Country cottage in a tranquil location next to the sleepy village of Maumont.
Paul & Anita Carrington-Porter
- english, french
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 Hautefort
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.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Very clean, well equipped cottage
We chose this cottage because it had two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. My friend and I are both widows and like our own space. There was a bit of confusion when we arrived as one of the bedrooms had two single beds, but this was rectified the following day. The cottage is ideal for two couples or a small family. The bedrooms are downstairs as are the toilets which was a little “inconvenient “. The cottage is well equipped and is close to Hautefort with it’s impressive castle. The etang de coucou and the restaurant was worth a visit. We had very good weather for the week,with just a little rain on the Friday afternoon. We didn’t see much of Paul and Anita as we wanted a relaxing week ,and didn’t want too many outings, but when we did see them , we found them friendly. The only problem we had during the week was the internet which was not working very well. All in all we would recommend this cottage both for a restful holiday or as a base from which to explore the area.
Wifi:- Regretfully during our guests stay the commune of Hautefort experienced 2 days without telephone/internet, we had no control over this situation, but respect this caused an inconvenience.
Bedrooms:- Sadly these are our first guests in 10 years to have found this unsuitable.
As both floor levels can be accessed from outside, the bedrooms are positioned on the bottom floor, this arrangement helps to keep them cool during the hot summer months.
Lovely and extremely well presented gite,warm welcome from Paul & Anita on arrival.Great setting and very peaceful with lots of activities around the area. Paul & Anita were very helpful in recommending local markets and events, but were not intrusive in any way.
The gite was well equipped with everything you would need making it an excellent holiday and would love to return.
We spent a fortnight in this delightful, superbly equipped, spotlessly clean gite in beautiful grounds. The weather was very warm and we ate all our meals on the decking patio which had the luxury of some overhead shading. Everything we needed for our comfort was provided (including a teapot!!) Although Mirabelle adjoins the owners property we always had privacy but Anita and Paul were delightful hosts and were available if ever we needed to approach them. Some wonderful places to visit and at the end of a day it was a joy to return to this peaceful, idyllic 'home'.We feel we have made two friends and we would happily return and recommend this property to anyone!
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.
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!
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
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.