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Exquisite French Country Home for Six with Spacious Veranda and Pool, WiFi

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 en suite bedrooms, elegant salon & kitchen, large veranda & pool, tranquil

This classic stone farmhouse dates back to the 1700's but has been fully restored and designed for ease, comfort, and fun both indoors and out, and is wheelchair accessible as well. The home is beautifully situated in the Dordogne countryside, with a long veranda, deck and heated swimming pool overlooking the verdant grounds and rolling hills beyond. There are mature walnut trees, and with twenty-five birdhouses on the property, bird watching is superb. The grounds are extensive, with a gentle looping path where you can take in the view at benches in various spots along the way.

The veranda and pool-side of the house face southwest, so you will see spectacular sunsets while BBQing, sipping aperitifs and dining al fresco.

There is so much to see and do in this area of France that it is difficult to be brief. While out and about, you can visit the ubiquitous and magnificent Renaissance hilltop castles, as well as explore cathedrals, churches, monasteries, and cloisters; stroll the tiny streets of lovely unspoiled medieval villages; shop at antique and farmers markets; and, of course, wine and dine at the superb restaurants of this gourmet region. Speaking of wine, we are very close to the largest wine producing area of France: the wider Bordeaux region has over 8,500 producers or 'chateaux.' You can go wine tasting as you drive along the Bordeaux Wine Route. (Just make sure you have a designated driver!)

If you want to explore further back in time, you can visit the stunning reproduction of prehistoric art at the original site of Lascaux. It is estimated that early humans painted the cave around 17,300 years ago. There are literally hundreds of prehistoric caves in the Dordogne and many are open to visitors. There are two types of caves: caves that contain prehistoric art; and caves of stalactites, stalagmites and other incredible rock formations. Both are fascinating.

For physical activity, you can canoe and take boat rides down the lovely Dordogne River, as well as swim at its many beaches. (It's a 20 minute drive away.) There is hot air ballooning, bicycling, hiking, horse riding, and even go-carting. A languorous picnic at a spot of your choosing is an enchanting way to spend an afternoon, for which you can borrow our portable picnic table that fits neatly in a car trunk. (For a comprehensive website of activities in the Dordogne, )

You will enjoy peace and privacy in the gîte, but please know that our home is next door so we will be on hand to help in any way we can. It will be our pleasure to provide you with whatever information you need to ensure your holiday is as exciting, fun, and memorable as possible.

More about the house: the rooms are spacious, sunny, and inviting, freshly decorated with original art and comfortable furniture. The kitchen is open and airy, has all modern conveniences, and a table that seats 6. There is plenty of counter-space, including a central wooden butcher's block, so preparing all the local farmer market treasures you discover will be a pleasure.

The living room is bright and breezy, has two couches and chairs, and a large coffee table where you can enjoy playing many of the games on hand. There is also a cosy separate room where you can watch English satellite tv and CNN. Both these rooms open onto the veranda from their own wide French doors. If you are here when the weather is chilly - which will not be in the summer! - the ground floor is tiled with underfloor heating throughout and the upstairs bedrooms have radiators. There is, of course, wi-fi which benefits from a state of the art wired network and extends onto the terrace for outdoor use.

Outside, the veranda is a delightful area, extensive enough for various simultaneous activities. The heated swimming pool is large enough for the entire family; the timber pool deck has room for four chaise lounges and further along the veranda, still in the sun, there are another two chaise lounges, as well as a small French gueridon (iron table) with four chairs. Under the shaded part of the veranda are a day bed full of comfortable pillows for lounging and siestas, a BBQ, as well as a teak dining table that seats 6 for long warm relaxing dinners. The night sky will mesmerize you: the absence of city lights makes for dazzling stargazing.

More about the area: The property is situated in the heart of the Perigord Pourpre, named for the grapes and wines of this part of the Dordogne. It makes for a perfect home base to explore the region. The largest nearby town is Bergerac, located 20 minutes from the property, and its airport is the most common arrival point for this area. Bordeaux is about an hour and a half to the west.

The Dordogne is steeped in history and natural beauty. The countryside is full of rolling green hills as far as the eye can see, fields of wildflowers, ancient farms and vineyards. You will see many cows, goats, pheasant and ducks in this agricultural area. The region is best known for foie gras, duck, truffles, wine, walnuts and strawberries.

There are many small medieval Bastide villages dotting the area, unspoiled by tourism, and well worth a visit. The lovely village, St. Alvère, is ten minutes away. St Marcel du Perigord is charming and has an excellent restaurant, Lou Peyrol, and is twelve minutes away.

The spectacular town of Sarlat is only an hour away, and other scenic and historic villages such as Domme, Issigeac, Belves, Monflanquin, Castlenaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque Gageac are all easily within reach. Every day of the week, there are fascinating farmers markets to visit, not to mention restaurants serving the delicious cuisine of the region. It is truly a foodie's heaven.

