|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Le Tournesol, sympathetically restored by local artisans this pretty gite sits 'tucked away' just below a courtyard.
Located on one level there is a well equipped kitchen together with an open plan living & dining room.
The two bedrooms, one double & one twin both have views to the river that runs through the estate.
There is also a fully tiled modern shower room.
The property has been restored using local stone & beams.
Outside is a private walled terrace with barbecue and garden furniture.
All of our cottages are very well equipped, with all modern conveniences including UK satellite TV, DVD player, dishwasher, washing machine etc.
We also provide all linen, towels, tea towels, dish cloths, washing up liquid, cleaning materials, bin liners, foil, loo rolls, dishwasher tablets etc.
If you would like to see some interior pictures of any of our cottages click through to our website further down the page just below 'Facilities' or visit www.lebanquet.com
In the most popular part of the Dordogne and on the edge of the world famous village of Les Eyzies these charming 150 year old homes at Le Banquet have been lovingly restored preserving their character. Recently awarded 4 STARS by the Comité Départemental Du Tourisme De La Dordogne and voted 'Best family self-catering holiday in France' by The Gaurdian newspaper.
A pretty river runs through the estate and helps to make the extensive grounds and magnificent gardens at Le Banquet an ideal place for relaxation, with ample shade provided by the apple & pear trees.
The large 40ft x 20ft swimming pool & toddler’s splash pool are positioned to gain maximum hours of sunshine with plenty of sun beds, tables & chairs and umbrellas.
Children are well catered for with acres of space to play football or rounders and a play area with swings, slide and a boules court.
The games barn houses table tennis, table football, pool, darts, hopscotch, giant connect 4 and noughts and crosses, loads of board games & plenty of toys for the toddlers, a extensive DVD library, an information corner with hundreds of leaflets & books on places to visit and things to do & see in the wonderful local area.
Each home is extremely well equipped with all modern comforts including UK satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, etc. together with its own terrace, outside furniture and BBQ. All of the properties are connected to FREE WiFi
We are never happier than when outdoors under the warm Perigourdine sun, after spending many years commuting on planes, trains and automobiles we settled here in the Dordogne 11 years ago and have never looked back....
Rob & Karen Harrison purchased this barn in 2004
To Rob & Karen, We had a wonderful holiday at Le Banquet, your gite gave us a lovely relaxing place to stay in this beautiful corner of the world. we can't wait to come back. Love from Gillian, lan, Alistair and Heather. ------ Rob & Karen, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful estate with us for two weeks and for making us feel so very welcome. Gavin & Jane and George & Diane. ------ Dear Karen and Rob This is without a doubt the most beautiful place we have stayed in and the most beautiful part of France we have visited. Marge Holtz. -----just some of the comments we have had during the 2007 season
Our prices include, use of all facilities, all bed linen & towels, tourist taxes, end of stay cleaning, all baby equipment, welcome bottle of wine etc. For a full list of facilities you can visit our website at www.lebanquet.com
We accept payment by cheque, bank transfer or you can pay by credit card via the Homeaway website but this will incur an extra charge of 2%.
A lovely 2 bedroom barn conversion by a tranquil river. Thoroughly enjoyed our 7 night stay. Karen and Rob, the owners, were always at hand to help and give advice on areas of interest to visit etc.. great hosts
We look forward to visiting again next season.
Ivor and Linda
It's hard to know what to say that hasn't already been said by others. I agree with everything that has been said about Karen & Rob being wonderful laid back but helpful hosts who care about their guests' enjoyment of their holiday. Le Tournesol was the perfect size for us and our 2 boys, 10 and 12, and being on the ground floor and in the shade, kept nice and cool, and the courtyard sitting area was lovely and private. If we wanted sun we simply had to walk round the other side of the building by the river where we had deckchairs and a small table at our disposal (this became my perfect little quiet spot each day to catch the last of the evening sun and read a book, wine in hand, or watch the dragon flies and butterflies on the riverbank.) Or of course we could go to the pool which had plenty of sun loungers (no having to put your towels down to save one!) and was planted around the edges with beautiful lavender which apart from giving the air a wonderful smell did a fab job of keeping any bees occupied and away from sunbathers! The grounds are beautiful, just perfect, I loved being so close to the little river, it was so relaxing! The games room kept our boys occupied too and was really well equipped - we had brought a cricket set and a travel box of Cluedo with us for example, but they were already there in the games room. Darts, pool, table tennis, giant connect 4, jenga, boules, croquet, badminton, many box games - they were all available, as were many DVDs. The location is perfect- despite being on the road to Les Eyzies, we weren't disturbed by traffic noise, and we found it more convenient than being at the end of a long bumpy track full of potholes in the middle of nowhere (something which we've experienced in the past in rural holiday cottages!). A small supermarket/petrol station is a couple of mins drive away, and it it's possible to walk into Les Eyzies if you want to have a drink and leave the car behind. Restaurants are very nice with lovely staff and reasonable prices. Very central to all the many tourist attractions in the region, which we enjoyed: Chateau Castelnaud, aquarium, prehistoric maze, crazy golf, caves of Cazelles, prehistory museum, canoeing. But there is still lots to see so we will be back! I wholeheartedly recommend Le Banquet to everyone, especially those with children. And if you've never been to the Dordogne before like we hadn't, what are you waiting for? Just go - it's absolutely beautiful.
