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Peaceful But Centrally Located Dordogne Farmhouse with private heated pool..

Bedrooms 5
Space 170 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Spacious Farmhouse With Heated Private Pool In The Heart Of The Dordogne Region


Is a recently renovated collection of old farm buildings nestling within the rolling Dordogne countryside, centrally located for a wide range of holiday activities. Built from the beautiful honey-coloured limestone that is a feature of the region, La Perode is set in ten acres and was until recent times a working farm. A major renovation has brought the facilities up to exacting modern standards whilst preserving their charm and harmony within the tranquility of the wider surrounding fields and woodland. Home to a glorious range of flora and fauna, it is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers, and as an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life it will hopefully exceed all expectations...


The Maison-du-Pain (literally Bread House) is estimated to be at least 150-years old and underwent a three-year refurbishment that was completed in 2013. With the new extension it consists of five bedrooms and three bathrooms alongside a well-appointed kitchen and dining / living area that augments the two private terraces. The bedrooms range from a large en-suite four-poster with its own quiet terrace, through a spacious bedroom with high ceilings and exposed beams plus a lovely private balcony, to another double bedroom, again with exposed beams located within the old part of the building. A cosy children’s room sleeps up to three whilst a loft room with low timbers offers a great retreat for a teenager, so there is ample space for one or two extended families. A cot and high chair are also available, on request.

Outside there is a large private terrace and seating area, partially covered, complete with BBQ and the original bread oven itself. A comfortable eight-seat round table with large umbrella provides the opportunity for wonderful alfresco dining and this sheltered and private area is a delight come morning, noon or night-time. Please look at our website ( for more details on the building layout to get a flavour of the scope of the facilities, or feel free to contact the owners who will be more than happy to help.

There are a wide selection of attractions for all the family within a short drive, whilst in-house facilities include a flatscreen TV (with surround-sound), UK satellite channels plus a wide selection of DVD’s. Wireless internet is available throughout the site, although we do hope you can leave the office behind.

A small handful of bikes are available, subject to a polite request to the owners, although a range of bikes can be rented locally or even delivered to site.


During your stay you will enjoy exclusive use of the large 12m x 6m heated swimming pool (with easy access at one end via Roman steps) which for child safety is surrounded by a security fence. Adjacent to this is a summer kitchen that provides for the preparation and cooking of meals, whilst the pool area enjoys plenty of chairs and loungers for sun worshipers alongside shady nooks for the more sensitive of skin. The additional shower, toilet and games facilities may well result in much of your holiday being spent in this well-appointed area.


The nearby village of Rouffignac is a short drive (or pleasant walk) away and can provide everything from your daily baguette to your weekly shop. Facilities include a boulangerie (specialising in exquisite pastries), a butcher and a supermarket, whilst several bar / restaurants provide a pleasant distraction, as does the busy weekly market on Sunday mornings. Although this market is held throughout the year, at the height of season it is not to be missed and the same market square hosts a number of night markets and other events over July and August. The Office de Tourisme is located next to the Mairie (Town Hall) although plenty of booklets are on hand to tempt you into day trips for sightseeing and partaking of the various local activities.


Nearby towns include Montignac and Le Bugue, which both sit astride the wonderful Vezere river. The world-famous Lascaux caves can be found near the former and for those interested in our Paleolithic ancestry they are a must-see, whereas Le Bugue offers a range of attractions including a superb aquarium and the Bournat theme park.

Regional capital Perigueux offers comprehensive shopping and tourist attractions and within an hour’s drive you will discover the delights of Bergerac and historical Sarlat. Much closer is Les Eyzies, a lovely village and site of the National Prehistoric Museum, and also a place where you can hire a canoe or kayak and enjoy a river picnic. Not forgetting the many local restaurants that will delight you with Perigordine specialities, and the vast vineyard regions where the famous Bergerac and Bordeaux appellations can be tasted.

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Alec Robshaw
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Alec Robshaw

Alec and Annie - a retired engineer and his potter wife who likes to cook and eat off the land. Having bought the property in 2006 we have been living here permanently since 2010 and have been heavily involved (i.e. hands-on) with the development throughout. If you want to know how to install a septic tank or acquaint yourselves with French plumbing methods, then just ask! Although living on site a great deal of attention has been paid to privacy, having enjoyed many years of family holidays ourselves where we just wanted to ‘escape’. Please rest assured that we will be as unobtrusive as is humanly possible and are only here to ensure that your stay is trouble-free and totally relaxing.

