Chestnut Cottage was built as an important farmhouse in the 18th century from the honey-coloured stone of the Périgord region. Its recent restoration combines all of the house’s traditional character with modern comfort and conveniences. The spacious, sun-filled two storey house has four double and twin bedrooms to take up to eight guests, with an additional full single bed and a double bed ensuite bedroom suite with its own entrance available on request. The property benefits from a magnificent 15 x 7 metre chlorine-free, heated swimming pool and sports complex.
The house is set in its private 50 acre (20-hectare) estate of Domaine le Ruisseau which was once the ancestral home of a dynasty of local mayors. The estate is dotted with walking trails, ruined cottages, picnic glades, woods, and a boating pond. A gentle stream runs through the length of the estate, and wildlife abounds, including heron, deer, rabbit and sometimes wild boar.
Inside the house, comfortable sofas and armchairs in the spacious living room invite one to relax in front of the wood-burning fireplace and enjoy the extensive library of over a thousand books, satellite television, DVD, and stereo.
Through a metre-thick stone and oak-beamed opening is the large, fully-equipped farmhouse kitchen, with a fridge-freezer, a double oven, a ceramic stovetop, a microwave, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. A large dining table seats twelve. Under-floor central heating warms the hand-painted ceramic tiled floor.
In each of the four large bedrooms, chestnut beams line the ceilings, matching the chestnut parquet floors. The first bedroom is on the ground floor, with the other three upstairs.
From the master bedroom, a door opens onto a roof terrace overlooking the pool. All bedrooms have fine views of the pool, lake, stream, or gardens. There are two luxury bathrooms and two separate toilets, one on each floor.
Outside the kitchen, the terrace is equipped with a barbecue and outdoor dining furniture looking onto the pool and private gardens by the stream.
The chlorine-free, 15 x 7 metre floodlit heated pool is designed both for swimming and playing for children and adults. The pool and summer house offers a range of sports facilities, including table tennis, badminton, boules, and darts.
Chestnut Cottage is set in the “Périgord Noir”, the heart of the Dordogne, with easy access to the region’s chateaux, rivers and market towns. The house is five minutes from the town of Les Eyzies, a major site of prehistory. It is two minutes to the nearest restaurant, and five minutes to a bakery, pharmacy, shops and a small supermarket. Within 15 minutes are the towns of Le Bugue and St-Cyprien, with large supermarkets and a range of other facilities.
This is an ideal spot for anyone who enjoys walking. From the house, one can explore miles of walks through forests and countryside, by rivers, lakes and medieval villages. Among the sports available locally are golf, canoeing, tennis, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hot air ballooning, and climbing.
Within a short drive, one can visit the walled medieval city of Sarlat, a world heritage site, and other medieval towns including Montignac, Périgueux and Bergerac. The region’s rich heritage stretches all the way back to the cave paintings at Lascaux.
The Dordogne is also renowned for its cuisine and wine. Among the region’s culinary specialties are foie gras, walnut salad, magret de canard, and truffles. There are many wine estates to visit; particularly recommended are those at Bergerac, Pecharmant, Saussignac and Monbazillac. Among the many things to visit within an hour or two are the city of Bordeaux, Limoges, and Toulouse, as well as a great range of medieval villages and towns, festivals, antique dealers, and vibrant street markets. Further afield, Spain and the Pyrénées mountains are less than four hours.
“We have booked again for two weeks next year which we are already looking forward to. This is the best compliment we can pay this fabulous place. We have had many quality villa and gite holidays but this beats them all. The setting is amazing. The accommodation is full of character, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The very large heated pool is stunning and simply the best we have experienced. The nearby games room provided plenty of entertainment. The beauty and serenity of the vast landscape is beguiling.”
Mick A. and family - West Bromwich, UK
“Wow! An amazing place. Even better than the images on the website. Everything perfect. On the third day of our stay in early June we booked to come back next year.”
Margot S. - Capetown, South Africa
“Our extended family of 8 looked for the perfect place to have a great get-together and we found it. Chestnut Cottage and the fabulous surroundings are a delight, especially the wonderful large heated swimming pool which was a great temperature in late May. Victoria and Harris could not have been more helpful. Victoria's buffet lunch and superb dinner were a highlight. We took the optional additional en-suite bedroom which was lovely. Stayed for two weeks and we only wish it could have been longer.”
Ray N. - Boston, USA
“Our fifth consecutive year here - that says it all. We have already booked for next year.”
Jane and Nick S - UK
“This estate went beyond our expectations. It was absolutely beautiful and a perfect spot to see all the region has to offer (the prehistoric caves, charming, historic small towns nearby and Bordeaux and St Emilion a mere two hours away) or just stay around the property and take in the beauty of the estate with a rejuvenating swim in the fabulous pool. Chestnut Cottage is extremely comfortable and we wanted for nothing. We loved making meals in the spacious kitchen. Most of all we loved our hosts who helped guide us through our week. So charming and lots of fun. We will return!”
Sue L - New York, USA
“We stayed in May. Superb weather! The property is even more wonderful than in the photos and video, the surrounding grounds are well maintained with beautiful flowers and an herb garden. Because of the thick stone walls, the cottage was cool inside even though the temperatures soared outside. Victoria and Harris were very welcoming, they answered all our questions and gave us great ideas for restaurants and sightseeing. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Chestnut Cottage.”
