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Graham Carter

Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english

Comfortable cottage in wooded garden overlooking Dordogne Valley.

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


Perigord Noir Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a maximum of 5. Children over 12 years only.

A charming house for the discerning guests seeking extra quality and comfort. Antique furnished sitting room, gourmet cook's kitchen/diner, ensuite shower rooms, cosy wood burning stove and satellite TV. 'La Coyenne' is in the small hamlet of Le Bousquet, Allas Les Mines. Set on the South side of the Dordogne river, an idyllic rural retreat for nature lovers, in 4 acres of wooded garden with stunning views across the valley to Beynac. This is a perfect place to just relax, sunbathe, sip your aperitifs on the terrace, make a barbecue, read a book, listen to the birds singing. The terrace can be shaded from the hot sun by a striped patio awning when dining al fresco or you can eat out under the veranda we have just had constructed. If you can bear to leave the house and garden, it is only 5km to shops, restaurants and a river beach. La Coyenne is within easy reach of the Renaissance town of Sarlat, prehistoric sites like the Lascaux Caves, the Vezere Valley, chateaux and vineyards. And good restaurants serving Perigord cuisine and regional wine!

Sarlat, a beautiful Renaissance town (15 kms) is a famous centre for art exhibitions, drama and music festivals in the summer season. Open air concerts take place in the chateaux and churches throughout the Summer and there is an international folklore festival at Montignac. This region is also famous for its fine food and lively markets where you can sample the local fish, pates, fois gras, truffles, mushrooms, fruits and game in season. There are lots of good restaurants serving Perigord cuisine and, of course wines, from local vineyards in Bergerac, Cahors and Bordeaux. Our English-speaking managers, who live nearby, will do all they can to help you enjoy your stay.

Nearest river beach is 'Capette' at St Cyprien, 5 km. away and there are a few nearby golf courses and riding establishments. The area is great for walking and the river provides oportunities for boating and fishing.

The cottage is strictly a no smoking area and we ask that you respect the request not to smoke indoors.

Testimonials:: 'We had a very enjoyable holiday at La Coyenne.......the place gets better every year' 14.7.2008 Bill & Diane Barltrop.

'Third visit to La Coyenne and every bit as enjoyable as the previous two' 9.8.2008 Jacqui and Mal King. (Guest Book)

'Our sixth visit to La Coyenne and it gets better every time. We had a wonderful relaxing time, enjoying the walks around the country-side and some lovely meals on the patio' 19.8.2008 Alan and Gerry Mawdsley. (Guest Book)

'La Coyenne is in a lovely quiet rural setting with a wonderful garden.' 23.6.2009 Keith and Juliet Grover. (Guest Book)

'We have enjoyed the comfort and warmth of your cottage. Sorry to leave and will keep fond memories of the place and the area.' 1.10.2009 Conrad and Maryelle Gonthier-Ontario Canada (Guest Book)

'It felt like home' 7.10.2009 John and Claudette Voet-Canada (Guest Book)

'This was our first stay at La Coyenne, hopefully we will return soon' 6.8.2011 Tony and Linda D'Aquila, Florida. (Guest Book).

Flights are available from Ryanair flying from Stansted or from Flybe from Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Exeter to Bergerac Airport (50 km). CityJet are now providing a service from London City airport to Brive (1.5 hours drive)and in the Summer to Bergerac. Alternatively, flights are available to Toulouse (3 hours drive) or Bordeaux (3 hours drive). Car rental from all airports is available.

There are lots of books about the caves and pre-history which place the whole area in perspective. There is also a new series of quite light-hearted crime novels set in Le Bugue (St Denis in the books) written by Martin Walker and you can find more about them on - worth a look.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Graham Carter (Owner)
Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english

About Graham Carter

My wife and I purchased La Coyenne as a ruin in 1982 and have renovated it over the years. We were both civil servants in the UK and spent our holidays working on the cottage. Now semi-retired we still spend a lot of time working on minor aspects of the cottage and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area.

Graham Carter purchased this cottage in 1982

Why Graham Carter chose Perigord Noir

We found La Coyenne through a local agent and our friend,Steven, who still helps look after the cottage, recommended it for the views from the front overlooking Beynac. We have spent years getting it into a position where we are comfortable with living there and have furnished it to the same standard as our house in London. It is a holiday home that you will be happy to 'live in' not just 'stay in'

What makes this cottage unique

The garden with lots of wildlife and the views make La Coyenne a wonderful place for a peaceful holiday.

