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Les Charmes 200 Yr Old Farm in 3 acres, Heated Pool (May-Sept), UK Sat TV, Wifi - Les Chenes large 4 bedroomed barn, Sleeps 8 + cot

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 180 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Les Chenes large 4 bedroomed barn, Sleeps 8 + cot

Les Chenes is a stone barn beautifully converted in 2007 with exposed beams and original stonework. The 7m x 7m, full height living area has double doors leading outside and is furnished for 8, with a 42 inch TV and large wood burner.

To the left is a ground floor double bedroom with king size bed and french doors outside. The family bathroom has bath and huge walk in shower & can be "ensuite".

Open plan through the original creches is a well equipped kitchen/diner with french doors to the terrace. The kitchen is fully equipped & fitted with a dishwasher, washing machine, ceramic hob, oven, microwave & large fridge/freezer, electric cafetiere & slow cooker. The solid oak table will seat 10 comfortably. Upstairs a large double bedroom, with kingsize bed has an ensuite shower room with walk in shower. On the right a galleried landing leads to a washroom and WC & 2 twin bedrooms, both with 2 single beds.

Outside a private terrace has BBQ & lg table for 10.

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About the property


All properties are comfortably furnished and stylishly decorated with a mix of new and vintage furniture. Each property has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, fridge (with ice box). The 2 larger gites have washing machines and guests in the 1 bedroom gite have access to a washing machine in the adjacent bread oven. All Bed linen and towels are provided (guests are asked to provide their own pool towels). All properties have private terraces with barbeques and comfortable outdoor furniture, including parasols. A cot and highchair are available by request. Changeover day is Saturday in high season. At other times we can be more flexible so please ask. The 12m x 5m pool in front of the properties has open 360 views and fully fenced in accordance with French law making it safe for small children. The pool open May to Sept (inclusive) and is heated to 27C. On the south side of the pool there are sun loungers and a pergola and parasols provide shade plus tables and chairs for games and snacks. Guests are free to roam the 3 acre grounds which are home to a variety of wildlife.

The properties can be rented individually or as a whole, ideal for multi-generational families or groups of friends.

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Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made either by contacting the owners by telephone or using the owners website, where full terms and conditions can be found.
A deposit of 30% is required to confirm a booking, the full balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of at least £100 per property is required.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday during high season, outside of this we may be able to be more flexible so please enquire.
Access to the properties is from 4pm, and departure is 10am unless otherwise agreed.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per property per week and include all bedding & linen (except pool towels and cot linen) and cleaning. For bookings of 2 weeks a second linen change is included in the price. Additional cleaning can be arranged locally.
Out of season a surcharge for electricity and wood may be applicable.


Accommodation and facilities for Les Chenes large 4 bedroomed barn, Sleeps 8 + cot in Sainte-Croix, France

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The property is very secluded and quiet making it a great place for children to run around and the property is generally child friendly with cots, highchairs and night lights available. A selection of indoor and outdoor games are provided and a small library of books is available in each property. Outside of high season heating, if it is required, is by electric radiators and/or the woodburning stove. Outside: Each property has a terrace with BBQ and patio furniture. These are arranged to ensure that each is not overlooked from the other properties and all have lovely views. The capacity of the outside furniture is at least the same as the interior dining furniture. The12m x 5m swimming pool, with its terracing, (fully compliant with French safety legislation), is situated in front of the properties. It is open May-Sept inclusive and heated (Low season opening and heating are weather dependent). Sun loungers and seating are provided and there is a Pergola for shade. The 3 acre grounds were farmland but there are mature trees for shade. We are surrounded by farmland and ringed by woodland and we are privileged to get regular visits from the local wildlife, including the deer who will come very close into the building on occasions, we also have resident hares and many species of birds, red squirrels are common.


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Les Chenes large 4 bedroomed barn, Sleeps 8 + cot
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Beautifully set out with everything you could want or need. Private patio area.

  • 5 of 5

My 4 friends and I had a wonderful time in Les Chenes (the largest of the gites) the beds and furniture were very comfortable and the location was fabulous for easily exploring a large part of the surrounding area. We went to Lascaux and Sarlat amongst many other places and on the last evening to a very good local family run restaurant recommended by David our host.

I have stayed here 2 years ago with another friend, and we all fully intend to return again. The peacefulness and ambience of this gite complex is “par excellence”, I just wish the weather had remained warm enough for us to swim in the fantastic pool provided for our use.

There was also a wood burning stove provided for us to use if it became chilly in the evening, we used it once and found it very easy to operate and it really warmed up the whole gite very quickly.

Definitely an excellent place to stay with a great location, excellent facilities and friendly English hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 22/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Extremely comfortable gite with heated pool and welcoming cats

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Les Chenes. The property was even better than promised on the website with comfortable sofas and beds and a well-equipped kitchen. The setting is lovely with deer seen in the garden a couple of times. Although the weather was a little mixed, we swam in the pool when the sun shone through even at the end of September. A car is necessary but traffic is light and it is easy to get around. We loved the Bastide towns of Beaumont and Monpazier, both within 10 minutes drive. It is well worth the drive to the Sunday market at Issigeac which is a beautiful medieval village in its own right. There are also many other beautiful places to visit on the Dordogne a little further away. It goes without saying that the food was excellent and advice from David and Amanda was 'spot on' including the clear instructions for getting there.

