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Dream Country Farmhouse with Huge Pool on Beautiful Grounds - Ideal for Families

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 14 nights


About the property

High-end, Restored Villa, 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Not far from Sarlat, where the Dordogne river makes a dramatic loop, 'Les Volets Bleus' is a very private, beautifully-restored 300 year old Perigord stone farmhouse. It sits on two acres of lawned garden, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

With its characteristic blue shutters, this spacious retreat is elegantly furnished with French country antiques, and is situated among fig and walnut trees. It has with three outstanding verandahs, two that overlook the large, magnificent (securely-fenced) pool that receives day-long sunshine.

'Les Volets Bleus' offers quality and seclusion for a family or group of friends wanting to holiday together. Luxuriously furnished, and with all modern conveniences, the property sleeps 12, with four queen-size/king bedrooms and two single/twin bedrooms, all with crisp white linens and sumptuous beds, it offers a total country getaway in the heart of the Dordogne.

The property is ideal for one large group, or for two or more smaller family groups, since the Farmhouse property includes a wonderful converted Barn (attached to the main house), with both the Farmhouse and Barn having their own fully-equipped kitchens, dining and living areas, so that two groups can have their own completely separate eating/living spaces, or they can all join together in the huge country kitchen of the Farmhouse.

'Les Volets Bleus' provides a unique retreat from the business of day-to-day life, while still offering you the comfort of modern conveniences, all set in an atmosphere of charm and stylish elegance - like free WIFI, free INTERNATIONAL phones, and satellite TV (English & French), free use of washer and dryer - all inside a 300 year old stone farmhouse! The best of both worlds...

The property was renovated to a very high standard with all high-end furniture, beds, linens and appliances. All this was done with a careful eye to modern comforts, while staying true to the charm and history of the area.

For enjoying the outdoors, there are plenty of outdoor tables and garden furniture along with 2 barbecues (gas & charcoal) to enjoy the warm summer evenings. The 11m X 5 m flood-lit pool sits in a large grassy area, with plenty of lounging chairs and umbrellas available alongside.

Walk (on a hiking path) or drive into the timeless village of Trémolat with its well-known Relais & Chateaux hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, historic Romanesque church and casual bistrots. Or wander over to the next-door farm that offers a wonderful, local meal at the area’s best farm restaurant "Les Truffieres".

'Les Volets Bleus' is situated in the Perigord Noir within easy reach of the famous caves and paleolithic history of Les Eyzies (25 minutes), Le Bugue (15 minutes), Sarlat (40 minutes) with its medieval streets and famous market, and Bergerac (35 minutes), famous for foie gras, wines and ancient architecture. Périgueux (40 minutes) has fabulous shopping, while St Emilion (1h15) offers the perfect excursion to a quintessential Bordeaux wine-country town.

This region is rich in historic sites including the Lascaux Caves, and the fascinating Bastide towns such as Beaumont, Moliéres, and Monpazier which run along the spectacular Dordogne river.

Travel by car or by flat-bottomed 'gabarres' (river boats) to see the many magnificent châteaux to be found within easy reach of 'Les Volets Bleus'. Local, traditional markets abound and your days will be spent trying the freshest produce including the best selection of the classic food of the Perigord: foie gras, duck confit, walnuts, goat cheese, truffles and wine.

So find yourself a place in heaven, or rent it for a week at least, and enjoy long lunches out under the wysteria, or late-evening barbecues overlooking the pool.

Keywords: Countryside, Farmhouse, Villa, Luxurious, Family-friendly,

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Member since: 2006
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Speaks English, French, Dutch
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Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Janice

As the proud owners of “Les Volets Bleus” we purchased and upgraded/renovated the property in June 2005 and again in 2016. Although our home is in California, we have traveled a great deal in western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens and towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream French farmhouse, our philosophy hasn’t changed - and we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world.

