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Exceptional family friendly villa near Sarlat - heated pool, air con and more!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in La Genebre, Nr. Sarlat / Montignac , Dordogne, France - Quiet Rural Location

Stunning stone built spacious villa with tower. Newly refurbished with lots of attention to detail. Large secluded gardens, heated, salt water pool, 4 air conditioned bedrooms ( a 5th ensuite double bedroom also available at an extra charge - please ask for details) and a roomy covered terrace with Summer kitchen for outdoor living. Situated on the highest point of La Cassagne it has uninterrupted views over the valley.In a quiet and tranquil setting but close to all of the Perigord Noir's vast & varied tourist attractions and only 25 mins from the stunning medieval city of Sarlat. This is a perfect choice for a family holiday! Please note that animals may be accepted off season only with prior permission. For full information and details please check our website at

Amar and Elena Djelil
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Amar and Elena Djelil

Amar and I met way back in 1980 at university in Edinburgh. He went on to work in education and I went down the path of retail management. 15 years on we decided to work for ourselves and we left city life to build up a small hotel and restaurant in the Scottish Borders. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute (well, most of them anyway!) but 10 years, much renovation, 4 stars, several awards and 2 children later we knew we needed to move on. And so we set up home at Les Crouquets our 6 country holiday cottages. 10 years on we added La Tour de Genèbre, a stunning stone built holiday villa with its own private salt water pool in the next village, La Cassagne. Exactly how we came to arrive in this wonderful corner of rural France after spending a whole year searching, is another story altogether! Suffice to say that for us living here is a breath of fresh air - we are truly at home and we're sure you will be too. We look forward to sharing it with you soon!

Amar and Elena Djelil purchased this villa in 2014

Why Amar and Elena Djelil chose La Cassagne

Well quite simply it's stunning!

What makes this villa unique

La Tour de Genèbre looks like it's just always been there .... the stone walls and impressive tower are wonderful in themselves but there are also many details like the filled in window, the "toilet" from days gone by on the outside wall and the intricate hand crafted beams in the office which transport you back to another era ...... in fact this wonderful house was only built in 2006 so it also has all the modern day comforts to complement the charm of traditional property. Underfloor heating, water softener, air conditioned bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes, fully equipped utility room with all you need to make wash day a much easier task than a few generations ago, French & UK TV channels in the living room AND all the bedrooms and of course the all important Wi-Fi , so necessary for many things in this day and age! Browse through our website to get lots more information!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A big thank you for our lovely holiday we had staying with you. You are a lovely and very gracious hosts. We felt nothing was too much trouble and you made us feel very welcome. We will definitely be back and would recommend you to all the people we know and also to those we don't!
May 2015
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La Cassagne Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Toilet 2 - toilet
    Toilet 1 - toilet , On ground floor
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , ensuite for downstairs bedroom
    Shower room 2 - shower , shared by 2 bedrooms
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower , ensuite for twin bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , ensuite for 5th bedroom with walk in wardrobe
  • Bedrooms 1 & 4 & 5 with ensuite showerrooms (sink & toilet) Bedrooms 2 &3 with separate showerroom with sink and separate toilet Extra separate toilet on the ground floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Ground floor ensuite room with walk-in wardobe space for cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , bed 160 cms wall mounted smart TV
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Ensuite shower room Smart TV Space for cot
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , With walk in wardrobe and ensuite shower room with toilet
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 2 dbl beds 140 cms, wall mounted smart TV space for cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) 5th bedroom also available sleeping up to 12 people Notes on bedrooms: Bedrm 1 on ground floor with king bed,ensuite showerroom and walk-in wardrobe There is a small step into the ensuite shower room but access to the shower is completely flat and so may be suitable for people with restricted mobility. Bedrm 2 with king bed & shared showerroom & WC Bedrm 3 with two double beds & shared showerroom & WC Bedrm 4 with twin single beds & ensuite showerroom Bedrm 4 with king size bed, walk in wardrobe & ensuite showerroom Bedrm 5 with king bed,ensuite showerroom and walk-in wardrobe All rooms have Smart flat screen TVs with UK and French channels and have room for a travel cot
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Underfloor heating on ground floor, water softener Free and unlimited wi-fi connection No smoking permitted anywhere Inside the house. Outside: Fully enclosed gardens of 1200m2, 9m x 4m private salt water heated pool ( can be lit at night) with full width steps for access, large covered terrace with tables & chairs, BBQ, washing lines, badminton net, swings suitable for 3 - 8 years old Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier, clothes airer, iron & ironing board, Washing powder & other laundry products supplied free of charge Cleaning / Towels / Linen / : All bed & house linen included. Indoor towels and pool towels may be hired. Final cleaning service extra. PLEASE NOTE - short breaks include towels and final cleaning service and may not be charged at pro rata prices depending on time of year and number of days chosen Pleae ask for an exact quote.


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Exceptional family friendly villa near Sarlat - heated pool, air con and more!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful property and wonderful owners!

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely week at the end of August in this stunningly beautiful property. We were two families, 9 of us in all, and found the property to be in an ideal location to explore the area but also away from it all (ideal for the noise from the kids not to annoy any neighbours..!). The kids loved the pool, hard to actually keep them away from it. When we could drag them away, we managed to pay a visit to Sarlat and also did a canoe trip down the Dordogne, which can recommend to be done while there. So many other places to visit while there but we just didn't have the time to fit it all in. A special mention to our wonderful hosts Amar and Elena who were very helpful, giving us tips on where to visit and for just being generally nice all round! Had such a great time, we're hoping to plan another visit for next year :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Did someone mention the oyster knife?

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely brilliant villa and has everything you need for a great holiday.

It’s beautifully presented with modern bathrooms, nice furniture and lots of lighter coloured timbers, plus a wood burner for the cooler months. The outside space is good - the pool is heated and has a retractable cover which was a bonus as we were a party of eight including two small children.

We ate outside in the covered dining space most of the time and cooked barbie food on the gas griddle (there’s also a traditional BBQ if you don’t mind the faff).

But where it scores hands down - and we’ve stayed In quite a few holiday rentals - is the attention to detail. This includes: an abundance of soap powder and stain remover in the laundry room; a tumble dryer as well as washing machine if it’s too wet to dry stuff outside; a shoe cleaning kit (does anyone clean shoes on holiday?); a wooden sewing box; plastic picnic plates, beakers etc; and a couple of jars of chocolate coated caramels and nougats for guests to enjoy.

The kitchen is well equipped with lots of glasses, pans, serving dishes etc - there’s even a stick blender and yes, that oyster knife.

The owners Amar and Elena live relatively near - they used to run a small hotel in Scotland before heading to the sunnier climes of the Dordogne several years ago. They offer a home dining service whereby they cook delicious food, can provide the wines if requested, clear up and can offer some insights into French life if you are curious, as we were. It was 35 Euros per head and an extra 15 per bottle of good quality wine. Great tasting food beautifully presented and no driving required!

You have to be prepared to drive to local shops. There are some delightful towns and villages, including Montignac, within a 40 minute ride.

We couldn’t fault the villa but alas, we never did find any oysters nearby!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the 4th year in a row we have stayed here.Why go anywhere else when you have this wonderful house, it's views, location, air conditioning and charming hosts in Amar & Elena. It is very family friendly and well equipped, with lots of things to do and see in the area. We highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful house with views peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvellous two weeks in this stunning house. The attention to detail is exceptional. It has everything - books, games, pool, enclosed garden, information on the area, the kitchen is very well equipped and the air conditioning in the bedrooms is a saviour in the hot weather. The house is ideally positioned for exploring this wonderful region. Amar and Elena were really helpful both before we arrived and during our stay and were always on hand if we needed anything.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect home in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

We simply had a fantastic stay at La Tour de Genèbre. The house was not only beautiful inside and out but perfectly appointed with everything you could possibly need. Our two boys in particular loved the salt water pool which was a godsend when the weather turned hot. The house stays relatively cool even in warm weather and we only needed to use the air conditioning a few times at night which was a nice luxury. Elena and Amar were wonderful hosts and readily available if we needed anything. We very much hope to return to this lovely place again someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Matt! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. What a real pleasure it was to meet you and your family ... we are glad you enjoyed your stay and that you had a good time in the Dordogne. We do hope to see you again if you are ever back in this area - bonne continuation!!
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home set in Dordogne conveniently located to access all the wonderful villages. Highly recommend! The hosts wer fabulous.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Leona!! It was truly a pleasure to meet you all ... you really all were perfect guests and we do hope that we will see you again if you are ever back in this area. We wish you all a safe journey home and hope you have some lovely memories of your time in the Dordogne. A bientôt!!
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
brive vallée de la dordogne
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
681 Kilometres
st malo
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
29 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Use of car essential. Nearest airport near Brive ( ~12 miles) Also Bergerac (~65 miles) & Bordeaux (~125 miles). Between 6 and 8 hours drive from all ferry ports


Nearest town with shops at 8 kms in Salignac, Medieval city of Sarlat just 20 mins away, Montignac ( Lascaux II ) 25 mins, Rocamadour ( Gouffre de Padirac, Roche des Aigles) 45 mins,

Further Details:

Large choice of supermarkets between 10 and 30 mins drive, details of restaurants, activities, gardens, castles, walks, cycle routes, daily markets & night markets etc ( too numerous to list here!) will be found in the villa.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning contribution $94.23
Stay tax $1.04 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
30% deposit required upon booking with remaining 70% due 2 calendar months before arrival

Changeover Day: Sunday , may be flexible off season depending on existing bookings and dates requested
Sunday - may be flexible off season. Arrival from 5 pm, departure by 10am
Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for the use of up to 4 bedrooms - a 5th double ensuite room is available at an extra charge - please ask for details if you would like this option.
Prices include heating if required and all bed & house linen (beds made up ready for your arrival). Towels & pool towels may be hired separately . Final cleaning contribution is €80.
Short breaks available depending on outstanding availability, days of the week required and length of time before arrival date. Please note that short breaks ( particularly of 3 nights or less) may not be charged at pro rata prices - please ask for a quote and confirmation of availability before reserving directly through Owners Direct.
30% deposit required (not 50% as stated above) Please check with us for full & detailed cancellation Policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.