Lovingly restored with original features; this exceptionally large, 4 bedroom 18th century stone farmhouse is situated on the banks of the River Dropt, straddling the Dordogne and Lot et Garonne regions. Set within rolling countryside down a peaceful private lane, the country house is conveniently located just 4mins from the historic Bastide town of Villereal with it’s extensive amenities and fantastic weekly night market. We are just a 1.3km (20min) walk along a woodland path to a large family restaurant which includes a bar, games, playground and bouncy castles. An excellent beach on a lake is just a 15min drive away. The beautifully preserved medieval towns of Issigeac, Monpazier and Monflanquin are all within 15mins and Bergerac airport is just 25mins away. A wide variety of facilities are available include WIFI (see below for more details).
Farmhouse in Villereal nr Monpazier, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location, 20min Walk To Family Restaurant, Original Features, 25mins From Airport
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 21, 2018
About Emma Wadey
My husband and I, along with our two small children escaped our hectic city lives to find a little piece of rural paradise back in 2011. And it has not disappointed. This is the 4th house we have renovated personally (and the first time we have done it both in a foreign country and with toddlers; a challenge in itself!) but we have loved the adventure of uncovering the history and story of the building. We have also strived to restore it sympathically whilst giving it a contemporary feel (with the advantage that my husband is a carpenter and joiner, we have tried to make most design elements as bespoke and tailored as possible).
Emma Wadey purchased this Farmhouse in 2011
Why Emma Wadey chose Bournel
When we found the farmhouse we really fell in love with the unspoilt charm of the place. We just wanted to draw out it's potential. It was only once we moved here that we realised how conveniently situated it is both from an amenity and accessibility perspective. Villereal is also unusually a fully functioning town which isn't solely dependent on tourists; so spending time here allows guests to have a real taste of South West France while being able to access the wide range of attractions that are within easy reach. We spend hours exploring the land, love choosing the fresh local produce at the market and being able to go for a dip in the pool whenever they fancy cooling off. We feel privileged to share this experience with our guests and know you'll fall in love with the place too.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Despite it's quiet, rural location, the property is just a 20 minute walk from a great family restaurant and perfectly situated to easily access all that the area offers. However, there is such a range of facilities offered that it's easy to spend days just enjoying your time at the farmhouse, whether it's having a dip in the pool, exploring the 10 acres of grounds, fishing, utilising all the different games facilities offered or taking in an outdoor film or match on our 3m HD projector, not to mention enjoying the fine wine and gourmet food that the area offers.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful property in a wonderful area
Wonderful property. It has everything you need for a lovely stay. The owners were extremely helpful, sourcing and booking restaurants for us. Our daughter has coeliacs which always makes travelling difficult but Emma sourced restaurants able to cater for her and the welcome pack included food suitable for her. The gardens and swimming pool area are fantastic both for children and adults. The local area stunning and the surrounding villages and towns a must to visit. If you want a beautiful property, in a wonderful area with fantastic and helpful owners then I recommend this one.
Thanks so much for your lovely review Carys. It really was a pleasure to have you all as guests. We always like to ensure our guests have the most relaxing time possible, so it really was no hassle at all to support Ems and her needs. We now also have this information to help future guests!
We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back to L'Ancienne Ferme.
Emma, Craig, Fin and Amelie
Beautiful house and lovely hosts
We had a fantastic time on holiday here. The house has been restored so beautifully and everything is great quality. The area is peaceful but still near enough to villereal and lots of other great places to visit. Our hosts were lovely, welcoming and very helpful. Would absolutely love to come back!
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at L'Ancienne Ferme Katie. It really was a pleasure to have you all. We would welcome you and your lovely friends and family back anytime.
Absolutely fantastic holiday!
We stayed here for a week in June 2017 and couldn't recommend it highly enough. The house has been beautifully renovated and is extremely well equipped for a great family holiday. The bedrooms are spacious, the kitchen is a great space and the selection of toys that Emma had kindly selected for the children werw was perfect (they were 9 months, nearly 2, 4 and nearly 4). They loved playing in the pool, in the shade on the see saw and trampoline and in the house.
Emma and Craig were lovely hosts and were always on hand to answer our queries about directions and places to eat etc without being intrusive.
The short journey from Bergerac airport was a bonus, and if you're looking for a hassle free family holiday, this is the place for you!
We had a great time here
We (6 adults and 2 children) stayed in the house for a week in early August and enjoyed everything about being here .
It's quiet , comfortable and a great place for a relaxing holiday . The bedrooms are large and ensuite ,The kitchen has plenty of room for everyone to sit in and eat . There are 2 sitting rooms for reading or watching TV . There are also 2 outside dining tables and a covered area for relaxing . The pool is excellent quality and with space for several sun loungers .
