Domaine de l'Auvézère

The Dordogne & South West , France

  • 12
  • 6
  • 4
  • Classic manor house
  • Stunning country views
  • In the heart of the Dordogne
  • Private gated and heated swimming pool

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 saltwater swimming pool shares lawn space with an ancient well (secured) whilst the large vaulted cellar has been converted into a games room.

The local area

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 velo railing (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. At roughly the same distance, Périgueux is well worth a trip for its imposing 12th-century cathedral, elegant streets and peaceful riverboat trips.

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.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 6 bedroom manor house (sleeps 12)

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Sitting room with TV
  • Dining
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher

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

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Cot (no linen) and highchair on request
  • Satellite and cable TV, DVD and CD players
  • Heating (€100 per 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 per week)

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.

Services

  • 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 per hour (minimum 4 hours) 
  • Cooking service available on request, with seasonal menu options differing from month to month. Standard menu price is €30 per 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

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

Location

  • Dordogne region
  • Shops/restaurants (Tourtoirac) 7min drive
  • Château de Hautefort 12min drive
  • Périgueux 45min drive
  • Bergerac airport 1hr 20min drive

Flights

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 21 Mar – 27 Oct

Limoges 84km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sunday 27 May – 16 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 1 Apr – 21 Oct
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 1 Apr – 21 Oct
Manchester Ryanair Sunday 1 Apr – 21 Oct
East Midlands Ryanair Saturday All season

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
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 25 Mar – 21 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 26 May – 29 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sunday 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday All season

Bordeaux 184km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun 12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May – 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May – 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 31 Mar – 2 Sep

Customer feedback

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 and 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 Bristowe Family – 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 Pamakian Family – May 2015

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.

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

Read more on our The Dordogne & South West region page

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