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Ian & Heather Craig

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, We speak a little french

Idyllic, charming, beautifully restored luxury 18th Century cottage private pool

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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Perigord Noir Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury cottage with private heated swimming pool

The beautiful French stone house is ideally located for exploring all the sites that the region has to offer. Situated in a secluded tranquil location in its own grounds on the small hill top above Le Coux, it’s a pretty 15 minute walk to the village via a small country lane where there is a boulangerie, cave and a cooperative providing produce from local suppliers.

Full of charm and character, the house has been beautifully restored using traditional methods and materials. The kitchen dining room is a large open plan room, with a hand built central island and work unit fitted into the old kitchen fireplace. Both have solid wood worktops. Modern quality appliances are integral to the furnishings. Original features include the restored 'pisé' floor and the old stone sink (now just an architectural feature). The lounge is light and spacious and has a lovely wood-burning stove for cosy autumn and winter evenings. The sofa and armchairs provide comfortable seating whilst the tapestries, period furniture and stone flooring add to the ambiance of the room.

A beautiful hand-built staircase in elm leads upstairs where there are two spacious bedrooms, one with a queen size bed, the other with two singles. Both have beautiful solid oak furniture, tapestries and fitted wardrobes with full length mirrors. The beds have quality pocket sprung mattresses, luxury fine Egyptian cotton bedlinen and quality non allergenic duvets and pillows. Both bedrooms are double aspect, making for light and airy rooms with views over the gardens. Each bedroom has its own luxurious en suite bathroom with suspended soft closing toilets, concealed cisterns and contemporary wash basins. One has a bath with shower fitted over while the other has a large walk in shower. Thick luxury towels are provided. The flooring upstairs is all locally sourced chestnut which provides a rich ambiance in contrast to the calming shades used to decorate the walls. There are fitted radiators for winter and cooler autumn/spring nights.

At the front of the cottage there is a sheltered south facing patio, supplied with table and chairs, and is ideal for al-fresco dining. A garden bench is also provided where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine while reading a book or just relaxing in the peace and tranquility.

Two steps lead up to the lawned garden where there is a 9m x 5m heated private pool. The pool has roman style half round walk in steps and is flat bottomed making it ideal for children to play and for adults to help little ones learning to swim. There is a further step mid length of the pool taking the depth from 1.2 to 1.4 metres. There is a lounging area next to the pool with steamer style loungers and sun shades provided.

The cottage has an acre of private, mainly flat garden in which to relax and play. A badminton net and equipment is available as well as a set of boules. There are numerous fruit trees from which guests are welcome to pick the fruit when in season.

As a welcome to the cottage we will supply you with a small starter pack to help you get started.

Local markets are available throughout the week, (details can be found in the information pack at the cottage) and there is also a supermarket at nearby Siorac. The small co-operative in Le Coux offers produce from local suppliers.

During the summer season there are numerous events close by including medieval fetes, open air theatre, classical concerts, etc.. On booking we will forward to you a website link which has a what' s on listing.

Outside of the main holiday period the pace of life is quieter. Each season has something different to offer. Please contact us and we can forward you some information on your chosen time of year.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ian & Heather Craig (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, We speak a little french

About Ian & Heather Craig

We bought the property in Le Coux as the beginning of a dream. We had been living in London together for over 10 years (Heather originally from south Wales and myself from the north east of England). We thoroughly enjoyed life in the capital but decided that we would like to move to the country with a view to setting up a small holiday rental business. We did initially look in the cotswolds and places closer to home but eventually took time out for an extended touring holiday of europe with the intention of looking at properties in what may be a suitable location for us to settle into. No matter where we travelled we kept on returning to France and the dordogne valley in particular held a special attraction. It seemed such a naturally welcoming place it is easy to see why the earliest relics of mankind are found in the area. So we found our property and after that typically complex and alarming legal process where you aren't quite sure if you have bought a house or a field of cattle we became the owners of a set of tumbledown ruins. Three years into the renovations, when our own house was just about ready to move into, our daughter Chloe was born. This unsurprisingly did have an impact on our lives, I lost my main helper in the renovations process and suddenly our time line for events became extended. We were however in the fortunate position not to be too pressed on our schedule. We took some time out to enjoy being a family of three. I eventually went back to my paid employment, which involved travelling away from home but provided us with the extra funding to remove any financial worries. Over several years we have developed the property and garden, with some help from others from time to time but it has predominantly been accomplished by ourselves alone; a serious venture! As Chloe reached the end of her junior school years we decided that life back in the UK would offer a better path forward and so at the end of 2011 we moved to Cardiff.

