|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Alongside our 3 beautiful properties on the Estate, all sharing the swimming pool, situated with the most wonderful far reaching views across the valley towards the Chateau Du Peyruzel, The Byre is a newly renovated cottage that sleeps 4 people in great comfort.
This lovely cottage is just a few minutes drive from the wonderful village of Daglan that has the added luxury of being host to one of the loveliest restaurants in the area. Eating wonderful food prepared by Sylvain at Le Petit Paris is one of those moments in life that fades reluctantly in order to become an everlasting memory....
This gorgeous cottage is set at the heart of the Estate and the views are breathtaking over the village towards Le Chateau Du Peyruzel, its 13th Century Castle, and down the valley towards Le Chateau de Castelnaud, a must for every budding Knight and Damsel.
Along the valley floor after you have left Daglan you will come into the ridiculously beautiful villages of Beynac and La Roque Gageac, both of which are straight out of Medieval times. In fact, dawn or early evening in either of these villages, leaves you pinching yourself to make sure you are really in the 21st century...
The Byre has been lovingly knocked about and altered this last winter and is proud to offer luxury accommodation for 4 people in 2 bedrooms, one of which is our new double bedroom with its 180cm new bed with matching bed linen, curtains, lampshades etc...
On this first floor is also the newly painted bathroom and the sweet bunk bedroom.
We have also redesigned the living room, creating a new opening and popping into place a new couche and armchair and a new soft rug. The walls, floors and doors have all been redone and the kitchen updated and new crockery, saucepans etc., make this a fabulous working kitchen that leads out onto the terrace with eating facilities and the BBQ!
La Prairie Estate provides you with all you need for your holiday and there is a fully equipped laundry room, a play barn with every toy imaginable, books, etc... Up on the top field beyond the garden is the children's play area where we have put the football goal, two log cabins, swings, slides, sandpit and table tennis table. A few meters walk away from the house, beyond your covered garage is the spectacular swimming pool with the pool house. This provides much needed shade during the hot months. There are plenty of sun loungers with cushions too.
There is so much to do in the surrounding area that unless you are by the pool everyday you will be very busy visiting the many gorgeous villages, Eagles rock in the extraordinary village of Rocamadour, the underground boat ride at Padirac or swinging from trees high above the ground in one of the many Air Parcs in the area...
Or, needing some quiet time, you could visit Le Chateau De Beynac, eat out under the trees at L'Esplanade that overlooks the river Dordogne, go up in a Hot Air Balloon or visit the Nocturnal Market in Domme....
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 2017 to start although we don't finish this year until the 26th October. 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. 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.
We've never been to the Dordogne before - what a place. Gorgeous hills and valleys, interesting little market towns. La Prarie, where we stayed was excellent - everything we needed, beautiful swimming pool, quite country location and lovely people who found us the best restaurant table in the area. The gites are comfortabe, well-equipped, clean and perfectly situated on top of the valley.
We have stayed at La Prairie many times over the last few years with our family of 5 boys. we love this place, our youngest is now 12 years and our oldest 26 years and without exception they all love it ! We have stayed in The Farmhouse, Kestrel and The Byre and this year we are looking forward to our first stay in The Old Workshop. The houses are gorgeous each with their own charm and beautifully presented with everything you could need. the pool and grounds are fabulous and safe with a super playroom for families with young children .The communal pool is lovely with loads of sun loungers, often quiet and you have it to yourselves, but also a great spot for making new friends over a bottle or two on a warm balmy evening !
Canoeing on The Dordogne, cycling on the beautiful tracks.....so much to do for a fantastic holiday......Oh and all the castles and restaurants to visit ......( Louise has great restaurant recommendations !)
