|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
La Grange at Le Clos du Comte is a beautifully converted stone barn, originally dating from 1848, and is located in Mas de Cause, a hamlet about 2 km above the village of Daglan. Being high on the hills, it’s cooler in summer and warmer in winter than many of the villages in the valleys.
La Grange comprises a large living area, a big fully-fitted kitchen with dining area, 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, a separate shower room and a separate toilet. There are two bedrooms with double beds (one king size, one standard), and each has an en suite bathroom (shower, basin and toilet). The third bedroom has two single beds (which can be pushed together to make a 180 cm bed) and an en suite bathroom; the fourth bedroom has two single beds and use of a separate fourth shower and toilet. Each of the two largest bedrooms has plenty of room for a cot.
All the accommodation is on the ground floor. The kitchen/dining area, living room and the largest bedroom are all wheelchair accessible.
The building still has much of the character of the original barn. The door to the living area is in the huge archway built to take a horse and cart. There are two very attractive double stone lintels in the kitchen and one in a bedroom; these were, apparently, a rather ostentatious sign of the farm’s wealth at the time when the barn was built. The aim of the conversion was to keep these features while providing all the modern conveniences that you expect. We have tried our best to make our guests as comfortable as possible, right down to the crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels.
At the front, the barn looks out over a fragrant courtyard, filled with roses, lavender and jasmine. At the back there is a lovely terrace with a big sunblind when needed, with a view over a field and coppice towards a walnut grove.
There is a 12m x 5m heated pool for summer, and underfloor heating in winter.
The estate of Le Clos du Comte is truly idyllic. It sits on 18 hectares (approximately 45 acres) of unspoiled, utterly tranquil forest and pasture. Almost the only sounds you’ll hear are birdsong, or the chirping of the crickets on a summer’s day. Almost the only light you’ll see at night will come from the moon or the stars. It’s a nature lover and stargazer’s paradise.
The property teems with wildlife year-round. In September and October, during and after rutting season, the red deer stags converge behind our house with their harems to battle it out and, when the fighting is over, to graze. Roe deer can be seen any time – and frequently make a nuisance of themselves in the garden! The wild boar are most visible on winter evenings, when they’ll emerge from the forest to eat any walnuts left over in the groves. Spring and summer are the time for birds. Last year, we had kestrels nesting in a niche next to our bedroom window, and the courtyard was selected as home by black redstarts, swifts, blue tits and sparrows. In summer, the hawks soar on the thermals, and we see or hear blackbirds, robins, cuckoos, hoopoes, owls, woodpeckers, finches, nuthatches, wrens …… I could go on. In spring and autumn, we’re right under the migration route of the cranes. And there are butterflies everywhere.
The local region is known for its wealth of history, and Le Clos du Comte has its own history, too. During renovation work, we have found fossilised figs and a boar tusk. The land has clearly been worked for millennia – we’ve also dug up a variety of prehistoric stone tools. The farmhouse, which dates from before the French Revolution, was originally a convent with its own chapel. At some point, the property became a farm, producing wine; it stayed that way for centuries, and our reception is in the original “chai” (winery). During World War II, the wine became the subject of dispute between the occupiers and the Resistance, the then-owners fled, and the forests were taken over by the Maquis. Nowadays, the land peacefully produces walnuts and hay.
Activities are too numerous to mention. You can start by exploring in the privacy of the estate. There are a couple of walking paths, but there’s nothing to stop you from wandering across the fields or into the forests. Locally, Daglan is a very pretty village, with a general store, a butcher/traiteur/chef who produces his own takeaway dishes, a bakery, and a variety of artisanal shops and activities. The village is becoming quite the artistic colony, with the recent addition of a sculptor. The church is worth a visit, and there is a market on Sunday mornings.
Within 25 km, there are the chateaux of Castelnaud, with its military museum, Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Milandes (once home to the American-born dancer and singer Josephine Baker), and Marqueyssac , with its hanging gardens of topiary. The village of Domme has wonderful views over the river Dordogne. The medieval town of Sarlat-la-Caneda has been beautifully restored, and much of it is pedestrian only. A bit further afield, there are the caves at Lascaux, and the town of Rocamadour, which clings to the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne.
If you’re feeling energetic, you can swim in the warm pool, or in our local river, the Céou, play tennis in the village, canoe, go horse riding or fishing, or play golf on one of several local courses. Hot air ballooning is a popular local activity, and we frequently see balloons floating over on calm evenings. If you’re feeling lazy, you can read a book in the peace and shade of one of the walnut groves.
We know that we are privileged to live in such a wonderful place, and we love to share its peace and beauty. Come and see for yourselves, and we hope you’ll agree that Le Clos du Comte is truly wonderful!
