A former Dordogne farm, Les Taloches sits on the edge of the pretty riverside village of Tourtoirac and is paradise for adults and children of all ages with 19 acres of wood and meadow to explore. Ideally located in an unspoilt area of the Dordogne, the property is close to the fairytale château of Hautefort, with plenty of cycling routes from the door (including the Lawrence of Arabia route which goes through the village).
Gracing two sides of a large, lime-tree shaded courtyard are the oak-beamed farmhouse - La Châtaigne - and a huge stone barn - La Grange - now transformed into a superb house which are great for families and groups sleeping between 8 and 20 people (they can be hired individually or together).
Both are self-contained for privacy - each has its own unusually large private pool, secluded garden and separate entrance drive. Secluding the houses are fields and orchard and, for the energetic, there is a big play area, a badminton court, table tennis, a games room and bikes. For children the massive sandpit and playhouse are a great attraction but the lovely rural location is also perfect for those who just want to relax in the sunshine. Tourtoirac village has a boulangerie, bar and restaurant just 500m away.
Extracts from our guest books say it all:
'We had a fantastic week. The wedding, the family get-together the following day at our amazing holiday home, the scenery, the people, the food, France itself, were all a joy. I promised Suzie and Gary, the lovely new owners of Les Taloches, who couldn't have been kinder and more helpful, that I would spread the word and this is my effort (and, no, I'm not on commission, honestly!). Family members, who hadn't been on holiday in France before, were so taken with it, they are planning to return next year. As son no. 1 said, "If this is to be your last self-catering holiday, it might as well be somewhere this special" and, do you know, it was, it really was.
PS If you should happen to read this, Suzie and Gary, I did say to you that my wheels mostly grind extremely slowly so, for this post to be done only a week after our return, is pretty phenomenal for me and is a testament to you both and not just because of the gorgeous lemon drizzle cake you so kindly baked for us, Suzie; honest!!! We wish you every success in your venture. You deserve it.
'A HUGE THANK YOU for a fabulous holiday, it was so relaxing for everyone, you have everything covered your end for us adults to completely chill out! A & K, Wales
'Thanks for such a lovely well-equpped house. We have had a great holiday - plenty to keep everyone busy. We have barely seen the kids who have loved the space to play and explore - Many games of 'Harry Potter' were played. J & A London, UK
'Thank you enormously for a fabulous week. The house is charming, spacious and clean, the grounds and pool lovely and immaculate. The kids were in heaven.' E & J B Rochester, NY, USA
'We have never experienced such a relaxing holiday - a very special place and for once in our lives we will be looking to come back!! ' T B, Istanbul, Turkey
'It is a delight to return to real comfort, every cooking facility and the relaxing, re-invigorating, well-maintained swimming pool.' JS, Thailand
'Just had a fantastic holiday at Les Taloches. The house was gorgeous, so unique and full of character. Plenty of room for 7 adults and 3 children, with space to spare. The pool, play area and games room kept us all busy. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. They made us feel very at home and went the extra to make our holiday special. Would love to go back and would defintely recommend.' KS, West Sussex, UK, August 2016
'Our family had the most amazing time here, Suzie and Gary couldn't do enough for us, and the house and pool were just perfect. Five star holiday experience.' ST, Dorset, UK, July 2016
'We have had an amazing two weeks holiday at La Châtaigne. The pool, the sunshine and the terrace have made this a wonderful holiday place for all of us. Suzie & Gary have been kindness itself - booking activities for us and being extraordinary hosts. Nothing is too much trouble. We loved La Châtaigne.' Thank you both. J&MT, Dorset, UK, July 2016
'What a wonderful place! Tranquil and beautiful area. The houses are just amazing, spotlessly clean with every need catered for, from babies to adults. Thank you Suzie and Gary - we will be back!!' P&MH, Ealing, UK, June 2016
A really lovely holiday. Totally relaxing. The children were fully occupied in the pool and play-ground. Adults were able to really chill out with no worries. Can't wait to come back. TD, Somerset, UK
'Perfect location for our bunch of 10. We loved biking, swimming tabletens. Everything prepared so beautuiful for us. Just wonderful. Vive la France' A&BS Norway
We have had a wonderful time - comfortable and beautiful house and grounds. We have enjoyed biking around. K&MT, Bucks, UK
Three generations here and plenty of space for us all - everyone from 10 month to 72 thoroughly enjoyed every aspect. A P Leicester, UK
'Superbe maison! Un petit paradis pour les petits comme pour les grands. Quel plaisir de partager des vacances en famille dans un lieu aussi agréable et chaleureux' J-D T, Nantes, France