Domaine de l'Auvézère France, South West & The Dordogne

For September and October departures reductions are available for smaller groups. Please call us for a quote.

Surrounded by the undulating countryside of the Périgord Vert, this classic manor house is an invitation to immerse yourself fully in rural French life – and although the pace here is reassuringly slow, there’s plenty to keep all ages busy between this corner of the Dordogne and the region’s capital, Périgueux.

The interiors are modern and stylish, although there are plenty of nods to the property’s 300-year history in the form of four-poster beds, freestanding baths and elegant antique furnishings. This theme continues outside, where a turquoise salt-water swimming pool shares lawn space with an ancient well (secured) whilst the large vaulted cellar has been converted into a games room.

If you can bear to leave the glorious stillness of the property and surrounding hills, there’s plenty to explore right on the doorstep. In neighbouring Tourtoirac, you’ll find a night food market, a picturesque riverside square with shops and restaurants and a popular ranch for horse and pony riding.

Dining options are plentiful, with recommended restaurants within a 10 minute drive. The surrounding landscape and waterways play host to a range of activities: golf, tennis, canoeing, hot air ballooning, zip wiring, truffle trails, vineyard walks, and velorailing (cycling along a disused railway line), An excellent way to explore the spectacular scenery is by bike, and bikes can be pre-booked and dropped off at the house ready for your stay. An hour in the car brings you to the famous town of Sarlat, filled with cobbled streets and wonderful architecture. Even closer, Périgueux is well worth a trip for its imposing 12th-century cathedral, elegant streets and peaceful riverboat trips.



  • 6 bedroom manor house (sleeps 12)
  • Changeover day – Saturday
Ground floor: 
  • Living room
  • Sitting room with TV
  • Dining
  • Kitchen 
First floor:
  • Large master bedroom with king-size 4-poster bed and 2 en-suite bathrooms with WCs (one with bath, one with bath and separate shower)
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and WC
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
Second floor:
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • WC
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot (no linen) and highchair on request
  • Satellite and cable TV, DVD and CD players
  • Heating (€100/week)
  • Fireplace (small charge for wood)
  • Fans
  • Charcoal barbecue 
  • Games room with table tennis and table football
  • Private salt-water swimming pool  11m x 5m (depth 1.2m – 2m), fenced, Roman steps, pool can be heated to 28°C weather permitting (€200/week)
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Mid-week cleaning 3 hours included
  • Additional cleaning available €20/hour (minimum 4 hours) 
  • Cooking service available on request, with seasonal menu options differing from month to month. Standard menu price is €30/person but variations are available. Dishes can also be prepared in advance for guests to heat up on arrival day
  • Cooking lessons available 
  • Bike rental available - bikes can be delivered to the house in advance
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change
Access times:
  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am
  • We've had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful house and gardens. Debbie and Keith looked after us so very well. Mathew, Ro, Sasha, Neil and Charles - June 2016
  • Thank you so much Will, LJ, Freddie & Daisy for the most dreamy stay in your beautiful house! We'll always remember our special time in the Dordogne. Much love from us all. The Bristowes - May 2016
  • There are no words to describe the exuberant house, area, facilities, and food. This stay will be printed in our minds as one of the favourable memories of our family. We can't thank you enough. The Pamakians - May 2015

Domaine de l'Auvézère is set in the lovely rolling countryside of the Périgord Vert, 36km northeast of the beautiful regional capital of Périgueux. The Dordogne region, in the heart of the southwest is an area rich in all the delights France has to offer. Beautiful dramatic scenery greets you at every turn: castles perched high over the Dordogne River valley, the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac caves, tranquil rivers winding their way through limestone cliffs. Our earliest artists descended 17,000 years ago into the caves near Lascaux, on the Vézère River, to paint in breathtaking colour the animals they hunted; you can visit a replica cave, as well as many other prehistoric sites in the area. The fortified 'bastide' towns of Monpazier, Eymet, Villefranche and others are remarkably well-preserved witnesses to turbulent times. The mighty donjon of Bourdeilles castle looms imposingly, while Brantôme (the 'Venice of France') wears a more serene aspect, the beautiful Benedictine abbey gazing contemplatively down onto the river Dronne.