Why Ian & Heather Craig chose Perigord Noir

We bought this small-holding on the top of the hill just on the outskirts of the village of Le Coux after viewing many other properties in the area over a number of years. We knew as soon as we saw it, that it was the place for us; a short walk down into the village, a very tranquil location and yet in the heart of one of the prettiest areas of France. We first holidayed in the region over 30 years ago, actually only a few miles from the house, and ever since that first visit we felt that this would be the place where we would love to live.

The property was completely ruinous, not having been lived in for several years and although it was going to be a challenge it offered us all that we were looking for. Despite the large number of visitors to the Dordogne and its central location, it is fantastically quiet set at the end of a country lane with only a few neighbours so as not to feel too isolated.

What makes this cottage unique

A beautiful location set amidst one of the most attractive regions of France in the heart of the main tourist attractions that the Dordogne has to offer yet at the same time in as tranquil a setting as you could wish for. Even in the height of summer, you can easily imagine there is not a soul around while you enjoy a cool drink on the terrace or wander aimlessly around the garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kyle and I had a lovely week at Pierre Lapin for our honeymoon.
Jul 2015
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based on 8 traveler reviews

Idyllic, charming, beautifully restored luxury 18th Century cottage private pool
average rating of 4.625 based on 10 reviews

Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is quite simply a perfect cottage in a quiet and superb location. The inside is simply and beautifully furnished with well-equipped kitchen. Bedrooms are a good size and very comfortable. This is a perfect cottage for a family of four (we have two teenagers). The pool is absolutely beautiful and the perfect temperature - certainly well utilised in our stay. The badminton net was an added bonus (although we used it for volleyball). We stayed for two weeks and found that the location was perfectly placed for the most beautiful areas in the region with lots of lovely markets, the beautiful Dordogne and lovely villages. We can't recommend this cottage enough and will definitely be back. If we could give more stars we certainly would.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous family holiday home in a beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a fabulous 2 weeks at this beautiful house. We were on holiday with our two daughters aged 6 and 9 and to quote them "this is the best house ever". Inside the house has a lovely traditional French feel whilst also being full of luxuries especially the incredibly comfy beds and bedding! Everything you need plus lots more like great games and DVDs for the kids. Outside is also great with an enormous garden, badminton and of course the swimming pool. The table tennis table in the garage was an added bonus as we had a couple of rainy days. The property is ideally located, quiet and secluded but only 10 minute walk into the local village with a great bakery. Everywhere we wanted to go only seemed about a 20 minute drive so we visited Beynac, Castle, went canoeing, visited Le Bournat, went to a great water/theme park - Jaqcou Park as well as the market in Saint Cyrpien. I couldn't recommend this property enough for a great family holiday home in a great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sally, many thanks for your very kind response, having holidaymakers like yourselves who really appreciate the property and what we are trying to provide really makes our efforts all the more worthwhile.
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  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity and pleasure to stay here on our holiday and it was perfect! We highly recommend this holiday rental property and look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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High Quality cottage in amazing grounds.

  • 5 of 5

Really impressed with this lovely property. Great location with easy reach (20 mins on a good run) from sarlat, Beynac. The children loved the badminton court, table tennis & swimming pool. High quality throughout.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Little Disappointing Compared to Our Expectations

  • 2 of 5

My wife, daughter, and I stayed here for a week in Summer 2014. Overall, a mixed review.

What We Liked: It's a pretty and rustic cottage set in a verdant landscape with a charming exterior. Our daughter also appreciated a nice selection of board games and pool toys. It's big enough for 2 adults and 1 or 2 children. The village of Coux-et-Bigaroque is a 15-minute walk. It's a pleasant village but not particularly interesting or charming.

What We Didn't Like/Missed: We missed some creature comforts like a dryer (you have to dry your laundry on a line in the garage), and the house (especially downstairs) had very old-fashioned furniture on the main level (think grandparents' sitting room!). It also wasn't super-comfortable. Other peeves were no bathroom downstairs, the need to cover the swimming pool each night (a very heavy cover), and (least important) we couldn't get the English TV channels to work.

While we were there, the owners (who have their main house across the way) weren't in France, which suited us because we prefer privacy when on vacation, but that might otherwise have been an issue because the cottage's pool and backyard are clearly visible from the owners' house's patio.