La Grange is a beautiful barn conversion just outside of a very picturesque historic village of Daglan. Our family, two adults and two children (ages one and four) stayed for a week at the start of July. It was a really lovely and relaxing holiday, not least because the barn had everything we needed (including super coffee machine, comfy beds, kitchenware, high chair, cot etc.), but generally it was equipped to an exacting standard. There are stunning views from every angle, and the heated pool was perfect after a day of sightseeing. Elizabeth and Steve were incredibly welcoming; they provided us with recommendations and even helped us book a lovely restaurant.
Daglan is a great little village – so pretty! It has a convenience store for items which we forgot at the main supermarket, nice restaurants, bakery, weekly market (on a Sunday) and café. It does have narrow streets, so if you have a larger than average car it might be worth parking on some of the outer streets.
Further afield there is Domme with its underground caves and Sarlat which are well worth a visit. There are in fact so many things to do/see there, that a week is not nearly enough. There are some amazing castles nearby which are a must – including Chateau de Beynac and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. We also spent a lovely lunch and afternoon in La Roque Gageac, which is nothing less than stunning.
Great holiday and we would definitely recommend this to our friends.
Wow! what a fantastic holiday.
We all had a wonderful two weeks in the beautifully converted barn, restored to a very high and caring standard by the owners, Steve and Elizabeth. Situated in a small hamlet, close to the charming village of Daglan, the accommodation boasted tranquil views across the valley. Perfect space for our family of four adults and four teenagers - an amazing heated pool which they absolutely loved and hated leaving.
The location is very convenient for sightseeing with nearby chateaux, pretty villages, historic Sarlat and the River Dordogne with all it has to offer.
We arrived mid evening after a very long, hot drive and were greeted by Steve and Elizabeth who kindly opened the pool for a swim. Nothing was too much trouble. If you needed a doctor yes ..... we did that too !! with Elizabeth's help, it was soon sorted.
They offered us help and advice throughout our stay, were happy to make restaurant bookings for us ( a favourite being LEole Restaurant Pizzeria at nearby Saint Cybranet) and if we had a query or problem they were quick to put it right.
All in all, we found a real gem in the Dordogne.
We had a fantastic time at this remodeled barn in Daglan. The place is impeccable and so tastefully furnished, we wanted to stay for a long time. Steve and Elizabeth were generous hosts and were extremely helpful about directing us to sites around the area, even calling up various places to find out their hours, etc. The pool and grounds are gorgeous.
A note for Americans, if you decide to stay in a "gite" such as this, there are a few conventions you may not be expecting: first, be prepared to bring a check with you for a deposit; also, the house does not come with some of the items (such as cooking oil, garbage bags, extra toilet paper or hand soap) that you might find in a VRBO in the US; and lastly, that you will be expected to clean the house thoroughly before you leave. These did not detract from our stay, but we would have benefited from knowing in advance.
We would definitely recommend staying here and hope to return to it ourselves one day.
Nous avons passé un séjour idéal chez Elizabeth et Steve.
La propriété est magnifique, bien au delà de ce que les photographies peuvent montrer : la grange est superbe, d'une propreté irréprochable, meublée avec goût. Les chambres et les sanitaires ont des prestations (literies, draps, couettes, serviettes de toilettes et de bain) haut de gamme. Elizabeth et Steve sont des propriétaires charmants : sympathiques, disponibles tout en étant discrets.
La piscine est immense, idéalement chauffée et entretenue au quotidien par Steve, donc d'une grande propreté.
Les extérieurs sont superbes : bien entretenus, fleuris, le matin nous avons vu passer près de la terrasse, un renard et un faon...
La propriété est idéalement située, proche de tous les lieux à visiter dans le Périgord noir : Sarlat, Domme, Montignac et la grotte de Lascaux, la Roque-Gageac...De plus les propriétaires ont à cœur de nous conseiller, les plus belles visites et ballades.
Que dire d'autre de cette semaine si ce n'est que l'on a une seule envie quand on part : y revenir.
Merci Elizabeth et Steve.
La maison est très agréable et bien équipée dans un cadre magnifique.
Mr et Mme COLVILLE sont très accueillants et soucieux du bien-être de leurs hôtes.
Adresse à retenir
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans cette magnifique grange rénovée, au calme et très bien équipée.
Les chambres sont très spacieuses, tout comme les autres pièces de vie décorées avec beaucoup de goût. Rien ne manque.
Les propriétaires sont des gens très charmants, disponibles, qui ont pris le temps d'échanger avec nous et de nous raconter l'histoire de cette propriété. Merci à eux et au plaisir de les revoir prochainement.
Nous y retournerons très certainement.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
29 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$717|
Property must be left clean. Cleaning can be arranged at Euros 20 per hour.