5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite) sleeps up to 8 + baby
- English, French
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Perfect holiday homE with fabulous hosts
We had a wonderful 2 weeks at Kim and Russ's home. It definitely feels like a home and not just a holiday let, beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need and extremely easy and comfortable to live in. The photos definitely do not do justice to the house or the grounds. The pool is great but the overall outdoor space is really lovely, with plentiful seating and areas for every part of the day and sun or shade, depending on your preference! I also really liked their planting and the interesting ornaments around the space.
If you are a dog owner, this is the perfect property. The back is totally enclosed and the pool can be separated from the rest of the area by putting up a gate. We were totally comfortable leaving the dogs on the few occasions when we went out without them. Russ and Kim popped in to check on them too if they knew they were 'home alone' although we didn't ask them to do so and that was very much appreciated. The nearby lake is also a bonus for the days when its uncomfortably hot for the dogs .
The village is small but very friendly - the Friday night gatherings in the Square are a must, as others have mentioned. There are plenty of places to visit, we went to Peregueux, St Emillion and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, all of which we recommend, and also did some wine tastings at local Chateaux.
Finally, Kim and Russ were the most amazing hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. We absolutely loved them both and hope we see them again soon. And of course, Charlie, who is a little superstar! Thnaks you all for a wonderful holiday.
Idyllic house and pool in lovely Dordogne village
A beautiful fully equipt house with everything you need for a perfect stay in this stunning region. The pool is amazing and with the stunning weather much needed to cool off. On Friday evening the village comes alive with a night market and music. Great fun! St Emilion is gorgeous and well worth a visit. An amazing week thank you Kim and Russ.
The owners are delightful, accommodating and knowledgeable like old friends and their house is well stocked, large and comfortable..very deceiving from the street. The village of Villefranche-de-Lonchat with its unbelievably friendly summer block parties, a roving circus, small museum, and a World Class restaurant- L’UN DES SENS , could not have been more welcoming! We felt like we were residents from the first day of our 15 day stay.
Having the beautiful pool and court yard was so relaxing after long days of exploring this historic and beautiful part of France. Every day was filled with Châteaus, wine tasting, and magnificent landscapesand Every person we met was helpful and kind. Thank you for this amazing vacation.
A lovely holiday!!!
What a lovely holiday experience we had staying in Les Martinets! The house was really well equipped with some lovely and interesting features (loads of antiques) and fascinating nicknacks. There were eight of us plus a baby and we found the house very spacious, with lots of areas for the four children to relax and do their own thing too. The beds were all comfortable and it was great to have the ensuites/bathroom facilities. Everything we needed was supplied in the kitchen/dining area for our catering needs - we didn't venture far most days for it was a truly relaxing holiday we were after and were not disappointed. Indeed, the facilities all round - including local boulangeries, restaurants and nearby supermarkets supplied everything we needed. It was super to have the laundry area (which was well used on a daily basis!) and this extra room was perfect for accommodating the dog cage and for our pets to cool down/sleep. Kim, Russ and Charlie made our dogs feel so at home too! The garden was an absolute sun trap, facing due south. Indeed we think the pool area and garden must have been designed with our family in mind because it was absolutely perfect and totally secure for our dogs to exercise. During our stay the pool was well used and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, including 'little baby'! Our hosts, Kim and Russ (not to forget Charlie), became our friends who kindly invited us round for drinks one evening which we can honestly say was a lovely and fun-filled evening! We had such a wonderful time in their company and so invited them out to a local restaurant for dinner one evening which turned out to be another wonderful and enjoyable night. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for Kim and Russ to help accommodate us and to ensure our stay was as near perfect as possible. Thank you.
Dear Kim, Russ and Charlie - we intend to stay friends and keep in touch and certainly hope to stay at your wonderful holiday home again.xx
A lovely small town and great garden
A lovely house in a small village
A Perfect, Picturesque Property
We stayed here for a week with our two children (aged 8 and 10). The house was amazing and spotlessly clean. It was so spacious and full of interesting nooks, crannies and Knick Knacks, all carefully sourced by the lovely owners, to ensure that holiday makers had plenty of items for cooking, leisure and relaxation. The kitchen cupboards were full of gadgets, crockery and utensils, it really felt like home from home.
We had 5 bedrooms, all of which were tastefully furnished and two were ensuite. We stayed in the bedroom with the four poster bed, where I felt like royalty every night. It was sweet, as our son labelled one of the other rooms as 'The Bridal room', as he felt that it was very beautifully furnished and very glamorous.
The children had an amazing week. They loved the pool and being able to dive off the spring board. They loved the space in the house to be able to go off into their own corner and be alone/have some quiet time.
Kim and Russell were so helpful, informative and friendly throughout the booking process. Both had a great sense of fun and were committed to ensuring we had a relaxing, comfortable holiday - nothing was too much trouble.
During the summer, every Friday, the local village square turns into a mini festival for the locals. We went down there and enjoyed sitting out on the trestle tables, eating and drinking the street food and soaking up the atmosphere. We enjoyed popping into the village everyday to buy produce and to check out the restaurants. Mid week, the pizza van also visited which was a real novelty.
There was lots to do in the area. We took the kids to the local lake where they could swim and kayak (free of charge). St Emilion was breathtakingly beautiful, as was some of the surrounding villages which were dotted around on the Dordogne.
The house is ideally located for Bordeaux and Bregerac airports, to fully explore the Dordogne or to nip up to the coast. We spent 3 nights first at Arcachon and so it was the perfect 2 centre break.
We would love to visit again in the future. We can highly recommend this beautiful house. Unlike a lot of French properties, we could just spill out of bed and pop into the pool which also had the added benefit of being heated.
Lovely meeting you all.
Kind regards, Kim, Russ, and Charlie
The Dordogne is renowned for its wine, climate and history. Villefranche de Lonchat is ideally situated to sample them all. The weather is probably the best in France with well over 1000 hours of sunshine every year. Summers are hot but not excessively so. Spring and autumn are also good times to visit. Even the winter months can offer sunshine and clear skies. Villefranche de Lonchat lies between the river l'isle to the north and the Dordogne to the south. Canoes and boats can be hired on both. Fishing is popular. Two minutes from the house is Lac de Gurcon, which offers boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, horse riding and tennis. There are also 5 inexpensive bar/restaurants and the large sandy beach has two snack bars and water chute. Golf at the famous Chateau de Vigier is 30km away. The nearest town is Montpon(10 miins) The world famous medieval town and wine centre of St Emilion, with its many gastronomic restaurants is only 10 mins away. St Foy, and Castillion are close by
Other Activities: Wine tasting
Golf: 45 mins away, Chateaux Vigieir