Traditionally restored French rural cottage on a quiet road with exposed beams located between the Dordogne and Lot Valleys. This terrace offers you total relaxation and privacy after a day sightseeing to soak up the sun with local olives, du vin blanc or rouge, barbecue or simply enjoy an aperitif before a visit to the local exquisite restaurants. You can sample the local gourmet dining at Restaurant "La Bastide" or "La Petit Auberge" are recommended. There is use of a large swimming pool at local campsite (5 minutes walk from house) when you buy drinks in their bar. The house has been traditionally furnished with spacious rooms to accommodate six people and boasts a wood effect fully fitted kitchen with large stone open log fire in the lounge housing two large comfortable sofas and seating for 7 people perfect for cosy evenings, family summer and winter holidays. The Boucherie, Boulangerie and Supermarche are a short stroll and for the more adventurous canoeing and water sports are available on the Dordogne or Lot rivers.
- Cottage1184 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay7 nights
Traditional rural beams village house Villefranche du Perigord Dordogne 3 beds 2 bath private terrace with stunning views 3 mins walk to shops and large pool with sunchairs bar area table tennis
Rachel and David Lewis
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 14 Sep 2018
About Rachel and David Lewis
After many visits to different regions of France we were charmed by the Dordogne area in 2007. We appreciated the beauty of the countryside, the french people, their culture, local history and of course the warmer climate. We discovered a property we could buy with a view to holiday rental to share with others the peaceful ambience, exquisite gastronomy, local wines with an enticing slower pace of life. We enjoy the french language and after rekindling my school french I was hooked on learning more to have french conversation with french and english friends. We still work in England but spend our holidays here in and out of season, gradually enhancing the property and we have genuinely loved every minute of it.
Rachel and David Lewis purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Rachel and David Lewis chose Villefranche-du-Périgord
Villefranche du Perigord is located in the Dordogne Valley but also close proximity to the Lot region. With both the Dordogne and Lot valley's spectacular rivers, stunning countryside, charming riverside towns, rolling hills, peaceful ambience and tranquility, magnificant chateaux, fascinating historical sites of interest we could truly lose ourselves but could find the community atmosphere within the small village if we desired. Villefranche will suit all ages and tastes with access to local nature and walks, history, sports and water activities and close proximity to popular tourist attractions and larger towns such as Perigeux, Sarlat, Domme, Monpazier, Bergerac, Villeneuve-sur-lot and Bordeaux we felt we were privileged to find such a centrally located suitable holiday property.
What makes this Cottage unique
The house offers stunning secluded terrace views and truly comfortable beds. After renting previous gites our decision to buy a property on the edge of a village was perfect; you can be as involved with the french community as you wish whilst retaining privacy and peace located on the edge of the village. We have feedback from repeat customers who have enjoyed the benefit of walking to the interesting shops, experience the community atmosphere then return to a haven of peace hearing only birds and distant buzzards call. The property is 3-4 minutes walk from a large swimming pool with sunloungers at local campsite that offers drinks and food in their bar. Autumn/Winter holidays are popular with visitors with large open log fire and chestnut festival to offer a true "french experience".
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A very peaceful , fantastic place tostay in the Dordogne.
The property is lovely. It had everything you could possibly want including games , books, bbq along with, every conceivable kitchen utensil. The owners provided very detailed instructions as to how to get there,how to get in, how to operate the appliances. It was brilliant. The property is in a gorgeous little village just a few metres along the road. We were also able to use the local campsite facilities too which was lovely.
We aim to provide a memorable holiday for all our guests; the campsite provides a large swimming pool and sunloungers only 3-4 minutes walk from the house as described.
Lovely terrace with great view but all in all ...
Lets begin with the good things: a lovely terrace with a great view and enough space inside for a small family. A few minor points however: the house was not clean when we arrived, there was no television (and I love the Tour the France so i had appreciated it if the landlords had told us), there was no wifi (we knew that beforehand) and the matrasses in the two-beds bedroom were below minimum level.
So, all in all, we were a bit disappointed.
Truly our first negative review in 9 years please read other reviews for accuracy. In response our advert did state tv not connected at the time but have installed wi-ifi and cable tv for this year. Cleanliness has not been raised previously but will reiterate the importance with our cleaners. The property was inspected by the French Tourisme Board in Perigueux and tourist office in Villefranche-du-Perigord and verified as high standard and comfort and classified accordingly. The property will accommodate 6 people as advertised, two ample sized double bedrooms and one twin-bed room with ample seating interior and exterior for 6-8 people. We strive to provide a comfortable home always and welcome feedback.
A Quiet Retreat
I was slightly anxious on arriving in Villefranche after a long car journey across France from Caen but I need not have worried - everything was exactly as we'd been promised in the brochure. Trouble-free access to the key soon gave us entry to the property that was absolutely spotless and clearly well-maintained. We soon discovered that Le Coustalou was indeed a 'home from home'.
The next morning on our initial sortie into the village for fresh-baked bread, it became clear that Villefranche was simply perfect for our needs : an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of working life and offering a splendid centre from which to discover some of the hidden corners of the Dordogne. Shopping was no problem, though it must be acknowledged that large supermarkets were at a fair distance - but the journey was a small price to pay for the benefits of being in such a charming village - besides, the local shops offered most of what we wanted.
For one of our party, the highlight was the relative proximity to Perigueux and the closing stage of the Tour de France but for most of us, the best times came from the chance to explore the wonderful hill-top castles and 'bastides' and enjoy the excellent local food and wine. There are superb opportunities for walking and exploring the local area, and for those wanting more energetic activity, much is available within a short radius of the village. A word must be given to the local restaurants which were so welcoming and thoroughly merit the stars they have earned!
