|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This wonderfully restored stone farmhouse dates back to the 13th Century. Decorated in a French Country style that combines old world charm with modern conveniences for today’s traveler. A comfortable south facing house, “La Borie des Combes” is full of the beautiful diffused light that has attracted artists to the region for decades. The meter thick stone walls provide natural coolness to the interior, and the outside has a peaceful, restful area for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. After dinner, walk to the “private” castle a mile up the road or explore the surrounding woods. Details about the house are at our website francestonehouse. Arrive on Saturday and visit the market in St Cyprien on Sunday to stock up for your stay. The area is rich in history with castles around every bend and caves dating back to prehistoric times. Canoe down the Dordogne, cycle the back roads through tiny villages, walk through gardens, visit local markets, go fishing, ride high above the valley in a hot air balloon, catch the marvelous falconry display at Chateau de Milandes . Visit the castle at Beynac (4km) then cross the river to Castelnaud home of a fabulous medieval museum. Explore the staircases and secret courtyards of Sarlat by day and attend a performance of Shakespeare in the evening. This area is rich in history with something for everyone. Once you book we will send you sample itineraries to help you research your trip.
During July and August the night markets bustle with activity and the Festival du Perigord Noir offers internationally renowned soloists and orchestras in over twenty different settings throughout the area including Saint Arnand de Coly, the churches of Plazac, Auriac, Rouffignac and Sarlat as well as the orange grove of Eyrignac Manor.
Experience a luscious French repast by booking a French chef available on request who will come to La Borie des Combes and prepare a meal especially for you and your family or group. If you like, a cooking lesson can be included.
You enter into La Maison through the kitchen, which is the heart of the original house and has everything you need to prepare a delicious meal, including a 5 burner gas stove. The table seats six, but can be extended to seat up to 10.
The salon has a huge white stone fireplace with a woodstove. There is seating for 9 in the salon. The salon also has a CD Stereo system with a selection of great CD’s and video DVD’s and a paper back book selection for your use during your visit.
There are two large bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bathrooms is very large with a unique fountain. One bedroom has a very comfortable king size bed and the other a comfortable, queen size bed. All beds have memory foam for a comfortable night’s sleep. A rollaway bed is available on request for 1 child (or 2 small children). An additional en suite bedroom can be added at an additional charge, if you need the extra space to sleep six adults (this ensuite bedroom can also be rented separately). We provide towels, bed linens, fluffy bathrobes, soap, hair dryers, toilet paper, paper towels, and assorted spices. The organic garden is full of fresh herbs for your use.
There is a large umbrella covered table in the garden with six chairs for romantic outdoor dining with a view of the Dordogne River.
This beautiful area is ideal for canoeing on the river, cycling through the many small villages and back roads, or enjoying the many marked hiking trails that take you off the beaten path in a very special way.
If you want to rent bikes, we work with what we feel is the best cycle rental company in the area. Your bicycles are delivered to the house and yours to use for the week, along with detailed maps with different routes and distances for each. A truly wonderful service.
The hiking in this area is superb. You can walk out through the garden gate and hike as far as you would like with spectacular views along the way. There is a prehistory site that you can walk to within minutes of the house. This is not a tourist attraction, but rather is on a hiking trail. If you are even more adventurous, hike up to the top of the hill to explore old castle ruins, with an even more spectacular view. If you prefer a more sublime walk, you can go down the hill each morning for fresh croissants from Patisserie Lucco - the best patisserie in the whole area.
And much, much more.
Contact us today for availability and sample itineraries.
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We are a retired California couple who decided to make France our home. We reside on the property in a separate unit with our docile collie dogs, Hula and Chloe. In the photo we are canoeing down the Dordogne River, a favorite summer activity.
Jeri & Paul purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Actually, this house was chosen in a moment. After traveling around France for the past twenty years we came to the Dordogne for the first time in 2001. A driving tour of France was the mission but a stop in this area made such a lasting impression on us we had to return. On the second trip our memories and feelings of “coming home” were all confirmed. On a drive to Beynac from the west, about a mile from where our lovely farm house stands, it hit me…..I turned to my wife and told her “We’re going to live here some day” I knew it and so did she. We had just about had our fill of the rat race in California and it was time for another chapter. Attually it was another book! It was on our third trip here that we went searching for our new home. It didn’t take long. After seeing just one other house our immobilier said, “I have just what you want”. A short drive later, we saw it. It was one of those peak moments. My wife walked into the kitchen and said with utter certainty…. “I love it. We’ll take it!” Three months later we were given a hand full of huge old keys and went home….. Not to California. To Bezenac. The love affair continues to this day and only seems to get better.
High-speed Wireless Broadband service and free international phone calling make it easy to keep in touch with family and friends as well as checking on reservations and schedules. With our local experience and ever growing list of recommendations for dining, places to go and local events we’ll be happy to give you any help you need to maximize your time here. Bicycle rental can be arranged from a reasonably priced English speaking local that offers maps and cycling route suggestions so that you can get the most from your rental. Catering and French cooking lessons can also be arranged either here at the house or at another location. Our beautiful garden is yours to enjoy at La Borie des Combes. A large outdoor table that comfortably seats six to eight people, and outfitted with a shade umbrella is the perfect place to enjoy the wonderful local food and libations. A gas barbeque is also available for your use. There are also two other smaller rental areas that are available on this property. They can be rented separately or along with the main part of the house. Please email us for details on these options.
Well what can I say, this has been one of the best months of my life. You have opened my eyes to a new way of living and thinking. I will keep you and La Dordogne close to my heart always. I look forward to the next time. I feel like you are family and it has been a treasure and a treat experiencing and tasting your way of life here.
Good luck chiseling the concrete off the walls and keeping the snails out.
