|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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Alongside our 3 other beautiful properties on the Estate, all sharing the swimming pool, Kestrel Cottage is a gorgeous, newly decorated and highly maintained property which forms part of our lovely La Prairie here in Le Peyruzel. Just minutes drive from the stunning riverside village of Daglan and a beautiful meander down the valley to the equally stunning world renowned villages of La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Domme.
The cottage dates from 1809 and was fully transformed from a Byre in 1997 and re-decorated just before the 2015 season. It is a wonderfully airy house that remains cool in the very hot months of June, July and August but is equally as cozy in the cooler months.
There is a log burner and radiators so you will not be cold and the house has plenty of cozy corners, soft rugs and curtains, making this a real home not a holiday rental!
There are French doors leading to the main part of the house and the kitchen, which is new, dining area and living space are all on the same spacious floor, decorated in white and blues. Up the stairs to the little landing and the lovely bathroom with bath, hand held shower, toilet and sink. The three bedrooms all have either windows or velux's. There are two twin bedrooms (one of the twin bedrooms has a futon chair instead of a single bed) and one gorgeous double bedroom. All of the bedrooms has a fan for the hot days/nights.
All the rooms have been fully updated and renovated. There are soft towels in the cupboard for swimming and the bathroom and the kitchen is complete with everything you need in order to test your culinary skills! There is no need to bring any house linen whatsoever and that includes bath mats, tea towels and table cloths. In fact everything is provided but if there should be anything missing that you deem necessary to make your holiday what it should be then please don't hesitate to let me know!
Outside there are two terraces for your private use, neither of which are overlooked. One of the terraces has eating facilities and a BBQ of course and the other terrace at the front of the house has fabulous views across toward the lovely Chateau in the village. In 2012 we decided to build a lower garden; extremely private with wooden steps leading down to 2 sunbeds. Lovely views and no one to see you.........
Well, after browsing the photographs in my online album I decided that the best advertisment would be a photograph of our wonderful children who have made La Prairie what it is today. Inspired by them from the beginning, they have all lived here, The Farmhouse being especially important, as it is here that Huckleberry came at 2 days old and where at the age of 5 years, 8 months and 2 days, Nadia arrived from Burundi in Africa to be a part of our weird and wonderful family forever.
As for us, I and David, well, what to say that you would want to know?! You can't go and blow your own trumpet can you? But I can blow David's and let you all know that he is the Master Craftsman who has done it all. We came to France back in 1986 in order to work and to stay somewhere just after our marriage in the April of that year. We quite simply never went back to England. We both spoke French as I had been educated here for 4 years whilst living in Normandy with my parents and David had spent many winters in the Alps. We lived and worked all over France before falling for La Prairie in 1996. We have spent the last 20 years accomplishing what we have now and are still at it! We love what we do, love La Prairie very much and can't wait for 2016 to start although we don't finish last year until the 20th November. The winter months will be very welcome in order to work in the houses making them lovelier, replacing what needs to be replaced, adding new and up to date essentials and mainly to re-do the laundry room. We hope that you will come and stay with us very soon.
Louise or David Thums purchased this cottage in 1996
Why did we choose the Golden Triangle of the Dordogne? Well, because of its proximity to 1001 castles, the nearness of Daglan, La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac, the history, the river itself, the people, the climate, everything in short. We came across La Prairie quite by accident though. It was in 1995 when we were living about an hour away in the Lot. We came over this way because we had heard tell of its incomparable beauty. We did as we had always done and drove around the country lanes, avoiding the busy parts of the area. This led us to Le Peyruzel. Destiny? Undoubtedly. Easy? No, not at all. We loved it here although there was nothing but some ruined buildings and weeds and brambles 7ft tall. We offered a price. Accepted with joy on both parts then turned down as 'family' wanted to buy it. Fortunately for us 'family' decided against it at the very last minute and we jumped in as quick as possible and signed over the money before it could happen again. We had seen the extraordinary potential, the position of the property was unique. All was needed was hard work and we had plenty of that to give....
Perhaps the best thing about living here at La Prairie is the peace and quiet. You could be a million miles from problems that beset the rest of the world yet we are so close to noise, ferment, news and people if we choose. I find that a rare combination.
Also, there is the village of Daglan which is so beautifully maintained and so French and so welcoming.
Walking the dogs is a treat not a chore as is the gardening. Spring comes very early here too. By the end of February there are many signs that the warmer weather is returning: the Black Redstarts are nesting early, the swallows appear at last, the dandelions come out and the light changes. You can rise at 5.30 in May and be greeted by deer and rabbits and maybe, if you're lucky' a shy wild boar. The air is warm already, the promise of another day of unbroken sunshine. And then there's lovely Sarlat of course, a fabulous town, so rich in culture and history that even after 30 years of living in France, I still find this town fascinating and love nothing better than having tea in one of the cafes along the side streets.
Well. Where to start. We booked all 4 properties at La Prairie about a year ago and travelled over the big pond from New York early April. We have been in Europe until last week travelling around France and Italy. We have had an awesome time and we loved it all. La Prairie was our beautiful part of the French trip; we did Paris, Provence, Burgundy and the Alps but loved the Dordogne more than anywhere else. it is like stepping back in time, like a fairy tale. Everywhere you go there is a castle, a beautiful village, lovely people, so much to do, fantastic markets, restaurants (the BEST meal we ever had during all these months away has to be La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac)......La Prairie itself is magical. Wild flowers yet beautifully maintained property, spotlessly clean, all modern conveniences, fantastic hosts, beautiful dogs, great food delivered from Sophie at the bottom of the hill, amazing wine, amazing weather. We loved it very much and although it is far to come back I am sure we will either as a huge family gathering again or individually some day soon. Thank you David and thank you Louise for all the little touches that go to making La Prairie so special. I will review all the houses but cheat and copy and paste this review!
When we arrived 'en famille' we were nervous, I mean the website is so delicious that we kind of expected to be disappointed in some way but we weren't in any way at all!!! A beautiful house all decorated in blues and whites and yellows. A lovely private terrace and your own garden too. Louise and David are always around rushing about between jobs and are never intrusive or never watchful just discreet and attentive when necessary. The dogs are a delight too and our neighbours were very nice. We had drinks on the terrace everynight at the cottage except the 2 nights we were at the AMAZING Petit Paris in Daglan and the equally lovely Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac. I couldnt receommend this lovely holiday home highly enough. We will be back!
Great holiday. La Prairie is a wonderful site, and great for the children. Close to lots of attractions (castles, towns and canoeing) and fun things to do, but equally nice to stay by the pool and around the cottage for the day (which was lovely with great views). David and Louise were excellent hosts!. Definitely recommended.
Plusieurs maisons dans un très bel ensemble périgourdin, beaucoup de cachet, de confort et de propreté. Les propriétaires sont très accueillants tout en sachant rester discret. Une de nos meilleures adresses dans le Perigord.
We stayed in Kestrel at the beginning of the summer season which is a great time of year in the Dordogne. It's very green and lush, the temperature was perfect. Warm but not too hot. Needless to say how much we enjoyed the pool, with its amazing views and super relaxing spots. We'd already been to this part of France a few years ago, so we already knew the region a little bit. But La Prairie was a great surprise. We weren't expecting it to be so welcoming and beautifully done. The work that's gone into it is outstanding and the warm welcome David and Louise give you is quite rare nowadays.
Kestrel was the perfect home for our holiday. It has three private terraces and the rooms are all nicely decorated. Everything is clean and fresh.
We enjoyed the long walks, canoeing, eating out in the fantastic restaurants recommended by Louise, the markets of course..., the castles and beautiful gardens...
La Prairie is really well positioned, 5 min. from Domme and so close to all the castles and picturesque villages and different sights.
We had a lovely time, relaxing and fun.
Travelling from mid west USA (a very long journey) and arriving to a smile, a beautiful house, a beautiful secluded garden, flowers and cosy beds and beautiful decor, just couldn't have been better for any of us.
Everything imaginable is provided and the attention to detail is wonderful. All the home made crafts are delightful and add to the welcome.
The children loved the house, the pool is truly extraordinary, the submerged beach a fantastic idea!
David and Louise made us feel so welcome and for that we thank them truly.
