About This Listing
Mon Coeur is a one bedroom detached 17th century stone cottage for two; 20 minutes from Bergerac airport in the Dordogne. A luxuriously equipped retreat from your hectic lifestyles with decked sun terrace and Hot Tub, and shady hammock. There is also a fully equipped private gymnasium for guests use.
The cottage is beautifully appointed with all the appliances that you would expect at home, but some luxurious extras that a stay at a luxury hotel would provide.
We like to think we have covered the needs of All Seasons. If guests arrive in high summer the decked sun terrace with cedar soaking tub and shady hammock, will let them relax and the air conditioned interior will provide a welcome cool place to sleep.
While our Autumn and Winter guests can snuggle up on the deep sofa in front of the log burner and watch Sky TV, play films on the Apple TV or listen to music on the Bose sound dock whilst reading a book or browsing a glossy magazine.
We know that a relaxing holiday is about a good nights sleep, so we provide Egyptian cotton sheets, a super king sized bed and choice of bedding; two weights of duvet or blankets, down and feather pillows or allergenic options. And then we provide some little luxuries - dressing robes, and Molton Brown toiletries; fresh herbs growing on the terrace to pick and use while you're cooking, a Dolce Gusto Krups coffee machine and a supply of coffee pods and Twinings teabags.
We believe its the little things that make people feel really special, and that people can relax if they know we will be providing everything they need.
Guests have a private garden, terrace and Hot Tub with the cottage. However the hamlet is set in 17 acres of pasture and plum orchards, and guests are free to walk through the grounds. There is also a private gymnasium in a large barn which is fully equipped with CV equipment and a range of fitness machines and free weights.
Interaction with Guests
We live in Ma Chaleur which is the second of the cottages to be renovated in the hamlet. There is a barn separating the two cottages, so there is complete privacy for the guests. Both cottages have completely separate entrances, driveways and parking areas. It is completely private as fences and gates have been erected to separate the cottage completely.
However we will meet new guests, give them all the information they need and then will be available if the guests need anything during their stay.
It is completely rural. Surrounded by acres of orchards, sunflower and wheat fields, it is very peaceful and apart from the distant drone of tractors, birdsong is all that surrounds you. However, in the village - a 2 minute drive or 15 minute walk, there are two good restaurants - a grill and pizzeria that serves great steaks, and a Michelin starred restaurant set in a very pretty hotel.
Villereal the nearest market town is just 10 minutes drive and is an all year round town, not closing down in the Winter like most french towns out of season. It has two supermarkets and a medieval square with bars, restaurants, a number of bakers, butchers patisseries. So we can offer Winter breaks knowing that guests still have access to all facilities.
We are centrally placed for all the main sightseeing in the Dordogne, whether that is fairytale castles, beautiful medieval villages or bastide towns, and yet we are only 20 minutes from Bergerac airport, with low cost airline flights from most of the UK through the summer, and flights every day through the winter from Southampton.
There is no regular public transport as we are set so rurally so if you are flying to Bergerac then it is definitely worth hiring a car at the airport. Most of the major car rental firms operate from Bergerac.
Other Things to Note
We only accept weekly rentals. For 2014, our weekly rates are €600 from March to May; €650 per week during June and September and €700 per week during July and August 2014.
We want you to treat Mon Coeur cottage as your own home. We have put a lot of our heart and soul into bringing this 17th century cottage back to life and retaining as much of the character as possible and just want our guests to respect that and treat it as they would their own possessions.
The only rule we have is that there is no smoking inside the house, but you can smoke on the terrace if you wish.
Gill and Nick were great hosts and made sure everything ran smoothly during our stay. The cottage is really lovely and has everything you need for a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location. A great base to explore the Dordogne from.
About the Host, Gill
Nick and I have renovated Mon Coeur over the past 18 months. 'Mon Coeur' means 'My Heart' in english and Nick lost his heart to this beautiful cottage when we first saw it. It is set amongst a group of five other buildings in a private hamlet. We will gradually renovate all the buildings into holiday cottages for adults. We envisage a private, quiet retreat for guests who don't want the noise of children to disturb their peace. Each building, whether it is a converted stone barn or stone cottage will have its own private gardens and decked terrace with private Hot Tubs.
The Dordogne is a beautiful rural part of Southern France, and we are surrounded by fruit orchards and the 1001 fairy tale castles that the Dordogne is known for. An ideal place to bring your partner for a romantic hideaway; just for a long weekend through Autumn and Winter, or for a week during the heat of the summer in the South of France.