Farmhouse between Jumilhac-le-Grand and Thiviers, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Refurbished Comfortable Perigordian Farmhouse,2 - 9 People, Private Heated Pool
- english, french
About Dawn Twigg
We are English and moved to France in July 2012, having lived in the countryside in Northamptonshire for many years. With our children having moved out to start their new careers in various parts of England, it was our turn to start afresh, although Andrew still works as an architectural consultant in England and France. We brought horses, dogs, pigs and ducks with us from England, with cats, chickens, Dexter cattle, rabbits, plus a border collie and labrador arriving at various intervals since then. We also bought two miniature ponies, Sammy and Lipsy, who love being petted and groomed. Andrew is a keen cyclist and can advise on routes for all abilities or accompany visitors on longer routes, if required. Because there is so little traffic around us, cycling is a pleasure, with pretty, tree lined roads offering dappled shade. Cycling to Jumilhac-le-Grand for a drink or a coffee in front of the chateau is one of our regular routes, particularly on a Sunday morning when there is a small farmers market on the square in the summer. We love our new life here in this beautiful, tranquil setting, with its slow pace of life. We really enjoy welcoming visitors to Haut Combiers and sharing this special place.
Dawn Twigg purchased this House in 2012
Why Dawn Twigg chose Saint-Paul-la-Roche
The area is beautiful, peaceful and tranquil. Friendly people, lovely villages and interesting towns make it a wonderful place to live and work. There is little traffic on the country roads, which makes cycling and driving a pleasure and we enjoy visiting all the sites of interest that this part of France enjoys. Although we enjoy far-reaching countryside views from all aspects of our property, we are only a short, but very pretty drive from the village of Jumilac-le-Grand with a stunning chateau, shops, bars and restaurants. Pretty, nearby towns offer everything else we need. Our family and friends from England often fly in for the weekend, as Limoges airport is only a 50 minute drive away, with flights from East Midlands and Stansted airports taking only one hour and twenty five minutes. If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday or shorter break, the house has everything to make your stay stress free. Comfortable beds and sofas, Wi-Fi and free sat English tv, lo plus several outside seating areas and a heated pool in a large garden with mature trees. Guests regularly comment that the house has everything for a relaxing stay - from the well equipped kitchen to the books, toys and games; from the sunbeds and parasols to the quiet seating areas; from the fresh eggs to the wonderful views; from feeding the pigs to grooming the ponies. We want everyone to leave Haut Combiers with happy memories, having had a wonderful holiday. For parents with younger children, we have designed the garden so that children cannot access the pool area if adults are in the house, but they still have a terrace and lawned area to play on. Children can enjoying running around in the large garden and adjoining orchard, making as much noise as they like. We have no near neighbours and love to hear children enjoying themselves. We usually have at least one hen with chicks during the summer and children love to help feed them and the pigs, walk the dogs and groom the ponies.
What makes this House unique
The house sits in the middle of our land, approached by a long drive (approximately 200 metres,) so there are no neighbours in the immediate vicinity. Children can make as much noise as they like; there is no-one else to hear them. Both the larger garden, the smaller lawned area with the terrace and the front garden are enclosed, so that parents can relax. In the larger garden, there is a tree house with a slide and a swing set in the adjacent orchard. Children love to help look after and feed the animals and generally get involved with our day to day life here. We live in one of the large barns, which we recently converted, across a large yard with another barn between us and the farmhouse. The two houses are largely orientated in different directions, so visitors in the farmhouse are assured of privacy, peace and quiet. We are happy to advise on days out, nearby towns and villages, bars, restaurants and markets etc. Although there are animals on the farm, during the summer months they graze the land away from the farmhouse, so do not disturb visitors. If, however, visitors would like to get involved with looking after some of the animals, they are more than welcome. Feeding the animals (the pigs will welcome you at any time,) grooming our minature ponies and having fresh eggs for breakfast are all experiences enjoyed by both children and adults and create lasting memories. Several acres of the land and woodland are available for visitors to walk in, with either a gentle stroll or a more adventurous scramble up and down a bank. This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a slower place of life in a beautiful area. As one of our recent guests said, it is a wonderful place for children to just be children and for adults to completely relax. Our aim is for guests to take away happy memories of a holiday spent in this beautiful area and we will do our best to make sure you enjoy your stay here.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Sorry, we cannot accommodate pets.
