The Retreat

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

In a stunning rural setting, just south of the Dordogne river, perfectly located between Sarlat and Rocamadour, The Retreat is a charming home full of original features and great character. With vast gardens, a heated swimming pool and delightful interiors, this is a wonderful place from which to explore this enchanting region.

The caring owners have beautifully restored this 18th century home ensuring they have retained traditional features such as the wood-beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls in the inviting living room whilst adding modern comfort throughout. The three sweet bedrooms in the main house have air-conditioning whilst the fourth bedroom is in a separate annexe with its own living space and kitchen, potentially perfect for a couple of grandparents looking for a little privacy during their stay.

Outside you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Dordogne valley from the glorious grounds, where you will also find a heated swimming pool, a traditional stone barbecue and peaceful spots perfect for relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.

This home has a wonderful family ambience, not only because of the lovely interiors and spacious gardens but also because of the activities provided such as table-tennis, football, basket ball, badminton and more. Even pets have been thought of by the owner who has secured part of the vast grounds to allow dogs to play.

In a remote and quiet location in the Lot department near the Dordogne, it's just a short drive to the shops and restaurants in nearby St. Julien de Lampon or Souillac, both of which also have a lovely weekly market. In this glorious area you can explore some lovely villages across the region of Lot such as Gourdon with its honey coloured houses or the spectacular Rocamadour, built on the edge of a cliff.

Not forgetting the lovely Dordogne river where you can picnic on a beach, go for long walks or hire canoes. Follow the river to the west and discover idyllic villages such as Domme, La Roque Gageac and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Another must is the glorious medieval town of Sarlat to the north, with its vibrant Saturday morning market and amazing restaurants often specialising in Foie Gras or truffles.

The whole area is a true haven for nature and sport lovers alike from horse riding and tennis to mountain-biking and golf, not to mention the number of hiking and fishing opportunities in the area. The Retreat really does offer the best of what south west France has to offer.

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What you should know…

  • Pets are welcome on request - the owner has enclosed part of the vast grounds for dogs to enjoy
  • Air-conditioning is featured in the bedrooms in the main house only
  • Car hire is essential to be able to explore the surrounding area  

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Bicycles Provided Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Working Fireplace Heating

Main Villa Interior (250m2 over two floors including a mezzanine level)

- Lounge and dining room (52m2) with open-fire
- Kitchen-diner (31m2), well-equipped
- Laundry room (basement)
- 2 x Double bedrooms
- Twin/double bedroom
- 2 bathrooms with showers and WC
- Separate WC

Separate Annexe (55m2)

- Kitchen-diner with sofa-bed
- Double bedroom
- Shower room with WC (via two steps)

Outside Grounds

- Heated swimming pool (9mx4m), open April to October, with pool safety alarm
- Terraces
- BBQ
- Covered well
- 1 hectare parkland
- Secured area of parkland (200m2) for dogs
- Private parking for two cars

Facilities

- Wi-FI
- Air-conditioning (bedrooms in the main house only
- Heating
- Volleyball
- Football
- Table-tennis
- Badminton
- Bikes
- Basket ball
- Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of The Retreat
Walk to Village 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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The Retreat is located in beautiful countryside in the Lot department, close to the Dordogne river. With wonderful views, just off a small country road, it’s a very tranquil place to stay. The local sleepy village (1km) has a hotel-restaurant (usually only open in summer months) which you can walk to (or you may prefer the short drive) where you can dine in the evenings.

You’ll find a bakery, butchers, restaurants, cafes and a lovely weekly market in nearby St Julien de Lampon (8km) or head over the Dordogne river to Souillac (11km) for a greater choice of large supermarkets. Be sure to visit the impressive Abbey Sainte-Marie in Souillac and even better combine with a trip to the atmospheric market on a Friday morning.

Head south to Gourdon (15km) with its honey stone coloured houses set beautifully on the hill and lovely warren of little streets. Beautifully preserved Rocamadour (32km) is another amazing place to visit, built on the edge of a cliff with the river at the bottom of the gorge.

The Dordogne department also hosts a wealth of beautiful villages and towns, many of them classed as France’s Plus Beaux Villages such as pretty Saint-Amand-de-Coly (41km), with the famous Lascaux caves nearby or the 13th century bastide village of Monpazier (59km). 

Sarlat (27km) is one of the area’s most famous towns with its maze of medieval narrow streets, lovely squares and amazing restaurants plus a famous market on a Saturday morning.

Other magical day trips include idyllic Domme (23km) high above the Dordogne river with its amazing caves, La Roque Gageac (28km), a perfect picture postcard village backed by steep cliffs and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (34km) just across the river. 

Visit the topiary gardens at Eyrignac (22km) which opens up on Monday evenings in the summer for picnics and dance or Les Jardins de Marqueyssac (32km) set high above the river which also open on Thursday evenings in the summer when you can explore by candlelight.

