|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Les Chenes is a stone barn beautifully converted in 2007 with exposed beams and original stonework. The 7m x 7m, full height living area has double doors leading outside and is furnished for 8, with a 42 inch TV and large wood burner.
To the left is a ground floor double bedroom with king size bed and french doors outside. The family bathroom has bath and huge walk in shower & can be "ensuite".
Open plan through the original creches is a well equipped kitchen/diner with french doors to the terrace. The kitchen is fully equipped & fitted with a dishwasher, washing machine, ceramic hob, oven, microwave & large fridge/freezer, electric cafetiere & slow cooker. The solid oak table will seat 10 comfortably. Upstairs a large double bedroom, with kingsize bed has an ensuite shower room with walk in shower. On the right a galleried landing leads to a washroom and WC & 2 twin bedrooms, both with 2 single beds.
Outside a private terrace has BBQ & lg table for 10.
All properties are comfortably furnished and stylishly decorated with a mix of new and vintage furniture. Each property has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, fridge (with ice box). The 2 larger gites have washing machines and guests in the 1 bedroom gite have access to a washing machine in the adjacent bread oven. All Bed linen and towels are provided (guests are asked to provide their own pool towels). All properties have private terraces with barbeques and comfortable outdoor furniture, including parasols. A cot and highchair are available by request. Changeover day is Saturday in high season. At other times we can be more flexible so please ask. The 12m x 5m pool in front of the properties has open 360 views and fully fenced in accordance with French law making it safe for small children. The pool open May to Sept (inclusive) and is heated to 27C. On the south side of the pool there are sun loungers and a pergola and parasols provide shade plus tables and chairs for games and snacks. Guests are free to roam the 3 acre grounds which are home to a variety of wildlife.
The properties can be rented individually or as a whole, ideal for multi-generational families or groups of friends.
We are David and Amanda Travis and in the past spent many holidays in France with our children and friends staying in privately owned gites. We had some very good and some not so good experiences!!
As a result we were inspired to set up our own gites and Les Charmes has been receiving guests since 2006. We finally fulfilled our ambition to move to France in 2012 and now live here permanently.
The Owner purchased this barn in 2005
We have always loved the Dordogne for it's pace of life; cuisine, wine and stunning countryside. Our property is off the beaten track and the sense of quiet is truly remarkable yet we are only 10 minutes drive from two local towns and about half an hour away from Bergerac airport.
The properties are stone built and around 200 years old and we thoroughly enjoyed the renovation project which has brought the properties back to life after they were abandoned some 50 year earlier.
We are conveniently located for all the major sites of the Dordogne and having a heated swimming pool really fulfills the one luxury that was always at the top of our list.
As ours was a renovation project we basically started with empty shells - which has allowed us to plan the layout to make best use of space whilst retaining many original features. We have also made sure that the properties are equipped to the standard we would expect which means a full range of kitchen appliances, good quality knives and pans and above all a corkscrew!
Bookings can be made either by contacting the owners by telephone or using the owners website, where full terms and conditions can be found.
A deposit of 30% is required to confirm a booking, the full balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of at least £100 per property is required.
Preferred changeover day is Saturday during high season, outside of this we may be able to be more flexible so please enquire.
Access to the properties is from 4pm, and departure is 10am unless otherwise agreed.
Notes on prices:
Prices are per property per week and include all bedding & linen (except pool towels and cot linen) and cleaning. For bookings of 2 weeks a second linen change is included in the price. Additional cleaning can be arranged locally.
Out of season a surcharge for electricity and wood may be applicable.
We have been lucky enough to come to the south west of France a number of times but without a doubt this was by far our most enjoyable stay. Les Chenes really feels like home from home, the accommodation is spacious, family friendly and Amanda and David are the perfect hosts. Little touches such as putting a note up of the daily markets on the blackboard to entertaining the children with the variety of wildlife they have stumbled upon. The pool is fabulous and our two boys, 6 and 3, would have been quite happy to spend all day everyday in it. The area is full of things to do and for the first time we struggled to fit everything in and the information and tips David and Amanda give are invaluable. A huge thanks for making our stay so fantastic and we can't wait to come back next year!
