2 bedrooms each with own bathroom, heated pool, in stunning rural setting
Steve and Elizabeth Colville
- english, french
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
With prior approval
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A little piece of Paradise
It was our first visit to the Dordogne and we were not disappointed! The property was very clean and well equipped with everything you could want or need - bbq, microwave, dishwasher, decent size fridge, washing machine, comfy beds, fantastic shower, british tv channels... the list goes on. It was surrounded by beautiful countryside and so peaceful. The patio area of the gite was private, peaceful with a very nice dining table, bbq and another separate comfy seating area. The owners Liz and Steve are very friendly, helpful and work so hard keeping everything so nice. The pool was large and cleaned everyday with plenty of sunloungers and chairs. The gite was a labour of love for the owners who had put so much thought into the renovation. They have kept original features such as beams and pizza ovens and have managed to mix old and new features very effectively. The bathrooms were very clean and modern - the showers worked fantastically (if there is one hate I have is a poor shower!) Liz and Steve were a lovely couple who gave plenty of recommendations on local things to do which was really great. There is another larger gite that is rented out within the grounds but its away from the gite we rented and didn't hear or rarely saw the other people. The property is situated just a 2 minute drive outside of a very beautiful village of Domme, it is very easy to get to all the castles and other beautiful villages in the area also. We had a fabulous stay and will definitely return !!!!
The property was spotlessly clean, and full of charm
Our experience in the property was blissful. It was well equipped with all mod cons. The outside space was well thought out, with a BBQ area and a private and a peaceful sitting area. The pool was large, with plenty of recliners, so no need for towels on seats! Liz and Steve (owners) were lovely, helpful and friendly and we hope to return very soon, when they open again for the season. Hopefully they will not be fully booked after this review. A truly wonderful place, thanks Liz and Steve.
A beautiful gite in a lovely tranquil setting
We stayed for a week at the end of August. It is a beautifully converted property in a lovely rural location, very quiet and peaceful with lovely views. The property is part of an old farm estate, with the owners in the main house nearby. The village of Daglan is close by, very picturesque with a bakery, shop, restaurants and a Sunday market. Great place for morning coffee. Steve and Elizabeth are perfect and interesting hosts with lots of local knowledge which was great help to us. They made sure that everything was good for us for our stay. We plan to return!
Stunning, well presented, well equiped high standard accommodation. Nothing more we can say
Awesome. Had an absolutely fantastic time.
The property is located in an idyllic tranquil location with good access to all the sights, the local village and its amenities.
The presentation, fixtures and fittings of the property are top notch. There was nothing overlooked that we needed. The pool is fabulous, really clean and a good size.
Steve and Liz were very accommodating and helpful. If you get the chance take Steve's offer of a tour of the property up. He showed us the estate which was very interesting and informative. Steve's stories of what went on in the past were a real eye opener. If you spot the squirrel, make sure you hide your nuts! There is a good chance you will see some of the wildlife even as you lounge by the pool.
8 to huit, the local supermarket had a special offer on Marmite. The squirrel doesn't like it! He prefers Nutella!
Big thanks for providing a great place for our wonderful holiday. Loved it!
Gorgeous property, amazing hosts
We had an outstanding stay at this beautiful property in Daglan. It is close to so many amazing sites in the Dordogne, but has so much on offer at the property you never need to leave. The hosts were incredible. Our kids (aged 10 and 12) absolutely loved it- as did we. We were there for over a week but wish we had longer. Highly recommended.
Kids thoughts: “everything was amazing! Pool, personal space, lots of play space to run around, great separate bathroom from our parents, and we really loved meeting Steve and Liz- they were very friendly.”
Beautiful house but not suitable for young children, ever present owners.
A difficult review to write as there were great & not so great parts to our stay. So I've tried to list the everything fairly:
Beautiful gite converted with care, thought & pride
Everything you need including well equipped kitchen, sharp knives! TV, Internet, BBQ, Patio & Pool.
Owners Steve & Liz who live in the house directly in front were happy for in-laws to visit for 3 days of our 2 week visit
Steve is friendly, helpful & approachable
Large heated pool with hard cover
Not toddler friendly: has a narrow spiral staircase & no stairgate (although this was promised when booking), furniture is hard edged, no lawn space. Tiled floor lethal with wet feet & coupled with the furniture caused a lot of bruises.
Whilst you can walk to Daglan, its up/down a big hill & narrow road! We understood there was a footpath but this was not accessible when we arrived.
Pool has a hard cover, taken off late morning, but no fence or alarm; perhaps a concern if you have kids or want to use it early a.m.
Dishwasher door very noisy
No information folder & there are a number of rules which can cause tension eg: don't wash towels/leave a highchair out overnight
You see Steve & Liz 3 or 4 times a day, every day. We felt monitored throughout our visit.
You are expected to deep clean on your last day
Owners reserve the right to "fine" you on the spot before you leave, if the gite isn't clean enough
We made some assumptions as we have stayed in French gites for more than 15 years & our expectations were different to S & L's, So we had some problems namely:
1. The gite was infested with ants from Day 2 -11. We had to hoover up 100s of them every day, when we woke up, got back from trips & before we went to sleep; there were trains of them coming out the walls incl, the light socket. Steve was in daily blocking the holes & putting down poison but we still had to shake out the children's toys and clothes daily. We were then blamed for leaving food out which we absolutely did not do.
2. Steve was great but was omnipresent. He tirelessly works around the site; but timings weren't great & we had issues with weedkiller being sprayed where the kids played, the pool was opened late & cleaned at odd times.
3. Liz had an issue with us after we reported the ants; from then on she was stunningly rude and blunt.
4. We had a terrible experience at check out. Liz was exceptionally unpleasant "fined" us 250 euro's for cleaning & apparently we weren't the first people.
Beth, I’m sorry you feel like that. Before the cleaning issue came up, you said you’d had a great holiday!
There was no “fine”. Our contract clearly states that guests can either leave the house as clean as they found it, or pay a cleaning charge. Somehow, you thought that you could do neither, i.e. that the contract applies to everyone but you. And you didn’t just leave the house a little dirty. To quote a small part of the message I sent you to explain the charge: “The entire kitchen had to be cleaned, inside out, top to bottom. There were pieces of food, grease and fingerprints all over the cabinets and in the drawers. The rubbish bins were so dirty that they had to be taken outside and hosed out.“ If telling you that the kitchen was filthy makes me “exceptionally unpleasant”, then I fully admit it. Unfortunately, it’s the truth. So, yes, we did charge you for cleaning, because the house was barely fit for human habitation after your stay.
Which brings me to the ants. It’s the country, there are ants, and they’re opportunistic creatures. Leave them a free meal and they’ll come and get it. The house was crying out to them. The cupboard under the sink was covered in food waste, there was bread under your bed, and Marmite everywhere – on the dining table and chairs, the kitchen cabinets, the living room rug, your bed, the bath mats ...... What more could an ant ask?
As for seeing a lot of Steve – you did, but simply because you complained about the ants and he was doing his best to resolve the problem (and fighting a losing battle!). I only remember seeing you to supply and collect linen. We honestly have better things to do than monitor your movements.
Other details: The pool cover was opened fairly late because it rained every morning for the first 10 days of your stay. If you wanted to swim in the rain, you only had to say. You were told when booking that the hill down to the village is steep and not suitable for walking with 2 small children. You were not promised a stair gate – you were asked whether you’d like one, lost my message, and dropped the question. And not leaving indoor furniture outside in the rain would be common sense to most people!!