4 Bed, 3 Bathrooms Sleeps 8/9
Tim and Glen
About Tim and Glen
We are retired history teachers. Our family home is in London and we have spent many years enjoying holidays in France with our three sons. We particularly liked the freedom that Gite holidays offered in the Dordogne region; hot summers, beautiful countryside, varied activities for all ages and many picturesque towns and villages to visit and sample the local cuisine.
Tim and Glen purchased this Farmhouse in 2013
Why Tim and Glen chose St-Cernin-de-l'Herm
Immediately fell in love with the place - it's setting, which is peaceful, tranquil and conducive to complete relaxation. Though retired we both wanted a bit of a project.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Spacious, not overlooked yet not isolated with fabulous views. A five minute drive to all the local amenities in Villefranche du Perigord. A perfect location for exploring the surrounding countryside, visiting local bastide towns and villages such as Monpazier, Domme and the famous tourist attraction, Sarlat. For less energetic days relax by the pool, snooze in the hammock, enjoy a glass of wine in the evening on the terrace and watch the deer come to graze on your own private meadow.
Pool / Spa
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Idyllic, peaceful and a real home from home
Our journey to Le Ruscoux Haut had taken much longer than expected and to be met by the warm and friendly Tim and Glen was just lovely.
You are no more than a fifteen minute drive from the quaint and beautiful Monpazier and the house is tucked away in a glorious position, away from any noise other than the sound of the birds and other wildlife. Peaceful is an understatement and if a house can look even better than it does from the photos online, then any new visitor will be very pleasantly surprised.
Glen and Tim have gone out of their way to make the house as homely as possible and it was spotless when we arrived. The welcome basket, along with the wine, beer and water in the fridge was very much appreciated and gives an indication of what a thoughtful couple they are. They are close by if you need them but completely unintrusive otherwise.
The house is spacious and extremely comfortable and all of us found the beds to be just perfect, with lovely clean bedlinen. We were blessed with fantastic weather and the bonus of staying in a old stone property is that the rooms stayed wonderfully cool in both the day and the evenings. All windows had shutters and mosquito screens, which meant that we were able to leave them open at nightime in order to enjoy a cool breeze.
The spacious outside covered area, close to the pool, was so pretty decorated with fairy lights and was just perfect to sit under in the heat of the day or later in the evenings, relaxing having suppper and listening to the sounds of the night.
We cannot recommend the property more highly and would not hesitate in coming back to stay. Many thanks once again Tim and Glen for a wonderful week.
Allie, Matt, Freddie and Lewis
Lovely peaceful house, with superb shaded eating/relaxing area
Just back from a great week at Ruscoux Haut. 7 in the group (5 adults and our 2 children). House had everything we could want, lovely quiet location, with the best outside eating/relaxing area that we have had at any of our holidays. The shaded terrace is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just sitting about relaxing. Daytime temperatures were in the 30s for almost all of the week and although Tim & Glen offered a couple of fans for us we found that the house stayed very cool anyway both during the day and night. Nice heated pool, which our girls enjoyed well into the evening. House is beautifully decorated, all bedrooms of a good size, comfortable beds, and ample hot water on demand. Although in a very quiet location the house is perfectly placed for trips out to the various Dordogne places of interest. We only scratched the surface as far as things to do in the area (struggled to get our girls away from the pool) however would particularly recommend a visit to Monpazier on Market day (Thursdays). Had a great meal there at Restaurant Privilege du Perigord (they squeezed us in on the day for lunch, however have heard that it may be best to book). Tim & Glen were lovely and helpful, and they stay in the adjacent house. As mentioned in previous reviews they are on hand if you need anything however they respect your privacy so you do feel that you have the place to yourself. Would highly recommend the house, thank you Tim & Glen for a lovely week, would hope to come back in the future.
This could be an amazing place, could...
