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La Balade au Bois 16th c luxury Farmhouse & Tobacco Barn nr Sarlat, WIFI & pool

Bedrooms 8
Separate WCs2
Space 4,090 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely, historic Farmhouse & Tobacco barn with 8 bedrooms (16-19 pax) nr Salat


La Balade au Bois is a luxury holiday accommodation comprising of a main Farmhouse dating from the 16th century and its renovated Tobacco Barn on one gorgeous, rural site in the hamlet of Les Cabanes near Nabirat, in the famed Perigord Noir area of the Dordogne. Just 20 minutes from the medieval town of SARLAT, you will be spoiled with lovely rolling views, fantastic world-class heritage sites on your doorstep, and all amid total peace and tranquillity.

Both buildings have been beautifully renovated and furnished to a very high standard to give our guests a real home from home here in the glorious Dordogne. We believe that our guests deserve the best- an historic, traditional Perigord home, beautifully furnished with all that modern life requires without breaking the bank! All the history and atmosphere of the rural french idyll with all the home comforts we love so much.

The MAIN FARMHOUSE has 5 double bedrooms - 4 with king size beds (one of the double rooms can also be a twin room). One bedroom has full size bunk beds. One of the double bedrooms & the Bunk bedroom are on the ground floor. There are and 3.5 bathrooms- 3 of them en suite.

The TOBACCO BARN has 3 double bedrooms all with king size beds and all en-suite (two of these bedrooms can be made into twins if requested) and one of these bedrooms is on the ground floor and is wheelchair friendly

The FARMHOUSE and the BARN together can house up to 18/19 people and is just perfect for A LARGE FAMILY OR FAMILY/FRIENDS GATHERING. Indeed, it would be just ideal too for your accommodation during a fabulous FRENCH COUNTRY WEDDING

On site for your exclusive use we have a wonderful 11m x 5m HEATED SWIMMING POOL with beautiful rattan poolside loungers, its own covered summer seating and dining area complete with stone BBQ and all weather rattan sofas. Large open gardens give a wonderful area to enjoy and play. Adjoining the hamlet is a lovely forest area just perfect for an evening stroll- this is where you leave the rat race behind!

There are 'HOTSPOTS' in the Dordogne and we are definitely in one of those- the choice is yours- total relaxation in our romantic, rural setting or, in just a few minutes, you can be at some of the best tourist sites that the Dordogne has to offer! Domme, La Roque- Gageac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Lascaux Caves...the list goes on!

Three of the best châteaux are within 20 minutes of the gite: Château de Castelnaud, Château de Beynac and the former home of Josephine Baker, Château des Milandes. (see our Local Area page for ideas, distances and links) Check out the Trip Advisor Map of Most Popular Activities in the Dordogne to see at a glance the wealth of activities that are in close proximity to us

The owners, Paul and Jane, who live discreetly on site, would love to welcome you to La Balade Au Bois and help to create your perfect holiday stay. They have been coming here for years and it has never failed to fill them with a wonderful sense of peace and repose and they just know that it will do the same for you.

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Jane Bower
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2018

About Jane Bower

Paul and Jane Bower, the owners, ran a four star Wedding and Function Venue in North Yorkshire, UK, for nine years before deciding that they would like to do something a bit less pressured in a lovely location. So they moved to the Dordogne and decided to run this gite! They have been coming to La Balade au Bois for years and it never failed to fill them with a wonderful feeling of peace and tranquillity- they are sure that it will do the same thing for you.

Jane Bower purchased this farmhouse in 1992

Why Jane Bower chose Nabirat

The marvellous thing about La Balade au Bois with its two wonderful gites, Le Noyer and Le Chataignier, is the sense of peace and relaxation that descends on you the moment you arrive. In addition to this it is located in a small hamlet which allows you to access a little bit of true French community life. Have a walk through to chat to Mme Borde, whose small homestead is in the middle of the hamlet or other residents!

