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Dream Country Farmhouse with Huge Pool on Beautiful Grounds - Ideal for Families

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

High-end, Restored Villa, 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Not far from Sarlat, where the Dordogne river makes a dramatic loop, 'Les Volets Bleus' is a very private, beautifully-restored 300 year old Perigord stone farmhouse. It sits on two acres of lawned garden, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

With its characteristic blue shutters, this spacious retreat is elegantly furnished with French country antiques, and is situated among fig and walnut trees. It has with three outstanding verandahs, two that overlook the large, magnificent (securely-fenced) pool that receives day-long sunshine.

'Les Volets Bleus' offers quality and seclusion for a family or group of friends wanting to holiday together. Luxuriously furnished, and with all modern conveniences, the property sleeps 12, with four queen-size/king bedrooms and two single/twin bedrooms, all with crisp white linens and sumptuous beds, it offers a total country getaway in the heart of the Dordogne.

The property is ideal for one large group, or for two or more smaller family groups, since the Farmhouse property includes a wonderful converted Barn (attached to the main house), with both the Farmhouse and Barn having their own fully-equipped kitchens, dining and living areas, so that two groups can have their own completely separate eating/living spaces, or they can all join together in the huge country kitchen of the Farmhouse.

'Les Volets Bleus' provides a unique retreat from the business of day-to-day life, while still offering you the comfort of modern conveniences, all set in an atmosphere of charm and stylish elegance - like free WIFI, free INTERNATIONAL phones, and satellite TV (English & French), free use of washer and dryer - all inside a 300 year old stone farmhouse! The best of both worlds...

The property was renovated to a very high standard with all high-end furniture, beds, linens and appliances. All this was done with a careful eye to modern comforts, while staying true to the charm and history of the area.

For enjoying the outdoors, there are plenty of outdoor tables and garden furniture along with 2 barbecues (gas & charcoal) to enjoy the warm summer evenings. The 11m X 5 m flood-lit pool sits in a large grassy area, with plenty of lounging chairs and umbrellas available alongside.

Walk (on a hiking path) or drive into the timeless village of Trémolat with its well-known Relais & Chateaux hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, historic Romanesque church and casual bistrots. Or wander over to the next-door farm that offers a wonderful, local meal at the area’s best farm restaurant "Les Truffieres".

'Les Volets Bleus' is situated in the Perigord Noir within easy reach of the famous caves and paleolithic history of Les Eyzies (25 minutes), Le Bugue (15 minutes), Sarlat (40 minutes) with its medieval streets and famous market, and Bergerac (35 minutes), famous for foie gras, wines and ancient architecture. Périgueux (40 minutes) has fabulous shopping, while St Emilion (1h15) offers the perfect excursion to a quintessential Bordeaux wine-country town.

This region is rich in historic sites including the Lascaux Caves, and the fascinating Bastide towns such as Beaumont, Moliéres, and Monpazier which run along the spectacular Dordogne river.

Travel by car or by flat-bottomed 'gabarres' (river boats) to see the many magnificent châteaux to be found within easy reach of 'Les Volets Bleus'. Local, traditional markets abound and your days will be spent trying the freshest produce including the best selection of the classic food of the Perigord: foie gras, duck confit, walnuts, goat cheese, truffles and wine.

So find yourself a place in heaven, or rent it for a week at least, and enjoy long lunches out under the wysteria, or late-evening barbecues overlooking the pool.

Keywords: Countryside, Farmhouse, Villa, Luxurious, Family-friendly,

More Details

Owner
Janice
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, Dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Janice

As the proud owners of “Les Volets Bleus” we purchased and upgraded/renovated the property in June 2005 and again in 2016. Although our home is in California, we have traveled a great deal in western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens and towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream French farmhouse, our philosophy hasn’t changed - and we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world.

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Janice purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Janice chose Aquitaine

