About the property
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Molieres, Dordogne - Close to Lascaux, Beynac and Sarlat, in the heart of the Perigord Noir
Les Vitarelles, a farmhouse with outbuildings that have been converted into the owners’ home and three gites, is set in 45 acres of private land comprising mature oak woods, orchards and an ancient vineyard, plus lawned areas. In the heart of the Dordogne, Les Vitarelles is close to tourist highlights including Beynac-et-Cazenac, Domme, Sarlat and Lascaux, and is accessed by a private no-through lane.
Private, secluded, rural and peaceful, Les Vitarelles is perfect for a quiet country break. This former farm is also wonderful for children, who love our rescue donkey, goats, chickens, cats and dog. Also spot wild deer, boars, rabbits and birds of prey. With a wealth of mature fruit trees, pick your own figs, cherries, plums, apples, pears and walnuts, when in season. There are two shared pools (one large) set in a large lawned area.
Each gite is equipped with a barbecue, along with charcoal, fire lighters and utensils. The Barn, The Farmhouse and The Cattle Shed all have wood burning stoves, and during the colder months we provide a stock of fire wood and firelighters. The bedrooms are also equipped with electric heaters during Autumn and Winter. The kitchen is stocked with washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder (where appropriate), tea towels and cleaning products.
There is Wi-Fi throughout, and cots, highchairs and baby baths can also be supplied on request.
Les Vitarelles is available to hire in its entirety - the three gites, The Barn, The Farmhouse and The Cattle Shed, together sleep 28, making it ideal for large parties, weddings and other celebrations.
Looking to buy in the Dordogne? Our gites are available to rent long-term. Please contact us for more information.
Les Vitarelles is just 4km from Molieres, a picturesque bastide town with bar, tabac and epicerie. Cadouin is 6km away and has a number of restaurants and bars, a boulangerie, and a beautiful abbey. Lalinde is a market town 10km from Les Vitarelles, with all amenities including tourist information, pharmacy, supermarket, and weekly Thursday morning market. Les Vitarelles is just over 30km from Bergerac airport, and 150km from the airport at Bordeaux.
Named after the great river running through it, the Dordogne is an increasingly popular holiday destination. With pleasant, warm weather in Spring and Autumn, July and August tend to be the hottest months, with typical temperatures of 25-30 degrees.
The region is typified by mellow, yellow stone bastide villages and towns, including Beynac-et-Cazenac, Monpazier, Domme and La Roque Gageac, and boasts over 1,500 castles, making it ‘The Other Chateau Country’, with particularly wonderful examples at Beynac, Milandes and Monbazillac.
The Dordogne is a gourmet’s dream, with foie gras, confit de canard, the highly prized black Perigord truffles, fresh ceps and walnut oil available in local restaurants and at the markets. Throughout the summer many towns and villages hold weekly evening markets – grab a table, and choose your evening meal from one of the many stalls; merguez sausages, choucroute garnie, boudin noir… Many have live music, too.
Walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, horseriding, golfing and fishing are popular activities in the Dordogne, and all are available within a short drive from Les Vitarelles.
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- Apr 04, 2018
About Emma Smith
We took a leap of faith, sold everything, and moved to the Dordogne in 2015 with our young son, and we haven't looked back since!
Emma Smith purchased this Farmhouse in 2015
Why Emma Smith chose Périgord
We fell in love with this former tobacco and dairy farm immediately, and spent the best part of our first year here converting and refurbishing the properties, and getting ready to welcome our first guests. We loved the (literally!) acres of space, we're 2km from our local small town, Molieres, and we have just a few neighbours, plus a duck farm adjacent to us. Quite often, the only sound you can hear is birdsong, and at night the sky is so dark - perfect for stargazing during the summer. We're close enough to Molieres to feel like a real part of a local community, and we're lucky enough to have been welcomed with open arms. We have access to wonderful, cheap wine (the local Pecharment and Monbazillac in particular are delicious) and you could visit a local market on any day during the week in summer, and buy local chickens and ducks, fantastic cheeses, and beautifully fresh fruit and vegetables. We've found a much slower pace of life here, which we're really enjoying and would recommend very much!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The space at Les Vitarelles is wonderful. We have acres of woods, with oaks, hazels and hornbeams, where we often spot wild deer. During summer the fields are full of wild flowers and bales of hay and, of course, we have space for all our animals, which currently number two rescue donkeys, two goats, chickens, cats and our Labrador dog. Our pool is large, and set back in an acre of garden, with an old well, walnut, cherry, pear and apple trees, and fantastic views across the fields and woods. The gites themselves are made from the local creamy yellow Perigordine stone, with many original features including oak beams and fireplaces. We set up a new gite business when we moved here, and I love that we've been able to really add our own stamp to the properties. Come and see what you think!
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100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Will be back next year!
