Beautiful cottage recently renovated to a very high standard and peacefully located in the countryside next to the tiny village of Maumont. Mirabelle is a 5 minute drive from activities and amenities for all the family. The property is situated on a secluded hillside in 2 acres of mature gardens. Mirabelle has gardens with both sunny and shaded areas and a decked patio with BBQ, sun loungers dining table and chairs. All Views look down over the valley and onto the rolling hills of the Dordogne countryside. The property consists lounge, dining room, kitchen and two bedrooms each with their own en-suite and toilet. The Kitchen is well equipped and adjoins a separate dining room. The lounge provides an area of relaxation for watching a film or just an afternoon snooze. The cottage comes with its own washing machine and outside drying area. Bed linen and towels are included. You only have to visit the cottage or read our previous reviews to understand why people keep returning to Mirabelle.
- Cottage1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Country cottage in a tranquil location next to the sleepy village of Maumont.
Paul & Anita Carrington-Porter
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- within a few hours
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 13, 2018
About Paul & Anita Carrington-Porter
The charming Mirabelle is owned by Anita and Paul, who live in the old farmhouse next to the cottage. Anita, a fully qualified Beauty Therapist, has a small beauty salon where guests can treat themselves to some of the relaxing treatments available:-Aromatherapy, Thai, Ayurvedic, Japanese and Hot stone Massages, to name just a few) . Paul having renovated both properties now runs a property maintenance business. He also restores classic motorcycles, his latest being a 1948 triumph speedtwin.
Paul & Anita Carrington-Porter purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Paul & Anita Carrington-Porter chose Périgueux
When you visit Mirabelle you will find beautiful views in all directions with peace and tranquillity. Many of our guests are return visitors, which gives us the confidence to know we are doing things right! The cottage snuggles into its location and with the decked sun terrace area straight outside the kitchen door, a morning tea or coffee croissant, sets everyone up for a holiday that is hard to beat. Mirabelle is located centrally for visiting many of the Dordogne's most famous tourist sites: Sarlat, Lascaux, Domme, Brantome to name but just a few of many. The village of HAUTEFORT is only 3 miles away where you will find 6 restaurants, a super market, a medical centre, a chemist, a tourist office, baker, butcher, small grocery store, garage, craft brewery, a newsagents and various other gift shops. Of course compared to the magnificent HAUTEFORT chateau these all pale into the background. The local area also has a wealth of activities to suite everyone's needs - canoeing down the local rivers, golfing, tennis, cycling, swimming, wakeboarding, caving, rock climbing. The nearby lake (5 minutes drive) also has a inflatable water park where many a fun day can be had by adults and children alike. There is also a paintball park for further adventure.
What makes this Cottage unique
Mirabelle is on the edge of a small hamlet making it an ideal for countryside lovers with the wonderful Dordogne outlook. Here, in Maumont, you will find the local vineyard and an ancient farm where you will see ducks, chickens, geese and sheep wandering around freely. Straight from the cottage you can join a myriad of local signed pathways, for walking, cycling and even pony or donkey trekking! Some guests have rented bikes while others have brought their own, and for these we have a large covered area for storing at your leisure. We have an unusual layout, with the bedrooms being downstairs, this allows for beautifully cool bedrooms, a welcome treat in the summertime. The cottage gardens consist of open and woodland providing both sun and shade, though you have no traffic noise what-so-ever, the 'silence' is filled with bird chatter and red squirrels calling their young. We are also nearby, but not intrusive, to help book and advise on local activities and restaurants.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Paul and Anita are the most welcoming hosts and friendliest of people; you can spend ages chatting and they went out there way to help and give advice of the area.
The house has been renovated to a very high spec. The beds are really comfy and the amenities easy to use. We spent most of our time relaxing on the deck watching the sun go down sampling the local red wine.
You will have a great stay here! and I look forward to retuning soon.
Excellent self contained gite
The property was amazing, as were the owners and were very helpful in advising of where to visit and what to see in the area (Sarlat is a must!). The gite is well equipped and maintained to a very high standard and the terrace is great for evening dining. Paul and Anita were very welcoming hosts, as was Treacle the dog!
The area itself is very quiet and within easy driving distance of many nice towns and villages. We would definitely stay again.
Mirrabelle comfort stay in very good settings
THE COTTAGEWAS VERY COMFORTABLE ,PRIVATE ,AND IN BEAUTIFUL SETTING . SUNDAY HAVING MORNING COFFEE OUTSIDE , WATCHING AIR BALLONS GOING OVERHEAD CAN ONLY BE A GOOD START TO A HOLIDAY.PAUL AND ANITA MAKE FINE HOSTS HELPFUL BUT THEY DO NOT INTRUDE ON YOUR HOLIDAY THEY GIVE SOUND ADVICE ABOUT THE AREA ALL IN ALL OUR HOLIDAY STAY WITH THEM WAS VERY GOOD INDEED AND WE WILL BE SURE TO RETURN
A lovely place to stay
This is an immaculately modernised but characterful gite, with great facilities. It is in a beautiful and peaceful countryside setting, yet only minutes from a good boulangerie, and from enjoyable restaurants in nearbye Hautefort. There is a wide range of things to see and do in the area, and the excellent English hosts, Paul and Anita, have years of experience to be able to advise their guests. Very enjoyable!
Lovely gite but the welcome could have been better
The gite is very comfortable and well-furnished, the only downside is poor noise insulation between top floors and bottom floors. But our welcome on arrival from Paul was very disappointing - five of us arrived instead of the planned four but rather than wait to hear the reason and short duration of the additional person Paul threw the rulebook at us and turned a minor blip into a source of tension - particularly unwelcome after a long drive. Over the week Anita made up for this as she is most welcoming and helpful.
Mirabelle gite is registered and insured to sleep a maximum of 4 people. This is clearly stated on the booking form all guests complete on reserving the gite. Therefore when 5 people turn up without any prior agreement it is only expected that the owner would be both concerned and annoyed with the situation. Even so, we amicably let the 5 people stay within the gite and at no extra cost.
Yes the cottage does have wooden floors like all buildings that are 200 years old.
These are the only guests that have complained about the noise between floors in 5 years, so maybe allowing the unauthorised 5th person to stay was to our detriment.
Maybe an apology from our guests for the situation would have been nice, but instead they decide to give us an unfair review, showing the world can be an unkind place at times!.
A really enjoyable week
The weather was sometimes warm, sometimes a little hotter and we really enjoyed the week, some of it spent in the garden and some of it visiting the nearby attractions. We particularly enjoyed Perigueux, Bourdeilles, Brantome, Hautefort, Excideuil, Segur le Chateau, Terrasson and Saint Robert. There are lots of lovely villages and chateaux to see. The holiday cottage, to one side of the main house, was spotlessly clean and well equipped and gave plenty of privacy in the garden area. Thank you Anita and Paul for being so welcoming, for the surprise walnuts and also for letting us stay in your lovely cottage.
Canoeing on the local Auvezere river is approximately 10 minutes away at Chevais cubas. The caves of Tourtoirac are less than 10 minutes away from Mirabelle by car or a good cycle ride through the countryside. There is a local lake 5 minutes away which has an inflatable water park and swimming. A 20 minute drive gets you to lake Rouffinac where there is an inland beach with bar, restaurant, water sports and cable park for wakeboarding and water skiing.