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Delightful Dordogne barn conversion with private pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A 4 Bedroom tastefully-converted Barn, Set In medieval Coly, Perigord Noir.

La Vieille Grange is perfectly situated on the edge of the medieval village of Coly, surrounded by the dense oak forest of Perigord Noir. This is a tranquil, rural retreat yet it offers easy access to the main tourist sites of the Dordogne region: Lascaux (15 minutes), Sarlat ( 25 minutes) and Les Eyzies ( 30 minutes). A good restaurant and bar are within easy walking distance.

The south-facing accommodation, with its abundance of old beams and stone walls, has been tastefully converted into a comfortable family home. The main entrance opens into a large reception hall with stairs leading to the first floor. A doorway leads into the comfortable living room with its large, stone fireplace. There is a TV and DVD player and Wi-Fi internet access. There is a separate, spacious kitchen, with extending dining table, sofa, high chair, electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer and microwave. The downstairs shower room is perfect for use after swimming.

The first floor comprises: 4 double bedrooms; gallery study ; large family bathroom (with shower over); separate shower room and separate toilet. The family room has a double bed, 1 single bed and a cot. The family and twin bedrooms offer some flexibility in accommodation as long as prior notice is given. There are two further double bedrooms. When booking, guests can request sleeping arrangements to suit the requirements of their party.

At the front of the property there is a drive with ample parking for 3 cars. Adjacent to this is a garden with a lawn, flower borders and a private, family-friendly swimming pool which is alarmed and easily visible from the living room and kitchen.Screening along the side of the drive makes the garden and pool private. To the rear of the property is a large stone terrace, ideal for family eating, relaxing in the shade or holding a barbecue. This is surrounded by natural woodland rising up behind the house.

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Calendar last updated:
July 4, 2017

About The Owner

Originally from Warrington, Cheshire, we have lived in a beautiful part of the Brecon Beacons National Park for the past thirty years, having both been teachers in the Welsh Valleys for many years. We first visited the Dordogne over thirty years ago and fell in love with the area, returning many times over the years until, in 2010, we finally fulfilled a long-held ambition to buy a property here. Now retired, we have spent the past three years converting La Vieille Grange into our dream holiday home to share with our family and guests.

The Owner purchased this barn in 2010

Why The Owner chose Perigord Noir

We both feel privileged to have found such a lovely place, in such a friendly and idyllic location. We have a love of history and prehistory so this was the ideal place to buy a property. The area is so rich in archaeological treasures. The villages, small towns and cities are magical too and the countryside around Coly is absolutely beautiful.

What makes this barn unique

This is such a peaceful place, particularly in the early morning and evening when deer can often be seen grazing close by. The house is south-facing and we have sun at the front from early morning to evening. Even when the temperature soars to 40 degrees the house is cool and restful, due to the thick stone walls. You can leave the house and walk all day through the forest, usually without meeting anyone. Coly is a friendly and typically French village where you can usually buy anything you require from the shop. The bar/restaurant is not a tourist trap but serves French cuisine using local produce. Le Manoir Hautegente, on the edge of the village, is a beautiful hotel with a superb restaurant ( President Hollande helicoptered in to eat there in 2012!).


Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
La Table de Jean, Coly
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Condat/Le Lardin
Nearest Motorway
13.6 Kilometres
A89 (E70)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
La Table de Jean, Coly
Car: necessary

La Vieille Grange is ideally situated for visiting the prehistoric sites of the Vezere Valley, particularly Lascaux 2 and Le Thot. The area has many beautiful chateaux, such as the nearby Chateau de Losse, and delightful gardens like Les Jardins de l'Imaginaire, ten minutes drive away. The forest and hills which surround Coly are perfect for walkers and cyclists and there is an abundance of wildlife on the doorstep. Deer, red squirrels and wild boar have been seen close to the house in the evening and early morning and coypu (‘ragondin’) are often seen in the nearby River Coly.

There are opportunities for canoeing on the Vezere in Montignac, only ten minutes drive away and wild swimming in the River Coly on the way to Condat. The beautiful village of Saint Amand de Coly (one of the designated 'Plus Beaux Villages de France'), with its magnificent 12th century fortified abbey, is within walking distance, 3 kms along the lane. Visitors and local people enjoy the summer night markets at Saint Amand and Saint Genies, where local food ( cooked and eaten al fresco) and good wines are accompanied by live music, creating a great atmosphere. The fabulous medieval city of Sarlat, with its famous market, is only twenty five minutes away by car. Les Eyzies and its national museum of prehistory is half an hour away. All the major tourist sites on the Dordogne river are easily accessible too. Classical concerts are held alternately in the abbey at St Amand and the church of St Leon de Vezere throughout the summer and Montignac hosts a well-established international music festival in July.


