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Delightful newly restored 4 star period stone cottage with large pool and wifi

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Delightful house and grounds, quiet rural location, stunning private pool, WIFI

In a sought after location in the Périgord Noir, considered to be the most beautiful region in France and famous for its numerous châteaux, pre-history sites and outstanding cuisine, this charming, beautifully restored period stone cottage with original features, has been awarded four stars, the highest rating available for self-catering accommodation.

Set within the spacious, leafy grounds of a small 17th Century manor house that was formerly the courthouse for the nearby Château de Losse, the cottage has a private 11 x 5 metre swimming pool and offers guests peace, privacy and a sense of wellbeing.

Tastefully decorated and furnished, and equipped to a high standard, the cottage offers 2 charming bedrooms, (1 double and 1 single) with oak floors and beams, ideal for a couple or 2 friends travelling together. There are 2 spacious modern shower rooms, a handmade fully fitted kitchen with dining area and a charming and comfortable living area with stone fireplace fitted with wood burning stove. TV/DVD (UK channels) and WIFI are offered and for those dreaming of lounging by the pool with a book, a large selection is available. The garden offers delightful shady areas for outdoor dining and lovely views of the surrounding tree-lined hillside.

The village, is on the bank of the Vézère river and is a few minutes away on foot. It has a grocery store where fresh bread can be bought daily and a boutique selling traditional local specialities. And for those who don't feel like cooking and don't want to drive home from eating out, there are also a pizzeria, a restaurant serving traditional regional food in its delightful shady garden and a hotel restaurant on the banks of the river.

The village which with its 3 châteaux featured on the 2017 Tour de France, is in the heart of the Vézère valley, the cradle of civilization in Europe, habitat of Neanderthal then Cro-Magnon man and world famous for its prehistoric sites and decorated caves. It lies between Montignac and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac , home to the National Prehistory Museum and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire valley is peppered with ancient caves, their walls decorated with fabulous artistically and historically significant wall paintings. The most important is just a few minutes away in Montigac whose Lascaux caves are considered to be "the Sistine Chapel of prehistory". The new International Centre for Cave Art was opened in Montignac in 2017 and offers an exciting technological approach to retrace these celebrated caves.

A few minutes drive from the cottage you will find favourite tourist attractions such as the imposing Château de Losse and its gardens, the glorious village of St Léon (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France), with its riverbank cafés and restaurants and the prehistoric settlement of La Roque St Christophe.

The nearest towns offering all amenities are the medieval towns of Montignac (6km) and Sarlat (26km). Montignac is a small, pretty riverside town with an attractive stone bridge and lovely balconied houses along the riverfront. Sarlat is the third largest town in Périgord and boasts many splendid and beautifully restored Renaissance mansions and timber-framed buildings. Both towns are lively and dynamic, have twice-weekly markets and host festivals, art exhibitions and events from June to September. Local events include the international music and dance festival held annually in Montignac, regular flea markets and bric à brac fairs, as well as evening farmer's markets where you can sample the local cuisine and wines.

For those preferring relaxation, take a picnic to the Etangs de Fongron, 2 lakes (10 minutes on foot) in a lush setting where you can fish for trout or carp or walk for miles in the the surrounding woodland. Or visit the natural lake of Tamniés, (10 km) situated in quiet, verdant countryside with its 5000 square metres of fine sandy beach, offering swimming, fishing (in a secondary pond), tennis, picnic areas with tables.

Or for a more active stay, the area also offers many outdoor activities such as canoeing/Kayaking (hire station in the village, a few mins on foot), cycling (for hire in Montignac), woodland walks, horse riding and river fishing and lake fishing.

More Details

Caterina Krucker
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

Why Caterina Krucker chose Thonac

The Périgord Noir Region is full of architecturally fascinating buildings, all nestling in the hills and valleys of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, that meander through it. The village of Thonac is on the Vezère, a charming river described by the famous travel writer Johnson, as 'The Dreaming Vézère, which winds its way through ancient settlements and whose valleys are now famous prehistoric sites. From the canoe hire station within walking distance of the house, float down and experience the unique sight-seeing tour from the water, stopping at several fascinating places en route. St Léon sur Vézère (3.5 km by road) listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, is set in the curve of the river. Wander through its narrow meandering pathways with their stone houses, many still retaining their traditional stone 'lauze' roofs and see its 12th Century church and imposing château. Or relax and stop for a drink at one of the riverside cafés.

From St Léon, continue on to La Roque St Christophe, one of the largest prehistoric rock shelters in Europe which later became a troglodyte fortress and stop to take a tour of this hanging settlement that was home to hundreds of people.

Carry further on down the river and you will come to the dramatic village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac (18km by road), a world heritage site and world centre for prehistory. The highest concentration of prehistory sites is here and this is also home to the National Museum of prehistory, where one of the largest collections of fascinating prehistoric relics can be seen.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage and the manor are constructed in the local golden limestone with traditional stoned-tiles 'lauze' roofs and stone window surrounds, typical of the old local architecture. It is set in 1.5 hectares of land with trees and flowering shrubs and has lovely views to the surrounding wooded hillside. A real feast for the eyes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had high expectation of this holiday and were not disappointed. La Maison du Gardien is a piece of history in an area steeped in the past.

From the moment we arrived, greeted by a couple you seemed to have been friends with all your life, the stresses of every day life evaporated. We immediately felt at home and were very quickly making plans for our next visit.

The cottage looks picture postcard from the outside and there really is no detail left undone. The inside has it's historic charm in place but with all the amenities necessary so that you are not required to live the medieval lifestyle of many some other rural accommodation in France.

The rooms are beautifully and tastefully decorated and there are large bathroom and shower facilities (upstairs and down).

