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Ben Mills

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french

Beautifully renovated 5 bedroom stone country house

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Cavagnac Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps 10-12

Beautifully renovated stone country house, in rural hamlet. Gorgeous outdoor garden area, under ancient trees, 12 metre heated pool. Peaceful open rural views. Many beautiful historic villages nearby, with historic sights, markets, antique shops.

The region: There are many beautiful historic villages within 30 mins of the house. The best villages in the area bounded by South Correze, North Lot and East Dordogne are: Turenne, Rocamadour, Carrenac, Creysse, Loubressac, Autoire, Martel, Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte, La Roque Gageac, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, Castelnau-Bretonoux, Sarlat, Gourdon, St Cirq la Popie. The food in the area is out of this world (it's the heart of foie gras and truffle territory), with some awesome Michelin starred restaurants in stunning settings. If you like seeing prehistoric sites, there are the Grotte Lascaux, Grotte du Fond de Gaume, Gouffre de Padirac and Grotte du Pech Merle. There is a mixture of prehistoric cave art, stalagmites and stalactites, underground rivers etc. There are also lots of other sights and activities including castles, gardens, and canoeing (on the Dordogne, Ouysse, Vezere and Lot Rivers).

  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ben Mills (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

A group of 23 friends from Australia, UK, Germany and Amsterdam travelled in/out over a period of 2 weeks to help celebrate a special ‘senior’ birthday. In summary - Le Bayle exceeded all expectations. Early engagement with Ben and Judy meant that we were able to share the wonderful tourism, wine and restaurant tips with our group and there was much pondering each day as to which of the many local beautiful villages was going to benefit from our visit and the resultant long lunch!

The spacious, beautifully-renovated house and its grounds were perfect. The two lounge rooms and other internal and external communal areas meant that there was plenty of opportunity for private or convivial time. Access to wi-fi was a definite advantage for those planning onward journeys. Good weather meant that we were able to enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces – swimming, petanque, dining al fresco, general lounging – but the chilly nights also saw us mesmerised and cosy by the wonderful open fire enjoying, with much camaraderie, the local wines and market-sourced terrines, cheeses, and other culinary delights.

A special highlight was the celebratory meal for 10 prepared, cooked, served and cleaned up by Fabrice, the visiting chef. A sumptuous four-course meal prepared in Le Bayle’s kitchen and served outside in the garden, under candlelight, is highly recommended.

Karinne, the property manager who lives next door was a great help in providing the initial tour of the place - a friendly wave each time we filled up her compost bin - and assisting with calamities such as a punctured tyre and finding local help to repair!

All in all, a gem of a place – most highly recommended.

Lorraine Tawse

Northbridge, Sydney

May 2012
May 2012
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Beautifully renovated 5 bedroom stone country house
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Lovely property in a lovely part of the world

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Le Bayle in June 2013 but it started before we went as the family who owned the property gave us lots of information and advice before we went to help with planning our holiday which was fantastic.

The house is really lovely and has been renovated beautifully. It is the perfect set up for two families with children and a couple (who can use the separate apartment). The weather unfortunately wasn't that kind to us but we still managed to have nice walks, visit lots of the beautiful towns in the surrounding area and the morning markets. There is plenty to see while using Le Bayle as a base, some of the lovely towns include Turenne, Martel, Sarlat, Collonges du Rouge, Domme etc..... plus just driving along the Dordogne River is lovely.

The house itself has a games room which was great in rainy weather plus a lovely courtyard to enjoy sunny lunches and dinners over a glass of wine.

Just 1km from the house is a horse riding place, the kids really enjoyed this plus there is a tourist train in Martel which is also a hit with the kids. Must try restaurants include Pont de L'Ouyesse and Chateau de la Treyne. Both were brilliant with families so no issues in taking the little ones along with you.

So you really can't go wrong hiring this house - lovely interiors and gardens plus very close to lots of beautiful attractions and towns. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Ideal for a family gathering or group of friends.

  • 4 of 5

Reasonably priced lovely home with all the right facilities for a family gathering. Lovely outdoors area for meals, pool setting and reading/sun lounges. 5 minutes drive to supermarket, wine store, ATM and postoffice. Wifi included in the house.

Between 10 and 30 minutes drive of many beautiful French villages, gorgeous countryside and loads of great restaurants. We had a wonderful week and wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Western Australia

Idyllic Country holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Le Bayle provided a wonderful base for our holiday in July 2012. We were a party of 9, two families with children aged from 9 - 17.

The house is extremely well renovated to provide open living downstairs and the comfortable bedrooms upstairs. The games room and pool were well used by the children in the long leisurely afternoons. The classic tree shaded outdoor area with the long table for meals was hard to leave. When we did venture to the neighbouring towns for restaurants, the recommendations and information provided by the owners was invaluable and made us feel like locals.

We would definitely recommend this property for its location, surrounded by so many of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", and its accomodation and rural location.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully renovated home, superbly furnished and very practical for our adult family of 8. Delightful outdoor area with a beautiful pool (and games room). The hosts Ben and Judy were so helpful in assisting us to plan our holiday. They provided unbelievably good recommendations on the many villages in the surrounding area. Some cute, some charming, some pretty and some absolutely stunning. It was the same story on the restaurants - their recommendations were faultless. We enjoyed every single dining experience. A truly memorable holiday for the whole family - we'll be back

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Ideal spot for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Little to detract from a great house, in a great situation with great facilities. Owners very attentive from initial booking to post-holiday follow up. Caretaker on hand during the week for other queries.

