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The Chestnuts, a stone built villa, set in the heart of the Dordogne.

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Ideal and safe for families.

The property has two bedrooms, the master has a large double bed and the second bedroom has a single bed and a bunk bed. The kitchen is fully equipped with a four ring gas hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, toaster, kettle and coffee machine. There is a separate toilet to the shower room. Out side is a private patio over looking the pool with a BBQ and outside table and chairs.The property has a large swimming pool (18m x 7.5m) heated by solar panels, also a sauna and jacuzzi are available to all guests. There is plenty of activities for the children, football and badminton nets with balls and rackets provided. Swings, a trampoline and a covered ping pong table with bats and balls. We have lots of animals to see, three sheep, six pigmy goats, chickens, three cats and a dog. We are ideally situated for visits to chateaux, gardens and caves. There is also a lot of beaches and canoeing stations positioned on the Dordogne river which is only 15 minutes drive away. We are close to other quaint villages such as La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and bastides such as Domme. If the dates you are looking for have already been booked, booked, take a look at our three other gites, The Ceders, The Pines or The Oaks. (Please note we only book Saturday to Saturday in July and August.)

Estelle Essex
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Estelle Essex

I had been in the same job for nearly 30 years, Estelle,my wife was made redundant from her position working in a charity for people who were disabled or had learning difficulties.

It seemed the appropriate time to change our lives, so we moved to France in January 2010. This included 3 cats and 40 Koi carp. We have 2 sons, Callum came with us to help with the maintenance of the gites. Our eldest son stayed in England because he's a qualified offshore surveyor.

Our new life style has been wonderful, the people are friendly and the pace of life is so much better. Our feedback from our guests who have stayed with us has been very complimentary and many want to return. Our aim is for everyone who visits us, to enjoy it so much that they will want to return to this beautiful part of France.

Estelle Essex purchased this villa in 2010

Why Estelle Essex chose Saint-André-d'Allas

We have been coming to area on holiday for many years and when we were viewing properties to purchase, we fell in love with Domaine des Balagyeres. We love our home because it is very quiet with it's beautiful countryside yet only 5 minutes from the pretty and medieval city of Sarlat with many other interesting places to visit. Domaine des Balagyeres is in a location that is very quiet, when you wake up in the mornings all you will hear are the birds singing.

We have installed solar panels (November 2011) to heat the swimming pool and jacuzzi to help make your stay more pleasurable.

What makes this villa unique

Our environment is quiet and peaceful very safe for children to run about and play. We have adopted three pigmy goats in September 2012 who are very gentle and friendly, they have now extended their numbers to 5 with the arrivals of two babies in March 2013. We have also got three sheep one of which is our new baby born March 2017, chickens, cats and a very friendly dog. This adds an additional amusement for children or adults to help pet or feed the chicken, goats and sheep.

We are ideally situated in the Dordogne for you to visit and explore the many attractions and beautiful rivers and countryside.

Sarlat offers a wealth of culture with it's many restaurants, cafes, shops and markets.

If anyone in your family will be celebrating a birthday, we would be more than happy to bake a cake as a surprise to that person, just let us know.


Saint-André-d'Allas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , The toilet is seperate to the shower room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , 2 of the single beds is a bunk bed.
  • All bed linen and shower towels are provided in the price of the villa.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Chestnuts, a stone built villa, set in the heart of the Dordogne.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Absolutely fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in chestnuts it was everything we had expected and more . The setting is idyllic ,the photographs just don't do the place justice. Ian and Estelle were delightful and really helpful . We loved looking at the stars and listening to the Owls in the evening . The accommodation has everything that we needed and was very comfortable .

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us, such a lovely family, it was nice to celebrate your sons birthday whilst you were with us. Thank you for your help feeding our goats and chickens with us. We would love to see you all again some time in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

My first impression was WOW. The setting was superb, the pool area fantastic, the cottage over looking the pool was just brilliant. We all enjoyed our two week stay and would book again. I would recommend this place weather you have children or not.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, we are very glad you all enjoyed yourselves, hope to see you again.
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Brilliant *****

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended holiday with lovely accommodation and surroundings including beautiful pool. Many thanks to Ian, Estelle and Callum who made our stay very enjoyable :o) xxx

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Un excellent séjour

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine chez Estelle et Ian et nous en sommes revenus enchantés. La location est très fonctionnelle et dispose de tout ce dont on peut avoir besoin. Les propriétaires sont charmants : ils mettent à disposition beaucoup de divertissements et jeux d'extérieur idéaux pour les enfants. Le cadre est très reposant.

Merci beaucoup pour ce séjour très ressourçant dans une localité bien située dans cette région très riche en sites touristiques.

La famille Prisset

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Très beau domaine , superbes vacances !!!

  • 5 of 5

Accueil très agréable , nous avons beaucoup apprécier notre sejour de 3 semaines où nous avons profitez des différentes activités sur place , piscine , jacuzzi , tennis de table , balançoires ... Mais aussi nos enfants ont adorés allez donner à manger aux animaux au sein du domaine , chèvres naines , poules et moutons . Il y a également de grands espaces verts pour faire d'agréables ballades en famille et avec nos chiens . Superbe endroit , propriétaires très sympathiques . Nous reviendrons sans hésitez .

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Une belle famille avec des enfants bien élevés un plaisir d'hôte, je vous remercie de votre avis genre, nous aimerions vous revoir à l'avenir.
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Petit coin de paradis...

  • 4 of 5

Accueil très agréable.

Localisation à proximité de Sarlat mais au calme.

Charmant petit cottage avec terrasse privative, piscine, jaccuzi, sauna dans un domaine parfaitement entretenu.

À recommander vivement.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please note we only take bookings Saturday to Saturday in July and August.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.