The little one bedroom gite at the other end of the barn.Our puppy, Luca, enjoys the view from our window too!
Old Farm House near Dordogne River


Private room

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

Atmospheric old farmhouse in acres of trees & gardens on banks of Gardonette stream, 3 miles from Dordogne river. Near chateaux, in midst of vineyards. Great for biking. Generous comfortable double bedrooms - two with ensuite bathrooms.

The space

The house is about 300 years old with great oak beams in the living room and upstairs bedrooms. Built of stone with tiled floors, the house is refreshingly cool in the hot summers. The kitchen, although renovated in a traditional style, retains its original massive open fireplace. We have put in a traditional woodburning cooker into the space. The house has high ceilings in the living areas and retains many of its original features. The owners love gardening and are establishing eco-friendly flower and vegetable gardens on the spacious site. The grounds lead down to a small stream, woods and to fields beyond.

Guest access

Guests have access to their own private bathrooms, bedrooms and the common kitchen area and lounge. And of course are welcome to use the gardens or sit by the pond.

Interaction with guests

We are both very welcoming and happy to spend time with people staying in the house but also aware that people need their own space and time also. As we live on site we are normally present most of the time during our guests' stay.

Other things to note

We are also well situated to visit mediaeval villages and wineries as well as the buddhist retreat of Plum Village, at Thénac. It is not far from the 1000 year-old church of Monbos. There are several pleasant walks to be taken beside streams and under trees, starting from the end of our garden. A longer walk takes in the nearby old fortified chateaux of Gageac and Saussignac.


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £14 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: £136
Weekly Discount: 13%
Weekend Price: £27 / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 4PM

We have a (very well-behaved and gentle) dog who gets on very well with other dogs, so we are happy for people to bring their pet.

We don't really like smoking in the house.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Hamish User Profile
September 2016
We had a lovely week staying in the Gite which was spacious and comfortable for two. The house is well located to explore the region and Maurice provided lots of helpful information for things to see locally as well as day trips. We borrowed bikes for an evening cycle through the local vineyards and chateau - a definite highlight.

Declan User Profile
August 2016
I had a truly wonderful week in this charming and delightful place. The room is spacious and looks out onto the back garden, the en suite more than adequate, and the bed very comfortable. It was quiet and peaceful, perfect to rest up of an evening after wandering around the gorgeous Dordogne landscape. Maurice and Tony gave me a hearty welcome, and offered advice and help on what to do locally. Through them I met some amazing people living in the area, and was also very happy to visit the renowned Buddhist monastery of Plum Village, only about 10 kilometres away. It was also possible to book in for breakfast and/or evening meal, at very affordable rates, and - yes! - Tony's Thai cooking is delicious! All in all, a great holiday. The place is imbued with the passion and love with which Maurice and Tony have restored this lovely house, shared now as well with their very friendly dogs, Luca and Archie. I wish them every blessing for the road ahead, and continued success with their AirBnB adventures.

Araceli User Profile
August 2016
Maurice was very welcoming and his location was exactly as described in the middle of vast vineyards west of Bergerac. His back garden with its towering trees and surrounding thick bush was the perfect location for a do it yourself supper of baguette, fine cheese and a bottle of the neighbourhood's best product.

Metten User Profile
July 2016
When we were driving to Gardonne, we were already getting so excited by the views around us. Gardonne is in the middle of the wine region around Bergerac and simply is outstandingly beautifull. The same can be said about the place of Maurice, Tony and their amazing dog Luca. The garden is enormous and a great place to rest after exploring the eegio. Our room and private bathroom were very cosy and cottage like. The biggest reason to stay here would however be the owners. We felt so welcome, having a lot of good talks with Maurice and Tony and great walks outside with Luca. We will definately return, if only to taste Tony's food, which smelt amazing. Thanks so much for the wonderfull stay!

Jessica User Profile
June 2016
Fantastic stay with Tony and Maurice. The room was very big and comfortable. Luca the dog was adorable and we really enjoyed chatting each evening to Tony and Maurice. It was a very enjoyable stay and would definitely come back again to relax and recharge our batteries.

Catherine User Profile
May 2016
Trying to find the right words to write a comment in another than your first language is not easy. Not finding the perfect words I would like to assent to all the good comments of former guests. Maurice and Tony (and of course Luca) were very kind hosts and gave me the feeling of belonging to their life for the week I stayed. Wonderful and easy hosts, wonderful house, really nice room with private bathroom and fresh flowers from the garden!, great Thai dinner, beautiful garden, the best bed, …. I can highly recommend this place and will love to come back as soon as possible!

Thomas User Profile
May 2016
We spent a wonderful week in Maurice and Tony’s house in Gardonne. The house is difficult to find at first as house numbers on the Route de Monteton don’t seem to follow any logic... We had a lovely room, in the same house as our hosts. Nice and sober, graced with a bouquet of purple and yellow irises that Tony had freshly picked from the garden. Tony’s Thai cuisine is just insanely good, we often shared meals and talked till late in the evening while they kept the wood burner going. We shared our plans to buy a house in the Dordogne and found support in their advice. We often depend on the kindness of strangers on our travels, but we rarely encounter the delicate balance between the right distance and a friendly contact that characterizes Maurice and Tony.

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Gardonne, France · Joined in May 2013
Maurice User Profile

Perhaps I can best describe myself by explaining how a globetrotting New Zealander ended up with houses smack in the middle of Andalusia and France.

Like most kiwis (our way of saying NZer) I got bitten by a wanderbug very early on. By the age of seventeen, I had already been hitchhiking in Europe. Once I got my teacher training out of the road I was quickly off again.

First stop was 6 months in Asia, followed by a stint teaching in Japan, but the goal was always Europe and the UK.

A fascination with the Granada playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca lead me not only to southern Spain but more specifically to Granada. I suppose buying the house there was some sort of attempt at making a connection.

I didn't leave it there though.
My next teaching post saw me establishing a Theatre Arts course in Hong Kong and it was a Lorca play that kicked off that whole programme. That first show, an extract from 'Blood Wedding', was staged under moonlight in the bay below the school, lit by burning torches; all rather eerie and haunting. Lorca resurfaced a year or two later as well. We staged a bunraku puppet version of 'The House of Bernarda Alba' (using puppets about half the size of their operators).

Well, that gives you some idea of the background of the owner of the house and maybe a bit of a glimpse into how rich Granada is in literature, as well as history as well. Its easy to get captivated by Granada's magic and mystery as I did.

Our place in France was bought for similar romantic, rather than purely rational, reasons. I had been hunting for an old stone property to do up for several years. What we finally found was everything we'd hoped for and more. The few acres we have on the edge of a stream is covered in woods and fruit trees. The stone house is our project. We are well on the way now to breathing new life into this wonderful old farmhouse and look forward to sharing it with family and friends, old and new. It, too, has its own magic.

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