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Janice purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Janice chose Trémolat

We found this beautiful area in 2003 when we took cooking classes in the area - and were amazed by the gentleness of the region: gentle food, gentle geography, gentle people. In addition, it's really how you hope life will be when you head to rural France. Most of our guests are shocked that a place like this REALLY exists! We looked at other countries, and considered other areas of France, but we pinch ourselves routinely at how fortnate we were to find villages like Tremolat, Le Bugue, Limeuil, Ste Alvere, Paunat and a place like the Dordogne. We bought the house in 2005 and have never been happier. In addition, we're 15 minutes walk into Tremolat and 15 minutes drive from Le Bugue and Lalinde, so the easy access from Bordeaux and all the area is a plus. We've never met more welcoming and agreeable people in all our travels, and have never enjoyed food and wine like we do when at 'Les Volets Bleus'! We just love visiting our Farmhouse whenever we can. Rather than finding a holiday home, we've found a life.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The most commented on benefit about staying at our property is the number and quality of double beds, the wonderful linens and cleanliness of the house. We feel that when you're on vacation, you should sleep as well as possible, and so we spared no expense in finding and furnishing really good, queen-size beds in our home. We furnish them with Indian-cotton linens and great pillows - accompanied by soft, fluffy white towels. Others warned us that putting in 4 double bedrooms (and 2 singles) would be a mistake since you 'get more guests per room' if you put everyone in singles beds - but we disagreed! As a married couple, we LIKE to sleep together in a good bed when in vacation, so squashing together 2 tiny single beds is not our idea of fun! So at 'Les Volets Bleus' at least 4 couples get to sleep in a 'master' bedroom... rather than having one nice bedroom and then all the late-comers getting the dark rooms with single beds! Not my idea of fun either! In addition, we run our home like a boutique hotel with all the cleanliness, perks and amenities you'd expect at an upmarket location. We have an expert cleaning and prep team who go through the house with a fine-tooth comb... and it shows! So you can rest-assured that you will be sinking into beautiful, white, Indian-cotton sheets, and a bed that will give you the rest you deserve...and all in a house that meets the top standards for cleanliness. In terms of the outdoors, our guests also love all the terraces to sit outside on, and appreciate all the chairs and tables on each terrace, including all the pool chairs and towels. In addition, the beautifully clean, large pool (fenced to all highest EU regulations) is a winner with families of all ages in the summer. The proximity to all popular locations (being half-way between Bergerac and Sarlat) is also a definite plus, and our guests enjoy all the area has to offer, and not having to drive for hours to take part in it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a fantastic holiday in your farmhouse with three generations of our family. The swimming pool and delightful grounds were a great success, especially with the children. The dogs loved to lay in the cool shade under the beautiful wisteria canopy, whilst we whiled away the afternoons over long, lazy lunches. The accommodation far exceeded our expectations. We have rented many holiday properties over the last forty years and rate ‘Les Volets’ Bleus as the best.’ - Mike and Christine Coleman + Family
Aug 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Trémolat in Périgord

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This is ensuite to a queen size bed room downstairs
    Bathroom 1 large family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Lots of space with storage as well.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , And sink. Attached to king bedroom upstairs in Farmhouse.
    Bathroom upstairs - Toilet , This also has a sink. This is next to single bed room.
    Bathroom 4 in Barn - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This has a sink as well.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Downstairs Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Overlooks garden
    Downstairs Master ENSUITE - 1 Large Double Bed , Has ensuite bathroom with great, American-style shower
    Upstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Two single beds in upstairs room
    Barn Master Upstairs Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This has bathroom alongside it
    Barn Twin Downstairs - 2 Single Bed , This is perfect for 2 singles or 2 children
    Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large king bedroom that can accommodate a crib or 2
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (2) These are available with matching linens and pillows, as well as 2 high chairs.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Doors and windows are screened for TOTAL inside comfort. Lots of Pool Chairs and Sunbeds and Umbrellas. Lots of Garden Furniture. Swimming Towels provided. Hairdryers in EVERY bathroom. Boardgames, Badminton and other games. iPod speakers. HIGHLIGHT: Country Restaurant within 3 minutes walk. Babysitting available on request.


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Dream Country Farmhouse with Huge Pool on Beautiful Grounds - Ideal for Families
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful house and gardens with fabulous pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two week family holiday at Le Volets Bleu. We had a very warm welcome from Janice and she went out of her way to make sure all our needs were met. Couldn’t ask for a more caring host. The pool was a god send in the hot weather, as was the air conditioning in the bedrooms! The three generations all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we loved exploring the beautiful Dordogne.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home, lovely setting and a magical holiday

  • 5 of 5

We (a group of 10, spanning three generations) spent a magical week at this beautiful farmhouse.