We know it can cost a lot to transfer money to the UK in both fees and commission so we accept personal cheques in Sterling, Euros, US, Australian and Canadian Dollars.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From Sonsbeck, Germany.

Thank you fpr letting us use your wonderful house. We enjoyed the silence, the furnishing and the books. We missed nothing. Sorry for our bad English.
Jul 2010
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based on 7 traveler reviews

Comfortable cottage in wooded garden overlooking Dordogne Valley.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 12 reviews

Special Cottage for relax

  • 5 of 5

The cottage that has everything. Our fourth stay and never disappointed, beautifully furnished and set up like a wonderful home. Inside the cottage, outside on the terrace and in garden, everything you could need, it is all there. Enjoyed our wine on the terrace each evening. Many delightful walks in the surrounding area and all set around historic and amazing chateaus and castles on the Dordogne. This cottage is dedicated to the comfort of all who visit, clean, and we'll maintained, each visit has revealed more improvements on each visit. The owner gave full info throughout on local wildlife and info on local restaurants (Allas les Mines particularly good) Absolutely excellent and luxury cottage for those who want something really special.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Moscow Region, Russia

Idyllic Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We spent amazing two weeks at the cottage! The house was very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Its description was very accurate and the photographs showed everything exactly as it was. The directions to the property given to us by the owner were easy to follow.

The wooded garden was picturesque, with an absolutely fantastic view from the terrace! The place was good both as a quiet getaway and for sightseeing. We greatly enjoyed visiting nearby towns and other places of interest which were abundant in the area!

This was our first visit to La Coyenne and I hope not the last. We would definitely recommend this property to friends!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hoegaarden, België

Ons verblijf in augustus 2010

  • 5 of 5

Heerlijk ruim huis om te verblijven, zoals reeds meerdere malen gezegd ontzettend goed uitgerust, een omgeving om tot rust te komen en perfect gelegen om uitstappen te doen in de perigord noir. Een absolute aanrader wanneer je deze regio wil verkennen. Niet vergeten, een goede ontvangst door de 'housekeepers'!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stamford, Lincolnshire

A Dordogne gem

  • 5 of 5

Our 7th stay at La Coyenne - so why do we keep coming back? Having self catered in France for some 20 years La Coyenne is undoubtedly our favourite place. Beautiful and peaceful location, very well equipped, ideally situated for discovering the Dordogne region and most of all value for money. Plus a very helpful owner and you pay in sterling.

Over the years La Coyenne has been tastefully upgraded to a very high standard of self catering accommodation which makes it a comfortable place to stay whatever the weather. All being well we will be back in 2010.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

The thing that most impressed us about La Coyenne was how incredibly well-equipped, clean and well-maintained it was. The kitchen and bathrooms in particular were excellent. The location was quiet, with morning sunshine on the terrace, and plenty of shady trees for the afternoon. Best of all was the view, from the terrace, of Beynac castle in the distance, with the evening sun on it. The garden was fantastic for older children to play in - large and partly wild, allowing for great games and exporing. There were many interesting things to do in the area, including canoeing on the rivers Vezere and Dordogne, markets, castles and walks, and plenty of information on these was provided by the owner. At the bottom of the main road to the property, a couple of miles away, there is good access to the river for free swimming - a great picnic location. We loved an evening meal at the Petit Chaperon Rouge restaurant nearby, though mainly ate in. The owner provided excellent customer service, including clear directions and information on the house. I would definitely recommend this property to friends. Superb value, and a really relaxing place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Eisenstadt, Österreich

Perfekte Lage für Ausflüge & Ruhe

  • 4 of 5

Wundervolles Ferienhaus in sehr ruhiger Lage, perfekt ausgestattet, mit großem Garten und Terrasse. Super Lage für Ausflüge und trotzdem ruhig. Besuchen Sie den Markt in St. Cyprien, die Altstadt von Sarlat, Paddeln an der Dordogne, Burg- und Schlossbesichtigungen in direkter Nähe, gute Restaurants -> einfach perfekt.

Vielen Dank & gerne wieder!

