The luxury of space in your very own farmhouse.
Louise or David Thums
- english, french
About Louise or David Thums
We came to France back in 1986 in order to work and to stay somewhere just after our marriage in the April of that year. We quite simply never went back to England. We both spoke French as I had been educated here for 4 years whilst living in Normandy with my parents and David had spent many winters in the Alps. We lived and worked all over France before falling for La Prairie in 1996. We have spent the last 20 years accomplishing what we have now and are still at it! We love what we do, love La Prairie very much and can't wait for 2017 to start although we don't finish this year until the 29th October.
Louise or David Thums purchased this House in 1996
Why Louise or David Thums chose Daglan
Why did we choose the Golden Triangle of the Dordogne? Well, because of its proximity to 1001 castles, the nearness of Daglan, La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac, the history, the river itself, the people, the climate, everything in short. We came across La Prairie quite by accident though. It was in 1995 when we were living about an hour away in the Lot. We came over this way because we had heard tell of its incomparable beauty. We did as we had always done and drove around the country lanes, avoiding the busy parts of the area. This led us to Le Peyruzel. Destiny? Undoubtedly. Easy? No, not at all. We loved it here although there was nothing but some ruined buildings and weeds and brambles 7ft tall. We offered a price. Accepted with joy on both parts then turned down as 'family' wanted to buy it. Fortunately for us 'family' decided against it at the very last minute and we jumped in as quick as possible and signed over the money before it could happen again. We had seen the extraordinary potential, the position of the property was unique. All was needed was hard work and we had plenty of that to give!
What makes this House unique
Perhaps the best thing about living here at La Prairie is the peace and quiet. You could be a million miles from problems that beset the rest of the world yet we are so close to noise, ferment, news and people if we choose. I find that a rare combination. Also, there is the village of Daglan which is so beautifully maintained and so French and so welcoming. Walking the dogs is a treat not a chore as is the gardening. Spring comes very early here too. By the end of February there are many signs that the warmer weather is returning: the Black Redstarts are nesting early, the swallows appear at last, the dandelions come out and the light changes. You can rise at 5.30 in May and be greeted by deer and rabbits and maybe, if you're lucky a shy wild boar. The air is warm already, the promise of another day of unbroken sunshine. And then there's lovely Sarlat of course, a fabulous town, so rich in culture and history that even after 30 years of living in France, I still find this town fascinating and love nothing better than having tea in one of the cafés along the side streets.
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Fabulous property both inside and out - perfect for our extended family
La Prairie House was delightful and exceeded our expectations. The large kitchen area was perfect to prepare food with lots of space for people to help and chat. The lounge with comfy sofas and TV, lots of English channels, was brilliant as we had Formula 1 and World Cup Football fans with us. Even the seating in the lobby area was well used by our elder grandson when he wanted quiet time on his iPad. As for the pool that got top marks with "Roman Steps" particularly good for those who just want to keep cool or make a cautious entry into the water and was close to the magnificent outside seating/eating areas. Badminton, table tennis, boules and I haven't even mentioned the view ... oh yes and the barbecue was a good size and much used.
Wow, what an amazing place. Cannot fault it
This house exceeds expectations
The rooms are beautiful and the little quirky additions make you feel right at home.
We have been visiting the Dordogne for over 19 years and this house is in a prime position for all the beautiful sights.
We had two families and a whippet and it was just perfect
Just want to go back again to enjoy the amazing pool as we had cloudy weather for most of the week.
However we still had an amazing week and loved everything about it.
Daglan great to walk down to and great restaurants and lovely jewellery shop
I'd advise shopping in daglan or nearby supermarket as Sarlat hypermarkets too busy and expensive
Can't wait to go back again !!!
So delighted you enjoyed our home. We missed meeting you very much but if you come back then we shall meet again anyway!
It is such a beautiful house and we are privileged to be able to share it with lovely guests like yourselves.
Thank you for coming!
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truly amazing holiday, Louise and David are the the perfect hosts, the property is to die for from the oak beams to the hand made kitchen to the beautiful swimming pool and the most stunning views , accommodation is just right and the decor is bang on for the style of house, really impossible to fault the place and will be returning again and again.
We stayed at La Prairie with our family the Farmhouse where we stayed was amazing, a gorgeous house, with the most beautiful decor I have witnessed for a long time. . The ensuite bathrooms were wonderful, the beds ultra comfortable, our kitchen was to die for and the sitting room divine, outside was fabulous, a super terrace with climbing plants everywhere and the pool was perfect, there was nothing that wasn't quite marvellous, we have booked again for next year taking two houses this time, think this will be our summer holiday for years to come.
Gorgeous house and garden in the perfect peaceful spot.
We loved this place. Can’t beat the locaion, at the top of a peaceful and scenic valley in a small, quiet hamlet with views to calm the soul and a million stars at night. The house was beautifully laid out and very comfortable...a genuine home from home feel. Loads of things for the kids to do in the garden. The only thng we disliked about the house was that it isn’t ours!
The problem with describing the area where we live is to know exactly where to start. It is so beautiful, so rich in activity, culture and that 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' that only the French possess that it makes the following task quite tricky! But I will endeavor to tell you just why you should come and visit us.
Daglan is stunning so let us start with our home village. We live 3 km up the hill from this quintessentially Perigordine village and it is here that we take the children to school, gossip at the market and occasionally indulge in a meal at the fantastic Petit Paris and La Cantine in the village square. The village was taken into hand about 7 years ago and spruced up and polished and scrubbed and neatened by the ambitious Maire who was in residence at the time. He accomplished something quite lovely and we are all proud of our village and the people in it too. The Church is very pretty especially inside, the little shop is run by a delightful couple, there are Artisan shops everywhere. It is a jewel of a village and you will see why when you come!
Our little hamlet of Le Peyruzel is gorgeous as well. No shops but a real living/working community of farmers and everyday people living here in the peaceful countryside that surrounds us. The walks we have from here are fabulous and the new bike tracks are amazing with the added luxury of having your bicycles delivered to La Prairie! The walk from La Prairie down to Daglan takes about 40 minutes.
Approximately 15 minutes from La Prairie are Domme, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Castelnaud, the river, the castles, the gardens.....
Domme is stunning; a hilltop village that is like something out of a fairytale but then again so is La Roque with its medieval houses built into the rock. Beynac castle is awe inspiring, Monfort Castle is breathtaking. Les Jardins De Marqueyssac and Eyrignac are extraordinary. Sarlat is so stunning as to be quite overwhelming especially visited early when you have it to yourself.
Our local restaurants are delicious; Le Petit Paris in Daglan is the best place to sit outside as is the wonderful Cantine by Fabrice Le Chef. La Belle Etoile, our favorite, is the best place for a meal and the loveliest terrace anywhere. Our local Auberge serving fabulous wholesome home produced food is a must. Le The Vert is delicious for lunch, L'Eole has fantastic take away pizzas,
Then there is Rocamadour, Eagles Rock, the must see Gouffre De Padirac, the indispensable Font De Gaume...
I could go on forever but the best thing to do is to have a look at our website and it will lead you to everything you need to know........But just before I sign off and let you discover our website in peace and quiet let me talk about what there is to do for the children. We have 6 children so we know pretty much all there is to know about their dreams and hopes whilst on holiday with Mum and Dad.
For the tiny ones and young ones we have provided the sloping beach for the pool. The gate is difficult to open and there is an alarm system so you can really relax! The toy barn is what has made some parents holiday; they can spend hours in this room and you are just a few steps away from them. There are swings, log cabins and a goal for football. You can take them to a castle and they can become a Knight or a Damsel. How about walking around the gardens in Marqueyssac which is illuminated with thousands of candles every Thursday night in the summer? Go to Sarlat to watch the miming acts, the street artists. How about Eagles Rock to watch the birds of prey? Sounds boring? Would it convince you if I told you they walk on your head, over your legs, swoop down, narrowly missing your ears and the Griffon Vultures weigh 13kgs and have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet? How about the aquarium in Le Bugue? Not content with fish, the owners have provided Anacondas, Pythons, Caimans and fish you can stroke (all ages love this) and the wonders of the fish themselves, the size of the sturgeons are breathtaking and if you are lucky there will be someone in the huge tank swimming with them. And what is there for the teenagers, the budding teenagers and the young in us all to do? That age can be difficult to say the least so here are some things to consider! There is the pool, swimming in the Dordogne, horse riding, paint balling, hot air ballooning, kayaking, canoeing, tree top trekking, cycling, rock climbing, pot holing, being punted down an underground river, being lowered in a basket to an underground cave, exploring the Chateau De Castelnaud and if you are really desperate to please them there is a McDonalds in Sarlat!
So go ahead and discover our website and we hope to see you very soon.