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Stunning 4* Farmhouse Gîte and Pool with Four Bedrooms Sleeps 10 Family-friendly

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious Farmhouse 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms near Brantôme - Peaceful and Perfect, for Families, Friends...and Those who just like a little more Space

A beautiful home from home.

We fell in love with this lovely original stone farmhouse and bought it in 2006. We renovated the barns to create a 'maison des amis', then we moved in! Having 'down-sized' we now have a beautiful, comfortably furnished home available for friends, family and guests.

Beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom farmhouse Sleeps up to 10. Beautiful Dordogne countryside. Perfect for families and friends. Large heated pool. A relaxing getaway for families and friends, or those who like a little more space.

Joy and John Milton
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Joy and John Milton

We bought La Varenne as a holiday home 'with a project', and love it so much we moved out here 3 years later. We feel very lucky.

Joy and John Milton purchased this house in 2006

Why Joy and John Milton chose Saint-Front-la-Rivière

We renovated the barn intending to create a maison des amis for family and friends, then we moved in - 'down-sizing'?!! We now have a beautiful 4-bedroomed farmhouse, perfect for families and friends, and anyone who likes a bit more space.

With good broadband access, we're able to work from home, and walk, swim or cycle in the afternoon - which is just as well, as the local restaurants are wonderful!

What makes this house unique

The Dronne Valley is beautiful. We're on the edge of a peaceful village, rather than the middle of nowhere, and are just a short drive from everything we need.

The local café is only a 5 minute walk away, and improving our French is a great reason to visit!

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars

The farmhouse is absolutely faultless. It is very spacious and completely spotless with large authentically french bedrooms and every amenity you could wish for, Joy and John welcomed us with open arms and provided lots of information about the surrounding area. The grounds are IDYLLIC and whilst lying by the pool (on very comfortable loungers) all we could hear were birds and other wild life. We spent out evenings playing board games (lots to choose from) and sitting around the large outside table after cooking in the extremely well equipped kitchen. There is a small country pub 5 minutes walk from the house which also did fish and chip tuesdays which was a nice touch. There is a DVD player and english tv which was a bonus for the evenings after a day out, We will DEFINITELY be returning to this beautiful house!
Aug 2015
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Saint-Front-la-Rivière House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , On second floor
    Toilet 1 - toilet , On ground floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On first floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofabed Sleeps 2. Cots can be moved.
  • Four spacious, airy bedrooms, two on each floor - total comfort for 2 to 10 All bedrooms are large, comfortable and tastefully decorated, with many regional features. All have bedside tables, drawers, wardrobes, lamps. Two Cots are available, which we set up on request in your preferred bedroom(s).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Holidays are really important! We feel very lucky to be able to welcome guests to La Varenne. It's so beautiful, and we love to see how much our guests love it too. We are not far away, and are happy to help when needed with recommendations, directions, reservations, translation...please just ask.


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Stunning 4* Farmhouse Gîte and Pool with Four Bedrooms Sleeps 10 Family-friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Beautiful quiet rural location.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely large and well equipped place that even boasts its own egg slicer. Well laid out for families with a great pool to relax next to. Very helpful owners with some great recommendations and local knowledge that they were keen to impart. If you are looking for relaxing rural France, it doesn't get much better than this.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind feedback, it's very much appreciated. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome your own and your friends' young families. We're so pleased you had everything you needed for a lovely, relaxing holiday. We work really hard to create a 'home from home' for our guests, and your super comments make it all worthwhile! We look forward to welcoming you all again one day. Thank you again, and very best regards to all, from Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x
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Tranquil perfection!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully well equipped, clean, and attractive gîte in an idyllic setting - perfect for rest and relaxation. Lovely, welcoming hosts who were on hand to help if you needed them, and invisible if you didn't.

La Varenne is well situated for going on little walks into the countryside and for exploring many beautiful towns, villages, and places of interest in the region.

Just as we had a wonderful stay our three year old loved "this beautiful house", and wanted to stay forever, which speaks volumes. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback and for being such wonderful guests! It was great to see the little ones in the pool with their Daddy. We had some lovely weather, but there are definitely benefits to pool heating in September! We look forward to welcoming all of you back to La Varenne soon. À la prochaine! Very best regards, Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x
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Great location for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a family party of nine, with ages ranging from 11 to 86. Everybody loved the swimming pool, the local villages, the market at Bramtome, the evening party at St Pardoux, great restaurants, the cycling and the local bar within walking distance. We had everything you need from a French holiday - good food, good wine and good company! John and Joy were very friendly and helpful hosts. They organised an excellent wine tasting which has converted us all to organic wines - so much better for you, meaning you can drink more!

