About the property
- House968 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom sleeps 4 w/ separate secret garden
A beautifully restored village house on three floors within the ancient ramparts on a quiet corner of the fortified village of Domme.
Equipped to a luxury standard with a private garden across the narrow lane. Perfectly situated for visiting the countless, well know sightseeing features and taking river trips down the Dordogne.
Living/dining room w/ satellite tv and wifi. Table seating for four. Hearth with electric insert. Antique (1700's) bread makers table.
Fitted kitchen fully equipped with a wide assortment of cookware, high end knives and utensils. Electric oven/cooktop, microwave and dishwasher.
Utility room w/ separate washer & dryer.
Sun streams through the french door which overlooks the lovely garden. The sitting room is furnished with a very comfortable divan, high back chair and a small table/desk.
Queen bedroom has a built in wardrobe and good sized window also overlooking the garden.
Large bathroom in crisp, blue and white tile with shower over the tub.
Enchanting, romantic space, with warm western light, 20' high ceilings above a super king size bed. Small separate w/c and feature claw-foot tub. Large closet, two dormer windows and one skylight window all of which overlook the village houses.
Also furnished with a vanity table, small antique desk and walk-in closet.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within two days
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 11, 2018
About Lynn Mallard
I am a Bostonian by birth and a Francophile from childhood. I live between Domme and the Big Island of Hawaii and am a retired business owner. For ten years I owned a home with my partner in the Alpes Maritime above Cannes. After exploring nearly all regions of France, it was not until visiting the Dordogne Valley in 2011, that it was clear 'that was the spot'. We sold the Riviera house and never looked back. It is simply a magical place and Domme a most extraordinary village.
Lynn Mallard purchased this House in 2014
Why Lynn Mallard chose Domme
The cottage is 700 years old but the renovations are fresh and in keeping with the flavor of those times. I did not want another large, high maintenance property and La Petite Chouette (the little owl) was perfect with the added bonus of having it's own private garden. The scale of the building and garden are perfect. I chose Domme because of it's vista, history, ramparts and enough commercial enterprises (restaurants, shops) to meet ones needs without making it a crowded, overly touristic town. It is the best of both worlds.
What makes this House unique
Majestic sunset views of the Dordogne river from the village square. Perfectly located within the 'golden triangle'. Proximity to the Sarlat market and commerce. Excellent butcher/grocery and bio-dynamic shop in Cenac-5 mins. away. Wonderfully friendly neighbors and villagers.
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Charming and comfortable cottage
La Petite Chouette was one of the most comfortable and "easy" vacation experiences I've ever had. The cottage is simply but elegantly furnished and so well appointed that we felt at home immediately. The owner has provided every convenience including British TV as well as a variety of publications about the area with a number of spot-on recommendations for dining and touring. There are also easy to follow directions on how to use the appliances and where things are located.
We had driven down from Paris and were met by the cottage's caretakers at the main gate into Domme so we could follow them to the cottage. The walled, medieval town is lovely and situated on the top of a high hill overlooking the Dordogne River and its valley. All of the buildings are made of a golden limestone that makes it feel like the sun is shining even on overcast mornings. It was great to just walk out our door to Domme's restaurants and shops. And the market on Thursday morning was great fun.
There is a private walled garden across the lane which I wish we had had more time to take advantage of. There was just so much to see and do that we spent most of each day touring the nearby villages and attractions, like the caves at Lascaux and my favorite, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, across the river in Vezac.
The owner and the caretaker were readily available via text or email to answer questions and make suggestions. The people we encountered in the shops and restaurants were friendly and helpful. A man working on a house up the lane asked us if we would move our car so he could maneuver his truck and trailer around the corner and the next day he delivered a basket of tomatoes from his garden as a thank-you gift!
My only regret is that we had allocated only one week to explore this magical region of France and to enjoy the comforts of La Petite Chouette.
It was a pleasure to have had such appreciative guests who really grasped the beauty of the house, village, people and region.
A review like this just reinforces the need to "share" this magical little place.
Many thanks for your kind comments.
Beautiful and charming house in one the loveliest villages in the Dordogne
The house was much more than the charming holiday rental we expected. The house felt like a comfortable and much loved home. The decoration, furniture and facilities were of a very good standard/quality. Domme itself is one of the loveliest in France and the house itself in a quiet corner of the village no more than 5 minutes walk to the shops or restaurants. We very much enjoyed strolling around the village in the evening, enjoying a meal or drink at one of the many restaurants. The view across tha valley and river from the top of the village was stunning and a magical place to watch the sun go down. The house also boasts a lovely private garden where you can enjoy your lunch or evening meal. Our stay was perfect and I would not hesitate to return when we next visit the Dordogne.
Thank you so much for such a lovely review.
I gives me the greatest pleasure to know that the sweet house I love so much can be shared to provide great enjoyment for holiday guests.
Hope to see you return to "La Petite Chouette".
A characterful property which is extremely well kitted out, very clean and with a lovely garden.
