6 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 50' plasma sauna gym 7 ft pool table trampoline, aircon
- English, French
About Tracey Jones
I have lived in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England since 1994. This is where our children also grew up and is our family home. Our daughter lives in Cape Town with her husband and our son live in the Dordogne, France. Although we live many miles apart we manage to have family get togethers often, thanks to Air Miles and being self employed! Many of our guests hire Acabanes for special family reunions and we understand the importance of how special these holidays are.
Tracey Jones purchased this Villa in 2000
Why Tracey Jones chose Thénac
We decided to purchase Acabanes in 1999 after enjoying many special holidays in this region while the children were young. We have travelled all over the world but genuinely believe that this area of the Dordogne is magical. It is very peaceful and relaxing, but there are also many activities to participate in, including, wine tasting, golf, go karting, canoeing, walking, cycling, restaurants. The region also has fantastic weather and is wonderful to visit at any time of the year. I will help plan your holiday so that you need not find any part of it stressful, including the travel, overnight accommodation, golf tee times, restaurant reservations, special occasion meals, groceries bought for arrival - the list is endless and I am here to help you!
What makes this Villa unique
We chose Acabanes due to the peaceful surroundings and single track lanes that make it perfect for walking and cycling. However, it is not isolated and you can reach great attractions very easily and quickly. Please contact me as I can offer complimentary assistance to ensure your holiday is perfect for you and your fellow travellers.
Pool / Spa
Allowed in the grounds and terraces
We have been welcoming pets since 2000
Acabanes is fantastic for infants and children
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Max guests:20 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Fantastic house, pool and location
What a fabulous place. Set in beautiful French countryside, tranquil and full of rural charm. The house is absolutely amazing with a vaulted ceiling and a massive communal area. Many an hour was spent around the 2 log fires, pool table and the kitchen table that could have seated a small army. The swimming pool is very well thought through, with a sliding cover about 3ft over the water, so even if you were to visit out of season you can all jump in and the pool is kept warm. There is even a sauna and gym should you feel so inclined. When you then delve deeper into the house, there are lots of beautifully made up rooms, retaining their rustic charm, yet combined with all the modern luxuries you could want for. The beds are fantastically comfortable and the bathrooms with their roll-top baths and power showers are a great way to unwind after a long day of walks, biking or relaxing on the terrace or in the enormous garden. It is often the case in other such places that details such as the kitchen are lost. Not at all here - all the important bits such as kitchen knives that are actually sharp, ample cutlery, cooking implements, coffee machines, crockery and of course wine glasses are all there in abundance, fully thought through for large groups and families to be more than comfortable. And if cooking isn’t your thing, then there are various restaurants and eateries just a walk or a bike ride away. There are a mass of bikes available of all different sizes and configurations for all ages, making it incredibly handy to get around should you want to enjoy the countryside. And what a beautiful area it is, just a short trip to some amazing castles, vineyards or ancient towns for a bit of sightseeing or wine tasting. Having spent a glorious week there, we didn’t even get around to playing most of the games, the roulette table or massive DVD collection. The place really is so well furnished with everything we could have wanted. An absolute 10/10 and we shall definitely be back. Thank you Tracey & Adrian.
What a wonderful review, many thanks! I am so pleased that you enjoyed visiting in October Half Term and had a super time with your family. Look forward to you all returning.
The perfect holiday villa for both kids and adults
What a gem!
We were looking for accommodation for a Summer Holiday for a large group friends of 7 adults and 6 kids.
Acabanes ticked every box we were looking for and the children (and adults!) were thoroughly spoiled.
Tracey has considered everything to enable families to have the best holiday. Our children ranged from 2 years to 8 years and they were all catered for. The list of Infant items available was astonishing as well, we had to hardly bring a thing for our toddler.
The Villa was sparkling clean when we arrived and the bedrooms were all lovely. Bed linen clean and plenty of towels for everyone.
The huge, cooling, living space through the front door was cavernous and we never felt cramped. We often retreated here during the high heat of the day (35degrees!).
The kitchen was kitted out for every cooking need and had plenty of storage, utensils and crockery (which is very rare in a holiday rental!) and the terrace was the perfect place for group lunches and relaxing adult evenings, once the kids were in bed.