This is also a castle rich area and they are magnificent to see from afar as well as up close. For example, you can visit Chateau Monbazillac (35km southwest); Chateau du Lanquais (24km south); Chateau Biron (54km south); Chateau Beynac and Chateau des Milandes (47km east); Chateau de Castelnaud (51 km east), and many others. There are also fortresses and manor houses to be seen everywhere as you make day trips in the area.

Here's a travel tip everyone already knows but that bears repeating: visit off-season. The peak tourist time is July and August and, in addition to tourists visiting from around the globe, it seems that almost all the French go on their 'grandes vacances' during these two months. As with all beautiful holiday destinations these days, there can be swells of tourists at popular sites. If at all possible, it's a good idea to come during less-visited times of the year.

We get all four seasons here. Winters are cold but have their own austere beauty, and there is a range of activities wide enough to attract tourists – and usually at cheaper rates. The outdoor markets continue in winter and you will definitely benefit from a more soothing atmosphere. This season can be perfect for a calm winter break or a romantic getaway.

In spring everything really wakes up and greens up. Fruit trees blossom and lots of wildflowers dot the hillsides. The fresh air is perfect for walking and hiking. Many people prefer outdoor activities in the cooler months because summers can be very hot.

The same is true for autumn. Temperatures are much milder and the fall colors are stunning. The light at this time of year is my favorite as it is much less harsh than in summer: it is soft and golden and highlights the gorgeous autumn reds and oranges. Beautiful!

Don't worry, though: regardless of what time of year you visit, the food is always spectacular. :-)

One more travel tip, courtesy of a friend:

'Travel Often. Getting lost will only help you find yourself.'

More Details

Property Manager
Catherine Ogilvie
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Catherine Ogilvie

James and Catherine are the proud owners of La Geneste and moved to the Dordogne at the end of 2016. We are an British/American couple who have lived in many beautiful places and are delighted to have found this idyllic place in the Dordogne to call home. James is an artist, writer, musician and photographer and Catherine spent her career in global marketing and communications, we are looking forward to our new world as gite owners welcoming guests to the Dordogne in 2017. If you have any questions, please give us a call - we speak English, Spanish and German and are working hard to bring our French up to speed before next Spring!

Catherine Ogilvie purchased this farmhouse in 2016

Why Catherine Ogilvie chose Saint-Laurent-des-Bâtons

This is a special place. The location is perfect for reaching all the sights and activities on offer in the area but many guests chose to spend much of their time just relaxing "at home" and enjoying all the facilites on offer at La Geneste.

Our aim is for you to enjoy a truly wonderful holiday; somewhere you will always remember with pleasure and hopefully create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple, a family or group of friends come and experience a slice of French country living in beautiful countryside and elegant, comfortable surroundings.

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What makes this farmhouse unique

La Geneste is perfectly located - scenic drives in all directions lead to must-see sites. While staying "at home," though, you'll enjoy and tranquility, nestled in the verdant countryside, preparing your own meals in the fully-equipped kitchen or BBQing, dining al fresco, and plunging into the refreshing heated salt water swimming pool.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Laurent-des-Bâtons in Périgord

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 2
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Disabled accessible bathroom
  • All the bedrooms are ensuite, and each bath well-appointed with high quality fixtures. We supply soft, white bathrobes and towelling robes or ponchos for children. The bathrooms are sophisticated, modern, and attractive. The master bathroom's spacious bath has a pretty clawfoot tub, as well as a shower - big enough for two! - with a window overlooking the scenic grounds and hills beyond. The view is so lovely, you won't want to come out. There are luxurious white towels and bathmat. There is a large closet with numerous compartments and hangers. The second bedroom's ensuite bath has a generous shower and plush white towels and bathmat. The closet is located in the bedroom and has ample storage. The third ensuite bath on the ground floor is fully handicap friendly. It has a pretty 'bowl' sink and lovely curtains below. French doors open onto the veranda.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Downstairs bedroom with disabled access
  • There are 3 bedrooms, all ensuite. Two bedrooms are located upstairs, each approached by its own separate staircase. The third wheelchair-accessible bedroom is on the ground floor. The beds have hypoallergenic duvets and soft egyptian cotton bedlinens. The master bedroom is very large, with an English king-size bed decorated in gorgeous Toile de Jouy fabric. The bedroom's many windows have unobstructed country views on two sides. There is a comfy sofa, as well as a dressing table. The second bedroom has exposed original beams and an English double bed with pretty bedding, lots of pillows, a daybed and lamp for quiet-time reading, and a desk. The third bedroom is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair-accessible. The room is beautifully appointed, and has twin beds that can be pushed together to form a double bed. Bedooms contain original art and feature antique or vintage furniture
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Exquisite French Country Home for Six with Spacious Veranda and Pool, WiFi
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

Peace and tranquility and a beautiful place to relax and rejuvenate.

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay! Catherine and James made us feel very welcome and were wonderful hosts. We all loved the pool and have never used a salt water pool before but this is the first holiday where both children haven't had a rash from chlorine so a real positive. The verander area was special where an afternoon snooze on the day bed or hammock was much needed. The sun loungers were very comfortable which was great for a sun worshipper like me. We loved having candle lit meals under the verander followed by star gazing and spotting meteor showers at night. Kayaking is close by, more like lazy river kayaking which is much more my style and we all loved trying it out. We hired open top double kayaks but next time would go for longer and take a picnic and pull up on the bank and enjoy the serenity. Overall a great holiday kayaking, Pre-historic cave exploring and chilling. Thank you again to Catherine and James for providing a well equipped house which offered more than we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

An excellent place to stay. Don't hesitate if you are looking at other properties, book this one. The house is extremely well-appointed and of high class. Inside, all of the rooms are finished to a very high standard. The television and wifi reception are excellent. Outside the pool and pool area are again excellent. The outside tables, barbecue and hammock made our stay very comfortable. We played table tennis beside the pool. The garden is very large and there are lots of places to sit. Kathryn and James are excellent hosts: friendly, obliging and keen to help and advise; they live next door. We were a family to six and had plenty of room to have space to ourselves. We have good experience of renting properties over the years and this was the best. It is a place where you feel you don't have to go out, everyone was happy to relax and enjoy the house.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Stuart. we are so glad you and the family enjoyed your stay and do hope to see you all again in the future. Ashley's unicorn still has pride of place in the pool and has been well looked after by our guests. We like to think he adds to the magic of La Geneste (although Oreo is still not too sure what to think) Our best regards to you all and fingers crossed for Jack. Catherine, James and Oreo
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Beautiful and luxurious. Very attentive and hospitable owners next door

  • 5 of 5

La Geneste is a lovely and luxurious property, very well equipped and tastefully furnished. The surroundings are very rural. Lovely undulating Dordogne landscape. But nice places within easy reach - not that we did much sightseeing, as we were looking for peace and quiet. Only downside was very mixed weather but La Geneste and Jamie and Catherine not responsible for that!!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing La Geneste for your stay. We loved having you here and enjoyed our many conversations. Sorry about the weather though. Will definitely give you a shout when we are over in Somerset again. Best wishes to you all, Catherine, Jamie and Oreo xx
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More than just a rental

  • 5 of 5

Have just returned from a week in La Geneste. We took my son and wife with his two children for a family holiday making a party of six. From the moment we walked thru the doors we felt this was something special - more than just a rental. Catherine and Jamie made us feel like guests not clients but were never over intrusive - perfect balance. The attention to detail and facilities were amazing. What rental supplies bath robes and beach panchos for children? C & J were available whenever needed and gave us excellent suggestions for trips and eating out and events. The pool was the highlight of the holiday for the children, while at the same time we could savour the wonderful grounds and roam around the wild flower areas.

Faults or disappointments? None. The booking enabled my exhausted teacher son and daughter in law to start their holiday perfectly - to quote the former: we struck gold here.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Malcolm, we loved having you here and glad it exceeded expectations! Look forward to meeting up again either in France or in the New Forest.
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A beautiful well equipped property in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 adults staying at La Geneste. The impact of seeing the property on arrival was one of absolute awe. The house is large and airy, beautifully decorated and contained every facility required to make our stay a pleasure. The salt water pool was the cherry on the cake and in very hot weather I would imagine essential! Catherine and James along with their two friendly dogs were perfect hosts made us feel very at home, always being available with information regarding where to go and what to do. They were immediately at hand also to trouble shoot and amend any problems e.g. When a piece snapped off the toilet it was replaced straight away. I would highly recommend this property to family and friends. Thank you for a lovely stay x

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. We loved meeting you all and hope to see you again back at La Geneste, You will always be most welcome. Special regards from Otis and Oreo! Best wishes, Catherine and James
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A Fine French Holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a find! absolute heaven. This is our 4th time staying in the Dordogne, and La Geneste is by far the best gite we have stayed in, it was more like a home than a gite, immaculately clean with everything you needed and more. It was so spacious with plenty of room, the photos really do not do it justice. Jake and Logan were the perfect hosts from the very start, with a beautiful welcome meal on the terrace when we arrived after a very long journey, we would highly recommend this. They kept us stocked up with fresh eggs from the chickens and were there if we needed them, a very friendly and lovely couple. The gite is a real credit to you both and we would highly recommend it. Really hope we can return again next year. Once again, very many thanks again Jake and Logan for making our holiday such a wonderful one.

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  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres

This is the heart of the Perigord. We have prepared a manual for our guests full of activities, restaurants, must-see sites, ruins and castles, bastide towns, farmers markets, caves, gardens, and much more.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Laurent-des-Bâtons, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £267.86

Cencellation refunds:
Up to 12 weeks - 90% of rate refunded
6 - 12 weeks - 50% of rate refunded
4 - 6 weeks 20% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks - no refund

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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