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Romantic Cottage near Sarlat France with Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Gym,& WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

French Countryside,1 bedroom cottage sleeps 3, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Dordogne France


The Butterfly Cottage at Les Hirondelles is located in the heart of the Dordogne in the center of what is considered the golden triangle. We are just 6kms to Les Eyzies the worlds centre of pre-history & the famous Font de Gaume caves, and only 20 minutes to the wonderful medieval town of Sarlat. So, you have the best of both worlds here at Les Hirondelles with being close to everything, but sleeping & relaxing in the beautiful countryside with only the sounds of peace & quiet.

The cottage over looks a large courtyard with a beautiful Mulberry tree that sits in the center. The courtyard is your own private area to relax in and enjoy watching our famous swallows fly in and out of the barn door or cook up a barbeque with your own private gas grill. Inside the cottage are beautiful wood floors and all the modern conveniences of home. There is a quaint fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast table and bar stools. The living and dining room area is one great room. The living room has 2 comfy reclining leather chairs and lovely sofa to relax on. The custom made sofa is a sleeper bed for the possibility of having a third guest. The dining room has a wonderful large bar top table that seats up to 4 persons. The bathroom is down stairs and is fully updated with a new rainfall shower. The spacious master bedroom is upstairs with a beautiful wood beam ceiling, wood floors, and a heavenly California King size bed.

This is a charming property full of character, and beautifully furnished. You have the feel of the 17th century, but all the upgrades and comfort of home. There is a gorgeous garden to relax in and read a book, or take a nap in the swing. How about a swim in a refreshing salt water heated pool, or a romantic evening in the Jacuzzi hot tub over looking the green Dordogne countryside. So whether you are a couple on your honeymoon, friends on vacation, or a family wanting some quality time together, there is something for everyone to enjoy at The Butterfly Cottage at Les Hirondelles.

So here we are in France and in love with this area!! We think you will feel the same once you visit, and we hope to see you soon!! Please call or e-mail us if you have any additional questions or need any additional information.

Kind regards,

Linda & George Plakiotis

For your convenience if you would like to email us directly you can contact us at:

P.S. Ask about Dimitri our French chef that comes to cook for you at the villa. He is amazing and our reviews say it all!! Also, new for 2017, Dimitri will be doing wine tours, at our guests request. Our returning guests are so excited about the opportunity to spend a day in the French countryside visiting vineyards and tasting our fabulous local wines with Dimitri, it will definitely be an extra special treat!!!

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Linda

My husband & I are originally from Florida. We moved to France 7 years ago, and are loving every minute of it. This is our 8th season renting The Butterfly Cottage is a self catering property. We have a 5 star ranking, and all our guests agree we are the best of the best! If you read our reviews, I am all about making my guests happy, down to the smallest things. We are usually fully booked by the end of each season, so keep an eye on my calendar, I update it daily. We have been very fortunate to have many returning guests year after year, and guests that recommend us to their family, friends, and co-workers which is the highest complement someone can give us. We love inviting people into our home, and helping them experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful and amazing region. So, we welcome you to The Butterfly Cottage, and hope that you come join us, and enjoy France!!

Linda purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Linda chose Perigord Noir

Location, location, location!!! All my guests agree we are in the center of paradise. Privacy, peace, and quiet!! Away from it all, but with everything close by. You have a romantic cottage to relax and enjoy, but within 5 to 20 minutes you can see so many fascinating and historical sites in the Perigord Noir. There is so much to see and do in our area, that you could stay for a month and not see it all. There are beautiful village's and chateaux's to explore; the Dordogne and Vezere rivers offering fishing and canoeing; as well as superb restaurants and shops. There are numerous vineyards of Bergerac for wine enthusiasts and there is a different local market situated in a nearby village or town for every day of the week. This is a wonderful cottage to enjoy and relax in, has all the amenities you could want, and close to everything. We hope to see you soon!!

What makes this cottage unique

You will have a wonderful home to stay in, that is full of so much history itself. The cottage has the feel of the 17th century, but all the upgrades and comfort of home. It's your home away from home.

Large heated salt water pool. Jacuzzi hot tub. Sauna with a professional Gym. Gas grill. WiFi throughout the property. Complete kitchen including dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster & cooking spices. Private French Chef (upon request). GPS Tom Tom (upon request). Laptop computer (upon request). Washer & dryer. Hair dryer, iron, & ironing board. Wood burning stove. Flat screen TV (English). DVD player, CD player with iPod docking station. Books, CD's & DVD's. Linens. Pool & Jacuzzi towels. Bath towels & bath amenities. Luxurious cotton robes. Panoramic countryside views with 3 Koi ponds & 5 acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy. Fresh eggs from our 12 beautiful chickens (subject to availability). Welcome basket. Free long distance calls to the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Europe.