In fact the warmth of the locals is something that will stay in our memories - the friendly toleration of neighbours and shopkeepers who struggled to understand the manic efforts of our Australian brother-in-law as he manfully tried to resurrect his schoolboy French of 50 years ago was a sheer delight to behold!
That warmth and friendliness was felt from the very outset with our contact with owners, Rachel and David: their service was simply the best - prompt accurate information came our way and the financial arrangements were just as well organised (including the meticulous deposit refund). I could not fault it in any way.
I sit now on a damp grey October evening thinking back over a wonderfully relaxing holiday, and in my imagination can still feel the warmth of the evening sun as I sit on the terrace of le Coustalou nursing a chilled glass of rose - Villefranche has worked its charm on me and I shall look back to returning at some point in the future
The Quiet Life
This was the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in rural France. The village is well placed for lots of sightseeing in the Dordogne area.
The terrace is excellent for wining and dining and the views are superb.
The village is exceptionally quiet and traditional, as is the property.
An excellent and relaxing stay.
Cozy, family friendly home
Everything was "just right" about this old-style house on the edge of the village. We could sit on our balcony and stare out over the hills in the twilight pretending we were alone or in minutes walk to the center of a thriving small town. Our young teenagers loved the proximity of the campground, where we were able to arrange use of the pool in exchange for buying a few drinks. The auberge at the top of the hill affords a delicious meal - though you should get there by 8:30 if you don't want to incur a grump from Madame. All the beauties of the region are within an easy drive.
FABULOUS HOLIDAY AT THIS GITE
We have had a fantastic holiday at this lovely gite. We loved being
so close to the village with all the amenities on our doorstep and
took full advantage of all the community activities that were taking place during our stay in the market place. We enjoyed using the local campsite pool which was very good value for the price of an ice-cream or 2. The owners of the campsite were very friendly and welcoming.
There were so many lovely places to visit and we enjoyed doing some of the local circular walks. We also enjoyed meals and sitting reading on the sunny terrace, with beautiful views over the countryside and even watching shooting stars late at night.
Having been to many gites in France, this was by far the best- clean, well equipped and ideally located. Although there was no dishwasher, we did not find this a problem and even found we enjoyed sharing the washing up!
The owners have been very helpful at every stage in the process of booking, providing detailed information and prompt responses to queries. We would definitely recommend this gite and hope to return again soon.
Local airports are Bordeaux, Bergerac, Toulouse, Limoges, airlines such as Easyjet, Flybe and Ryanir all access these airports with carhire available at all airports. All airports approx 2 hrs from house, Bergerac airport approx 1 hour. House is located 560 miles from Calais, approx 10 hours driving time.
Car Hire recommended as rural location, no local buses but train service available, local train station 5 mins drive, local taxis available.
Coustalou is the perfect base for exploring the bastide towns of Monpazier, Beaumount and Domme in the Dordogne, Monflanquin and Villeneuve-sur-Lot in the Lot Valley. Villefranche the oldest bastide is 30 mins drive from the stunning towns of Sarlat and Domme overlooking the river Dordogne and in both Lot and Dordogne valley you will discover stunning medieval riverside towns overhanging both these beautiful rivers. Bordeaux and the coast is approx 2 hrs away with wine tasting tours available.
Shops in Villefranche du Perigord include specialist shops selling products of the local region, hairdressers x 2, boulangerie x 2, boucherie x 2, supermarche x 2, delicatessen, newsagent, tabac, Credit Agricole bank with ATM, tourist office, salon du the, coffee shop, local vetinary service. Restaurants x 3, Intermarche supermarket located at Prayssac 20 minutes, Intermarche, Carrefour, Leclerc supermarkets at Gourdon and Fumel 30 mins.
The oldest bastide town of Villefranche-du-Perigord is located in the Valley of the Lémance between the valleys of the Lot and Dordogne rivers; and still retains beautiful medieval buildings dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. A town rich in wonders and friendliness especially on market day Saturday mornings where you soak up the ambience and vibrant colours of French life around the market. The countryside surrounding Villefranche is rich in animal and birdlife with interesting natural terrain perfect for walking and cycling. You may even hear the barn owl hunting at the rear of the property at night or spot deer and wild boar. Further local activies include horseriding, quad biking, paintballing, caving, boules, tennis, local fishing lake, sports centre, historical sites of interest, ancient caves of discovery, ancient sites of settlement dwellings built into rocks, canoeing and watersports.
Villefranche-du-Perigord the oldest bastide town lying in the south of the Perigord Noir region renowned for its foie gras, walnuts and cepe mushroom, it is a closely guarded secret where you might find the cepe or how to recognise it. You can learn more at the fascinating cepe markets, discover the fascinating history of the chestnut, truffles and cepe mushroom in this charming region and experience Villefranche du Perigord and Dordogne culture in Autumn, Chestnut Harvest and Celebrations in October are a real delight and indicative of the preserved traditions in this beautiful area that will enrich your holiday experience.
Booking Notes: Booking requires 50% non refundable deposit with balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival, travel insurances will cover non-refundable deposits. We require a £250 or 300 Euros security deposit payable with balance fully refunded within two weeks of departure. Changeover Day: Saturdays in peak season (Jul-Aug) flexible arrival/departure dates can be negotiated during off-peak season(May-June-Sept-Oct).