Coly Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • The house has 2 separate hot water tanks so that showers can be used at the same time.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
  • Both bedrooms 1 and 2 are large enough to add an additional single bed should more flexible accommodation be required.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Delightful Dordogne barn conversion with private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

The perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday we spent in the holiday home of the lovely Ed and Janet Holcroft, who were the most delightful hosts! From the pre hols emails and touch base phone call to ensure all our needs were met to the welcome pack on arrival, the attention to detail was perfect. The property is set in the quiet village of Coly, which has a small shop for all basics from early morning crossiants and bread ( get there early they go fast) to a fair little bottle of wine,. If you like an early morning or evening walk there are lots of little lanes worth wandering down, before going out for the day to explore anyone of the attractions that is mentioned in the comprehensive guide to the area, complied by your ever thoughtful hosts, or falling flat on your face on a sun bed until further notice or uncorking a wine from the selection you purchased from your large shop at one of the local supers. You can do as much or as little as you wish. The house is a great base. Stylish and homely the house affords comfort for 8 easily.


If you choose this as your holiday destination, I know you will have a superb time and that you will enjoy the house and all it has to offer.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tracey, for your lovely review and for being such perfect guests. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time in Coly and the surrounding area and that you found the house pleasing and suitable for your family and friends. Hope you may return one day. Best regards Janet and Ed
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  • 5 of 5

What a special place! We stayed here at the beginning of July and it was absolutely lovely. The house is so much more than we expected and much bigger than the photos suggest. It has everything you could need including a good selection of books and dvds. We were really lucky as we had lovely weather which meant we were able to fully enjoy the pool and local countryside. Coly is small but there are two local restaurants both of which were very good. I would definitely recommend getting a car as the area is very rural and there is plenty to do. Janet and Edward were excellent hosts and responded very quickly to any questions. I could not recommend the house more and hopefully we shall return one day in the future! Thank you so much for sharing your house with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Katie, for such a great review and for looking after our home from home so well. We'd love to have you and your parents back again one day, hopefully with similar weather! The news from Coly is that we now have a newly opened shop/cafe, so let's hope that it will be a success! Our best wishes, Janet and Ed
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Fantastic family holiday 2016

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic home away from home....with a pool! Our family (6 adults and 2 children) had a fantastic time. We've stayed around the area in recent years and having a beautiful place to come back to. The village is very sweet with a couple of lovely places surrounding it. The homeowners are wonderful too! Very helpful with things to do in the area, leaving plenty of leaflets on visitor attractions, pool toys, essentials and a very welcoming hamper on arrival. Overall stars. Looking forward to booking our next visit 😀☀️

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Abingdon Oxon

Top Class Holiday Rental

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in Coly. The house is excellent, roomy and with loads of quality. All the furnishings are in top condition and the equipment is also up to scratch. The pool is brilliant as is the outdoor BBQ and eating area. Our two grandsons had a great time as did the 4 adults with them. The village is well situated to enable us to visit the local sights and there is plenty to do in the area. Overall a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in our home in Coly and that everything was up to your expectations. Thank you for your pleasing review which will be of interest to our future guests. Janet and Ed
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Lovely house in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and well furnished in a perfect location to explore the surrounding area. We enjoyed lots of days out, Lascaux caves, canoeing on the Vezere, the market in Sarlat and a visit to the Monkey Forest in Rocamadour to name just a few things. The children also really enjoyed spending time in the family friendly sized pool.

The owners were extremely helpful, answering emails promptly, providing a great information pack and a lovely welcome basket of goodies on our arrival. I would not hesitate to recommend this property, we had a really enjoyable two week break.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Melanie and Wayne for your great review, for looking after our home so well and for the pool items you so kindly left for the benefit of other guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that the weather was good for you and we hope you will visit again at some time in the future. Janet and Ed
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Flitch Green, Essex

Great house, good location, perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

From the time I enquired about booking this house Ed and Janet, the owners, have been fantastic. The house itself was all we'd hoped for from the photo's, in fact it was even better. It has everything you need, it is a very 'comfortable' home and has been renovated to a high standard.

We had some great days out, I can recommend the night market at St Amand de Coly, I would also highly recommend a visit to Brantome Police Horses and's a retirement home for police horses, they provide cream teas and a tour of the stables and is a really nice afternoon out.

I highly recommend booking a holiday at La Vieille Grange.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review and recommendation and for looking after our house so well. We're delighted that you had such a good holiday at La Vieille Grange and hope you'll visit again one day. Ed and Janet.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $395.67

A returnable security deposit of £300 is required. There are no additional or hidden charges. Electricity charges are included in the rental rate. Rental outside the displayed dates may be possible at a reduced rate. Enquiries for such dates to
Please note that the pool will be closed during parts of the Low Season period, depending on weather, hence the lower rates.

The security deposit is to be paid when the booking is made. The first half of the rental payment is payable no later than 60 days before arrival. the remainder of the payment is payable no later than 14 days before arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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