Farmhouse Villa | Dordogne Valley | Views | Pool | WiFi | 9 Acres | Dogs welcome
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About James Wright
We are Cheryl and James Wright and we live in the town of Ascot in Berkshire, England (the Ascot of horse racing fame). James is a European Marketing Consultant and Cheryl owns a retail business specialising in vintage furniture and accessories and French linen.
James Wright purchased this Villa in 2016
Why James Wright chose Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse
We started holidaying in southern France about 8 years ago when we decided that we'd start taking our dogs on holiday with us. Our first such holiday was in Provence. As you would expect we had a terrific time, but we ultimately concluded the long journey from Calais down to Provence with 2 dogs in tow was really not ideal (and a stopover with dogs is logistically quite tricky). So for our next holiday we thought we'd aim for somewhere slightly closer to home - still in the south of France, but not the extreme south. We settled on the Lot region - and we loved it. We spent 3 glorious summers in that area, and enjoyed it so much we thought it was about time we started looking for our own place. We saw about 8 places over the course of 2 trips, but none really hit the spot. Then James came across this place in the heart of the Dordogne. James had been to the Dordogne many times as a child and young adult, and had always enjoyed the holidays, but had assumed that it would be far too expensive to buy a property there. On paper this old limestone barn and cottage looked perfect, but the price was low, so surely it was too good to be true. We were staying in the Lot again and the drive to the neighbouring Dordogne department to do the viewing took about 45 minutes. As we transitioned from the Lot to the Dordogne the landscape started to change very subtly, from wild and unkempt, to lush and cultivated. The villages changed too, from sleepy and part-shut, to lively and most definitely open. We saw sunflower fields and walnut trees and tobacco fields. Oh and geese - lots of geese! Memories from James' childhood came flooding back and broad grins adorned our faces as we approached La Longere in the village of Saint Vincent De Cosse. It was a gloriously warm, sunny day and as we stepped out of the car to see La Longere for the first time it seemed that everything was absolutely perfect. And it was. We fell in love with it and bought the property. And here it is - ENJOY!
What makes this Villa unique
For us it's location, location, location. Not only is it a beautiful property in a stunning setting with magnificent views across the Dordogne valley. It's also situated right at the very heart of Perigord Noir - in the so-called golden triangle. It's a stone's throw from many of the regions world-famous tourist attractions and yet it's just so peaceful and tranquil too. The walking is amazing, the cycling equally so and there's a canoe station within just a 3 minute drive. Add to that the fact that we have possibly the greatest boulangerie/patisserie in the world just a few hundred metres away and, we think you'll agree, it all adds up to the most perfect location for a holiday home. (We might be a little biased, but wait until you experience Lucco's fresh croissants for yourself and tell us what you think!).
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
2 well-behaved pets are welcome.
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
An absolutely great property, especially with the addition of the new pool. Lots to see and do in the area, but was truly relaxing to get some food opin from the local markets and enjoy all the house has to offer.
Lots of nice thoughtful touches to make the stay memorable. James was extremely helpful too.
Rustic Atmosphere, Well Equipped and Conveniently Located
My wife and I stayed 5 nights in September 2018. Consistent with the earlier reviews, we felt that this gite was well located, remote enough to be quiet, and well maintained. It was large enough to support 6 people comfortably, but worked fine for just 2. We would stay there again if we returned to the Dordogne River valley. The local manager was very responsive to any requests we made.
A truely relaxing residence, tranquility prevails
What a wonderful house to stay in, so relaxing and peaceful yet superbly located to activities should you wish. A short walk down through the properties own 'walnut grove' and you're at the Dordogne river itself with immediate access to canoeing, fishing and more wonderful walks. The house is stylishly decorated and furnished and not too precious - a real home from home - Loved it and will definitely be returning. Great location when flying into Bergerac too, easy to find and a pleasant straight forward journey (under an hour) by car.
Fantastic family holiday in this gem of a property
Wow, where do we even start! Firstly, what a fabulous cottage to spend a family holiday together, not to mention the beautiful setting. Your own little haven to retreat to after a day of exploring the markets, amazing old towns and playing along the river. The cottage is beautifully decorated and so well kitted out, we also enjoyed being able to eat as a family inside and alfresco...with lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around. So much to do on your doorstep for all ages, we found the location ideal! The owners (Cheryl & James), as well as the management company couldn't have been more helpful and we couldn't recommended this gem of a property highly enough. We can't wait to go back next year!!
An absolute haven for a family holiday
La Longere ... What an absolute gem of a find for a 3-generation family holiday. The owners haven't left a stone unturned in providing every necessity and comfort that their guests could possibly wish for. Every room in the cottage (well, 'castle' by our standards!) was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated and equipped. The setting and location were perfect for us too with the river practically on the doorstep and so many lovely towns and villages to explore in very close proximity. One of the highlights for us was seeing the hot air balloons launching just a few hundred metres away. Check in and check out was stress-free. Dreaming of next spring or summer when we can return. Highly recommended.