Corine M - New Jersey, USA
“We chose Chestnut Cottage for a family gathering across 3 generations ranging from 1 to 67. It proved an excellent choice. The house was comfortable and well equipped and the outside space ideal for that holiday ’outdoor existence’. The large kitchen terrace was where we ate most meals together, the bbq was in use most evenings. The huge swimming pool area is a delight. Located about 50 metres from the house meant peace of mind with the young children present. We all enjoyed the shaded sports/games area by the pool and the grass badminton court. A real Dordogne heaven but close to everything.”
Les S - Norwich, England
“Wow! Chestnut Cottage is by far the best property we have rented in over 15 years of coming every June to France/Europe. It has everything. Gorgeous surroundings, superbly equiped, wonderfully peaceful but close to everything we wanted to visit and do. The swimming pool and games complex is amazing. FIVE STARS for everything. Victoria and Harris were a delight - so helpful. We can’t wait to return.”
Marie D - Sydney, Australia
“I would definitely recommend this superb counry house and its owners. We arrived as a family of 12 and were greeted well with some treats to see us by for our first night/morning. The place is spaciously sized and the grounds are perfect for kids to venture. The real selling point is the amazing swimming pool and summer house facilities. These were great for both adults and kids to use. A fantastic stay.”
Matthew J. - England
“This is our fourth year in a row staying here. Having rented gites all over France, I can honestly say that we have never found such a beautiful location or a more comfortable, clean and welcoming holiday home. With excellent information supplied upon arrival, the domain is stunning and the swimming pool magnificent. Local eating is fantastic and local markets/shops all top notch. No need to stray far, but should you wish to, there is so much to see. The river Vezere is more beautiful than the Dordogne for kayak enthusiasts, being peaceful and quiet and very close by!”
Jane and NIck S. - Shepton Wallet, UK
“Wow! We could not have asked for a more perfect place to stay on our first visit to France. The place is 5-star and amazing value. We were a family of 6 staying and no-one wanted to leave after our two-weeks. Harris and Victoria are discreetly on hand to help with any requests. don’t miss out on Victoria’s fabulous dinners!”
Eli G. - Chicago, USA
“Chestnut Cottage is a five star holiday home set in the most beautiful, tranquil gardens with the bonus of a fabulous pool to relax in. The house has everything needed to make your stay stress free, including really comfortable beds! Genuinely lovely, charming owners on hand should any questions arise and with sound knowledge of the area. We left Chestnut Cottage feeling happier, healthier and more relaxed than we had for a very long time...,wish we’d booked for longer, we’ll be back!”
Liz K. - HARPENDEN, UK
“A truly special, private and tranquil country estate in the best part of the Dordogne. Our family had the most marvellous time. Chestnut Cottage is faultless and Harris and Victoria could not have been more helpful. We loved Harris’ Chateau wine tour and Victoria’s sumptious buffet lunches and her amazing Dinners. Can’t wait for a return visit.”
Leslie A. - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
“Excellent setting and facilities which made for a memorable holiday. Chestnut cottage has ample room for a family to relax , play and dine together in a peacefully valley setting full of wildlife. The owners were unobtrusive yet provide a warm welcome . In particular their extra services helped us enjoy local cuisine and wines as well as the delicious home made orange cakes ! Proximity to some highlights of the Dordogne was a bonus but we were always eager to return to Chestnut Cottage.”
Michael H. - Tadworth, ENGLAND
“This is by far the best Gite we have stayed in in over 20 years of coming to France. We loved everything about Chestnut Cottage and the greeting and help from the owners could not have been more welcoming. We were two couples looking forward to exploring all the great places close by but frnally it was difficult to tear ourselves away from Chestnut Cottage and its idyllic surroundings and facilities.”
- Summit, New Jersey, USA
“Yet again we had the most lovely, relaxing time at Chestnut Cottage, perfectly located to tour the Dordogne and a great place to spend time with the friends away from the hustle and bustle.Victoria’s marvelous dinners and buffets to order were amazing as always. Don’t miss them.”
Jan, Marika, Guus, Rijke, and Beni - Amsterdam, Holland
“The owners have maintained the bucolic spirit of the original estate while turning former barn spaces into a modern, comfortable, spacious house with every convenience. The house is perfectly situated in the midst of the prehistoric sites, flourishing weekly markets, bastide towns, excellent restaurants and more chateaux than you’ll have time to explore. The pool is immaculate, the plantings varied. Harris and Victoria are happy to assist visitors; we particularly enjoyed Harris’ of the prehistoric caves on the property where members of the Resistance had hidden.”
Priscilla M. - New York, USA
“We come to the Dordogne every three years and would not dream of staying anywhere else but Chestnut Cottage. It is perfect. This was our fourth stay - grandparents, parents, children - and everyone looks forward to teh next trip so we can stay here. Thanks so much, Victoria and Harris.”
Riner Family - Capetown, South Africa
“The photos, though very good, can never do this place justice. It is truly ’heaven in the heart of the Dordogne. The children were crying when they left, only placated by the promise of coming back soon. And we shall.Don’t miss Harris’s chateaux wine tour and Victoria’s amazing cooking.”
The Crowland and Griffin Families - Didsbury, England