|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Les Noyers is converted from the original farmhouse and sleeps 4-6 (+ cot) and is comfortably furnished with a mix of vintage and modern furniture.
Downstairs is a large 7m x 7m dual aspect living room with an original 2.5 m wide chimney fitted with a woodburner. One of the 3 comfortable sofas is a double bed-settee. There is access to a private covered terrace with built in barbecue and patio furniture.
The kitchen/diner has outside access and is fully fitted with a dishwasher, ceramic hob and built in oven, microwave & extra large (125l) fridge with ice-box, electric cafetiere & slow cooker. The dining table will comfortably seat 6 people. There is also a downstairs cloakroom & seperate WC.
Upstairs are 2 bedrooms; the master bedroom with king size bed and seating area, the 2nd bedroom has a double & a single bed.
The family bathroom is tiled and fitted with bath with thermostatically controlled shower over, heated towel rail and shaver point.
Cot and highchair are available
All properties are comfortably furnished and stylishly decorated with a mix of new and vintage furniture. Each property has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, fridge (with ice box). The 2 larger gites have washing machines and guests in the 1 bedroom gite have access to a washing machine in the adjacent bread oven. All Bed linen and towels are provided (guests are asked to provide their own pool towels). All properties have private terraces with barbeques and comfortable outdoor furniture, including parasols. A cot and highchair are available by request. Changeover day is Saturday in high season. At other times we can be more flexible so please ask. The 12m x 5m pool in front of the properties has open 360 views and fully fenced in accordance with French law making it safe for small children. The pool open May to Sept (inclusive) and is heated to 27C. On the south side of the pool there are sun loungers and a pergola and parasols provide shade plus tables and chairs for games and snacks. Guests are free to roam the 3 acre grounds which are home to a variety of wildlife.
The properties can be rented individually or as a whole, ideal for multi-generational families or groups of friends.
We are David and Amanda Travis and in the past spent many holidays in France with our children and friends staying in privately owned gites. We had some very good and some not so good experiences!!
As a result we were inspired to set up our own gites and Les Charmes has been receiving guests since 2006. We finally fulfilled our ambition to move to France in 2012 and now live here permanently.
The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 2005
We have always loved the Dordogne for it's pace of life; cuisine, wine and stunning countryside. Our property is off the beaten track and the sense of quiet is truly remarkable yet we are only 10 minutes drive from two local towns and about half an hour away from Bergerac airport.
The properties are stone built and around 200 years old and we thoroughly enjoyed the renovation project which has brought the properties back to life after they were abandoned some 50 year earlier.
We are conveniently located for all the major sites of the Dordogne and having a heated swimming pool really fulfills the one luxury that was always at the top of our list.
As ours was a renovation project we basically started with empty shells - which has allowed us to plan the layout to make best use of space whilst retaining many original features. We have also made sure that the properties are equipped to the standard we would expect which means a full range of kitchen appliances, good quality knives and pans and above all a corkscrew!
Bookings can be made either by contacting the owners by telephone or using the owners website, where full terms and conditions can be found.
A deposit of 25% is required to confirm a booking, the full balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of at least £150 per property is required.
Preferred changeover day is Saturday during high season, outside of this we may be able to be more flexible so please enquire.
Access to the properties is from 4pm, and departure is 10am unless otherwise agreed.
Notes on prices:
Prices are per property per week and include all bedding & linen (except pool towels and cot linen) and cleaning. For bookings of 2 weeks a second linen change is included in the price. Additional cleaning can be arranged locally.
Out of season a surcharge for electricity and wood may be applicable.
The property is a beautifully converted barn with all modern conveniences and appliances etc. The location is rural and therefore very peaceful - the loudest noise was perhaps the local cuckoo - but it is usefully close to a number of the area's attractions. Met and exceeded all expectations.
A lovely old building, very traditional and rustic feel to it. Set in a very quiet location and with a nice safe pool for the children to use. Had a great time.
The gite was very French in style as we had hoped. Plenty of space for a family of four, with a well equipped kitchen, two good sized bedrooms, bathroom with a bath and shower over and a private seating area with chairs,tables and an inbuilt barbeque. Nice sized pool for the kids or cooling off when it gets too warm.Not too far from places of interest, but far enough to be beautifully quiet.
We arrived early and caught Amanda cleaning so the gite was cleaned prior to our arrival. Cleaning equipment is provided for cleaning up after the kids during your stay.
David and Amanda took the time to chat with us about what was worth a visit whilst we were there and also about buying and living in France, which was much appreciated. They live on site and always said to just ask if we needed anything.
We would definitely recommend for anybody to visit Les Charmes.
My husband and I have just spent a fantastic week at Les Charmes. The pool was wonderful to return to after hot days sight seeing. Our hosts made sure that everything was how it should be. It certainly is a a gite I would recommend to family and friends.
We have stayed here on numerous occasions in all seasons over the last seven years and we never tire of it. Excellent accommodation magnificent surroundings and superb hosts who do their utmost to make sure your stay is memorable. We would not stay anywhere else. Highly recommended.
We had a lovely stay at Les Noyers, David & Amanda are great hosts. coming back to a roaring log burner after a day out was an absolute joy. We would recommend staying with them without doubt. The environment is so peaceful, in the evening you can hear owls hooting in the distance and the stars are so bright.
Driving: from the channel port of Calais it is about an 9 hour drive.
Flying: Bergerac airport is about 30 minutes drive away and is now well served by low cost airlines:
Bordeaux Airport is around 1hr 45mins drive.
As we are a rural property a car is essential.
Les Charmes lies between the Bastide towns of Monpazier 6km ("plus beaux villages de France") and Beaumont 7km. Beaumont has a bank, post office, tourist information centre and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops including a supermarket open on Sunday mornings. It also has a weekly night market with live music and open air dining and bars - a great night out for all ages.
The area is rich in history and many local attractions and activities reflect both the history and culture of the area. You can sample the local specialties of Walnuts, plums, prunes, foie gras and especially "Cepes". In Sept Monpazier hosts its world famous nightly Cepe market. with a ncycling (bikes can be hired in advance of your holiday via our website), horse-riding is available close to Beaumont, you can go canoeing on the Dordogne or fishing in the many local rivers – a “carte de peche de tourisme” is required.
For those who want to venture further a field – many of the sites and flavours of the region are within an hour or so drive, and include:
• Sarlat – one of the Dordogne's prettiest and most famous towns.
• La Roque Cageac – which hangs onto the cliff side of the Dordogne valley.
• Domme – one of the most imposing Bastides in the Dordogne
• Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - with the national museum of pre-history.
• The caves of Lascaux – with the world famous cave paintings.
• Chateau Monbazillac – where you can taste dessert wines to rival the best Sauternes.
• St. Emillion – a beautiful village and home to some of the worlds best red wines.
• Cahors – with its imposing medieval architecture.
• Bordeaux – the regional city with its beautiful old town.