|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
The Studio is, as its name suggests, a spacious ground floor studio flat, opening out through double French doors to a view over the pool to the surrounding countryside. It has a separate shower room and fully equipped kitchenette, with gas hob, combination microwave oven/convection oven/grill, and dishwasher. The studio contains one double bed and one double sofa bed, cot and high chair can be made available upon request. There are dining areas both inside and outside on a covered terrace. The studio is also equipped with English free view digital TV.
Les Tachats is located on the outskirts of the picturesque hilltop village of Hautefort, in the Perigord Noir region of the Dordogne. An area of rolling hills, historic chateaux and picture postcard villages. The cottage and studio were originally a tied "fermette" owned by the chateau. The building has been beautifully restored retaining many of the original features and is set in a floral garden which continues to win prizes in the 'Hautefort in Bloom' gardening competitions. There is a solar heated swimming pool and childrens paddling pool with a generous sun terrace which benefits from a south facing aspect and panoramic views of the valley and the chateau. Les Tachats is ideally situated to visit the many attractions of the Dordogne.
We are a semi-retired professional couple in our early 50's who moved to France from Hampshire in 2004, to indulge our love of good food, good wine, and a passion for our garden.
Having spent many happy family holidays in the Dordogne, our two sons have now grown up and our 6 grandchildren are now also regular visitors. We are friendly people who thoroughly enjoy meeting our visitors and our aim is to ensure that our guests have an excellent stay.
Sheila Weedon purchased this apartment in 2004
We fell in love with the region whilst enjoying a number of family holidays. This was primarily because of the beautiful countryside with its lakes, rivers & forests, the wealth of visitor attractions and the friendly local culture. Our village at Hautefort St Agnan is particularly pretty with a premier chateau, a 17th century hospice museum and a charming old quarter nestled around the chateau. The village also has good amenities including a number of restaurants, shops, bank ATM, doctors, dentist, etc.
Staying at Les Tachats offers the benefit of being able to both relax in very quiet, beautiful surroundings, not overlooked by other properties, but also being a few minutes walk away from the village shops and supermarket. One can take a stroll in the morning for the fresh bread & croissants without having to get in the car and also visit the restaurants in the evening & enjoy a glass of wine with a meal without having to drive back afterwards.
25% non-refundable deposit required upon booking, with the balance payable 6 weeks before arrival. A deposit of £100 or 120 euros cash is payable on arrival as security against damage and cleanliness on departure. Guests are expected to leave the facilities as clean as they would hope to find them. A cleaning service can be provided on the day of departure for a fee, payable locally.
Changeover day Saturday, however please contact owners if flexibility is required. Guests are requested to arrive no earlier than 4pm and to depart no later than 10am unless by prior arrangement.
Notes on prices:
All prices shown are per week in euros. Discounts are available for 2 week stays and for guests wishing to book both properties together.
Beautiful setting with lovely gardens and cows in the adjacent fields. Amazing sunsets. Well appointed studio apartment on bottom floor of converted chateau worker's cottage. When we were there we had the place to ourselves as the upstairs cottage was not occupied at the time. Sheila and Kevin made us so welcome and we particuarly appreciated the lovely welcome pack of baguette, juice, milk, cheese, butter and wine. The pool (which was well kept and clean) was used most days as we had such wonderful weather. Ideally situated for discovering the wonders of the Dordogne with a supermarket 5 minutes walk and the lovely village of Hautefort with its chateau about 20 minutes walk. Would definitely recommend this as a lovely place to stay in the Dordogne.
We had a lovely welcome from Sheila who was the perfect hostess throughout our stay. The pool and large garden/play area were a huge hit with the children - likewise the sun-trap pool area was great for the adults!
The Studio was well equipped and had all we needed for the week - and the family upstairs were really great neighbours!
Thursday night in St Agnan is a must (apparently during the summer holidays only). For a family of four we'd recommend booking the upstairs gite for more room and even better equipped - however as it wasn't available we booked the studio and still had a great holiday.
Well located for exploring the Dordogne, we particularly enjoyed a day of canoeing from Vitrac.
On arrival Sheila came out to meet us and gave us a guided tour of Les Tachats our home for 14 days. Not only was it spotlessly clean and well stocked there was also a fantastic welcome pack from our hosts. The pool was abused due to the fantastic weather as were the multiple sunbeds. The property is close enough to the local bars and restaurants to enable us to also take advantage of the low Euro and fill up every night. All in all this was one of the best, most relaxing holidays that we have ever had. I very highly recommend a stay here if these are also your requirements. Many thanks Kevin and Sheila
Warren & Christine Harwood
This was our second stay at Les Tachets and, although we have spent many many holidays in France, this is the first time we have returned to the same property. Sometimes the passage of time (it was four yeas ago that we last visited) can give a glow to a particular experience, fuelled by happy memories perhaps of places visited, that is not sustained by a revisit. The opposite was the case at Les Tachets. We had forgotten how spotlessly clean everything was, how the swimming pool sparkled, how everything we needed just happened to have been provided. We had forgotten the wonderful welcome with a bottle of wine and Kevin's fabulous bread. We had forgotten how Sheila and Kevin manage to be available whenever needed yet completely unobtrusive and we had forgotten the sense of total peace and rest.
The view from our patio was as splendid as we remembered, the lovely grounds where you can wonder in Sheila's lovely garden, with the bee hive and willow trees, and the snugness of our little house at the end of the day was exactly as we had sustained in the mind's eye.
We have never stayed in a gites anywhere where you can order dinner for the evening (home prepared just ready for the microwave), bread (still warm) for breakfast in the morning and a barbecue at the big house on Thursdays - not compulsory but highly desirable.
The stars of the show are of course Kevin and Sheila who are perfect hosts but behave like you have known them for years by performing those little acts of kindness and thoughtfulness that only true friends do - and without fuss or ceremony.
Recommendation? We have sadly been profligate in our recommendations to friends and relatives, acquaintances and strangers and suspect that next time we may find this glorious spot unavailable for our next visit.
Les Tachats is approximately 2 hours from the Atlantic coast, with it's beaches and rolling waves, however we are close to several large lakes which have clean sandy beaches, safe swimming areas with sailing, boating and canoeing facilities.
We are situated 35 km North East of Perigueux, between Limoges and Bergerac airports, both approx 1hr 15mins drive. The channel ports are approx 8 hrs away by car. To enable our guests to make the most of their stay we would recommend the use of a car, however as the village is within walking distance (approx 1 km) and the supermarket 5 mins walk away it is possible to have a very relaxed stay without a car. Airport pick-ups can be arranged for a fee if required.
We are a 5 minute walk from the village supermarket, 10 minutes walk from St Agnan village with bar, bakery, bank/ATM and health centre. We are a 20 minute walk from Hautefort village with pharmacy, 2 restaurants, bakery, butcher, etc. Within reasonable driving distance, one can find Sarlat a wonderful medieval city, Brantome, known as the Venice of the Perigord, attractions such as Lascaux famed for its cave paintings, aqua parks, a dinosaur park, theme parks and much, much more.
Our village is dominated by one of the premier chateau of the area, and is surrounded by a beautiful 40 hectare park and renowned formal garden. Hautefort is also home to a museum of medicine, as well as some highly recommended restaurants. The sister village of St Agnan is also a picturesque village and stages a number of fetes and night markets during the summer season. Within the surrounding area there are many attractions such as canoeing, quad biking, horse riding and fishing for the active visitor. The area is noted for its cuisine, notably duck and foie gras, cepe mushrooms and truffles, and the wines such as Bergerac and Monbazillac. Good walking country and lakes with inland beaches make the Dordogne an appealing family destination.