4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, heated pool and air conditioning
- english, french, german
About David Harvey
Dominique and David are French and Irish respectively. Along with our 8 year old son Sebastien we live the majority of the time in Manchester, (but try to spend as much holiday time as possible inLe Falgueyret). In late 2005 having spent a number of holidays in the Perigord region we decided to try and buy a house. We found this property in Feb 2006 and managed to complete the purchase in May 2006 in time to spend our honeymoon and first holiday there in June 2006.
David Harvey purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why David Harvey chose Val De Louyre Et Caudeau
We had 3 main criteria when looking for a house... 1. Should be a private single house 2. Less than 45 minutes from a working airport 3. Have a working bakery and a bar within walking distance The house in Le Falgueyret is unique in terms of the architecture, layout and location. Despite the 6 inches of snow on the ground when we visited it was clear that it was the house for us, (but a much bigger project in terms of work that we understood at the time!).
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house itself is uniquely open plan and very practical for holiday living. The pool is state of the art, fully automatic and heated. There are separate dining areas surrounding the pool and on opposite side of the house. The comfort level of the house has been increased with the installation of air-conditioning in each of the rooms and main living area. We have incredible views across the valley countryside, while remaining very private. We are part of a beautiful traditional hameau of Le Falgueyret, (nearest house approximately 250 m away). Ste Alvere is a living village, 3km away, that punches above it weight with multiple facilities. It is famous among other things for the truffle market in winter. Ste Alvere is is at the heart of the perigord region with most tourist destination with easy reach, les Eyzies, Lascaux etc. Finally....there are black truffles in the garden (allegedly!) if you can find them. (There are multiple truffieres within a 1-2 km radius).
Great Family Holiday
Such a brilliant location, stunning views. Two families staying with children, everyone loved the pool, great place to visit and things to do.
A couple of small points that were slightly disappointing the bikes had flat tyres and we couldn’t find a pump so we didn’t use them and the pool side loungers were broken or incomplete.
But thanks for an amazing family holiday.
Great rural location , with lovely views and a super pool.
Air conditioning was helpful as we had hot weather
Disappointingly could be so much better - old photos
We (family of 4 with 3.5 yr old and 1.5 yr old) stayed in June 2019. The property is in a great location near to lots of lovely market towns and villages. Setting is incredibly picturesque.
Communication with the owner before our stay was excellent - owners were very helpful with practical and local information.
We arrived at the property quite late on a Friday evening. Checkin was easy but if you arrive late, pickup food en-route as many of the local shops and restaurants had already closed. Its a very rural area.
Sadly though, there were a few issues with the property.
A primary reason for choosing to stay in this property was that it was advertised as having a heated swimming pool – critical for us with two small children who we envisaged spending the lion’s share of their holiday in the pool. However, the pool had not been adequately prepared:
- There was a lot of debris in the bottom of the pool on our arrival
- The deck did not appear to have been swept in weeks, evident by the fact that once I’d swept it, it didn’t need sweeping again for the entire week
- The pool wasn't full on our arrival and so for most of our 1st day there was a cold hose in it to fill it up
- The pool man only came on our third day to properly clean it
- The pool temperature on our 1st and 2nd day was only 22 degrees Celsius and did not get to an acceptable 25/26 degrees until our 5th day which meant for most of our stay, our kids didn't want to swim for more than a few minutes.
The pool clearly has a heater, but it really should have been fully prepared ahead of our arrival.
The owner sent a helpful welcome document ahead of our stay which detailed that the pool had a hard cover with security catches to keep it closed. Again, given we were traveling with young children, this was important for us. The catches were however broken and apparently had been for some time.
Sadly there were a few issues with the house as well - really strong small of damp and cleanness levels were very poor. Owners did send cleaners in again, but this didn't improve things.
Overall, could be a great property, but really needs some TLC and the photos seem to be about 5-10 years old. Such a shame. I contacted owner after our stay, but no response.
