Exceptional Position in Stunning Countryside
- English, French
About sarah austin
We moved to France in 2002, from the South of England. Sarah had a background working with animals, especially horses, Tim had his own groundworks company. We met only 18 months before moving here,we decided to take the plunge, neither of us speaking french! We have learnt as we have gone along, taught by our neighbours, with many a laugh at our expense. We have learnt enough french to run our own carpentry business in the area, doing traditional oak work. We were married in our village in 2005, much to the delight of all the locals, who supplied all the liquids necessary, good and bad!
sarah austin purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why sarah austin chose Villamblard
We are country people and when we found Les Trois Maisons,with its fantastic view and large farmhouse kitchen we knew that it was for us - we loved the idea of renovating 3 ruins and a very smelly house! It was a long hard slog over 5 years, doing all the work ourselves, but now as all our guests tell us, it is a wonderful property in a beautiful situation. We have been adopted by our local agricultural community, which we participate in and gives us a very enjoyable lifestyle.
What makes this Cottage unique
we enjoy the fine weather of SW France and the agricultural ambiance, we ride our horses and walk our dogs regularly through the country lanes and woods, where we gather mushrooms and chestnuts in good french style. Although we are rural, the small local village is convenient, with all facilities, it can be reached on foot, by bicycle, by horse and occasionally by car if you must!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Lovely quiet location
My husband and I have recently returned from a lovely week staying in one of the three gites. They are comfortable and well equipped, with the added bonus of fresh egs, garden produce and local wine. The gardens and pool are well maintained and spacious with plenty of seating areas either to soak up the sun or seek some shade with the added bonus of beautiful views of the surounding countryside.
There is a nearby village with store and bakery. The local markets are a treat with lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses etc..
Sarah and Tim are delightful hosts, welcoming, friendly and willing to go the extra mile to ensure we had a great time.
There are plenty of places to visit, without the traffic congestion of U.K.
We would definitely recommend "Trois Maisons" and hope to revisit to enjoy this beautiful area.
Ideal carefree country holiday
In late summer 2018 out family arrived at Trois Maisons, a small farm on rising ground in beautiful countryside, close by the forest. On arrival a warm welcome from our hosts Sarah and Tim soon made us feel at home. Sympathetic renovation of the cottages respectsntheir history, and now provides clean, comfortable, practical and well equipped living. The grandchildren soon slipped off to explore farming life in a carefree, traffic free environment. There was plenty of information on things to do and places to go. A wide choice for a three generation family.
Relaxed and refreshed
Just returned from a lovely week staying at the above property. The simple gites are comfortable and equipped with everything necessary; with the added bonus of fresh eggs, garden produce and local wine also available. The gardens and pool are well maintained, spacious with plenty of seating areas either to soak up the sun or seek some shade, plus beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The property is in a quiet, rural location but with local towns and villages easily accessible. The local markets are a real treat too. Sarah and Tim are delightful hosts, welcoming, friendly and available to offer assistance as required. Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again to further visit the beautiful Dordogne area.
Excellent week away. Our 15 month old loved the animals and freedom to run free, and we all of course enjoyed the pool. Such a quiet and relaxing place to be. The owners Sarah and Tim were so helpful and welcoming. I would highly recommend this holiday x
Peaceful and Rustic
Lovely location, Sarah and Tim great hosts. Only three gites so not overly noisy, good pool with consistent depth. Nearby village with store and bakers etc.
We have been returning year after year
We first booked at Trois Maisons 7 years ago, on a spur of the moment. Our children were 5 and 3 at the time and loved every minute. Now it feels like visiting family. Tim, Sarah and Mini (the dog) are welcoming, friendly and kind. The gites are rural but well placed and the fact there is no TV means our girls have a proper outside life. They help Sarah feed the animals (by choice) and have now graduated to driving a quad bike whilst "cleaning" the paddocks! I cant even get them to tidy their rooms at home.
We have stayed in all of the gites over the years and never been disappointed. What is nice is that you know Tim & Sarah built everything themselves - they even have the video to prove it. The beds are comfy, the kitchens well equipped but all you really need are the BBQ's in the private patios. The swimming pool is great - even with 3 families sharing we have never felt uncomfortable and always had a sun lounger. Everywhere is spotless and homely.
Villamblard is a quiet pretty village. Even after 7 years of holidays we still haven't seen everything the area has to offer. There are two really good local swimming lakes both with sand and one with a water slide. Both have restaurants. There are great tourist attractions, the canoeing (Try Canoe Eric in La Bugue), Sarlat, and many other places. Eating out is a culinary adventure and we have our favourites in Perigeux.
We asked the children last year, near the end of our holiday, if they wanted to try another country next time. "What, as well as going to Tim & Sarah's?"they said, when I said "No instead of" they looked at me as if I were mad and said "Don't be silly Mummy. Mini would be sad if we didn't come and throw her a pine cone" We booked before we left!
Villamblard village is 2 miles, it has a weekly market, bakers, grocers, bars, hairdressers, bank and a Post Office. Tennis courts are avaliable for hire in Villamblard. Supermarkets are in the local towns of Vergt and Mussidan 10 miles, about 15 min drive.
The large market towns of Bergerac and Perigueux are 18 miles to South and North respectively.
Many of the local villages have weekly markets and inexpensive restaurants (some are English speaking).
Throughout the Dordogne there are many picturesque and historic towns and villages, chateaux and prehistoric sites to visit.
Trois Maisons is situated in the Périgord pourpre the region of vineyard and Bastides, ancient fortified towns that followed a conflict line between the French and English for 300 years, the neighbouring area Périgord Blanc is so named for its limestone hills and cliffs that run along the Isle valley, also the domes of Perigueux Cathedral and Hautefaut Castle
The Dordogne, Vezere & Isle rivers are great for canoeing, (a couple of hours or up to all day).
The Vezère Valley is a UNESCO world heritage site,this area has been inhabited by man since prehistoric times and has many interesting sites to visit, from pre- history through the middle ages to the present day
Wine Tasting available at various chateaux in the area. ThIs region is also know as 1001 chateaux , some still lived in,. See some of the many caves and grottes of the area, some with underground rivers.