4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8 free wifi
- english, french
About Alan Dagnall
I have lived in France for more than 40 years and adore this very special area of South West France. I have drunk more bottles of wine than I care to remember and enjoy a bottle or two with a good meal. I have an extensive knowledge of the local area and am happy to recommend places to visit, restaurants to try and wine to sample.
Why Alan Dagnall chose Thénac
Les Vachers literally means the cow complex. This farmhouse has been renovated by me to include all the comforts you would expect as well as retaining the character of the building. I make sure the kitchen is fully equipped with everything I would like to find in a kitchen so you can experiment with the local foods in the comfort of your own home. The private pool has steps leading down to the shallow end and a separate kiddies pool making it suitable for everyone. The lake is overlooked by the pool so you an relax by the pool and still be within shouting distance if they catch the big one!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Whilst there are many villas with pools, not many come with their own private fishing lake and golf course. I provide clubs including ladies, kids and left handed clubs so everyone can have a go. Will also promise to keep Husky out of the way whilst you are playing. Not many courses have a golf ball eating dog as a hazard!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Excellent time in Thénac
We had a fabulous week in a lovely place to stay. A single week really wasn’t long enough. Wonderful area and lots to do. Ran out of time... much to do with the great pool and access to golf - kids had a great time. Some top recommendations of local markets to visit and places to go. Felt like we got the inside track on what to see and do, for which much thanks. Will definitely return to the Dordogne and wouldn’t hesitate to stay in Thénac again. Thank you for such a warm welcome.
Lovely gite in beautiful location
We absolutely loved staying at Les Vachers. Set in beautiful countryside, with a very clean and well maintained pool (our boys loved it!), the house was very clean and well appointed. Sandra and Alan were very helpful, suggesting day trips and letting us have a go at fishing from their lake - this was really fun! Excellent day trips to Castelnaud, nearby Château Bridoire, Sarlat and Bergerac. We were made to feel very welcome and will certainly be recommending the gite to others and hope to return. The boys were particularly taken by Husky and Vanille the two very friendly dogs!
Relaxing family escape
We were a family of 4 with a 9 and 7 year old and Alan and Sandra’s villa was absolutely perfect for us. There was plenty of room for us all both inside and outside. The pool was gorgeous and we spent lots of time relaxing around it and jumping in it while the proximity of the lake meant both husband and kids could happily flit between the 2. Lots of fish were caught and the whole setting and location were very peaceful. Alan and Sandra gave us lots of local tips of what was happening during the week so we were able to experience lots of local activities such as a wine festival at the local Château and great places to go for dinner. We’d recommend this place wholeheartedly and would go back for sure.
Pleasant late summer rural stay
We were a group of six adults, who very much enjoyed our stay at Thénac. The house was well equipped, in a lovely rural setting and the owners Alan and Sandra live close by and were always available to offer advice and solve the minor issues we had.The surrounding scenery including the lake was very attractive and we enjoyed visiting local towns of interest.
Rustic accommodation with good outside space and facilities, in quiet part of rural France.
We had a very relaxing stay and the owners were extremely helpful. Family of 6 including adult children looking for peace and quiet but perhaps a little too far away from good local restaurants etc for the young people. Car essential but there are good amenities within 15 minutes drive.
The accommodation is spacious, but quite rustic, and has somewhat idiosyncratic plumbing upstairs. Good sized kitchen with all the necessary appliances. Wi-fi a little unreliable and not available in the house itself. Husband thoroughly enjoyed the access to fishing; cycling challenging but enjoyable for the exercise fanatics in the family and pitch and putt was diverting but watch out for snakes! Pool of a good size but if the weather is very hot (as it was while we were there) some parasols would be a welcome addition to provide shade.
A great find
A wonderful area - picture-postcard scenery with rolling hills, vinyards and woods. The house is part of a small hamlet but very much tucked away.
Alan and Sandra excellent hosts with lots of good suggestions for things to do in the area.
Golf was great fun. Perfect for all standards - and all the more enjoyable for having our private course.
And the fishing - you actually catch fish... big ones!
Les Vachers is 20km south of Bergerac set amongst local vineyards. Bergerac offers low cost flights from a variety of UK airports with Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2. Bordeaux airport is 1 hour away.
A car is essential in this rural area. Bergerac and Ste Foy La Grande are the 2 main market towns. Bergerac has a wine museum on the river front which is well worth a visit and combine that with a boat trip along the Dordogne river. The pretty bastide town of Eymet is also nearby hosting both a weekly market and in the summer months a night market.
Duras with its imposing chateau is only 20 minutes drive and again has a wonderful night market with music and various food stalls.
There is plenty to explore in this beautiful area with canoeing down the Dordogne offering spectacular views.
The famous wine region of St Emilion is only 40 minutes drive away and this picturesque town is well worth a visit.
With so many restaurants in the local area you are spoilt for choice. There are 3 course set lunches from as little as 12 euros per head to the Michelin starred La Tour des Vents at nearby Monbazillac.
Golf: A private 9 hole pitch and putt course is set in the surrounding grounds, with the lake being a water hazard! Most holes are a par three with a couple of par 4s so those kids (and big kids) can play while Mum relaxes by the private pool.
A full range of golf clubs are available for your use during your stay at no extra charge. Ladies clubs, left handed ones and even kiddies clubs are available so no excuses.
Chateau les Vigiers is a golf and leisure complex which is only 7km from Les Vachers. It offers a 18 hole golf course and driving range. There is also a 6 hole academy course. Visitors are welcome and golfers with minimum 36 handicap can play, with clubs, trolleys and electric carts for hire.
The chateau also offers 2 restaurants and a beauty salon.
There are many other courses in the vicinity, the owner can give directions.