The house is amazing, full of antiques, pictures, photos, and lovely furnishings, which make it very homely, while delightfully quirky. The rooms are very spacious and the beds generous sizes and very comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and the barbecue was great. There are little quiet corners to sit out as well as plenty of chairs, tables and loungers around the pool and al fresco dining area. As a previous reviewer has mentioned, the photos really don't begin to to tell the story! The wifi is excellent, and there are music systems both downstairs and in the master bedroom, along with plenty of well stocked bookcases. Endless hot water and three decent showers. Parking space right in front of the house on the street (but not always easy to negotiate if you have a large car.) Kim, Russ and Charlie (woof!) were lovely, welcoming hosts, always on hand if we needed anything, and popping in occasionally to clean the pool, but otherwise leaving us very much to our own devices, which was perfect.
The village of Villefranche de Lonchat is very quiet, but well situated in wine country and a good base for day trips to, for example, St Emilion, Bergerac, Périguex, Ste Foy and Castillion, plus numerous wine producing châtaux. We recommend Les Cordeliers at Ste Emilion, and Montbazillac. We were keen to head out to the west of the Dordogne so we took the train to Sarlat from Ste Foy which was much easier than driving. So there's lots to see and do, but you have to go and find it!
Les Martinets is very much a period village house, so you should expect the odd creepy crawly, etc, and be sensible about storing food away from the temptation of those pesky little ants, but this really is a very minor detail! I'm not sure how suitable it would be as a holiday house for toddlers/very young non-swimmers; the pool is accessible from pretty much every door - and there are lots of them. There are also fairly steep steps to the upper external balcony which runs along the back of the house.