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18th Century Cottage Farmhouse with Beautiful View of Dordogne River Valley

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Traditional Stone House with large private garden, set in a Bordeaux Vineyard

La Maison de Petit Roque is a delightful, rustic stone cottage, renovated for quiet summer holidays. It is ideal for couples or small families, peaceful and private. The cottage is set on the hillside vineyard in a large garden with fruit and nut trees. A spacious, sunny terrace, perfect for meals, BBQ, cocktails, offers panoramic views of the Dordogne River valley. French doors from the comfortable country kitchen, and from the living room open on to this terrace. The master bedroom with queen size double bed has French doors opening to an eastern, covered terrace. This terrace offers lovely views of the valley, ideal on hot afternoons. The second bedroom offers traditional wrought iron twin beds. Petite Roque is a 5 minute walk to a our family-run Taverne Belvedere (wines, artisanal beers and tapas ) which has a large terrace overlooking the Dordogne. Our local village for supplies and an excellent restaurant is only 5 minutes by car. The river - rent canoes or kayaks at the village - is just a 10 minute walk down the hill. For more information, please visit our family site -

Mary or John Sandifer
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Mary or John Sandifer

John & Mary Sandifer helped John's parents care for this family home and property since the early 1990's and assumed management in 2004. It has been our pleasure to welcome guests and manage the rental of the Petit Roque cottage since 1999. We are a French-American family with 3 children, and have lived in New York, London and Paris. But the Côte de La Tourbeille is the place we have always called home. In 2011 we took over the wine making work of the vineyard; our 2012 vintage won a gold medal in the Concours de Bordeaux. Since 2014 we also have been making a Rosé. "l'Esprit de Jeanne," and the La Tourbeille "Reserve" aged in oak barrels. Please see our story on

Mary or John Sandifer purchased this cottage in 1920

Why Mary or John Sandifer chose Aquitaine

Le Domaine du Petit Roque on the Côte de La Tourbeille is a 100-acre property that has been in our family since the 1920's. The pastures are now used for raising grass fed cows (the vines benefit from this organic fertilizer ) and we are currently developing a large fruit orchard - John adores making home made jam. The guest cottage 'La Maison du Petit Roque' is set on the border of the vineyard, over looking the Dordogne River Valley.

What makes this cottage unique

When we walk the vineyard or the gardens here on this hilltop, we are always soothed by the calm atmosphere and transported by the wonderful views of the Dordogne River and Valley.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gironde in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom shower is large (90 cm) for greater comfort.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 Master - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The double bedroom has a brand new Queen size bed, authentic country furnishings, traditional tile floor and french doors which give out to a shaded eastern terrace. The second bedroom has two twin beds in traditional wrought iron.
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The garden is spacious, approximately 1 hectare, with plenty of shade trees including a lovely chestnut tree and two fig trees. On the eastern facade is a large covered terrace paved with white pebbles. Enjoy an afternoon nap or lunch here when you want a rest from the sun. The vineyard is on the other side of the road. Our farm house is on the other side of the cottage garden with a high, tree-lined hedge between the properties. You are invited to enjoy a swim in our large family pool (new 2014) every day between 11 am and 6 pm.


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18th Century Cottage Farmhouse with Beautiful View of Dordogne River Valley
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews
San Carlos

A Wonderful Place to Stay in Pessac Sur Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

