the lounge to the upper patio then to the dining terrace, the covered seating area, barbecue area and on to the private lawned gardens.

Like the main house, the 2 bedroom Barn conversion is stone built with original old beams. The new interior created in 2016 provides a ground floor open plan 40 sq mtr lounge with dining area and kitchen. Double french doors to the rear lead to a dining patio and look out over the garden to the lake on the land next to ours.

Stairs lead up to the two good sized bedrooms - the double with en-suite shower room has a view over the gardens and next to the twin bedroom there is a separate bathroom with shower over as well. Oak beams exposed stone walls and chestnut wood floors are featured in the bedrooms which have antique wardrobes and dressing tables.

Like the main house, the Barn is fully equiped. It has a new flat screen TV with UK freeview channels and Wifi. It has its own side entrance, parking area and outside seating area to the rear.

The house and converted barn are separated by a section of the original Barn and outside, a hedge and garden gate, allowing privacy from the other section of the property. Each has its own access to the lower garden. Alternatively, together they make ideal accomodation for a family or group of friends.

You may want to pick a peach, plum, pear, apple or a few cherries from the trees in the orchard or just sit and watch the wildlife including red squirrel, deer, coypu, buzzards, etc that pass by the garden from time to time.

We will be here to welcome you and will always be close by if needed.

You can rent the main house for 4 (plus an additional child in bedroom three) or the Barn for 4.

If you wish to book both the house and the Barn please contact us for a quote.

More Details

Mr John & Carolyn Angilly
Member since: 2006
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:
19 August, 2018

About Mr John & Carolyn Angilly

We have lived in France since 2004. Having lived in the Perpignan area, we decided to move to St Jean de Cole in April 2014 after discovering this beautiful village.

Mr John & Carolyn Angilly purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Mr John & Carolyn Angilly chose Saint-Jean-de-Côle

The house enjoys the peace & quiet of the countryside but the village is just a walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

The view at sunrise is stunning - makes a brilliant start to the day.

Available Rentals

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If you wish to stay in both the Farmhouse and the Barn gite, please contact us. The Farmhouse and the Barn Gite are separated by a 12 meter wide stone barn. The gardens at the rear of the properties are separated by bushes , plants etc and a wooden gate so each property has privacy but could be used together if you require.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Jean-de-Côle in Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 25 mtr² with wood floor /rugs and original beams
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Bright large room. Wood floors and plenty of clothes space
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Must pass through this bedroom to enter the bathroom
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The village shop is open every day including Sunday mornings. There are several supermarkets in nearby Thiviers (6km / 3.5 miles).


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

This must be what heaven feels like!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about our stay here. First of all, John & Carolyn are the most delightful people! They met us at the property and walked us through everything. We stayed in the Farmhouse and of course, it was even more charming than the pictures show (if that is possible). The property has a HUGE garden out back that is so well taken care of. There are shaded areas and sunny areas to choose from. I had my eye on the hammock but ended up loving the sectional under the covered patio. It was so lovely to wake up in the morning and sit outside with nothing but the sounds of the occasional bird and Mr. Hoot Owl. So peaceful and relaxing which is exactly what I was going for! The house is beautifully decorated and has a real relaxing vibe. The beds were very comfortable; I slept better than I had in a long time. You couldn't want for anything! John & Carolyn really have thought of everything.

I would selfishly love to keep this gem to myself but it truly was one of the most delightful stays I've had and must be shared. I hope I can come back in the near future.

Annette P.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Annette. It was a pleasure having you two stay here and know that you enjoyed the House, garden and the restaurants etc in the village. If you can make it back here we would love to see you both again. Best wishes John & Carolyn
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A beautiful house in an amazing, peaceful setting- fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful fortnight at L'Ancienne Ferme, the house is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need. We were fortunate to have great weather so spent all of our time outside. The garden and the outdoor space are amazing, we loved the dining area with wonderful views over the huge garden and the lake, we ate every meal outdoors! The boys loved the lizards and all the wildlife, as well as all the space for football! The covered seating area is fantastic for an evening glass of wine or a bit of shade during the day. We found lots to do in the area and would definitely recommend the lake beach nearby, as well as Brantome and Bourdeilles. We would absolutely recommend this house, John and Carolyn were really helpful and we were so sorry to have to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, lovely owners everything was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ellen. You said it all very simply. We do hope we can welcome you here again. Kindest regards John & Carolyn
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Simply superb. If there was another star I would use it.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautifully presented and probably one of the best equipped gites that we have ever stayed in. The garden is a picture and the outdoor area divine. I'm running out of superlatives! It is a pleasant walk into the village, where there is a small shop for the basics and numerous cafes and restaurants. The countryside has many options for walking and cycling. Don't hesitate to stay here, you won't find anything better.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this stunningly good review. It was a great pleasure having you guys stay here and we loved our little chats. You know you are very wecome to come back anytime and we hope that will be with your family as discussed. Our very best wishes to you Virgina and Barry. John & Carolyn
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A lovely retreat