All in all, an excellent holiday and we would recommend Les Chenes as a base for visiting the Perigord region.

  • Review Submitted: 10/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous gite in great Dordogne location

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in Les Chenes (the 4 bedroom property) in July 2017. Lovely gite for 7 of us; one family of 5 and an additional couple. Conversion has been done very tastefully, and still has huge character, whilst has all the modern finishes in the all important bathrooms and kitchen. Very well equipped, including the outside furniture. Swimming pool spotlessly clean and a great size as 3 properties do share the one pool. Quiet, secluded location, yet only a short drive to the supermarket, and many of the wonderful Medieval cities are within easy reach.

  • Review Submitted: 05/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We were made to feel welcome from getting out of our car to the day we left.

The weather wasn't perfect but the setting was

Lovely holiday

  • Review Submitted: 05/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home with lovely owners!

  • 5 of 5

We have been lucky enough to come to the south west of France a number of times but without a doubt this was by far our most enjoyable stay. Les Chenes really feels like home from home, the accommodation is spacious, family friendly and Amanda and David are the perfect hosts. Little touches such as putting a note up of the daily markets on the blackboard to entertaining the children with the variety of wildlife they have stumbled upon. The pool is fabulous and our two boys, 6 and 3, would have been quite happy to spend all day everyday in it. The area is full of things to do and for the first time we struggled to fit everything in and the information and tips David and Amanda give are invaluable. A huge thanks for making our stay so fantastic and we can't wait to come back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week in Les Chenes

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely beautiful property with very welcoming owners. There were 8 in our party and Les Chenes had all the space and facilities we needed including a well stocked kitchen, lovely outside seating and BBQ area overlooking a great view, and a fabulous pool which the kids made use of every day! The area itself is gorgeous with highlights for us being Monpazier and the night market in Beaumont. We'd all love to return to Les Chenes.

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
11 February, 2018

About The Owner

We are David and Amanda Travis and in the past spent many holidays in France with our children and friends staying in privately owned gites. We had some very good and some not so good experiences!!

As a result we were inspired to set up our own gites and Les Charmes has been receiving guests since 2006. We finally fulfilled our ambition to move to France in 2012 and now live here permanently.

The Owner purchased this barn in 2005

Why The Owner chose Sainte-Croix

We have always loved the Dordogne for it's pace of life; cuisine, wine and stunning countryside. Our property is off the beaten track and the sense of quiet is truly remarkable yet we are only 10 minutes drive from two local towns and about half an hour away from Bergerac airport.

The properties are stone built and around 200 years old and we thoroughly enjoyed the renovation project which has brought the properties back to life after they were abandoned some 50 year earlier.

What makes this barn unique

We are conveniently located for all the major sites of the Dordogne and having a heated swimming pool really fulfills the one luxury that was always at the top of our list.

As ours was a renovation project we basically started with empty shells - which has allowed us to plan the layout to make best use of space whilst retaining many original features. We have also made sure that the properties are equipped to the standard we would expect which means a full range of kitchen appliances, good quality knives and pans and above all a corkscrew!


Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Chateau Vigiers, Bergerac
Nearest Train
35 Miles
TGV from Paris stops at Liborne
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Driving: from the channel port of Calais it is about an 9 hour drive.

Flying: Bergerac airport is about 30 minutes drive away and is now well served by low cost airlines:

Bordeaux Airport is around 1hr 45mins drive.

As we are a rural property a car is essential.


Les Charmes lies between the Bastide towns of Monpazier 6km ("plus beaux villages de France") and Beaumont 7km. Beaumont has a bank, post office, tourist information centre and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops including a supermarket open on Sunday mornings. It also has a weekly night market with live music and open air dining and bars - a great night out for all ages.

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The area is rich in history and many local attractions and activities reflect both the history and culture of the area. You can sample the local specialties of Walnuts, plums, prunes, foie gras and especially "Cepes". In Sept Monpazier hosts its world famous nightly Cepe market. with a ncycling (bikes can be hired in advance of your holiday via our website), horse-riding is available close to Beaumont, you can go canoeing on the Dordogne or fishing in the many local rivers – a “carte de peche de tourisme” is required.

For those who want to venture further a field – many of the sites and flavours of the region are within an hour or so drive, and include:

• Sarlat – one of the Dordogne's prettiest and most famous towns.

• La Roque Cageac – which hangs onto the cliff side of the Dordogne valley.

• Domme – one of the most imposing Bastides in the Dordogne

• Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - with the national museum of pre-history.

• The caves of Lascaux – with the world famous cave paintings.

• Chateau Monbazillac – where you can taste dessert wines to rival the best Sauternes.

• St. Emillion – a beautiful village and home to some of the worlds best red wines.

• Cahors – with its imposing medieval architecture.

• Bordeaux – the regional city with its beautiful old town.