18th century Perigourdine property
- english, french
About Jill Smith
Jill became the new owner of Fig Tree in 2016 and as from 2017 has renamed it LES MIRABELLES . Jill is an experienced hotelier, having recently retired but knowing how to make guests feel welcome and wanting to return again and again. Jill's more recent occupation was running her own business in London, training care staff to care for elderly people. Jill speaks French and English and loves the French way of life.
Jill Smith purchased this Barn in 2016
Why Jill Smith chose Gardonne
the charm of the French countryside, the history of the house and gite is fascinating both of which is full of rustic character. Believed to date back to before the French revolution this part of France is full of history during the 17th century. Jill has been visiting friends in the Aquitaine region for the last 30 years and has developed a love of the French way of life, its cuisine and the language.
What makes this Barn unique
The benefits of the gite offers peace and tranquility in the very rural French countryside. The gite is set in half-acre with a private swimming pool, not overlooked by any neighbouring property. The gite opens out to a lovely garden being disturbed only by the occasional wandering chicken!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A beautiful gite that we have no hesitation in recommending. The hosts were so friendly, helpful and generous.
A wonderful, newly married couple who really appreciated the gite and loved to explore the beautiful region of the Dordogne. They left the gite in an impeccable order. I do hope to have the pleasure of meeting them again one day !
Time to relax
A well appointed gite attached to the owners property. The patio area is small accommodating a 2 person garden table and 2 loungers. The pool is shared (potentially) with the owners and is kept immaculately. The property is beside a road which was busier than expected and surrounded by established hedges which kept it private but meant no view. There were shaded areas in the garden if the heat was too much.
The welcome pack was excellent and we received occasional gifts of eggs and other produce.
There was a wealth of information available for walks, markets etc.
Perfect for a couple who want some time out to chill and relax.
A little piece of heaven in Dordogne France
Jill opened up her wonderful home to us and went out of her way to make us feel welcome. It was such a wonderful surprise to have fresh eggs from her hens and a bottle of wine upon our arrival. The place was immaculate with everything one could possibly need for a comfortable extended stay. It was amazing to have such old time charm and modern convenience all in the one place. The swimming pool was a definite plus after hot days exploring the region. I would recommend this place without any hesitation whatsoever and will continue to sing its praises to friends and family alike upon our return to Canada.
Thank you for your very kind comments - it was such a pleasure to have you as very charming guests at "Les Mirabelles". I do hope that you will visit us again one day !
Our Bergerac Experience
We had never been to the Dordogne before and had high expectations of this area, we were not disappointed!
We found a fantastic base to do our exploring from.
Jill could not have been a better host and the gite was beautiful with everything you could wish far.
What a holiday! Thank you.
Lovely rural locatiom
Both Jill and Marilene were very welcoming and knowledgeable about many things in and around the area .The gite was very spacious and well laid out and a thoughtful welcome pack was waiting for us on our arrival including eggs from Jills free roaming chickens.If we were to visit that area of France again we would be happy to visit again . 😊� thank you
Many thanks for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to have you as guests at "Les Mirabelles" and to know you enjoyed the beauty of the Dordogne region. We will be very pleased to see you again one day.
Exellent walks, chateaux, canoeing, museums, historical ruins, cycling, swimming, vineyards, riverboat trips, scenic drives, restaurants with typical French cuisine, river fishing, golf