Le Prieure Esperance

Sleeps: 8 - 12 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4


Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids

Le Prieure Esperance is a 17th century stone Presbytery sitting just above the Dordogne river, neatly restored inside and out to create an overall atmosphere of warmth and peace. Offering unspoilt views of the French countryside, guests can breakfast under the rising sun on their own private terrace before taking a morning dip in the large heated pool, or strolling amongst the lovingly manicured gardens.

The subtle mix of medieval and oriental inspired soft furnishings and exposed original oak beams and stonework give the interior a unique, yet homely feel that instantly puts visitors at ease. The grand stone fireplace only adds to this effect, as the centre piece of a large modern dining room. All spacious bedrooms are complete with flawless en-suite bathroom facilities.

In the courtyard of the villa there is a private, detached 17th Century chapel (70m2) which is now used as a non-religious multifunctional space. It is heated/air-conditioned and has a "HK Lucas Performer" music system (compatible with media devices, I-phone etc) which allows guests to enjoy their choice of music in high definition and with excellent acoustics.

The chapel is furnished as an elegant dining space with dining table and chairs. Ideal for a blessing, exquisite dining room, private concert and dancing. (Capacity: approximately 30 seated or 60 standing guests).

This is a holiday rental that oozes sophisticated luxury, from the silver dining cutlery to the un-chlorinated salt water pool, yet maintains a quaint rustic charm that is in line with that of the entire Dordogne region. 

If you'd rather relax and fully enjoy a catered evening at the villa, two wonderful private chefs are at your disposal as well as a waitress service.
You can even choose whether to eat in the chateau, chapel or al fresco! Enjoy your meal while you settle into this unique venue and start to immerse yourselves into the charming French lifestyle!

Booked in conjunction with 2 lovely adjoining annexes sleeping 2 extra guests each, the total capacity is 12. To top it all, there is also the option of renting out the whole estate, including the neighbouring Maison Esperance: your own little hamlet for parties of up to 22 guests. Visit Le Prieure Esperance Estate for further details.

Please note: advertised prices are for up to 8 guests. Up to 4 additional guests can be accommodated at an extra charge. (See "Facilities" and "T&Cs" tabs for details and prices).

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel
Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.


Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The cultural fusion of interior design styling gives the house a recognizable character that guests will naturally form an attachment to
  • All rooms come fully air-conditioned for those warm summer evenings
  • A number of unique and well equipped communal spaces makes this an ideal choice for groups of friends or big families
  • Beautiful courtyard, garden and chapel as well as a gloriously romantic master suite with its own living area make this the perfect venue for a wedding
  • Terrace by the pool offers a brilliant location for breakfast in the morning sun, with the spectacular view of the countryside and nearby chateaux, in particular Le Chateau de Fenelon.

What you should know…

  • Deep within the Southern French countryside, the property is a fair distance from any beaches, however the pool out on the terrace means you are only ever moments from your own private salt water swim
  • For larger parties of up to 22 guests, the whole hamlet is available for rent for your exclusive use.
  • The swimming pool is heated between May and mid-September

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con Cable TV Bicycles Provided Indoor Games Home Cinema DVD Heating Chapel on Site Table tennis

1) Le Prieure Esperance + Additional 1-Bedroom House and 1-Bedroom Cottage (sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms / 6 bathrooms)
2) Le Prieure Esperance + Additional 1-Bedroom House (sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms)
3) Le Prieure Esperance + Additional 1-Bedroom Cottage (sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms)
4) Le Prieure Esperance (sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms)

Le Prieure Esperance
The villa can accommodate 8 people. Four bedrooms have been furnished with the utmost taste to create a feeling of well-being and peace.
One of which is a suite with hints of past feuds and two others under timber beams possess charm and tranquility.
The subtle combination of medieval furniture and soft furnishings inspired by the Orient make for a unique and warm atmosphere.

The Living Accommodation
- Dining Room with a grand stone fireplace leading to the lounge with a working open fireplace.