An absolutely beautiful property with very welcoming owners. There were 8 in our party and Les Chenes had all the space and facilities we needed including a well stocked kitchen, lovely outside seating and BBQ area overlooking a great view, and a fabulous pool which the kids made use of every day! The area itself is gorgeous with highlights for us being Monpazier and the night market in Beaumont. We'd all love to return to Les Chenes.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay- the house was very comfortable and well equipped and the location was perfect
This is a beautifully converted barn, completed to a high standard, with a very light and airy design. The brightly coloured hanging baskets and shutters make it a joy to come back to every day. It's comfortably furnished and comprehensively equipped - perfect for either a group of adults looking to tour vinyards or for families like us (there are games, a cot and a highchair as well as the pool). It really is in the middle of nowhere, we mostly had only the lovely creamy limoge cows for company, and were often delayed on the way in by tractors carrying fat rounds of hay away - so if you want a quiet rest in a lovely rural landscape, this is the place for you. The owners are absolutely delightful and struck the right note as welcoming and helpful, but not intrusive. They even offered to let our toddler come and play with their kittens, and to come and collect us at 3am from a local wedding as there are no taxis around - they are a couple who will go beyond the call of duty to give you a great stay. I loved the Dordogne, and we spent most of our time having very long and delicious lunches in pretty little Bastide towns. Foodies in search of peace, this one is highly recommended.
i couldn't fault this lovely place. We stayed for a week in mid October and apart from one day we had lovely weather. The surrounding medieval towns are beautiful. We were definitely there in the low season as a lot of shops etc were not open but there was still enough open to suit our needs.
The property itself and the surrounding grounds were beautiful. The whole place was so clean and spacious. 8 of us shared the barn and in no way did we ever feel we were under each others feet. The owners were lovely, very helpful and there on site if you ever need them.
What a fantastic place, we will definitely be returning, hopefully very soon!
Just spent a week in the middle of the Dordogne countryside in this high quality accommodation, with Dave & Mandy being the perfect hosts.
Everything about this location is quality, from the swimming pool to the en suite bathrooms. Canoeing is about 40 minutes away, nearest supermarket 10 mins away and local restuarants 15 mins away.
If you want a peaceful place to get away but also want a high quality this is the place for you.
Driving: from the channel port of Calais it is about an 9 hour drive.
Flying: Bergerac airport is about 30 minutes drive away and is now well served by low cost airlines:
Bordeaux Airport is around 1hr 45mins drive.
As we are a rural property a car is essential.
Les Charmes lies between the Bastide towns of Monpazier 6km ("plus beaux villages de France") and Beaumont 7km. Beaumont has a bank, post office, tourist information centre and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops including a supermarket open on Sunday mornings. It also has a weekly night market with live music and open air dining and bars - a great night out for all ages.
The area is rich in history and many local attractions and activities reflect both the history and culture of the area. You can sample the local specialties of Walnuts, plums, prunes, foie gras and especially "Cepes". In Sept Monpazier hosts its world famous nightly Cepe market. with a ncycling (bikes can be hired in advance of your holiday via our website), horse-riding is available close to Beaumont, you can go canoeing on the Dordogne or fishing in the many local rivers – a “carte de peche de tourisme” is required.
For those who want to venture further a field – many of the sites and flavours of the region are within an hour or so drive, and include:
• Sarlat – one of the Dordogne's prettiest and most famous towns.
• La Roque Cageac – which hangs onto the cliff side of the Dordogne valley.
• Domme – one of the most imposing Bastides in the Dordogne
• Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - with the national museum of pre-history.
• The caves of Lascaux – with the world famous cave paintings.
• Chateau Monbazillac – where you can taste dessert wines to rival the best Sauternes.
• St. Emillion – a beautiful village and home to some of the worlds best red wines.
• Cahors – with its imposing medieval architecture.
• Bordeaux – the regional city with its beautiful old town.