About the property
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- Minimum Stay7 - 14 nights
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, in Idyllic Countryside Setting
Les Hirondelles can be found at the end of a small lane in a tiny hamlet called Montribot. The hamlet, with just 3 families, is situated on top of a hill at around 1000ft. The location offers peace and tranquility and the most wonderful all round views. It is possible to virtually walk from the door into high flower meadows or onto many varied walks. However, our oasis of calm is far from isolated. The historic town of Rouffignac with all its amenities, including shops, restaurants and a Sunday market, is just 5 minutes away. Excellent roads give easy access to all the attractions of the beautiful Dordogne and Vezere valleys and beyond. They also ensure that, after a busy enjoyable day, it is possible to escape back to our much slower and quieter pace of life.
The cottage has its own private terrace with wooden garden furniture, parasol and gas barbecue. The terrace leads onto a large garden and enjoys superb views across the valley.
Jeanette and Peter Grainger
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 13, 2018
About Jeanette and Peter Grainger
For Peter and Jeanette it was love at first sight! After two weeks travelling around SW France, we found our dream home here in Montribot. That was over 17 years ago and we are still in love! Having retired early from our busy and demanding jobs, we moved to France in October 1999. We spent the next two years working on the grounds, installing the pool and renovating the cottages - so many stories to tell! We opened for business with Pippin's in the summer of 2001 & Sunset followed in 2002. Since then we haven't looked back. We have met so many lovely people over the past 16 years and it is a pleasure to see them return each year, as well as to welcome new guests. Whatever your reason for visiting us here in this beautiful part of France, we can assure you of a very warm welcome.
Jeanette and Peter Grainger purchased this Cottage in 1999
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The cottage and grounds have a complete wow factor that bowled us over. The views are breathtaking and all mod cons are provided in the comfortable cottage. We cannot wait to return.
We are very happy when our guests enjoy their stay with us, and it's good to know that after 17 years, our cottages and grounds continue to provide the Wow factor!
Idyllic paradise retreat!!!
Pippin's cottage is the nicest cottage we could have wished for on our first visit to the Dordogne. It has views to die for and the owners have thought of everything when they furnished it, it's like home from home and I promise you, you won't want to leave.There are guides and pamphlets on every possible hobby and things to do in the surrounding area and you will never run out of amazing things to see and do. We will be joining the list of repeat customers. The hosts are the most welcoming we have ever experienced and like all previous clients have commented, they are not intrusive in any way but there if you need them .
It is a real pleasure and very gratifying for us to know that our guests have enjoyed their stay, and we have achieved our aim of providing a home from home, with high quality clean and comfortable accommodation in this most beautiful setting.
Beautiful cottage in idyllic surroundings
We had a lovely holiday at this cottage. It was exactly as described by the owners and previous guests. The cottage was well maintained and equipped. It was in a beautiful, peaceful setting with breathtaking views. Peter and Jeanette were so welcoming and helpful. Would definitely recommend this property to others.
A wonderful holiday destination
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Pippins Cottage, which is set in a most beautiful area.A We always think that Les Horondelles is like 'coming home'. The cottage is extremely well equipped and very comfortable, plenty of books,CDs etc .
Our hosts, Jeanette & Peter are so friendly and helpful - always more than happy to recommend places to visit, local attractions,Restaurants, & will make a reservation for you.
The pool is super with the most fantastic view across the valley-so relaxing.
It is no surprise that guests return many times
We want our guests to feel at home when they stay at Les Hirondelles, and we aim to ensure that is exactly what happens. The high standards we maintain in our cottages and the service and welcome we offer help to ensure that we have happy guests who return again and again.