The grounds and gardens were huge and beautifully kept, with a large sweeping lawn in front of the terrace. The trampoline was a sure hit with all of our kids.
The swimming pool was also kept sparkling clean throughout and the salt water wasn't salty like the sea, but made the water very soft. It was very refreshing on the really hot days we had there. The only downside was the amount of bees flying around the pool edge and also falling into the water. They were simply, very thirsty and wanted to drink the water which had spilled out of the pool. But with a lot of children running around, 3 of them were stung on their feet. We notified Tracey and she had the 'Bee man' come round that afternoon. We were advised to leave plates water out for them with sane in so they could land. This helped, but didn't clear them. In the end, we got used to them. But we all had to be very careful where we trod when we got out of the pool.
Tracey was hugely helpful from the moment we booked the holiday and throughout our time there. No request or question was too much for her and we felt very looked after.
The realm of information available on the guest area on the website helped us plan great days out and places to eat.
We also had a caterer cook for us one evening, which was delicious.
Highly recommend this villa for families or groups with children.
We will certainly return!
Thank you Jennifer for taking the time and trouble to write such a comprehensive review; it was very kind of you and I appreciate your glowing review of your holiday and am very happy that you and your friends had a wonderful time. I hope you may return to Acabanes for another holiday.
A fantastic holiday.
Acabanes was a really impressive luxury holiday home set in the beautiful countryside of the Dordogne. As a family of 12 members over three generations Acabanes provided plenty of space for all of us to spend time together or have our own space. The heated pool was used everyday, rain or shine and we even managed a full family bike ride to a local vineyard! The garden and terrace were fantastic and we spent many an evening admiring the view whilst drinking delicious local red wine. Matthew and Katie catered for us one night which was a real treat. Tracey the owner of Acabanes was extremely helpful in recommending local places to visit and restaurants. A fantastic location and wonderful family holiday. Thank you.
Really pleased you all enjoyed your holiday so much! Hope you return soon. Tracey
We had the most wonderful time in this amazing property. The house has everything you could possibly want and to excellent standard. We arrived to complementary wine and fantastic service and care taken to ensure a fabulous holiday. We all loved it and will be returning hopefully next year. Thank you Tracey.
Thank you Lorraine for your review and yes, you are all booked in for the 2nd June 2018! Looking forward to you all returning. Tracey
what an experience
My family and I stayed for a week with a small baby and well what can I say. This is the best accommodation by far that we have ever stayed in. We have travelled around the world and stayed in 5 star accommodation and never have we experienced such luxury! The rooms we stayed in are private, one with a terrace and one with balcony. The salt water pool was heated and we loved taking our baby in every day. There are too many facilities to mention! all baby facilities were provided as well as a pool table, many games, picnic bags, bbq's, BBQ equipment. the list goes on and on. This place would be perfect for small or large families as well as families with small babies. I think this will be our regular summer vacation and are already planning our holiday for next summer!
Wow, what can I say! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and I am absolutely delighted that you had a wonderful holiday with your family and look forward to you returning.
Geweldig mooi huis met zeel veel facciliteiten
We zijn ruim een week in dit geweldige luxe vakantiehuis geweest met kinderen in de leeftijd van 1 t/m 14 jaar. Iedereen vermaakte zich elke dag uitstekend! Het verwarmde zwembad met overkapping is heerlijk. Je kunt zo altijd gebruik maken van het zwembad. We hebben de kap ook vaak eraf gehad, zodat we heerlijk in de zon konden zwemmen en liggen op de ligbedden langs de pool. De tuin is enorm groot en ook het huis heeft veel ruimte, waardoor je met veel mensen toch allemaal een fijne plek hebt. Een fijne keuken, pooltafel, tennistafel, voetbaltafel, vele gezelschapsspelletjes en een x-box die ook erg in trek was bij de kinderen. De slaapkamers zijn erg mooi ingericht met hemelbedden. Het huis is super schoon. Tracey houdt heel goed contact en wil je altijd helpen. We willen zeker graag terug komen en voor deze prijs heb je een zeer mooi huis en veel luxe en comfort. We bevelen dit huis ten zeerste aan!
Ik ben zo blij dat je familie een geweldige vakantie had. Ik hoop dat je snel terugkomt!
i am so pleased that your family had a great holiday. I hope you will return again very soon.