Just spent a wonderful week in the cottage. Thank you Emma, Don and Henry for making our stay perfect. The local area is stunning. We were made to feel part of the family and nothing was too much trouble for the owners.Lots of good restaurants in the area but Emma cooked us duck confit the first night of our stay so we ate there most evenings. ( In my opinion some of the best cooking in the region) If you would like a true taste of the Dordogne look no further
Thank you for your kind comments, Michael. We hope you will visit Les Vitarelles again in the future!
A great, laid back stay at The Barn, Les Vitarelles...relaxing (?) with 5 children between two families was heavily aided by having plenty of space inside and outside. The kitchen/diner was well appointed and is brand new and when we need a little more cutlery it was no bother as Don provided everything we needed. The welcome hamper with home-made lemon cake kept us fuelled as did the bag of croissants, bread, pate, milk and eggs. With plenty of comfy sofas, chairs and a patio area there was always space to find somewhere to chill-out or enjoy a movie together. The bedrooms were well furnished with plenty of wardrobe/hanging space, new beds and feather duvets and pillows...and NOT filled with tired 'brocante' parading as 'shabby chic' so often found in many gites. The outdoor play areas kept the children busy and the safety fence around the pool provided a welcome sigh of relief knowing the children couldn't get in without us. The surrounding acreage is fantastically idyllic with an orchard supplying our daily fruit and an abundance of wild mint on the trails. The small Bastide village of Molieres is about a 20 minute stroll away. If the weather takes a turn and lightning strikes, you can enjoy nature's dramatic display from the vast picture window in the living area...we were blessed with plenty of French sun and the swimming pool (cleaned daily) helped us cool off as did the welcome bottle of chilled wine. Emma, Don and little Henry couldn't do enough to make our stay a memorable, enjoyable and fun filled one...our only regret...we didn't stay long enough!
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We really enjoyed having you all to stay at Les Vitarelles, and we hope to see you again soon!
An excellent week in a clean and tidy gite
The three properties were well furnished and the owners couldn't have been more helpful in attending to our various requests and enquiries. We took advantage of the offer of evening meals on several occasions and were very pleased we did so. Emma's cooking skills are amazing and she and Don were very generous with what they gave us. Finally, the pool is bigger than we expected for a property of this size and was much enjoyed by our kids !
We loved having you stay at Les Vitarelles, and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday here in the Dordogne. Thank you for your kind comments, and we hope to see you again!
Nous avons été très bien recus par les propriétaires de ce gite très agréable en pleine campagne. La maison est très agréable, le séjour et la cuisine sont immenses. Le mobilier est aussi de bon goût et en très bon état. Les chambres sont sobres et on retrouve une petite touche anglaise dans l'aménagement et le style. Nous avons donc passé une excellente semaine avec nos amis et les enfants! Merci!
Exellent sejour, préstation à la hauteur de nos esperances,
Nous avons été acceuilli pas un couple formidable, trés gentils dans un univers magique, reposant et bienveillant.
Nous avons eu le plaisir de recevoir des présents de ces proprieteres.
Sejour à conseillé en famille ou entre amies!
See you Later!
Travel: Due to its rural location a car would be essential when staying at Les Vitarelles. The nearest airport is at Bergerac (30km), with the airport at Bordeaux 150km away. There is a train station at Laline, approximately 10km from Les Vitarelles. Distances: Les Vitarelles is in the heart of the Dordogne. The bastide village of Molieres (with bar and epicerie) is 4km away, and Cadouin, with its imposing abbey plus bars, restaurants and boulangerie, is 6km away. Lalinde, with all amenities including a supermarche, pharmacy and weekly market, is 10km away. Easy access to the popular tourist towns and villages of Sarlat, Beynac-et-Cazenac, St. Cyprien and Issigeac. Further Details: Named after the great river running through it, the Dordogne is an increasingly popular holiday destination. With pleasant, warm weather in Spring and Autumn, July and August tend to be the hottest months, with typical temperatures of 25-30 degrees. The region is typified by mellow, yellow stone villages and towns, and boasts over 1,500 castles, making it ‘The Other Chateau Country’, with particularly wonderful examples at Beynac, Milandes and Monbazillac. The Dordogne is a gourmet’s dream, with foie gras, confit de canard, the highly prized black Perigord truffles, fresh ceps and walnut oil available in local restaurants and at the markets. Throughout the summer many towns and villages hold weekly evening markets – grab a table, and choose your evening meal from one of the many stalls; merguez sausages, choucroute garnie, boudin noir… Many have live music, too. Walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, horseriding, golfing and fishing are popular activities in the Dordogne, and all are available within a short drive from Les Vitarelles.
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: The changeover day for all gites at Les Vitarelles is Saturday, although please contact us if you have other requirements as we may be able to be flexible. We ask that guests arrive after 4pm on the appointed day, checking out before 10am. Notes on prices: All linen and towels are provided.