Lots for children to do and no neighbours!
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Idyllic French Farm House and Lovely Hosts
We have just returned from an amazing 2 weeks at Haut Combier.
The house itself is beautiful mixing French farm house charm with all the modern conveniences you want from a holiday home. The layout has been well thought out and the house is very well equipped with everything you might need.
The outdoor space is amazing. There is a large well kept pool and ample seating to relax. There are also plenty of outdoor games to keep you entertained.
The house is set within a small farm which includes, pigs, chickens, horses, cows, dogs and cats. If like us you are animal lovers the owners encourage you to meet the animals and pet them.
The owners Dawn and Andrew could not have been more welcoming and helpful. They live just across the way but keep themselves to themselves but are on hand to help with any issues you may have (we didn't have any)and offer advice on things to do in the local area.
The area the gite is in is stunning, very peaceful and relaxing. further afield there is plenty to explore in the local towns and villages.
I would definitely recommend Haut Combier.
This was the perfect haven for our family - ideal layout, very comfortable and a great location
We were lucky to find this at the last minute as we were in urgent need of a base to get to the family house which had been flooded in the recent freeze. Dawn and Andrew were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. There were generous provisions already in the kitchen and eggs from the chickens on a regular basis. The weather was unpredictable but there were plenty of logs to build a fire on the colder nights. The house is perfect for family living with more than enough space for young and old alike, with a big selection of toys, videos and games for outdoor and indoor activities. The finishes have been carefully chosen with comfortable sofas, a long table with plenty of chairs for meals, and a very well equipped kitchen. The layout of the bedrooms is flexible to allow parents to be near young children and more than enough bathrooms. It is very well positioned - quiet and yet within easy reach of the surrounding medieval villages and markets. I cannot recommend it highly enough - a rare find.
Really lovely cottage in a quiet valley in France
A lovely cottage nestled in the Dordogne valley with fantastic private swimming pool and adjourning a small farm where the owners lived. Everything was clean and tidy and well maintained. Andrew and Dawn (the owners) were on hand if we needed anything but never intrusive. Dawn kindly took our two grandchildren to feed the many small animals they have on the farm and the children loved that. Downstairs accommodation was excellent even with 6 adults and 2 children with a massive farmhouse style table which easily seated everyone. We ocassionally ate outside where the BBQ was located. A minor quibble was the first floor bathroom which was a bit small to accommodate 4 of the adults, although there was another bathroom on the ground floor next to the bedroom there. There was a recently designed tree house in the garden area which the children also loved. A suggestion here would be for the path to the little house be set away from the pool side to avoid the children going by the pool if there were no adults present in the garden. But this did not detract from a wonderful holiday. To hear nothing but birdsong each morning and gaze out over the valley, was extremely relaxing. We will definitely return sometime, although, potentially flying to Limoges rather than driving the full way from the ferry port. Although French roads are nothing like as busy as English, distances mean you have to accept the long travel times.
Lovely Lovely Lovely
Lovely Farmhouse, Lovely Gardens, Lovely Hosts
Honestly, This place is amazing in so many ways.
The Farmhouse was beautiful, so well equipped and comfortable we just felt at home from the minute we walked through the door. Games, Books to DVD's it had everything that you would ever need.
The gardens were simply stunning and so well maintained. A heated swimming pool, Table Tennis Table, Swings and a Treehouse all there for you to use.
The Gardens are very secluded, secure and child friendly.
Whilst we had all these wonderful things, what made the holiday so special was the animals. our 9 year old daughter is fanatical about horses and animals in general. Coming from a busy town you don't get the opportunity to experience nature close up. There are Horse's, Pigs , Cows, Chickens and more. You just don't get the opportunity to hold baby chicks or see a 6 hour old baby calf everyday. These things will be embedded in our daughters memory for who knows how long. You can't buy these experiences.....A huge thank you to Dawn for letting Olivia spend so much time with you and the horses.
Last but not least. Andrew &a Dawn. You are lovely people and we're thee perfect Hosts.
We have stayed in many Holiday Villas over the years but none have the complete experience that had last week. The Owners have got this Holiday Letting lark SPOT ON..
