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Michael Patterson

Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french

A spacious family home in a large garden above the Dordogne river

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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A large stone built house at the edge of a village - 2 bedrooms (1 en-suite)

One of a small selection of exclusive private homes - all "Perfect For Two" - please click on 'owners website' button to see full details. This family house is in an exceptional location in the medieval village of Limeuil, with totally private and secure gardens. Set very privately and quietly, in a corner of the ancient village walls with extensive views over the Dordogne valley, the spacious accommodation provides exceptional space - the Master double Bedroom with en-suite Shower-room; and twin/double bedded room with separate Shower Room, enormous Sitting Room with both English and French satellite TV and Radio, DVD and Hi-Fi, large Dining Room, fully equipped Kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, 5-ring gas hob, electric oven, large fridge etc); covered Garden barbecue in the romantically lit Courtyard, and mature gardens with tables, chairs and sun loungers. The house is a private home and therefore fully equipped and furnished - very much a 'home from home'. Facilities include unlimited broadband internet and Wi-Fi, and unlimited free phonecalls to all English-speaking countries worldwide (to landlines only).

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael Patterson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the manager

'.....a beautiful house in this wonderful spot'. GD

'.....a wonderful area, full of amazing sights and experiences.....a week is not long enough, so will be back next year'. K & P

'What a beautiful house in such a pretty village........canoeing on th Dordogne is not strenuous - and enhanced by a picnic on the grassy banks'. R & B
Nov 2007
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based on 11 traveler reviews

A spacious family home in a large garden above the Dordogne river
average rating of 4.818182 based on 12 reviews
Manchester, UK


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Chouette for a week having used another of Michael's properties in Limeuil 2 years ago. This time there were the two of us, our two year old and my sister in law.

We had a perfect stay and the house is better in real life than the pictures indicate. The outside area is fantastic and we pretty much lived out there for the week. The teak dining table under the oak and tile pavilion means that you can eat and then while the evening away over a glass of wine. The terrace gets the sun until it sets and then the very stylish lighting takes over meaning that you can be out there much longer than you'd intended (and possibly starting that second glass!).

The house has a huge amount of space and we barely went into the upstairs lounge with its stunning fireplace. There is a large dining and sitting area on the ground floor with the large and very welll equipped kitchen.

The door from this area to the outside is new this year apparently although you can't tell that it hasn't been there for ever. This has made the outside space much more usable and is a real improvement.

The standard of decoration is very high and we found nothing missing in the kitchen. There's a big gas barbecue outside although we didn't use it. The gardens are extensive and are a lovely shady area to sit in.

Limeuil itself is a great village, well located with 4 restaurants, a glass blower, a couple of bijouterie, a potter, a river beach, canoe hire and no traffic anywhere near La Chouette (although bread and food shopping are a couple of miles away in Le Bugue). The private parking is a real positive although be careful through the arch!

The second shower room downstairs and the access to it do not quite match up to the quality of the rest of the house but this is a very minor point. This is a really lovely house.

We loved our holiday here so much that we've already booked for next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calm, Quality, and French Culture All in One

  • 5 of 5

Limeuil and La Chouette were exactly as advertised, and provided an excellent base for exploring the Dordogne. The house itself was clean and well-cared for; when we had a light switch blow a fuse the local manager and his wife were on the scene shortly after to take care of the problem.

Those planning to use the guest bedroom should be aware that the bathroom is on a lower level - not a problem for the guest accompanying us.

The book giving introduction to the house and the village/surrounding area is very complete, and the guest comment book is also a great resource for sights, restaurants, etc.

We hope that others will enjoy their stay at La Chouette as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Healdsburg, CA

Charming Home and Village in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This home was very comfortable and full of charm. We wanted to rent a place which reflected the charm of a french village and this place did that. Very warm and inviting setting, People of the town and area very friendly and helpful. Well located for taking day trips out into the area, as well as, for just spending time around the village. Relaxing and places to walk right outside your door. There is a beautiful park at the base of the hill on the rivers' edge with a restaurant, cafe, and small town market, loved sitting there having a beer and enjoying the scenery.

The home was well equipped with cooking ware, books, and music. This is by far one of my favorite places to have stayed and would return here without any hesitation. The home has a booklet which provides useful information about the local markets, wine shops, restaurants etc. The booking and arrangements were all what was said to be. Thank you much to the owners and managers we had a wonderful stay at 'La Chouette'.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great Review to open our 2012 season - thank you Evans! . . . so pleased that you enjoyed the charm of 'La Chouette', and also the village itself, with its incredible setting alongside the Dordogne river. I notice that you didn't mention any of your really interesting restaurant finds, something that the French themselves come here for - but maybe these are secret?! . . . . .
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  • 4 of 5

Limeuil is surprising - not pretty in the normal sense, but full of character, and its situation, overlooking the two rivers, with their elegant bridges spanning them almost at right angles, makes it special. We crossed the bridges on foot late one sunny afternoon, and the view over the water of the village tumbling down its hill was stunning.

Just as stunning was a different view one night as we walked back to the house along the grassy path leading to its front gate. They say that city dwellers no longer see stars in the night sky because of light pollution. Living in Greater London, we would beg to differ; but London's stars just could not compare with the stars that we saw from La Chouette. The heavens were ablaze. Just lift your eyes above the rooftops when you are there.

We ate at two of the local restaurants during our stay. As Michael says, Au Bon Acceuil is to be warmly recommended. We went three times, including on our first and last evenings, and were made to feel at home each time. The food was splendid too. The other "village" meal was a lunch at the brasserie down by the river. It wasn't bad, but don't bother with the crepes.

The weather was changeable and it was early in the year, so we did not get to enjoy the gardens or the barbecue. We had hoped that the gardens would give a view onto the rivers but were mistaken on this; although the view across the valley is fine, the house standing effectively on a cliff edge - as can be seen from one of the photos. In the valley is a smallholding of sorts where we found an interesting collection of fowl, including an especially grand turkey, which grumpily responded to our mimicking of him.

Whilst parking in the village squares - there are two in Limeuil Haut, of which the smaller is some 200 yards (even in France we think in yards) from the house - was generally fine, Easter Sunday fell in the middle of our stay and parking was at a premium on account of the service at the village church just above the second square. It doesn't take long to think like the French in these matters, but initially finding a spare spot for la voiture might be a challenge at such times. The church bell also proved a good substitute for an alarm clock.

The house itself is quirky, as might be expected, but clean, well equipped and homely. We found the beds comfortable and the water hot. We appreciated the central heating and Michael's helpful attitude. We recommend it.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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Lovely spot in a very pretty village

  • 4 of 5

Limeuil is a lovely village and the house is tucked away in a quiet spot with no passing traffic (except the occasional tourist on foot). The house is very spacious and has lovely views from the terrace in particular. The website photos don't do justice to the position - stepping up to the front door and looking out across the valley below is sensational and impossible to capture in a two dimensional photo (we tried and failed). The house has everything you could need. The heating was slightly erratic when we were there but still functioned. It would be a perfect spot from which to explore and enjoy the Dordogne in Spring, Summer or Autumn. The village is not overly endowed with shops for supplies and the boulangerie is closed at the moment. That said, a quick trip to Le Bugue and there is a fantastic bakery, a very extensive produce market and most other shops you could want - including a great wine shop Julien de Savignac opposite the bakery, as well as a number of supermarkets. As noted by others, there are several restaurants in the village, including Au Bon Accueil which is a short amble away and good value. Slightly further afield there are good restaurants in Tremolat as well.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
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Seeing is believing!

  • 5 of 5

When we first read the description of the house and it's location we thought that it could not be true - there had to be a catch somewhere!

Nothing could be further from the truth! Both the house and the location lived up to the description on this website and in many ways exceeded our expectations, especially in terms of space, the peace & quiet, and (very important for us) - privacy. We really looked forward to returning to "our own" little haven after a busy day of sightseeing - and the village of Limeuil is not only a delight to discover on foot, it is ideally located for anyone who wishes to discover the Dordogne for the first time . . . . yes it's true, in this case you can really believe what you read in the description!

And congratulations too!! we really found the text on the website and in the documentation we were sent very clear, precise, and invaluable.

You know that you are really buying a holiday "blind" when you use a website, and this was the first time we have travelled with no apprehension whatever about our accommodation. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for making a very important point for holiday visitors, Alan. Bookers are required to send payment off to somebody they have never met, on complete trust. I am pleased that you found both the information on this website, and the detailed documentation that we sent you, to be "clear, precise, and invaluable" so that you had no apprehensions as you travelled here - and that you actually found that 'La Chouette' exceeded your expectations. This is just what we want to hear!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
In the village
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Le Buisson
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
A89 intersection, Périgueux
Nearest Restaurant
At the end of the path!
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

The house is within walking distance of excellent village facilities, including 4 restaurants and a bar overlooking the incredible meeting point of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. Here is the perfect location for swimming, and also the start point for canoe hire; also pony trekking starts just a short distance away. Small shops include a small general store, and many skilled craftsmen (including a silversmith, glassblower, potter and a brewer!). A short drive takes you to the nearest town (Le Bugue) which offers several supermarkets, banks, shops, and one of the best local weekly produce markets for which the region is famous.

Also within easy driving is the whole range of attractions and activities of Dordogne including caves, great castles, water parks, aquarium, activity centres for prehistory and traditional crafts, troglodyte settlements, all set amongst stunning countryside, rich in wildlife.

Restaurants to suit all budgets abound in this area - the ideal family holiday!

Other Activities: canoeing; ballooning


Rates & Availability

Limeuil House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Autumn - 2 people
Sep 25 2016 - Nov 5 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Spring - 2 people
Apr 1 2017 - May 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017 - 2 people
May 7 2017 - Sep 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $195
Pet Fee $13

The rent includes all linen and towels, gas, electricity, and local taxes. Central heating costs, if requested, will be charged in addition to the rental.
The rental for 3 or 4 people is £650 per week in Spring and Autumn - £750 in 'Summer' - sorry that this HomeAway website does not enable us to show this in the above prices.
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Limeuil House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , These 2 beds can be made up as a Kingsize Double if required
  • Bedroom Two can be booked either as one or two Single beds, or as one large Double.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
The gardens are an exceptional feature of this property, particularly for a medieval village location. They are totally secure, being stone walled and gated, well away from any traffic, and also completely private, well distanced from neighbours. Parking is easy - without charge or limit on the nearby square; or on an adjacent private parking area with limited access.

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