Jeanette and Peter Grainger
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About Jeanette and Peter Grainger
For Peter and Jeanette it was love at first sight! After two weeks travelling around SW France, we found our dream home here in Montribot. That was over 17 years ago and we are still in love! Having retired early from our busy and demanding jobs, we moved to France in October 1999. We spent the next two years working on the grounds, installing the pool and renovating the cottages - so many stories to tell! We opened for business with Pippin's in the summer of 2001 & Sunset followed in 2002. Since then we haven't looked back. We have met so many lovely people over the past 16 years and it is a pleasure to see them return each year, as well as to welcome new guests. Whatever your reason for visiting us here in this beautiful part of France, we can assure you of a very warm welcome.
Jeanette and Peter Grainger purchased this Cottage in 1999
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Amazing - Highly Recommended
In summary, I would not hesitate in recommending this property as a perfect holiday base, so much so that we are planning a return trip next year!
Our hosts Peter and Jeanette, were terrific from the evening when we arrived until it was time for our departure 2 weeks later. They were most welcoming and helpful throughout our holiday. They live onsite so are readily available should you need them without being obtrusive in any way.
The cottage itself was amazing, it is true to say that it is the best equipped holiday cottage that we have stayed in. Every piece of kitchen equipment that we needed was at hand. The accommodation was a good size and there was plenty of room throughout the cottage for a family of four such as us. The property was clean and well maintained throughout.
The cottage has a lovely clean swimming pool which we took full advantage of and we benefited from it on a daily basis after being out exploring the Dordogne area. There is a shower by the poolside.
The location of the cottage is rural, so if you are looking for a bustling town this is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for accommodation in a typical French hamlet with amazing views across the area look no further. The views form the cottage patio, grounds and pool area are simply stunning!
The cottage is about 2.5 miles from the nearest town of Rouffignac where we found a good Carrefour supermarket which met all of our needs. We did explore further afield for other supermarkets but when we return next year we won't bother going beyond the Carrefour.
During our time there we explored the area and visited some of the prehistoric caves and chateaux as well as taking two canoeing trips on the local rivers.
All in all we had a great holiday in a lovely cottage and location, and we would not hesitate to recommend this property.
We look forward to our return trip!
It is always a pleasure and very satisfying to know that we have achieved our aim of ensuring that our guests enjoy the best possible holiday with us, and the biggest compliment we would wish for is when they return.
We pride ourselves on the high quality and standard of accommodation and service we provide. We do indeed live in a beautiful area and are delighted to be able to share it with our guests.
Idyllic paradise retreat!!!
Pippin's cottage is the nicest cottage we could have wished for on our first visit to the Dordogne. It has views to die for and the owners have thought of everything when they furnished it, it's like home from home and I promise you, you won't want to leave.There are guides and pamphlets on every possible hobby and things to do in the surrounding area and you will never run out of amazing things to see and do. We will be joining the list of repeat customers. The hosts are the most welcoming we have ever experienced and like all previous clients have commented, they are not intrusive in any way but there if you need them .
It is a real pleasure and very gratifying for us to know that our guests have enjoyed their stay, and we have achieved our aim of providing a home from home, with high quality clean and comfortable accommodation in this most beautiful setting.
The cottage and grounds have a complete wow factor that bowled us over. The views are breathtaking and all mod cons are provided in the comfortable cottage. We cannot wait to return.
We are very happy when our guests enjoy their stay with us, and it's good to know that after 17 years, our cottages and grounds continue to provide the Wow factor!
Beautiful cottage in idyllic surroundings
We had a lovely holiday at this cottage. It was exactly as described by the owners and previous guests. The cottage was well maintained and equipped. It was in a beautiful, peaceful setting with breathtaking views. Peter and Jeanette were so welcoming and helpful. Would definitely recommend this property to others.
A wonderful holiday destination
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Pippins Cottage, which is set in a most beautiful area.A We always think that Les Horondelles is like 'coming home'. The cottage is extremely well equipped and very comfortable, plenty of books,CDs etc .