A beautiful place to spend with the family. The gardens were adorable and the boys loved the playroom and swimming pool. Thank you, Karen and Rob for providing such wonderful accommodation.
We had a wonderful stay, and can't recommend Karen and Rob's beautiful places highly enough . The setting is magnificent , right on a little stream running thru the property . They are within walking distance to Font de Gaume , an amazing cave going back 14,000 years . And the best part is Karen and Rob themselves
- they are just delightful and very accommodating . Don't stay anywhere else in
Jim and Cathy
We had a fantastic week at Le Banquet. It was everything we hoped for. Karen and Rob are incredibly friendly and helpful but they don't intrude at all. The gardens are spectacular. Natural planting, drifts of flowers, a river running through, deckchairs and seating dotted around the garden in sunny spots. There's also a climbing frame and swing, large play barn packed with stuff for kids of all ages (ping pong, table football, pool table, board games, drawing equipment, toys for younger kids, books and DVDs etc). And of course the pool.
Everything is done with real care and attention. For example, there are loads of loungers and umbrellas round the pool and a variety of inflatables, the DVDs are all good titles including lots of brand new releases, and we had everything we needed in our accommodation, even down to tin foil and cling film. In other words, stuff they don't need to provide but do. There was even a bottle of rose in the kitchen for us on arrival!
We had a very relaxing week, not the norm when you're holidaying with a 3 and a 7 year-old, and there's plenty to do round and about. We saw 15,000 year-old paintings, explored a ruined castle and ate out in the local village. Would have done more if we'd been staying longer and hadn't been lolling around Le Banquet so happily!
The two other families staying at the same time were friendly and fun to chat to around the pool, and the kids all hung out together. The cottages are positioned perfectly that you don't feel looked over and wouldn't need to be sociable if you didn't feel like it.
All in all, thoroughly recommended.
We have recently returned from a wonderfully relaxing stay at Le Tournesol. Rob and Karen were fabulous hosts and nothing was too much for them. Our two boys loved the games room, pool, and play area and had a great time making friends. The gite was very clean, well equipped, and characterful, with views of the stream from the bedrooms. Our only regret is that we didn't have two weeks insetad of one as there is so much to see and do in the local area. The picturesque town of Les Eyzies is close by where we enjoyed the market, Museum, and restaurants. In the surrounding area we enjoyed the caves, boat trips, hanging gardens, exploring villages, and an acqua/fun park. We would love to go back and enjoy more of the Dordogne from such a beautiful and convenient base as Le Banquet. I can't really fault it.
Dramatic rock faces, sparkling rivers, green valleys, Chateaux, medieval villages, prehistoric caves and brilliant sunlight. The Dordogne, the very heart of the Perigord has been described by some as paradise.
As you pass fields of sunflowers and corn and marvel at castles towering at the top of cliffs or visit the many 'Beau Villages' in the surrounding area you begin to understand why. The area surrounding Le Banquet is dominated by pre-history, beautiful architecture and gastronomy. The perfectly preserved medieval town of Sarlat is just 20 minutes away.
The local markets are full to brimming with some of the best produce France has to offer.
Whether you wish to visit one of the many UNESCO world heritage sites, caves with their drawings dating back 20,000 years, picnic by the banks of the Vezere River, taste the excellent wines from Bergerac and surround or canoe, horse ride and perhaps fish, Le Banquet is at the very heart of it all.
If you are a food lover, then welcome to gastronomic heaven! Foie Gras, cepes, truffles and excellent restaurants - the region has it all.
Other local activities include: canoeing, airparks, quad bike hire, go carting the list is endless.......