Villa Le Priotlet
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The Villa Le Priotlet is a centuries-old authentic stone villa set romantically on the banks of the Dordogne River, 15 minutes east of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint-Emilion, which has been producing some of the world's best wine since Roman times.
This family home has been lovingly restored and furnished and is ideal for three couples or a small family group to kick back, relax and enjoy the peaceful views and gentle countryside. Once you feel refreshed and ready for a little exploration, head to the world-famous vineyards of the region and prepare to discover your brand new favourite bottle - and if there's one bit of advice we can give you, make sure there's room in your bags to take a few bottles back.
The villa has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, is incredibly cosy and has a wonderful home-from-home feel that typifies everything that's great about a villa rental. The owner has great style too, so you can be assured of some beautiful and tasteful decor!
What Oliver loves…
- This villa is spoilt with a rare feature - direct access to the river and a floating swimming dock as well as kayaks to use on the Dordogne river
- Beautiful formal 'parterre' gardens with French antique iron table and chairs which overlook the river for dining alfresco in a romantic and nostalgic setting
- Great for foodies - delicious goat's cheese from a farm only five minutes away, and the renowned wine town of Saint Emilion is only 15 minutes away.
- The house itself is like a 5-star boutique hotel full of original carved stonework and interesting antiques - check out the enticing Balinese bed by the pool.
- The beautiful landscaped gardens are full of seasonal treats for you to pick and enjoy, including apples, figs, pears, plums and grapes.
- The impressive approach has you driving in through a large vineyard - the perfect start to your luxury French getaway!
What you should know…
- The pool uses a salt water chlorination system
- If you're staying on the upper floor and you're six foot plus, mind your head!
Just outside of the tidy village of Flaujagues, a little lane cuts through Bordeaux vineyards. Head down it and through the sun-dappled vines and trees and soon you'll find yourself at Villa Le Priotlet - and oasis of beauty and tranquility in the middle of Aquitaine.
The Villa has been recently renovated to a very high standard with many authentic details such as thick stone walls, exposed brick and beams providing guests with rustic charm and a character that invites you to do nothing but relax and indulge (only not necessarily in that order).
The well-equipped kitchen includes a large two-door refrigerator, five-burner gourmet gas range and oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker and tea kettle. The deep sink has a powerful spray attachment, and the cupboards are spring-loaded. In the kitchen and throughout the house are eclectic yet functional touches, giving you a little insight into the personality of the owners. A door from the kitchen allows natural light to flood the inside and leads to a small side terrace with river views.
The salon is a light-filled, open area with high ceilings and an impressive beam that spans the width of the room. A sofa and two club chairs next to a wood-burning stove form a convivial space to relax after dinner. It can also serve as an entertainment area and communication hub, with an iPod dock, library of English-language books (which includes guides for the region and France in general) and the high-speed Internet port. While the connection is wireless, guests can set up their laptop computers here at the round table.
A staircase from the salon leads to the master suite. This spacious room has its high ceiling set off by an elegant crystal chandelier and contains a king-sized bed, TV with satellite reception (including hundreds of English-language channels) and a view of the river. The en-suite bath has a single vanity, a marble stall shower with fixed shower head and WC. A large antique armoire and mirrored chest of drawers provide ample and elegant storage for guests.
There are two good-sized bedrooms on the ground floor, located around the corner from the salon. The first bedroom has exposed beams, a queen-sized bed and a window overlooking the garden. The second bedroom is slightly larger, has a king-sized bed (which can be divided into twins) and French doors which open onto the garden - this can also be used as an independent entrance. Both bedrooms share a large bath at the end of the hall. The bathroom is decked out in tumbled limestone, has a single vanity and tub with hand-held shower and WC. You'll also find an additional WC on the ground floor.
