3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms large kitchen/diner
- english, french
About Shona Wisedale
left a stressful job as a maths teacher at an academy in Gloucestershire to pursue our dream of a new life in a new country. When we fell in love with La Baronnie we knew the cottage would be perfect for a gite. We hope you love being here as much as we do! We live on site, keep a low profile but are available if required. Equally, if you wish to be private on your holiday, that's fine too, we won't be offended!
Shona Wisedale purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Shona Wisedale chose Castels Et Bézenac
The Dordogne area is just gorgeous with a wealth of history, places to visit and a wonderful climate. We viewed over 30 properties before choosing La Baronnie. Our sunny, south-facing location amongst wooded hills with rocky outcrops is idyllic, with spectacular chateau forts and honey-coloured medieval towns and villages nearby, who could want for more? We love the house and its views, its warm-coloured stone, traditional french windows, shutters and pigeonnier tower, its quirky layout and character, numerous patios, woodland, pool with a view and traditional French cattle-stalls in the gîte.
What makes this Cottage unique
On the south-facing slope of the Dordogne valley, our property benefits from its sunny position, providing a real rural feel yet just minutes from the major tourist sites of the Perigord Noir including the medieval town of Sarlat and the castles of Beynac and Castelnaud and the Chateau des Milandes. Our pretty nearby town of St Cyprien has a vibrant and busy market every Sunday along with a Carrefour supermarket for all of your essential provisions. Our swimming pool area offers wonderful views of the Dordogne valley whilst being private and not overlooked. The Dordogne river, with canoe rental, river beaches and hot-air balloon rides is just minutes away. The nearby Vézère river offers several prehistoric sites around the small town of Les Eyzies. Several excellent restaurants are nearby
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Family Holiday with Teens
Fantastic! Thank you! Shona and Steve were so knowledgeable and helpful. The site was a great space, as was the shared pool.
Thanks Ali! We loved having you all to stay here and glad you had a good time. See you soon !
The gite is very tastefully decorated and retains a lot of original features while still being contemporary. A lot of thought has been given to what guests might want or need and this is one of the best equipped gites we have stayed in. The accommodation is on three levels with steps which would be difficult for anyone with mobility issues or possibly families with young children who want to be close to parents. The twin room is in the loft with a large beam across the middle which is low but adds lovely character.
We usually prefer gites with total privacy as we both work hard and need time away from people but Steve and Shona somehow manage to strike a perfect balance between being friendly and approachable but not in any way intruding. They were helpful and gave us some great advice about suitable activities.
Our boys, age 16 and 8, enjoyed the pool which we had to ourselves most of the time and wifi making a relaxing time for us all. They also enjoyed occasional visits from the hosts cat.
The gite is well situated near to lots the region has to offer but in a slightly less touristy area with beautiful views across the valley.
Overall we would highly recommend this gite as it has lots to offer.
Thanks Jo for your comprehensive and detailed review highlighting what we think are the best bits! We like to make our guests feel welcome and are more than happy to help with planning their holiday, but also letting guests enjoy some peace and quiet. We hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Great family gite, with pool, in good location.
This authentic gite was was clean, well maintained, well equipped with a good layout. Large live in kitchen adjacent to a smaller lounge area with TV. One the first floor there are two good sized bedrooms , one of which is en suite. Both bathrooms have modern shower systems. On the second floor, accessed via a spiral staircase, is twin bedded bedroom. The gite is set in a lovely gardenwith a short stroll to the very private heated swimming pool. Very peaceful location and setting but only a short drive to many of the local attractions and restaurants. Great area for walking, cycling, swimming, chilling by the pool and BBQ’ing. Shona and Steve are great on - site but discreet hosts who have an in-depth knowledge of the local area. They offer a very welcoming and hospitable reception to guests.
Thanks Cathy! A lovely review from lovely guests. We certainly enjoyed your holiday as much as you did. Hopefully next time the weather will be better....
Stunning property for total relaxation
We stayed for a week and booked both the apartment and gite. Both properties are typically French which we loved. They are maintained to a high standard and have everything you need and more. Shona and Steve were fab even providing information on the area before we arrived. Bellinis and local wine on the first evening and the welcome treats in the property were such a lovely touch. The pool is such a bonus for the children to use after a day exploring all the region has to offer. I cannot wait to go back!
Thanks Dawn for your lovely review of both our gîte and apartment! It really was a pleasure having you all to stay and to join in all the celebrations. We look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully next year.
Stunning & Relaxing
We (myself, husband, 2 boys plus Aunt & Uncle) had a wonderful stay here. The gite has everything and more. Shona & Steve are so welcoming but discreet. They had thought of all the little details in the welcome pack. I had no need to worry about breakfast. Pool towels, dishwasher tablets, shower gel, soap etc all provided. The heated pool is beautiful with great views. Plenty of loungers. A very relaxing spot. Our boys loved Shona & Steves cat. The gite is in a perfect location for seeing all the sights and is very close to St Cyprien for shops and restaurants. Would definitely recommend.
Thank you Amanda for your wonderful review! We are certainly in an ideal situation for sightseeing as well as restaurants and shops. We try to make the gîte as welcoming as possible and by thinking of all the little bits that you could possibly need, such as shower gel, olive oil and a bottle of wine! We really hope that you come back and stay here again another time in the not too distant future.
What more could you want?
Warm welcome ,
Enjoyable first evening meal with our hosts.
A place to relax in a very clean gite that provided for all our needs.
Well thought out and maintained facilities / equipment.
We hope to stay again.
Thanks for your review and we are pleased that you enjoyed your dinner as well as your stay with us. We are delighted that the gîte was ideal for your family and we do look forward to seeing you again.