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Private pool
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Party House (Ideal for celebrations!)
Ground floor bed & bath
Heated Pool
Child-safe Pool
Wine cellar
Games room
Indoor games
Cable TV
DVD
Working fireplace
Heating

Babies & Toddlers

Gated/fenced grounds
Ideal for babies & toddlers

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Rural Location
Walkable Village/Town
Walking/Hiking paths
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
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Overview of Grand Carre

What Oliver loves…

  • Three buildings situated around a central tree lined courtyard make this property perfect for groups who like both their time together and their private space
  • The central living space in the glass-fronted house, framed by lavender, offers a luxurious and contemporary communal space
  • Grand Carre offers the best of both worlds - set in the beautiful rural Dordogne whilst still being in close proximity to town and local amenities
  • Modern, sophisticated atmosphere inductive to relaxation

What you should know…

  • A car is necessary
  • Owner lives on site in a separate building- but remains non intrusive whilst willing to help with any queries and offer knowledge of the local area

At the end of a winding dirt path lined with dense evergreen forest lies the splendid hamlet of Grande Carre, a collection of 200 year old stone farmhouses and a new glass-walled building with modern yet perfectly integrated styling. The houses form a U-shape around a central gravel courtyard lined with olive trees that proceeds into a large private swimming pool.

Set within peaceful rolling fields, and pine and oak forests, Grande Carre is surrounded by 14 hectares of luscious gardens bejewelled with delicately coloured blossoms. All this natural beauty compliments the original stone work of the farmhouse buildings, the light blue window frames, and the steep sloping roofing, all pristinely reflected in the huge glass facade of the newest structure.

The local Dordogne region is France’s best kept secret, with a charming and well preserved history and a rich culture of wine and gastronomy. The hamlet layout is ideal for groups who value their privacy, yet still appreciate the communal space afforded by the swimming pool and the several fabulous dining areas.

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Interior & Grounds

Grand Carre consists of three buildings, two authentic farmhouses and a central living space; the beautiful contemporary glass-fronted house which is located on the edge of the oak forest.

The first of the farmhouses consists of two ensuite bedrooms, a living room with inviting stone fireplace, dining area and a fully fitted modern kitchen.

The second farmhouse consists of two bedrooms with a bathroom and a further enquite bedrooms, large living area with stone fireplace, dining area, fully equipped country kitchen.

The lovely new house, as well as offering fabulous amounts of natural light, offers dining for 12, a large seating area with fireplace, a mezzanine library and television room and a further bedroom, also on a mezzanine with a private bathroom.

Map, Location & Local Information

Grand Carre is conveniently situated within a short distance from villages with all the necessary amenities including a boulangerie, restaurants and supermarkets.

The Dordogne area itself is beautiful and extensive outdoor activities as well as authentic and quintessentially French villages are all within a 45 minutes radius.

Don't miss the chance to visit the UNESCO medieval market town of Perigueux.

If you're a wine lover, you can follow the 'wine trail' from Bergerac (40 minutes) through to St Emillion and all the way through to Bordeaux and beyond. The location of Grand Carre is recognised for being a fabulous place for culinary and gastronomic excellence; foie gras, truffles and vineyards a plenty! 

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brive

(26-30 km)

Nearest Ferry port Calais

(over 100 km)

Nearest Train Station Perigueux

(21-25 km)

Nearest Village Fossemagne

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Perigueux

(21-25 km)

Nearest Restaurant Ajat, Thenon

(3 km)

Nearest Shop Thenon Nearest Beach Arachon

(over 100 km)

Nearest Golf Perigueux

(26-30 km)

Nearest Tennis Perigueux

The Region

The pace of life in the Dordogne is languid, laid back and positively infectious. Relax in bucolic beauty as you drift along the Dordogne River, or wander among the forests and hillside of the Périgord Natural Park.

The foodie scene too, is a relaxed affair. Take your time over your lazy lunches of local duck, black truffles and goats cheese. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hunt for them yourself. The wine here is second to none, with infamous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc all having a huge presence here.

The Dordogne is also brimming with history. Castles and chateaux are scattered throughout the region, among the enchanting medieval villages. History of an altogether more ancient sort can also be explored in the incredible prehistoric cave drawings of Lascaux and Grotte de Rouffignac.

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Catering & Services

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit €800 Arrival time 4PM
Departure time 11AM Energy costs included? Yes
Heating costs included? Yes End of stay cleaning included? €350 for 1 week bookings, €500 for 2 week bookings to be paid upon arrival.
Linen & towels included? Yes Pets welcome? Upon request
Smoking Allowed? Outside only Minimum stay 7 nights / 1 week

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Generally great for families with heated pool and extensive wood deck along with central courtyard with outdoor activities close by as well as extensive shopping and entertainment within 20+mins away at the towns of Boulazac, Trellisac and Perigueux.

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Walkable Village/Town
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
Walkable Village/Town
Xbox/Playstation
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Games room
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Indoor games
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Gated/fenced grounds

Event information

Customized according to requirements with accommodations within and nearby as well as catering available.

Reviews for Grand Carre

Grand Carre Reviews


  • Lovely location - may not suit everyone

    Posted by Jonathan R on 28/08/2016

    First of all the contact we were given to let us into the property by Oliver's travels did not exist! However, Peter and Christine who looked after us in the adjacent property were both lovely and very helpful when we needed them, but discrete enough to let us get on with our holiday.

