Simpson Secret – Dordogne

The Dordogne & South West , France

Part of theSimpson Secrets collection

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  • Handsome 18th-century house
  • Beautiful countryside setting
  • Sweeping valley views
  • Private heated swimming pool

Perched on a hilltop, this handsome 18th-century manor house is set in the heart of the Dordogne’s Bessède Forest, with tranquil views across seemingly endless wooded valleys and green fields.

In keeping with the area’s historic heritage, the original building has been meticulously restored. Its many exposed beams, tiled floors and open fireplace create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

As well as four bedrooms on the ground and first floors, this comfortable, family-friendly home includes a converted attic room – ample space for five single beds, children’s pyjama parties and bedtime stories.

Outside, there is plenty of space for little ones to run around: Domaine Périgourdin enjoys a tranquil setting in extensive grounds, with woodland and a large lake (300m from the house), which is unfenced so keep an eye on younger children. A pleasant terrace off the kitchen leads to the heated swimming pool surrounded by sunny lawns and there’s a boules lawn and a table tennis table.

The local area

The Dordogne River is just 13km away, a spot for fishing, canoeing or even a quick dip. Beautiful, dramatic scenery greets you at every turn and the area is steeped in history: castles perched high over the river valley and charming bastide towns with sun-dappled terrace cafés, not to mention the prehistoric caves, unique to this region.

The perfectly preserved medieval village of Monpazier is just 12km away. Hire a bike there, book a hack with the local riding school or wander its Thursday market. A short drive also takes you to St-Avit-Sénieur with its beautiful 11th-century Benedictine abbey.

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 thousand 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 manor house (sleeps 12)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living area with large open fireplace and dining table
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher  
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (no WC)
  • Separate WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC
  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • Separate WC

Second floor

  • Converted attic space with 5 single beds 

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Cot (no linen) and highchair
  • Telephone (incoming/local calls only)
  • Satellite TV, CD player
  • Heating (€84 per week)
  • Fireplace (wood €38)
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Boules
  • Private heated swimming pool 14m x 6m (1.1m – 2.3m), electric security cover, Roman steps, open May 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 €12 per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • 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 39km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 90km
    Limoges 153km
    Bordeaux 173km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 651km
    Caen-Ouistreham 738km
    Le Havre 763km
    Cherbourg 813km
    Calais 882km
  • TGV stations
    Agen 88km
    Brive 114km

Location

  • Dordogne region
  • Restaurants (Monpazier) 13min drive
  • Shops (Belvès) 14min drive
  • Bergerac 50min drive
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda 50min drive
  • Bergerac airport 50min

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 50km/55min 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

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 90km/1hr 25min drive

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

Limoges 153km/2hr 15min 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)

 

Bordeaux 173km/2hr 15min 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

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.

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    5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    3.5/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    3.5/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    3.5/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

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

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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