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Comfortable stone 4-bedroom country house

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Country House near Savignac-Ledrier, Dordogne - Peaceful country setting

'Le Verger' is a charming and comfortable old stone house (120 sq.m.) set in its own gardens with views onto the rolling Dordogne-Perigord countryside. The attic bedrooms feature original beams and stone walls. The front south facing terrace is ideal for barbecues and there is a large covered dining deck ( 6 x 6 m) area to the rear. Nearby horse riding, lake, ideal for walks and bird watching, within reach of the prehistoric wall art of the Lascaux caves, and the famous Dordogne villages (Sarlat, Les Eyzies). 'Le Verger' is situated at the meeting point of three French departments (Dordogne, Correze and Haute Vienne), all fascinatingly different in their landscape, building style, history and gastronomy.

Saturday to Saturday rentals only in July and August.

More Details

david lambert
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About david lambert

David and Michele are both Francophiles and have lived in France a collective 10 years. When not in Cambridge, we run intensive French residential courses in our house, 'Le Verger' (Dordogne) and its converted gite in the grounds, 'La Petite Maison. Both enthusastic teachers, our courses give all our students a massive confidence boost in French at beginner, GCSE and A level French. Our new course : French

for living and holidays.

David is a writer and teaches creative writing. Contact us if you are interested in a Writer's Retreat: space, peace and quiet and time to write that novel or memoire with all home-cooked meals (including wine) and guidance if needed. We cater for all diets. For both French and Writing Retreats, get a group of 4 or more together and get your place discounted....

david lambert purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why david lambert chose Saint-Mesmin

Available from May to end of October. Wonderful views. Nature. Rust-coloured brown cows- les Limousines! Peace and quiet. Country walks. Relaxing in a chair under a tree reading a book...

Lots of space for everyone.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Large new covered deck area ( 6 x 6 m) for dining, yoga views onto open countryside.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We found Le Verger charming, so authentically French, so peaceful and quiet, yet within easy reach of excellent restaurants and shops in unspoilt Perigord villages. Great for walking and unwinding in beautiful countryside. The kids loved boating and water skiing at Rouffiac Lake'. C. Newbury (UK).

'We loved the quiet and the inky black night sky with shooting stars. The house is so French and authentic, a great location for exploring the Dordogne (beautiful Sarlat) without the crowds." J. Henderson (UK)
Feb 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Mesmin in Périgueux

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • First floor bathroom with bath/shower over and WC. Attic bathroom with bidet, sink, shower and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8+ (4 Bedrooms) cot available Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with double bed. (possibility of renting two separate cabins, each sleeps 1)
  • Books
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The property is in its own gardens to the front, side and rear and is located off a very quiet country road, and so safe for children. The house is centrally heated (heaters in attic rooms). Parking for 2 vehicles. For larger parties, Le Verger may be rented with The Piggery, a converted stone gite in the grounds, which sleeps a further 2 /4 (see property ref. FR5702 at are also 2 charming wooden cabins in the grounds ( each sleeps 1) to let separately. Outside: Le Verger has large gardens to the front (entirely enclosed and gated) and side and the back garden is open to the orchard with views onto rolling countryside. In season there are cherry, greengage, nectarine, fig, apple and pear trees as well as fruit bushes. The sunny front terrace is south west facing and has a BBQ, table and chairs and parasol, and swing seat. The back garden also has table and chairs for a choice of dining spots. The converted Piggery in the grounds of Le Verger is available for rent by arrangement (sleeps 2/4) and there are 2 charming cabins to let ( each sleeps 1). Cleaning / Linen : All laundry except towels are provided. There is a laundry charge of 80 euros payable in cash direct to the housekeeper at key handover with the security deposit (150 euros). Please wash up dishes and empty rubbish/ recycling on the last day. Other: All rooms have good views, the second floor bedrooms have original fireplaces while the entirely renovated attic bedrooms and bathroom have oak beams a


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Comfortable stone 4-bedroom country house
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful stone house in the country

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable rooms and a perfect house for 2 families. New decking got the morning sun so breakfast on the deck and the front garden, patio and BBQ got the evening sun - perfection! A lovely (unless you don't like hills) cycle in the country to get the bread and croissants every day. Lac du Rouffiac was idyllic but there are plenty of lovely lakes within a short drive and on route to some very pretty and interesting towns.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious Accomodation - lots to do nearby

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Le Verger and found a lot to do in the surrounding area. Kitchen well equipped, coped well with preparing meals for 8. Veranda space was a boon as the Perigord weather wasn't at it's best for our visit. Huge fireworks nearby for the 15th August party. Lots to do at the Ruffiac lake, kept our 4 children (9-15) well occupied with swimming, tree climbing and even water skiing. Great mountain bike trails to discover too - expect some stiff climbs to go with the descents - most of the marked footpaths are suitable for MTB too. Less than 90 mins to Rocamadour. Jardins de l'imagination was worth a visit (guided in French with some notes in English). Grottes de Tourtoirac were spectacular and on the doorstep (20 mins). Canoeing on the Auzevere was good too - in spite of the lack of water. Prize for best local supermarket goes to Carrefour Connect in Julliac (12 km). We were only visiting for one week and did try to do a couple of things each day, but we know Perigord Vert has much more to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful old French house with loads of original features in quiet hamlet with countryside views.