The private swimming pool is superb and was for our sole use. It's clear waters under pine trees and a blue sky were idyllic. It was difficult to tear my wife from the pool side.

The cottage fits perfectly into an area of outstanding beauty where many of the sites we wished to visit were only minutes away.

The owners were very welcoming and provided good advice on the places to visit but were not overwhelming so that you could always enjoy complete privacy.

We enjoyed every minute of our stay and cannot recommend it more highly. If you want to tour the area to see the 1000 château and the countless prehistoric sites in the area or just chill by the pool, this is the place for you.

Thank you Cat and Steve for a lovely week.
Apr 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Thonac around the Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , also contains washing machine and stainless steel sink
  • both bathrooms spacious with large showers and contemporary decor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , extra large single
  • Both bedrooms are furnished with lovely antique furniture, and are tastefully decorated in keeping with the building.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Many other activities including woodland walking, river and lake fishing, horse riding and lakeside swimming and relaxation are within 20 minutes of the cottage.


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Delightful newly restored 4 star period stone cottage with large pool and wifi
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

Two weeks of paradise.

  • 5 of 5

We had a really fabulous time at La Maison du Gardien. The cottage suited us very well. It had everything we needed. Beautifully styled, appointed and decorated. And the pool was to die for (I was hardly out of it) thank you Stephen for looking after it and the garden so meticulously. And thank you too Catherina for being the perfect hostess and helping us out during the tooth emergency. The cottage is perfectly situated being off the beaten track and so very peaceful but yet near enough to Thonac to walk down to the village for a drink or a meal. Montignac is only ten minutes drive away - a lively town full of cafes, bars and shops. Lovely trips out to visit neighbouring villages all of which claim to be “one of most beautiful villages in France”. And they all are!

Added bonus was being in Thonac for the final of the World Cup. Rob went down to the village and joined the locals watching on the big screen. The joint certainly jumped that night but in a very good way.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this fabulous review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. You were perfect guests and we would love to welcome you to la Maison du Gardien again one day.
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Lasa, Paphos, CYPRUS

Idyllic holiday cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is exactly as described. It oozes charm, character and good taste. It was spotlessly clean.The large swimming pool and patio area is beautiful, private and well maintained.

The cottage is very conveniently located,

being a pleasant walk or a very short drive to Thonac village. There one will find a good pizza restaurant/bar, a hotel with both a garden and indoor restaurant and a small supermarket. Two large supermarkets, pharmacy and petrol station are just five minutes drive away at Montignac. This is a very nice small town to visit and where one buys tickets for Lascaux.

The cottage is perfectly situated to visit the numerous places of interest in the area, and the owners have provided an information brochure of local markets, events and places to visit.

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 week stay and found the owners discreet, charming and helpful. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending the property to couples who want a completely relaxing and comfortable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Luxury Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is a lovely place to stay in a beautiful area. It is newly refurbished and has a very classic country feel inside. Gorgeous furnishings and all the facilities that you need for a self-catering stay. The bathrooms are great. The mattresses are firm but the bedrooms are comfortable. Kitchen has everything you need, we never felt the need for anything that wasn't to hand. The hosts are very welcoming and have the right balance of checking in and leaving you to it (they live next door). They were able to tell us about local restaurants and must-visit places which was really handy. The pool is very nice, clean and very large for the size of the property. The village is lovely and Montignac is only a few minutes by car, this is a good-sized town with banks and a supermarket. Would recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a very nice review.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Hôtel Archambaud & Pizzeria
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Hôtel Archambaud & Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Lakeside beach
Car: recommended

The Périgord Noir region, situated in the south east of the Dordogne, is an area of France whose old-world charm is in marked contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Dordogne and Vézère rivers meander through an alluring, undulating landscape with deep valleys and densely wooded hillsides sheltering old villages, bastides and farms, built in the glowing, honey-coloured stone typical of the region. Along the riverbanks loom numerous ethereal castles and fortresses, steeped in medieval legend and history, witness to centuries of conflicts, conquests and shifting cultures. This timeless, pastoral scene is still profoundly rural and conjures up a bucolic image of country life at a slower pace.

The region is also renown for its culinary heritage and abounds with gourmet delights, notably paté de foie gras, black truffles, ceps, walnuts and preserved duck and goose, as well as goat's cheese, honey and chestnuts. All of which can be washed down with a bottle Bergerac, a lesser known but delicious alternative to Bordeaux, a wine produced in the Périgord Pourpre, on the hilly banks either side of the Dordogne river.

Opportunities to sample all these gastronomic specialities can be found at the markets of Montignac, Sarlat or St Cyprien (28 km) a lovely village with narrow streets winding up to the 12th-century bell tower, attractive old architecture, a selection of good restaurants and a lively market held each Sunday morning through the summer months.

Other famous tourist attractions, including the historic medieval town of Sarlat and the bastide town of Domme, the cliff side villages of Beynac and La Roque-Gageac and the medieval war museum of the château de Castelnaud are within easy reach. For garden lovers, there are the glorious topiary gardens of Les Jardins d’Eyrignac and Les jardins de Marqueyssac and the stunning modern gardens Les jardins de l’imaginaire at Terrasson.

So whether you are looking for a relaxing stay in a lovely natural setting, with all modern comforts, or dream of experiencing the fascinating culture of former times, or would like to take advantage of all that the river has to offer, La Maison du Gardien is the perfect place to do all that and more.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Thonac,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Indian summer
23 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
25 May 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
15 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Indian Summer
28 Sep 2019 - 4 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £355.05

All taxes, including daily holiday tax plus electricity, water and linen included in weekly rate.
Check-in time: not before 17.00
check-out time: not after 10.00 am
Please bring small suitcases due to the narrow staircase
Please leave the cottage as you found it

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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