Friday, 09 August 2013 08:49 | England
So think of Devon think of Wales banish the clouds and imagine a pool you can use because its warm enough-this is the perfect place. Sometimes you want both familiarity and different it's here in equal measures with a foreground of a UNESCO world heritage centre opposite- beats twitching caravan curtains. Philippa and Paul are knowledgeable but non intrusive so if you have a question they will offer an opinion otherwise you are able to sample the very best of rural France and oh is it old with the luxury of their hospitality with tremendous attention to detail. We always say we never go back but oh we would its a haven. Wonderful because its so relaxing. If you stay awake beyond dark ( mid summer) listen to the toads chorus from the river there are two types we thought.......
Maggie and Richard
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 17:03 | Basingstoke, England
We stayed at The Haybarn for the last two weeks of June and it was everything we were hoping for (except maybe the weather for the first week). From the moment we arrived we were made to feel at home and very welcome by our hosts, Paul and Philippa, who were very generous with their time and answered many of our questions on things to do.
As this was our Honeymoon, Paul and Philippa had thoughtfully and very kindly left us a bottle of bubbly and a vase of beautiful flowers from their garden. Philippa also gave us a piece of her homemade Walnut cake, which was delicious (we were given the recipe).
The Gite is one of four converted barns, the Haybarn benefits from having its own secluded sun terrace with easy access to the swimming pool and the interior is very comfortable with all amenities we required for our stay.
The Gite is situated in an area of outstanding beauty and historical significance e.g. Le Roc St. Christophe can be viewed from the bedroom window and is a 15-minute leisurely walk away.
It is an ideal base to explore the Dordogne Region, from doing many of the beautiful walks from the Gite to exploring further afield.
St.Leon-Sur-Vezere, pretty village with 2 good restaurants and canoeing.
Domme, on the River Dordogne, beautiful old town
Lascaux Caves, Montgnac
River Cruise from La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne lasts about 50 mins and is very informative, beautiful scenery.
Visiting the Grand Mayne vineyard in the Duras region, very interesting tour and good wine, ask Paul & Philippa, they will book it for you.
Canoeing, we canoed down the Vezere from Montignac to St Leon-Sur-Vezere which took about 3 hours but we did go very slowly and pulled over to the bank. It was very peaceful and relaxing, we were given a GPS, which informed us of the history of the Vezere and sites of interest, the company we used was based in St Leon-Sur-Vezere, we loved this.
The village of Peyzac Le Moustier has a Boulangerie which we walked to every morning (5 mins) to get our pastries and a very good Auberge, we ate there a few of times and it was very good every time.
We thoroughly recommend this and so does our dog, who was made to feel welcome were ever we went.
Yusof and Tom
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 17:00 | London, England
“A perfect slice of Dordogne with walnut sprinkles”
On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Philippa and Paul. They were incredibly friendly and hospitable. The property was in a perfect location with a fantastic view of the Rock (st Christophe), and in the typical French rural style. We stayed at the Tobacco Barn which has 3 en-suite bedrooms with a well-equipped rustic Gallic kitchen. It has comfortable and cosy seating room, and with double doors leading to a bright sunny and good size swimming pool. The guests staying at the barn also have the exclusive benefit of the alfresco dining area next to pool and overlooking the rock. We used it daily for our breakfast and lunch. They also have a BBQ set as part of the area. The wireless Internet access and tv come as standard.
We were there during the later end of June, and were so lucky as the air was filled with intoxicating scent of honeysuckle (woodbine). The area was lusciously green with Pre-historic feel to it. As mentioned by other reviewers, the location was spot on with easy access to local amenities and restaurants. 10 mins drive to a supermarket in Montignac. It is also not too far from a local goose farm, which also sells foie gras and other delicacies.
Philippa and Paul were such fantastic hosts as mentioned below by others. Our arrival was greeted with a bottle of local red wine, and a bag of deliciously creamy walnuts from the garden. Philippa also brought us her world-famous walnut cake - which we devoured within seconds. They suggested few places to go and even organised the bookings for restaurants.
Despite the weather, we had a fantastic time and really enjoyed our stay. Highly recommended for a perfect taste of Dordogne! The unfortunate thing is that we had to go back to work... alas, we must go back there soon, probably with a better weather.
Jim and Maureen
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:37 | Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
We arrived after a long plane journey from Canada, plus a car ride
from Bordeaux and were exhausted, but our spirits were truly lifted
when we got to the Tobacco Barn. We have rented a good number of
gites in France over many years, but this one was the best ever. It
was so bright and clean even in a dark March evening, and the welcome
we got from Paul and Philippa just added to our pleasure. The house
was warm with central heating, plus a log fire, and we even had a hot
water bottle for our bed, just to make us feel even more at home.
There was food in the fridge to get us started, plus a bottle of wine
to welcome us. Our hosts could not do enough for us, with advice as
to where it was best to see all the historic sites nearby, the
chateaux, and the villages around, and of course the Markets - we
especially liked St Cyprien Sunday Market, which has everything - we
became part of the scene we were there so often. We were also
recommended to go for a meal in La Source which is in the next village
of Tursac, and when our family came to visit we took them along there
too, and Edwin could not have been nicer, especially as two of the
girls "only eat chicken" and the other is a vegetarian - all three
girls enjoyed different meals including guinea fowl and fish, and the
four adults were equally happy. The property is just across the
valley from the St Christophe Roque which was magical, especially in
the evening when floodlit. A truly worthwhile 6 weeks of early Spring
when there was even ice on the pool cover. We arrived as clients, and
left as friends. We hope to return soon, and would highly recommend
the whole property to anyone.
Emma and Charlie
Saturday, 15 June 2013 15:35 | Exeter, UK
We've had one of the most relaxing holidays for years in the Roque Terrace - very much helped by a lot of warm, sunny weather so that we could enjoy sitting outside and looking at the view. Thanks to Paul and Philippa for all your help and suggestions.
We hope to come back!
David and Elizabeth
Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:36 | Bromley, Kent
We had a thoroughly enjoyable and energetic holiday, based in this beautiful and very comfortable gite. Only the weather left something to be desired, and there were more steep hills than we'd really like to cycle up...
Paul and Philippa were perfect hosts, providing whatever we needed: information; fresh eggs; and home-baked walnut cake (that was delicious!).
So many interesting places were within easy reach, not forgetting the *** Roque right opposite.
Great cycles, great walks, pre-history, beautiful towns and villages, two magnificent rivers, good local wine... What could be better?
Thoroughly relaxing. The Haybarn is a superb holiday home. The classical music with my coffee and cross-stitching was a daily ritual. My legs struggled with some of the hills, but we followed the old railway line from Sarlat to Souillac which was flat and more enjoyable cycling.
A marvelous holiday: Philippa and Paul, you have a wonderful place here in the Dordogne.
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