A cosy den at the end of the hall can be used as a TV room, second sitting room or office. A washer and dryer can be found in a small utility closet off the den. A door leads off to the parking area and is particularly convenient for guests staying on this side of the house. Stairs from the den lead to the fourth bedroom located on the upper level. This private guest suite has a queen-sized bed and glorious vineyard views. The en-suite bath has a single vanity and blue tiled walk-in shower with fixed shower head, while a separate, private WC is around the corner. This room has sloped ceilings and an open, loft-style feel.
The terrace that overlooks the Dordogne River is the ideal spot for a glass of wine! This picturesque area has a wrought-iron table with chairs for six and is partially shaded by a large tree. From here, you can watch the sun rise, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, linger over a lazy lunch, sip an apéritif as the sun sets or dine under the stars. Guests also have direct access to the river via a wide, sturdy staircase that is secured by a locked gate. A ping-pong table and kayaks are also available for guests’ use, and additional canoes can be rented from the neighboring village of Pessac.
Guest can enjoy swimming in the river (the cleanest in France!) or in the saltwater swimming pool. The 5x10m pool is protected by an alarm and fenced in for the safety of children. The well-maintained grounds include flat, soft grassy areas and are gently dotted with colour from plants and flowers including roses, hydrangeas and lavender. A shed just inside the gate houses the canoe and paddles, two bikes for riding along the river and an indoor/outdoor ping-pong table.
The warm and inviting common areas will be appreciated by all guests, especially in the cooler months when dining outdoors is generally not advised! It's easy to imagine fireside dining at the sumptuous rectangular country-style table for six in the kitchen and dining room. More formal seating for four is available at a round table in the adjacent salon for card games or a small family meal.
The villa is an ideal vacation spot for wine lovers or those in search of a relaxing and memorable holiday in the tranquil countryside of the Bordeaux region.
Whether arriving in Bordeaux by air or train, you are less than an hour away from the Villa. Guests can reduce the drive to half an hour by taking the TGV from Paris to Libourne. The quaint town of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and obligatory stop for oenophiles (aka wine lovers!), is only fifteen minutes by car.
The fête du vin, held every other June in Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux, is reason alone to visit! The lively town of Castillon-la-Bataille, with twice-weekly markets and larger stores, is only a ten-minute drive away. The region is rich in wine and history, with dozens of medieval chateaux and thousand-year old churches dotting the hillsides. Restaurants running from the basic and hearty to high-end also abound in the area, with a nice mix of family-run establishments serving traditional fare and newer chefs putting a modern spin into their menus.
The quiet riverside village of Flaujagues is just a few minutes on foot, with an engaging restaurant, café, bakery, small grocery store and post office. A spectacular Bastille Day celebration, annual flea market and myriad of special events take place in the village, including a special Christmas market. During the summer months are three evening markets, where local goods, wine and gifts are for sale - you'll also find some long picnic tables where the community gathers to celebrate well into the night! Luckily, you can just stroll home from the festivities if you're starting to feel the strain of too much food and excellent wine!
Bordeaux or Bergerac
|Nearest Ferry port||
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Complimentary welcome hamper with champagne and nibbles
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Extras available at this property:
The helpful and pleasant English-speaking caretakers live nearby and can be engaged to prepare one or more meals. Wine tours and tastings can be organized as well. Additional cleaning and babysitting can be arranged for a small fee.
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
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.
For a truly rustic, French wedding full of charm and romance, look no further than Villa le Priotlet. The beautiful farmhouse and grounds serve as the ideal setting for a memorable occasion. There is a lovely old church in the local village for a traditional ceremony, or the event can take place in the gardens alongside the river with the bride walking between the beautiful parterre gardens.
The venue is available during the summer months from April to October and can host an event 200 guests with a marquee.
Caterers and wedding planners can be easily organised to assist you in creating the perfect day. The house manager and his wife have much experience in organising large events and parties including flowers, menus, marquees and all other necessary rentals.
Finally, there is plenty of additional accommodation nearby (within walking distance) as well as a bunch of B&Bs within a 5-10 minute drive for all your additional guests, friends and family.