Martin & Lisa

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My German is not too good but I belive Martin and Lisa enjoyed a lovely holiday at La Coyenne; we hope they are able to return in the future. Graham
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Bergerac Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
St. Cyprien
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
St Cyprien en Perigord
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Allas Les Mines
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Dordogne river beach at Capette
Car: necessary

Le Bousquet is in the commune of Allas les Mines, 5 km from St Cyprien, 15 km from the Renaissance town of Sarlat. On the south side of the Dordogne Valley with superb views of Beynac and rolling hills. Nearest airports Bergerac (50km), Brive (50km),Bordeaux (140 km) and Toulouse (160 km).

It takes about an hour to drive from Bergerac or Brive airports and there are very good car hire facilities at both as well as lots of well priced flights from many UK airports.

St Cyprien is good for local shops , supermarket and restaurants. It also has a wonderful, bustling, Sunday market for fresh food, vegetables and local specialities. There is a market in a nearby town every day except Monday so you can always be assured of fresh produce. Sarlat has an excellent market on Saturday and a small one on Wednesday and it's a beautiful town.

The cottage is Ideally situated for exploring both the Vezere and Dordogne Valleys and the local chateaux.

Other Activities: rockclimbing and canoeing

Golf: There are several small golf courses in the area.


Rates & Availability

St Cyprien Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 2 2016 - May 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
May 28 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 9 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Oct 29 2016 - Mar 31 2017
28 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Nov 4 2017 - Mar 2 2018
28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $293

25% booking deposit required which is non-refundable unless a re-booking for the period can be arranged. Land line telephone is available at a small extra charge plus the cost of calls. Security deposit £200 (reimbursable). Heating and firewood is extra off-season, rates negotiable. The rent includes the French Tourism Tax which is payable for each person for each night stayed in hotels.

25% deposit is payable on booking and the remainder of the rental is payable 8 weeks before your holiday starts.

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Perigord Noir Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Two well equipped shower rooms with toilets, each serving a double bedroom and the single room is located so either shower room is convenient. Both shower rooms have heated towel rails and are served by separate water heaters so you should never run out of hot water although during the Summer the water pressure can be low.Towels are provided and each bathroom has a hairdryer. The shower rooms do not have a bath or tub in them, just a large shower. The washing machine and tumble dryer are in a separate laundry room for you to do washes whilst you are staying. These are good facilities so, if you are travellling from a distant country by aircraft, you need not pack clothes etc for each day of your stay. The bedlinen is changed between lets by our local agent but laundry services during lets are not provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom master - 2 twin/ single , French windows
    Bedroom double - 1 double , Balcony
    Bedroom single - 1 twin/ single , French windows
  • Bedding and bed linen are provided (duvets, English rectangular pillows (2 per person-more available on request),sheets, pillowcases,duvet cover and blankets). Bathroom towels are also provided and each bathroom has a hairdryer. The bedrooms are:1 double (en-suite),1 bedroom with twin beds and 1 single bedroom (share shower room). The double room is on the first floor and has its own small balcony. In the summer it can be hot and there are insects around so each bed has a mosquito net above it for your comfort. There are fans available for each bedroom and each bedroom has an electric heater. Most of the accommodation is on one level with only the occasional step so is suitable for those with limited mobility. The double bedroom is up a flight of stairs and its associated shower room is down four steps. Not suitable for anyone confined to a wheelchair. This is an old house but well insulated. However it does get a little dusty and is not suitable for anyone with a dust allergy.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Satellite TV (with many English/US programmes), DVD/video players (English Standard only) so you can bring your own UK favourites or watch some of our large collection. Extensive library of books; novels, cookery and reference books, plus local maps and country walks with details of tourist attractions and restaurants. Electricity and water are on mains supply whilst the gas is bottled butane. The kitchen is fitted with a 5 ring, 2 oven range cooker (Rangemaster) with a griddle and wok ring provided. The fridge and freezer are in a separate store room off the kitchen. Water heating is by electricity and there is electric heating in each bedroom. The sunny patio with garden furniture and barbeque is shaded by a gorgeous striped awning and overlooks the lawn leading into a wooded garden with fruit trees. Internet access is Wanadoo/France Telecom ADSL (ISDN equivalent) WiFi with desk top computer, printer, VOIP phone and webcam provided.

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