Domaine des Soleils

The Dordogne & South West , France

  • 9
  • 5
  • 3
  • Stunning, far-reaching countryside views
  • Set in 35 acres of grounds
  • Périgord Noir region
  • Table tennis, bikes and boules

Driving up to this idyllic 18th-century house, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the wild countryside of the rugged Périgord Noir. The cool blue of the swimming pool is in striking contrast to the luscious greenery of the property’s 35 acres and the rolling hills that extend as far as the eye can see. A stroll through a gallery of rooms presents new vantage points through which to enjoy the idyllic views, framed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doorways and take-a-peek window arches.

Days here can be spent stretched out under the wisteria-clad pergola with a good book or lounging poolside in perfect seclusion. As the sun dips behind the horizon, curl up – perhaps with a glass of Bergerac, produced locally - in one of the many inviting corners, nested in between sloping ceilings, exposed beams, Louis Philippe period furniture and original stone walls.

Once the tranquillity has worked its magic, venture out into the patchwork of pretty villages all around. The nearest, 3km away, is Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin where you’ll find shops, a Sunday market, tennis courts and a recommended restaurant.

The local area

If you can drag yourself away from your hilltop retreat for longer than a few hours, less than 35km away, you’ll find the riverside village of Montignac with its prehistoric caves and Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne, with its stunning Byzantine cathedral. Along the way, you’ll encounter dramatic countryside, castles that seem to rise out of the mountains and the Dordogne River, just a 10km drive away, along which you can swim or paddle in your own canoe or kayak.

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

  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 9 maximum)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining room, opens onto terrace
  • Study/library 
  • Kitchen with hob, oven, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower
  • WC

First floor

  • 3 double bedrooms (can be made up to twin beds)
  • Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Shower room
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi (Study and dining room, intermittent in living room)
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Cot (linen supplied)
  • 2 highchairs
  • Telephone, TV, DVD and CD players
  • Piano (tuned regularly)
  • Heating (€200 per week)
  • Fireplace (wood €58 per week)
  • Fans
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis, boules, bikes, sand pit, darts
  • Private swimming pool 13.5m x 6m (depth 1m – 3m), security alarm, Roman steps, open June to mid-October

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
  • Cleaning €18 per hour (minimum 3 hours)
  • Cook available €18 per hour plus cost of food
  • 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
    Bergerac 54km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 63km
    Limoges 120km
    Bordeaux 170km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 567km
    Caen-Ouistreham 587km
    Le Havre 709km
    Cherbourg 710km
  • TGV stations
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 65km

Location

Key Information

  • Dordogne region
  • Restaurants (Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) 6min drive
  • Shops (Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) 6min drive
  • Les Eyzies 23min drive
  • Périgueux 40min drive
  • Bergerac airport 1hr drive

Villages

  • Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (3km) – shops, services and a supermarket
  • Fleurac (6km) – basic shops  

Towns

  • Périgueux (34km)
  • Sarlat (37km)
  • Bergerac (52km)
  • Brive-la-Gaillarde (65km)

Market Days

    • Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin (3km) – Sundays
    • Le Bugue (17km) – Tuesdays
    • Montignac (25km) – Wednesdays
    • Le Buisson-de-Cadouin (27km) – Thursdays
    • Sarlat (37km) – Saturdays

Recommended Restaurants

    • Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin (3km) – Le Puits Fleuri
    • Mauzens-Miremont (7km) – Auberge de la Loulie
    • Les Eyzies (17km) – Les Glycines
    • Le Bugue (17km) – Le Cygne
    • Limeuil (22km) – Le Chai
    • Paunat (24km) – Le restaurant de l’Abbatiale
    • Saint-Cyprien (27km) – Le Cro Marin
    • Tremolat (29km) – Le Vieux Logis, Le Bistrot d’en face
    • Périgueux (34km) – Au Bien Bon
    • Sarlat (37km) – La Couleuvrine
    • Bergerac (51km) – Restaurant L’Imparfait

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

    • Many typical Périgourdin villages nearby including the historic and authentic village of Plazac (6km) and the riverside village of Montignac with its prehistoric caves (24km)
    • Further afield the beautifully preserved town of Sarlat (37km) and the capital of the Dordogne, Périgueux (34km), with its stunning Byzantine cathedral

Regional Food and Wine

Food

  • The area is famous for its foie gras, duck and truffles

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

Activities

    • Tennis courts at Rouffignac (3km)
    • Horse riding at Fleurac (6km)
    • 9-hole golf course at Siorac (34km)
    • 18-hole golf courses a Saint-Félix-de-Reillac-et-Mortemart (15km), Saint-Germain-de-Belvès (37km)
    • Lakes with activities at Fossemagne (13km) and Thenon (19km) and river swimming, canoeing and kayaking 10km away

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.

Bergerac 54km/55min 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

Brive-la-Gaillarde 63km/55min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 21 Mar – 27 Oct

Limoges 120km/1hr 45min 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

Bordeaux 170km/1hr 45min 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

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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