     

    The two stone properties, The Grape House and Pear House have been sympathetically restored, The Grape House receiving more modernisation (not mentioned in brochure). The setting is private and secluded just over 1.5km from nearest village, and the grounds of the property were beautiful, with fantastic views from the central court yard and pool area. The area, north of the main Dordogne is much quieter, just as attractive with lovely local villages and towns.

     

    However, despite the brochure advertising both houses as having fully equipped kitchens, only the Grape House has a kitchen that could function, having a modern fully fitted kitchen. In fact the Pear House did not even have a cup, plate or glass in it when we arrived. I contacted the owner about this, who stated it was not meant to have as all catering should take place in the Grape House. So beware, and make sure whoever you share the holiday with is ready to share facilities. There are also very limited storage facilities in the Pear House kitchen for food etc and only a small fridge. It was very surprising to hear this from the owner, as this is not the impression given by the brochure on Oliver's Travels website.

     

    The modern 'day building', although a pleasant, contemporary addition to the property, was totally unusable for us. During our stay the day time temperature was often in excess of 32 degrees and it effectively becomes a green house. There is no air-conditioning, and even leaving doors open fails to ventilate the upper floor. The stair case is very steep and of such a design that it is unsafe for children to use below a certain age.

     

    As mentioned in a previous review, the cost of cleaning the residence is not included in the rental price and is an extortionate 350 euros per week.

    For our two week stay we were generously offered a 'discount' to 500 euros. This includes one towel change for a two week stay, extra if you wish to have linen changed!

    We felt this to be a ridiculously high rate to charge anyone, especially as the properties were not spotlessly clean on arrival given the fee paid. I have stayed in similar properties throughout Europe of the same or higher standard where no additional charges are made. I have failed to find a higher cleaning charge on any other Oliver's Travel property.

     

    Despite these issues, and the fact that both houses could do with fans to to help remove some heat from the bedrooms in the eaves, we had a great time during our holiday, largely due to the fantastic weather, the ability to relax by the pool and the lovely surrounding area.

     

    Just be aware, the property has its quirks and may not suit everybody due to these issues.

  • Highly Recommended

    Posted by Clare W on 09/08/2016

    We have just returned from a very enjoyable week at Le Grand Carre in the Dordogne with a group of 12. The property is fabulous - 3 separate buildings, each with a different style, set on 3 sides of a square with the pool at base. Two old French stone barns and a very modern barn style building. In the middle of the courtyard is a table where we all congregated to eat by candlelight at night. It is furnished to a high standard with an eclectic mix of old and very modern designer furniture. The property sits up a hill so the view of the pine forest and fields beyond is lovely. The gardens are very pretty and the smell of lavender wafts through the air and across the pool.

     

    The location is great - the countryside is beautiful, and the local villages and towns are very historic and picturesque. The old town of Perigueux is very attractive and the towns along the Dordogne River are also very historic. We spent a day canoeing down the river, which was great fun. Not a place for people looking for wild nightlife but perfect for us!

     

    During our stay, two charming "Guardians", Christine and Peter looked after us and made us very welcome, quickly helping to sort out any minor issues. They were very friendly and helpful without being intrusive.

     

    As I said, we had a party of 12 staying. The accommodation is large enough, but just be aware that the double bed in the modern building is only a 140cm sofa bed with a metal bar down the middle. It is also at the top of the building and there is no ventilation or aircon, so it can be hot in the middle of the summer, although it did cool down at night.. The bathroom is behind a curtain, without walls or a door. The people staying in that building have the short straw, as the other bedrooms are lovely and the beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms well equipped (with doors!). Several of our party said they slept much better here than at home.

     

    Future guests should also be aware of the 800 Euros damage deposit payable on arrival and the 350 Euros cleaning charge, payable in advance, which is very expensive. This was mentioned in the Ts&Cs, but I missed it when I booked and nobody brought my attention to it.

     

    The only other very minor comments are that the pillows are not very good and the kitchen equipment is lacking. Only 12 knives and forks for 12 people does not go very far and there are not enough bowls etc.

     

    Having said all that, we would absolutely recommend Le Grand Carre. We had a great stay and will certainly return to the region.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 23rd 2017 - April 29th 2017 - - £2,632.96
April 29th 2017 - June 24th 2017 - - £3,218.07
June 24th 2017 - September 30th 2017 - - £3,803.18
September 30th 2017 - October 28th 2017 - - £3,218.07
October 28th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - £2,632.96
January 6th 2018 - September 24th 2018 - - £2,632.96

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 23rd 2017 - April 29th 2017 - - €2,927.36
April 29th 2017 - June 24th 2017 - - €3,577.89
June 24th 2017 - September 30th 2017 - - €4,228.41
September 30th 2017 - October 28th 2017 - - €3,577.89
October 28th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - €2,927.36
January 6th 2018 - September 24th 2018 - - €2,927.36

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 23rd 2017 - April 29th 2017 - - $3,157.45
April 29th 2017 - June 24th 2017 - - $3,859.12
June 24th 2017 - September 30th 2017 - - $4,560.77
September 30th 2017 - October 28th 2017 - - $3,859.12
October 28th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - $3,157.45
January 6th 2018 - September 24th 2018 - - $3,157.45

Owner Profile

Owner name
Alexander

How long have you owned the property?
Two years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The setting, the architecture and the views

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Research shows that it the home might have been home country mistress to the lord of a nearby chateau

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Not yet

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do? Sightseeing Really eat? Truffle, canard and foie gras Really see? Perigueux, Sarlat and Bordeaux

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

Rural yet within easy reach of not only charming villages/towns but close to shopping of every kind at Trellisac/Boulazac so come for the restful & gastronomic retreat but amidst an experiential area.

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