Our only other comment is to advise that it proved very difficult to get our full security deposit refunded, even though my wife took such pains to leave the house in pristine condition. The owners' seemed to have no scruples about retaining a portion of our money. We did eventually get all the money back, but it took a lot of time and effort. So, in summary, a nice cottage but too many issues for us to choose this one for our next visit to the Dordogne.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There are a number of issues raised which if not put right may be construed that the property is not as described in our advertisement:- The cottage has 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with seating, loungers etc. for up to 4 adults – the property has often been rented to groups of 4 adults without issue. Le Coux is approximately a 10 to 15 minutes’ walk via the footpath. It is a typical rural French village offering a bread shop, wine shop, a co-operative supplying local produce and a post office. It has very good tennis courts and an attractive supervised “beach” on the river Dordogne. We do not offer a clothes drying machine (not the most environmentally friendly of items) and this is as per our property details, but there is an airer and clothes line. We managed quite easily without one for 11 years. In our advertisement we try to provide a clear and comprehensive description together with photographs that depicts the property as it is. We do not want to oversell and disappoint, we would prefer to exceed a visitor's expectations. It is not a contemporary house and it is not described as such. The furnishings are period in style in keeping with the style of the house but where comfort is required, new and comfortable. The only period items we have are the dining table, dining chairs, dresser and tapestries. Beds, bedding, sofas, footstools and armchairs are less than 4 years old and of very good quality. All outdoor swimming pools in France require a safety feature to avoid the chance of an infant falling into the pool while unattended. The safety covers need to be fairly robust and be able to take the weight of an adult. [Note: On our latest visit to the cottage I noticed that the winding handle to the cover had become distorted. This has been replaced]. Our own property, is located on the same 3.5 acre site but does not overlook nor is it overlooked by the cottage (we also appreciate our privacy). Perhaps the outbuilding next to the covered table tennis area was mistaken as our house. The security deposit was returned swiftly without issue, it took extra time to reimburse the visitors bank charges which he insisted that we be liable for. The general response from our guests is positive; we have numerous return guests, some now returning for their 4th consecutive year.
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Beautiful accommodation, great location

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our stay in Le Coux. The house is beautiful, very tastefully decorated and really well equipped (Thank you so much to the owners for providing a cot and high chair.) We were lucky enough to enjoy the fantastic pool every day. Really didn't want to leave!!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always very rewarding to receive such lovely commendations from our guests. We try to accommodate any specific needs our clients may have wherever we can (in this instance with a cot and high chair), to make Pierre Lapin as relaxing and as enjoyable a holiday cottage as possible. All feedback on our accommodation is always of great value to us to make sure that what we offer continues to please.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Coux et Bigaroque
Nearest Ferry
615 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Le Buisson
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Perigueux or Souillac
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Coux et Bigaroque
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Le Coux plage
Car: necessary

The celebrated Perigord Noir in South-West France really is the ideal holiday destination – and it fits the bill at any time of the year. This is the place to appreciate some of France's finest medieval architecture, the fantastic geological formations of the Dordogne and explore the countryside on foot, by bike or even canoe.

A renowned gastronomic area offering fine dining or a more rustic farmhouse setting, local superb produce is also available at the numerous village markets. The vineyards of Monbazillac and Pécharmant are close by whilst St Emillion would be a longer day out.

The region is steeped in history, the earliest known settlements of prehistoric man dating back over 400,000 years are at nearby Les Eyzies; numerous prehistoric sites to explore exist throughout the area and include some of Europe’s finest cave paintings. Châteaux built on the wealth of medieval trade and fortified ‘bastides’ dating from the 100 year’s war are a perfect setting to wander.

Other Activities: Hot air ballooning, canoeing, river boat trips, light aircraft trips, night markets, numerous summer fetes

Golf: There is a small 9 hole golf course at Siorac (4km), and an 18 hole course at Lollivarie (7km). Slightly further afield are the courses at La Marterie - 18 holes, Sarlat - 9 holes and Perigueux - 18 holes. There are a number of other courses in the area for keen golfers, further details can be provided.


Rates & Availability

Coux et Bigaroque Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 31 2016
8 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 8 2017 - May 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jul 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We prefer payment in sterling but can accept payments in Euro or $US if necessary.

Reservations are confirmed on receipt of a 25% deposit with the balance being payable approximately 8 weeks prior to the start date of the holiday. We can accept payment by bank transfer, cheque or credit/debit card.

A security deposit of £250 needs to be lodged with us prior to the start date of the holiday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Perigord Noir Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 108 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms are spacious and tiled with a natural travertine stone mosaic. Contemporary bathroom fittings have been used with suspended WC. Heated towel rails ensure for a cosy towel and keep the bathrooms warm in winter months. Luxury towels and bath mats are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The 2 bedrooms are both spacious, one with a king size bed, the other with two singles. Both have beautiful solid oak furniture, tapestries and fitted wardrobes with full length mirrors. Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams. Both bedrooms are double aspect, making for light and airy rooms with views over the gardens. The beds have quality pocket sprung mattresses, luxury fine Egyptian cotton bedlinen and quality non allergenic duvets and pillows. Each bedroom has its own luxurious en suite bathroom. Solid chestnut parquet is used throughout the upper floor. There are fitted radiators for winter and cooler autumn/spring nights.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The swimming pool is for the sole use of the cottage and has a security safety cover. It is heated with an energy efficient heat pump when necessary. A supply of logs for the wood-burner is available either in the garage. There are a number of fruit trees in the garden from which guests can freely help themselves when in season.

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