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What Oliver loves…
- Enjoy lovely views of the River Dronne and Perigord-Vert countryside from your terraces and swimming pool
- The beautiful town of Brantôme is within walking distance, following scenic forest trails that surround this area
- Hire canoes in Brantôme, a wonderful way to take in the spectacular scenery
- It’s also a lovely walk from your home along the river to the landscaped Les Jardins Tranquilles
- Visit historic Bourdeilles with its magnificent château, just 7km away, or spend the day exploring nearby Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne
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In a prime location in northern Dordogne, within walking distance to the beautiful town of Brantôme, Maison Bolivar is a delightful home for relaxed holidays with family or friends, discovering the idyllic villages and stunning landscapes of the Perigord-Vert.
Set on a small hill looking over the River Dronne, this 200-year old family home offers comfort, character and charm in traditional surroundings. Sleeping up to eight guests with three double bedrooms and bathrooms, there is plenty of space over its various levels including two pretty living areas and a large kitchen-diner. It’s a cosy retreat in the cooler months when the log fire is burning in the living room – snuggle up watching Netflix or DVDs and create hearty feasts by the warmth of the Aga in the kitchen. In the summer open the French doors to the lovely terraces and enjoy the gentle views of the Dronne and Dordogne countryside.
Wander down the stairs to the inviting swimming pool, laze on the sun deck with its loungers and enjoy al-fresco meals by the barbecue under the wooden pergola. Little stone steps also lead down to a garden area, ideal for children playing or picnics in the sun. There’s a relaxed ambience throughout this rustic home and gardens that will appeal to guests at any time of year.
Brantôme can be reached in around twenty minutes or so, strolling through the picturesque forest paths that surround this area. It’s one of the Dordogne’s prettiest towns, set on the banks of the river with its impressive abbey and beautiful medieval lanes. Enjoy typical Périgordine cuisine at local restaurants, discover lovely shops and take peaceful walks by the riverside. There are leisurely boat trips in the summer or admire Brantôme’s stunning scenery as you canoe along the Dronne.
You are also close to traditional market towns, scenic villages, amazing châteaux and the wonderful countryside of the Perigord-Vert, ideal for walking, cycling and horse-riding. Périgueux, half an hour away and the capital of the Dordogne, is known for its fine architecture, historic treasures and culinary delights or stay closer to home and visit one of the region’s oldest villages, Bourdeilles, with its famous château, just 7km by car.
The landscaped Jardins Tranquilles can also be reached by walking along the river, not far from your home. After all this exploring, return to the serenity of Maison Bolivar with a glass of wine in hand, appreciating your time in this enchanting part of the Dordogne.
What you should know…
- The maison sleeps 6-8 guests across three double bedrooms and two pull-out singles which can be placed in the mezzanine living area
- Both the interiors and outside grounds are on various different levels with stairs down to the pool and pretty old stone steps leading down to the garden
Maison Interior (various levels)
- Living room
- Kitchen-diner, well-equipped including Aga (winter months only), electric oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, toaster, kettle, table and chairs
- Second living area (on mezzanine level, above main living room)
- Master bedroom with double bed, ceiling fan, en suite shower in the room and WC
- Bedroom with double bed and ceiling fan
- Bedroom with a double bed, ceiling fan and small en suite bathroom with a French bath and shower
- Bathroom with bath/shower and WC
- Laundry room
Two single pull-out beds can be used in the mezzanine living area.
Outside Grounds (on different levels)
- Swimming pool (8m x 5m) with safety alarm, open approximately June to September
- Poolside terrace
- Sun deck with loungers
- Al-fresco dining area
- Parking (up to 3 cars)
- Ceiling fans (bedrooms only)
- Smart TV with Netflix and satellite
- DVD player and DVD library
- Board games
- Pool inflatables
- Washing machine and dryer
- Ironing facilities
In a hillside position with gentle views down to the River Dronne, Maison Bolivar is ideally located close to the historic and beautiful town of Brantôme in the Perigord Vert region of northern Dordogne.
Set just outside the town in a countryside setting amongst a handful of houses, follow a pretty forest path for a relaxed 20 to 30 minutes and you will find yourselves in the heart of Brantôme (or it’s just a five-minute drive away). Sitting on the River Dronne, this is an incredibly picturesque town with wonderful restaurants, charming shops and a lovely Friday morning market. The architecture is exquisite, dating back to the Renaissance and medieval periods and the town’s abbey is especially note-worthy. A visit to the troglodytes caves is also a must.
The town is often referred to as ‘Venice of the Dordogne’ due to its idyllic waterways. Hiring a canoe is a wonderful way to admire the scenery or you could take a boat trip along the river. There are also many peaceful riverside walks - wander as far as Les Jardins Tranquilles, a landscaped garden that can be visited from May to the end of September (views of which you can see from your holiday home – just walk home via the river afterwards).
Bourdeilles (7km) is another incredible village to visit, dating back to the 10th century and home to the well-known Château de Bourdeilles. Sunday morning is a particularly delightful time to visit with its vibrant market selling delicious local produce.
Food-lovers will also appreciate Riberac (35km) with one of the area’s best markets on a Friday morning (look out for seasonal black truffles, foie gras and walnuts), perhaps then travelling onwards to Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (50km) with its fascinating historical sites and listed as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’. A little closer to home, the pretty riverside village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle (22km) is also one of France’s classified prettiest villages and a pleasant place to spend some time.
Périgueux (25km), the capital of the Dordogne department, is another remarkable place to visit with attractive medieval lanes, bustling Saturday morning market, 11th century cathedral and Roman remains.
Other note-worthy historic sites in the region include the famous Château de Puyguilhem (17km) and Château de Jumilhac (50km) with its stunning gardens.
There’s no shortage of leisure activities with endless walking and cycling trails through the Perigord-Vert where you can discover rolling hills, vast forests, streams and rocky plateaus. Golf can be found near Périgueux and there is a horse-riding school within half an hour.
|Nearest Airport 2||
|Nearest Train Station||
Gare de Perigueux
Golf Club Perigueux
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.
This part of northern Dordogne offers plenty to appeal to families with historic sites, beautiful rivers and amazing countryside offering a wealth of leisure activities.
Start in nearby Brantôme, just a 20-30 minute walk away following trails through the forest. Soak up the atmosphere at the Friday morning market, visit the impressive abbey and explore its fascinating caves. There are lovely boat cruises along the River Dronne or hire canoes and kayaks for an idyllic way to see the scenery around you – Brantôme is often referred to as ‘Venice of the Dordogne’.
Take peaceful strolls along the river, find a lovely spot for a picnic and wander as far as Les Jardins Tranquilles, pretty landscaped gardens open from May to September which are fairly close to your home (around a 2km walk back).
Children of all ages will love the impressive historic sites across this region – some of the Dordogne’s most well-known castles can be found close by such as Château de Bourdeilles, Château de Puyguilhem and Château de Jumilhac with its stunning gardens.
There are also many wonderful walks through the Perigord-Vert, a region filled with rolling hills, rocky plateaus, pretty streams and delightful rivers.
For the most active kids, there are horse-riding stables within half an hour, go-karting just south of Périgueux and a tree-top adventure course with mini-golf around a 20-minute drive away in Cornille.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Board games
- Child-Safe Pool
- Indoor Games
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
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!
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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
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|Security deposit||£500 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, changed once for stays of more than one week.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes, and mid-stay clean included for stays of more than one week. Please note guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Pool towels included?||Yes.|
|Pool opening dates?||The pool is open approximately June to September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.|
|Changeover day||Sunday. All other changeover days on request.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights. All other durations on request.|
|Tax||French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs approximately between €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, stag/hen parties and other events or celebrations are not permitted.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Apr 6th 2020 - Jul 5th 2020||£1,546|
|Jul 5th 2020 - Jul 19th 2020||£1,747|
|Jul 19th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020||£1,949|
|Sep 1st 2020 - Jul 4th 2021||£1,546|
|Jul 4th 2021 - Jul 18th 2021||£1,747|
|Jul 18th 2021 - Sep 1st 2021||£1,949|
|Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 8th 2021||£1,546|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Apr 6th 2020 - Jul 5th 2020||€1,644|
|Jul 5th 2020 - Jul 19th 2020||€1,858|
|Jul 19th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020||€2,072|
|Sep 1st 2020 - Jul 4th 2021||€1,644|
|Jul 4th 2021 - Jul 18th 2021||€1,858|
|Jul 18th 2021 - Sep 1st 2021||€2,072|
|Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 8th 2021||€1,644|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Apr 6th 2020 - Jul 5th 2020||$1,777|
|Jul 5th 2020 - Jul 19th 2020||$2,009|
|Jul 19th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020||$2,241|
|Sep 1st 2020 - Jul 4th 2021||$1,777|
|Jul 4th 2021 - Jul 18th 2021||$2,009|
|Jul 18th 2021 - Sep 1st 2021||$2,241|
|Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 8th 2021||$1,777|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
Since November 2015
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
I loved its position overlooking the river Dronne and surrounding woods and with its close proximity to Brantome thought it was ideal. It’s a lovely walk into town in the summer and there are other walking trails leading from the house.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house itself was part of a farm complex originally and the main salon I’ve been told was used to dry tobacco.
For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…
Must do?/Must eat?/Must see?
When guests are here they must make time to visit the Benedictine Abbey in town it has the oldest bell tower of its kind in France and there are regular guided tours of the abbey and the caves that have prehistoric cave paintings and also the ‘Fountain of the Rock’ hidden behind the abbey.
Guests can also hire canoes by the hour or half day to explore the river Dronne and gently paddle down to the picturesque village of Bourdeilles where there is a chateau and on Friday nights there is live music at the local bar, need to get there early as it is very popular.
Also on a Friday night, 9 o’clock in Brantome there is River jousting - It’s good fun to watch.
Staying with the river theme you can buy a ticket on the day for river cruises which take you down the Dronne and lady for approx 50 minutes.
Of course a definite must is the authentic Friday market in Brantome where you will find locals and tourists shopping for local produce such as honey, fruit and veg, flowers, truffles, garlic, fish and oysters. It’s a great place to meet up and enjoy the atmosphere and have coffee or lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Get there early in order to park or have a gentle stroll from Lezardiere. Insider tip many of the restaurants get busy over the summer so booking is advisable.
Great place to spend some quality time
I have stayed at Maison Bolivar several times both during summer and winter.
It is a great place to retreat from the stress and noises from the city. The house is just a 20min walk away from Brantome. The house itself is located on a the top of a small hill in La Cote surrounded by just a handful other small houses and has a complete uninterrupted view over the river Dronne and the Les Jardins Tranquilles.
The house is spacious and cosy at the same time, offering variety of spaces to spend time alone or together. One can read a book alone on the chaise longue in front of the window upstairs in the living room, or the gallery space on the 2nd floor or spend time with family and friends in the big open kitchen, dining area or in the huge living room.
The house also has three double bedrooms and three bathrooms, so no one is in each other’s way.
The outdoor space is split in three levels, which are all connected with each other and therefore also give the options to spend time together or to retreat.
There is a big pool and plenty of outdoor seating spaces. There is an wooden canopy, where we had most of our lunches and dinners in the summer with a outdoor brick barbecue place just next to it, which we often used.
There is a sundeck with several sunchairs to relax after a swim, or there is a cozy corner bench with comfortable cushions under the shadow of some trees, if it’s getting to hot in the sun.
There is also a huge garden space on the lower level of the outdoor space, which is perfect to play some badminton, do some exercises or to build tents for children (or adults).
It has enough parking space for 3 cars, so everyone can arrive with their own vehicles.
In the summer the house is nice and cool inside and the outdoor space is great to have breakfast, lunch, dinner and some pool- and sunbath-action.
In the winter the house turns into a cosy retreat from the cold and we mainly spent our time together cooking in the kitchen or in front of the fireplace in the living room, reading, playing games or watching movies.
The house is surrounded by great forest paths, perfect for nice walks or runs, both in the summer and in winter.
It is a great place to spend some quality time with family and friends and to recharge.
I am very looking forward to my next visit.
This is France at its best
I have stayed at this beautiful spacious house on two occasions and can't wait to return.
This is France at its best, a calm oasis with a pool and the house is tastefully decorated throughout.
The town of Brantome within walking distance is picture postcard perfect with outstanding renaissance and medieval buildings.
The market is brilliant for local produce that can be prepared back at the house and eaten by the pool under the verandah or wherever you like.
If cooking is not for you there are numerous well regarded places to eat nearby.
There are lots of places to visit locally chateaus,villages and you can also canoe on the Dronne!
Oh before I forget, there are lots of walks directly from the house including a beautiful stroll to Les Jardin Tranquille by the river.
The location is quiet so you really feel you are escaping for a truly relaxing break,it's heaven reading a good book by the pool and if you are lucky someone might bring you a glass of delicious local wine as well!
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