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13C house with private pool, private golf & fishing

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Thénac Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10 plus baby

Les Vachers is a stone house full of character which dates back to the 13th Century. It has been lovingly restored to maintain all of it's original features. Downstairs is a large open plan room with a wealth of exposed beams. The large well equipped kitchen has an elm topped bar and the dining area boasts a hand made table which comfortably seats 10. There is a stone fireplace and a separate wood burning stove which runs the central heating. The south facing pool has roman steps leading into it and a shallow kiddies pool. The public golf course and leisure complex of Chateau les Vigiers is less than 10 minutes away. A private nine hole pitch and putt course is set in the 10 hectares of land surrounding the house. Unlimited use of the private course is included during your stay. The private fishing lake is opposite the house and offers very large carp for the serious fisherman and novice alike. Again unlimited fishing is included during your stay.

Fishing: The large well stocked lake offers carp, rod, roach and perch. Carp of up to 1M have been caught in the lake. They have been well fed and offer easy fishing for children and fun for all the family. Previous guests include serious anglers who have been impressed by the size and number of carp in the lake. Catch of 60lb to 80lb per hour is possible. A large hunk of bread on a hook is normally all you need.

General Information: The summer season in the Dordogne offers hundreds of different events from town to town. Bergerac alone has 10 different events ranging from fireworks on the 14 July to long weekends of wine and food festivals. The local restaurants range from 4 course set lunches with wine at 10 Euros a head to the 4 star restaurant at Chateau Les Vigiers. There is lots of information available and the owner is on hand to give you his personal advice.

With the owners being on hand we can organise a range of additional activities or services for you.

Whether it is making restaurant recommendations or reservations for you, arranging for you to dine under the stars at a local chateau, a pampering session with a local beautician or simply arrnging baby sitting we are here to make your holiday truly enjoyable.

Wine: Les Vachers is at the heart of the wine growing region, with Bordeaux and St Emilion to the west and Bergerac to the north. There are hundreds of wine producing chateaux in the area, many of whom offer free tasting. The area is often host to wine festivals in the summer season.

The nearest, Sigoules, is hosting the annual wine fair on 16-17 July 2016.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Alan Dagnall
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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based on 13 traveler reviews

13C house with private pool, private golf & fishing
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful place, great facilities

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here in June, 2016. The owners (Alan and Sandra) live next door and were very helpful. Their information about local markets and facilities was excellent and they gave us advice on local walking routes as well. They even gave us free coal for the barbecue which was greatly appreciated. They also provide a written guide on the local area, with details of local restaurants, shops, markets and facilities. They are available without being in any way on top of you; really, they are perfect hosts. They even gave us a bottle of wine on the last night there.

In terms of the facilities, the photos don't quite do the place justice. The downstairs living area is large and comfortable, with UK tv provided (which was handy when we were there, as euro 2016 was on), the kitchen is very well equipped with everything you could need, the beds are comfortable and the outdoor facilities are fantastic. The pool is a really good size and depth. It can be a little chilly in the morning but as it is heated by the solar panels on the roof, it is definitely warmer in the evening and we used it six of the seven days we were there.

The location is a little rural but it is only about 15 minutes drive from Eymet, where there is a superb weekly market and about 15 minutes drive in the other direction from the Leclerc hypermarket in Sainte Foy La Grande which is huge and has just about everything you need. Just a word of warning though: on the main Bordeaux - Bergerac road there are loads of speed cameras, so if you are driving from Bordeaux, keep a close on eye on your speed.

All in all, an excellent place for a holiday and I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Amazing week in beautiful Les Vachers

  • 5 of 5

Nine of us (seven adults, two children and a small baby), spent a fantastic week in this lovely property. Located in the in the heart of the French countryside, surrounded by vineyards and rolling fields, the setting could not have been any better. This, coupled with the fantastic weather that we enjoyed, made it the perfect place to escape from everyday life.

The house itself was full of character. A modernised French farmhouse, gave us all the space and comfort that we could have hoped for, complete with BBQ (which got a lot of use), out door patio and seating, and lovely swimming pool, it was hard for us to leave the property and explore the local area.

