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Stunning 4* Farmhouse with Pool and Four Bedrooms Sleeps 10 Family-friendly Gîte

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful, spacious 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom with Heated Pool nr Brantôme. Peaceful, perfect home-from-home in the Dordogne for families and friends

A beautiful, spacious home-from-home. Rated 4 Star Meublée de Tourism by the French Tourist Board - and 5 Stars by our guest reviews!

We fell in love with this lovely original stone farmhouse and bought it in 2006. We renovated the barns to create a 'maison des amis', then we moved in! We now have a beautiful, comfortably furnished home available for friends, family and guests.

We often welcome multiple generations of friends and families who want to have a special holiday together. La Varenne Farmhouse is a beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom property and can comfortably sleep up to 10 people.

Large, airy, comfortable and very well-equipped accommodation on three floors:

- On the ground floor, the breakfast kitchen has a large solid oak table and chairs, and all the equipment we can think of - even an egg-slicer! There's a round floor WC and hand basin in a small inner hallway. The salon has four comfortable sofas facing a wood burning stove, a large flat screen TV and UK and French channels. There are coffee and side tables, book shelves and a piano (which needs a lot of work!)

- Solid wooden stairs lead off the salon to the second floor, Bedroom 1 looks over the pool and garden and has a king size bed, solid wardrobes, drawers and a dressing table. Bedroom 2 has built in wardrobes, drawers, a double bed and double sofa-bed. The main house bathroom, on the landing between the two bedrooms, has a toilet, cupboards and sink; and large bath with shower over.

- The top floor has beautiful original beams. Bedroom 3 has a double bed, solid wardrobe and drawers. Bedroom 4 has four full-size single beds, a large solid wardrobe and drawers. The spacious shower room on this floor has a toilet and sink, is on the landing between the two bedrooms.

There are cots, high chairs, stair safety gates, and lots of plastic crockery available for younger guests. The cots can be installed in any of the bedrooms, as families prefer.

Set on the edge of a tiny rural hamlet in the Beautiful Dordogne countryside, the property borders the River Dronne. Perfect for families and friends. There's a large (10m by 4m) in-ground heated swimming pool with secure fence, patio, deck and sun loungers. A pergola also provides poolside shade and comfortable outdoor seating.

The front of the property faces onto a large private gravelled courtyard with flower borders. The covered paved patio and table are perfect for outdoor dining.

Private off-road parking on the driveway for up to 4 cars.

A relaxing getaway for families and friends, or those who like a little more space.

More Details
Registration Number : 0033553609436

Joy and John Milton
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Joy and John Milton

We bought La Varenne as a holiday home 'with a project', and love it so much we moved out here 3 years later.

John's retired (although Joy's lists are famous in the village!) and we speak English and French (with Scottish and Yorkshire accents respectively).

We love living in Saint Front la Rivière, and being part of a small, friendly French community. When we were house hunting we thought we wanted to live in the middle of nowhere, but soon realised we want to be on the edge of a small somewhere. La Varenne is the best of both worlds: a tiny hamlet in the stunning, peaceful Dordogne countryside, four proper seasons, a café a 5 minute stroll away, and shops a 5 minute drive.

Flights to visit family in the UK are frequent, inexpensive and short. 1.5 hours from the North or South to Limoges or Bergerac, then an hour's drive from the airport on quiet roads.

We were surprised by how much land we'd bought. We fell in love with the house, and only discovered after our offer was accepted that we would have woodland, an orchard, a field, a pigeonnier, a chicken run, a cave...It's great when we can give guests fresh eggs, or walnuts, or cherries, or apples and say 'yes, they're from our garden'.

We love visiting our local area, and eating out in local restaurants, and are able to suggest places to go from personal experience. We really enjoy helping our guests, whether that's recommending a restaurant, checking a chateau's opening times, or booking a canoeing trip. At the same we value our own and our guests' privacy: we're not far away if we're needed.

Joy still commutes occasionally to work in the UK, but John is a home bird and loves his garden. We caught the French camper van 'virus' and off season we love exploring France.

This is a beautiful part of the world, and we feel very lucky. We hope we can welcome you!

Joy, John, Fleur (our big-boned cat) and The Chooks

Joy and John Milton purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Joy and John Milton chose Saint-Front-la-Rivière

We renovated the barn intending to create a maison des amis for family and friends, then we moved in - 'down-sizing'?!! We now have a beautiful 4-bedroomed farmhouse, perfect for families and friends, and anyone who likes a bit more space.