The Kitchens
- Four ring induction hob
- Traditional oven, microwave
- Dishwasher and large fridge freezer
- Cutlery and crockery are of silver and porcelain respectively
- Beautiful glasses completes the service to allow guests to entertain in elegant style.
- Summer Kitchen: this principal kitchen is professionally equipped throughout. It has a professional range with four gas jets, oven and accessories. A two ring induction hob, microwave, fridge, ice machine and dishwasher. Ideally positioned for outdoor eating, dining in the chapel and the proximity of the pool.

The Bedrooms
- Bedroom La Boétie
- Air conditioned with 2 x Double Beds 140x190 each which comfortably sleep two adults and TV. The bathroom offers a bath and separate shower.
- Bedroom Montaigne- Air conditioned with Large King Bed 180x190, TV and a bathroom with a large Italian shower.
- Bedroom Mondane- Enjoys a Large King Bed 180x190.   and a bathroom with a multi jet shower.
The Fénelon Suite- Air conditioned with an Extra Large Imperial Bed 200x220. separate lounge with TV. Bathroom with a bath and shower cubicle.

Please note that the bedrooms Montaigne and La Boétie have one separate WC to share.

TV: Satellite TV with Netflix and some international channels
- The main lounge is equipped with a 42” plasma screen. The lounge adjoining the Fénelon suite has its own TV as do the Montaigne and La Boétie bedrooms.
-  Hifi/DVD: the main lounge is equipped with a home cinema (42" plasma screen and DVD). The chapel has a "HK Lucas Performer" music system (compatible with media devices, I-phone etc) allowing guests to enjoy their choice of music in high definition with excellent acoustics.
- FREE Wi-Fi Access: High Speed Internet access is offered to guests on the computer provided. Guests with laptops can access their mail and the web via the wireless connection.
- Telephone: Guests are able to receive and make local and national calls. Mobile phone reception is good for both GSM and GPRS systems.

Outside Grounds
- Courtyard: small terrace perfect for breakfast in the morning sun.
The pretty paved courtyard, adorned with a fountain provides access to the swimming pool and chapel.
- Private detached chapel
- Charcoal BBQ and electric plancha
- Utility Room: comprising of a washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board.
- Salt-water 50m2 heated swimming pool (5m x 10m), secured with railings, two gates and with electric slatted pool cover (treated without the addition of chlorine)
– Garden and Pool terrace with exceptional views over the valley and Le Château de Fénelon. Summer evenings, dining poolside under the covered area is an unforgettable experience.

Additional 1 Bedroom House
Supplements apply. See T&C tab.

A homely independent property with breath-taking panoramic views of the French countryside.

Ground Floor:
- American kitchen with breakfast bar, microwave/oven, dishwasher, small fridge and "Nespresso" coffee machine. (Please note, that there is no washing machine).
- Living room with deluxe sofa, large LCD Satellite TV, Free Wi-Fi access.

First Floor
- Double bedroom with king size bed (180x190), ensuite bathroom with toilet and Italian shower. «Bow window» opening onto an unbelievably beautiful view of the undulating French countryside and Dordogne river. Small LCD TV with satellite connection, air-condition, free Wi-Fi access.

Outside Grounds
Small, picturesque private enclosed garden with stunning views, outside dining table and chairs, comfortable seating and charcoal BBQ. Private parking. 

Additional 1 Bedroom Cottage
Supplements apply. See T&C tab.

A cosy cottage situated just a few steps away from the main house. Ideal for extra visitors or staff. Fully air-conditioned free Wi-Fi access and private parking available.

Ground Floor
- Small entrance with kitchenette
- Bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.

First Floor
- 1 bedroom with Large King Bed 180x190 and satellite TV.


About the surrounding area of Le Prieure Esperance
Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Wine Tasting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Set in the idyllic Perigord countryside, this is a tranquil and luxurious retreat in which to relax and enjoy the exceptional surrounding areas bursting with natural, historic and cultural experiences.

For shopping lovers there is a local market to explore every day of the week:
Mondays in Les Eyzies (45 min, April – October), Tuesdays in Brive (45 min), Saturdays in Sarlat (25 min), Thursdays in Saint Julien de Lampon (5 min) and Brive (45 min), Fridays in Souillac (20 min), Saturdays in Sarlat (20 min) and Brive (45 min), Sundays in St Cyprien (1 h), Carsac (15 min – summer only) and Saint Genies (40 min).

The Dordogne is also a great area for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, hot-air balooning, fishing, canoeing, horse-riding, adventure and water parks, just to mention a few.

Castles, caves, gardens and medieval towns and villages such as Sarlat, Cahors, Domme, Rocamadour, Collanges la Rouge and Saint Cirq Lapopie-Lot are all within 1 hour drive.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brive - Aéroport de Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne, 19600 Nespouls

(38 km)

Nearest Train Station Sarlat / Souillac

(15 km / 15km)

Nearest Town/City Sarlat

(20 km)

Nearest Village Saint Julien de Lampon

(3.2 km)

Nearest Supermarket E. Le Clerc (Sarlat)


Nearest Restaurant

(walking distance)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens <1hr to Airport Cot(s) High Chair(s) Toys Fenced Grounds

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Pushchair
  • Stair gates

Onsite Facilities

  • Pool Inflatables
  • Board Games

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Breakfast available (at extra cost)
  • Private cooking/pastry classes and workshops available (at extra cost)
  • Massage treatments available (at extra cost)
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

Items included in the price:

- Tea, coffee and sugar.
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soap).
- Bathrobes
- Selection of adult and children's games and books (in French and English).
- Pool inflatables

Extras available at this property:

- Daily breakfast: this is a weekly option with the exception of Sunday, for a minimum of 4 persons, 12 euros per person/per day (buffet consisting of hot beverages, fruit juice, toast and cereal, served from 8.30 to 10.30 am)). Not available on individual days.
- Private Chefs/Cooks will be at your complete disposal.
- Pre-stocked fridge: before your arrival you’ll receive a shopping list to complete and return (service charge of €25 plus cost of shopping)
- Welcome Buffet: regional delicacies can be prepared to await your arrival (€20 pp)
- Personal Greeting Service : Whether arriving by train or plane, we will be there to await your arrival, offer assistance with taking charge of your hire vehicles, your luggage and escort you directly to the villa.  Brive Train Station (60 mins drive) :€150, Brive Airport "Vallée de la Dordogne (40 mins drive) : €110, Souillac Train Station (20 mins drive) : €60.
- Maid service: €350 per week (3 hours of cleaning per day, except Sundays).
- Tailor made local day-trips or tours with professional English/French speaking guide. Transport included.
- Airport/Train Station pick-up/drop-off: taxi service can be arranged upon request
- Laundry service (€25/hour)
- Bike rental : Weekly bike hire (x9 bikes). Individual rental available : 6 adult/1 teenage/2 child for an additional surcharge of €50 per bike/week (child bike free when renting an adult bike). Please note that bikes must be requested in advance.

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.

Event information

Le Prieure Esperance Estate is a fantastic location for a special event.

Weddings, gatherings, seminars and meeting may be organised on request throughout the year.

Please note that weddings and events are possible only when booking all the four properties on the estate. 

There is a minimum stay of 3 or 7 nights, depending on the time of year. For shorter stays, the arrival or departure day should always be Saturday.  Please ask us for further details.

The owners can provide information on additional accommodation in the area if required.

There is a special planner who can organise your wedding or special event. Ideas for your special event include:

The 17th century chapel (70m2):

- Suitable for many purposes whether a blessing, dance floor, dining room, private concert or meeting
- Heating and air-conditioning
- Ideal for a dance floor
- 'HK Lucas Performer" music system
- Approx 30 guests seated or approx 60 guests standing

Outside :

- Pool Terrace for drinks reception
- 100m2 marquee hire for up to 80 guests can include dance floor, caterers placement and accessories
- 100m2 marquee hire for up to 100 guests without a dance floor, caterers placement or accessories
- Separate pagoda in grounds for caterers and accessories

Please contact Oliver’s Travels for more information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

Additional 1 Bedroom House 2017 Supplement

7th January - 31st March: €450/week
1st April - 23rd June: €550/week
24th June - 22nd September: €650/week
23rd September - 3rd November: €550/week
4th November - 15th December: €450/week
16th December - 5th January 2018: €650/week

Additional 1 Bedroom Cottage 2017 Supplement: €200/week

Security deposit 1500€
Arrival time 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (arrival time to be notified in advance).
Departure time Before 10.00 a.m.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Energy costs included? Yes
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Pool heating charge? The pool is heated between mid May - mid September. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Pets welcome? Please ask the owner.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 23rd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - £5,049.00
June 30th 2018 - September 22nd 2018 - - £6,080.00
September 22nd 2018 - October 27th 2018 - - £5,049.00
October 27th 2018 - December 15th 2018 - - £4,019.00
December 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - - £6,080.00
March 30th 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - £5,049.00
June 29th 2019 - September 21st 2019 - - £6,080.00
September 21st 2019 - October 26th 2019 - - £5,049.00
October 26th 2019 - December 14th 2019 - - £4,019.00
December 14th 2019 - December 25th 2019 - - £6,080.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 23rd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - €5,494.00
June 30th 2018 - September 22nd 2018 - - €6,615.00
September 22nd 2018 - October 27th 2018 - - €5,494.00
October 27th 2018 - December 15th 2018 - - €4,373.00
December 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - - €6,615.00
March 30th 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - €5,494.00
June 29th 2019 - September 21st 2019 - - €6,615.00
September 21st 2019 - October 26th 2019 - - €5,494.00
October 26th 2019 - December 14th 2019 - - €4,373.00
December 14th 2019 - December 25th 2019 - - €6,615.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 23rd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - $6,409.00
June 30th 2018 - September 22nd 2018 - - $7,717.00
September 22nd 2018 - October 27th 2018 - - $6,409.00
October 27th 2018 - December 15th 2018 - - $5,101.00
December 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - - $7,717.00
March 30th 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - $6,409.00
June 29th 2019 - September 21st 2019 - - $7,717.00
September 21st 2019 - October 26th 2019 - - $6,409.00
October 26th 2019 - December 14th 2019 - - $5,101.00
December 14th 2019 - December 25th 2019 - - $7,717.00

Owner Profile

My name is Caroline Rougié and I am a graduate of the L'École Hôtelière of Lausanne in Switzerland. I earned my stripes whilst working for several years within a luxury Parisien hotel. Today I am thrilled, alongside my assistant Marianne to be able to welcome you to stay in my very special family home.

Are there any interesting stories in the property's history?
On the 1st of June 1970, my grand-father Jean Rougié (founder of the Rougié factory renowned worldwide for its Foie Gras) acquired the Presbytery at auction and in 2004 it then became my father’s.  My parents then embarked upon an extensive major renovation project that was to last two years.
The date of construction for the Presbytery remains uncertain, however archives do imply that the construction could be as early as the 17th century.  Records show that in 1750 the Presbytery was inhabited by Jean Bourdet, the priest of Calviac. Certain authorities have suggested that the detached Chapel could have been built in the Roman period.

What aspect of the property did you most fall in love with?
The idyllic countryside and traditional stone architecture is perfect for those in search of a tranquil and luxurious retreat in which to relax and enjoy the exceptional surrounding areas, bursting with natural, historic and cultural experiences.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Visit the famous medieval town of Sarlat with its renowned Wednesday morning local market and all day Saturday local market. For the sportive there is cycling, canoeing, horse-riding, golf, running or walking along the beautiful banks of the Dordogne river or along the famous 'chemins de randonnée'.

Really eat?
Worldwide celebrated Perigord Cuisine will exceed your expectations with black truffles, foie gras, duck and goose confit, wild mushrooms and patés.  Not forgetting the all important bread, wine and cheese!

Really see?
With a visit to the town of Montignac which has the recently opened Lascaux 4 attraction, officially known as The International Centre for Cave Paintings your stay will be permeated with culture and history.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
The property is surrounded by many old castles and villages and is situated just a few kilometres from the famous medieval town of Sarlat. The nearby village of Saint Julien de Lampon (3 kms) is well equipped with a traditional bakery, butcher, grocery, chemist, bank, post office, café and a Thursday morning local market.



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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    Created on 03/09/2016

    Your gite is magical. Pure relaxation and our home away from home.

  • A Magical Place

    Created on 09/07/2016

    It was a magical place to stay....our family adored our time at this house. The grounds, pool, food, atmosphere is lovely. And it was made that much more special by having Marianne help us figure out activities and options...she was fantastic. This was a trip of a lifetime for our family!

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