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Beautiful Gites, Pool, Private Gardens, Fantastic Attractions & Activities - Les Hirondelles

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Les Hirondelles


Les Hirondelles gite was once an old farm building, which stood derelict for over 26 years. When the farm closed, it became a home for the swallows "Les Hirondelles" which nested in the building every year. The wood clad building is inspired by the old tobacco barns in the region. It has a private terrace and views across (and access to) a small orchard backed by the forest covered hills. The interior displays exposed wooden beams, and the decor has a clean and cool influence, with a wood burning stove for a cosy winter stay. It has an en-suite master bedroom with french doors opening onto the terrace, a second double bedroom, a twin bedroom, bathroom, and open plan kitchen/dining/living area with French doors also opening onto the terrace. Dishwasher, Free Wifi, English Satellite TV & DVD player. Double sofa-bed also available.


If you wish to use 3 bedrooms please select '5 people' when booking (Sept to June)

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About the property

Gites with a Difference, Domme


3 beautiful gites, Cote du Grel (sleeps 4), La Maison des Roses (sleeps 4) and Les Hirondelles (sleeps 6), set in the heart of the most majestic part of the Dordogne, in a quiet off road location. Based just outside of the hill top Bastille town of Domme, and 15 minutes from the medieval city of Sarlat.

The gites each have a private garden or terrace area with views across the forest valley. There is a large swimming pool in a peaceful location, with a parasoled seating/lounging area, and a play area for the children with swings, a tyre monster, trampoline, badminton and table tennis.

The area is a photographers dream! The scenic views are breathtaking and the magnificent architecture documents the area's fascinating history, with a chateau around almost every corner.

Nearby attractions include the town of La Roque Gageac built into the cliffs, Castelnaud and Beynac Castle, Sarlat and the beautiful Jardins de Marqueysac.

Fantastic onsite and nearby activities (within 15 mins): Canoeing, kayaking, climbing, walking, high ropes, via ferrata, pleasure boats, paint balling, fishing, golf, hot air balloons, cycling, tennis.

Photography holidays available: A week of daily classes exploring the area, board and evening meals. Please contact us for details, dates and rates.

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1 bedroom will be locked for groups of 4 people or less. If you wish to use all 3 bedrooms please enter your group number as '5 people' when booking.

Changeover Day:
Change overs for peak season (July/August) are generally on Saturdays.
Change over dates for the remaining months of the year are flexible.
Arrivals should be after 4pm, and departures before 10am (or by special arrangement).


Domme Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , En-suite bathroom
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower , Shared bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master en-suite bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Double bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • *1 BEDROOM WILL BE LOCKED FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR LESS. If you wish to use all 3 bedrooms please select '5 people' when booking (September to June).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The terrace has flower beds, outdoor seating & BBQ. There is a shared orchard lawn, as well as other lawns for guests to use. The gites are set apart allowing our guests to feel privacy and solitude, but with the added comfort of knowing the owners live next door if you need help/information etc. There is a large swimming pool with a seating/lounging area. Parasols and sun loungers available, and inflatables permitted. Plastic glasses are also provided for the pool area. There are 2 large fields to the rear of the plot which guests are welcome to use for ball games etc. and there is a 'camp fire' area for evening entertainment. Activities available on-site include the use of canoes/kayaks/giant inflatable rings on the river Dordogne, archery lessons on the back field, and rock climbing on the indoor walls of the barn.


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Les Hirondelles
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Peaceful yet close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly located for the river and loads of places in the region. It is a holiday you wont be spending ages in the car.

Ben was fantastic. We used his canoes, kayaks and bikes numerous times. It allowed us the flexibility to go wherever we wanted and not necessarily the tour company routes.

The gite is decorated to feel like a home, not a holiday home. The dog was allowed to wander around. All wonderful for a family holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An amazing property with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Hirondelles for two weeks during August, what a fabulous place, there is plenty to do in the local area, canoeing, cycling, climbing, towns, markets and adventure activities for the kids, 13,11 and 6. We also managed to include the odd day lounging by the pool. Ben and Maria could not be more helpful, nothing is too much trouble yet also leave you to enjoy your holiday in peace. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone and will definitely try to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb relaxing location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this property and we will return again.

The property was very clean and well equipped in a wonderful scenic location.

Plenty of activities available as well including rock climbing and canoeing

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great week in an amazing spot.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in Taire Du Grel, we stayed in Les HIrondelles, with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms it was super spacious for our family of 4 and a dog. It is set in the middle of the garden with the pool very close by which was awesome. We ate every meal on the nice shady veranda (except breakfast as it was in the sun then). We had the added bonus that there were kids of a similar age in one of the other gite's so the kids had loads of fun. Hosts Ben and Maria were very informative about the area, had guidebooks and maps to offer and even directed us to a little known crag to take the kids rock climbing. The gite has canoes available and Ben dropped us off and picked us up so we could saunter gently downstream without having to paddle back.

I've never been to the dordogne before, and we barely managed to see anything in our week. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Little piece of paradise !