We found this beautiful area in 2003 when we took cooking classes in the area - and were amazed by the gentleness of the region: gentle food, gentle geography, gentle people. In addition, it's really how you hope life will be when you head to rural France. Most of our guests are shocked that a place like this REALLY exists! We looked at other countries, and considered other areas of France, but we pinch ourselves routinely at how fortnate we were to find villages like Tremolat, Le Bugue, Limeuil, Ste Alvere, Paunat and a place like the Dordogne. We bought the house in 2005 and have never been happier. In addition, we're 15 minutes walk into Tremolat and 15 minutes drive from Le Bugue and Lalinde, so the easy access from Bordeaux and all the area is a plus. We've never met more welcoming and agreeable people in all our travels, and have never enjoyed food and wine like we do when at 'Les Volets Bleus'! We just love visiting our Farmhouse whenever we can. Rather than finding a holiday home, we've found a life.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The most commented on benefit about staying at our property is the number and quality of double beds, the wonderful linens and cleanliness of the house. We feel that when you're on vacation, you should sleep as well as possible, and so we spared no expense in finding and furnishing really good, queen-size beds in our home. We furnish them with Indian-cotton linens and great pillows - accompanied by soft, fluffy white towels. Others warned us that putting in 4 double bedrooms (and 2 singles) would be a mistake since you 'get more guests per room' if you put everyone in singles beds - but we disagreed! As a married couple, we LIKE to sleep together in a good bed when in vacation, so squashing together 2 tiny single beds is not our idea of fun! So at 'Les Volets Bleus' at least 4 couples get to sleep in a 'master' bedroom... rather than having one nice bedroom and then all the late-comers getting the dark rooms with single beds! Not my idea of fun either! In addition, we run our home like a boutique hotel with all the cleanliness, perks and amenities you'd expect at an upmarket location. We have an expert cleaning and prep team who go through the house with a fine-tooth comb... and it shows! So you can rest-assured that you will be sinking into beautiful, white, Indian-cotton sheets, and a bed that will give you the rest you deserve...and all in a house that meets the top standards for cleanliness. In terms of the outdoors, our guests also love all the terraces to sit outside on, and appreciate all the chairs and tables on each terrace, including all the pool chairs and towels. In addition, the beautifully clean, large pool (fenced to all highest EU regulations) is a winner with families of all ages in the summer. The proximity to all popular locations (being half-way between Bergerac and Sarlat) is also a definite plus, and our guests enjoy all the area has to offer, and not having to drive for hours to take part in it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a fantastic holiday in your farmhouse with three generations of our family. The swimming pool and delightful grounds were a great success, especially with the children. The dogs loved to lay in the cool shade under the beautiful wisteria canopy, whilst we whiled away the afternoons over long, lazy lunches. The accommodation far exceeded our expectations. We have rented many holiday properties over the last forty years and rate ‘Les Volets’ Bleus as the best.’ - Mike and Christine Coleman + Family
Aug 2007
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Amenities

Trémolat Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 ensuite - toilet , shower , This is ensuite to a queen size bed room downstairs
    Bathroom 1 large family bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Lots of space with storage as well.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , And sink. Attached to king bedroom upstairs in Farmhouse.
    Bathroom upstairs - toilet , This also has a sink. This is next to single bed room.
    Bathroom 4 in Barn - toilet , shower , This has a sink as well.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Downstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , Overlooks garden
    Downstairs Master ENSUITE - 1 queen , Has ensuite bathroom with great, American-style shower
    Upstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Two single beds in upstairs room
    Barn Master Upstairs Bedroom - 1 king , This has bathroom alongside it
    Barn Twin Downstairs - 2 twin/ single , This is perfect for 2 singles or 2 children
    Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , Large king bedroom that can accommodate a crib or 2
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (2) These are available with matching linens and pillows, as well as 2 high chairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Doors and windows are screened for TOTAL inside comfort. Lots of Pool Chairs and Sunbeds and Umbrellas. Lots of Garden Furniture. Swimming Towels provided. Hairdryers in EVERY bathroom. Boardgames, Badminton and other games. iPod speakers. HIGHLIGHT: Country Restaurant within 3 minutes walk. Babysitting available on request.

Reviews

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Dream Country Farmhouse with Huge Pool on Beautiful Grounds - Ideal for Families
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Silver Spring, Md. USA
5

Beautiful, Charming, Comfortable, and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

We (5 couples from the Washington, DC area) spent a fine week in this house in mid-September and had a splendid time. The accommodations were spacious and comfortable and with all the modern conveniences (including a good Wi-Fi signal throughout the house). The setting was charming with quiet rural roads past homes and farms including a walking trail into the nearby town of Tremolat (which has, among other things, a Michelin star restaurant, Le Vieux Logis, where we shared an excellent meal) and a delightful "ferme auberge", Les Truffieres, right next door (where we also shared an excellent meal). We spent our days visiting nearby towns, cities, and caves. I would be utterly remiss if I did not also credit Janice who operates the property attentively and who is an infinitely valuable resource for all knowledge of the area (and possibly for all knowledge of everything).

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL, USA
5

Outstanding month at Les Volets Bleus

  • 5 of 5

Our month at Les Volets Bleus exceeded our expectations! Janice and her assistants (especially Anita and Tony who went above and beyond for us) could not have been any kinder or more accommodating. They all truly made us feel at home from day #1. The experience fit well with our quest to spend time on this earth surrounded by nice people and the goodness they bring to all.

We loved the layout which includes the separate barn. It was ideal for families as well as for those just wanting a little more privacy. The kitchen (huge) and outdoor dining was wondeful for both small and large numbers. And the pool was a big hit not only for swimmers but for a relaxing reading spot as well as for evening cocktails.

