2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage, a classic very attractive Perigord style cottage full of charm and character with its own private heated swimming pool in a tranquil and secluded location. The perfect luxury away from it all retreat yet only a short distance from the many attractions and beautiful villages of the region. It is south facing with a sheltered patio/terrace leading onto a lawned garden with its own private swimming pool, mature trees, fruit trees and shrubs.
- Cottage1162 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
Pierre Lapin & Hill Top House
These beautiful French stone cottages are ideally located for exploring all the sites that the region has to offer. Situated in a secluded tranquil location in grounds of a little over one hectare on the small hill top above Le Coux, it’s a pretty 15 minute walk to the village via a small country lane where there is a boulangerie, cave and a cooperative providing produce from local suppliers. Full of charm and character, the cottages have been beautifully restored using traditional methods and materials. The Cottages are at opposite extremities of the grounds and are well secluded from each other.
Both houses are set in their own grounds of approximately one acre each. They each have their own private pool and garden areas and free wi-fi access.
PIERRE LAPIN:- A classic very attractive Perigord style cottage that oozes charm. There are 2 beautiful good-sized bedrooms each with their own luxury en-suite bathroom. The property is south facing with a sheltered patio/terrace leading onto a lawned garden with its own private swimming pool.
The kitchen dining room is a large open plan room, with a hand built central island and work unit fitted into the old kitchen fireplace. Both have solid wood worktops. Modern quality appliances are integral to the furnishings. Original features include the restored 'pisé' floor and the old stone sink (now just an architectural feature). The lounge is light and spacious and has a lovely wood-burning stove for spring and cosy autumn evenings. The sofa and armchairs provide comfortable seating whilst the tapestries, period furniture and stone flooring add to the ambiance of the room.
There is free wi-fi access throughout the property.
A beautiful hand-built staircase in elm leads upstairs where there are two spacious bedrooms, one with a queen size bed, the other with two singles. Both have beautiful solid oak furniture, tapestries and fitted wardrobes with full length mirrors. The beds have quality pocket sprung mattresses, luxury fine Egyptian cotton bedlinen and quality non allergenic duvets and pillows. Both bedrooms are double aspect, making for light and airy rooms with views over the gardens. Each bedroom has its own luxurious en-suite bathroom with suspended soft closing toilets, concealed cisterns and contemporary wash basins. One has a bath with shower fitted over while the other has a large walk in shower. Thick luxury towels are provided. The flooring upstairs is all locally sourced chestnut, which provides a rich ambiance in contrast to the calming shades used to decorate the walls. There are fitted radiators for spring and cooler autumn nights.
At the front of the cottage there is a sheltered south facing patio, supplied with table and chairs, and is ideal for al-fresco dining. A couple of quality garden benches are provided where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine while reading a book or just relaxing in the peace and tranquillity.
Two steps lead up to the lawned garden where there is a 9m x 5m heated private pool. The pool has roman style half round walk in steps and is flat bottomed making it ideal for children to play and for adults to help little ones learning to swim. There is a further step mid length of the pool taking the depth from 1.2 to 1.4 metres. There is a lounging area next to the pool with steamer style loungers and sun shades provided.
The cottage has an acre of private, mainly flat garden in which to relax and play. A badminton net and equipment is available as well as a set of boules. There are numerous fruit trees from which guests are welcome to pick the fruit when in season.
HILL TOP HOUSE:- Slightly larger than Pierre Lapin, but with the same beautiful style and character. There is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and separate dressing room and 2 further equally good sized bedrooms that share a family bathroom.
The property is heated by an ecological ground source heat pump that supplies hot water to the underfloor heating for the ground floor and to the radiators upstairs in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
The spacious open plan kitchen and dining room has oak parquet flooring and oak beams throughout. There is a large fireplace fitted with an efficient wood burning stove to add a cosy touch with a small bergere style couch and fireside chair. There is also an Essex Steinway piano which may be used with care.
The lounge and hallway continue with the oak parquet and oak beams. The lounge is light and spacious, has two large comfortable sofas, a new (2016) good sized television, period furnishings and also benefits from a lovely wood-burning stove for cosy autumn and winter evenings.
There is free wi-fi access throughout the property.
Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms; the master bedroom with a king-size bed having an en-suite shower room with toilet and washbasin, and a separate dressing room. The other two bedrooms share a large family bathroom with a large shower and separate bath. Bed linens are of fine Egyptian cotton and the bathrooms are supplied with luxury towels.
Outside there are a number of dining and seating options; there is a sheltered patio next to the house with a small round dining table and chairs and a garden bench; a larger dining table and chairs is situated under a pergola set next to the garage protected by a south facing wall where there is a second garden bench; and next to the swimming pool there is a terraced area with a swing chair.
The rectangular swimming pool (10m x 5m) has roman style half round walk in steps and is flat bottomed making it ideal for children and adults alike. There is a further step mid length of the pool taking the depth from 1.3 to 1.5 metres. There is a lounging area next to the pool with loungers and sun shades provided.
The mature garden is generally flat and is ideal for children to run around and play. There is a large trampoline available as well as a badminton net and equipment.
GENERAL FOR BOTH PROPERTIES:- A welcome pack is provided containing milk, spring water, eggs, wine, bread, butter, jam and coffee as well as some dishwasher and washing tablets. There is usually salt, pepper, oil and vinegar, miscellaneous herbs, cooking foil and food wrap. Fee wi-fi access.
Local markets are available throughout the week, (details can be found in the information pack at the cottage) and there is also a supermarket at nearby Siorac. The small co-operative in Le Coux offers produce from local suppliers.
During the summer season there are numerous events close by including medieval fetes, open air theatre, classical concerts, etc. On booking we will forward to you a website link which has a what' s on listing.
Outside of the main holiday period the pace of life is quieter. Each season has something different to offer. Please contact us and we can forward you some information on your chosen time of year.
Ian & Heather Craig
- english, french, We speak a little french
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Sep 2018
About Ian & Heather Craig
We bought the property in Le Coux as the beginning of a dream. We had been living in London together for over 10 years (Heather originally from south Wales and myself from the north east of England). We thoroughly enjoyed life in the capital but decided that we would like to move to the country with a view to setting up a small holiday rental business. We did initially look in the cotswolds and places closer to home but eventually took time out for an extended touring holiday of europe with the intention of looking at properties in what may be a suitable location for us to settle into. No matter where we travelled we kept on returning to France and the dordogne valley in particular held a special attraction. It seemed such a naturally welcoming place it is easy to see why the earliest relics of mankind are found in the area. So we found our property and after that typically complex and alarming legal process where you aren't quite sure if you have bought a house or a field of cattle we became the owners of a set of tumbledown ruins. Three years into the renovations, when our own house was just about ready to move into, our daughter Chloe was born. This unsurprisingly did have an impact on our lives, I lost my main helper in the renovations process and suddenly our time line for events became extended. We were however in the fortunate position not to be too pressed on our schedule. We took some time out to enjoy being a family of three. I eventually went back to my paid employment, which involved travelling away from home but provided us with the extra funding to remove any financial worries. Over several years we have developed the property and garden, with some help from others from time to time but it has predominantly been accomplished by ourselves alone; a serious venture! As Chloe reached the end of her junior school years we decided that life back in the UK would offer a better path forward and so at the end of 2011 we moved to Cardiff.
Why Ian & Heather Craig chose Coux-et-Bigaroque
We bought this small-holding on the top of the hill just on the outskirts of the village of Le Coux after viewing many other properties in the area over a number of years. We knew as soon as we saw it, that it was the place for us; a short walk down into the village, a very tranquil location and yet in the heart of one of the prettiest areas of France. We first holidayed in the region over 30 years ago, actually only a few miles from the house, and ever since that first visit we felt that this would be the place where we would love to live. The property was completely ruinous, not having been lived in for several years and although it was going to be a challenge it offered us all that we were looking for. Despite the large number of visitors to the Dordogne and its central location, it is fantastically quiet set at the end of a country lane with only a few neighbours so as not to feel too isolated.
What makes this Cottage unique
A beautiful location set amidst one of the most attractive regions of France in the heart of the main tourist attractions that the Dordogne has to offer yet at the same time in as tranquil a setting as you could wish for. Even in the height of summer, you can easily imagine there is not a soul around while you enjoy a cool drink on the terrace or wander aimlessly around the garden.
