Completed in early 2014, Lablancou is a converted farmhouse with tranquil views over open countryside. Accommodation includes a large open plan living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen and a large patio with two dining areas, barbeque and views of the walnut groves and open countryside. Large solar heated private pool with sun-loungers (pool cleaned daily). Pool house with shaded outside space and small table and chairs; ideal for sipping a glass of wine and watching the pool. Large porch with table and chairs and views across the walnut groves. One king size bedroom, one double, one twin one triple room, all en-suite. Downstairs cloakroom. Lablancou retains many original features but is fully modernised for comfort. Wide screen TV with English channels and DVD player. Wood burning stoves and full central heating. A welcome pack comprising a bottle of local Rose wine, fresh milk, a bottle of our organic walnut oil, eggs and seasonal fruit and vegetables from our organic garden. Kitchen essentials such as salt, pepper, olive oil, fresh and dried herbs, tea, sugar and instant coffee are also provided. Washing tabs and dishwasher tablets also included. Pool towels provided. In order to retain the homely feel of Lablancou a range of our favourite recipe books is provided in the kitchen and the kitchen is fully equipped for cooks. A selection of paperback books is also provided as are board games, playing cards and dominoes. A set of boules, skittles and quoits are available for playing on the lawn or the gravel parking area. The owners speak English and French and move into another property on the farm for the summer. Full privacy is afforded guests, however the owners are available to help out with recommendations of what to see and do, restaurants to visit and to make bookings for tourist attractions if required. Lablancou is in the commune of Castelnaud, with its appellation of 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'. As well as a majestic chateau, view of Beynac chateau and village across the river, canoeing and bicycle hire it also has a superb patisserie, butcher, general store and several restaurants. All of the major tourist attractions of the Perigord Noir are within a 30-40 minute drive of Lablancou with several including Castelnaud, Beynac, Domme, Marquessac considerably less than that. Our previous guests have enjoyed watching the hot air balloons that often fly over Lablancou and sometimes land nearby. We provide binoculars for watching the wildlife and hare, deer, buzzards and woodpeckers, amongst many others, are often to be seen.
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- Minimum Stay7 nights
Farmhouse in Castelnaud la Chapelle, Nr. Sarlat, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Converted Farmhouse With Private Pool And Extensive Patio Sleeps 2 - 9 (4 Bedrooms)
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 9, 2018
About Graham OTWAY
Since leaving the UK in 2006 I have been renovating the farmhouse at Lablancou and have also learned to farm walnuts. The last 3 years have been spent turning the farm organic and the 2013 crop was the first to be sold with an organic status.
Graham OTWAY purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why Graham OTWAY chose Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
We found the Dordogne was a perfect location with its hot summers and crisp clear winters and we love the contrast between seasons. We wanted a property that was close to the interesting things to see and do in the area and also fulfilled our dream of growing organic food; Lablancou fitted the bill perfectly. It is close to all the amenities, charming villages and chateaux yet remains a tranquil hideaway. On a clear night the view of the stars is breathtaking and we never tire of gazing at the Milky Way and shooting stars when they are around. The biggest light pollution here is the moon and we provide a telescope for those interested in viewing the stunning night sky.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Having all of the great tourist attractions of the Perigord Noir within a few minutes drive means that there are lots of interesting things to see and do. At the same time Lablancou offers a haven of tranquillity and is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the countryside. There is plenty of space for children to run around and only the occasional car or tractor that passes by. There are fabulous food and craft markets in a different local town or village each day and they are perfect for wandering around and appreciating French culture and lifestyle.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Beautiful location set in a Walnut Tree orchard with amazing views. The gite has been tastefully and comprehensively refurbished but has retained all the charm you could ask for. Property was spotlessly clean and well maintained.
Equipped with just about anything you might want it was cosy comfortable and homely. Graham and Adele were great hosts - so we booked to return next year before we even finished the holiday.
Great location to explore the area with amazing Chateau's, the Dordogne its self, caves, markets, beautiful medieval towns - actually it has got the lot! Hosts will assist with working out where you want to visit if you wish.
The hot air balloon show (8) we saw one evening was awesome. Gite sits under their normal route so in still weather you will probably see these too.
Told all our family and friends - can't recommend this place highly enough.