  • 5 of 5

Previous reviews are spot on as we were warmly welcomed and looked after throughout our stay. The old farmhouse is spacious, well furnished, clean and comfortable and set in beautiful countryside. Which is just as well as we were un-lucky to experience an exceptionally wet 10 days so did not have the opportunity to sit outside in the garden areas as we had anticipated. St. Jean de Cole is a very pretty and friendly village with a local store that provides daily essentials. All in all this makes a quiet spot for relaxing be it outside or indoors and for exploring local walking routes.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review Clive. I agree you were not fortunate with the weather though I must say it was unusual. September here is normally a really nice month and I recall last year we were still sunbathing on the beach and swimming in the lake just north of here with temperatures well into the 20's and occasionally 30°C. Generally we have great holidaying weather here with daytime temperatures averaging over 20°C for the months of May to September. (September average is 24°).
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Beautiful, tranquil, enjoyable.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely setting about one mile out of St-Jean de Cole. The old farm house has been nicely renovated in a typical traditional style but with well functioning plumbing. Beds and furniture are comfortable and in good condition. The extensive gardens provide lots of space for those with young children and there's red squirrels to watch for from the sitting room terrace. There are some wonderful eating opportunities in the village - especially La Perla and the Restaurant St Jean and the village square is a historic gem. The nearby beautiful village of Brantome is within easy reach for those with transport and, with ample free parking, was a frequent destination for our 'days out'. Owners Carolyn and John were our very friendly but unobtrusive hosts who carried out their roles admirably. Definitely worth another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Kilometres
In the village
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Golf d'Essendiéras 24160 Saint-Médard-d'Excideuil
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Several local in and around the village
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Thiviers Lake beach at Nantheuil
Car: recommended


- opportunities abound. The Voie Verte is a 17km stretch of converted 19th century railway line linking Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière to Thiviers via Saint-Jean-de-Côle. It’s great for summer cycling as it’s well shaded by oaks, pines and acacias. Dordogne Cycle Hire provides a range of bikes and equipment for the whole family including electric bikes. Best to contact in advance English spoken. Being the Regional Natural Park of the Perigord Limousin we are fortunate in having well signposted and maintained pathways with a choice of routes through fields and woodland. Some routes are signposted from outside the house.

The Beach

We have a soft golden sand lake beach only 10 mins away at Nantheuil. Surveillance during high season and an inexpensive snack bar/café. Free access and good parking. We have some beach towels available.

Grotte de Villars

The Villars Cave, about 10 mins away by car, is one of Perigord’s largest underground networks and has prehistoric paintings amongst the stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours through part of the network take around an hour. The fairy tale Chateau de Puyguilhem nearby is well worth a visit too.

Horse Riding

There are numerous stables in the area, the nearest,Les Écuries de Milhac-de-Nontron which is just a five minute's drive away. You can book for lessons or days out trekking. The National Stud headquarters at Pompadour is about an hour's drive with a lovely race course and you can tour the stables.


There are Municipal courses at Périgueux and Limoges, open to the public. A 9 hole course near Excideuil (30 minute drive) with nice club house facilities. We understand you are welcome to stay all day and play as many rounds as you wish. E-mail Telephone (0033)(0)5 53 55 34 34 (English spoken).


Canoes can be hired at Brantôme on the River Dronne and locally at Corgnac sur l'lisle (just outside Thiviers). There are also various canoe hire pick-up and drop-off locations along the River Dordogne.


On the Route National RN21 direction Limoges, past Chalus. Well sign posted.

Gold Panning in the area of Jumilhac le Grand is available twice weekly during July and August and can be arranged with some advance notice at other times, it usually takes an afternoon and you’re pretty much guaranteed to take home some gold you found in the river. The Chatueau here is magnificent. Open every day between June and September. During July and August there are Thursday night tours where the castle is lit by candles and the guides are in costume. We understand at least one of the guides speak English.

Adventure Obstacle Course

Fun for all the family at Espace Hermeline Bussiere Galant near Chalus (approx 30 minutes away) with, apart from the obstacle course, a recreational lake, velo rail, tennis courts and mini-golf etc


Fantastic restaurants and excellent food at reasonable prices are normal here and the Restaurants in St Jean de Cole and the surrounding area are no exception. If you prefer preparing your own food, there are markets every day in one of the local towns or villages and Saturday is market day in Thiviers where you can also find Supermarkets and many other shops,

Saint Jean de Cole

You can walk along to the village – about 700 mtrs. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You could paddle in the river Cole, play tennis or table tennis and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the bars or restaurants next to the 12th century Château de la Marthonie, which is considered an ancient monument.

Brantome- known as the Venice of the Perigord, is famous for its street cafes on the river Dronne and it's stunning chateau and abbey at the base of the sheer cliffs. Brantome also has a large selection of traditional french shops, a lovely park by the river with shady picnic areas and a fantastic Friday market.

Richard Coeur de Lion

Follow the Richard the Lionheart Route visiting the chateaux and castles where King Richard stayed during the beginning of the 12th Century, where rumours of legend, treachery and intrigue abound. There are no less than 16 chateaux on the route, which spans the Charente, through the Perigord Limousin National Park and south into the Dordogne.

Parc du Reynou

Close to the city of Limoges, it is home to around 600 species of animals and birds in 45 hectares of geographical areas, african, asiatic, american plains, an australian area and a mini-farm. The 80 hectare park is also the location of Reynou Castle with landscaped walks.

Fishing - If you like fishing you are spoilt for choice. South West France, with around 11,000km of rivers and over 3,000 lakes is perfect for anglers at all levels. Fish include trout, carp, catfish, pike, bream, perch, barbel and many more. Fishing permits are readily available in local village newsagents and from the tourist info office in St Jean


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