A 'Home from Home'
We arrived at Pippins late in the day after a long drive down from Brittany and, after being greeted on the doorstep by a smiling Jeanette and Peter, everything just fell into place in line with our most hopeful expectations! The cottage was a perfect combination of practicality and comfort - compact but plenty of usable space and everything you could need for a relaxing self-catering break immediately to hand. A cooked chicken with salad accompaniments in the large fridge, fresh baguettes, cheese, apricot jam, butter, tea, coffee and milk, plus a delicious red wine chosen by Peter and a huge bowl of walnuts from their garden. Could it get any better? Well yes it did .. as the next morning we explored the lovely open garden and grounds including the fabulous swimming pool terrace with views to die for! The local supermarket (2 kms away) has everything you could possibly need at the cottage and the location of Pippins is so central it provides really easy access to all the best parts the Dordogne has to offer. We had a great time here and will definitely be returning! Rob and Rachel (from Hampshire, UK)
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We very much enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you both again in the future. It is always satisfying when guests enjoy our cottages and the beautiful surrounding area. Over the years we have been in business we have always aimed to maintain consistently high quality and, in any given year, 60 - 70% of the reservations we receive are from returning guests.
What a beautiful place!
The cottage is beautiful. Everything we needed in a perfect location and Jeanette and Peter made us so very welcome. The furnishings are very comfortable and it is really well-equipped. The peace and tranquillity meant we could relax and enjoy our stay and the wildlife that came to visit, including Les Hirondelles..a great start to our new lives in France with two lovely hosts who have quickly become good friends
We a delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Pippin's. Our principle aim is to ensure that all our guests are happy with the cottage and the service we provide and we really appreciate receiving such good reviews as it makes all our efforts worthwhile.
We are within one day's driving of the channel ports: Calais: 816km, Boulogne: 795km, Le Havre: 715km, Cherbourg: 707km, St Malo & Caen: 589km Our nearest airport is Bergerac less than one hour's drive away. The airports at Limoges and Bordeaux are about 2 hours away and the new Brive Dordogne Valley airport is just one hour away. Distances by car: Rouffignac St Cernin: 4km (5 mins) Les Eyzies: 19km (20 mins) Le Bugue: 24km (25 mins) Perigueux: 30km (35 mins) Sarlat: 40km (45 mins) Lascaux/Montignac: 24km (25 mins) Montribot is a small, quiet hamlet, 4km from Rouffignac St Cernin which has a post office, cashpoint, pharmacy, bars, cafes, restaurants and a Carrefour Contact supermarket. Blondys bakery make the most delicious cakes and pastries for miles around, especially their strawberry tarts - you have been warned!! The small, colourful market in Rouffignac on Sunday morning provides really fresh locally produced fruit and vegetables, as well as cheese, wine and other tasty goodies! There is a market every day of the week in one of the nearby villages and towns. The Perigord has many flower-filled, historic small villages which give the distinct impression that they are lost in time. Many have stunning architecture and usually a small bar or restaurant where it is possible, glass in hand, to while away an hour - or three! - and quietly sample a pace of life long forgotton in a busy world. The area, and particularly the Dordogne valley, abounds in castles, chateaux and beautiful gardens in stunning locations and may be visited throughout the season. Les Hirondelles is a small paradise for those interested in all aspects of nature. You can walk directly into lovely flower meadows and woodland and we have many varied and waymarked paths, some of which start almost at the door. Spring is the time for bird watching with more than 70 species recorded around our cottages. Wild flowers, and in particular the orchids, are stunning in spring and early summer. Summer is the ideal time for picnics on the shady banks of a river or relaxing on a lounger by the pool. Autumn is a quieter time, warm with early morning mists and the fantastic changing colours of the forest. The time of bounty with mushrooms, chestnuts and walnuts, and migratiion with Cranes passing overhead in large numbers on their way south to their winter roosts. For pre-history enthusiasts, the area has the National Centre for Pre-History and the largest concentration of caves and paintings in France. Rouffignac has its own cave with remarkable cave paintings, accessible by an exciting train ride!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Payment: We accept payment by Bank Transfer or Sterling cheque. We ask for a third of the total rental as deposit on booking and the balance, plus the returnable Security Deposit, 8 weeks prior to the rental commencement date. The Security Deposit is refunded within two weeks after the rental period provided there is no damage to the property or its contents. We also accept payment in Euros - contact us for details. Changeover Day: Our changeover day is Saturday, however we can be flexible in low season. Arrival time from 4.30pm, departure 10.00am. Notes on prices: Our prices include electricity, gas, heating, bed linen, towels, bath mats and tea towels (but not pool towels). They also include logs for the wood burner in Pippins Cottage, gas for the barbecues, all cleaning materials and products required for the dishwashers and washing machines. There are no hidden extras!