L'Atelier

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
Oliver Approved

Overview

Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Stag/Hen Allowed

The owners of L’Atelier had a clear and simple plan: to create beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Périgord Noir where castles, caves, market towns, vineyards and restaurants offer endless delights for the young and old.

The result is three elegant stone villas, full of traditional and authentic features as well as modern touches and comforts. Each villa has been cleverly designed to have its own private space and beautiful views of the countryside, and benefits from its own private, heated swimming pool.

L’Atelier was the original village forge and is now a spacious home with a beguiling blend of thick old stone walls and exposed wood, original fireplaces and pretty picture windows which overlook the large private wooded park and valley. Indoors there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a spacious and inviting open-plan kitchen/dining room and a separate sitting room with large original fireplace. Outdoors a delightful terrace and lawn area surround the pool and provides a beautiful space for relaxing and eating alfresco both during the day and evening. A garden area offers a beautiful view of the private park and the valley.

As far as settings go it would be difficult to find a more enchanting location. This is one of France’s Les Plus Beaux Villages, surrounded by countryside and woods and between beautiful Sarlat and Lascaux. A traditional Dordogne village of typical Périgordian houses, slate tiled roofs and golden stone walls, with at its centre, its majestic church, alongside the ruins of the original abbey. Amongst its places to visit are also the village’s original communal lavoir and bread oven and the restored tobacco barn. A charming village hotel houses a bar-cafè where light meals are available and the newly-opened tea shop also sells fresh bread and croissants. Coly and Montignac for local and gastronomic restaurants, as well as shops are just 5 – 10 minutes away.

Guests are spoiled for choice as far as attractions go within a mere 15 to 30-minute drive away; Sarlat (22km) is 25 minutes by car, the caves at Lascaux are just a 15-minute drive away, troglodyte villages just 30 minutes and Terrasson and many famous châteaux just 15 minutes away. Many of the Dordogne’s beautiful villages are within easy reach. 

Relaxing and memorable holidays with family and friends are guaranteed at L’Atelier, where a clever and sympathetic restoration has resulted in a beautiful home-away-from-home, guests come back to year after year.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • A downstairs bedroom is suitable for access by guests with reduced mobility
  • There is air-conditioning in the bedrooms and a floor cooling/heating system downstairs
  • The bathrooms have sloping ceilings but still provide good height
  • The stone 'grange' seen by the pool is empty, locked and part of L'Atelier
  • L’Atelier is one of three villas and it can also be booked with the other two villas Maison Boisette and Maison Pierre to accommodate larger groups
  • Opening days and times for the amenities in the village may vary throughout the year.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Wheelchair Access DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Villa Interior

Ground Floor

- Open-plan kitchen-dining room, well equipped including dishwasher, oven, induction hob, fridge-freezer, juicer, toaster, steamer, microwave, Magimix robot and Nespresso coffee machine
- Archway through to living room with fireplace and TV
- Laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board
- Guest WC
- Double/twin bedroom (160cm bed) with shower and WC, access suitable for guests with reduced mobility

First Floor

- Three Double/Twin (180cm bed) bedrooms, each with satellite TV and DVD player, A/C and en-suite facilities with shower and bath and separate WC

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (size: 8m x 4m/depth: 1.5m/shape: rectangular) with electric security cover
- Poolside terrace
- Weber gas grill
- Garden furniture for eight guests
- Parking for three cars
- Children's play area

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- I-pod docking station
- Air-conditioning (in upstairs bedrooms only)
- Heating (underfloor heating/cooling system downstairs)
- Washing machine and dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Hairdryers

Location

About the surrounding area of L'Atelier
Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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Here you are just a few steps away from a village which is known as one of France’s Les Plus Beaux Villages, yet still in a beautiful rural location surrounded by countryside and woodland. The traditional Dordogne village has typical Perigordian houses, slate tiled roofs and golden stone walls with a majestic church in the centre, alongside the ruins of the original abbey. You can also visit the village’s original lavoir and bread oven and restored tobacco barn.

You will find more restaurants, shops and a supermarket in the nearby town of Montignac (6km) which is located on the banks of River Vézère. You can explore the historic town, admire the beautiful houses with balconies on the river bank and visit the Château. The Lascaux caves, just outside Montignac, are also a highlight of this part of Dordogne plus there is a wealth of activities in this area from hiking paths across the stunning countryside to canoeing along the Vézère.

Other highlights along the river include Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (20km), another Plus Beaux Villages, Château and Gardens of Losse (15km) and the beautiful Limeuil (45km), where the Vézère meets the Dordogne and you can paddle by the river beach or enjoy some fine views from Parc Limeuil after wandering through the delightful village.

Sarlat (22km/25mins by car) is one of the most remarkable towns in the region with a maze of medieval narrow streets to explore, lovely squares and an interesting cathedral. The town has some fantastic restaurants and there are many opportunities to sample some of the fine Perigord truffles and foie gras that the town is so famous for. The town can get busy during the summer months but you can usually avoid the crowds by heading there early and enjoying the morning light. Combine the day with a visit to Château de Beynac (31km) and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (40km) for a remarkable day out in the Dordogne.

There is a wealth of activities in the area for all ages with horse-riding and golf both within half an hours drive and a number of well-known hikes for all abilities through the glorious countryside nearby. Kids will love the Dinosaur Park (20km) or the Aquarium du Perigord Noir (40km) and the more adventurous may enjoy go-karting just south of Périgueux or tree-top activities in the forests near Sarlat.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brive-Souillac/Bergerac/Bordeaux

(35km-30mins/90km-1h/190km2h)

Nearest Train Station Le-Lardin-Saint-Lazare/Brive-la-Gaillarde

(6km-5mins/60km-50mins)

Nearest Village In village

(2 mins walk)

Nearest Restaurant In village (hotel)/Coly

(2 mins walk/3km)

Nearest Town/City Montignac/Sarlat

(6km/22km-25mins drive)

Nearest Supermarket Montignac

(6km)

Nearest Golf Sarlat

(20km-25mins)

Nearest Tennis

(100m-2mins walk)

Nearest Bar/Pub In village (hotel)

(2 mins walk)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • DVD

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Fridge Stocking/Shopping Service Available
  • Massage and Cooking Lessons Available
  • Bike Rental and Tennis Court Hire Available

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 (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning (€30/hour)
- Catering and meal delivery
- Pre-stocked fridge/shopping service
- Cooking lessons
- Babysitting
- Massage
- Bike rental
- Tennis court hire

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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

Event information

From March to December, weddings, stag/hen parties, celebrations and events can take place at L'Atelier and its neighbouring villas with the owner's prior permission.

There is a church in the local village, just 100m and a large park with a lawn where a marquee can be set up.

Please do contact Oliver's Travels for further 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

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 to be paid by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure subject to full damage inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Pets welcome? On request with prior agreement of owners. They would not be allowed in the bedrooms.
Other Ts and Cs Events, celebrations and stag/hen parties permitted only with prior agreement of owners.
Smoking Allowed? On outside terrace only.
Changeover day Flexible from end-September to mid-December. Saturday during the rest of the year.
Minimum stay 3 nights from end-September to mid-December, 7 nights during the rest of the year.
Heating costs included? Yes and firewood also provided.
Pool heating charge? No.
Other Ts and Cs Swimming pool is heated from April to end of September.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes.
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning in upstairs bedrooms only.
Other Ts and Cs Guests will be required to sign a copy of the owner's rental terms before the arrival.
Insurance Guests are required to take out insurance to cover against cancellation, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 21st 2019 - Oct 5th 2019 - - - £2,660
Oct 5th 2019 - Nov 30th 2019 £1,334 £1,575 £1,816 £2,224
Nov 30th 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 - - - £2,224
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 - - - £2,660
Jan 4th 2020 - May 2nd 2020 - - - £2,035
May 2nd 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 - - - £2,660
Jul 4th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 - - - £3,524
Jul 18th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 - - - £4,110
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 28th 2020 - - - £2,660
Sep 28th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020 £1,596 £1,885 £2,173 £2,660
Oct 3rd 2020 - Dec 15th 2020 £1,334 £1,575 £1,816 £2,224
Dec 15th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 - - - £2,224
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021 - - - £2,660
Jan 9th 2021 - Mar 24th 2021 - - - £2,035

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 21st 2019 - Oct 5th 2019 - - - €2,881
Oct 5th 2019 - Nov 30th 2019 €1,445 €1,686 €1,927 €2,408
Nov 30th 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 - - - €2,408
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 - - - €2,881
Jan 4th 2020 - May 2nd 2020 - - - €2,204
May 2nd 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 - - - €2,881
Jul 4th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 - - - €3,817
Jul 18th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 - - - €4,451
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 28th 2020 - - - €2,881
Sep 28th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020 €1,729 €2,017 €2,305 €2,881
Oct 3rd 2020 - Dec 15th 2020 €1,445 €1,686 €1,927 €2,408
Dec 15th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 - - - €2,408
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021 - - - €2,881
Jan 9th 2021 - Mar 24th 2021 - - - €2,204

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 21st 2019 - Oct 5th 2019 - - - $3,175
Oct 5th 2019 - Nov 30th 2019 $1,593 $1,833 $2,074 $2,654
Nov 30th 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 - - - $2,654
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 - - - $3,175
Jan 4th 2020 - May 2nd 2020 - - - $2,429
May 2nd 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 - - - $3,175
Jul 4th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 - - - $4,206
Jul 18th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 - - - $4,905
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 28th 2020 - - - $3,175
Sep 28th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020 $1,905 $2,193 $2,482 $3,175
Oct 3rd 2020 - Dec 15th 2020 $1,593 $1,833 $2,074 $2,654
Dec 15th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 - - - $2,654
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021 - - - $3,175
Jan 9th 2021 - Mar 24th 2021 - - - $2,429

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How Long have you owned the property?
We bought it in 2008, over 10 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We had a family property for 3 centuries in the village next door and spent years revising this beautiful farm. We fell in love with the dream location. Being in one of the most beautiful villages of France in the middle of one hectare surrounded by beautiful rocks is incredible. Peace, serenity and beauty.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
When we took up this project of restoration with the old respecting the purest traditions, we had a wall of constraints. First the architect of the buildings of France, the prefecture, the town hall ..... and the village. We decided to redo two houses by undoing all the existing to redo the same by adding modern comfort. The professionals, told us that for such a project, it took 2 years. We gave them 9 months. And exactly 9 months later our first tenant arrived.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
JUDITH PRICE: Ms. Judith Price founded AVENUE Magazine in 1975 and sold it in 2001. She is currently founder and President of the National Jewelry Institute, the country's first fine jewelry museum. In 2011 was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the President of the Republic for her “exemplary personal commitment to the culture of France.” We received a phone call one day from an American looking for a house in Dordogne for the following summer. She gives us an appointment 2 months later telling us that she would arrive from NY and leave the same day. She wanted to be sure she was not wrong in her rental.
I explain to her that it is necessary to arrive in Paris, then to take a train until Brive la Gaillarde and from there to rent a car to come to the village. Two months later, we see Judith Price arrive, who stays half an hour and tells us she loves totally the houses but she is in a hurry because she has a plane the next morning for NY. She has returned 4 consecutive years and knows the whole family. We have even been invited to ceremony of Legion of Honor in Paris.

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

Really do?
Go down the Vézère river or the Dordogne in canoe or kayak.

Really ea
t?
Truffle butter and poached foie gras.

Really see?
See the caves of Lascaux at 5 kms from the house.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property on the area? Come out of July and August to make the most of the region. There are more than 100 castles, gardens and caves to visit within a radius of 30 kms. There are heavenly restaurants, beautiful roads ... it's even better in spring or autumn and even at Christmas with the activity around the truffle.

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Reviews

  • We will visit again

    Created on 19/12/2017

    It was our third holiday here and we enjoyed it very much. The maison is perfectly equipped and absolutely comfortable. The restaurants in Montignac or Sarlat-la-Canéda are fantastic. Our family will visit the villa again next year.

  • An amazing property

    Created on 14/11/2017

    An amazing property in a beautiful location. Lots of room for a holiday with family or friends with all the facilities you need for the perfect stay. We would highly recommend. We were well looked after during our stay and the villa was clean on arrival.

  • Worth every penny!

    Created on 03/10/2017

    The local village is small and tucked away in a glorious wooded valley, it's cobbled narrow streets lead to a central square where there is the imposing 12 century Abbey. There also is a local restaurant serving simple French food and a shop selling a variety of local products from hand made cups to dried cepes to fantastic liqueurs. The owner is a particular delight, as he is very keen for you to try samples! It is very well positioned being just 10 mins drive from Montignac, 20 mins from Sarlat and local interests such as the Grottes. The villa is stunning. It is an imposing Maison Maitre, built from local stone and is one of three neighbouring houses. Even though they are together and share a well maintained 1 acre lawn at the front, they are all very private. It is difficult not to sound over enthusiastic but it's simply brilliant. If you are looking for luxury accommodation mixed with old charm and modern facilities, then this is the place. It is spacious, decor finished to a very high standard, comfortable contemporary furniture, but mixed with a scattering of antique furniture. Our visit was at the beginning of May, the days were warm, but nights were chilly, so we lit a roaring fire in the imposing fireplace, with wood provided. We didn't really need it as there is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and heaters upstairs, but it made the experience even better. Outside to the rear, there is a cobbled/grass courtyard, where there is the heated pool, with electric cover, a large gas Webber BBQ, sun-loungers, table and chairs, again all of a quality standard. There is access to this directly from the house via double doors from the snug and a door from the kitchen area. This is bordered by a tall stone wall to one side, an old barn wall to another and trees and bushes to another. Here is access to the steps that lead down to the large front grass lawn I mentioned earlier. The owner was a very helpful host, she responded to any of our queries promptly and provided us with the contact details of Vincent, who lives locally. He greeted us and in fact helped our daughter, who had driven to the house before we arrived; she couldn't find the house and he went and found her! It may appear to some that it seems expensive, but if you visit you will see why, as it gives the impression that you are actually staying at someone's home. Would highly recommend and will go back without a second thought.

  • Great Dordogne vacation

    Created on 11/08/2017

    Four of us stayed here in June. The property is a first class, fantastic renovation of a classic Dordogne house. It features a comfortable living area with fireplace, a large kitchen and dining area on the first floor and four well-appointed bedrooms, each with its own luxurious en suite bathroom. The kitchen and dining area opens onto an outdoor patio next to a private pool. It's located in the picturesque village, a Plus Beaux Villages which features a 12th century fortified church. The village is ideally situated between Sarlat, the principal market town of the Perigord Noir, and Montignac, another quaint village on the Vézère River. All of the Dordogne attractions, including numerous chateaux, prehistoric caves, gardens, markets, restaurants and the river valley itself, are a short easy drive. We would highly recommend this villa as a Dordogne vacation destination.

  • It was just perfect!

    Created on 25/07/2017

    My wife and I booked L'Atelier for a week in June to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with our son and his family, including three energetic boys. It was just perfect. The property is altogether as good as described and the town is beautifully restored. Of course, one must visit the castles and caves of the Vezere and Dordogne valleys, but back at the villa they have to compete with a very comfortable setting, a pool to jump into to cool off from a day of touring, and a large meadow for a game of soccer. Come to Perigord Noir to see the famous sights. Then, relax and enjoy even more the beauty and pleasure of walking about the local village and many other nearby towns full of medieval and Renaissance architecture and artistic gardens. The longer you stay, the closer to home you will remain!

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