|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This country house/villa in the heart of the Dordogne, near Sarlat, is spacious, modern and equipped to a very high standard. Both house and heated swimming pool enjoy a southerly aspect with a panoramic view of the valley. The large kitchen is well equipped to a very high standard. All five bedrooms have private en suites. The ground floor has the benefit of under floor heating; the large stone fireplace adds a focus of warmth in the cooler months. The elegant separate dining room, too, looks out onto the unspoiled countryside. The private and heated pool can be enjoyed in all seasons, with a BBQ for variety. Satellite television and high speed internet access are provided. There is a game room with table tennis. The nearby villages of Marquay and Tamnies offer restaurants and shops. The house, which offers seclusion and tranquillity, is perfectly located for visiting all the attractions that the Dordogne region has to offer for a luxury, extra special, romantic or family holiday.
Combe-Claire: Combe-Claire is a traditionally stone-built, country house/villa that offers all the modern conveniences to make your holiday comfortable and enjoyable. In spring the fruit trees blossom on the slopes surrounding the house. The deer pass by in the valley and wild boar occasionally forage in the local woods. In autumn the early morning mist gives way to warm sunshine that ripens the figs and walnuts. In the immediate surroundings it is easy to find an astonishing variety of wild mushrooms. Here is truly a place to relax, contemplate and unwind, yet it is superbly located so that all the region’s attractions can be visited with ease.
The Dordogne: The Dordogne or Périgord region is one of the most beautiful parts of France, well known to the French for its food and wine. There is a saying, “En Périgord, on mange bien, on boit bien”. Périgord is the home of the truffle and foie gras. Numerous local restaurants, with all regional delights, tempt the casual visitor. As a world centre of prehistory, the Dordogne offers countless caves for exploration. The world-renowned Lascaux and Font de Gaume, with their cave paintings and artefact's, are both close by. The national museum of prehistory, only 15 minutes away in Les Eyzies, provides a good starting point. Entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month. Within easy range, too, are chateaux and bastides – medieval fortified towns – which mark turning points of history, from Viking and English domination, to the resistance of the French Protestants. Across this region Simon de Montfort drove the Cathar heretics virtually to extinction at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Sarlat: Sarlat is one of the most fascinating and beautifully restored towns not only in the Dordogne, but in France. The atmosphere and appearance are of another age, with narrow, steep, beautiful alleys flanked by medieval and renaissance houses in honey-coloured stone. It has more historic listed buildings than any other place of its size in France and is the only town to be given three stars by the Michelin guide solely for the quality and character of its old town. One of the largest weekly markets in France takes over most of the town every Saturday. There is also a Food Market in Sarlat every Wednesday. Throughout the summer there are musical festivals and art exhibitions in Sarlat and nearby towns. In the nocturnal markets there are bargains to be sought among the local crafts, food produce and Bergerac wines by the light of gas-illuminated street lamps. Sarlat is only 15-20 minutes drive away from Combe-Claire. A visit to Tourist Information Office in Sarlat is highly recommended.
We spent around 11 months excitedly awaiting our family holiday at Combe Claire. The months, weeks, days and then hours were religiously counted down. We visited and re-visited the website and poured over the photgraphs. This was our first proper holiday in three years and we wanted a luxurious, child-friendly, home-from-home.
As we manouevred the hire-car up the narrow country road towards the little hamlet beyond which Combe Claire is situated we collectively held our breaths - surely this house cannot be as good as all the reviews seem to suggest.
The road to the hamlet of Escamp winds up the valley offering a view of the impressive twin gables of the house. This first glimpse of Combe Claire provides just the merest hint of what lies within.
The property is a spacious open-plan design, yet there is also plenty of privacy. The presentation is immaculate. Everything from the design of the building, to the materials, to the furnishings to the fittings appears to have been agonised over. No corners have been cut. To say the house is well-equipped would be a gross understatement.
We travelled with two small children (1 and 4). It is not the obvious things like the swimming pool or the sleigh cot that set this apart as a holiday home for children, It's the little touches like kids' cutlery/crockery, toys and games. (And CBeebies on the satellite TV provided some valuable chill-out time after a hard day's running about daft.)
To list everything that impressed would risk running out of superlatives but here is a list of five of the major plus points-
1. Location - combines the remoteness of the rural Perigord Noir with a 10 min drive to the nearest supermarket. Perfect location for visiting all the local tourist attractions.
2. Outside space - the pool is top-notch. There's also plenty of room for kids running about. The vegetable patch is well worth a visit. The views over the valley are stunning. The giant BBQ will make the kitchen redundant in the summer.
3. Inside facilties - beyond even our high expectations. Don't take the website photos for granted. This place is even better in the flesh.
4. The little touches - the extra fridge for all your wine/beer purchases, the plethora of guide books and novels, the wifi access, the air-con etc.
5. The owner - Farah has put so much effort and passion into this property. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail were part of the pleasure of holidaying at Combe Claire.
