|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The Oaks is a purpose built chalet with its own veranda overlooking our meadow and woodland. The accommodation consists of two double bedrooms and one bedroom with a single bed and a bunk bed. The kitchen is equipped with a four burner hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and small freezer. There is also a dining and lounge area with a television, shower and separate toilet with all rooms on one level. There is a mobile BBQ, some deck chairs and table and chairs on the veranda.
Domaine des Balagyeres is in the beautiful village of Saint Andre D'allas which is only a 5 minute drive to Sarlat, yet situated in a fantastic peaceful rural location surrounded by meadows and woodlands. The property has a large solar heated swimming pool (18m x 7.5m), also a sauna and jacuzzi (solar heated) are available to all guests. Ideally situated to visit the many chateaux, gardens and caves. There is also a lot of beaches and canoeing stations positioned on the Dordogne river which is only 15 minutes drive away. We are close to other quaint villages such as La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and bastides such as Domme.
I had been in the same job for nearly 30 years, Estelle,my wife was made redundant from her position working in a charity for people who were disabled or had learning difficulties.
It seemed the appropriate time to change our lives, so we moved to France in January 2010. This included 3 cats and 40 Koi carp. We have 2 sons, Callum came with us to help with the maintenance of the gites. Our eldest son stayed in England because he's a qualified offshore surveyor.
Our new life style has been wonderful, the people are friendly and the pace of life is so much better. Our feedback from our guests who have stayed with us has been very complimentary and many want to return. Our aim is for everyone who visits us, to enjoy it so much that they will want to return to this beautiful part of France.
Estelle Essex purchased this cottage in 2009
We have been coming to area on holiday for many years and when we were viewing properties to purchase, we fell in love with Domaine des Balagyeres. We love our home because it is very quiet with it's beautiful countryside yet only 5 minutes from the pretty and medieval city of Sarlat with many other interesting places to visit. Domaine des Balagyeres is in a location that is very quiet, when you wake up in the mornings all you will hear are the birds singing.
We have just installed solar panels (November 2011) to heat the swimming pool and jacuzzi to help make your stay more pleasurable.
We have adopted three pigmy goats in September 2012 who are very gentle and friendly, they have now extended their numbers to 5 with the arrivals of two babies in March 2013. This adds an additional amusement for children or adults to help feed the chicken and to pet and feed our goats.
We are ideally situated in the Dordogne for you to visit and explore the many attractions and beautiful rivers and countryside.
Sarlat offers a wealth of culture with it's many restaurants, cafes, shops and markets.
If anyone in your family will be celebrating a birthday, we would be more than happy to bake a cake as a surprise to that person, just let us know.
To book please contact Ian or Estelle Essex either by telephone or email. At time of booking we require a 20% deposit and the balance is payable one month before the first day of your holiday. A contract will be sent, for you to complete and return with the deposit.
During July and August the changeover day is Saturday but it is flexible for the remainder of the year. Guest are asked to vacate the accommodation by 10am and to arrive anytime after 4pm.
Notes on prices:
All prices are in Euros and are on a weekly basis.
As a special for June and September we are offering "The Chestnuts and The Oaks" at 400 euro's a week and "The Ceders and The Pines at 350 euro's a week and a special price for just couples.
We are a family five; two adults, two teenagers and one pre-teen and we all loved this place! Peaceful and beautiful location. Wonderful, friendly family who were always ready to assist or answer any questions we had.
Great pool, with the added treat of the sauna and jacuzzi. Would certainly recommend this place to anyone. Thank you Estelle, Ian and Callum.
We had a fabulous stay in The Oaks, family of 4. Excellent facilities, pool, jacuzzi, animals and plenty of space for games, badminton and walking. This location is brilliantly peaceful with plenty loungers by the pool. You definitely need a car, it is very remote but that is why we picked it. Great location for sight seeing and convenient to Sarlat. Thanks to Estelle and family.
This was the opinion of the whole family. So peaceful and quiet, we all slept late each morning. The swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna were enjoyed by all. The animals and the wildlife were perfect for our 8 year old budding Zoo keeper! Would highly recommend this holiday property. Perfect for exploring the Dordogne and surrounding area. Many thanks to Ian and Estelle.
Nous sommes arrivées début juillet, j 'ai tout de suite aimé cette endroit reculé du monde, un endroit magnifique pour se ressourcer en toute tranquillité, des personnes extrêmement charmants, une piscine de rêve, et un cadre rempli de charme .....
A bientôt pour une prochaine réservation ;-)
Nous avons passé une semaine très reposante dans le chalet les chênes. Tout est parfait : chalet propre et fonctionnel, environnement calme et verdoyant, belle piscine, sauna et jacuzzi... tout pour se reposer.
Pour les enfants, en plus de la piscine tout est prévu : balançoire, jeu de badminton, chèvres et poules pour finir les restes...
Je n'oublie pas l'accueil charmant de Ian, Estelle et leur fils dont la présence discrète nous fait nous sentir immédiatement comme chez nous dans leur havre de paix.
Cet endroit est à 10 minutes de Sarlat et de nombreux superbes villages et rivières, bref de quoi passer d'excellentes vacances !
Location très bien, région magnifique. Les propriétaires sont vraiment charmants, réactifs et aux petits soins, sans être encombrant. Les petites attentions telles que le pain, les croissants et la bouteille de rosé à notre arrivée nous ont ravi, mais aussi les tomates cerise et la courgette du jardin pendant le séjour ! Endroit très calme mais proche de Sarlat. Nous y retournerons !
The nearest airport are Bergerac (1 hour away), Toulouse (2 hours away) and Limoges (2 hours away). Budget airlines and car hire are available from all airports. We are approximately 8 - 10 hours drive away from the channel ports.
Domaine des Balagyeres is in the village of Saint Andre D'allas which is only 6kms from Sarlat, 12kms to Domme and La Roque-Gageac, 15kms to Beynac and approximately 50kms to Rocamadour. There are many place of interest such as Castlenaud which is 15kms away, Chateau des Milandes is 20kms away, the Lascaux caves are 20kms away and there is an aquarium at Le Bugue which is 25kms away. The vast Dordogne river is just 10 minutes drive.
In Sarlat there are numerous restaurants, shops, banks, petrol stations and supermarkets. Sarlat also has a hospital, pharmacies, doctors and dental surgeries in case of any emergency. You can also find traditional markets everyday of the week in different towns and villages.