What guests have to say

Formidable  star rating

Elisabeth & Julien
Brie Comte Robert, France
Review Submitted: October 14, 2009 Date of Stay: August 2009

"Très belle location. La maison est rénovée avec beaucoup de charme,
la piscine est superbe et très agréable.
La région est très riche en visites."

A recommander.

Relax and Explore  

The Macevan Family
Sydney, Australia
Review Submitted: September 2, 2009 Date of Stay: September 2008

"A wonderful house with brilliant layout for families or couples sharing. It combines period detail and multiple living areas with new bathrooms and easy to use kitchen. The property was impeccably clean when we arrived and the owners had provided us with suggestions for local villages, food markets, michelin-starred restaurants, caves to explore and places to walk / canoe."

We have visited the house twice and would definitely go back again.

Ideal spot for a family reunion  

Les Bartengs
Review Submitted: August 4, 2010 Date of Stay: July 2010

"Little to detract from a great house, in a great situation with great facilities. Owners very attentive from initial booking to post-holiday follow up. Caretaker on hand during the week for other queries. Living quarters excellently furnished and well organised - two large lounge areas inside; kitchen well equipped and perfectly placed for eating inside or outside under the tree every evening (as we did). Large trees over outside eating area give very welcome shade all day. Great flexibility for sleeping arrangements - 2 large well-equipped and 2 small bedrooms with optional connecting doors in main house plus Annexe bedroom; all with good access to washing and toilet facilities. Good sized secluded pool, plus table football/table tennis in cellar a great attraction for families. Car parking in the grounds for 4 cars. Local facilities in Les Quatre Routes (excellent boulangerie, cafe etc) accessible by bike or car (or a family member keen on early morning run) - a sleepy out of the way sort of place which add to the relative isolation of Le Bayle. But plenty of local attractions within less than 30min drive including the shrine, tourist shops and cliff perching buildings of Rocamadour; the red stone built village of Collonges-la-Rouge; Gouffre du Padirac - take a boat through amazing caves with stalagm/ct/ites galore well worth a visit (get there early to avoid huge queues in summer); canoeing from many points along the Dordogne the most relaxing exercise you can imagine; visit Le Pourquois Pas? in Floirac for excellent crepes and more varieties of beer that you'd care to remember; more extensive shopping and bars etc in Martel (great market on Saturdays) and InterMarche supermarket; Les Quatre Routes has a SNCF link to Brive-la-Galliarde so Eurostar from UK a travel option provided transport from station to Le Bayle can be organised."

Would definitely recommend

Fantastic French House  

Alison R.
Sydney, Australia
Review Submitted: November 1, 2008 Date of Stay: June 2008

"You won't find a better holiday home than this in all of Europe. It's been beautifully furnished and is in a perfect location. We had two families staying together and it never felt crowded. The pool is fantastic and the house and surrounds are magnificent."

Truly a dream holiday.

Perfect Rural France  

John and Rosalind
Sydney, Australia
Review Submitted: May 18, 2009 Date of Stay: April 2009

"We have stayed at Le Bayle twice for a total of 8 weeks, both with family and friends, and it won't be long before we are back again. A really beautiful and historic house, a friendly hamlet, wonderful markets in nearby towns with splendid local produce, and an abundance of wine. Cook for yourself or visit any of the quality local restaurants, of which there are many. Paradise for those who appreciate the good things in life, as we do, or just want to relax. A helpful neighbour/property manager who speaks good English, and is helpful with local sightseeing and marketing recommendations".

Highly recommended.


Authentic French Experience  

Jaimie & Nicky
Sydney Australia
Review Submitted: April 16, 2010 Date of Stay: August 2009

"We arrived in August and stayed until January, so we are well placed to review this beautiful property. The house is big and comfortably accommodates large numbers of guests. Upstairs, there are 4 double bedrooms as well as 2 adjoining bathrooms and separate toilets (there is also a separate apartment for additional guests). Downstairs has two lounge-rooms, both with enormous working fireplaces and antique furnishings. The open-style kitchen is impressively equipped for cooking the wonderful local produce, or simply preparing figs, plums, mirabelles and walnuts sourced from the garden! . Situated on a quiet country lane in a small hamlet, the grounds are spacious with perimeter fencing and plantings ensuring complete security and privacy, ideal for families with young children. The huge shaded courtyard is perfect for long lunches during the summer heat. The outlook over the magnificent pool and surrounding fields to the hills in the distance is particularly special. Over 5 months, we saw much of what the French consider to be the “real” France; stunning countryside, beautifully preserved medieval villages and chateaux, thriving local markets and a traditional agricultural industry that produces all the fresh produce for which France is famous. All are within a short drive, so a car is absolutely necessary. If you can access a bike, however, cycling through the quaint villages and rustic French countryside is a uniquely beautiful experience. The owners are incredibly knowledgeable of the local attractions, and happily provided us with insights into what was worth visiting, eating and drinking throughout our stay. There is also a wealth of information at the house or on the website for those wishing to work it out themselves. The property manager lives next door, which was handy for dealing with any issues or queries we had, especially as she speaks fluent English. Highlights of our stay include day trips to many of France’s officially classified beautiful villages and gardens, shopping at the numerous daily produce markets, and over-indulging on duck, foie gras and many of the other specialties of the region. Our other joy was simply spending time at the house, swimming in the pool, playing in the games-room, sitting by the log fire or just enjoying fresh food and a glass of wine in the peaceful rural setting. For us and our 2 young boys, it was a truly authentic French experience in a beautiful house, in the “real” France."

The “real” France.