The Dordogne is really lush and green, the scenery is amazing. We didn't look at many houses at all: as soon as we pulled up on the drive at La Varenne, we knew this was home - before we'd even gone inside!

With good internet access, we're able to work from home, and walk, swim or cycle in the afternoon - which is just as well, as the local restaurants are wonderful!

What makes this farmhouse unique

The Dronne Valley is beautiful. We're on the edge of a peaceful hamlet, rather than the middle of nowhere, and are just a short drive from everything we need.

The local café bar is only a 5 minute walk away, and improving our French is a great reason to visit!

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars

The farmhouse is absolutely faultless. It is very spacious and completely spotless with large authentically french bedrooms and every amenity you could wish for, Joy and John welcomed us with open arms and provided lots of information about the surrounding area. The grounds are IDYLLIC and whilst lying by the pool (on very comfortable loungers) all we could hear were birds and other wild life. We spent out evenings playing board games (lots to choose from) and sitting around the large outside table after cooking in the extremely well equipped kitchen. There is a small country pub 5 minutes walk from the house which also did fish and chip tuesdays which was a nice touch. There is a DVD player and english tv which was a bonus for the evenings after a day out, We will DEFINITELY be returning to this beautiful house!
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Saint-Front-la-Rivière around the Périgord

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:30
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • £250 Booking deposit is NOT refundable.
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On second floor
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , On ground floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , On first floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Free bedding for double sofabed and cot(s) on request.
  • Four spacious, airy bedrooms, two on each floor - total comfort for 2 to 10 All bedrooms are large, comfortable and tastefully decorated, with many regional features. All have bedside tables, drawers, wardrobes, lamps. Two Cots are available, which we set up on request in your preferred bedroom(s).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Holidays are really important! We feel very lucky to be able to welcome guests to La Varenne. It's so beautiful, and we love to see how much our guests love it too. We are not far away, and are happy to help when needed with recommendations, directions, reservations, translation...please just ask.


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Stunning 4* Farmhouse with Pool and Four Bedrooms Sleeps 10 Family-friendly Gîte
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at La Varenne in August 2018.

We are a group of 2 families with kids of 10-13 years old. There was LOTS of time spent around and in the pool which was fab – a shallow ledge for sitting and reading a book graduating to deeper at the far end.

The house itself is fantastic - we especially liked giving the kids their own floor! The beds are super comfy, and the kitchen was also very well stocked (a personal bug-bear of mine!) The bbq was awesome (and very well used!) and the provision of plenty of bath and pool towels was a treat.

Having a restaurant/bar within walking distance was great and we went for delicious pizzas and a lovely bottle of red. We also enjoyed visiting the stunning caves at Grotte de Villars (just down the road) which has almost ‘Disney-made’ stalactites and stalagmites as well as original cave paintings. We also visited the lake beach at Le Grand Étang De Saint Estephe where the kids loved pulling us across the lake. Local supermarket and great bakery also very convenient.

Joy and John were just such fantastic hosts and lovely people to boot. They gave us our privacy whilst being on hand to answer a question - they couldn't be more helpful. Some great memories - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful feedback! It's very kind and much appreciated. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your lovely friends and family. We hope to see you again at La Varenne one day! Warm regards, Joy and John La Varenne Farmhouse Gîte
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A very pleasant time and a great location

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely time, the gite was excellent with everything you would need, a great pool and gardens. There is plenty to do in the area for kids including canoeing, zip wire and a Great Lake with its own beach.

The hosts were very helpfully and nothing was to much trouble. We would have no problem in going again, loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to welcome you, and we're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Varenne. We look forward to welcoming you and your lovely family again! Warm regards, Joy and John
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Tranquil perfection!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully well equipped, clean, and attractive gîte in an idyllic setting - perfect for rest and relaxation. Lovely, welcoming hosts who were on hand to help if you needed them, and invisible if you didn't.

La Varenne is well situated for going on little walks into the countryside and for exploring many beautiful towns, villages, and places of interest in the region.

Just as we had a wonderful stay our three year old loved "this beautiful house", and wanted to stay forever, which speaks volumes. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback and for being such wonderful guests! It was great to see the little ones in the pool with their Daddy. We had some lovely weather, but there are definitely benefits to pool heating in September! We look forward to welcoming all of you back to La Varenne soon. À la prochaine! Very best regards, Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x
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Great location for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a family party of nine, with ages ranging from 11 to 86. Everybody loved the swimming pool, the local villages, the market at Bramtome, the evening party at St Pardoux, great restaurants, the cycling and the local bar within walking distance. We had everything you need from a French holiday - good food, good wine and good company! John and Joy were very friendly and helpful hosts. They organised an excellent wine tasting which has converted us all to organic wines - so much better for you, meaning you can drink more!