Alec Robshaw purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Alec Robshaw chose Perigord Noir

Classic 'this is the one' syndrome, after an extensive search.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Very quiet, standing within its own 10 acres but surrounded by many hectares of woods and farmland - but at the same time the local town is within easy reach and can satisfy most of our daily needs. For leisure, it is on the doorstep to some wonderful attractions and the nearby Vezere valley is outstanding, offering kayaking / canoeing trips and the whole region offers a wide range of interesting towns and villages, pre-history sites and beautiful scenery. Regional capital city Perigueux is less than half an hour's drive and provides many cultural, shopping and tourist activities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at La Perode and couldn’t have asked for anything more from Alec and Annie. The pool area was excellent and we made full use of the outdoor kitchen which is very well equipped. We visited the local Rouffignac market on Sunday which was a good experience and offers nice fresh produce. Les Eyzies was also a great place to visit and has a really interesting prehistory museum. There is so much to do in the local area but we enjoyed the villa and pool so much that we spent the majority of out time relaxing in the first-class facilities. Thank you. Karen & Steve, Aimee & Stuart, Harry, Jessica and baby Dexter, Swansea
Jul 2013
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Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 170 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Pool - outdoor shower , Heated shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Inbuilt, large traditional cast iron bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom with double sink arrangement
  • Bathroom 1 – enjoy a long soak in the large built-in cast iron bath or an invigorating power shower in the adjoining glass-walled cubicle. Bathroom 2 – En-suite bathroom (bath with shower over) off the large downstairs bedroom that enjoys a quiet outside patio area. Bathroom 3 – family bathroom with double basins and large walk-in power shower. Solid wood (chestnut) flooring. All bathrooms have been built / refurbished to a high quality. Finally, the pool enjoys shower and toilet facilities, with hot & cold running water.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , bunk bed & single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , loft room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , traditional beams
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , four poster bed with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Private balcony
  • Bed 1 – separated from the rest within the original part of the old building; double bed and exposed beams, light and airy with windows on two opposite walls. Bathroom 1 adjacent. Bed 2 – downstairs within the extension, with four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom and private terrace. Bed 3 – double bunk and single bed, designed with youngsters in mind. Bed 4 – upper balcony room, adjacent to family bathroom. Lovely room with large pine bed, solid chestnut flooring and an elevated outside balcony. Bed 5 – loft conversion with low beams. Single bed, ideal for a teenager.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The spacious ‘abri’ that sits alongside the pool houses a fully equipped summer kitchen. Hot and cold running water (which also services the nearby shower and toilet), sink, fridge, cooker and unbreakable serving ware are provided. There are also various games to provide entertainment between swimming bouts, including a table tennis table. Sun loungers and ample seating complements the layout, such that you and your party can be assured of a restful and entertaining holiday.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Peaceful But Centrally Located Dordogne Farmhouse with private heated pool..
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

A great spot for a family holiday, with helpfull owners.

  • 5 of 5

The property was well prepared for our arrival and the owners very welcoming. We were a family of 6 adults and 4 children and a dog. Everyone immediately enjoyed themselves and the pool area is great.

The setting is very peaceful. There is a campsite about 5 minutes walk away with a bar and a good restaurant. There is also tennis there, but it was too hot for us to play. The pool was the better option.

Roufficnac, the nearby town is lovely and there is a really good restaurant in the hotel la renaissance, when it is open. We walked there in about 15 mins.

The location is central and we did not need to travel more than 40 mins anywhere when we wanted to explore.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely guests and we're very glad that you all had a great time, chez nous. Many thanks for the kind words and we hope to see you again sometime.
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Excellent House that ticks all the boxes

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend the whole month of September at this property. The property was full of character but with excellent modern facilities. The three main bedrooms were very large with good showers, nice furniture, balconies and great views. There is also a good sized TV with UK channels - not that we watched it very much. The star of the show was the outdoor area which has everything you need - fridge, weber BBQ, changing room, large shower, table tennis table, kettle for making a cuppa - heaps of plastic crockery and we had lots of memorable lunches and evening BBQ's out here. The pool is an excellent size and well-maintained by Alec. It is also close to the house. Rouffignac had everything you need - excellent Boulangerie called Blondys - we recommend everything from the bread and cakes to their homemade quiche - friendly owners. The butchers was also excellent and the Carrefour local was large (you could do a weekly shop here - good wine section too) - also 24 hour petrol. The village has a few good cafes plus a greengrocers and a "Proxi" supermarket and a post office. There is an excellent market on Sunday mainly selling fruit, veg, cheese, sausage, duck (you are bombarded by duck products in this area of the dordogne), nougat, wine from local chateaux, hats, baskets. It takes about 25 mins to walk to Rouffignac from La Perode, which was perfect for us as we had a dog with us. It is also possible to do a reasonable walk (about a mile) with the dog around the footpaths surrounding La Perode. The drive along the lane approaching La Perode has fabulous views and sums up just how beautiful the countryside is in this part of the Dordogne. Their is also a camp-site on this road, but things did begin to close down by mid-September, so we didn't use the on-site restaurant there. This area is stunning with lots to do, canoeing, river boat trips on Dordogne, loads of walking on GR routes, beautiful towns and villages to visit - Sarlat is a must (quite busy and touristy but gorgeous), Montignac, St Leon Sur Vevere and further afield Rocamador is stunning. Local caves are worth a visit as is Chateau L'Herme and further afield Chateau Hautefort is in a stunning location. Make sure to have lunch - the french do it so well - and the costs were between euros 15 and 18 for 3/4 courses, but get there early! Alec and Annie were perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble - very knowledgeable on the local area. Loved it all.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal location in the Dordogne.

