The Grape Cottage was exactly what I was looking for and exactly as excellent as reviewers have previously stated. It's in a wonderfully quiet and beautiful location that allows for plenty of relaxation, but is also in a perfectly central area for exploring and sight-seeing.
Delicious basket of goodies upon arrival, lots of windows for natural light and breeze, spacious rooms, amazing deck, well stocked kitchen, great water pressure in the shower/tub, hair dryer that actually blows hot air, plenty of drawers and closet space for clothes, and of course excellent hosts. There really isn't any small detail overlooked with this cottage and I would absolutely stay here again. Thank you so much Nicola!
We have just stayed for three nights at Grape Cottage. It is spacious, clean and very well equipped. The large king size bed was especially comfy. It was lovely to find some essential supplies at the start of our visit including fresh bread, butter, cheese, milk, home made flapjack and chutney plus a bottle of white wine chilling in the fridge.
The grounds are spacious and well kept. The swimming pool was very welcome at the end of a warm day and there are lovely sun loungers plus other little places to sit and enjoy the views.
While La Blanquette is outside of Sarlat in lovely peaceful countryside (although a cuckoo was determined to make his presence known!), it is a quick journey into town or to the roads leading to other Dordogne area destinations.
We would return if we visit the area again,
We have just spent over 2 weeks in Grape cottage. The cottage was spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. La Blanquette is gorgeous and the forest walks are lovely. We spent many evenings on the deck admiring the view. The Dordogne is a stunning region with so much to see and do. The beautiful medieval town Sarlat is not far away. Jason and Nicola were fabulous hosts, very friendly, and helpful to the point of printing boarding passes for us when the Ryanair app let us down!
We can not recommend highly enough! I feel sure this will be the highlight of our European holiday.
Grape Cottage provides the perfect base to explore the glorious region of the Dordogne with its stunning lush countryside and beautiful riverside villages and chateaux.
Nicola and Jason have created a great family holiday cottage. A fabulous welcome basket awaited us along with a chilled bottle of wine in the fridge, fresh milk and even homemade flapjacks and jams ! There was also plenty of really helpful local information to hand and the cottage itself was well equipped with a decent-sized kitchen and gas BBQ on the large terrace.
Add a glorious swimming pool, plenty of relaxing, surrounding shade and a morning breakfast delivery to your door ..... well, need I say more !!
Thanks Nicola and Jason !
We have just enjoyed three weeks at La Blanquette in the French Dordogne staying in Grape Cottage. Everything about our holiday was just perfect – the location, the accommodation and the weather just could not have been better.
La Blanquette is located at the top of a hill just outside the pretty town of Sarlat and is centrally convenient for touring the beautiful region of the Dordogne with all its stunning medieval castles and villages.
The cottage is surrounded by a wooded area of 11 acres with incredibly beautiful views in all directions. There is a large, pristine pool with comfortable loungers and umbrellas, a boules pitch, a rocking chair for two people, a hammock and little shelters where one can sit and relax with a book. The grounds are immaculately tended by the two delightful owners, Nicola and Jason, who could not have done more to make our stay so enjoyable. Thank you, Nicola for the welcome hamper and all the little treats you left for us and thank you, Jason for your supreme patience with me and my internet problems!
The cottage is divided into two gites, Grape Cottage and Vine Cottage. Our gite, Grape Cottage which was on the upper floor, had a huge balcony complete with outdoor furniture, a gas BBQ and a large dining table where we enjoyed our meals at treetop level – a great bonus for my husband who is a keen birdwatcher. The surrounding trees abound with all types of birds which are surprisingly tame. There is a spacious and comfortable lounge and bedroom and a kitchen with all mod cons.
We loved every minute at Grape Cottage and could not commend it more highly. As we said to Nicola and Jason., it truly was just a little bit of Paradise.
I spent months looking for the perfect gite in France and finally found it. This place looks perfect on paper, and it's even better in person! We spent a week and the only regret is that we hadn't booked for longer. The cottage has everything we needed and wanted. The welcome basket of goodies set the tone for the week. We were very well looked-after. You can have as much, or as little, contact with the hosts. We followed the recommendations for day trips and restaurants- excellent local knowledge. The daily delivery of croissants was a highlight. The pool was very welcome on the hot days we had. I cannot recommend this place enough. My only fear is that it will be booked when we want to go next summer- definitely for two weeks! A special thanks to Julie and Nic for their kindness.
My wife and I booked a week at Grape cottage as the relaxing middle week of a three week travelling holiday along the Dordogne and what a relaxing little treasure it turned out to be.
We hadn't planned to do too much cooking but after arriving at the cottage and being made most welcome my wife went all self catering after realizing that there was everything you needed and more for the full lifestyle.
As it turned out this was no bad thing, as Sarlat, although a delightful place is a tourist trap of the first order. Expensive shops and restaurants that only want to pack in the tourists and turn out mediocre food as fast as possible.
We used L' Eclerc supermarket which is only ten minutes away and had some really good food (cooked by the wife) on the upstairs deck area in wonderful surroundings and absolute peace and quiet. Although this did mean we had to speak to one another we still enjoyed it.
The garden and pool area were another plus after a hard days tourism, an hours sleep on the sunbed under the trees and a dip in the pool afterwards were so relaxing we really didn't feel much like going far of an evening.
I would definitely recommend a stay at Grape Cottage for a truly relaxing time.
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