Pool / Spa
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Lovely cottage. Very well restored restored. Quiet, spacious garden-very private. amazing pool!
We loved staying here. Enjoyed canoeing, visiting historical sites, relaxing, eating and drinking! House was perfect. We especially enjoyed the peace and quiet and privacy. Children loved the pool and the various inflatables there. A great holiday!
A splendid return visit to this beautiful gite
What's to say? The gite is special, the local support team are great and Ian and Heather are always available to answer any questions. Typical rural setting so the chance to see the deer, watch the raptors and generally chill (or should I say warm - because it is!!) in the pool. Hopefully we will return.
Beautiful Setting and lovely house
Excellent property =, just right for our 2 week stay
Magnificent and delightful.
Pierre Lapin is probably one of the two best holiday homes we've ever stayed in - beautifully planned, very attractive, extremely well provided with everything you might need, and with lovely secluded grounds - and a pool. We had a wonderful holiday and hope very much to go back soon.
As advertised! Property is beautifully presented and extremely comfortable.
Just a perfect spot. This gorgeous property really is a little bit of luxury. The owners were so helpful at all stages and had thought of everything to make our stay just as comfortable as possible; we wanted for nothing. Ideally located for days out (our children aged 2 and 6 months) or as we did morning and early afternoon and then back to enjoy the pool. The pool cover provided the necessary security and once in place we were happy for our little boy to run around at will. The kitchen had everything required. The beds were comfortable and the ablutions were first class. The property was spic & span upon our arrival. The complimentary wine and other bits and bobs were a really nice touch and made us feel really welcome. We really enjoyed our time and will look to rebook in the future. Finally a thank you to the owners who were just so approachable and just everything right!
Amazing cottage renovated to a high standard set on a quiet lane with extensive shared gardens. Unfortunately this meant that we had absolutely no privacy if we stayed around the pool as the area was totally exposed to the other property. This would suit families who require no privacy or those not intending to stay in during the day. We loved the cottage which had everything that we needed and the two on-suite bedrooms were extremely tastefully decorated.
Thank you for the review and comments. The two properties on the land are approximately 150 to 200 metres apart, and although there is no formal divide in the grounds, each cottage sits in its own area of just over 1 acre and do not overlook each other. Is it possible you thought that the perigordine style building (which we use as a garage when in France) and adjoining car port is the second property. It is our plan to plant additional shrubbery in the gardens to afford even greater privacy for each cottage.
The celebrated Perigord Noir in South-West France really is the ideal holiday destination – and it fits the bill at any time of the year. This is the place to appreciate some of France's finest medieval architecture, the fantastic geological formations of the Dordogne and explore the countryside on foot, by bike or even canoe.
A renowned gastronomic area offering fine dining or a more rustic farmhouse setting, local superb produce is also available at the numerous village markets. The vineyards of Monbazillac and Pécharmant are close by whilst St Emillion would be a longer day out.
The region is steeped in history, the earliest known settlements of prehistoric man dating back over 400,000 years are at nearby Les Eyzies; numerous prehistoric sites to explore exist throughout the area and include some of Europe’s finest cave paintings. Châteaux built on the wealth of medieval trade and fortified ‘bastides’ dating from the 100 year’s war are a perfect setting to wander.
Other Activities: Hot air ballooning, canoeing, river boat trips, light aircraft trips, night markets, numerous summer fetes
Golf: There is a small 9 hole golf course at Siorac (4km), and an 18 hole course at Lollivarie (7km). Slightly further afield are the courses at La Marterie - 18 holes, Sarlat - 9 holes and Perigueux - 18 holes. There are a number of other courses in the area for keen golfers, further details can be provided.
Stays of less than 7 nights are only available prior to the first week of June and after the third week of September. We prefer payment in sterling but can accept payments in Euro or $US if necessary. Reservations are confirmed on receipt of a 25% deposit with the balance being payable approximately 8 weeks prior to the start date of the holiday. We can accept payment by bank transfer, cheque or credit/debit card. A security deposit of £250 needs to be lodged with us prior to the start date of the holiday.