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Helen & James Gray

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french

Rural Retreat - Heated Pool - TV - WIFI - Badminton/Boules - Games Room - Pets

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Perigord Vert Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Pretty period detached cottage with three double bedrooms (sleeps 6 (7)

C18th stone cottage with a large garden, terraces and BBQ. Ideal for all the family with exclusive use of 13 metre heated swimming pool (Ultra Violet cleaning System), paddling area for small children and a pool tower with WFI and kitchenette. Floodlit badminton court and separate boules court, games room with table tennis and games table, basketball hoop and goal post; five bicycles (2 adult and 3 children's of various sizes and a child's seat on request).

The drawing room has original period features - an old stone sink and fire place with a door leading to an east facing terrace with table and chairs.

Bedroom 2 - on the ground floor has two single beds and an adjoining walk in shower with lavatory, vanity unit with basin and bidet.

Bedrooms 1 and 3 are upstairs.

Bedroom 2 & 3 have two single beds in each

Bedroom 1 is the Master Bedroom and has a kings size bed. A balcony and steps lead to the garden and pool.

There is a landing upstairs with additional seating which could easily be made available for another bed (on request) and there is a cot in bedroom 3. There is a portable stair gate and high chair.

The bathroom on the first floor has a bath (with shower head), lavatory and wash basin.

The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge and separate freezer, gas oven, microwave; washing machine and dishwasher.

There are five acres of well maintained gardens and a labelled arboretum with specimen trees; a small meadow garden and a wildlife pond with Koi Carp and a terrapin who has the habit of wandering down to lower garden area!

* if you would like additional accommodation we can make Le Pigeonnier available for you provided but ONLY as a single party, otherwise this is not let out during the High Season.

Le Pigeonnier can sleep four. A double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a second bedroom with two single beds (situated on the top floor) but does not have its own separate facilities.

It has a fully fitted kitchen and living room with TV (French and English) See our personal website for additional pictures, prices and further details. or


ART LESSONS - can be arranged for adults and children.

CANOEING - there are several places in the area but the nearest is at Riberac(15km).

FISHING - Fishing lakes at Vendoire (10km) - permits are available and tackle can be hired

GOLF - there is a picturesque 9 hole golf course at Pillac (20km) and clubs can be hired there or ask us as we have some.

HORSE RIDING - lessons in Verteillac (8km)

TENNIS - there is a free tennis court at St Martial-Viveyrol (4 km).

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Helen & James Gray (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Helen & James Gray

We are a retired couple - James previously worked in the City (London) and Helen in a GP surgery as a psychotherapist. We have two sons and one grandson. Besides the latter, our passion is gardening and we are always seeking new ways to develop the different areas of the garden at Petites Cotes. Our chief desire is to give our guests pleasure as well as relaxation in the beautiful surroundings of Perigord Vert. We spend time in both London and France. We are members of a book, history and gardening club and attend the local English speaking church in France. We love eating out especially as there are many inexpensive restaurants in the area.

Helen & James Gray purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Helen & James Gray chose Perigord Vert

This property offers almost everything for complete relaxation - for art, wildlife and garden lovers (see below for further details)

What makes this cottage unique

A heated swimming pool, unique pool tower with WFI and small kitchen plus changing area and a paddling pool for little ones and a safe garden/wood for children to explore. An arboretum with specimen trees - a wild garden with many different Perigord Orchids in Spring - an Iris Garden - Wildlife Pond stocked with fish and a resident terrapin to name a few of the unique benefits we offer.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Rural Retreat - Heated Pool - TV - WIFI - Badminton/Boules - Games Room - Pets
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful cottage with excellent facilities

  • 5 of 5

La Petite Maison delivered absolutely everything it promised to.

The cottage was full of character, felt very spacious and was a home from home. The pool area was huge and sunny and the pool was probably the largest and best we have had on a holiday. It was so peaceful lying by or swimming in the pool but we also loved being able to play badminton, table tennis and use the basket ball hoop. We used the BBQ several times and loved the many outside tables to eat at depending on the time of day and the weather. The gardens were spectacular and vast and our children and dogs enjoyed the space and freedom.

