Mr John & Carolyn Angilly
- english, french
About Mr John & Carolyn Angilly
We have lived in France since 2004. Having lived in the Perpignan area, we decided to move to St Jean de Cole in April 2014 after discovering this beautiful village.
Mr John & Carolyn Angilly purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Mr John & Carolyn Angilly chose Saint-Jean-de-Côle
The house enjoys the peace & quiet of the countryside but the village is just a short walk away.
What makes this Cottage unique
The view at sunrise is stunning - makes a brilliant start to the day.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A beautiful and deceptively large property located 20 minutes walk from one of Frances prettiest villages.
We divided our week visiting nearby Chateau: The impressive and imposing Jumilhac-le-Grand, the picturesque Puyguilhem at Villars where we also visited the caves. Stalagmites and stalactites and 9000 year old cave paintings. We tended to use the garden to BBQ in the evenings.
What was there not to like!!
We have just returned from the most idyllic week at John and Carolyn’s property - L’Ancienne Ferme - close to the village of St Jean de Côle in the Périgord Region of France. The property was beautifully presented and absolutely spotless with great attention to detail for our comfort in both decor and equipment provided.
John and Carolyn could not have been more friendly and helpful from personally greeting us upon our arrival and showing us the ropes to caring touches like essentials in the fridge to start us off - the Rosé was delicious and very rejuvenating! All this was complemented by the lovely well kept large garden with the secluded patio for our private use enjoying all day sunshine and the most comfortable covered lounging area in which to cool off or enjoy “un apéro after a busy day!”
The village was within a 15 minute flat walk for the croissants etc and the small shop certainly provided basic day to day needs. We have been lucky enough to visit some delightful French areas in our time and just when you think it cannot get any better - there’s St Jean - which has to be up there with the very best. For us it rates as one of the most picturesque and unspoilt villages with opportunities from eating outdoors in the square to exploring all the charms it has to offer.
Thank you John and Carolyn for sharing your lovely home with us - we certainly hope to return for more of the same before too long. We highly recommend L’Ancienne Ferme.
Kind regards - Carol and Tony
L’ancienne Ferme, Neuville, Saint Jean de Cole
We found this beautiful and characterful property to be clean, spacious and very well presented. It lacked nothing that we needed, and was comfortable to live in, with plenty of outside space to chill out in.
John and Carolyn provided a very warm personal welcome and a useful welcome pack which included wine, cheese and milk. During our stay we had a couple of very minor issues which were fully dealt with within a couple of hours of informing the owners.
Saint Jean de Cole is a very picturesque little village, but we particularly loved Brantome, a local town, which is a real gem of a place and has a wide range of restaurants and shops.
The cottage location was a little further away from the Dordogne river itself than we had realised - we hadn't done our homework properly, but we made the journey twice and the towns (especially Sarlot) and villages (Domme, Belves, Beynec, Monpazier, etc.) are well worth the trip.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and will visit the Dordogne again.
Comfortable, relaxing break
Just back from a relaxing week at L’Ancienne Ferme. We were looking for a comfortable base with a king-sized bed, and the property did not disappoint. We stayed in the farmhouse which is the owner’s home in the winter months and it was beautifully furnished and fully equipped; with a lovely bathroom and garden.
St Jean de Cole is a beautiful village a short drive away and we found some good restaurants there. Worth noting though that a couple of the restaurants were beginning to close for the end of the season, towards the end of September.
The owners were helpful but not intrusive.
If you’re after a relaxing, quiet break in rural France we can recommend this property.
This property certainly has the wow factor. Beautifully furnished and probably the cleanest gite/rentle I’ve ever been in. Carolyn and John were perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble. The gardens are beautiful and serene, so much so we spent a vast amount of time watching wildlife and reading. My friend and I would certainly have no qualms recommending their home. Thanks to you both we are on our way home and feel we truely have had a holiday.
Thanks for the review Gill and thanks for leaving the house all clean and tidy. We had a good laugh on the couple of evenings we all had together and hope we can keep in touch and see you again soon.
John and Carolyn
Quiet and relaxing
Lovely quiet and cosy barn conversation. Excellent facilities and a great outdoor area. Dinning area with shade and a lounging area reminicent of a Roman villa, great. When we arrived all we wanted was a sit down in a shaded area with a cool drink and this was perfect. A well equipped kitchen or if you prefer a village with several restaurants to choose from about 15minutes walk away.