Last but not least, we are here if you need us, but we respect your privacy. As my guest's say, 'I am a walking travel agent & concierge all in one'. So, it is totally up to you if you would like me to assist you with your travel & site seeing plans or make any recommendations. George & I are here to help you relax & enjoy, and have a stress free vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay with Linda & George was wonderful. While it was a joy to spend a week at Butterfly Cottage, it was truly Linda & George who made our visit so very memorable! From the time I first communicated with Linda until the day we sadly had to depart they were always warm, personable, and helpful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the area & taking the time to make us feel at home.

Sincerely, Paul

Dear Linda and George,

I echo Paul's sentiments and more!

He was sure your accommodations were going to be wonderful after viewing some of your photos on line and communicating several times with you. Neither one of us expected it to be so magical here! You two have created a warm and welcoming and completely comfortable home away from home! Your friendliness and knowledge of the area you share makes a visit to your abode all the more enjoyable and unforgettable! I love the way Paul made it his daily joy to feed and talk to your lovely hens! Relaxing by the pool watching the cows graze was an extra bonus for me. Aah!!! Visiting here was all a vacation should be!

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, conversation, sharing of valuable site-seeing details, eggs, milk, juice, wines, Dimitri, Roosevelt, friendliness and laughter! I do hope we can return one day. If Paul had his way, he'd be visiting a realtor and putting down roots in the beautiful and magical Perigord and Dordogne region before returning stateside! The welcome mat is always out at our home for you two!

Many Thanks for the Memories, Cynthy
Apr 2016
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Meyrals Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • 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
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Beautiful blue and white custom tiled bathroom. There is a separate WC. The shower is very large with a rainfall shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Califorina King
  • The master bedroom is furnished with a gorgeous mahogany California King size bed, armoire, and triple dresser. It also is furnished with a gorgeous quilt, comforter, linens, and custom drapes. There is a beautiful wood beamed ceiling and floors.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
We provide a Tom Tom GPS free of charge. Gift basket on arrival. Kitchen is well stocked with lots of spices. Ask about Dimitri our French chef.


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(84 traveler reviews)

Romantic Cottage near Sarlat France with Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Gym,& WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 86 reviews

Idyllic spot!

  • 5 of 5

Les Hirondelles’ hosts, George and Linda, have set a very high bar for the French “gite” experience! In addition to an impeccably kept property, coupled with every conceivable amenity, they are the most gracious and hospitable people my husband and I have encountered in our many years of travel. Not one’s to make repeat trips very often, staying at Les Hirondelles has changed our minds – we will return!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Connie, thank you so much for your wonderful review and kind words. George & I are so happy that our award winning Butterfly Cottage had everything you wished for and more! We want our guests to feel like the cottage is their "home away from home". We are so excited that you have already booked and are coming back to the Butterfly Cottage next year, and of course we will make sure you have another perfect holiday in the Dordogne. :-) Please keep in touch and see you in 2018! Kind regards, Linda & George
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Perfect hosts, perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

We chose the Butterfly Cottage for a relaxing break after a busy year getting married and moving house. We couldn't have made a better choice. Linda and George's (and Roosevelt's!) hospitality was second to none - they were integral to ensuring our stay was as enjoyable as possible. As we're keen bikers, the weather during the week was perfect - sunny and around 24 degrees and we managed to clock up over 160km during the course of our holiday. The bike rides themselves were fantastic thanks to George who plotted the routes using his local knowledge of the area. We can particularly recommend the ride which took us past a number of beautiful chateaus. The pool and jacuzzi were perfect for unwinding after a long day on the bikes - and the heated pool is a real luxury in mid September! Another highlight of the week was Dmitri, the local chef who came to cook for us one evening. We both agree that it was the best meal we've ever had (and that's including Michelin starred restaurants!) - my soufflé and scallop starter was delicious, and the apple tart dessert simply divine! Dmitri is a must for anyone staying at the Butterfly Cottage - you won't regret it! We can't wait to return in the near future. Sophie & Doug

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home in stunning scenic location

  • 5 of 5

The beautifully-decorated 'Butterfly Cottage' had everything you could want in a home - an extremely well-equipped kitchen, super comfortable bed, washer, dryer and ironing facilities, large living area with English TV channels and DVDs but most importantly the hosts went out of their way to help you have a perfect holiday. Linda and George provided great travel advice for the local area as well as giving us fresh eggs from their lovely chickens. The location is in beautiful countryside with easy access to many of the best châteaux and towns with superb views of the Dordogne river and valley. We visited many ancient troglodyte cave areas in this stunning part of France. A definite highlight was having a private chef Dimitri cook an absolutely superb 3-course meal in our cottage. Two days later we went on a wine tour of the Bergerac area with him which was also a highlight and well worth doing. Linda and George can arrange all of this easily. There is a local market as well, which was great fun for stocking up on supplies.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage in the Dordogne valley

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Butterfly Cottage to celebrate our 35th anniversary. I can't say enough positive things about the property, location, and hosts. The cottage is beautiful with a wonderful courtyard - and comes with fresh figs and eggs from the owners chickens. The location is perfect for a Dordogne vacation, we visited multiple castles, prehistoric caves, and canoed the Dordogne all within minutes of the cottage. What makes the cottage special is the hosts - Linda and George who offered excellent tourist advice and made our stay very comfortable. They also set us up with a real French chef right at the cottage who prepared a fantastic meal for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better than we hoped for

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Butterfly Cottage for our honeymoon, and we couldn't have hoped for a better time! The cottage itself was gorgeous, and was stocked with everything we could have wanted after our journey there - everything from wine in the fridge to toiletries in the shower!