The area around La Petite Maison was absolutely stunning and we saw hardly any other tourists which was a big plus point for us. Verteillac, only a 5 minute drive away, had everything we needed. A very well stocked general store, great butchers, amazing bakery and a really lovely bar/restaurant that we ate at several times. We also managed to fit in Kayaking twice during our stay which was inexpensive, local and great fun.

Helen and James the owners were an absolute pleasure to meet and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. They were next door if we needed them but never intruded and we had a week of really special family time. We would return to La Petite Maison in a heartbeat and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Thank you Helen and James xx

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your really positive review (and apologies for not having responded sooner....I know I should have done before!). It is very helpful for us to have feedback from people (particularly families) who stay in La Petite Maison. I also like the way you said "next door" you being in the 300 year old cottage where the family would almost certainly have slept and us being in the barn house which was for the animals! Please do come back it was a pleasure.
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A most perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Everything that has been said in previous reviews over the years is genuine, the descriptions are heartfelt. Petites Cotes welcomes guests with open arms like a soft blanket: the house, the beautiful garden and wider environment, and owners Helen and James are truly unforgettable. The private pool was important to us and is fabulous, clean and well-maintained. There is a good combination of shade and sun in the beautiful garden. Our labrador was safe and made welcome. Wifi was also important and it worked better than BT... Like others, we were torn between staying put the whole holiday or visiting the area, but there are some lovely towns to see within a 45 minute drive and combining these visits with a meal or a market worked well for us. Our 14 year old daughter was very happy here. We were so sorry to only have had one week here and would highly recommend this property. Thanks and fond wishes 🌸

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing your comments about both Petites Cotes and us......we do appreciate this kind of response and hope that it may encourage others to come here and we look forward to seeing you again!
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A beautiful cottage in rural France

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous quiet rural family holiday! We had two great weeks staying in the Perigord at La Petite Maison, for the first week there were six of us staying and in the second week just my wife and I and our two teenage daughters. The facilities are excellent, with the pool being a particular highlight - it is one of the largest and best kept pools we have ever had exclusive use of on holiday.

Helen and James are perfect hosts - around when needed but otherwise leaving you to your privacy. The local town Verteillac is very friendly and picturesque and has some great restaurants and bars. If you like cycling, there are miles and miles of undulating hills and quiet roads to get around. Weather was pretty good for most of our two weeks, some rain but mostly warm and sunny.

All in a all a great holiday and a fantastic place to stay if you like rural France.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review and for what you said about the pool. We think so too!! We appreciated your kind words and that you enjoyed your stay at Petites Cotes - perhaps you may come again! Warmest wishes Helen and James
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Lovely house in a peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely two weeks at La Petite Maison. The house is very comfortable and homely and we settled in straight away. James and Helen are lovely hosts and are on hand if you need them, but otherwise are only to be seen pottering around the garden (probably doing a little more than pottering, as the gardens are beautifully kept and attract butterflies, bees, lizards, deer etc.) The pool area is fantastic with plenty of sun beds and our youngest loved the paddling area.

Verteillac is about 10 minutes down the road and has plenty of restaurants to choose from and some great local shops. The surrounding countryside is very picturesque with sleepy villages and fantastic scenery. Nearby is the lovely, bustling town of Brantome, with some great restaurants and is one of the many places where you can hire a canoe or rowing boat and spend a couple of hours on the river. The kids loved the caves and various prehistoric sites dotted around the area.

If you're looking for a beautiful, peaceful place to stay in a less touristy area of Perigord, but within reach of some great attractions and historic sites, then you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very kind review that you submitted last August and for leaving the floating badminton net for the pool which was used by us and other guests! We were so please that you had a happy time with us, which is what we are there for..... Hope to see you at Petites Cotes again. Warmest wishes - Helen and James
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Pretty cottage, lovely location, great facilities

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this cottage - it really is a rural retreat where you can escape from the stresses of everyday life. The swimming facilities are outstanding; immaculately kept and very attractive. Our children also thoroughly enjoyed using the badminton court. James and Helen are great hosts - knowledgeable about the area, friendly and helpful without ever being intrusive. An added bonus was the gorgeous sunflowers that line the entrance to the property and the stunning sunsets! Local facilities in Vertaillac were more than adequate and we also enjoyed a couple of weekend markets. A car is essential at this property and we used ours most days to visit attractions slightly further afield, of which there are quite a few. A favourite was a medieval fayre in a neighbouring town. We took children ranging in age from 17 down to 8 and there was something for everyone. A lovely holiday, thank you.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful property in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in 2012 and had a very happy family holiday and our children (early teens) were glad to return in 2013.

This time was even better as we had more time to explore the environs as well as relax in the pool and the lovely gardens. There was lots of interesting wildlife (butterflies, lizards, red squirrels and much more) and the local facilities had charm and met our needs perfectly. Helen & James are delightful hosts, who balanced our privacy with attentive interest perfectly. There is plenty to do without the need to go further afield and yet we found a range of interesting options nearby without a long car journey. The cottage was charming, clean and welcoming and we made full use of the table tennis and badminton as well as the exceptional pool. We have stayed in a few properties in different parts of France over the years and for family holidays this is our favourite.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Bergerac (1 hour)
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
St Martial-Viveyrol - 4 minutes
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Caen (roughly 5 hours)
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Pillac (9 hole) 20 - 25 minutes
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Angouleme - TGV from Lille or Paris - 40 minutes
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
A 10 Angouleme - 40 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Tourbieres at Vendoire
Nearest Ski
266 Kilometres
Mont Dore 3h 25 minutes
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Riverside beach 20 minutes - Atlantic 2 hours
Car: necessary

Perigord Vert is known as the most unspoiled part of the Dordogne being a paradise for country life lovers and an inspiration for artists. Verteillac, the nearest town is 8 minutes by car and buzzes all the year round. It has almost all amenities - baker, bank, bars, butcher, chemist, hairdresser, newsagent, post office, restaurants and boasts the 'best general store' in the Dordogne selling everything from groceries to furniture.There is a weekly Saturday market and the area has numerous, reasonably priced restaurants.There is a lovely sandy riverside beach at Aubeterre which is within easy reach of the domaine plus nearby fishing, horse riding, tennis, walking, canoeing, golfing, medieval towns, Romaneque churches, prehistoric caves - to name just a few! Within an hours' drive is the Dordogne Valley and the wine regions of Bergerac and Pecharmant. Bordeaux, St Emillion and Pommerol are a little further away. There is an English speaking church at Bertric Buree with weekly services

Other Activities: There is also a children's mini clock golf course and canoeing nearby.

Golf: Golf clubs can be hired at Pillac - 9 hole course - 20 minutes by car

Ski: There is skiing at Le Mont - Dore (3h 25mins)


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 22 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $327

PLEASE NOTE: Both the Booking Form (which should be sent to the owner electronically or by post together with the deposit) and Conditions should be viewed and approved on,uk or

Please ask the owner for Le Pigeonnier rates - only let out in conjunction with La Petite Maison - but can be let as a single unit without use of the swimming pool as this is exclusive to LPM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Perigord Vert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 125 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • SHOWER ROOM - toilet , shower , bidet , Situated on the ground floor next to the main bedroom
    BATHROOM - toilet , combination tub/shower , Situated on the first floor
  • The fully tiled shower room is on the ground floor and the bathroom with bath upstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • BEDROOM (1) - 2 twin/ single , Ground floor access
    BEDROOM (2) - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Upstairs room
    BEDROOM (3) MAIN - 1 queen , Main bedroom - Doors leading to balcony and steps to pool
  • The accommodation is normally for six people and there is a cot in bedroom 2. An additional mattress could be provided either for the seating area (on the landing upstairs) or in one of the bedrooms. Bedroom 1 on the ground floor has an adjoining shower room making it accessible for persons with mobility problems. There is additional accommodation in Le Pigeonnier (to the west of the property) for family or friends and sleeps 4. See for photos and prices.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 20 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
EXCLUSIVE use of heated swimming pool A football goal and a basket ball net with ball WI FI. French and English TV is available. (Sky at Le Calice in Verteillac). It is most important for the maintanence of the highest standards that owners of visiting pets collect any litter and dispose of it hygienically and do not allow their pets to roam around unsupervised or go into the pond.

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