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Fairy Tale French Farmhouse

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)


Set in a high meadow in the heart of France’s Périgord Noir region, Gaurenne is a charming farmhouse dating from the early 1700’s. The property is within 15 to 30 minutes of the most famous sites in the Dordogne, and yet it offers a peaceful tranquility that makes sight-seeing a choice but not a necessity. In this beautiful setting, with its views of neighboring hills and hamlets, it is possible for a visitor to remain undisturbed, walking through the property’s 22 acres of meadow and woods, following footpaths through the valley and nearby villages. Next to the house are both fruit and walnut orchards, and the covered stone terrace catches summer breezes and provides a gracious place for outdoor dining and relaxing. There is also a saltwater swimming pool, which functions in summer months.

In its bucolic setting, Gaurenne is a three hundred year old farm of special charm. Arranged around a courtyard in the traditional manner of French farms, it is a fine example of Périgordine architecture. The buildings are constructed of the golden limestone that is typical of the region and have steeply pitched roofs made of stone slabs. These highly prized “lauze” roofs are found within a limited 20 mile radius in this part of the Dordogne and give the local architecture its fairytale quality. Climbing roses, jasmine, and lavender fill the courtyard with fragrance, and the herb garden by the door is intended for your use. The house has been restored in a way that respects its original rustic character, while modern conveniences have been added for comfort.

The interior has many walls of exposed stone and beamed ceilings throughout, with floors of the honey colored local stone downstairs and of chestnut upstairs. Furnishings include antiques and French fabrics. The main floor is comprised of an eat-in kitchen, a living room/dining room, a utility room, and a half-bath. The kitchen is of generous size and includes a dishwasher and the usual amenities. From the table, a lovely stone window looks out into the meadow. The living room is large and includes a comfortable sitting area as well as a long farm table for dining. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with two single beds that can be joined to make a king-sized bed. Both rooms have large, French casement windows, antique armoires, and generous dressers. There is also a bathroom with tub and rain shower, a heated towel rack, and a sink set into a tile counter. The WC is separate. The house is equipped with central heating, a washing machine, and high-speed wireless internet access.

Guests arriving at Gaurenne enter a gate leading into a courtyard that is filled with flowers and partially shaded by a plane tree. At the far side of the courtyard, a stone terrace adjacent to the kitchen holds a long teak table and chairs for outdoor dining. A tile roof shelters the terrace, making it a pleasant seating area in the heat of the day. On the north side of the house is a fruit orchard; the fruit is yours for the taking if you happen to be there when it’s ripe. There is also a walnut orchard. On the south side of the house, the swimming pool is hidden from view but is open to the meadow and the hills beyond. Measuring 17′ x 36′, it was just rebuilt and bordered with stones from Burgundy. This is a favorite spot for guests and is a welcome pleasure at the end of a day of sightseeing. Lounge chairs, beach towels and mats are provided, as are kickboards and some water toys for children. Gaurenne’s 22 acres are yours to explore, and the trails that you can pick up on the property can be followed for miles through the countryside, either on foot or on bicycle. The woods below the house are a delightful place to walk, and below them is a completely private valley that makes a wonderful picnic spot. Five minutes away is a village where you will find a post office, two restaurants, and a grocery store/bar/café that serves wonderful, inexpensive home cooked meals. Just as close is a lake with a public beach and tennis courts. Fifteen minutes away, the medieval town of Sarlat has everything you might need, including shops, restaurants, movie theatre, hospital, summer festivals, and, twice a week, a large outdoor market.

Located in Southwestern France, the Dordogne is a region of gentle beauty, renown for its fine cuisine, medieval villages, proud chateaux, and extraordinary examples of prehistoric cave art. Owing to the unique combination of abundant fish and game and of cliffs rising up from the valleys providing safe dwellings in myriad caves and grottos, more traces of man’s presence thousands of years ago have been found here than anywhere else in France.

Gaurenne is situated in the part of the Dordogne known as the Périgord Noir, which offers a lush landscape threaded with meandering rivers and dotted with charming villages. Dense forests alternate with rolling meadows and fields. Although there are towns and sites that attract visitors in summer months, this is a region that is primarily agricultural, with a quiet, unspoiled countryside where the traditional way of life is still very much in evidence.

