About the property
- House2066 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Well-equipped 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with fabulous rural views
If you’re looking for a secluded and peaceful holiday destination in the famously idyllic Dordogne department of France, then look no further. Marou is a stone farmhouse, beautifully but tastefully restored with its own private swimming pool, nestling in a wooded valley 6 kilometres from the ancient town of Villefranche-du-Perigord.
Off the beaten track at the end of a private road Marou is still within easy reach of the cultural centres of this department and the neighbouring Lot with easy access to a profusion of hilltop medieval villages, fairytale castles, prehistoric cave paintings and bastide towns. Venture out to experience the rich history of this wonderful area or simply enjoy soaking up the sun in the lovely garden, planning your next gastronomic outing over a drink on the terrace and enjoying the pastoral quiet.
Delightfully situated in mixed woodland - chestnut, oak and pine - and meadows, the house is detached, south facing, typical of the area but with all 21st century features such as washing machine, microwave, wifi and hifi. There are many cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction books.
Marou offers complete privacy, a perfect base for relaxing or activity holidays.
Nearby Villefranche du Perigord is a bastide (fortified medieval) town dating from the 13th century with a covered market, square, and all facilities for shopping including 2 small supermarkets, a delicatessen, 2 bakeries, a butcher’s, a hardware store, cafés and English newspapers. It also has a tennis court, a boules court, a swimming pool and in the season a cinema with some English language films. Prayssac, 20 minutes away has 2 supermarkets and there are hypermarkets in Fumel and Cahors both less than an hour’s drive as are the river Dordogne (great canoeing) and the vineyards of the Lot valley.
Accommodation over three floors with ground floor kitchen, bedroom and showerroom. Open-plan living and dining area upstairs, with wood-burning fire and two further bedrooms and family bathroom on the second floor.
Original features throughout with exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings.
Well-maintained garden of a quarter of an acre with flowers and small lawn leading out to woodland.
Shaded dining terrace off the kitchen.
Private pool 10m x 5m with sun terrace and loungers.
Private drive and parking.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 31, 2018
About Gail Romanes
This is the most beautiful area of rural France we'd ever visited, so when we decided to buy a holiday home in France we only looked in the Perigord Noir, on borders of the Lot region. We try and visit 2 to 3 times a year, and enjoy working in the garden, going to the farmers' markets on summer's evenings, eating out, shopping in the markets and lounging around reading, eating and drinking. We swim in the pool a lot, as it's so refreshing - not being chlorinated. And do as much walking as possible. When friends come to stay we sightsee - and there are so many breathtakingly beautiful places to see that we really are spoilt for choice, and still, after all these years, we find new places to visit.
Gail Romanes purchased this House in 1999
Why Gail Romanes chose Villefranche-du-Périgord
We love the Perigord Noir. Our house is quite secluded and the countryside is some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. Endless forests, inhabited by deer, wild boar, and much other wildlife. There is plenty to do, including canoeing, visiting prehistoric caves, castles etc. There really is something for everyone here. The area is easily accessible with Bergerac and Brive airports within 1.5 hours away and Toulouse and Bordeaux about 3 hours. The main motorway (A10) is 1 hour away. Train stations are also nearby, with car hire available.
What makes this House unique
The property is deep in the countryside, surrounded by woods and fields. This is one of the best places in Europe, if not the World to spot wild flowers. Due to the lack of any heavy industry, small-scale agriculture and very low population, the Lot and Dordogne have an abundance of wild flowers all along our hedgerows, gardens and woodland. Near our house we have seen Tassel Hyacinths and other wild orchids, and carpets of cowslips. The local town (which is a medieval 'bastide' town) is just 5 minutes away for fresh bread and all you need.There are restaurants within a short drive - most quite rustic, with duck featuring on many menus.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Incredible holiday in this beautiful house
This house is probably the nicest house we have ever stayed in. It's a very traditional house in the style of many of the old houses in the area but it has been renovated, decorated and furnished to a very high standard whilst still feeling homely and welcoming. The pool is gentle salt water and large enough for a big family to use. Very quiet, peaceful surroundings but close enough to the main town to leave the car and walk. The surrounding towns and villages are all must sees and the house is perfectly placed to enjoy them. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Thank you. It's very rewarding to receive a great review and we're so glad you had such a good time and took advantage of some of the beautiful sights in our area.
Marou - Simply Amazing!
Both my husband and I have been coming to Marou for the past few years now. We always have an amazing time away. This year was no different, the house and garden was as wonderful as always. Gail & Alistair's hard work and devotion to making the house so wonderful clearly shows.
It has been a year of much change for both Adam and I, the trip brought us closer together and renewed our sense of love. Not only with each other but also France and specifically Marou, for that we are so very grateful for.
To have the space to relax and re-connect with the other is so important for us, the care & love for Marou has helped us do this.
My advice to anyone wishing to do the same is; simply book and experience the wonder of Marou.
It's such a pleasure when our guests enjoy staying in our house and have a good time. It has always been the perfect place to unwind!
Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
The most relaxing week I can remenber!
Our week at Marou was incredibly relaxing. It's such a beautifully peaceful place. The pool was perfect and the local markets were vibrant.
Just turn off your phones and gadgets and relax!
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday!
Gorgeous house and garden in idyllic countryside
The house is beautifully done with some great art work on the walls and shelves of books to peruse. Sitting out on any of the patio areas is such a pleasure and the pool is wonderful to use in the relaxed and peaceful setting.
There are great places to eat all round the area and some really lovely walks. It's a very beautiful bit of France to stay in.
Great to be back again
It's been a couple of years since our last stay, the garden is looking even lovelier and as always we enjoyed the peace and quiet lying by the pool. We badly needed a break from obsessing over frantic preparations for our daughter's wedding at home next month, and as always Marou didn't disappoint!
A treat to stay there!
My husband and I have stayed at Marou several times, each time returning to find the place even more lovely, inside and out.
The listing is very accurate as to location and amenities. The kitchen is well-equipped, and the beds very comfortable with good choice of blankets.
There is abundant information in the house about local activities, such as golf, windsurfing and horseback riding. Good restaurants and beautiful countryside in the area.
The property is very clean, including the pool (some people may especially appreciate that in the owners do not use chlorine). The gardens are lovingly maintained, and the outdoor dining takes advantage of them.
Gail is a very responsive, helpful and fun person to deal with.
We have recommended Marou to others and feel confident that they would really enjoy it if they went.
Travel: Bergerac 1.25 hours, Brive - flights to London City Airport and Manchester, 1.25 mins. Toulouse/Bordeaux approx 2.5 hours. Railways stations also nearby - Cahors, Gourdon. Main motorway (A20) 1 hour away. Car essential. Car hire available at all airports and railways stations. Distances: 3.5km to nearest town - Villefranche du Perigord. 2 bakers, 2 butchers, newsagent, cafés, 2 small supermarkets, bank, 2 restaurants. Large supermarket 20 mins drive (Prayssac). Evening Farmers' market at nearby Loubejac (3km) must be done. Don't eat first as local farmers serve food, wine etc. Can also buy local produce.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Please note that there is a £70 cleaning charge included in the rental charge Please contact owner for booking details. Download booking form from: frenchcountryside.weebly.com Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Notes on prices: Please note that during July and August we only only take bookings for a minimum of two weeks each letting.