Shops and Services

  • Villages
    • Tourtoirac (3.5km) bakery and a few shops
    • Hautefort (8km) larger selection of shop
  • Towns
    • Périgueux (37km) 
    • Brive-la-Gaillarde (55km)
    • Bergerac (118km)
    • Bordeaux (197km)

Market Days

  • Tourtoirac (3.5km) – night markets on Tuesdays in the summer
  • Hautefort (8km) –  Wednesday mornings
  • Brantome (46km) Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Le Bugue (58km) –  Tuesdays

Recommended Restaurants

  • Tourtoirac (3.5km) Le Bistro Passage, delicious food and set in the village square; Le Relais d'An for good local fare with a lovely setting next to the river
  • St Agnan (7km) Les Voyageurs, village centre, good for lunch with a wide selection of local cuisine, delicious pizza, excellent for children
  • Excideuil (8km) Hostellerie de Fin Chapon, excellent food, best on Thursday's for lunch after the busy market day
  • Saint-Médard-d'Excideuil (10km) - Domaine d'Essendieras, there are two restaurants  in this impressive establishment. The first is a very casual snack bar in the golf club house overlooking the nine hole golf course. The views are great and the food is very simple - great for a snack after a round of golf
  • Hautefort (8km) – Le Troubadour - new restaurant with excellent reviews; Auberge du Parc - excellent food at the foot of the chateau
  • Many good restaurants in Périgueux including L'Essential, a Michelin starred restaurant which must be booked a couple of months in advance. 
  • Champcevinel (36km) - La Table du Pouyaud, excellent cuisine

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.

Places to See

  • La Roque-Gageac – part of the Dordogne’s spell is its beautiful villages as this waterfront huddle on the Dordogne testifies, there is no better way to experience this magnificent site than a boat or kayaking trip down the river to be taken back in time
  • Beynac village – set along the northern bank of the Dordogne River, its white and honey-coloured streets wind up the steep hill to the extensive grounds of the château of Beynac with magnificent views of the Dordogne River, often full of canoes, and the Château de Castelnaud, which lies across the river
  • Château Castelnaud – nestled high above the Dordogne River opposite the Château Beynac, once its prime rival, the château is now the location of the Museum of Medieval Warfare with an extensive collection of medieval arms and armour as well as models explaining the different methods of attack and defence once used by the habitants, an excellent museum and the sights are spectacular
  • Périgueux – a beautiful, small and provincial old Roman town, the open-air markets on a Wednesday and Saturday are superb when trestle tables are crammed with fruit, vegetables and local fare, shops still shut at noon when the long traditional French lunch beckons, the town is the sight of wonderful ancient architecture and the pearly white domes of Périgueux’s Byzantine cathedral are evocative of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice; in summer the Périgueux Tourist Office give guided tours of Medieval and Renaissance or Roman Périgueux but it's also easy to see much of the astounding remains in a self-guided walking tour (maps available); town also has a contemporary vibe with lots of boutiques and shops
  • Château Hautefort – this magical château with the beautiful topiary gardens was used as the film location for Ever After; this 12th-century fortress was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times and is now restored to its full glory; perched high, as the name suggests, towering possessively over the pretty town with stunning views over the countryside, a visit to this château is highly recommended
  • La Roque St Christophe – a visit to the ancient village on the cliff of La Roque St Christophe is a must; the preserved cavities were once refuge to a Neanderthal civilisation who settled there as early as 5500BC and housed inhabitants through Medieval ages, replicas created to emulate authenticity will transport you back to the origins of this society
  • Brantôme – a small town surrounded by the River Dordogne, linked to the outside by five bridges giving its reputation as the Venice of the Dordogne; it is impossible not to be moved by the romance of boating beneath the stone arches of its bridge or wandering its cobbled streets; the town is host to excellent restaurants and a lovely Friday market; it's a fun place for children, too, with canoe hire; visit St Jean de Côle (another one of the beautiful villages of France) en route there or on the return journey
  • Domme – another village deserving of its reputation as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', a perfect example of a bastide town built in the 13th-century; it retains a substantial amount of its original protective walls enclosing the village, the main square often attracts a lively crowd and is the entrance to the Grottes de Domme, the historic caves used as protection during the Hundred Years' War; strolling down the streets adjacent to the square is an excellent way to experience the village's rich history
  • Montignac – this charming riverside town is nestled deep in the heart of the Vézôre Valley in the Périgord Noir; take a leisurely stroll down the main road, Rue de la Pègerie, lined with 14th-century architecture or join the bustling market (Wednesday and Saturday) for a bite to eat and some shopping; a day can be spent kayaking and riding quad bikes which are available for rent in the town centre; firework shoes on 14 July and 15 August
  • Sorges – 30min drive north of Périgueux is the Dordogne’s self-proclaimed truffle capital; its museum unravels the mysteries behind the black Périgord truffle; in the shop buy pear and truffle jam, chutney, mustard, honey and ice cream; end with a walk along the Sentier des Truffieres, a 1.8 mile truffle-rich trail winding through vineyards
  • Sarlat – an hour's drive from the house is the famous town of Sarlat; a beautiful town filled with cobbled streets and ancient architecture; can be very crowded in summer months
  • La Grotte de Tourtoirac – these immense caves are a fascinating and beautiful surprise; well lit and wheelchair/stroller-friendly, families can freely venture deep into the mountain side; the one hour tour is full of some oof the most spectacular formations; every Tuesday in summer there is a night market selling local delicacies such as foie gras, truffles and magret
  • Lascaux Caves – on the outskirts of the lovely town of Montignac are the Lascaux caves, a truly historic artefact; at many points the ancient Paleolithic paintings (an estimated 17,300 years old) can be admired
  • Grottes de Rouffignac – 'The cave of the hundred mammoths' is one of the more extensive cave systems discovered with more than 8 kilometres of underground passageways; visitors can travel about a mile into the cave to view the fascinating artistic representations; located 10km north of Les Eyzies
  • Grotte de Domme – the Domme caves are the biggest caves in the Périgord Noir area with the entrance in the main square in the heart of Domme; the adventure through the caves conclude with a lift up to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Dordogne Valley