We had an amazing meal at La Belle Etoile and some wonderful days out at the local castles. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
The problem with describing the area where we live is to know exactly where to start. It is so beautiful, so rich in activity, culture and the 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' that only the French possess that it makes the following task quite tricky! But I will endeavour to tell you just why you should come and visit us.
Daglan is stunning so let us start with our home. We live 3 km up the hill from this quintessentially Perigordine village and it is here that we take the children to school, gossip at the market and occasionally indulge in a meal at the fantastic Petit Paris in the village square. The village was taken into hand about 7 years ago and spruced up and polished and scrubbed and neatened by the ambitious Maire who was in residence at the time. He accomplished something quite lovely and we are all proud of our village and the people in it too. The Church is very pretty especially inside, the little shop is run by a delightful couple, there are Artisan shops everywhere. it is a jewel of a village and you will see why when you come.
Our little hamlet of Le Peyruzel is gorgeous as well. No shops but a real living/working community of farmers and everyday workers living here in the peaceful countryside that surrounds us. The walks we have from here are fabulous and the new bike tracks are amazing with the added luxury of having your bicycles delivered to La Prairie! The walk from La Prairie down to Daglan takes about 40 minutes.
Approximately 15 minutes from La Prairie are Domme, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Castelnaud, the river, the castles, the gardens.....
Domme is stunning; a hilltop village that is like something out of a fairytale but then again so is La Roque with its medieval houses built into the rock. Beynac castle is awe inspiring, Monfort is breathtaking. Les Jardins De Marqueyssac and Eyrignac are extraordinary. Sarlat is so stunning as to be quite overwhelming especially visited early when you have it to yourself.
Our local restaurants are delicious; Le Petit Paris in Daglan is the best place to sit outside. La Belle Etoile, our favourite, is the best place for a meal and the loveliest terrace anywhere. Le Martial which is 10 minutes away has amazing food, our local Auberge serving fabulous wholesome home produced food is a must. Le The Vert is delicious for lunch, L'Eole has fantastic take away pizzas, Castelnaud has a new take away food service which we have tried and were blown away by the quality of the food.
Then there is Rocamadour, Eagles Rock, the must see Gouffre De Padirac...
I could go on forever but the best thing to do is to have a look at our website and it will lead you to everything you need to know.........But just before I sign off and let you discover our website in peace and quiet let me talk about what there is to do for the children. We have 6 children so we know pretty much all there is to know about their dreams and hopes whilst on holiday with Mum and Dad.
For the tiny ones and young ones we have provided the sloping beach for the pool. The gate is difficult to open and there is an alarm system so you can really relax! The toy barn is what has made some parents holiday; they can spend hours in this room and you are just a few steps away from them. There are swings, log cabins, a sand pit and a goal for football. You can go to a castle and become a Knight or a Damsel, walk around the gardens in Marqueyssac which are illuminated with thousands of candles every Thursday night in the summer. Go to Sarlat to watch the miming, the street artists. How about Eagles Rock to watch the birds of prey? Sounds boring? Would it be better if I told you they walk on your head, over your legs, swoop down, narrowly missing your ears and the Griffon Vultures weigh 13kgs and have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet? How about the aquarium? Not content with fish, the owners have provided Anacondas, Pythons, Caimans and fish you can stroke (all ages love this) and the wonders of the fish themselves, the size of the sturgeons are breathtaking and if you are lucky there will be someone in the huge tank swimming with them. And what is there for the teenagers, the budding teenagers and the young in us all? The pool, swimming in the Dordogne, horse riding, paint balling, hot air ballooning, kayaking, canoeing, tree top trekking, cycling, rock climbing, pot holing, being punted down an underground river, being lowered in a basket to an underground cave, exploring the Chateau De Castelnaud and if you are really desperate to please them there is a McDonalds in Sarlat!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$365|
Our rental rates are all inclusive. This means that anything extra that you wish to have is free. Cots, high chairs, cot bedding, extra bedding, mid week linen change, firewood, electricity, towels, water, use of washing machines and tumble dryer, use of pool 24hrs a day.....
There are NO additional charges for the 6 month rental period of the year from 1st April to the 31st October.