Our Luxury Holiday Gite in the Dordogne. Located in the village of St-Priest-Les-Fougères on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin, our 19th Century Barn has a deck terrace with luxury hot tub and overlooks 4 acres of private grounds and our lake which is wonderful for fishing and swimming. The barn has been lovingly renovated to a superb standard. The refurbished, honey-coloured, oak beams mix perfectly with stylish furnishings to provide a sleek, modern haven for relaxation, while the private grounds and lake provide plenty of space for you and your family and friends to walk, fish, picnic or simply relax and enjoy the wonderful peace of the French countryside. We do consider requests to bring pets to La Vieille Etable, so please ask about your faithful friends when contacting us.
4 Double Beds, 2 Shower Rooms, Lake, Hot Tub and Panoramic Views, Dog Welcome.
Mark & Lindsay
- english, french, german, Broken French
- Calendar last updated:
- 29 Nov 2018
About Mark & Lindsay
Welcome to La Vieille Etable, our holiday home since 2014 and our full-time home since 2016 We are both Armed Forces veterans having a combined 30 year’s service in the RAF between us. Both qualified military air traffic controllers, our eyes met over the radar screen in in 2010 and we married in December 2014. Following our retirement from the RAF, Lindsay took a ‘normal’ job, and Mark turned his hand to property development, but as every visit to Dordogne came to an end, we would both spend much of the journey back to the UK moaning that we didn’t want to leave. On the drive back in September 2015, Mark finally threatened to get his calculator out. The calculator led to extensive spreadsheets and due diligence. Just over 6 months later, we made France our forever home. NEW for 2017 - 25 square meter Hot Tub Deck with Luxury Outdoor Multi-jet Thermostat Shower. ALSO - a bar and restaurant has just opened in the village.
Mark & Lindsay purchased this Barn in 2014
Why Mark & Lindsay chose Saint-Priest-les-Fougères
The reason we bought a holiday home in the first place was due to our own holiday experiences. We became fed up saving hard and paying a sizeable sum for a holiday only to find that life was far less comfortable than in our own home. We were fed up with ‘double’ beds that turned out to be Austrian twins. We were frustrated when we started wishing that the holiday was over due to waking up with terrible back aches. We could only laugh when arriving at a property that ‘had a TV’ only to find that the owner had not seen fit to provide an aerial or a plug.
What makes this Barn unique
We have set up our holiday home with all of our own irritations in mind, to try and ensure that you have the kind of holiday that we always wanted. And as air traffic controllers and proud veterans, we are pleased to offer discounted rates to all GATCO members and Armed Forces personnel, both current and veterans respectively. We hope to hear from you soon, Mark & Lindsay
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Stunning, perfect, luxury
We had an amazing holiday at this lovely holiday home. The decor, furniture and attention to detail in the property made it feel like a beautiful home from home.
Our joy was the decking area outside, the jacuzzi (with excellent outdoor shower), swimming and fishing (not at the same time!) in the Lake and the relaxing view.
Mark and lindsay sent us excellent communication before our holiday and in fact them being English, knowing what they would like to find in a holiday home, made for a well-prepared home.
Comfortable beds, lots of good storage, spare garden chairs in garage, wine fridge, extra fridge space in garage and blackout blinds in bedrooms, we're some of the little extras that made such a great holiday venue.
The owners living nearby also meant they gave us great excursion tips!
A wonderful holiday let.
We stayed here for a week in June. We were a party of 2 couples and a toddler.
What a fantastic holiday rental. Mark and Lindsay were so welcoming and made it clear that if there were any problems, they would be available (there weren't)! They left a pack of local beers - I would thoroughly recommend an early trip to the microbrewery (details in the visitors book) - really fantastic and the only place you can buy the beer.
Cleanliness wise, the place was spotless. All bedrooms were made up to a beautiful standard and they had put a stair gate on as requested.
The beds we used were very comfortable. All the windows had black out blinds - coupled with local wine, this made for very good sleep! The living area was as good as the upstairs. Comfy sofas, a lovely dining table and a well thought out kitchen/breakfast bar area.
The kitchen was well stocked - cookware, glasses and plates etc.
The hot tub was fantastic - as was the outside shower. It was as clean and well kept as the rest of the house. In a gorgeous setting (trust me, the pictures don't do it justice). My husband likes fishing - he did a bit of it from the jetty by the lake - the fish were biting (but he only managed to catch the little ones - the bottom of the lake had crayfish).
All told it really was a lovely place to be which made for a lovely holiday - with plenty of room for 8 people. Hopefully I will be able to go back.
Thanks so much for your booking and for your kind review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your holiday and we very much hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Mark & Lindsay Howarth
Stunning barn, fabulous holiday!
This was our second trip to La Vieille Etable, having first stayed three years ago. What can we say, this time it was even better than the first! We returned with our 6 month old son, who absolutely loved it. The owners have made some differences that make this barn stand out even more.
The same arrivals pack was awaiting us, as before, but with the addition of a couple of locally brewed beers. It was fair to say these were needed after the long drive from Calais. If you have time to visit the brewery to see how it's all done, it's well worth a trip.
The big changes we noticed were the gated entrance to a landscaped seating area at the front and the decking in the back garden. The decking itself must have doubled which makes eating lunch or dinner even easier. The hot tub has been moved to a separate part with a newly installed outdoor shower next to it. The days of running upstairs to shower before getting in have well and truly disappeared.
A small piece of decking has also been built next to the lake with an access ladder. If you are brave enough to go for a swim, this is handy for getting out. Our dogs just loved the fact they had somewhere to launch themselves from to go for a swim.
Inside, the house has been redecorated which feels more homely and made our stay more comfortable. Although it was hot outside, the barn was easy to keep cool, which meant our 6 month was extremely happy.
Can't wait to book our next stay already!
It was lovely to welcome you back to our home for a second time and we're so glad that you appreciated the various improvements that we've made. Thanks for taking the time to write us a great review, and we hope to see you back again in Dordogne in the future.
Mark & Lindsay Howarth
Fantastic barn in a beautiful setting!
My family and I spent 5 days at La Ville Etable in May and had the most amazing time. On arriving at the barn we were very happy to see it looked even better than the photos. Everything was clean and kept to a very high standard. The welcome pack including tea bags, coffee pods and local beer left by Mark and Lindsay was a lovely touch!
The barn had plenty of space for our family of 5 and the open plan lay out on the ground floor is perfect for socializing. Although we didn’t get much use out of the swimming lake as it was a bit too cold in May we found the hot tub was a perfect way to relax on an evening.
Before we arrived I enquired about restaurant recommendations which would cater for a gluten free diet. Mark quickly came back with a number of options and their friends restaurant Reumors, just 15 minutes away, did not disappoint - local produce cooked perfectly.
If you’re looking for a relaxing stay in a peaceful location with plenty of attractions to see just a short drive away then look no further. Mark and Lindsay have a beautiful home and I would recommend it to anyone. If we get the chance we will definitely be back!
Thanks so much for your lovely review. We love that you were even happier upon arrival than when you booked! We very much hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Mark & Lindsay Howarth
Stunning views, pristine house
Incredible week of gorgeous weather and waking up to the most beautiful view. The barn was even better than the photographs and was perfectly equipped with everything we needed for our holiday.
Mark and Lindsay were very helpful and friendly, showed us around the property and made us feel right at home helping us enjoy our holiday. They gave us loads of information about the local area and what we could do. Even offered to book us reservations at local restaurants that they had recommended.
I have already recommended a few friends to visit the Barn and I will definitely look to come back in the future.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and for your kind comments. Thanks especially for your onward recommendations to your friends. It was really lovely to meet you all and we're so glad you enjoyed your holiday. Very best regards, and hope we can welcome you back some time soon,
Mark and Lindsay Howarth
Fabulous converted barn in an idyllic setting.
We had a fabulous 2 weeks with our dog in La Vieille Etable. It was everything we had hoped it to be: luxurious, set in a quiet village, excellent views over the countryside and, to top it all off, it had its own lake! Perfect for cooling off on hot sunny days (for both us and the dog!).
The house is very well equipped and maintained, so much so that we couldn't think of much else to add to the list of suggested improvements/additions. Lindsay and Mark have pretty much thought of everything and provided a great information package for the house prior to our arrival; including very useful and detailed directions on how/where to find the house on reaching the village.
The location was perfect too; off the main throroughfare of the region, but local highlights were still easily accessible.
All in all a fantastic property which we would thoroughly recommend as a base for a relaxing holiday in the Dordogne.
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