Please note any event rental may be subject to additional charges (that will be pre-agreed) on top of the published rental amount. Please contact us for further details.
|Security deposit||€500. This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.|
|Arrival time||5 p.m. onwards.|
|Departure time||10 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Included in the rental price.|
|Linen & towels included?||All linen, bath and pool towels are included in the rental price.|
|Pets welcome?||Please enquire.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||€200 to be paid in cash upon departure|
|Changeover day||Saturday from June to mid September, flexible otherwise.|
|Smoking Allowed?||No smoking in the property.|
|Insurance||It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.|
|Other Ts and Cs||weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations allowed. See 'events' tab for full details.|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|February 18th 2018 - May 26th 2018||-||-||£3,768.00|
|May 26th 2018 - June 30th 2018||-||-||£3,919.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 15th 2018||-||-||£4,145.00|
|September 15th 2018 - September 29th 2018||-||-||£3,919.00|
|September 29th 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||-||£3,768.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||£4,145.00|
|January 5th 2019 - May 25th 2019||-||-||£3,768.00|
|May 25th 2019 - June 29th 2019||-||-||£3,919.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 22nd 2019||-||-||£4,145.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|February 18th 2018 - May 26th 2018||-||-||€4,097.00|
|May 26th 2018 - June 30th 2018||-||-||€4,260.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 15th 2018||-||-||€4,506.00|
|September 15th 2018 - September 29th 2018||-||-||€4,260.00|
|September 29th 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||-||€4,097.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||€4,506.00|
|January 5th 2019 - May 25th 2019||-||-||€4,097.00|
|May 25th 2019 - June 29th 2019||-||-||€4,260.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 22nd 2019||-||-||€4,506.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|February 18th 2018 - May 26th 2018||-||-||$5,083.00|
|May 26th 2018 - June 30th 2018||-||-||$5,286.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 15th 2018||-||-||$5,591.00|
|September 15th 2018 - September 29th 2018||-||-||$5,286.00|
|September 29th 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||-||$5,083.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||$5,591.00|
|January 5th 2019 - May 25th 2019||-||-||$5,083.00|
|May 25th 2019 - June 29th 2019||-||-||$5,286.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 22nd 2019||-||-||$5,591.00|
How long have you owned the property?
7 years, moved in in December of 2009 right before Christmas.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The river, getting a place directly on the river with direct access to it, the cleanest and one of the most beautiful in France, was a coupe de grace!
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Yes – the place was built in the late 1700’s as a priory for monks, the nuns lived next door at my neighbor’s, Pat, house. After that it was owned by a series of armers and then finally a Belgian sailor and his wife whom I bought it from. Legend has it that the monks buried a bunch of money or perhaps gold somewhere in the house or yard. One of the farming families dug up the entire floor and 1/2 of the garden and never found it….is it still there? We’ll never know.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Not that I know of, but we do have a lot of guests who come and stay who attend weddings at the nearby Chateau which is owned by a famous ballet dancer Darcy Bussell from the UK. Oh and we did have our friends come stay with us one summer, he directed the well known children’s movie Ice Age, the animated one and went on to produce an entire series of them. He’s an Oscar winner, but they are friends so I’m not sure if that counts really.
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received? Nothing too odd really, we’ve had absolutely wonderful guests. One family really wanted a cruise on the river but apparently didn’t want to do it themselves, as we have kayaks and a canoe but I did find them something closer to Bordeaux to try out on the Gironde river. We’ve set up a lot of wine tastings of course and once a visit to a local goat cheese farm.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should…
One must go wine tasting at several different Chateaux in the area, I recommend a family owned small one like my friend Claire’s vineyard Font Vidal, a medium sized and a large fancy really tasty one. Each are uniquely enjoyable.
For Haute, we love Les Giron’Dines in St. Emilion or L’Huiterie Pie, but for everyday we also adore the family owned Bar a Voyagers in Castillon just 7 minutes away. Its like something out of a Peter Mayle novel.