If that wasn't enough, opposite the house was the lake which you can fish in (the owner has all the kit you need to have a go), and a nine hole pitch and putt course with a variety of clubs to borrow, so even the children could try it out.

The owner (Alan and Sandra) live next door to the property and so were on hand to give us very welcome help and advice on all manner of things, and when we had a problem with one of the cars we brought from UK, they were incredibly supportive and helpful, letting us use their facilities to sort things out.

When we did manage to venture out, we found the local area to be beautiful. Particular highlights would be Eymet - particularly on market day, and Chateau Bridoire with all its out door games.

With all that, a week wasn't really long enough and so we definitely plan to visit again in the future!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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A wonderful away from it all location!

  • 5 of 5

The property is set in a lovely peaceful location, and was very easy to find. Our family group of nine was supposed to enjoy the pleasant and very charming farmhouse for the period of our stay but due to a medical problem, my son and daughter-in-law were advised to return home as early as possible, cutting short their holiday at Alan & Sandra's beautifully converted farmhouse. Such a shame as the rest of us had a wonderful time exploring the local area, the local mediaeval festivities at nearby Eymet and the wonderful old parts of Bergerac. The whole area is steeped in history and tradition and, even though we spent three weeks here, it was impossible to fit everything in.

The property was spacious, more than enough room for everybody, the grounds around the pool and house were safe even for our one year old granddaughter to roam around - she would certainly have loved the space around the golf course and lake even more had my son's family been able to stay.

Alan & Sandra were extremely helpful throughout our stay, offering advice on where to go for the all important first shop after our arrival and also, if there was ever a problem, it was quickly resolved.

Their photos of the property didn't really do it justice - just ask the female members of our party who adored the magnificent bathroom upstairs!!

Our family look forward to another visit at some time in the future - hopefully no medical issues to curtail this visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Our second holiday at Les Vachers.

  • 5 of 5

We were a large party of 9 people and the house is so spacious we never felt on top of each other.

The weather was brilliant so we spent a lot of time in the pool. We also enjoyed "Tiffin" (wine) at mid day along with a large spread of food ... French bread..cheese..parma ham ... melon etc outside on the superb large patio table.

Zeke who is 16 enjoyed catching loads of fish, you can see his photo on this site from when we were last at Les Vachers 2 years ago.

The lads Ray, Kyle, Connor and Zeke enjoyed the golf.

Thanks to Alan and Sandra for recommending Saint-Emilion catacombs and the English tour of the underground hermitage and monolithic church so called because it is carved out of one piece of stone in the hillside.

Thankyou for sorting out car hire for Kyle and thanks for organising two years ago a doctor for myself (Lorraine) when I was having a problem with my ears.

Enjoyed the market at Eymet on Thursday morning and the night market at Sigoulès on Friday night.

The locals are very friendly and were getting us all up to dance!

The food there was gorgeous you choose what you want to eat from the many stalls there . Then you take the food to your table with wine that you have brought with you and settle down and listen to the live entertainment.

A "must do" is to visit Oradour-sur-Glane a town that stands the same as it did on June 10th 1944 when the germans massacred the whole village.

The village has purposely been left untouched since the massacre, to serve both as a shrine to those who died and as a constant reminder of the unremitting evil of the Nazis.

Apparently the new villagers from the new village which stands alongside the 1944 village do not go near there at night for ghostly figures can be seen.

Oradour -sur-glane is about 2 hours away but we visited it on our way back home (we travelled by car).

Thanks again Alan and Sandra for your hospitality.

Didn't want to leave...but will definitely be back!