Lovely garden to walk round and plenty of wild life. To finish a comfortable lounge and English television.
John and Carolyn were very helpful and keep the barn spotless
Thanks for the review Lesley and thanks for leaving the house all clean and tidy. As discussed, we do hope you can return soon with your friends.
John & Carolyn
- opportunities abound. The Voie Verte is a 17km stretch of converted 19th century railway line linking Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière to Thiviers via Saint-Jean-de-Côle. It’s great for summer cycling as it’s well shaded by oaks, pines and acacias. Dordogne Cycle Hire provides a range of bikes and equipment for the whole family including electric bikes. Best to contact in advance English spoken. www.dordognecyclehire.com. Being the Regional Natural Park of the Perigord Limousin we are fortunate in having well signposted and maintained pathways with a choice of routes through fields and woodland. Some routes are signposted from outside the house.
We have a soft golden sand lake beach only 10 mins away at Nantheuil. Surveillance during high season and an inexpensive snack bar/café. Free access and good parking. We have some beach towels available.
Grotte de Villars
The Villars Cave, about 10 mins away by car, is one of Perigord’s largest underground networks and has prehistoric paintings amongst the stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours through part of the network take around an hour. The fairy tale Chateau de Puyguilhem nearby is well worth a visit too.
There are numerous stables in the area, the nearest,Les Écuries de Milhac-de-Nontron which is just a five minute's drive away. You can book for lessons or days out trekking. The National Stud headquarters at Pompadour is about an hour's drive with a lovely race course and you can tour the stables.
There are Municipal courses at Périgueux and Limoges, open to the public. A 9 hole course near Excideuil (30 minute drive) with nice club house facilities. We understand you are welcome to stay all day and play as many rounds as you wish. www.essendieras.fr E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone (0033)(0)5 53 55 34 34 (English spoken).
Canoes can be hired at Brantôme on the River Dronne and locally at Corgnac sur l'lisle (just outside Thiviers). There are also various canoe hire pick-up and drop-off locations along the River Dordogne.
On the Route National RN21 direction Limoges, past Chalus. Well sign posted.
Gold Panning in the area of Jumilhac le Grand is available twice weekly during July and August and can be arranged with some advance notice at other times, it usually takes an afternoon and you’re pretty much guaranteed to take home some gold you found in the river. The Chatueau here is magnificent. Open every day between June and September. During July and August there are Thursday night tours where the castle is lit by candles and the guides are in costume. We understand at least one of the guides speak English.
Adventure Obstacle Course
Fun for all the family at Espace Hermeline https://en.espace-hermeline.com/ Bussiere Galant near Chalus (approx 30 minutes away) with, apart from the obstacle course, a recreational lake, velo rail, tennis courts and mini-golf etc
Fantastic restaurants and excellent food at reasonable prices are normal here and the Restaurants in St Jean de Cole and the surrounding area are no exception. If you prefer preparing your own food, there are markets every day in one of the local towns or villages and Saturday is market day in Thiviers where you can also find Supermarkets and many other shops,
Saint Jean de Cole
You can walk along to the village – about 700 mtrs. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You could paddle in the river Cole, play tennis or table tennis and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the bars or restaurants next to the 12th century Château de la Marthonie, which is considered an ancient monument.
Brantome- known as the Venice of the Perigord, is famous for its street cafes on the river Dronne and it's stunning chateau and abbey at the base of the sheer cliffs. Brantome also has a large selection of traditional french shops, a lovely park by the river with shady picnic areas and a fantastic Friday market.
Richard Coeur de Lion
Follow the Richard the Lionheart Route visiting the chateaux and castles where King Richard stayed during the beginning of the 12th Century, where rumours of legend, treachery and intrigue abound. There are no less than 16 chateaux on the route, which spans the Charente, through the Perigord Limousin National Park and south into the Dordogne.
Parc du Reynou
Close to the city of Limoges, it is home to around 600 species of animals and birds in 45 hectares of geographical areas, african, asiatic, american plains, an australian area and a mini-farm. The 80 hectare park is also the location of Reynou Castle with landscaped walks.
Fishing - If you like fishing you are spoilt for choice. South West France, with around 11,000km of rivers and over 3,000 lakes is perfect for anglers at all levels. Fish include trout, carp, catfish, pike, bream, perch, barbel and many more. Fishing permits are readily available in local village newsagents and from the tourist info office in St Jean