We were five couples looking for five bedrooms, five bathrooms, enough space to gather and socialize but also enough space to find privacy and quiet time and Combe-Claire provided all of that in a perfect country setting. The house is very well designed and beautifully and comfortably decorated, the kitchen modern and well-equipped. Half our group enjoyed the amazing cycling in the area (very little traffic, even if a little hilly), others savored the walking or the pool (heated to a bit cooler temperature than some prefer, but for others it was perfect). The nearby support staff were attentive and extra house-keeping was available for us to hire to complete the vacation experience . Farah's restaurant and sight-seeing recommendations were wonderful: perfect vacation for all of us!
This is a beautiful house, very spacious and very well designed so plenty of space even for a large group. The house has everything you could possibly need and is very tastefully furnished. The grounds are also spacious and the whole property is maintained to a very high standard. Everyone we met who looks after the house was exceptionally friendly and helpful and keen to make sure that we had a great holiday. The property is ideally situated for exploring all the tourist highlights of the Dordogne, but we also enjoyed spending time relaxing around the magnificent pool or dining on the terrace, admiring the spectacular views. We had a lovely meal at the nearby Hotel Laborderie on our final evening.
This villa is a vacationers dream. We spent two weeks here and cannot say enough about it. The rooms are lovely and well-appointed, the property is expansive with fruit trees and a small garden. We were even able to harvest tomatoes and raspberries plus figs enough for several excellent desserts. The area around is delightful to visit and I satisfied a life-long dream to visit the Lascaux Caves. I cannot say enough about the lovely home and the ease with which we were able to rent it. Customer service and communication were perfect.
Geheel volgens Franse traditie en architectuur gebouwde prachtige villa met (verwarmd) buitenzwembad en tuin met een mooi uitzicht op de omgeving, het bekoorlijke landschap van de Dordogne. Onze familie beleefde er een heerlijke tijd. Ideaal voor bezoek van een familie met kinderen en kleinkinderen. Door de ruime vleugels aan weerszijden van de villa heeft iedereen privacy met een eigen badkamer voor iedere slaapkamer.
Voorzien van alle gemakken: van prima kwalitatief verzorgd meubilair, een totaal uitgeruste keuken, een volledige TV en audio installatie en internetverbinding, tot zelfs tafeltennis en fietsen, terras met grote BB en groot zwembad.
De villa is heerlijk gelegen in een rustige, landelijke omgeving en biedt daardoor prima mogelijkheid om het vlakbij gelegen, drukkere Sarlat en andere omliggende plekken/dorpen/steden te bezoeken, dan wel dagtripjes te maken, bijvoorbeeld naar Rocamadour via Souillac. Ook leuk om te gaan zwemmen in het vlak nabij gelegen meer van Tamnies met strandje.
Eigenaresse, Mrs. Farah, verzorgt de communicatie perfect en is ook steeds goed bereikbaar voor hulp, indien gewenst. Het ondersteunende personeel is niet alleen heel vriendelijk, maar ook professioneel. Bij aankomst zag de villa er perfect verzorgd uit.
Vanwege de zeer complete, luxe accommodatie, de ligging en het vriendelijke, tevens professionele personeel zouden wij 6 sterren toekennen als dat mogelijk was, dus in dit geval zeker het maximale aantal, dat volgens het beoordelingssysteem kan worden toegekend: met stip 5 sterren!
Karel en Thera R.
We recently returned from a week at this truly beautiful home which is every bit as advertised in the photos you see. The owner is a lovely woman who obviously cares a lot about her property and when you stay there, you feel like you are in someone's home rather than just an ordinary rental. The house is ideally situated in the Dordogne near many of the sites you'd want to visit. Or, if you'd like to stay in more, the house and grounds are spacious and elegant and you'd be just fine doing nothing but admiring the gorgeous views. I cannot recommend this property enough!
The house is on one of three hilltop villages within sight (and a short drive) of each other. The beautiful village of Tamnies captivates the visitor with deer, flower displays and an excellent restaurant. Its illuminated church tower is a landmark at night. Marquay, with fresh bread daily, offers several excellent restaurants. The house, Combe-Claire, is perched atop Escamps, a hamlet of just a few houses, free from intrusion and visitor activity. An enjoyable 15 minute drive to the south lies the medieval town of Sarlat; a similar distance to the west is Les Eyzies, the ‘capital of prehistory’, while to the north are the celebrated caves of Lascaux, where images of bison and deer, perhaps ancestors of the herd that still haunt the nearby fields, are to be seen.
Other Activities: canoeing, hot air ballooning, adventure parks, many historic sites
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$867|
- Please do not make irreversible flight or travel arrangements until you have received final confirmation of your booking.
- We strongly recommend that a holiday/travel insurance to be taken out at the time of booking your accommodation and travel.
-The pool is open from May to the end of September. If pool heating is required, a weekly fee of £100 will be added to the quoted rental.
- Mid week cleaning fee of £100 will be added to quoted rental. This covers cleaning, resupplying of products and changing of all hand towels.
- A checkout cleaning and inventory taking fee of £150 will be added to the quoted rental.
Please do not hesitate to contact the owner if you have any questions about these fees.