Local Events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • There are festivals in Périgueux throughout the summer

Regional Food and Wine

  • Food
    • Famous for its foie gras, duck, and truffles
    • Neighbouring the villa is the noted foie gras producer, Phillipe Trimouillas, who sells his product far and wide
    • L’Espace du Sixième Sens in Périgueux – the owner, Mr Delpey, has created an association called the ‘Club des Ambassadeurs de la truffe’ to share his passion for traditional and innovative truffle recipes which can be tasted or dishes can be taken away; he is also a member of the Périgueux Paté Club with its interest in foie gras and its history
  • Wine
    • The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas


  • Golf and tennis at Domaine D’Essendieras (14km) – golf is just one of the many activities offered at the Domaine D’Essendieras; this magnificent property accommodates an excellent 9-hole golf course and driving range
  • 18-hole golf course at Domaine de Saltgourde (43km)
  • Bicycles – 2 adult bikes available at the villa with local bike hire company delivering bikes to the house if more are required
  • Velorailing – the bicycle-rail is on a disused railway line in the Thiviers region starting from nearby Corgnac
  • Zipwiring at L'Appel de la Forêt adventure trail, a 30km drive from Périgeux; more than 30 zip lines on offer; a good activity to combine with velorailing as they are in the same direction
  • Horseback riding at Angie's Ranch just outside Tourtoirac (1.5km) – an exceptional horse riding centre, home to 26 horses and ponies it can offer a small child’s pony ride or group outings in the wild 
  • Canoeing (70km) – many villages offer kayaking along the banks of the Dordogne; the most spectacular experienced is from La Roque Gageac; call s Canoes Roquegeoffres
  • Canoeing – closer to home Cherveix-Cubas, just east of Tourtoirac, has exceptional kayaking along the banks of L’Auvézère
  • Hot air ballooning is a great way to get an aerial view of the Dordogne; spectacular ballooning over the Hautefort Château 
  • Water sports at Lac de Rouffiac (28km) – this water-based adventure playground is great for children; it offers a large lake with boats, canoes, pedal boats, walking and cycling trails and about 200 meters of real sand; part of the lake is cut off by an artificial barrier to separate an area for 'teleski' (a drag lift going around the lake towing water-skiers)
  • Theme parks of different types are within a short drive, including an aqua park, a dinosaur theme park, and a treetop adventure park

Getting There

  • Airports
    • Brive-la-Gaillarde 70km
    • Bergerac 118km
    • Bordeaux 184km
  • Ferry ports
    • St-Malo 561k
    • Caen-Ouistreham 575km 
    • Le Havre 615km 
    • Cherbourg 685km 
    • Calais 750km 
  • TGV stations
    • Brive 56km 
    • Angoulême 104km 
    • Libourne 156km

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Brive-la-Gaillarde 70km/50min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season


Limoges 84km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sunday 28 May - 17 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 30 Sep
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 2 Apr - 22 Oct
Manchester Ryanair Sunday 2 Apr - 22 Oct
East Midlands Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 3 Jun - 9 Sep (Sat)
4 Jun - 3 Sep (Sun)


Bergerac 100km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 3 Jun - 30 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 26 Mar - 22 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 29 Apr - 30 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Exeter Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep


Bordeaux 184km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun From 22 Apr (Sat)
All season (Sun)
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
23 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 13 May - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 13 May - 23 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 26 Mar - 9 Sep



  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,900 5,800
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Domaine de l'Auvézère 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,900 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
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One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:


Position, view, serenity, privacy


Space, style, furnishings and interiors


Property enhancements


Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops


For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property: