John Sanders

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Photos and Description of this Argentat holiday cottage

2 & 2 Bedrooms, 1&1 bathrooms, up to 6 & 4 people

This paradise is set in 40 acres of woods and fields with breathtaking views of the Maronne River Valley and the 12th Century Tours de Merle. These two recently refurbished and independent properties, the Farmhouse (Crozat) and Cottage (Le Four) are ideal for either a large family ( parents in one and kids out of the way in the other) or for two families who want to be together but need space or for young pensioners who can benefit from the glories of spring and autumn ( colours, mushrooms, walnuts and chestnuts on the property ), out of season. Retaining many original features Crozat has two large bedrooms each with 2 single or double beds. New tiled bathroom containing large bath and shower. The ground floor comprises large traditionally furnished sitting room with original working fireplace, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with wood burning stove. Outside are 2 large south facing terraces, one paved, one grassed .The 6m x 12m swimming pool is below the property

Eating Out: Full details of all the local restaurants in the area are contained in the information packs in each property. They range from Chez Viviane (5 car), simple, satisfying and cheap to La Vieille Auberge (5 mins) owned by the local Maire and excellent, to Auberge de St Julien aux Bois (10 mins).also very good. Further afield at Argentat (20 mins) there are 2 first class restaurants, one on the bank of the Dordogne, and for the adventuresome some other hidden gems in the area but a little further afield.

Sightseeing: You can either walk down through the fields and woods or drive the 5 mins to Les Tours de Merle, a 12th Century Feudal Citadel and a national historic monument.Situated on the borders of Le Lot, Auvergne and Limousin and 15 mins from the Dordogne River, there is a huge range of villages, churches,monuments and sights worth visiting. They range from Collonges La Rouge and Beaulieu sur Dordogne and the gorges and dams on the Dordogne River in Correze, to Salers,Puy Mary and the Volcanic Peaks of the Massif Central in Auvergne and treasures such as Conques and the many sights in the Lot. Locally there are a range of magnificent walks in the hidden hills and valleys that surround the property,canoeing, boat excursions and swimming on the Dordogne, horse riding from the local village, rock climbing for those so inclined. But above all the property offers peace and serenity, free from traffic, pollution and noise.

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Details for Le Four 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

This south facing cottage some 50M from the Farmhouse contained the old bread making oven for the farm and has just been refurbished to retain many of the original features. On the first floor are 2 bedrooms reached by a spiral staircase each with 2 single or one double bed and windows facing out over the valley. The new bathroom contains a shower and separate toilet. The living area contains the original working bread oven ( for the enthusiast ) traditional fireplace and separate wood burning stove with a dining area and new fully equipped kitchen. Doors lead out to the terrace with magnificent views of the Maronne Valley and the Tours de Merle. The 6M x 12M pool is below and in full view of the cottage and the large barn with garage space on the first floor with stables below, is above the property.A games room is in a third adjoining building. The whole property is surrounded by 40 acres of fields and woods.
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
John Sanders (Owner)
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About John Sanders

Commisioned from Sandhurst into 10th Gurkha Rifles. Served 25 years all over the world including Malayan Emergency, Borneo, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany, Northern Ireland, finishing as Defence Attach Baghdad. Then became Director of Marketing for British Aerospace and finally a Marketing Consultant.

John Sanders purchased this cottage in 2005

Why John Sanders chose Argentat

My oldest French friend whom I met when he was at St Cyr and I was at Sandhurst came from this area and asked me for 30 years to buy a local property. I finally succombed on retirement largely to get out of my wife's hair a bit. but also because we immediately fell in love with the property which never reached the open market. His French family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters, born in the local Chateau with now 105 grandchildren have provided a huge support mechanism and introduced us to a wide group of French friends. I continue our love affair with France

What makes this cottage unique

A beautiful setting with the peace and tranquility it is so rare to find in our modern world. Totally surrounded by 40 acres giving us complete privacy but kind generous and supportive neighbours. Outstanding walks and always something to do as I cannot sit still.

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Minimum Stay nights
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Le Four
average rating of 2.5 based on 2 reviews
Le Four
+44 (0)1753 662259
Argentat Tulle

Beautiful cottage overlooking castle in valley

  • 4 out of 5
'Le Four' is a picturesque cottage in a peaceful valley overlooking a ruined castle.The cottage was clean and tidy and very well equiped and did not disappoint.The swimming pool and diving board were a great hit with my youngest son.
There are many attractions/chateau/beautiful towns etc, within 30mins of this location.We would recommend the kayaking from Argentat to Beaulieu,just enough rapids to give the 'kids' an adrenalin rush.
We tend to holiday in France every 'other' year and would not hesitate in booking this property or its sister property again .
The 'Riddell's'.
  • Review Submitted: 30/09/2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Le Four
+44 (0)1753 662259
Argentat Tulle

Fabulous view but there is a downside

  • 1 out of 5
Stayed for a week last summer. Very isolated place- 45-60 mins from a town/main road but beautiful spot overlooking Tours de Merle castles. Very peaceful and nice little pool. It is an old farmhouse so you expect the odd mouse and things to be a bit rickety but inside it is a bit tired. Several things didn;t work, the rooms hadn't been properly cleaned ( quantity of mouse droppings in the bedroom etc) and the games room was an old table tennis table covered in guano.