La Petite Chouette is located towards the southern side of Domme, close to the Porte de la Combe: as such, this is a quieter part of this wonderful village yet only a short uphill walk to it's busting square and main attractions. With this cottage you can enjoy the best of both worlds, whether a quiet snooze/read/meal in your garden or to browse the shops, explore the labyrinth of streets or marvel at the views of the Dordogne from the bluffs of the Belvedere.
This property has a large master suite on the top floor and it felt indulgent to have a roll top bath as well as the super-king bed. On the middle floor is a second, smaller double bedroom, a large bathroom with shower and a fabulous sitting area with a full length door allowing both the sun to come in and you to see the garden, equally good to sit in on a balmy late afternoon or even a wet morning. Downstairs is one big room with kitchen, dining area and lounge although there is a separate handy utility room. What impresses is the quality and range of equipment - everything you need in the cooking and white goods arena along with Global knives, thick towels, a remote controlled electric fan (great gadget) and a TV you can actually watch (i.e with BBC TV channels) plus a quick wi-fi service. Lynn, the lucky owner, was friendly and easy to deal with.
The garden is across a narrow alley road but don't be put off, we never saw a car use it, and the garden itself has sun loungers, a dining area and a little coffee table and chairs, lights plus you can pick sun or shade. It is pretty private.
We loved this, our first stay here and our seventh overall in Domme. Thoroughly recommended.
Delightful village house in Domme
Delightful week spent in this well appointed house in a very quiet corner of the beautiful bastide village of Domme. The house offered everything that we required including a private garden where we relaxed in the evenings after busy days sightseeing in the wonderful surrounding area. The house was beautifully decorated and furnished to a high standard with geraniums and hanging baskets framing the house. The owner Lynn was very helpful with all our enquiries and we would love to return to walk in the gorgeous countryside around.
Excellent cottage, great location
La Chouette is a stone-built, old cottage in a quiet part of the historic walled 'Bastide' town of Domme, five minutes walk from the town square. The house is very well-equipped with new or good-as-new fittings, furnishings and equipment - nothing omitted and all spotlessly clean. The small (private) garden across the lane is a suntrap, ideal for relaxing and barbecuing. The first- floor sitting area gets full sun in the afternoon and is another good place to relax. In this ancient town with narrow one-way streets parking is bound to be tricky but there are two spaces immediately beside the property, and a permit for parking in the public areas. We were three - couple with adult daughter - and used Domme as the base for exploring the Dordogne, for which it is was absolutely ideal; Sarlat, Lascaux, Rocamadour and Bergerac are all within easy reach. So much to see and do. Would have no hesitation in renting La Chouette again if we were to return to the area.
What an amazing place! We loved it. We stayed for 8 nights in Oct and didn't want to leave- the facilities included everything we needed. With just two of us we could spread out- the middle floor became my dressing room, reading room and yoga studio! The large bathroom was one of the nicest we have seen in a vacation rental, and it was very convenient to have the small w/c on the top floor. We also made extensive use of the washer/dryer- very helpful when traveling from the US with luggage restrictions! At this time of year weather was variable so did not get to make use of the garden unfortunately.
We cooked at home several evenings, as it was off season some of the restaurants were closed (we definitely missed the pizza place) and agree that Auberge de Rode is a must do dinner out. Also highly recommend La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageau and Cabanoix et Chataignes in Domme- although even in Oct we needed reservations at those. Saturday market in Sarlat is amazing. Climbing up to the castle in Beynac, the boat ride in La Roque, visiting Rocamadour, seeing prehistoric cave paintings, all were wonderful but the best was coming "home" to our temporary house in Domme.
One thing we definitely noted and appreciated was the quiet. Walking up to the main part of town was always interesting with the shops, tourists etc, and the views from the belvedere are magical. But at night, before bed, I'd open the door, look up the street, see no one and hear nothing. No people, TVs, radios, planes, electrical appliances, nothing. It truly felt like we were in medieval times. We slept late in the mornings as it was so quiet, nothing to wake us up except for the morning coffee, croissants and baguettes. Luckily, sightseeing in this area will work all that off- venturing through the medieval gate and down the hill to the artisan boulangerie , then back up, more than covered the calories in that chocolate croissant! I loved the walks around town, my husband enjoyed his runs through the woods and along the river.
Definitely recommend this- you won't go wrong. Great scenery, great food and wine, wonderful facilities, hospitable owner and helpful property manger, and gorgeous town all made for a fabulous vacation!
Domme is a picturesque walled village overlooking the Dordogne river. It is voted one of the '100 Most Beautiful Villages of France' with a fine assortment of restaurants. The cottage is ideally located 12 km from the historic market town of Sarlat-la-Caneda (Wed. & Sat.) and is very close to many areas of historic interest including caves, castles, gardens and natural wonders. Ten minutes from the house you can rent a canoe and float down the Dordogne river passing historic sites along the way. Stop at your leisure for a picnic. Hot air ballooning is twenty minutes away and you may find yourself flying directly over the village. A visit to the pre-historic sites of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man in the Vezere Valley is a must. Less than an hour away, in Les Eyzies, you may wish to start with a visit to the Pre-History museum then continue on to the many sites, minutes away. Your days will be full as there is no end to the things to do and places to visit in the Perigord Noir. You've made an excellent choice!
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