Catherine and Bill
Saturday, 12 January 2013 17:33 | Concord, California
We had the feeling we would be happy during our second stay in the Hay Barn when the new owners Paul and Philippa Ward were so very helpful in our email communications prior to our arrival. On meeting this charming couple, we could tell that they are passionate about providing a wonderful experience for their guests. They had made some nice changes to the Hay Barn including installing a very efficient and easy to operate stove top. We were greeted with a bottle of local wine and a bowl brimming with walnuts from the property. Everything was super clean, the bed was very comfortable and every amenity needed for a week-long rental was on hand.
Throughout our stay the Wards provided advice and information about restaurants, shopping and sites to visit. It is apparent that they know this area very well, as all recommendations were spot on. When we mentioned that we would be in Amsterdam later in the trip, Paul took the time to print out a map with the location of our hotel and a nearby restaurant that they loved. Again, their recommendation was perfect!
This is a romantic place for a couple, but we could also see renting several of the gites for a larger group including children.
We will return this year to this idyllic spot to unwind and appreciate the joy of life in the French countryside. Paul and Philippa are the best possible hosts for a perfect vacation.
Jo and Robert
Saturday, 01 December 2012 15:32 | Scotland
We stayed in La Roque Terrasse for a week in September and had a great time. There is so much to see and do in the area, it was hard to squeeze everything in. The weather was very warm and mostly dry (for September), which lent itself to a few good walks and canoeing on the Vezere. The gite was very well equipped, so was very much a home from home. We dined out half the time and cooked for ourselves the rest of the time. Favourite restaurant was Le Petit Leon in nearby St Leon Sur Vezere. Paul and Philippa were always around to provide welcome advice on what to see and do and their love of the property and the area was very apparent. We thoroughly enjoyed our week and would definitely return.
Friday, 30 November 2012 14:29 | Faro, Portugal
My wife and my daughter stayed in The Tobacco Barn at the back end of October this year. There was frost on the ground in the mornings but the barn was toasty warm with its log burning stove and central heating. The setting is beautiful and typically French. We spent a wonderful week here and while the barn is away from the madding crowds it is close enough to the major towns in the area. Our only regret is that we didn't stay long enough. We didn't realise there was so much to see so I think we may be back next year to finish things off.
Paul and Philipa were the perfect host who generously bore us gifts of figs, walnuts and walnut cake. On Paul's advice, we visited the cave at Rouffignac which turned out to be our highlight of the week. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and I would thoroughly recommend the property.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:22 | England
We spent the first two weeks of September in the beautiful manor house celebrating my Grandfathers 90th birthday .It was like being home from home. The manor house provides everything that you may require and if it hasn't Paul or Philippa will help you find it or provide it for you.
The weather was glorious and we found ourselves spending many happy hours playing with the children around the pool or exploring the naturally beautiful surrounding area. the children managed to find a very friendly pregnant donkey in Le Moustier , she was quite partial to a carrot or two. We are still awaiting word of the new arrival.
Paul and Phillipa couldn't have been more kind or helpful,particularly to Grandad and the children.
All in all it was a great experience and we would like to thank Paul and Phillipa for making us so welcome
Spyros and Polymuca
Saturday, 10 November 2012 16:51 | Patras, Athens, Greece
A very beautiful place, cosy and warm atmosphere. And also it is located in a very good place, near the river Vezere in front of Roque St Christophe and also next to the magnificant village St Leon sur Vezere. We strongly recommend the cafe-epicerie "Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe" near the rive in St Leon sur Vezere, it is the best situated cafe in the area and you can by local products!! To eat well go to Auberge du Pont, in the same village, excellent food and low prices! There is a very nice area to walk all around Rouffignac. Philippa and Paul, thank you very much for you kindess, we really felt at home in your place! Keep smiling, it made our days!
Mac and Elaine
Saturday, 10 November 2012 16:49 | East Sussex
We thought about canoeing but couldn't find one with stabilizers, so gave it a miss and went sight seeing instead! We enjoyed Sarlat and the market at Le Bugue, also food a La Source in Tursac, the Auberge in Le Moustier (the Napoleonnienne) and a small bistro on the river at Limeuil. Our highlight was the magnificent stag that appeared one early morning and sauntered past the gite. We will definitely be back if Paul and Philippa will put up with us!!
Diane and Ian
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:29 | Blackpool, England
Just returned from a long October weekend staying in Le Roque Terrasse and we have nothing but happy memories. The superb southwest facing location of the gite means you can sit outside on your own terrace with a coffee and a fresh croissant (or two!) from the bakers in Le Moustier, whilst gazing directly across the Vezere to La Roque St Christophe, which is a must visit. The gite is light, clean and spacious, ideal for a couple of any age. The owners live on site and do not intrude but are helpful with any and all queries put to them. Highly recommended, as is the nearby La Source restaurant in Tursac.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 20:33 | United Kingdom
We enjoyed a wonderful week's stay in the Hay Barn during August. It is a perfect place to both flop and do nothing or if you rather explore and be more active.
The accommodation was spacious for two and very comfortably furnished. It was great to have a private terrace and the pool was a good size and very refreshing!
The surrounding area is stunning and the Vezere is much more tranquil compared to the busy Dordogne. The local village had a bakery and auberge - and the camp site shop down the road had some other necessities.
The local food was excellent with plenty of opportunities for stocking up on foie gras and smoked duck!
The Roseraie hotel and restaurant in Montignac is beautiful and serves as a fitting place to celebrate something special.
Our only hesitation in recommending a stay here would be the fear that there would be no availability for a return visit!
Graham and Catherine O'Brien
Monday, 30 July 2012 17:33 | Warrington, England
Lovely place in a beautiful area.So peaceful yet not too far from' civilization'. Paul and Philippa, the owners, could not be more helpful and we were grateful to them because we hadn't been to that part of France before. We stayed in the comfortable and well equipped 'Haybarn' which overlooked the very inviting pool, especially on a hot day. We will definitely be going back as so much more to see and do.Don't tell anyone but Philippa makes a lovely walnut cake from walnuts grown in the garden.
Monday, 30 July 2012 17:29 | Australia
Claire and I had a wonderful week in June at Le Manoir des Granges. You made us very welcome and provided for our every need. I appreciated the unlimited WIFI access, which was not always available on the rest of my holiday. The accommodation was excellent - tasteful and comfortable. We especially loved the pool and being able to eat outside on the terrace. The Vezere Valley is very beautiful, and conveniently place to visit many interesting sites. We especially liked Sarlat, the Roque Saint Christophe site and rowing on the river. The meals were lovely everywhere, especially the fresh produce and the cheese, and we especially liked the hospitality at the local restaurant in Le Moustier (Auberge du Vimont).
We would recommend your establishment to any of our friends who might be planning to visiting the south of France