From Ray, Lorraine, Janet, Kyle, Connor, Fiona, Heather, Alysha and Zeke

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Fantastic French Fun for the Aussies

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 5 couples stayed at this charming French farm villa for 1 week in end July 2013. Not only did we love the farmhouse and all its surrounds of picturesque vineyards and sunflower fields, but found the local people to be extremely warm and welcoming. We met many locals through some other Aussies who have a house in Sigoules and who spend their Aussie winters in France conducting food & wine tours for Aussie tourists, so that gave us an inside advantage into the local sights, culture and the friendly people. Alan and Sandra were the perfect hosts, always on hand to offer advice regarding local sights, and we even shared a bottle or two of Alan’s favourite wine! One of our party needed some chiropractic care while there, and Sandra not only arranged the appointment in nearby Eymet, but provided the transport as well. This help was greatly appreciated and enabled that person to recover sufficiently to return home to Australia for further followup care. “Les Vachers” is/has great character, ample rooms and amenities, great swimming pools which were essential during our stay of 30-40 degree Celsius days, terrific outdoor entertaining area, ideal cooking facilities for large groups, golf course, fishing lake and is the gateway to many local tourist and cultural sites. Alan has probably hidden the French horn that we used on the final night to demonstrate our appreciation of traditional French music after spending a great evening at the Sigoules night markets indulging in fabulous French local foods and wines! We would definitely recommend “Les Vachers” to others visiting the area. Tony, Gig and group.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Beautiful house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property, very rustic but with every modern appliance. House was very clean, comfortable with loads of space for everyone. There were 10 of us staying including our 15 month old twin granddaughters, & there was loads of room both inside & out. Pool was great, very warm & a lovely small pool for the kids. Sandra & Alan were so helpful & such lovely people. Always on hand to help if needed & they gave great advice about places to visit. St. Emilion is stunning & the night market at Duras has a wonderful atmosphere, we went twice! Bergerac, Issigeac,Eymet & Monbazillac Chateau all only a few minutes drive & all really worth a visit. Such a beautiful area. Almost forgot the fishing! The boys (old & young) loved the lake & had quite a few bites. So peaceful too. Fantastic holiday, thank you, Jeanette, Ian & gang!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
600 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Ste Foy La Grande
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Les Vachers is 20km south of Bergerac set amongst local vineyards. Bergerac offers low cost flights from a variety of UK airports with Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2. Bordeaux airport is 1 hour away.

A car is essential in this rural area. Bergerac and Ste Foy La Grande are the 2 main market towns. Bergerac has a wine museum on the river front which is well worth a visit and combine that with a boat trip along the Dordogne river. The pretty bastide town of Eymet is also nearby hosting both a weekly market and in the summer months a night market.

Duras with its imposing chateau is only 20 minutes drive and again has a wonderful night market with music and various food stalls.

There is plenty to explore in this beautiful area with canoeing down the Dordogne offering spectacular views.

The famous wine region of St Emilion is only 40 minutes drive away and this picturesque town is well worth a visit.

With so many restaurants in the local area you are spoilt for choice. There are 3 course set lunches from as little as 12 euros per head to the Michelin starred La Tour des Vents at nearby Monbazillac.

Golf: A private 9 hole pitch and putt course is set in the surrounding grounds, with the lake being a water hazard! Most holes are a par three with a couple of par 4s so those kids (and big kids) can play while Mum relaxes by the private pool.

A full range of golf clubs are available for your use during your stay at no extra charge. Ladies clubs, left handed ones and even kiddies clubs are available so no excuses.

Chateau les Vigiers is a golf and leisure complex which is only 7km from Les Vachers. It offers a 18 hole golf course and driving range. There is also a 6 hole academy course. Visitors are welcome and golfers with minimum 36 handicap can play, with clubs, trolleys and electric carts for hire.

The chateau also offers 2 restaurants and a beauty salon.

There are many other courses in the vicinity, the owner can give directions.


Rates & Availability

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May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
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Sep 2 2017 - Oct 27 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $243

A deposit of £200 per week is required on booking. The balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival date. A security deposit of £200 is required which will be refunded at the end of your stay provided that there is no damage.

There is no additional charge for the pitch and putt course or the fishing, it is all included in the rental rates.

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Thénac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • The house has been modified and extended for the 2011 season. There is a ground floor ensuite bedroom with a king size bed. Upstairs are four bedrooms, one of which is ensuite. There is another family bathroom upstairs and an additional toilet.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house is well equipped with all linen and towels for house use provided. Changeover day is Saturday with arrivals from 5pm. The owners live locally and are on hand to offer help and advice to make your stay a pleasant one. The house book gives a brief history of the house and details of local shops and restaurants. A docking station is provided for your i-pod or MP3 player.

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