The house is surrounded by fields and is wonderfully quiet but you will need a car for visits to restaurants , supermarkets or other activities.
The owners were excellent in helping us set up the holiday via owners direct and were on hand to help us settle in on arrival .
A Allan , August 2016
Thank you so much for your kind review Andrew. We are always so delighted by the response our guests have to the house and it's so lovely to receive reviews; thanks for taking the time out to write one and we look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends again.
Such a peaceful place to relax
Emma and Craig have created a wonderful tranquil holiday home in a beautiful area with plenty to do. We spent two weeks relaxing and exploring, with three young children under 5 travelling can be stressful: This Gite has everything you could ask for to keep a family of children happy for weeks. The playroom, outside play area, safe pool and lovely grounds provided hours of exploration and fun. There is plenty to do within a 30 minute drive and I'd challenge anyone to exhaust all of the local sights within a two week holiday. We will be back!
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this special place.
My wife and I recently stayed at Lascorades with our four young children and we had a fantastic time.
The property has charm and character whilst the swimming pool, garden and grounds create an excellent and enjoyable setting with fantastic facilities.
We found Craig and Emma to be very personable hosts keen to do anything to ensure you have a great experience and we thoroughly recommend this property.
Special interest holidays:
Fishing is available within the grounds of the farmhouse in the River Dropt (200m away) or in a variety of local lakes. Rods are available for free upon request.Large 4 man canoe available for free to use on river.
There is a lake with a sandy beach within a 15 minute drive. Facilities include waterslide, playground, snackbar, picnic tables, lifeguard (afternoons only) and designated parking). During July and August entry is approximately 5 Euros per adult.
There is also a small beach on the Dordogne river at Limeuil which is a 40 minute drive. There is a bar and restaurant which overlooks the beach and canoe hire is possible nearby.
Bergerac airport (Ryanair, Flybe etc.): 25mins
Bordeaux airport: 1hr 40mins (approx)
Toulouse airport: 2hrs (approx)
Calais ferryport: 8hrs (approx)
Caen ferryport: 6hrs (approx)
St. Malo: 6hrs (approx)
Car hire is essential due to the rural location of the farmhouse. Car hire is available at Bergerac airport.
Villereal 5km (with large supermarket, post office, restaurants and bars, tourist information etc.)
Castillionnes 13km (cinema with films in English)
Chateau Biron 18km (enormous chateau)
Monpazier 20km (famous Bastide town)
Issigeac 20km (exceptionally preserved medieval town with busy market)
Bergerac 30km (city with beautiful old town)
Pujols 40km (listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France)
Penne d'Agenais 40km (roman village once used by Santiago de Compostella pilgrims)
And many more!
Eating, Drinking and general facilities:
- There is a large restaurant (Monte Cristo) just a 20 minute walk along a woodland path from the farmhouse which features bouncy castles in the summer.
- Villereal (4mins away) has 5 restaurants, 1 tearoom, 3 bars, 2 banks, 2 supermarkets (1 large and 1 open until 8pm and on a Sunday morning) plus other shops and boutiques.
- Vineyard tours are available locally and in English by reservation only.
- Villereal hosts a fabulous weekly night market for you to sample local produce and dance into the night! Other night markets are also regularly held.
- Local farms allow you to eat their produce at Ferme d'Auberge (by appointment only).
Activities for children:
- Various petting zoos and animal parks (the best being 30mins away)
- Parc en Ciel outdoor activity park (20mins) offers a range of outdoor activities are available for all ages.
- A well maintained softplay centre is available in Bergerac (30mins)
- Canoe hire is available (30mins),
- Lazor gaming available in Bergerac (30mins),
- Sandy beach lake with playground, snackbar and waterslide (15mins),
- Chateau featuring a variety of medieval games and a chance for kids to dress up,
- Various medieval and local festivals and seasonal activities.
Historical monuments and sites:
- Church of St Eutrope (30mins) is a fantastic 10th century church featuring remarkably preserved 15th century frescoes,
- At least 4 chateaux and forts to visit within a 30min drive of the farmhouse,
- Perfectly situated centrally to visit the majority of Bastide towns (and sites of the 100 year war),
- Cadouin Cloisters (35mins) is worth a visit with it's 10th Century Abbey,
- the picturesque towns of Sarlat, Beynac-et-Cazenac, La Roque-Gageac and Domme are all within easy reach.
- Various prehistoric sights including Lascaux can be easily visited as day trips.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 25% deposit at time of booking to secure booking Payment due 8 weeks prior to arrival £500.00 (returnable) breakage deposit Changeover Day: Changeover Saturdays: 4pm arrival and 10am departure Notes on prices: 4-18th July 2015 has been reduced by £300 per week (from £1850) for the month of March as a special offer.