About the property
- Cottage990 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
“La Surprise” - Two seperate Gites - sleep 6 - Great location
“La Surprise” Boutique Gites ( La Boulangerie - sleeps 4, and Le Grenier- sleeps 2) are offered on an exclusive adult only basis, in order to create what we believe to be a very special French holiday location.
PLEASE NOTE: Sorry but no children
*** Each Gite can be booked separately or together ***
Call or email for the latest availabilty and prices.
We intend to provide a superior level of accommodation very much appreciated by lovers of French holidays.
Our location is approximately 4 miles only from either Monpazier ,a beautiful Bastide village, or Belves, both offering a unique French atmosphere along with the needs of holidaymakers, banks, shops, restaurants, tennis courts, golf, riding and walking.
Why not consider coming with friends? .............We can sleep upto 6 and the costs split between 6 makes La Surprise great value for money
Come and see why this lovely country property has run successfully for the last 18 years!
We advise early booking, particularly for the summer season.
Steve and Clare Dance
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Steve and Clare Dance
Clare and I have recently purchase this business and have continued to make La Surprise even more special - all three houses completely refreshed, new kitchens and bathrooms, new furniture but the same beautiful location and lovely local honey coloured authentic stone! We moved to this lovely area of France having successfully run an award winning Bed and Breakfast in the South of France for over 12 years. We were very lucky to have been awarded Tripadvisors Certificate of Excellance, consecutively, for many years "You will love it here ....We promise!"
Steve and Clare Dance purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Steve and Clare Dance chose Belvès
Quiet, romantic, adult only......and close to local attractions and Bergerac Airport. Dordogne River ten minutes away, for canoeing, boat trips and lovely restaurants. Plus historic village like Monpazier, Beynac, Domme, Sarlat, Castlenaud, Roquegageac and many more all very close. Local vineyards to try close by.
What makes this Cottage unique
This lovely old farm and converted outbuildings, has been run as a successful Gite business for the last 26 years, which says a lot about a holiday location that is very special. Previous guests have loved this place , which is why it has been so popular for so many years. La Surprise is set in a beautiful location and can give you that quiet and relaxed experience which can seldom be found in many larger Gite complexes
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A beautiful cottage with lovely surroundings
The site itself is gorgeous with many fabulous little touches. The rooms are tastefully decorated in a lovely shabby chic style with lots of added flair. The kitchen is well equipped and there were tea, coffee, butter and jam - as well as a warm baguette - provided to ensure we could have breakfast on our first morning. The swimming pool is spotless and was very welcome on the hot days we had.
The seating area outside the gate isn't quite as it appears on the pictures but is still a lovely place to sit with a book and a glass of wine; we loved watching the lizards skittering across the stones catching moths!
You need a car because it's a good ten minute drive to either of the nearest towns but that does mean the gites are quiet and peaceful - perfect for unwinding! The local towns are lovely and we especially enjoyed the evening market in Belves and the Sunday markets at St Cyprien and Issigeac.
It's clear that Steve and Clare have gone to a lot of trouble to make sure both their gites are real 'homes from home' and they are great hosts, striking the ever important balance between being available and allowing guests their privacy.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your holiday here at La Surprise.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future.
Thanks for pointing out about the seating area. It's difficult to show clearly these areas , but we will try to add more pictures to the web site for guests next year.
Maybe the drone video within the images area, helps to show all of La Surprise and the areas that each Gite has together with the main courtyard that guest from either Gite enjoy using for eating and relaxing as the sun sets. It's also a lovely place to share the odd glass of wine and chat to guests about what is to see and do in the local area
Kindest regards from us.
Beautiful, charming accommodation.
The gite is a beautiful old building sympathetically decorated with taste and consideration for their guests. The bathroom and bedroom were particularly lovely, the kitchen is well equipped with a comfortable and atmospheric living area. We were there in April so we were able to enjoy a log fire in the evening which kept the gite warm and cosy.
Our hosts were extremely considerate and friendly, discreet but always there when needed. We were supplied with lovely basics for breakfast and wine in the fridge! There are plenty of gorgeous outside spaces suitable for dining or evening drinks.
I thoroughly recommend this lovely place if you like a quiet, relaxing environment but with all amenities including a lovely pool for those hot summer days when the sun is shining.
Personally, I can't wait to go back there, our holiday was cut short as we had an emergency back home we had to attend to. Steve and Clare could not have been kinder, and we both hope we can go back there later this year to finish our holiday!
Beautiful Home in a fabulous area
We stayed in La Grenier which although one bedroom was a large spacious Gite with ample room for a winter or summer holiday. The area around La Surprise is open fields with lovely views blending with the lovely old stone of the farm buildings.
The gite itself is beautifully decorated with a modern bathroom/shower, extremely comfortably furnished with a large and super comfy bed.
Outside there are two private seating areas with a large barbecue area, access directly to the field behind where you can sit and watch the sun go down. There is shared area in the barn with another large table to eat or just sit and get out of the sun. We went for 2 weeks from August bank holiday and had 30 degree temperatures almost every day.
The pool is shared although with an adults only policy and one other gite we mostly had the place to ourselves.
Steve and Clair were both helpful and friendly, providing a meal for us on our first night and breakfast on the first morning, as well as a bottle of wine and a few essentials to start us off. Around if we need something but discreet if not.
The immediate area is such a relaxing place, perhaps 2 cars and a tractor is the extent of the traffic most days and being about 10 minutes from Monpazier and Belves you are close enough to civilisation to get food, find a bar or restaurant and do a bit of shopping without anything to disturb you the rest of the time.
We would certainly book with Steve and Clair again and if you want an exceptional place to stay, peace and quite, & beautiful area this is definitely the place for you!.
We are so happy that these guests enjoyed their stay here at La Surprise, at Le Grenier Gite, which we have tried to make as quiet and romantic for those special moments to get away from all those stresses in life, and just relax.
We have a second larger Gite available but many couple love this one bedroom Gite which we have tried to make very special.
We very much would like to thank these guests for posting such a lovely and kind review, which we know certainly helps guests when choosing where to stay.
Thanks to you both and we look forward to welcoming you back
Although La Surprise is located in the beautiful countryside, we are only 10 minutes by car from Belves and Monpazier, both being amongst the most important villages in the Dordogne. Monpazier is recognised as the best-preserved “Bastide”(fortified town) in the whole of France.
Also within half an hours drive are, famous villages, markets and Chateaux.. Market days are held weekly in many fine village settings and offer a good insight to local produce (Foie gras, walnuts, preserved duck, sausage, pates and strawberries).
The river Dordogne is only minutes away. In summer the river offers canoeing (safe and great fun). Swimming in crystal clear water, certified as one of the cleanest in France, fishing and good access along its banks to beaches, cafes etc.
At La Surprise we hold detailed information on all local facilities.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
As we have two Gites, 1 x TWO bedroom and 1 x ONE bedroom, please contact us for to book both 25% deposit required to secure booking. Balance payable 60 days prior to booking arrival date SPRING OFFER - 3 Nights including breakfast at £110.00 per night - start any day of the week for April and May