An oasis of calm
Lablancou is an oasis. It nestles in the countryside alongside the owners walnut groves and offers peace, tranquillity and comfort . Everything needed for a memorable holiday is at your doorstep. From Graham and Adele’s beautiful and well appointed home with lovely pool and ample grounds for family entertainment to the wonderful countryside with all its attractions. There are many chateau worth visiting , the Dordogne river for boating and canoeing, some of the most beautiful villages in France built with honey coloured stone (most still wearing the mantle of quieter times before the coming of the automobile and all the better for it) and food to die for. God’s only mistake was not putting Scotland next to the Channel Tunnel.
The hosts Graham and Adele could not have been more welcoming if they tried and treated us like we were the most important guests they ever had. Their welcome and enthusiasm to please us was genuine and we can’t wait to come back.
Exceeded our expectations
Having read the previous reviews, our expectations were high when we arrived at this lovely gite. We were a party of six adults and were all delighted with the cottage itself and it's beautiful setting. There was everything to make our stay a pleasure and Graham and Adele are perfect hosts.
We enjoyed walnuts and figs from the orchard, swimming and lazing around the pool and patio, BBQ and having very good wifi. An easy hours drive from Bergerac airport, the cottage is very close to many fabulous castles, gardens, towns and the Dordogne. I highly recommend Lablancou.
Fantastic villa in a fantastic location
We had a fantastic 2 week stay at Lablancou (our second stay here). The house is immaculate and so well equipped, everything is thought of. Graham and Adele are such lovely hosts and made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived. It is so peaceful and we spent most days relaxing by the pool (cleaned every morning) and evenings B-B-Q'ing in the lovely garden.
We have been booking villas through Owners Direct for several years, and Lablancou is by far the best. We will be returning.
Lablancou a great place to relax
Graham and Adele were perfect hosts..The house was extremely clean and tidy and had everything we needed for our holiday.The pool and outside area were perfect for relaxing,the bbq was big enough to cook for 9 people,. Wifi in the house and by the pool was very popular with the family.we couldn't have asked for more from our holiday.We would love to go back.
Ian and Christine
Everything was perfect.
The Dordogne region is obviously fantastic and Graham & Adele's home is brilliantly situated while at the same time managing to be fabulously quiet and feel wonderfully remote.
The house and garden are immaculate, with everything we needed. There was 8 of us staying (4 adults & 4 boys) and it was plenty big enough.
The pool was lovely and kept the kids entertained all week. The location is beautiful and perfect for enjoying the magnificent night sky.
Graham and Adele were perfect hosts, and were always available to provide help and advice if required.
Can't recommend it highly enough and hope to return one day!
Massive thanks to Graham & Adele for everthing!
Travel: By air: The nearest airports are Brive-La-Gaillarde and Bergerac. Brive. Flights via City Jet from London City Airport and Ryanair from Stansted. Brive is about 60 minutes drive to Lablancou. Bergerac – flights via Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2 from airports across the UK. Bergerac is about 65 minutes drive to Lablancou. Car hire is available from both airports. Brittany Ferries sail from Portsmouth to Caen and Portsmouth to St Malo. From the Channel Ports and the Channel Tunnel, approximately 8-9 hours drive. Distances: The medieval market towns of Sarlat and Domme are 20 minutes drive. The nearest villages are Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and St Cybranet, each less than 10 minutes drive. Facilities at Castelnaud include a magnificent Patisserie, a good quality butchers, a general store, a post office with cashpoint machine, a hairdressers and a café bar and a restaurant. There are further restaurants and coffee shops within the medieval village. St Cybranet has a garage and an organic food shop. Further Details: We are within easy distance of lots of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, cycling, golf and tennis. We are also close to the following: - The chateaux of Castelnaud, Beynac, Fayrac, Les Milandes and Montfort - The prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux II and Font du Gaume - The medieval market town of Sarlat with its stunning produce markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays - The charming walled village of Domme with its views across the Dordogne valley - The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac and Eyrignac - Fresh produce markets held on a daily basis at a different charming town or village each day. We are happy to provide details and times. - Many charming restaurants specialising in local and regional cuisine. We are happy to give recommendations and make bookings for you if required.
Booking Notes: Please note that guests are welcome to book a stay shorter than 7 nights, however you will still be charged for the full week. Non-refundable 30% deposit payable upon booking. Balance is payable 12 weeks before arrival. Security deposit of 400 Euros. Changeover Day: Changeover days, arrival and departure dates are flexible in the low season. During the high season, bookings are only available Saturday to Saturday and check-in is 4:00pm with check-out at 10:00 am. Notes on prices: Non-refundable 30% deposit payable upon booking. Balance is payable 12 weeks before arrival. Security deposit of 400 Euros.