We also loved the peace and tranquility of the area - a traditional farming region. What bliss to be able to walk, cycle or drive, and see so few cars on the road!

A great holiday - for all age groups.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful feedback, and for being such lovely guests! We really enjoyed welcoming all the generations (and can't believe grandparents were in their 80's!!). We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday, and look forward to welcoming everyone again soon !! Thank you! À bientôt! Joy, John, Fleur (the big-boned cat) and The Chooks xxx
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Beautiful quiet rural location.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely large and well equipped place that even boasts its own egg slicer. Well laid out for families with a great pool to relax next to. Very helpful owners with some great recommendations and local knowledge that they were keen to impart. If you are looking for relaxing rural France, it doesn't get much better than this.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind feedback, it's very much appreciated. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome your own and your friends' young families. We're so pleased you had everything you needed for a lovely, relaxing holiday. We work really hard to create a 'home from home' for our guests, and your super comments make it all worthwhile! We look forward to welcoming you all again one day. Thank you again, and very best regards to all, from Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x
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Amazing holiday despite the weather!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely holiday at la varenne. Joy and John (and of course the chickens) made us feel so welcome in their home. Welcome drinks and organising a wine tasting evening were just two of the things to make us feel so welcome.

Jack had the best time, he loved the swimming pool and the swing. The house is perfect for a family or families, there is so much room. I don't know how we convinced Jack to only sleep in one of the four beds in his room.

We hope to be able to return one day.

Thank you again for a lovely holiday.

Helen, Joe, Jack, Chris and Steve

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helen, Joe, Jack, Chris and Steve! It was a pleasure to welcome your lovely family. Thank you for the photos too. We love the one of Jack on the nursery swing - his face is a picture! We look forward to welcoming you to La Varenne again very soon! Thank you and very best wishes, John, Joy, Fleur and The Chooks x
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Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Le Relais de la Dronne Café-bar
Nearest Ferry
748 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
48 Kilometres
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Hotel de France
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Étang St Saud Lacoussière
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walking and Cycling. We're minutes from the beautiful Périgord Voie Verte.

We have several basic adult bicycles available f.o.c. for guests who'd like to cycle for their bread. For more serious cyclists, there are excellent cycle hire facilities close by who also drop and collect.


20 minutes drive from two beautiful inland swimming lakes.

2 hours drive to the South West coast of France - Royan, Bordeaux.


Less than 1.5 hours flight from UK.

Only 1 hour from Limoges Airport, 1.5 hours from Bergerac Airport. Airport car hire easily available (Hertz, Europcar, etc). Cheap Ryanair flights from UK, including Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, East Midlands, Bristol, Stansted.


We have the best of the Dordogne, in beautiful countryside by the River Dronne, close to many tourist attractions:

St Jean de Cole: 'un des plus beaux villages'.

Périgueux: the capital of the Périgord - historic buildings, café culture and gourmet delicacies.

Brantôme: 'the Venice of the Perigord' with Renaissance Buildings, restaurants, markets, canoeing.

Oradour-sur-Glane: memorial village.

Chateaux: at Villars, Bourdeilles, and further afield.

Grotte de Villars: Stunning cave.

Further Details:

Friendly cafe bar 5 minutes walk. Local shops, pharmacy, boulangerie, butchers, supermarket 5 minutes drive. Markets in surrounding villages and towns most days of the week. St Pardoux la Riviere has one of the best restaurants in the region. Safe walks, quiet level roads and purpose built cycling pathways. Inland lakes and beaches within 20 minutes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse around the Saint-Front-la-Rivière,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2018 - Mid
8 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 12 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2019 - Mid
13 Apr 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer 2019 - High
22 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2019 - Peak
6 Jul 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2019 - Mid
7 Sep 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season 2019
2 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season 2020
4 Jan 2020 - 27 Mar 2020
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Stay tax £0.77 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Free WiFi. All Taxes, utilities, water, energy and linen included.
Security bond payable with balance of payment, refunded within 2 weeks of departure date, subject to breakages.

Changeover Day:
Saturday in high season, other times please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Couples discount - 25% off any week in April, May, June and September.

We are happy to telephone to answer any questions you may have to enable you to plan and book your holiday.

Please ask about changeover days, discounts for couples, and prices for shorter stays.

Owner'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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