We spent a wonderful fortnight at Le Falgueyret in August. The house was extremely well equipped, very comfortable and coped very well with 2 families. The heated pool was a real bonus and was well used when we weren't visiting local markets, canoeing and sightseeing.
Pascale met us when we arrived and was always available if we had a query or wanted some local knowledge - she was lovely.
The house enjoys wonderful views across to the local hamlet and sits on a large plot with plenty of space for children to play. We loved having different eating areas - we had breakfast at the front of the house and barbecued and ate in the back garden chasing the last of evening sun.
Thank you David and Dominique,
The house is wonderful. We had the most fantastic holiday in the heart of Perigord, and such easy access to great places, and our relaxing days by the pool were just brilliant.
The house has everything, plenty of space for two families and so relaxing. Two weeks wasn't enough!!
The location is excellent. Only 10 minutes to Limeuil and 30 minutes or so to the Les Eyzies valley and Bergerac. Domaine du Cantonnet in Meyrals is well worth a visit for a wine tasting. The amount of caves and places to go is so good, we packed so much in, and if you like canoeing try the Vezere river as an alternative to the Dordogne.
We have travelled a lot in France and this is such a great house and location we will definitely look to return.
All we could ask for and more...
As the title suggests, this house exceeded our expectations in many ways. As a family of five, with a very hectic lifestyle we were in desperately need in a peaceful, relaxing holiday with all the necessary amenities for a young family in a beautiful area. That is exactly what we got, along with lots of added extras.
After a very lengthy (17 hour) journey. We were greeted by the lovely, Pascale who was very welcoming and showed us around the farmhouse pointing out everything we needed to know. Pascale then left us to enjoy our holiday and we spoke again a couple of days before departure. We have previously known house keepers to be a little intrusive so this was great to be left to just enjoy our holiday.
The house is completely isolated and incredibly private with the exception of a couple of dog walkers you might see now and again. The grounds are well maintained and as beautiful as all of the pictures show. In fact the view from the pool is quite spectacular. The house is full of character and with all of David and Dominique's home comforts, you feel right at home.
We travelled to Le Falgueyret at the beginning of July 2016 and were blessed with great weather. This allowed us all to relax and spend quality family time together around the well equipped pool. There is a small pool house which houses some technical looking pool equipment along with a toilet, sink and fridge freezer. Perfect for two young children who quite often had to jump out the pool to use the loo! And of course we kept some drinks and ice lollies in there for cooling down in the heat.
As well as enjoying the pool, my husband utilised the mens bike and toddler seat and cycled to Ste-Alvere on several occasions for fresh pastries and breads. As I understand it he visited the Bar-Tabac whilst there so I'm not sure if there was an ulterior motive.
Our children are aged four, two and six months and so we were a little limited with activities. We visited Perigeux and had a train ride around the city and also went to Bergerac where we visited the market and found a boating lake for the children. This also had a bouncy castle and small cafe to enjoy afterwards.
The highlights of our holiday had to be the night markets which we all thoroughly enjoyed and are an absolute must for anyone visiting. We also visited a local restaurant called Juliens in Paunat - Amazing food!
This was the perfect place to reconnect as a family... somewhere we very much hope to visit again!
Ste Alvere is a small village, (850 inhabitants), but provides excellent services with 2 bakeries, 2 restaurants, bar- tabac, bank, petrol station, tourist information office, library, medical centre, (including dentist and pedicure), florist, hairdresser etc.
Sainte Alvere has a weekly market on a Monday and also hosts the Black Truffle market December to February.
Within easy reach are some of the most beautiful villages in France (Limeuil, Paunat, Tremolat, Beynac, Belves, Les Eyzies etc.).
There are endless tourist options, gardens, castles, kayak, wildlife, horse riding, farms etc. that can be visited - guide books and some of our recommendations are available in the house. There are several excellent restaurants, from table d'hotes to Michelin star within 12km of the house.