Whatever you enjoy doing on holiday, the area has something for all tastes.
This lovely villa is situated in South West France, in a lovely area of the Western Dordogne, close to the towns of Bergerac, Duras and Eymet and one hour drive east of Bordeaux. It is only six hours driving time from the port of St Malo.
It is a wonderful location for golfers as is only five minutes from Château Vigiers, one of the best golf resorts in France which also has a 1 Star Michelin restaurant. Our guests receive a 30% discount on golf rounds at Vigiers. We have trolleys/bags/clubs for our guests to enable them to fly rather than drive, if they choose to.
The nearest large town is Bergerac, twenty minutes north east of the house. Bergerac is a Medievel town which is fascinating to explore with a Tobacco Museum and Wine Museum. Visitors can also take river cruises on the Dordogne river in a traditional boat.
Bordeaux is an easy 1 hour drive or a short train ride from St Foy la Grande, just 15 minutes away. Bordeaux has a world beating Wine Museum called the Cite Du Vin which a unique museum dedicated to the wine culture. Bordeaux also has fantastic shopping and restaurants.
Arcachon and the Atlantic coast is a 90 minute drive. Visit the famous Dune De Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe and eat oysters in Arcachon Bay with a chilled glass of white wine.
All our guests enjoy Famille Moutier for a traditional Perigordine Sunday lunch. It is a 4 hour experience for 38€ with all wines included. Just a 10 minute cycle or 2 minute drive away.
The local, friendly restaurant of Relais de Monestier is also a great place to eat with 2 courses for 16€ and carafes of local village wine. Monestier is just a 5 minute drive.
The Sunday morning market at Issigeac, a medieval village is a wonderful experience where with the locals you can buy oysters, foes gras, the sweet white wine of Monbazillac and local vegetables from farmers in the surrounding villages.
Our guests really enjoy local wine tasting and we have close links with 3 local vineyards.
1. Chateau Feely is an award winning organic, biodynamic vineyard, where Caro and Sean will welcome you warmly.
2. Chateau Lestevenie was recently televised on Channel 4 - New Lives in The Sun. Humphrey will show you around his vineyard where rare,wild orchids grow.
3. Chateau Thenac in the village where Caroline will guide you through the magnificent wines and where you must try the Plum Eau de Vie.
Our guests also enjoy wine tasting in Ste Emilion, a world Heritage Unesco Site. Tracey can recommend where to taste wine in the village and also the best places to have lunch.
All the local villages have colourful markets. Out of season there are also speciality markets including truffles and walnuts.
There is a buddist retreat also close by, Plum Village, and our guests are always welcome to visit to share lunch with the monks and sisters or to share in a meeting.
Acabanes is full of charm and character, situated in a quiet location on the side of a gentle hill with south facing views over the surrounding rolling countryside and vineyards and within an easy walk of the local village of Thenac.
The large village of Siguoles is a five minute drive away and has all the amenities of a typical French village including a restaurant,supermarket; boulangerie; charcuterie; tabac; bank; cafe; pharmacy
Other local Activities include; Go karting; Ten Pin Bowling; Canoeing; Waterparks, horse riding and fishing
Additional Golf information - Tee times can be booked by Tracey, the owner and advice given on courses, locally and further afield. Acabanes is only five minutes from Chateau des Vigiers, one of the best golf resorts in France. Donald Steel (designer of the Forest of Arden championship course) is considered to be one of the very best 'natural' golf course architects, created this unique 18-hole, par 72 course in its enthralling setting amidst plum trees, oak woods, lakes and vineyards. Donald, who has contributed to many world-famous courses such as the Jubilee and Eden courses at St. Andrews as well as Chantilly in France, designed the course with the Château as its centrepiece; the 9th and 18th finishing off in front of the Château; and many of the other undulating greens with different perspectives of the Château. When asked by Golf World to name his favourite hole from his long career, Donald chose N° 18 at Château des Vigiers, with its dogleg over a ridge for the second shot over the lake on to the green, in front of the Château. Subsequently it was described in Golf World under the heading 'Vintage Finale'. Château des Vigiers' course is maintained as a holiday course with short rough, promoting quick play and accessibility for higher handicaps. However, the greens are frequently lightning fast and prove a test for any golfer. With strategic pin positions and longer rough, the course can be turned into a challenge for the best golfer.