Linda (one of the owners) could not have been more helpful - nothing was too much trouble! She recommended places for us to go, and restaurants we could visit, made bookings for us, and even offered to lend us aloe-vera when we got burnt! She definitely helped make it the best honeymoon we could have wanted, I don't think we'd have even found some of the places she recommended without her telling us about them.

We particularly enjoyed the swallows flying around, especially when they would dive bomb the swimming pool. Fresh eggs from the chickens whenever we asked, and we loved seeing their dog Roosevelt around the place - fluffiest dog we've ever seen and so friendly.

We also booked Dimitri for a night on Linda's recommendation - we were a little nervous at the idea of a private chef but Dimitri was lovely, and the food was the best either of us has ever eaten.

We genuinely couldn't have had a better time and would recommend this cottage to anyone. Perfectly situated to explore the Dordogne and lots of places to take a walk or just sit and relax. We can't wait to go back!

Mr & Mrs G

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Already booked to return

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we have ever booked to return somewhere before the holiday is even over. Yes, it was that good! We wanted to make sure we could return again next year. The whole experience was amazing from start to finish.

Linda is like your own personal concierge - happy to help & advise on your plans or suggest places to visit, eat etc.

The cottage is beautifully furnished and the private courtyard the perfect place to spend early evenings with a glass of wine watching the swallows put on a display.

The pool is maintained at a perfect temperature, the hot tub a wonderful way to end your day and the grounds immaculately maintained by George.

Eggs from the hens & walnuts from their trees are just one of the added bonuses.

This place is so peaceful & relaxing, yet within easy reach if all that the Dordogne has to offer - beautiful villages, chateux & markets. So much to see & do that we may need to return several times to appreciate it all!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
835 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
7 courses within a 30 minute drive
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Les Eyzies 7kms, St Cyprien 6 kms, Sarlat 17kms
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Dordogne River
Car: recommended

We are within a short driving distance of many fascinating historical sites, such as Les Eyzies and the caves at Montignac and the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat. There are stunning villages and châteaux to explore as well as the Dordogne and Vezere rivers offering fishing and canoeing. For wine enthusiasts we are close to the vineyards of the Bergerac area for wine-tasting expeditions and of course there are plenty of superb restaurants to experience the local cuisine. There is also a different local market situated in a nearby village or town for every day of the week. Sarlat throughout the summer has an extensive program of music, arts, night markets, fairs and activities for all ages. The town of Sarlat has a wonderful food market each Wednesday and Saturday. Also Le Bugue offers an organic market on Tuesday and St Cyprien on Sunday. For outdoor activities: cliff climbing, hot air ballooning, zip lining, flying, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, golfing, hiking, and hundreds of châteaux's and caves to explore.


Rates & Availability

Meyrals Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring High Season 2017
Apr 23 2017 - May 5 2017
1 night minimum stay
Spring Peak Season 2017
May 6 2017 - May 26 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer Low Season 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 9 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer Mid Season 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer Peak Season 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer High Season 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
Fall High Season 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
1 night minimum stay
Fall Mid Season 2017
Oct 7 2017 - Oct 20 2017
1 night minimum stay
Fall Low Season 2017
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
Spring Low Season 2018
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 6 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Spring Mid Season 2018
Apr 7 2018 - Apr 27 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Spring High Season 2018
Apr 28 2018 - May 4 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Spring Peak Season 2018
May 5 2018 - May 25 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Summer Low Season 2018
May 26 2018 - Jun 8 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Summer Mid Season 2018
Jun 9 2018 - Jun 29 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Summer Peak Season 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 24 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Summer High Season 2018
Aug 25 2018 - Aug 31 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Fall High Season 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 5 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Fall Mid Season 2018
Oct 6 2018 - Oct 19 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Fall Low Season 2018
Oct 20 2018 - Nov 3 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees


The rates quoted are for 2 adults. Please contact Linda for rates to add a 3rd person.

A 25% deposit is required with all bookings.

A security deposit of 300 Euros is required, with the balance of payment 16 weeks prior to the rental period.

The deposit can be paid by credit card or bank wire transfer. There is a 3% tax if you pay by credit card.

Rates subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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