The house is split into two units (house and barn) and with four teens in our party, this worked really well. We thoroughly enjoyed the large pool, and the large garden allowed us to eat together in the sunshine or shade throughout the day/evening.

The bedrooms are all nicely appointed and we were all comfortable, and the main kitchen was big enough to accommodate all of us.

We enjoyed many homemade meals as the cooking facilities, including two BBQs, are truly excellent. The gas BBQ was the best I've used and we took full advantage.

The farmhouse is in a beautiful setting with no light pollution. As a result, the stars at night are simply breathtaking. Most nights we ended up lying on the sun loungers with a glass of Montbazillac, taking in the Milky Way. Unforgettable!

Another special memory was our next door neighbour, Yanick, cooking a typical Perigourdine dinner for us. The meal was amazing, the cost reasonable and the evening was great fun.

Finally, my definition of a perfect host(ess) is someone who is welcoming, friendly, very knowledgeable of the area, who is there to help without being intrusive. Janice was exactly this...her recommendations were all perfect, from the hot air balloon ride (truly worth every Euro) to the local restaurants and, of course, Yanick. She helped make our holiday one of our very best.

Our only regret was that we didn't stay for longer!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely secluded property with walks all around.

  • 4 of 5

It was a year ago but still we remember it as a great family holiday for 11 of us. Plenty going on locally which meant we didn't have to travel too far to find activities. Great swimming pool, albeit a bit small. Very attentive owner who lived next door and was able to help us with planning our daily activities. A few loose connections in some of the fixtures and fittings but these were quickly repaired with little fuss!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Emma! Great time for all your family group which we enjoyed so much. Especially remembering meeting you afterwards in Lalinde with the stuff you guys forgot at the house on your deparure, and making sure you had all that. Looking forward to your return. ps. Funny joke about the swimming pool being small at 5m x 12 m!!
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Wonderful three generation family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Les Volets bleus is just as described on the website, a dream country farmhouse with lovely grounds and a great swimming pool. Our family group of 12, covering three generations, had a wonderful week here in August 2017. The accommodation is very comfortable, attractive and the beds all luxurious. Everything was very clean, there is a very good range of kitchen equipment for cooking for 12, and a delightful choice of outside tables for eating on the different terraces during the day and in the evening. The location is quiet and scenic: it is a lovely 20 minute walk in the morning down to Tremolat to the boulangerie and a short walk past the oak plantations (this is land of truffles!) to look down on the Dordogne. Tremolat is very pretty and its restaurants widely well known- with justification.Kayaking on the Dordogne is to be recommended. Janice, the owner, was really helpful and welcoming before and during our visit and all in all this was a wonderful holiday in a lovely, comfortable farmhouse.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Arnside UK

Perfect family house

  • 5 of 5

Really well equipped. Plenty of space for 6 adults 6 children and large grounds for our 2 dogs. Swimming pool is huge with a good deep end All in all it could not have been better

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Silver Spring, Md. USA

Beautiful, Charming, Comfortable, and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

We (5 couples from the Washington, DC area) spent a fine week in this house in mid-September and had a splendid time. The accommodations were spacious and comfortable and with all the modern conveniences (including a good Wi-Fi signal throughout the house). The setting was charming with quiet rural roads past homes and farms including a walking trail into the nearby town of Tremolat (which has, among other things, a Michelin star restaurant, Le Vieux Logis, where we shared an excellent meal) and a delightful "ferme auberge", Les Truffieres, right next door (where we also shared an excellent meal). We spent our days visiting nearby towns, cities, and caves. I would be utterly remiss if I did not also credit Janice who operates the property attentively and who is an infinitely valuable resource for all knowledge of the area (and possibly for all knowledge of everything).

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
NEXT DOOR!! 30 paces... Ferme Auberge seats 30
Car: necessary

Walking, Hiking, canoeing, visiting Chateaux, many pre-historic caves closeby, Mushrooming.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Trémolat, Dordogne

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
10 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Fall 2018
9 Sep 2018 - 10 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018/19
11 Nov 2018 - 30 Mar 2019
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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