Stunning, idyllic home from home
This beautiful house was home to 3 adults and a handful of teenagers and preteens for 2 weeks. We were not disappointed! The house was well equipped, comfortable and beautifully decorated - home from home. The large outside space and sunny terrace offered the children and us all the space we needed to entertain ourselves and relax. The local town, St Cyprien, was just a 5 min drive and offered weekly markets, restaurants, bars and a supermarket. Beynac was only a 10 min drive and well worth a trip, along with Les Jardins de Marqueyssac and La Roque Gageac just a short drive away - our only issue was not enough days to do everything!!
The river was a 5 min drive or 10/15 min steady stroll, which we did alot - 2 bars (one with table tennis and badminton), restaurant and canoe hire, we spent many days sunbathing and swimming here. Some great fishing spots and the children had an absolute ball!
Cannot recommend this gorgeous house enough. The owners, Cheryl and James have thought of everything - we will be definitely booking again next year.
Where to start? If kayaking on the Dordogne is your thing we have 2 kayak/canoe stations just 2 minutes away from La Longere. If you've not done it before you absolutely must. You can choose to have a paddle for just an hour or 2 or spend a half day or whole day, meandering down the river from one beautiful riverside village to the next. It is very easy going - the river flows very gently and is really quite shallow.
If walking is your thing then you are in for a treat. There is an unmarked footpath leading literally from our back door. Within 5-10 minutes you can be up in the village of Bezenac, and from there you can access an astonishing network of 400KM of walking and hiking trails which have been mapped out by the local authorities of Sarlat and Saint Cyprien. You can choose to trek through the rolling hillls of the Perigord Noir, which afford magnificent vistas across the Dordogne valley. Or wander down into the valley itself, amble through the sunflower and maize fields, then walk alongside the river itself. This makes for a lovely walk into the town of Saint Cyprien - or even to the Chateau des Milandes (see below).
The stunning riverside town of Beynac is our nearest town and is just 3 minutes away. It holds the accolade of being one of the most beautiful "villages" in the whole of France, and rightly so. There are a number of restaurants and boutique hotels, as well as a bakery, a butcher/delicatessen, a mini supermarket and the obligatory foie gras outlet. The extraordinary Chateau de Baynac (of Richard the Lionheart fame) dominates the limestone escarpment above the town, and is definitely on the must-see list.
Another famous chateau, the Chateau des Milandes, is just 1.3 miles away from La Longere. You can see it from our wild garden (on the hillside behind the cottage), especially at night when it is lit up quite beautifully. Milandes was once the home of the famous American actress and singer Josephine Baker, who performed in the lavish revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris before retiring and starting her humanitarian work in the Dordogne. It is well worth a visit.
Bicycles can be hired locally and, just like with the walking, many hundreds of kilometres of suitable routes have been mapped out by the local authorities. Some maps should be available in the cottage but additional ones are available from the tourist office in Saint Cyprien.
There are 2 legendary markets in the area which are an absolute must. Saturday is market day in the regional capital Sarlat. It's a big one, and it sprawls from the main car park in the town centre right through the streets of the medieval old town. You can buy anything and everything from this world-famous market, from French linen to woven baskets, from spit-roasted chickens to hand-picked mushrooms, and from handmade soaps to locally harvested walnuts. Get there early though to ensure you find a handy parking space.
Sunday is market day in Saint Cyprien (just 5 minutes from La Longere). Although it's slightly smaller than Sarlat, this is our favourite market of all. It's still very big, and it stretches the entire length of the main shopping street and beyond. And this one seems to have more of a community vibe about it, with a lot of locals flocking there to do their weekly veg shop, and perhaps a few less tourists than its' Sarlat counterpart.
Irrespective of market day, Sarlat is well worth a day trip on any day of the week. It has a huge variety of restaurants and shops (including a Leclerc hypermarket), and the medieval old town is simply delightful, packed full of history and cultural delights.
For the more adventurous, hot air ballooning is big in the Dordogne. What better way to see the gorgeous old villages, the limestone architecture and the hilltop fortified castles than from a hot-air balloon on a beautifully warm summer's evening. Our nearest ballooning company operates from the ground of the Chateau de Monrecour hotel which is just a 2 minute drive to our east.
And that's not all. There's the extraordinary box-gardens of Marqueyssac, the bastide town of Domme, the riverside delight that is La Rogue Gageac, the artists retreat of Daglan, not to mention the caves of the Vezere valley and the vineyards of Bergerac and Monbazillac.
One thing is for sure. You won't be bored!