It was incredibly hot when we arrived at the beginning of August and we were panicking that we should never have booked a house without air-conditioning. I had been assured by Tim beforehand that yes it does get hot but the stone house keeps cool in the Summer if you keep shutters closed etc. On arrival Tim and Glen warmly welcomed us and were eager to show us around. Unfortunately on entry to the house we were hit by a wall of heat that met all our pre-holiday fears and some. Going upstairs it got even hotter and we knew this wasn’t going to be the best start. I asked for a fan, they said we only have one and it’s noisy. Great. 4 bedrooms, 7 people, 1 noisy fan, how is that possibly going to help?! It was absolutely stifling by day and night particularly for the first few days and was very difficult to sleep. Just from this we would never return. Also, no blinds on the bedroom or bathroom windows except one was very uncomfortable especially with their house so very close. A number of us are light sensitive too so just as well we brought eye masks. Also the Wi-Fi is absolutely shocking. If you own a business as we do we need to stay connected and it proved very difficult even when only one person was online. On a more positive note, the house itself was lovely, location quiet and beautiful, great pool (although the pool alarm resetting itself every 10 minutes is loud and spoils the peace - I understand this is a requirement but it is a shame) and the house is tastefully decorated. Comfortable beds. Facilities were good although a few things are starting to see age and need replacing. The kitchen sink tap was very loose and badly designed for example and the worktop around it is all bubbling up. I know it has been an exceptional summer but these temperatures are not uncommon in this area. Maybe if they couldn’t fit air conditioning surely they could have had some portable air-con units. We would have very easily paid to rent them!!! Lovely people but sadly we wouldn’t return and it is a real shame that they didn’t email us after our stay to ask for our feedback. It could very easily be a fantastic property.
We would like to thank Jane for the many positive points she makes, which are much appreciated. However, we are sorry she was disappointed with some aspects of her stay.
Regarding the lack of air-conditioning, it is very clear in the details/facilities on the website that the house is not air-conditioned and the question was not raised during the booking process. One week prior to the start of the holiday we received an email expressing concern about the high temperatures that were being predicted. We did try to reassure her that French stone houses in fact remain relatively cool, even in high temperatures.
On arrival we did provide her with a fan and would have supplied more, but she stated quite clearly that the rest of the party had brought fans with them.
In fact, Jane’s husband actually declared at the time that the temperature was perfect for him. After Meet and Greet we urged the group to let us know immediately if there were any problems or if there was anything else they required. We did check in the morning to ensure that all was well and the feedback was most positive. In fact Jane’s husband assured us that everything was absolutely fine and that he had not heard the fan and slept extremely well. Another member of the party agreed that there were no problems and that she had also slept very soundly.
With respect to the issue of 'light sensitivity', the design of the windows does not permit the fitting of blind/blackouts; we have shutters, as do most French houses. These are very effective, if used appropriately, to keep the heat and light out during the day.
The WiFi is perfectly adequate for normal communication, and indeed streaming. Let's remember this is rural France! There were, however, some thunderstorms mid-week and it is possible that these disrupted phone lines for short periods.
Yes, Jane is absolutely right, a pool alarm is essential for child safety and indeed a legal requirement.
We agree that it is a lovely house and a fantastic place which we think offers good value. Nevertheless there is always scope for improvement. Feedback from our guests is most welcome and whenever possible we try to incorporate their suggestions in our future planning
Perfect accomodation, wonderful location, superb hosts, highly recommended
We spent one week in this accommodation and loved every minute. Went with our 2 daughters, 2 sons in law and three grandchildren who all loved it, especially the pool which was perfect, shaded terrace excellent for watching the children in the pool and enjoying the marvelous views, saw deer in the grounds. Owners were so helpful and there was everything you could wish for in the villa. Would go again definitely and cannot recommend it highly enough. Very isolated but this added to the charm, Monpazier is the nearest town and is perfect - like stepping back in time. Wonderful holiday.
A lovely house set in very large grounds, which are visited by the local wild life at dusk and dawn such as deer. The pool is kept beautifully clean by Tim and is at a constant temperature of 29c. The covered dining area is fantastic and we spent most of our non sun bathing time there , just reading and chilling out. In the evening it is great for a BBQ dinner. The house has all the amenities that you would need for a great two week holiday.
If you like walking and/or cycling then this is a great base as it is as quiet as it gets traffic wise, three cars a day pass the entrance gates, which are about 300 metres from the house.
Tim and Glen are on hand to help if you need it, but otherwise you don't see them. They are charming and very happy couple who love to have people share their piece of the Dordogne.
A rural retreat
We have just returned from two gloriously sunny weeks at Ruscoux Haut. The gite is approached by an impressively long drive which cuts through the property's hugely extensive grassy area, enclosed by woodland. The gite is a spacious home from home with plenty of seating. We actually ate all our meals outside because the dining area under the covered terrace was so inviting, giving us welcome shade from the sun. We were able to watch deer in the late evening and saw plenty of other wildlife.
We found lovely chateaux and gardens to visit not too far away, plus French markets, but were also completely contented to stay at the gite, just enjoying time by the pool and going for walks. The hammock was quite a revelation - who could have guessed how comfortable it is!!!!
Tim and Glen were very friendly and helpful, whilst respecting our privacy. We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.