Thank you for a lovely, relaxing break.
We have already booked next year at the Farmhouse
See you July 18
Peter Sharon & Olivia
Absolute relaxation and our best family holiday!
Beautifully appointed & homely farmhouse in stunning gardens with 360 rural views and absolute tranquility. The heated pool was heavenly, even our 6 month old baby couldn't get enough of it...Andrew & Dawn were amazingly hospitable and attentive, without being intrusive at all. They went above & beyond by taking the kids (6&4) on the tractor and fully involving them in all aspects of the farm. The little extras were very special: freshly picked veggies for supper, giant fluffy pool towels, kids toys and garden games etc. In the very hot weather the house stayed cool and the garden had tree shade at all times of day. Lovely places to potter nearby if you can tear yourself away from the house & garden... We'd love to come back if it's not fully booked!! Thank you!
This is our absolute favourite place in France so much so we keep coming back. The gite is wonderfully appointed and so comfortable,, the setting is idyllic with stunning countryside views . Andrew and Dawn are great hosts - nothing is too much trouble. The perfect place for complete relaxation.
Special interest holidays:
Haut Combiers is a small farm with lots of different animals. We have 33 acres of pasture and woodland and, during the summer months, several acres of both the pasture land and the woodland are kept free for guests to enjoy. If guests enjoy helping to feed and care for our menagerie, or enjoy walking the dogs (and our cats!) they would be more than welcome.
At the moment, we have dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, miniature ponies, horses and Dexter cattle.
Deer are often seen grazing the land and a wide variety of birds, including raptors can be spotted around the farm. Binoculars are provided in the farmhouse for wildlife watching enthusiasts. Numerous wild flowers can be seen in the fields and woods, with books available so that you identify the less common varieties. This really is a photographers or artists paradise.
For the more active, this is a lovely part of the world to enjoy cycling. The roads are quiet and we can advise on cycle routes of various distances or accompany you.
The nearest airport is Bellegarde at Limoges, 50 minutes drive away. Further airports are at Bergerac, Bordeaux and Brive.
Trains are also available to Limoges, Thiviers and other major towns and cities.
Haut Combiers is 6 hours drive from Le Havre and 8 hours from Calais.
A car is necessary for your stay.
The nearest shops are 8 km away at Jumilhac-le-Grand, which also has a beautiful square with bars and restaurants overlooking a stunning chateau. It also has pharmacy, post office, doctors and tourist office. The nearest town with supermarkets etc., is Thiviers, which is a ten minute drive. St Yriex la Perche, which has a medieval centre and is slightly larger, is approximately twenty minutes in the other direction.
Sarrazac, five minutes drive away, also has a bar and restaurant.
Haut Combiers is near St Paul la Roche, which is a small village in the north of the Dordogne, in south west France. The surrounding area consists of beautiful countryside, undulating and wooded, interspersed with grazing land for the local breed of Limousin cattle, as well as fruit orchards. Located within the Perigord region, famous for its truffles, the farm is also within the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord Limousin, which offers visitors a chance to discover a preserved countryside and a large variety of landscapes. The river Isle runs close by.
There are numerous places and sites of interests both nearby and within an hours drive. As well as the chateau at nearby Jumilhac-le-Grand, the area has many chateaux open to visitors. Both Thiviers and St Yriex la Perche have lovely town centres, with bars and restaurants and a wide variety of shops. Local markets offer traditional French produce and are a regular feature of French life.
St Jean de Cole, 15 minutes drive away, is described as one of the most beautiful villages in France and has several bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink, or a delicious lunch or evening meal. Some 15 minutes drive further on is the town of Brantome, which is encircled by the river Dronne and has a beautiful abbey. Hiring a canoe is a wonderful way to see the town and locality or, for the less energetic, small pleasure boats gently take in the sights. An adventure parc is nearby for those who enjoy more adventurous activities.
There are wonderful caves to visit at nearby Villars, with prehistoric paintings and vast calcite formations, plus café and gardens.
Perigueux is the capital of the Perigord and has Roman ruins and a medieval centre, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants as well.
A zoo near Limoges has a wide variety of animals. There are also nearby lakes, which variously offer swimming, canoeing, pedaloes and other activities.
At various locations around the area are go-karting, golf and horse-riding