We loved our stay at the Byre Cottage on La Prairie Estate. Surrounded by beautiful views in all directions, the grounds and the swimming pool really are spectacular. The children had a fabulous time running around with their new found friends and were very impressed with the toy barn and the childrens area with swings etc. There were some lovely families and children staying at the same time as us which really added to our enjoyment of the place. The Byre cottage is lovely and our favourite features were the spacious bedroom and the beautiful views from the terrace. We loved it so much that we have already booked for next year (a different cottage as unfortunately the Byre is already full for the summer holidays!) and we are already looking forward to returning. The Dordogne area is great with loads to do (although very busy in the summer holidays). 1 week was definitely not enough!
The Byre looked and was every bit as described on the website. The attention to detail in the cottage was second to none. It had everything you needed for a comfortable stay. The cottage was very clean and tidy on arrival with a nice welcome pack to get you started.
The toy barn was a had everything a child could possible want and just a few yards across from the cottage, so having a lie in is possible.
Louise was extremely helpful with suggestions and booking restaurants for us and was always around if you need help.
This is a very relaxing, quiet and beautiful place to stay. Everything about La Prairie is everything that is described and more. We enjoined it so much that we have booked to come back next year for two weeks as there is so much more to see that you can't fit in a week.
We drove down this time which was a bit of a slog but took in Euro Disney on the way back which made a good stop before the final stage home. We are planning to fly next year instead.
You will not be disappointed with this place.
La Prairie comprises a beautiful cluster of gites set around a glorious swimming pool in a fantastic location. Our gite, The Byre, was lucky enough to have the best views of all with breathtaking scenery across the valley. The gite itself had obviously been renovated with a lot of care with many of the original features still remaining. The decor was of a very high standard and the furnishings were very in keeping with the style of the property. The kitchen was extremely well appointed and we had everything we needed to cater for our weeks holiday. The children were extremely well catered for with a fantastic swimming pool, table tennis, football goals and swings. There was also the 'Toy Barn', a whole barn full of toys for very hot or rainy days. The owners David and Louise were very approachable and always available to help. They were also extremely knowledge about the area having been resident in La Peyruzel for almost 20 years. Tourist attractions such as Sarlat Le Caneda, Montpazier and Beynac were in close proximity and supermarkets and petrol stations were also close by. We would have no hesitation in recommending this glorious property to friends and family and are very keen to return again one day.
The Byre is a clean, cozy, comfortable cottage with extraordinary views from the patio. It was very nicely equipped and the "starter kit" of supplies very welcome.
The grounds are beautiful and the surrounding neighborhood provided us with many nice walks.
The villages close by provided good choices for daily supplies and good meals out. We loved that we could travel a half hour in any direction to find caves, castles, chateaus and other local attractions. Probably the best meal we had in France was a short distance away overlooking the Dordogne( with reservations arranged by Louise). She also pointed us to Fabrice in Daglan and neighbor Sophie who provided wonderful meals that we could take on our patio.
And perhaps what made our stay most wonderful were the owners. So helpful and personable, and at the same time very respectful of guests' privacy. What a nice family!
Of all the places I've been to, and it's a few, I have to say that I have more good memories of La Prairie than anywhere I can think of. For those of us wishing to make the most our summer (or spring or autumn) vacations, at La Prairie you will find something extra special.
It may well be able to cater for a relaxing family holiday with the kids or parents or both, but the different gites available there means you are sure to find one to suit your needs. The gites are unique, very clean and well presented, and continue to be developed year on year.
The pool area, with its magnificent outlook, the open spaces, the unique decor, the chance to sample the french lifestyle, the nearby villages and restaurants, the bread, the wine, ah!! I could go on, but there is only one to find out! Louise and David will look after your needs, and ensure your stay is an enjoyable one.
What better proof than to say I have been back on what must be ten occasions at different times of the year - every time it has something different to offer. I have recommended to friends many times, and none have been disappointed. Lie in the sun, canoe down the Dordogne, or get out and explore the region - you have the choice when based at La Prairie. Le Petit Paris in Daglan, or La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac - outstanding food at fair prices - not to be missed!
All in all, it will be hard to find a more relaxing place to base your holiday - Bon Vacances!
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 that '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 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, the indispensable Font De Gaume...
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 is 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? Ok then, 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 especially me) 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 to do? 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.