Our location is just amazing- Within just 15-20mins by car you can be in some of the most well known tourist sites in the Perigord Noir. There are superb activities for all afe groups including children. Do please look at our website to find out more information on things to do and see w=during your stay in the Dordogne

What makes this farmhouse unique

What we have always loved about the place is the history. When you see the 50cm thick stone walls, the old oak beams, the arrowslit windows you are transported back to another time. The local architect who did the original renovation plans said that he believed the original 16th c house was probably an ecclesaistical building- I really need to investigate this! Perhaps there is a connection to the 100 Years War.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Nabirat in Périgord

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4090 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 2 Farmhouse - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 Farmhouse - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 Farmhouse - Bath (no shower) , Free standing slipper bath and vanity unit in the bedroom
    Bathroom 1 Tobacco Barn - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Lovely large massage shower
    Bathroom 2 Tobacco Barn - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 Tobacco Barn - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 Farmhouse - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 Farmhouse - Toilet , House toilet on the ground floor
    Bathroom 4 Tobacco Barn - Toilet , Guest toilet for the Tobacco Barn on the ground floor
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 Farmhouse - 1 Large Double Bed , Complete with its en suite spa bath and shower room
    Bedroom 2 Farmhouse - 2 Single Bed , The single beds are Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 3 Farmhouse - 1 Large Double Bed , Complete with en suite bath /shower room
    Bedroom 4 Farmhouse - 1 Large Double Bed , Slipper bath & washbasin in the bedroom. Can be twin room
    Bedroom 5 Farmhouse - 1 Large Double Bed , Bath /shower room next door
    Bedroom 1 Tobacco Barn - 1 Large Double Bed , Four poster bed with large en suite shower room- Groundfloor
    Bedroom 2 Tobacco Barn - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En suite bath /shower & bathroom. Can be twin room
    Bedroom 3 Tobacco Barn - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite shower room. Can be twin room also
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


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La Balade au Bois 16th c luxury Farmhouse & Tobacco Barn nr Sarlat, WIFI & pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful country home in the heart of the Dordogne.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home for large groups. We had 6 adults and 7 children and everyone had plenty of room and the house and grounds are more beautiful than pictured. It is in the heart of the Dordogne, about 20 minutes from everything.

Jane and Paul are such incredible hosts. They thought of everything and when issues beyond their control occurred, they could not have been more helpful and responsive. Additionally, they are just super nice people and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. We would love to return and we could not recommend this property more.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this property justice. The owners are very warm and welcoming, are at hand for anything you need.

We spent only a few days there but we’ve already planned to go back and spend more. Large area, private pool, BBQ, shops aren’t too far away, great sceneary. We couldn’t have asked for more during our trip.

Highly recommend visting as a group, and works out very cheap when split.

Full of praises for the Gite’s and the owners.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing villa for 3 large families! Pool and houses were perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 families from Ireland and 1 from Australia. 7 adults, 9 kids and 2 babies and all worked perfectly between the two houses. The kids loved the pool and we all enjoyed cooking and eating outside. We had perfect weather and enjoyed all the local attractions. Would highly recommend this property to anyone!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Super séjour entre amis

  • 5 of 5

Propriété parfaite pour un week end entre amis et en famille pour 16 personnes. Tout est aménagé pour pouvoir profiter de l'intérieur et de l'exterieur à 16.

Les lieux sont décorés avec goût. Nous avons apprécié la possibilité de stationner beaucoup de voiture, le grand nombre de salles de bain, de transats, le frigo et lave vaisselle au niveau de la pool house. Nous avons été très bien accueillis par les propriétaires! Une adresse à recommander sans hésiter, nous avons passé un super séjour.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Magnifique lieu , les Maisons sont très bien meublées Extérieur remarquable. Propriétaire sympa

  • 5 of 5

Je recommande ce gîte de très grande qualité.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Très belle endroit

  • 5 of 5

Belle maison décorée avec goût

Un grand jardin agréable

Une piscine très agréable avec un pool House et une cuisine d’ete Au top (on n’a pas quitté l’endroit)

Je recommande vivement pour un week-end ou une semaine entre amis ou en famille, chacun trouvera sa place en tout confort !