Nonetheless, you will not lack for activities to fill your days. There are extensive hiking trails, canoe trips on the Dordogne or Vezere rivers, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis, all nearby. There are also numerous chateaux to visit (Beynac and Castelnaud are not to be missed) as well as unique sites like the ruined Chateau de Commarque and the Cabanes de Breuil (an unusual cluster of ancient, round, stone dwellings of unknown origin). The region’s wealth of prehistoric sites is close at hand. The Lascaux caves, Font-de-Gaume, the National Museum of Pre-history at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, and the Abri de Cap Blanc, with its carved horses, provide a memorable experience. Local outdoor markets offer regional produce and products, with that of Sarlat being one of the most colorful in France. A listing of suggested outings, restaurants, and market days is provided to help visitors make full use of their stay.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking on the terrace or by the pool is fine....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) This bed is wider than an American double, Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • House has recently been renovated and has new washing machine, dishwasher and central heating....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views are of neighboring hills and farms....moreless

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street:

    This is an entirely private property, the house located amidst 28 acres of meadow, orchards and woods, therefore parking is not a problem....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    The covered terrace is one of the especially wonderful feature of the property. With views of neighboring hills and hamlet, it is peaceful and totally private place to enjoy meals, read, or visit with friends....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    The generous pool sits in its own garden behind the house and opens onto the meadow. Please see photos on linked site....moreless



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Low season
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay

High season
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

Low season
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $800
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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Set in breath-taking nature and within easy reach of medieval villages, chateaux, Lascaux and other pre-historic caves and shelters, with some of the most celebrated prehistoric cave art in the world. There are also numerous outdoor markets, and two magnificent rivers. This is 'deep France' with the added advantages of fascinating cultural and historic sites. A full listing of sites, suggested activities for adults or children, and recommended restaurants is available in the house.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: I had studied at a university in France and for years dreamed of returning. When my daughter went off to college I began searching for a small house in Provence. But each year I ended my search by visiting friends who had bought a cottage in the part of the Dordogne known as the Périgord Noir. I slowly fell in love with this peaceful, rural countryside, with it’s rich history, stunning landscape, and friendly residents. This felt more authentic than the more touristy areas farther south where I’d been searching. I finally decided to spend one day looking at property, and at the end of the day drove up a little road, turned into the meadow, and saw this small farm. Built around a courtyard, the three buildings with ancient stone roofs and covered with roses looked like a dream. Set in the middle of a gentle ridge top meadow, it felt at once intimate and open. I fell in love. I’m a filmmaker, and ten years later I began filming my neighbors in their nearby farms. This has anchored me even more deeply in the community and their story has been shown in cinemas across France, in the U.S. and even in Russia, winning awards and captivating audiences. The property gets more beautiful each year, as I slowly renovate, adding luxurious comforts while respecting the original architecture. Gaurenne remains a “as close to heaven as one can get,” as a recent renter put it, for me and for our guests

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Guests enjoy the privacy and serenity of Gaurenne as well as its easy access to numerous sites, and activities of interest. How much 'exploring' one does becomes a choice and many families enjoy going out to caves, villages, markets, river trips etc. in the early part of the day and spending much of the balance of the day quietly at Gaurenne, swimming, cooking, reading, hiking.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Guest house.

    Guest house.

  • Covered terrace for outdoor dining.

    Covered terrace for outdoor dining.

  • Roses everywhere!

    Roses everywhere!

  • Corner of courtyard, third unrented building.

    Corner of courtyard, third unrented building.

  • Bedroom #2 as king-size or two twins.

    Bedroom #2 as king-size or two twins.

  • Living Room/Dining Room

    Living Room/Dining Room

  • Meadow behind the house.

    Meadow behind the house.

  • Corner of the courtyard, unrented bldg. w/bread oven.

    Corner of the courtyard, unrented bldg. w/bread oven.

  • Owners house on property. Owner rarely present in months of rental.

    Owners house on property. Owner rarely present in months of rental.

  • Pastoral landscapes.

    Pastoral landscapes.

  • Beynac castle.

    Beynac castle.

  • Lascaux Cave - some of the world's finest prehistoric art is found nearby.

    Lascaux Cave - some of the world's finest prehistoric art is found nearby.

  • Farm buildings from front meadow.

    Farm buildings from front meadow.

  • Courtyard to terrace.

    Courtyard to terrace.

  • Saltwater pool.

    Saltwater pool.

  • Bedroom #1 with queen bed.

    Bedroom #1 with queen bed.

  • Bathroom.


  • Eat-In Kitchen.

    Eat-In Kitchen.

  • Hay time.

    Hay time.

  • Gate to enter courtyard.

    Gate to enter courtyard.

  • La Roque-Gageac

    La Roque-Gageac

  • Dordogne river.

    Dordogne river.

  • Village of Carennac.

    Village of Carennac.

  • Market day - Sarlat, 15 minutes away.

    Market day - Sarlat, 15 minutes away.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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