St. Emilion and the city of Bordeaux – both are absolutely stunning, close by and Unesco World Heritage sites.
Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine.
A gorgeous villa
We loved our gorgeous villa from Oliver's Travels called Villa Le Priotlet in the Dordogne. Kayaking every day!
Your home felt like ours for a week and we treated it as such.
Went with my brother in law and wife. 2 of our older kids and boyfriends plus the youngest (who enjoyed the pool)
We particularly enjoyed the kayaking and cycling along the Dordogne. Peter said he had had the bikes serviced but one was in a pretty bad state and one of our party fell off when the the front wheel buckled.
Suggested restaurants all good. Red Table was our favourite
Clarie a sweetie she did a fabulous job showing us around her chateau and the family vaults. And she sorted out the electricity when it failed for the day
Wonderfully relaxing. Couldnt fault it.
Two memorable weeks at this beautiful home. Although the photos are nice, they really do not do the place justice. The owners have renovated and decorated the house to the highest standards and one can really feel how much of their heart and soul went into it.
Location Location Location
This is a really charming apartment and extremely comfortable, but its perfect location is what made it so ideal for our visit. We were able to walk almost anywhere, and the metro is an easy walk for when we needed it. We loved being so close to Notre Dame and could relax at a cafe at the end of the street soaking up the sights. Plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby - the location made the trip really easy. The apartment is nice and roomy and has the charm of an older building but with everything we needed. The concierge doesn't speak English but sign language was very effective!
Didn't want to leave this cool flat
Thanks, Jenn, The trip was just about everything we wanted except for more time. So maybe soon again
Our stay at the chateau was great. The perfect mix of elegance and comfort. The chateau is beautifully decorated and so much better than the pictures!
Lovely Stay in the Heart of Paris!
It was my great pleasure to stay here in August. This beautiful apartment is roomy, bright, and decorated in a warm and welcoming eclectic style. So chic! Everything a traveler could want was thoughtfully provided by the owners, and I truly felt as if I were coming back to my Parisian "home" at the end of a long day of seeing the sights. As if all that weren't enough, the location is truly out of this world, on the historic and charming Ile St. Louis, a short walk to Notre Dame and other sights and close to many little boutiques and restaurants. We loved sitting at the cafe at the end of the island and gazing upon Notre Dame while sipping our morning coffee - does is get any better than that? I would wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful apartment to any of my friends.
Glorious French getaway
We had such a relaxing stay reading on the patio, taking the canoe down the river and eating the fresh fruit from the garden. Not to mention the stunning chateau interior! All in all Villa Le Priolet offered an exception stay.
Wonderful stay, perfect house and lovely food!
The chateau is nicely renovated, The grounds are spacious and perfect for a morning or early evening stroll.
The farmhouse was fabulous!
The farmhouse offered more than i could have dream of. The house is large and as described. After visting with my hubby I’ve fallen in love with the area – the vineyards, the wines and the charming vendors at the marché here in town. There is a quiet beauty about life here.
Gorgeous location a very special holiday
lovely house which can be enjoyed by all ages. It's a beautiful house that has been a labour of love by owners and made a very special holiday for us.
Villa Le Priotlet
This fetching house sits upon the bank of the Dordogne River in the tiny town of Flaujagues. It is charming, splendid yet simple, and has a feeling of old world allure mixed with clean modern convenience. We breakfasted outside on crossaints, jam, butter, bread, and fresh wild strawberries all from the nearby market. Just 15 minutes away is St. Emilion, the World Heritage Site of wine, medieval churches, and history. St. Emilion looks as if it materialized straight from the frontispiece of an antique book of fairy tales. We were giddy after a wonderful tour of Clos Jacobins and then a tasting in the wine cellar of one of the many wine shops in the village. The Villa is a true get-away where you can pretend you have your own place in the French country side. S'il vous plat allez et appciez !
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