  • 4 of 5

We were a family party of 8. We all slept comfortably with a bedroom to spare. The house was clean and tidy and well equiped. Everything was in good working order and we had the luxury of talking to the owners, who live close by, if we had any queries. We spent most of our time by the high standard swimming pool where all facilties were to hand. Fridge, barbecue, toilet, sink, table tennis , table & chairs, sunbeds, inflatables etc. Clearly the owners had thought of everything.

I bought several decent table tennis bats before the holiday but I wasted my money because the bats there were better than mine! We spent hours in the pool and consumed a beer or two to cool off. Some of the family went horse riding and to the prehistoric caves . There is a very decent restaurant only 10 minutes walk from the house which we frequented as the food was excellent and good value. We had a pleasant morning at Rouffignac market which is about 7 minutes drive, although a few of us walked. We visited a few towns and villages in the area but sadly ran out of time to see everythying we wanted. On reflection, 1 week was no long enough. The owners, Alec & Annie. went out of their way to help us and we had a delightful and stress free holidat at La Perode.

Jim Kearns

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection in the Perigord!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spacious house. Perfect setting. Pool and outdoor kitchen will blow your mind!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an absolute delight to have you all here at La Perode and thank you for the kind feedback. We hope to see you again next year.
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A perfect holiday location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family holiday at La Perode. The property was exactly as described on the website. It was clean, spacious and contained everything we could possibly need. The pool area particularly was wonderful and we had hoped to spend most of our time there, but unfortunately the weather was disappointing and we managed only a couple of visits. However on other days we visited the lovely Chateau et Jardins de Losse, a great aquarium at Le Bugue and the Rouffignac Caves, all thoroughly recommended. We loved wandering around the extensive grounds spotting the many different birds and butterflies. In the evenings we enjoyed sitting out with a glass of wine listening to the cicadas and other night sounds. Alec and Annie were the perfect hosts - always there to help but never intrusive. They are very kind and friendly. We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives and we hope return one day.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you had a great holiday, despite the slightly disappointing Spring weather, and very much hope to see you all again soon. A+
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Great time

  • 4 of 5

Accurate description. Clean. Owners on-hand and helpful but not intrusive. They were very receptive to feedback on kitchen equipment which at times was a little sparse for 9 - I have no doubt this will be attended to. The pool area set up is great. Really peaceful. Relaxing. Property renovated well. It would be a bit of a squeeze to have lots of people in the living room but plenty of space elsewhere. Nice to have hooks on the back of doors and it was all well lit. Went into Rouffignac a few times, including a never to be forgotten Wednesday evening market - we now have a new party game (you'll have to ask A & A). Bike hire available at reasonable cost from nearby campsite if you haven't brought your own. Good map for cycling on site. My son (12) said "it was amazing, and amazing fun for children and adults. Lots of places to visit, I had the best time." Don't try and get through Le Bugue on market day in the high season unless they've sorted out passing places for camper-vans. If you only have time for one cave, suggest you don't make it Rouffignac unless you can understand very muffled French announcements competing with the noise of the train - the audio guide is a waste of time - a leaflet would be better or find info from internet first. Very enjoyable. 4.5 out of 5

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For such an exacting client we are very happy with this testimonial – many thanks. As early season guests in our first year their feedback was both sought and most gratefully received, the house kitchen now being even better equipped. More than glad that everyone had a great time and hope to see you all again.
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Nearest Airport
58 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
St Felix De Reilhac
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Mauzens Miremont
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Whether you are looking for a retreat to true peace and quiet, a central location for the many local attractions, family-focused relaxation or an energetic cycling / kayaking / walking holiday, La Perode offers this and more. Nearby Rouffignac enjoys a popular Sunday market and even has its own grotte (‘cave of the hundred mammoths’) which is part of one of the most extensive underground systems in the region. A subterranean train takes you over 2kms into these caves and it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.


Rates & Availability

Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
May 6 2017 - May 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late summer
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $31.96
Refundable damage deposit $383.47

The weekly rates include all linen and towels (excluding pool towels). They also include the local taxe de sejour (Tourist Taxes).
Saturday changeover - please depart by 10.00am to allow cleaning for subsequent guests; arrival after 5.00pm but bag drop-off OK before then by prior agreement.
Please note that smoking is not permitted and that pets can only be welcomed by prior arrangement and only out of peak season (additional cleaning charges will apply).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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