|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A comfortable, fully furnished cottage which has views across the lawns to the swimming pool.
The living room has a well equipped kitchen for 6 people, a dining area and spacious sitting room.
There is a television which receives BBC and ITV channels together with a radio and CD player.
There is ample wardrobe and storage space and the shower room/toilet are on the first floor.
This beautiful estate is an ideal location to enjoy peace and tranquillity walking, exploring and watching the abundant wildlife. For ornithologists, your binoculars are a must! 27 different birds including kingfishers and buzzards were spotted by one lady and last year we had red squirrels and green woodpeckers scavenging for nuts and worms under the same walnut tree! In May, we had 3 tawny owls fledge in the pigeonnier. For the botanist, rare and wild flowers, including orchids, can be found in our wild flower meadows.For the more active there are many tracks for serious walkers and cyclists. We have half a dozen bikes(of the Famous Five variety - no charge), a football field with goalposts and a badminton net, table tennis, table football, boules and a dartboard. For history buffs, there are many plaques in the area relating to the Resistance and we have our own underground shaft where weapons and ammo were stored. We have a large lake stocked with carp and bream. Both trout fishing and an 18 hole golf course are within 1 mile.
Meals featuring local delicacies can be supplied on arrival and during the holiday by prior arrangement. A 20 minute walk takes you to the local bar at the golf club.Most restaurants have a lunch time menu - 3 courses for 12 euros.
For a special night out, try Julians in a beautiful village called Paunat 20 minutes away. Located in the grounds of a 1000 year old abbey , the restaurant has lovely food, a great ambiance and the french proprietor, Julian, speaks perfect english with a real sparkle in his eye.... 21 euros for a 3 course meal.
Lindy and I were not actually house hunting when the agent took us to see Les Sarrazinies - merely practising for a time in the future.We met outside the village church and found ourselves driving up the properties wooded avenue before emerging on the brow of a hill next to the 18th C. farmhouse. As we stepped out of the car and looked 300 metres down the lawns to the lake and on into the woods, we were completely blown away by the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the place.
Without even going in to the buildings, we knew we had found the right place and fast tracked our retirement.
Since acquiring Les Sarrazinies, we have updated the cottages - originally barns and rooms for smoking hams and roasting chestnuts. Visitors return time and time again and have become friends.
Mike or Lindy Crowcroft purchased this cottage in 2001
Les Sarrazinies offers the best of both worlds - complete tranquillity in the centre of a 65 acre estate. Ideal for children (or grandchildren in our case). Yet within a 10 minutes drive can be found a dozen restaurants, an excellent supermarket, an 18 hole golf course and English speaking doctors and vets.
Within 40 minutes are all the top tourist destinations in the southern Dordogne - the caves at Lascaux 2, the chateaux at Beynac and Castlenaud and the Dordogne and Vezere fishing and canoeing rivers.
We host a drinks party at the beginning of the week so that we can share our local knowledge on restaurants, markets, tourist sites and vineyards. It's also a chance to get to know your neighbours!
Fishing in the lake - a catfish broke a 20 lb line 3 years ago!
There is a live camera feed from the top of the pigoniere (where barn owls breed most years) to an accessible TV screen.
Nesting box for kestrel in the woods.
A deep man made shaft in the woods where it is believed the French resistance stored their weapons and ammo.
Use of herb garden - rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, tarragon and parsley.
Wild boar farm within walking distance where you can see the young boar and buy boar products for the BBQ.
Last but not least, for those who want to eat in and not cook, our resident guardian, Nigel, is a professional cook, specialises in local Perigordian dishes - duck or wild boar . He can also prepare meals to order.
We had an excellent fortnight, and many thanks to Mike & Lindy for their hospitality - nothing was too much trouble. When we are in the Dordogne, we will definitely not stay anywhere else. It was absolutely ideal for the children with the pool, games and wide open spaces, as well as the opportunity to mix with other children. The Jones family - Guildford.
In the words of our son - "11 out of 10". Our second trip to Sarrazinies every bit as enjoyable as the first. The Whittons - Tasmania.
Mike - your web site does not do this place justice.
John & Hilary - Sollihull.
This is our 15th visit to Les Sarrazinies and we are still trying to make up our minds if we like the place or not!! However we will be back next year to have another go!
Bob & Sue - Southampton.
We sat and had some thoughts about how best to sum up our 2 weeks in Jasmine. We came up with the following: peaceful, tranquil, hot, changeable, exciting, interesting, thoughtful, refreshing, restful, oh and thanks for the extra wild life!
Ian, Jane, Mat and Sophie - Bath
I had a fab time! The pool was so great and there is plenty to do. Although the weather was amazing, there was one storm which was very exciting. Canoeing is so fun. We went twice! Mike, Lindy all very nice and friendly people. Hope we can come back next year as we love it here!! Written by Alex
Mum, Dad, Ben and Alex - London
Buddah said "All things are suffering". He hadn't been here!
Simon & Di - Tunbridge Wells
We originally booked to visit in 2015 but events transpired to cause cancellation. Mike and Lindy were very understanding and gave us total confidence in wanting to visit when we could. Well that was this May. We were not disappointed, in fact it all far exceeded our expectations. The gite and location are quite simply superb. The gite itself is spacious and well equipped, as English TV for those who want it and one of the measures we always apply has comfortable seating! Not that we spent that much time inside! We enjoyed sitting on the patio under the cooling cover moving to sit in the sun as we felt the need. The grounds are beautiful, fishing lake if required and from my point of view plenty of Avian interest. Also found the gite to be ideally placed to visit the many interesting historical or visual (caves) in the area. Have already booked our next visit.
Last year we booked Wren cottage at Les Sarrazinies after seeing some pictures on the internet, looking for a nice place to stay in the Dordogne. We had no idea they don't do the place justice! Les Sarrazinies is a french paradise surrounded by perfectly maintained english lawns and flowers. We enjoyed Wren very much with its shaded terrace, great barbeque place and lovely pool view. Our daughter of nine really loved the pool and so did we. We explored the towns of Le Bugue and Les Eysies and some chateaus and prehistoric caves in the area. Lascaux 2 is a must see!
No wonder we just had to come back this year. It felt like coming home, not in the least by the warm welcome by Lindy and Mike. We just continued where we left off last year.
We will definitely come back!
We (my wife and 2 daughters7 and 11) have just returned from our third visit to Les Sarrazines and have once again had a brilliant time. We stayed in Jasmine accommodation and found the property to be very well equipped with the added bonus of a new kitchen and a dishwasher!! The bedrooms are light and comfortable and are ideal for a young family.My girls loved the pool and would have spent all day swimming if we had let them! I can recommend Le Bugue for all your main shopping ( about 5miles away) an ideal place for lunch and a wander. We also liked Les Eyzies a bit further on where you can canoe and do lunch if the mood takes you?We did venture to an air park which was great fun ( worth a visit) Mike and Lindy your hosts are always happy to help.
I personally enjoyed fishing in the lake catching Chub,Roach and Carp, although a holidays fisherman there is something magical listening to the wildlife whilst fishing.
We have already booked to return in May bringing friends with us. We can't wait.
As a family of 12 we have just enjoyed a wonderful time at Les Sarrazinies, yet again. The setting is perfect, if you want a safe place for the children, and space for the adults to relax. The pool was a great hit for the grandchildren, and grown ups too! Lots of places to visit as well.
Mike and Lindy were very welcoming and helpful.
Would recommend visit to gardens of Marqueysac, and of course the Various caves are always worth seeing.
Shopping at Le Bugue is very good, though the town is very busy in August. Recommend getting in there early, as with all the attractions!
We have been visiting Les Sarrazinies on and off since 1996, and the place never fails to please us.
Thank you to Mike and Lindy, again. I am sure we will be back again.
We have stayed a couple of times at Mike & Lindy's piece of piece of calm and tranquility but missed out this year as we had commitments and couldn't book early enough to get the weeks we wanted but we will return.
We have stayed in Wren and Kiwi and enjoyed both equally. Accommodation is very clean with a lot of thought for details. I believe that they have fitted new kitchens this year so it will be even better.
It's a short 10 mtr walk to the fenced off pool with with sun loungers and there are ample ground with lovely walks so that you can take in the tranquility of the area.
A treat is to quietly sit by the lake and you will be rewarded with sight of the red squirrels coming down to the waters edge. A lovely place to just sit and stare.
Mike and Lindy will make you feel welcome and help you out with any queries and you will enjoy the chat on the Sunday evening after you arrive to give you all the info of best places to visit and eat in the area.
Get them to take you to the Paunet Night Market, it is a wonderful atmosphere and you will see Mike and Lindy dancing. It is a sight to behold.
I could go on for quite a while but I will finish with this. There are very few holidays that I have gone to on more than one occasion but this is the exception. We will return again and again and count Mike and Lindy as friends.
Book, Pack and Go. you won't regret it.
Ken and Trish. (Guildford )
The nearest coastal beach is Arcachon 2 hours away but we do have a large lake 20 minutes away which has a beach and water skiing.There are also 2 aqua parks within 20 minutes with flumes etc.
Bergerac a/p - 40 minutes.
Brive a/p - 60 minutes.
Limoges a/p - 90 minutes.
Bordeaux a/p - 120 minutes.
7 hours driving from Calais.
Use of car essential.
1 mile to nearest bar/restaurant
4 miles to La Douze - nearest boulangerie/bar.
5 miles to world famous Les Eyzies.
5 miles to Le Bugue - nearest supermarkets/doctors/vets.
15 miles to Perigueux - regional capital and shopping centre.
20 miles to Sarlat - medieval city.
10 "Beautiful Villages of France" and all the best chateaux, caves and canoeing rivers in the southern Dordogne, together with the vineyards around Bergerac, all within a 40 minute drive.
We have a large supermarket in Le Bugue with a fresh fish counter (plus Aldi and Lidle!) together with a highly regarded "wine cave". Le Bugue market is one of the largest in the region specialising not only in local produce but clothing and pottery.
Sarlat has a magnificent collection of medieval buildings - the highest density of Historic Monuments of any town in France. Like Venice without the canals!
Perigueux is the regional centre with both a Roman quarter (2000 year old temple and amphitheatre) and a medieval quarter - again pedestrianised with lovely squares for al fresco dining.