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place for a break ! From the moment we arrived we could not have being made more welcome. Sunny and tranquil spot was perfect for our break ( too short !). The kids loved the pool, whilst the peace and quiet was ideal for us adults.

So good to have all the places to visit within a short drive and being able to walk to the stunning village of Domme was excellent. Great facilities at the gite, everything we needed, UK tv a bonus for the kids.

We will be back !! Thanks again Ben, Maria et al.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting near Domme

  • 5 of 5

Throughly enjoyed our stay! Maria and Ben welcomed us upon arrival and helped us with our luggage to the gite.

The gite was beautiful and had everything you could need! The kitchen was stocked with those little extras which you need like cooking oil, tea, coffee and we had a bottle of sparkling wine for our arrival.

The view from our patio was amazing , with no houses in site just the countryside. The pool offered a similar view.

Maria and Ben had put together a folder in the gite with information on local markets , restaurants and places to visit. We went on trips out every day and ate in some fantastic restaurants. On the last evening there was a fire work night in Domme , which was such a lovely end to our holiday.

This area is such an amazing area in France with so many places to see and places to eat, I can't recommend it highly enough!

Definately plan to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you all here again soon. Best wishes Ben & Maria
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Ben Frisby
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Ben Frisby

Hello, I am Maria. I live in France with my husband, brother, mum, dad, and our 4 dogs, Woofie, Dopey, Bobby and Merlin.

We were very fortunate to inherit our beautiful property from my Uncle Neil who moved to France in 1986. We were even more fortunate to have lived here with him for many memorable years before he passed away.

Before Uncle Neil moved here he was a Vicar in Salford, however after being subjected to years of vandalism and break ins, he decided to move to France and set up an open air BBQ restaurant.

The restaurant was open for 12 years. The menu consisted of chicken and chips, or pork and chips, and the wine was always free. Some nights it attracted up to 200 people seated in the barn and garden behind the property. Uncle Neil would wear silly hats and tell jokes. Later in the evening he would play the keyboard and everyone would sing along to 'The Ovaltinis' and 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'.

Ben Frisby purchased this barn in 1980

Why Ben Frisby chose Domme

Our accommodation has something for everyone, whether looking for a quiet break to relax and take in the sights, or an adventure packed holiday!

The property is set in the heart of the most majestic part of the Dordogne, in a quiet off road location, just outside of the hill top Bastille town of Domme, and 15 minutes from the medieval city of Sarlat.

The area is a photographers dream! The scenic views are breathtaking, and the magnificent architecture documents the area's fascinating history, with a chateau around almost every corner.

What makes this barn unique

The Dordogne region of France is celebrated for its beauty and culture, and if you look a little closer you can find a whole lot of fun!

Nearby attractions include sites officially listed as 'The most beautiful villages of France' including the historic town of Sarlat, La Roque Gageac built into the cliffs, Castelnaud, and Beynac.

Our gites have more to offer than other gites in the area. Not only do we have a family friendly atmosphere with a play area, swimming pool, trampoline, and games, we also offer activities such as canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, and archery.

And if that's not enough, there are loads of nearby activities to keep you occupied such as high ropes courses, walking, cycling, pleasure boats, beaches, hot air balloons, golf, fishing etc.

Make it your own!


Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
200 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
212 Kilometres
Mont dore
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Let your passion for photography flourish in the heart of the Dordogne, an area of France that offers a return to rural life at a slower pace and a dream for anyone interested in capturing its fantastic landscape as well as experiencing French culture and cuisine. A memorable photographic holiday with images that you’ll take home and treasure. Daily photography outings, board and evening meals included. Please contact us for details, dates and rates.


Fantastic nearby activities in the area include canoeing/kayaking, climbing, caving, hot air balloons, pleasure boats, cycling, tennis, paint balling, high ropes courses and a cliff traverse.

Fishing is a big activity in the area, and licences can be obtained from the local shop in cenac. There are numerous fishing lakes, one being at the nearby village of grolejac, and also the river dordogne in only 5 mins from the gite. It is also possible to fish from the beautiful bridges crossing the river.


The River Dordogne has numerous beaches with stunning surroundings, Perfect location for sunbathing, paddling/swimming, picnics, etc. The river is only 5 minutes from Taire du Grel.

The nearby village of Grolejac (15 mins away) has a large lake with a beautiful man made sandy beach. One side is dedicated to sunbathing and sandcastles etc. with a marked swimming boundry, and the other side is open for fishing.


Nearby Airports include...

Brive (1 hour away)

Bergerac (1 hour 15 mins away)

Limoges (1 hour 30 mins away)

It is recommended that you hire a vehicle in order to benefit from the areas full potential.


Domme Town (15 mins on foot)

Cenac Town (5 mins in car)

Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud, Beynac, Marqueysac

(All within a 15 minute drive)

Further Details:

The nearest supermarket, cash machine, garage and petrol station is a 5 minute drive from Taire du Grel, in the Town of Cenac.