That was tolerable. however the owner is something else. The info you are sent on booking is 7 pages of things to not do and complaints about previous guests. We should have been warned. We spent the morning before we left making sure the house was cleaner than we found it as we were told an old lady was coming to clean and who found it hard to get round. Nevertheless, we were refused our deposit on the grounds that a water bottle had leaked in the fridge and ruined it. We didn't leave a bottle of water in the fridge and we pointed out that even if we had, it wouldn;t have ruined the (very old) fridge. The owner then said we had left the fridge door open when we left and that had ruined it. Again untrue and since his janitor was waiting to go in when we left, even had we left it open he would have closed it withing 5 minutes. Unfortunately there was no reasoning with him. We just came up against one (the first one for us) of the owners who supplements the rental by keeping deposits. Very disappointing and given his background, quite shocking.

So all in all- if you want isolation and peace and quiet, fab spot but beware of the owner.
  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We Have been renting our property for eight years now with repeat customers each year and two couples who thought it so romantic they got engaged there. Most people including ourselves think it is close to paradise. In those eight years we have had two tenants from hell. A Belgian lady and the couple who wrote this review.The 7 year old fridge they broke had to be replaced at a cost of Euros 450 and considering we retained their damages deposit of £200 they got away with it quite lightly. It is the only time we have ever retained a damages deposit.Looking at their review the second sentence sums up the whole reviews inaccuracy. If you look at a local map you will see the property is 5mins from the local village St Cirgues la Loutre with a shop and 12 mins from the nearest town St Privat with all facilities and a main road.Our pool is 12m x 6m which is not exactly "little " I would find it difficult to write seven pages of what not to do and complaints about guests as the majority of our guests are civilised and charming.There is little point in further destroying the review. Suffice it to say that is an unwarranted, vicious and spiteful reaction from a couple who find it diificult to distinguish between fact and fiction and whose actions demonstrate a true meaness of spirit.



Nearest Airport
115 Kilometres
Limoges or Rodez
Nearest Ferry
688 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Train
67 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
46 A20 / E70 Tulle
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
La Belle Epoque
Car: necessary

Close to the borders of the Lot, Dordogne and Cantal (Auvergne), this paradise of peace and tranquillity sits above the 12th Century Tours de Merle, on the Franco British frontier during the 100 years war, in an undiscovered land of hills, woods and secret valleys, a utopia for walkers (the property lies in the centre of a range of magnificent walks), cyclists, equestrian and water enthusiasts. Medieval Chateaux and Churches, some of the most beautiful villages in France, (Collonges la Rouge, Salers amongst others) cultural festivals, canoeing on the Dordogne, some of the best food in France are all within easy reach. The local village St Cirque de Loutre (bread and essentials) is 5 mins by car and the main town 10 mins (all essentials including restaurants). Or you can just chill out and lay by the 6M x 12M pool, forget the tourists, pollution and stresses of modern life and relax in complete privacy and peace except for the sound of the birds, and odd rutting stag

Other Activities: Rock Climbing, Canoeing



Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Argentat, France


  • 25% non refundable deposit on booking. In the event of a non insurable cancellation refunds of the amount paid will be met if the owner is able to relet the property. Balance of the payment 8 weeks before the start of the letting period together with a £200 deposit against breakages or damage. Letting period from 1700hrs on first day and finish at 1000hrs on the last day
  • A 15% reduction is available for those who rent both properties (Crozat and Le Four ) at the same time.
  • For those who rent in spring, autumn and winter (4 Feb to 2 Jul and 3 Sep to 2 Dec ), gas electricity and wood will be charged at cost.At all times telephone and internet charges will be charged as per detailed costs on the France Telecom detailed bill.



Accommodation and facilities for Le Four in Argentat, France

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Internet
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • local restaurant guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The bathroom is completely new and contains a washbasin with large mirror, vanity unit, separate enclosed shower, plenty of hanging hooks and separate WC and entrances from inside and outside the cottage. Instant heating from a electric heater and instant hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed , or large double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , or large double
  • The bedrooms are not over large, but contain bedside tables with lamps and adequate hanging space. Each has a window overlooking the pool and valley. They come fully equipped with pillows, duvets and towels but not sheets and pillowcases except for those people who are flying to France
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Terrace
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • caving
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • cycling
  • fishing
The 6m x 12m swimming pool with security fence and games room would be shared with whoever is in the Farmhouse