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
78 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
lake beach Le Lac du Roc Perce
Car: necessary

LES CABANES, NABIRAT is so well located with many of the Dordogne’s most famous sites just minutes away. Here are some of our favourites:

Diabolo Fraise - not to be missed! Our local restaurant in Nabirat open just for lunch Monday-Friday. Fantastic! (5mins)

Plan d’eau du Roc Percé - man-made lake with bathing, play beach and fishing Grolejac (5 mins)

Dordogne River at Grolejac – with its kayaks and its canoes for rent (5 mins)

Domme – a high up medieval bastide with spectacular views. Also belongs to ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’ (15 mins)

La Roque Gageac- on the Dordogne river, built into the rock face also ‘un des plus beaux villages de France’ (15 mins)

Beynac et Cazenac – on the Dordogne river with a fantastic château also ‘un des plus beaux villages de France’ (20mins)

Château de Castelnaud- superb collection of Medieval weaponry & military re-enactments (15 mins)

Sarlat – the medieval town which is the jewel in the crown of the Perigord Noir (25 mins)

Lascaux Caves Version 4 – state of the art facsimile of the caves & exhibition (55 mins)

Jardins de Marqueyssac- Beautiful gardens- but much, much more- great for kids- beginners rock climbing- lots of activities - Fantastic candlelit evening with music and entertainment every Thursday during the season- not to be missed- Vezac (20 mins)

Chateau des Milandes-Fabulous chateau to visit, Parisian inspired gardens, fantastic costumes, falconry and endangered bird species- let the kids feed the birds! - Castelnaud (15 mins)

Cenac Perigord Loisirs- A great way to see the Dordogne and its spectacular, surrounding countryside- Cenac St Julien (15mins)


Château de Castelnaud. (15 mins) The Château de Castelnaud was held predominantly by the English during the 100 years war and was in direct conflict with the occupants of Château de Beynac on the opposite side of the valley. The chateau has been beautifully restored and contains a large collection of medieval weaponry. During the summer, the Château de Castelnaud has costumed re-enactments. Visit both châteaux and the stunningly beautiful and recently renovated village of Beynac-et-Cazenac for a very full day out. Followed by a walk by the Dordogne river in nearby Roque Gageac- also recently renovated.

Stay local and have a swim in the Plan D’eau du Roc Percé in Grolejac (5 mins) or visit the Insectorama museum at the same place.

Canoes & Kayaks can be hired also in Grolejac near the bridge or Cenac St Julien (5-15 mins)

Horse riding. Horse riding is available at L’Etrier de Vitrac near Sarlat or Le Centre Equestre de Sarlat (both 25mins away) or Centre Equestre de Gourdon (15 mins)

La Foret des Ecureuils- great activities: tree climbing, paintball and Via Ferrata (rock climbing trails for non-climbers). Fantastic day out just outside Sarlat (25 mins)

Visit Le Bugue (50 mins) for the water park, Aux Etangs du Bos (swimming pools and lake with lots of slides and inflatable pontoons etc), the Aquarium du Périgord Noir (the largest privately owned aquarium in Europe) and the wonderful, underground 'Crystal Cathedral' of Gouffre de Proumeyssac.

Visit the lovely 19th century living village 'Le Bournat'. This is also in Le Bugue (50 mins) but is a full day on it's own- the children will love all the activities and entertainment.

Forest adventure park at L'Appel de Forêt. This park is much bigger than many we have experienced elsewhere: 10 courses (ranging from relatively easy to hard enough to challenge dad!), 110 stations and 25 zip slides. You can stay on the park as long as you like and there is a picnic area with tables so you can make a day of your visit. The park is at Thenon, which is about 50 minutes from La Balade au Bois.

Visit the prehistoric trail along the Vézère Valley between Montignac (45-50 mins) and Les Eyzies: the cave paintings at Lascaux 4 (pre book tickets - enquire at the Office de Tourisme at Montignac), the prehistoric dwellings at the Roque St Christophe and then Forte Reignac* (the mysterious fortress built into the rock face). If you still have time, then there is always the prehistorc museum at Les Eyzies. All the sites are equally spectacular for grown ups. (*For older kids there is an exhibition of devices of torture at the Forte Reignac!) There is probably enough here to keep the prehistory enthusiasts busy for two or three days.

Quad Biking at Rev'Quad at Badefols sur Dodogne and Belves (both about 45 mins)


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Refundable Damage Deposit £500

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