We also loved the peace and tranquility of the area - a traditional farming region. What bliss to be able to walk, cycle or drive, and see so few cars on the road!

A great holiday - for all age groups.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful feedback, and for being such lovely guests! We really enjoyed welcoming all the generations (and can't believe grandparents were in their 80's!!). We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday, and look forward to welcoming everyone again soon !! Thank you! À bientôt! Joy, John, Fleur (the big-boned cat) and The Chooks xxx
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Amazing holiday despite the weather!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely holiday at la varenne. Joy and John (and of course the chickens) made us feel so welcome in their home. Welcome drinks and organising a wine tasting evening were just two of the things to make us feel so welcome.

Jack had the best time, he loved the swimming pool and the swing. The house is perfect for a family or families, there is so much room. I don't know how we convinced Jack to only sleep in one of the four beds in his room.

We hope to be able to return one day.

Thank you again for a lovely holiday.

Helen, Joe, Jack, Chris and Steve

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helen, Joe, Jack, Chris and Steve! It was a pleasure to welcome your lovely family. Thank you for the photos too. We love the one of Jack on the nursery swing - his face is a picture! We look forward to welcoming you to La Varenne again very soon! Thank you and very best wishes, John, Joy, Fleur and The Chooks x
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Tranquillity, relaxation, friendly, clean

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need is here. The owners are so helpful if you need something but not in your face despite living close by. Lots to see and do if you want to go out and about. Lots of shops and restaurants all fab. Amenities and facilities excellent standard. My 4th visit so far. Perfect place!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback, it's very much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon! Best regards, Joy and John
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What a fabulous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many gites in France over the years and this is the best ever! The location is perfect, quiet but near enough to shops and a bar, the gite is so well equipped and the owners are so helpful. Their local knowledge is invaluable and they can recommend and help you book restaurants etc. They also know the best markets and towns to visit, which makes a stay more enjoyable especially if you're only there for a week. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon! Very best regards, Joy and John
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Hôtel de France
C h e f s - Restaurant at Chateau de Villars
les Saveurs Takeaway Burgers
Menu online, best to pre-order. Great burgers and fries, deserts not so good.
Brantome Police Horses and Friends
Cream Teas and Tours to meet the wonderful retired horses and friends at this TripAdvisor ra...
Cave of Villars (Grotte de Villars)
Stalactites, stalagmites, cave paintings,'prehistoric' gardens. Ambient temperature around 1...
Château de Bourdeilles
Two châteaux in one place, medieval keep and Renaissance château in this beautiful village.
Piégut marché
Every Wednesday morning.
Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Le Relais de la Dronne Café-bar
Nearest Ferry
748 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
48 Kilometres
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Hotel de France
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Étang St Saud Lacoussière
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walking and Cycling. We're minutes from the beautiful Périgord Voie Verte.

We have several basic adult bicycles available f.o.c. for guests who'd like to cycle for their bread. For more serious cyclists, there are excellent cycle hire facilities close by who also drop and collect.


20 minutes drive from two beautiful inland swimming lakes.

2 hours drive to the South West coast of France - Royan, Bordeaux.


Less than 1.5 hours flight from UK.

Only 1 hour from Limoges Airport, 1.5 hours from Bergerac Airport. Airport car hire easily available (Hertz, Europcar, etc). Cheap Ryanair flights from UK, including Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, East Midlands, Bristol, Stansted.


We have the best of the Dordogne, in beautiful countryside by the River Dronne, close to many tourist attractions:

St Jean de Cole: 'un des plus beaux villages'.

Périgueux: the capital of the Périgord - historic buildings, café culture and gourmet delicacies.

Brantôme: 'the Venice of the Perigord' with Renaissance Buildings, restaurants, markets, canoeing.

Oradour-sur-Glane: memorial village.

Chateaux: at Villars, Bourdeilles, and further afield.

Grotte de Villars: Stunning cave.

Further Details:

Friendly cafe bar 5 minutes walk. Local shops, pharmacy, boulangerie, butchers, supermarket 5 minutes drive. Markets in surrounding villages and towns most days of the week. St Pardoux la Riviere has one of the best restaurants in the region. Safe walks, quiet level roads and purpose built cycling pathways. Inland lakes and beaches within 20 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $346.21
Stay tax $1.07 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Free WiFi. All Taxes, utilities, water, energy and linen included.
Security bond payable with balance of payment, refunded within 2 weeks of departure date, subject to breakages.

Changeover Day:
Saturday in high season, other times please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Couples discount - 25% off any week in April, May, June and September.

We are happy to telephone to answer any questions you may have to enable you to plan and book your holiday.

Please ask about changeover days, discounts for couples, and prices for shorter stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund