Le Prieure Esperance

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4


Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Laptop Friendly Workspace All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

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 which can be 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.

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!

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What you should know…

  • Le Prieure Esperance is part of a small hamlet/estate also featuring Maison Esperance (10 guests) and Cottage Esperance (2 guests) which are rented out separately. All three houses can be booked exclusively – please see Le Prieure Esperance Estate (20 guests).
  • The estate also features a separate two-storey annexe with a simple bedroom/shower room which can be used for two extra guests if needed – please enquire for pricing and availability.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Saltwater Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Coffee Machine All Bedrooms En-Suite Smart TV Indoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Main Floor (via stone steps)

-    Lounge with an open fireplace and TV
-    Dining area with grand stone fireplace
-    Kitchen, well-equipped including oven, microwave, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer,
-    Summer kitchen, well-equipped including oven range, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and ice machine
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed (180x190cm) and bathroom with multi-jet shower

Mezzanine Upper Level

-    Bedroom with two double beds (140x190cm each), TV and bathroom with bath and separate shower
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed (180x190cm), TV and bathroom with Italian shower

Please note the above two bedrooms share one WC

Garden Level

-    Suite with large double bed (200x200cm), separate lounge with TV and bathroom with bath and shower

Outside Grounds

-    Salt-water heated swimming pool (5x10m) with safety railings/gate and electric pool cover, open approximately mid-May to mid-September (earlier/later opening may be possible, only on request)
-    Poolside terrace and al-fresco dining area
-    Barbecue/electric plancha
-    Courtyard with fountain
-    Private 17th century chapel (reception/music room)


-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Air-conditioning
-    Smart TV with Now TV box (for UK streaming services)
-    DVD player
-    Music system (chapel)
-    Table tennis
-    Children's games/toys
-    Workstation and printer
-    Telephone (loca/national calls)
-    Laundry room with washing machine/dryer

The hamlet also features a separate two-storey annexe with a simple bedroom/shower room which can be used for two extra guests if needed – please enquire for pricing and availability.


About the surrounding area of Le Prieure Esperance
Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport 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
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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.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brive–Souillac Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Bergerac Airport


Nearest Train Station Gare de Souillac


Nearest Village Small local village


Nearest Town Souillac/Sarlat-la-Canéda


Nearest Restaurant

(15-minute walk/5-minute drive )

Nearest Supermarket E.Leclerc Sarlat


Nearest Golf Souillac Golf & Country Club



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

The Dordogne is a wonderful region for families with children of all ages.

There are of course plenty of opportunities to hire kayaks or canoe and sail along the Dordogne River close by with seasonal watersport centres between Domme and Souillac. If you prefer admiring the riverside landscapes by boat with a skipper then set off on a traditional gabarre river cruise from La Roque-Gageac, just under half an hour away.

Take time to visit the incredible Château de Fénelon which is located close to the estate and venture slightly further afield to other wonderful castles including Château de Beynac and Château des Milandes – no wonder the Dordogne is known as the land of ‘1001 châteaux’!

Adventurous guests will enjoy the range of tree-top adventure trails just east of Sarlat at I Feel Wood accrobranche centre and La Forêt des Écureuils which also features via ferrata and paintballing.

Animal enthusiasts may adore a day out at the nearby Réserve Zoologique de Calviac where you follow trails (sometimes hilly) as you look out for animals from across the world.

Of course, there are also many wonderful walking paths to enjoy with your family as well as cycling trails including a fantastic and family friendly voie verte between Sarlat and Souillac which partly follows a former railway line.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Pushchair
  • Stair gates
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Pool inflatables
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

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


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Massage Treatments Available
  • Private Cooking/Pastry Classes 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

Extras available (payable locally):

- Private chef/cook
- Welcome Buffet (regional delicacies can be prepared to await your arrival)
- Breakfast
- Pre-stocked fridge/shopping
- Extra cleaning
- Laundry service
- Babysitting
- Massage and wellbeing treatments
- Cooking/pastry classes and workshops
- Bike hire (adults and children) via local company
- Airport/train station taxi transfers
- Tailor-made trips and tours

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

Weddings can be arranged when booking the full estate/hamlet - please see Le Prieure Esperance Estate for further details.

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 €1500 paid to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
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 (excluding annexes). However, 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 garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool heating charge? The pool is heated approximately mid May to mid September. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Changeover day Saturday. Mid-week bookings starting or ending on a Saturday may be possible on request, outside the high season only. Please enquire.
Other Ts and Cs An extra bedroom in a simple two-storey annexe is available upon request and subject to an extra charge and availability.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximatey mid-May to mid-September - earlier/later opening may be possible but only on request. 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.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Dec 9th 2023 £4,068
Dec 9th 2023 - Mar 23rd 2024 £6,154
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 £5,111
Jun 22nd 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 £6,154
Sep 14th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 £5,111
Oct 19th 2024 - Dec 7th 2024 £4,068
Dec 7th 2024 - Mar 22nd 2025 £6,154
Mar 22nd 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 £5,111

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Dec 9th 2023 €4,414
Dec 9th 2023 - Mar 23rd 2024 €6,677
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 €5,545
Jun 22nd 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 €6,677
Sep 14th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 €5,545
Oct 19th 2024 - Dec 7th 2024 €4,414
Dec 7th 2024 - Mar 22nd 2025 €6,677
Mar 22nd 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 €5,545

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 29th 2023 - Dec 9th 2023 $4,858
Dec 9th 2023 - Mar 23rd 2024 $7,349
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 $6,103
Jun 22nd 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 $7,349
Sep 14th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 $6,103
Oct 19th 2024 - Dec 7th 2024 $4,858
Dec 7th 2024 - Mar 22nd 2025 $7,349
Mar 22nd 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 $6,103

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile


  • Lovely Spot, Lovely Host

    on 12/09/2023

    We had a wonderful stay at Le Prieure Esperance, which is a gorgeous location overlooking the surrounding country, and well located for visits to the prehistoric art sites, and the scenic towns and castles nearby. The pool is large and a great place for lounging, and eating dinner, and that was really all my kids needed. My only regret is that we did not have the host and chef cook dinner for us every night!

  • Beautiful unique house

    Created on 30/09/2021

    Beautiful unique house, perfect villa-hotel holiday.
    Sharon is enormously hospitable and her cooking is fabulous. Everything is wonderfully clean. There’s everything you need!

  • Peaceful setting

    on 24/08/2019

    Beautiful setting and house. The grounds are peaceful and very well kept. We had an amazing time here with our family.

  • Un endroit pour le bon vivre

    on 10/08/2019

    Le Prieure Esperance est un endroit ou il fait bon vivre et ou l'on est bien recu avec toutes les petits attentions qui font la difference.

  • Beautiful with amazing view

    on 20/07/2019

    Beautiful house, amazing view, great location. We loved the fact that we didn't have to cook for ourselves and they could babysit our 4 year old baby.

  • Pure Relaxation

    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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