Me, my husband, kids (aged 11 & 17), parents and father-in-law all holidayed in Perigord Farmhouse for 2 weeks in August this year and loved every minute! The house is beautiful - though thanks to fabulous weather, we really only cooked, slept & showered in there. That said, on the 2 evening when the kids had had enough of us of an evening they were entertained by British television! (Not something the adults were interested in apart from when the men caught a 1960's re run of Batman!) The gazebo outside is such a bonus. It provided shade at very hot times of the day and a great place to sit at night eating and playing games; on the odd cooler night we lit the fire in the BBQ. Just bliss!
The pool had been a major selling point for us and everyone enjoyed it. Our daughter was rarely out of there! There was also enough room for us to set up our own badminton net for games, and we played boules right outside our door. The privacy of the house was of great importance for us (and another selling point) - so nice to just be with our family and chill.
There are many places to visit if you have a car though we didn't do quite as much venturing as we'd intended due to everyone being happy chilling at the house! We did go to Bergerac - lovely! And Beaumont - tiny village, but very pretty and has a great pizza place!
We picked fruit and veg from the allotment which was a lovely thing to do and we had great fun with the (very loud) braying donkey! Look out for the starlings at about 7.45 in the evening; absolutely stunning. Every night we watched in awe!
Practicalities: You do need a car. Little Louie's pizza place is within walking distance (10 or 15 mins) but not for anyone with mobility problems as it is a steep hill! There is a huge supermarket (Carrefour) about a 20 minute drive away - stock up and don't forget Sunday closing (from lunch time). A little closer (10 minute drive) were the smaller local stores which were just fine for topping up. Lovely restaurant a short drive away is Moulin de Temps. Good food and lovely staff. It looks like just a bar/tabac from outside but has beautiful gardens to the rear and a beautiful restaurant inside too. We drove from Yorkshire and Mr Walker - the owner - gave us absolutely spot on directions through France which was very much appreciated - particularly by the last 2 hour leg.
Don't forget to keep the shutters closed during the hot season!
Every one of us loved our holiday. Thank you.
The Dawsons, Leeds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax in your own beautiful 13th Century farmhouse set in private grounds with private pool. Lots of space, 5 large bedrooms and modern kitchen. 25 Mins from Bergerac Airport, daily UK flights. Great location. UK satellite tv and kids play area.Your own private pool. Set in own private gardens with lockable gates to keep youngsters safe. There is ample secure parking for up to 6 cars, 3 large south facing patios, solar shower poolside, barbecue and plenty of shade in the gardens and walnut grove. ... more less
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