Our friends and family (all 17 of them!) who joined over the course of the 4 weeks are still gushing with praise for the home, the lovely countryside and the peacefulness of the region. We know that many of them hope to return as do we.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kula, Hawaii, USA
5

Les Volets Bleus is a great location, rural and quiet, but conveniently located

  • 5 of 5

Les Volets Bleus is a great location, rural and quiet, but conveniently located near many of the historical and scenic sites in the Dordogne, as well as the daily markets. The house was charming and very comfortable and well-appointed for our group of eight (four couples, which at one point became10 people, five couples), with enough spaces for all to spread out and rest, read, chat. And, we enjoyed the restaurant next door and those in nearby towns, but also loved "dining in" at the farmhouse with all the fresh market goods and wine we purchased daily - it was like a party every night! An almost daily event was a walk along the farm road and over the hill to Tremalot for morning pastries and back. Usually the pastries were eaten long before we reached the house. Since we were there in October the area was quieting down from the summer rush of tourists, which we found most pleasant since most of the group lives in Hawaii, which is a year around destination for visitors. It also turned out to be the warmest October world-wide and we had the most glorious early autumn weather. We had decided to stay at Les Volets Bleus on the recommendation of friends and it did not disappoint in any way. Most of the people in the group are retired or semi-retired, but quite active, and it suited us all. For the member of the group still working who could not put her job on hold the communications provided, internet and phone, allowed her to come with us and enjoy and at the same time keep her business going. Janice, the owner and hostess extraordinaire, was nearby and when she could she joined us in market adventures and touring, and was a wealth of information and suggestions. All in all a splendid vacation spent at an outstanding property, which we have recommended to friends and which we hope to visit again ourselves.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edinburgh, UK
5

A rare find: luxurious yet authentic, completely rural yet walkable to a delightful historic village

  • 5 of 5

We have had a few holidays in the lovely Perigord Noir region and know that properties like this are to be treasured!

Utterly peaceful, well-managed, a generously equipped kitchen, luxurious bedding, perfect pool (all presented perfectly clean).. and only a 20 minute, enjoyable walk along a rural hillside path to the small but perfectly formed Tremolat. The picturesque village is home to 2 friendly boulangeries, a michelin starred restaurant & its sister bistro, another restaurant as well as small weekly fruit and meat market. If this was not enough, the farmhouse has a neighbouring Ferme Auberge which allowed to literally walk next door for a laid back feast of local produce. What happy memories of platers of food and carafes of wine being carried out to us, whilst we sat dreamily in the garden of our host!

Janice and Bill have made it their mission to create to a welcoming haven for their guests, and have succeeded.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edinburgh, UK
5

Hidden gem close to Tremolat

  • 5 of 5

We had a blissfully peaceful fortnight here. For my part, I loved walking into Tremolat to pickup amaaazing almond croissants & pain au raisin (from the new boulangerie - there are two!) most mornings before breakfast. Great way to start the day - about 20 mins each way, or 30 mins if you're stopping to look at things - and along a footpath so no traffic!

Janice (and Bill), the owners, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, plugging us into local knowledge and contacts, so much so that by the time we left we almost felt we lived there. We had a couple of fantastic lunches at Les Truffieres - next door, a hundred yards away - and staggered home to snooze it off in the garden. Plenty other great restaurants in the area. We liked the laid backness of the Bistrot d'en Face in Tremolat.

The beds are superb - best sleep I've had for years. The location is genuinely quiet - well well away from the main road yet doesn't feel isolated. There's another nice amble you can do from the house, along a minor road through a farm and up to a viewpoint from which you get a superb view of the Bassin Nautique and Tremolat below. One of the farm dogs insisting on 'taking us for a walk' whenever we did this, even returning to our house with us to 'drop us off'.

Wonderful house and garden. Very responsive owner. Great location - we particularly enjoyed not having to get into the car for several days at a time. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Town
5

Movie Picture Perfect

  • 5 of 5

You know those French arthouse movies? The ones with a lovely farmhouse and an equally charming storyline? With night markets in small towns, spontaneous folk dancing with the locals, warm balmy evenings with friends (old and new) and breakfast outside in the shade in the garden?

Those movies where we are reminded that life is best enjoyed in a simple and sincere way.....with good friends, food, wine and happy moments?

Now add to that the perfect hostess .....and you have "even-better-than-the-movie" magic!

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
NEXT DOOR!! 30 paces... Ferme Auberge seats 30
Car: necessary

Walking, Hiking, canoeing, visiting Chateaux, many pre-historic caves closeby, Mushrooming.

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Rates & Availability

Trémolat Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,450
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,650
 
 
Late Fall 2017
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 25 2017
6 night minimum stay
$2,400
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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