Much love. A Bientot, Rob
This was our (two couples of AARP vintage) third home stay venture in France and our unanimous favorite, with its painting-like views of the Dordogne River and valley...and nearby patisserie! The stone house and its decor and furnishings are lovely and comfortable, the kitchen charming and furnished with everything we needed to make all our meals. We took full advantage of the beautiful weather for outdoor dining and adventuring to the surrounding villages, castles, and prehistoric sites, and thatJeri and Paul, our wonderful hosts, were always there to answer questions. Sharing a glass of wine, and joining them and a group of friends on a Sunday hike will always be part of our fondest memories.
We spent the most marvelous week at La Borie des Combes thanks to Paul and Jeri, our delightful hosts. What a wonderful mix of French charm and all the modern comforts, all in a historic farmhouse. Besides the charming interior, we loved dining and resting in the beautiful garden.
The location is excellent - many towns and restaurants are all nearby, perfect for day trips, but we always looked forward to returning to our warm home.
We will definitely return and we highly recommend La Borie des Combes.
My husband and I, along with my 79 year old father, rented the house for a week. The descriptions and photos are accurate, except the second bath with fountain was not available. They were remodeling it.
The kitchen is nearly perfect, and this is from a very picky cook. The modern 5 burner gas stove and convection oven were a dream to cook on. I found olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, coffee & filters for the coffee maker and some other odds and ends the day we came. The only thing I missed was a knife sharpener. The local bakery (patisserie) has the most fabulous bread and croissants and is less than 5 min. drive.
The beds are marvelously comfortable! The linens are extremely nice and pretty. And the walls of this place are so thick not a sound disturbs you at night.
The garden area is beautiful, even in cold and rainy April. The view of the river and all the plantings by the owners make it a delight.
All in all - a perfect experience and definitely a great deal!
Charming is certainly the word to use in describing this little piece of heaven in the enchanting hills of France.We stayed about sixteen days in which we visited many of the old castles, wonderful medievel towns and unbeatable French restaurants that are so close by. We even canoed down the scenic Dordogne river which you can see from the farmhouse. Our accomodations were terrific with comfortable beds, excellent kitchen and laundry facilities. Over the years we have stayed in many places, but we have never been as well received as by the owners of this stone farmhouse. They were really helpful in directing us to the many interesting sites of the area. The owner even loaned us his GPS so we could find our way around the countryside. Now that is service!!!
We would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to experience the ambience of this historic area.
Because there are so many places to see, we would suggest renting a car to take advantage of the
many lovely sites. We can hardly wait to return!!
My husband and I spent a delightful week in the Gold Room in May, 2011. The room featured charming decoration, the bathroom was newly remodeled and comfortable with plenty of hot water, shower only, a huge medicine cabinet for storage, and a very good hair dryer. The bed was comfortable, but might be a bit short for very tall people. In the room, we appreciated having a table & chair set, fridge, micro, coffee and tea pots and a Brita water filter as well as dishes and wine glasses for two. Access to a large, beautiful yard with a shared picnic table was a special treat. Maintenance and cleanliness were excellent, and we had the use of convenient laundry facilities and a local telephone. This is a great rental for 2 independent people who don't need (or want to pay for) special services at a hotel. This is rural France, described by a friend as "the belly of France." We visited caves, castles and gardens and lunched out every day. The deli at the Carfour in a neighboring town had great take out food and good, reasonably priced wine. A restaurant behind the hotel in Bezac (Tunnels?) warranted two visits from us. You need a car here, and we would recommend getting it locally rather than driving from other locations in France. (Both toll roads and gasoline are very expensive, so a trip on the TGV is better than a drive on the autoroute! from Paris.)
But the helpful hosts were perhaps the best part of the visit. (For those concerned with lack of language skills in France, Jeri and Phil speak English natively.) They are great local boosters and suggest local activities if encouraged. There are river activities nearby, but we did not indulge. Maybe next time.
We had a lovely stay at the farmhouse. It was very centrally located for sightseeing. The owners were very helpful with places to see and where to go and also with a new IPad. The accommodations were clean and neat and we didn't need to ask for anything. A week was not long enough and we would love to go back again.
One of the best things about being in this area is the extensive list of activities available to you. With the Dordogne River close by, seeing the sights with a different prospective is fascinating. Canoeing and kayaking are available at numerous locations along the Dordogne and Vezere rivers as well as the boat tours that are available in both Beynac and La Roque - Gageac, offer a most pleasant way to spend a day. Photography from your river experience presents a whole new world of photo opportunities. Along with the river activities, the abundant beauty of the Dordogne Valley countryside turns a leisurely drive along the winding back roads into an adventure you’ll treasure forever. Antique shows (brocante) and local markets are always fun and memorable. Leave extra room in your luggage for small goodies you may pick up. The night markets in the summer months are a very special treat that is uniquely French. Different from the markets that are held during the daytime, these events are not to be missed. With long tables set up in quaint ancient villages, you can enjoy the offerings of freshly prepared, cooked, local specialties. Cycling in this area is some of the best in the world. Literally anything, ranging from very easy flat touring, to the most challenging hilly back roads will satisfy your cycling needs in a way you’re sure to remember. The French trail system is one of the best in the world. Maintained but not sanitized, it winds through the countryside in some of the most charming and interesting routes we’ve ever seen. We hike these trails every Sunday and have yet to be disappointed. You are welcome to join us if you like.
In the summer months there are musical treats to experience. Our friend Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) usually puts on a show or two with some extraordinary local musicians. In Sarlat there is a host of events throughout the summer season and naturally, a lively Bastille Day celebration is hosted on July 14th.
Whatever your tastes or interests, this area is bound to offer a healthy taste of France that you’ll love. So get ready and enjoy France … at it’s best.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$320|