Living quarters excellently furnished and well organised - two large lounge areas inside; kitchen well equipped and perfectly placed for eating inside or outside under the tree every evening (as we did). Large trees over outside eating area give very welcome shade all day. Great flexibility for sleeping arrangements - 2 large well-equipped and 2 small bedrooms with optional connecting doors in main house plus Annexe bedroom; all with good access to washing and toilet facilities. Good sized secluded pool, plus table football/table tennis in cellar a great attraction for families. Car parking in the grounds for 4 cars.

Local facilities in Les Quatre Routes (excellent boulangerie, cafe etc) accessible by bike or car (or a family member keen on early morning run) - a sleepy out of the way sort of place which add to the relative isolation of Le Bayle. But plenty of local attractions within less than 30min drive including the shrine, tourist shops and cliff perching buildings of Rocamadour; the red stone built village of Collonges-la-Rouge; Gouffre du Padirac - take a boat through amazing caves with stalagm/ct/ites galore well worth a visit (get there early to avoid huge queues in summer); canoeing from many points along the Dordogne the most relaxing exercise you can imagine; visit Le Pourquois Pas? in Floirac for excellent crepes and more varieties of beer that you'd care to remember; more extensive shopping and bars etc in Martel (great market on Saturdays) and InterMarche supermarket;

Les Quatre Routes has a SNCF link to Brive-la-Galliarde so Eurostar from UK a travel option provided transport from station to Le Bayle can be organised.

could go on - would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Sydney Australia

Authentic French Experience

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in August and stayed until January, so we are well placed to review this beautiful property.

The house is big and comfortably accommodates large numbers of guests. Upstairs, there are 4 double bedrooms as well as 2 adjoining bathrooms and separate toilets (there is also a seperate apartment for additional guests).

Downstairs has two lounge-rooms, both with enormous working fireplaces and antique furnishings. The open-style kitchen is impressively equipped for cooking the wonderful local produce, or simply preparing figs, plums, mirabelles and walnuts sourced from the garden! .

Situated on a quiet country lane in a small hamlet, the grounds are spacious with perimeter fencing and plantings ensuring complete security and privacy, ideal for families with young children. The huge shaded courtyard is perfect for long lunches during the summer heat. The outlook over the magnificent pool and surrounding fields to the hills in the distance is particularly special.

Over 5 months, we saw much of what the French consider to be the “real” France; stunning countryside, beautifully preserved medieval villages and chateaux, thriving local markets and a traditional agricultural industry that produces all the fresh produce for which France is famous. All are within a short drive, so a car is absolutely necessary. If you can access a bike, however, cycling through the quaint villages and rustic French countryside is a uniquely beautiful experience.

The owners are incredibly knowledgeable of the local attractions, and happily provided us with insights into what was worth visiting, eating and drinking throughout our stay. There is also a wealth of information at the house or on the website for those wishing to work it out themselves. The property manager lives next door, which was handy for dealing with any issues or queries we had, especially as she speaks fluent English.

Highlights of our stay include day trips to many of France’s officially classified beautiful villages and gardens, shopping at the numerous daily produce markets, and over-indulging on duck, foie gras and many of the other specialties of the region.

Our other joy was simply spending time at the house, swimming in the pool, playing in the games-room, sitting by the log fire or just enjoying fresh food and a glass of wine in the peaceful rural setting. For us and our 2 young boys, it was a truly authentic French experience in a beautiful house, in the “real” France.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Brive la Gaillarde
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A20 - exit 55
Car: necessary

Our house is located in the North of the Lot region, close to the Dordogne and Southern Correze. It is a wonderful area, near to many beautiful villages and the Dordogne River. The house is 1.5 km from the nearest town with facilities (Les Quatre Routes du Lot), 5km from Meyssac, and 10km from Martel.

Other Activities: Caves to visit.


Rates & Availability

Cavagnac Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,121

Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss.

Rental rates - 50% payable upon booking and the balance is due 2 weeks before booking period. EUR1000 refundable bond payable before arrival. Discounts available for longer bookings. Please contact us for full booking terms and conditions.

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Cavagnac Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • All bathrooms have been recently renovated. There are 2 bathrooms with separate toilets upstairs in the main house, a downstairs toilet, and shower room/toilet in the cottage above the garage. Total of 4 toilets in the property.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • The main house has 4 bedrooms - 2 double bedrooms, 2 bedrooms with single beds. In addition to the above, there are 2 extra foldaway beds, and a cot available. There is also a fold out sofa in the smaller lounge room. There is a 5th bedroom with en suite separate from main house, in the cottage above the garage, with plenty of room for a cot or foldaway bed there too.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The house has been recently renovated, with new kitchen, bathroom and appliances. There are many character antiques in the house, and 2 wonderful large fireplaces. The house is very well set up for families sharing - with 2 separate staircases each accessing 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a wonderful graveled garden area off the kitchen with outdoor table for meals under the large ancient trees. There is also a grassed play area, and fruit trees (with delicious plums and figs). The house is child friendly, with fenced garden and fenced swimming pool, cot, high chair, stair gates available on request.

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