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Country Cottage with Fabulous Views. PRIVATE Heated Pool. WIFI. Pets Welcome!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

1 double, 1 triple, 1 bathroom. Sleeps 6 + baby on request

The cottage is open-plan and split-level. The fully equipped kitchen/dining area has 3 steps leading up to the cosy living room where there is a music system and TV. The TV can be turned either towards the living room or the kitchen.

There is also a small office and WIFI. The 2 bedrooms are on opposite sides of the house, one on the ground floor, the other, loft, bedroom on the first floor. Both have double beds and are very spacious. The loft bedroom has more than enough space for 2 single beds as well, if required.

The bathroom has a large bath, separate shower, basin and toilet.

The terrace has a bar/BBQ and outdoor fridge. The private, heated, salt-treated 9 x 4m pool, open from May to October weather permitting, and its’ terrace overlook several valleys and has fabulous views! Parasols abound and Palm and Banana trees offer natural shade.

The cottage is in a hamlet with just 2 other houses so very quiet and peaceful but is only 1 minute from the village and its’ shops plus 3 bar/restaurants all with indoor and outdoor dining facilities. There is also an Indonesian take-away!

Changeover day is Saturday but out of high season I can be very flexible on day and also length of stay e.g. 10 days would be possible.

More Details

Dawn Clarke
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

About Dawn Clarke

I came to France 27 years ago after 10 years of travelling and opened a Country Hotel. I needed to put down roots and had always loved France – the hotel just sort of happened!

Dawn Clarke purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Dawn Clarke chose Ayen

I 'fell on' this property by pure luck and you would understand why I bought if you saw it and the amazing views.17 years ago I moved 5kms across the valley into a ‘cottage in need of some renovation….’ Apparently it used to be the local bakery and bistro. After a few years of renovation [I still keep improving where and when I can] I decided to rent it out on a holiday basis– I missed the contact with different people who then, often, became friends.

What makes this cottage unique

Not many cottages sleeping so few have a private, exclusive-use pool. Mostly, cottages of this size have a pool shared with at least one other property and I keep my tarif very competitive so that it is affordable for a couple on their own.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely holiday. We love the cottage and found it a very relaxing place to be.

Although the weather could have been kinder, some of us were in the pool nearly every day! Thank you for taking the trouble to look up the local walks, which we very much enjoyed.

We had a lovely meal at La Boissiere and would also recommend Chez Sarlet in Terrasson. Excellent patisserie to be had in the village but even this was surpassed by the patisserie in Objat.

We found the people in the area very friendly and very understanding of our limited French!
Sep 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ayen in Corrèze

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Cot available on request
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 1 family bedroom. Both bedrooms large enough to accommodate a single bed in each or 2 single beds in the larger bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Not suitable for small children/toddlers/disabled as open plan and split level, sorry.


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Country Cottage with Fabulous Views. PRIVATE Heated Pool. WIFI. Pets Welcome!
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd stay here, and we had a suburb holiday again. We felt relaxed as within 5 minutes of being there. 5 stars every time; thanks Dawn!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much and Ted of course! Dawn
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wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

LaBriasse was the perfect location for our holiday The cottage is very peaceful and private with a lovely pool, which was well used in the beautiful weather. We loved the views from the pool across the Correze countryside.

Everything we required was provided, and we really appreciated the welcome pack . Dawn's cottage is comfortable and has character and we really liked exploring the locality and Ayen.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your lovely comments! Dawn
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A fantastic, peaceful cottage in a lovely area

  • 5 of 5

Our family of two adults, two kids and one dog stayed for a beautiful week in Dawn's cottage. It's great to stay somewhere with character rather than a sterile holiday let, and Dawn's cottage certainly didn't disappoint. From the enclosed garden that even our basset couldn't escape from, to the private pool, and the lovely airy bedrooms to the cosy lounge, we enjoyed everything on offer. Thanks for making us so welcome Dawn!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, thank you SO much for your lovely comments! Dawn & Darlings xxx
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Another fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to La Briasse and to give it five stars was an easy decision to make. As has been said in so many previous reviews, this a charming cottage with a wonderful pool in a superb location. The owner has significantly upgraded the pool area by having slab paving installed. The cottage has all the facilities that you could possibly desire, and Dawn the owner is always willing to help and assists you during your stay should you need anything. This holiday let is extremely competitively priced, and you would be hard pressed to find anything better in this price range. We had a wonderful holiday, just like before and we feel that it is an injustice that Dawn's 100% five star rating has been spoilt.

Mark & Julia, Isle of Wight

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so very much for your wonderful comments!
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  • 5 of 5

We immediately followed the last reviewers visit. This being our second stay, the first being in September 2014. As you can see we award our stay 5 stars, and was an easy decision to make. The property is charming and cosy and has all the facilities you could possibly require. The owner has significantly improved the pool area with new slab paving. As has been said on numerous other reviews the property is in a lovely peaceful location. We had a superb holiday and no doubt will return. The owner is very helpful and will address any problems that you may have. This property is very competitively priced, and we have not seen any other property of this quality in this price range. It is an injustice that the 100 per cent 5 star record has been spoilt.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Our Stay at La Braisse

  • 3 of 5

If you are looking for a very quiet and peaceful holiday residence in the Dordogne region with beautiful views that can be admired from the lovely swimming pool and garden area with the warm, light wind, whistling in the palm trees that are situated around the garden, then La Briasse is the ideal place. Pity though, we found the cottage to be a little on the disappointing side, it is need of some TLC. One of our main points is that the rear bedroom that faces south, really needs curtains and sun blinds on the large velux windows, plus all of the windows in the cottage need to have mosquito nets fitted to them. All in all we enjoyed our stay at La Braisse and would certainly return if the above points were addressed.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely comments although I was very sad to read the negative ones and your 3 star rating. In the 12 years of renting my cottage to dozens and dozens of very happy guests, some of which return year after year, I have only ever had 5 star reviews. 70% of my annual bookings are repeat guests. All of which, I hope, speaks for itself. If you had asked, I would have been happy to explain to you how to open/come to the cottage and done it myself, the UV blinds on the Velux windows - in the bedroom that faces North/East [not South] The bedroom I had prepared for you faces North, is very cool, has shutters, blinds and curtains. I ask every guest for their constructive comments [good and bad] so that I can address any issues to make theirs and future holidaymakers' holidays even better. It is also true that one man’s meat is another man’s poison and my tastes please some but not all people. I am truly sorry that you were not happy with mine but so very glad that, despite the problems, you had, apparently, a lovely holiday! I only ask that if guests have a problem to please contact me whilst at the cottage as I cannot resolve something of which I am not aware until after their departure.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A 20
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
180 Kilometres
Atlantic coast
Car: necessary

Ayen is a small village on the Correze/Dordogne border 20 kms north west of Brive-la-Gaillarde. The departement of the Lot is only 20 kms away. Locally many walks - not for the faint-hearted as this area has magnificent views hence hills and valleys! The list of tourist sites to visit is exhaustive with everything from the 2nd most visited tourist spot in France - Rocamadour; to Pompadour - home of the National Stud; Lascaux; listed villages; museuems, pavement cafes, fishing, lakes with sailing and water ski-ing etc. etc. etc. Fantastic bird watching. Night sky superb.

Other Activities: Bird watching. Night sky.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £250

Tariff includes - bath & pool towels & linen, but excludes heating -supplement payable if heating is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.