The whole region is a true haven for nature and sport lovers alike offering a wide array of outdoor activities, from horse-back riding and tennis, mountain-biking, golfing and canoeing along the river, not to mention the number of hiking and fishing opportunities in the area. Children will love exploring prehistoric caves and parks and historic castles or even a magnificent hot air balloon ride across the stunning region. The more adventurous may enjoy tree-top activities in the forests near Sarlat.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brive–Souillac/Bergerac

(33km/96km)

Nearest Train Station Gare de Souillac

(13km)

Nearest Ferry port Ouistreham-Caen

(640km)

Nearest Village

(1km)

Nearest Restaurant Hotel-Restaurant in local village (summer only)

(1km)

Nearest Shop St Julien de Lampon

(8km)

Nearest Supermarket Souillac

(11km)

Nearest Town/City Souillac/Sarlat

(11km/27km)

Nearest Golf Résidence Souillac Golf & Country Club

(20km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The area around the Dordogne river offers a wealth of activities for all ages and is very welcoming to families.

To keep the kids amused you could visit the toy museum in Souillac (11km), Musée de l'Automate or spend the day at Quercyland, a waterpark with all sorts of activities.
Kids may be fascinated by the famous Lascaux caves near the pretty village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly (41km) or visit the fascinating weekly market in the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat (27km).

There are picture postcard villages dotted along the Dordogne where you can hire canoes to paddle in idyllic surroundings. 

Indeed, the whole region is a true haven for nature and sport lovers alike offering a wide array of outdoor activities, from horse-back riding to tennis and mountain-biking.

Children will love exploring prehistoric caves and parks and historic castles or even a magnificent hot air balloon ride across the stunning region. The more adventurous may enjoy tree-top activities in the forests near Sarlat.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Bikes
  • Soccer
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service 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 (payable locally):

- Maid service

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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €500 paid on arrival to the owners in cash in Euros (Pounds Sterling on request only) and refunded on departure subject to full inspection. Please note that access to the villa will not be possible without this payment.
Arrival time 1.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 4 nights in low season, 7 nights in mid and high seasons.
Pets welcome? Yes, on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. 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.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is usually open from April to October (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).
Other Ts and Cs Stag/hen parties are not permitted. Weddings and other special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs approximately between €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning is featured in the bedrooms in the main house only

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - Nov 2nd 2019 - - £1,037
Nov 2nd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £593 £716 £1,037
Dec 21st 2019 - Dec 28th 2019 - - £1,296
Dec 28th 2019 - Apr 11th 2020 £704 £850 £1,232
Apr 11th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020 - - £1,426
Apr 25th 2020 - May 1st 2020 - - £1,232
May 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 - - £1,361
Jun 1st 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 - - £1,815
Jul 4th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £1,963 £2,370 £3,435
Jul 11th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - £3,850
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 - - £1,361
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 7th 2020 - - £1,232
Nov 7th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £704 £850 £1,232
Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020 - - £1,491
Dec 26th 2020 - Apr 10th 2021 £704 £850 £1,232
Apr 10th 2021 - Apr 18th 2021 - - £1,426

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - Nov 2nd 2019 - - €1,147
Nov 2nd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €656 €779 €1,147
Dec 21st 2019 - Dec 28th 2019 - - €1,434
Dec 28th 2019 - Apr 11th 2020 €779 €924 €1,362
Apr 11th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020 - - €1,577
Apr 25th 2020 - May 1st 2020 - - €1,362
May 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 - - €1,505
Jun 1st 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 - - €2,007
Jul 4th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €2,171 €2,578 €3,799
Jul 11th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - €4,257
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 - - €1,505
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 7th 2020 - - €1,362
Nov 7th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €779 €924 €1,362
Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020 - - €1,649
Dec 26th 2020 - Apr 10th 2021 €779 €924 €1,362
Apr 10th 2021 - Apr 18th 2021 - - €1,577

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - Nov 2nd 2019 - - $1,265
Nov 2nd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $723 $846 $1,265
Dec 21st 2019 - Dec 28th 2019 - - $1,582
Dec 28th 2019 - Apr 11th 2020 $859 $1,005 $1,503
Apr 11th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020 - - $1,740
Apr 25th 2020 - May 1st 2020 - - $1,503
May 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 - - $1,661
Jun 1st 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 - - $2,214
Jul 4th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $2,395 $2,802 $4,191
Jul 11th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - $4,697
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 - - $1,661
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 7th 2020 - - $1,503
Nov 7th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $859 $1,005 $1,503
Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020 - - $1,819
Dec 26th 2020 - Apr 10th 2021 $859 $1,005 $1,503
Apr 10th 2021 - Apr 18th 2021 - - $1,740

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

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