In early June, my wife and I spent the most wonderful and relaxing week in the Gironde in a 300 year old cottage at La Maison de Petit Roque. The setting couldn’t have been more idyllic; the cottage situated on a hilltop at La Tourbeille Vineyard, and overlooking the Dordogne river from the rear terrace. The cottage is fully equipped with a large kitchen, bathroom with shower, washing machine, living room and two bedrooms. Lots of open area around the cottage with two outside terraces for dining and enjoying the scenery. You couldn’t ask for better hosts than John and Mary. Mary greeted us like long lost friends and was readily available to answer any questions or direct us to site-seeing, local dining, patisseries and farmers markets. Even though the cottage is located in a small village, you are still within an hour's drive to many sites, including Bordeaux, St. Emilion and Bergerac. We plan on returning to Petit Roque the next time we are in the Dordogne. What could be better than preparing a home cooked meal in your own cottage with ingredients that you purchased earlier from the local farmers market along with a bottle of fine wine from John and Mary's winery.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Breathtaking view!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage in a beautiful environment. The house is well equipped and the owner, Ms Sandifer, was warm and helpful (thank you, Mary). The best: a magnificent view with a small patio to enjoy it. A perfect French vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand

Lovely cottage in a lovely area

  • 5 of 5

This was a very nice cottage in a lovely part of the world. It was well equipped, spacious and clean and in an idyllic setting in the vineyard with fabulous views over the Dordogne River. Mary and John were lovely hosts and John very kindly showed us around the winery and explained the wine making process to us. Do try some of their Rose wine which was excellent. We also loved the red squirrel that visited us daily to collect walnuts that had freshly dropped from the trees. The cottage is easy driving to the great and famous towns and villages in the area and Mary told us which were the best markets around. Do try Le Gensake restaurant in nearby Gensac, we had 2 wonderful meals there. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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séjour en Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Séjour très agréable dans ce joli gîte. Maison avec beaucoup de charme dans un environnement reposant et magnifique. Les propriétaires sont charmants. Ils nous ont fait partager les délicieux fruits et légumes de leur propriété. Le vin qu'ils produisent est également une réussite. Nous vous recommandons vivement cette location pour y passer de très belles vacances. Encore merci à Mary et John pour ce moment.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Denver, CO

Countryside relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Quiet & peaceful, a renovated farmhouse set in the midst of a working vineyard. Hosts Mary & John are the owners of Chateau La Tourbeille Bordeaux wines and we were the lucky guests to arrive the week of the 2014 harvest! We were given a "hands on" tour of the wine production which involved the mechanical harvesting, pressing and process involved in their vineyard along with a sample of two of the previously finished product.

La Petit Rouge has all the comforts of home, well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, great shower, spacious inside and out. This place sits high above the village of Pessac overlooking the Dordogne River with spectacular views.

We took many day trips (St Emilion, a wine lovers paradise with all the local shops, 12th Century Chateau in Duras, farmers market in Bergerac and other local hikes).

We easily could have stayed another week with so much to see and do in this beautiful area.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a very comfortable apartment and had everything we needed. It is well maintained and enjoys a beautiful location overlooking the valley. It is very quiet located in the vineyard operated by John and Mary who were happy to share their wine making experiences with us. We used this as a base to explore the right bank of the Bordeaux area and areas east. John and Mary were wonderful hosts helping us in many ways but not intrusive. We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Taverne Belvedere - tapas/vins/bierres artisanale
Nearest Ferry
600 Kilometres
Saint Malo
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Castillon la Bataille
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A10 and A89
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
L' Ardoise (Pessac sur Dordogne)
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Petit Roque cottage is an ideal location for visiting the wonderful vineyards of the Bordeaux region, tasting the local cuisine, sightseeing, walking, kayaking - or just soaking up the peace. The Lac de Blasimon (20 min away) with sandy beaches and set in a lovely wooded area, is ideal for children. For foodies, the colourful and traditional street markets of St Foy and Castillon are among the most renowned in France. Nearby villages boast fine restaurants for all budgets. For working up an appetite, the Dordogne offers fishing or canoeing and kayaking. Walking or bike riding in the hills is a delight. Historic towns are in easy reach - St. Emilion is only 25 minutes away and Bordeaux (one hour) makes a wonderful day trip for all ages and interests.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gironde, France

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May, June
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £463.21
Stay tax £0.37 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Sheets and towels etc are not included in the rental fee. If requested, the fee is 10 euros per person. We do not supply beach or pool towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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