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at Le Verger. Beautiful old house and gardens with rural countryside views. Fully equipped. Fab bar/restaurant 1 mile away. Owner will order croissants and baguettes if you order night before. Great Lake in nearby rouffiac with swimming beach and loads of activities. Supermarkets close by. So peaceful at house with lovely covered deck area out back for leisurely meals or just quiet contemplation. 10/10

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Samantha and Andy and family were the perfect guests. I was lucky enough to be staying next door when they were there and it was a pleasure to get to know them. They really made the most of what the house and the area had to offer, and left the house so clean it was if they hadn't been there! They are welcome back any time ( and we hope we are there to see them). David
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Perfect base for relaxation and easy access to stunning locations

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible week made all the better by such a lovely base. the property is full of character and has an owner who ensures everything is just right for you.

We spent a week visiting the highlights of the Dordogne region with nothing more than a 75 minute drive away.

Pretty much perfect

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming and peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Le Verger, set in the beautiful French country side, it was so peaceful and charming! The house had so much character, was very clean and well equipped and we enjoyed eating our meals looking out over the wonderful landscape. There were many things to do with-in easy reach, including exploring the near-by towns, restaurants, historic Forge and the Rouffiac Lake. I can't wait to come back, thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful old French farmhouse set amid p

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful old French farmhouse set amid peaceful, rolling hills. Village with bar just 20 minutes walk away and, within 5-10km, numerous villages that time forgot .

The house is furnished with all you might need and decorated tastefully in the old French style, very comfortable. Views at the back of the house are glorious and make a wonderful setting for an al fresco breakfast.

This house sleeps many and is perfect for a family reunion. We enjoyed canoeing on the river, visiting the Lascaux caves, seeing where Josephine Baker founded her rainbow children's home, exploring fabulous ancient towns and simply hanging out together, eating outside and BBQ-ing together.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Les Forges Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Les Forges
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Rouffiac lake
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

For further details on Creative Writing Retreats, Mindfulness Retreats or Le Verger French Language Courses (general or A-Level) please contact the owners. (accommodation for up to 12 in Le Verger and La Petite Maison and Cabins).


The beautiful and very popular Rouffiac Lake and leisure centre (water skiing, boating, swimming) 12kms. Free entry, cafe and restaurant, life guard at set times.


Limoges Airport (70kms) Ryanair and FlyBe operates to London Stansted, Liverpool, Southhampton, Bristol, Nottingham and Edinburgh regularly (car essential).Brive airport (40 km)


Savignac-Ledrier village Chateau and forge (1.5km): bread depot, restaurant, cafe, post office. Daily boulangerie van. Payzac and Lanouaille villages (7km): supermarkets,banks, boulangeries, restaurants, open market. Rouffiac Lake and Leisure centre (water skiing, boating, swimming (12km). Hautefort Chateau and Gardens (20kms);Lascaux prehistoric cave art (45kms); Pompadour Chateau and stud farm and (17 km);Brive (30km); the famous village of Sarlat and Les Eyzies troglodyte residences (70 km).

Further Details:

'Le Verger' is set in a tiny hamlet of 4-5 houses within 1.5km walk to the pretty village of Savignac-Ledrier with its Chateau and ancient Forge on the picturesque River Auvezere. You can eat out in the excellent restaurant here and also buy your morning baguette. Horse riding (2k). A 7km drive takes you on to the pleasant larger village of Payzac with a supermarket and a wider choice of restaurants and bars and a bank. The property is ideal for birdwatching, walking the Auvezere Circuit which takes you along the river gorge, for river canoing or water skiing at the Rouffiac Lake. There is a wealth local markets within a few kilometres. Visit the beautifully laid out gardens of Hautefort Chateau (20km) or the lively 'truffle city' of Perigueux (50km) one of France's gastronomic centres. There is a wealth of excellent local markets.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

House available from May to end of October.
Booking Notes, security Deposit and Cleaning Fee:
There is a 150 euro security deposit payable in cash on arrival. The cleaning fee of 80 euros is taken from this deposit.
(for La Petite Maison prices see property ref FR5702)
25% non-refundable deposit to secure property; 75% balance 8 weeks before stay. Cancellation charges (up to 8 weeks -no cancellation charge). 4-8 weeks -50% refunded. 2-4 weeks - 25% refunded. Less than 2 weeks - no refund. Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday in July and August, flexible the rest of the year. Departures by 10 am. Arrivals from 4pm.
Notes on prices: Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Two Cabins (each sleeps 1) rent at £90 per week or part thereof (+10 euros cleaning). Subject to availability. Guests use the bathrooms in the main house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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