Our hosts, Jeanette & Peter are so friendly and helpful - always more than happy to recommend places to visit, local attractions,Restaurants, & will make a reservation for you.
The pool is super with the most fantastic view across the valley-so relaxing.
It is no surprise that guests return many times
We want our guests to feel at home when they stay at Les Hirondelles, and we aim to ensure that is exactly what happens. The high standards we maintain in our cottages and the service and welcome we offer help to ensure that we have happy guests who return again and again.
A 'Home from Home'
We arrived at Pippins late in the day after a long drive down from Brittany and, after being greeted on the doorstep by a smiling Jeanette and Peter, everything just fell into place in line with our most hopeful expectations! The cottage was a perfect combination of practicality and comfort - compact but plenty of usable space and everything you could need for a relaxing self-catering break immediately to hand. A cooked chicken with salad accompaniments in the large fridge, fresh baguettes, cheese, apricot jam, butter, tea, coffee and milk, plus a delicious red wine chosen by Peter and a huge bowl of walnuts from their garden. Could it get any better? Well yes it did .. as the next morning we explored the lovely open garden and grounds including the fabulous swimming pool terrace with views to die for! The local supermarket (2 kms away) has everything you could possibly need at the cottage and the location of Pippins is so central it provides really easy access to all the best parts the Dordogne has to offer. We had a great time here and will definitely be returning! Rob and Rachel (from Hampshire, UK)
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We very much enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you both again in the future. It is always satisfying when guests enjoy our cottages and the beautiful surrounding area. Over the years we have been in business we have always aimed to maintain consistently high quality and, in any given year, 60 - 70% of the reservations we receive are from returning guests.
We are within one day's driving of the channel ports: Calais: 816km, Boulogne: 795km, Le Havre: 715km, Cherbourg: 707km, St Malo & Caen: 589km
Our nearest airport is Bergerac less than one hour's drive away. The airports at Limoges and Bordeaux are about 2 hours away and the new Brive Dordogne Valley airport is just one hour away.
Distances by car:
Rouffignac St Cernin: 4km (5 mins)
Les Eyzies: 19km (20 mins)
Le Bugue: 24km (25 mins)
Perigueux: 30km (35 mins)
Sarlat: 40km (45 mins)
Lascaux/Montignac: 24km (25 mins)
Montribot is a small, quiet hamlet, 4km from Rouffignac St Cernin which has a post office, cashpoint, pharmacy, bars, cafes, restaurants and a Carrefour Contact supermarket. Blondys bakery make the most delicious cakes and pastries for miles around, especially their strawberry tarts - you have been warned!!
The small, colourful market in Rouffignac on Sunday morning provides really fresh locally produced fruit and vegetables, as well as cheese, wine and other tasty goodies! There is a market every day of the week in one of the nearby villages and towns.
The Perigord has many flower-filled, historic small villages which give the distinct impression that they are lost in time. Many have stunning architecture and usually a small bar or restaurant where it is possible, glass in hand, to while away an hour - or three! - and quietly sample a pace of life long forgotton in a busy world.
The area, and particularly the Dordogne valley, abounds in castles, chateaux and beautiful gardens in stunning locations and may be visited throughout the season.
Les Hirondelles is a small paradise for those interested in all aspects of nature. You can walk directly into lovely flower meadows and woodland and we have many varied and waymarked paths, some of which start almost at the door. Spring is the time for bird watching with more than 70 species recorded around our cottages. Wild flowers, and in particular the orchids, are stunning in spring and early summer.
Summer is the ideal time for picnics on the shady banks of a river or relaxing on a lounger by the pool. Autumn is a quieter time, warm with early morning mists and the fantastic changing colours of the forest. The time of bounty with mushrooms, chestnuts and walnuts, and migratiion with Cranes passing overhead in large numbers on their way south to their winter roosts.
For pre-history enthusiasts, the area has the National Centre for Pre-History and the largest concentration of caves and paintings in France. Rouffignac has its own cave with remarkable cave paintings, accessible by an exciting train ride!