The front door leads into the sitting room - cattle used to be kept below! (a long time ago!)Enjoy your French meals in our airy kitchen
Village house near River Dordogne
Hosted by Maggie
Maggie is the host.
6 guests
2 bedrooms
6 guests
2 bedrooms
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
6 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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On the edge of a hilltop village which overlooks the distant River Dordogne. As you approach from Bretenoux, there are views to die for. Our house is simple yet comfortable and this is a wonderful place to get away from it all. No TV, no WIFI

The space

A fully furnished holiday house in the hilltop village of Estal, Lot, France (46130), near Bretenoux and the valley of the River Dordogne. There is a minimum let of 3 nights or a week during the summer. Our house is a traditional gite with a large sitting room upstairs, two double bedrooms and a spacious kitchen with dining area. It also has a shower room and a beautiful terrace overlooking our field with extensive views over the surrounding countryside. It easily sleeps 4 and 2 more can use the double sofabed in the sitting room.
We love going there ourselves as life is so different from that in England. The road meanders up from Bretenoux about 5 miles into the hills through peach and walnut orchards and the vineyards of Glanes. Their wine is superb and we always come home with a case or two. Our neighbours look after the house for us as we have been going there for over 25 years and the village welcomes our visitors. Bretenoux is a thriving medieaval town with a regular market.
The area around is stunning and there is much to do. Go canoing on the river Dordogne, swim in the river or in the local pool; go cycling; walk on the local footpaths or the grande randonee (long distance pathway) which passes through the village; go sightseeing to Castelnau (5 miles), Chateau de Montal (8 miles - there is an attractive golf course there too), Carennac , Loubressac or Collonges Les Rouges all or which are designated amongst the most beautiful villages in France; visit the prehistoric caves at Les Eyzies (40 miles), visit the cliffside pilgrimage town or Rocamadour (30 miles); shop in the local markets of Bretenoux or Saint Cere, go horse riding, paintballing or just enjoy being in the house.
We ask guests to give our neighbours 40 euros each stay or week for bed linen and towels.

Guest access

Wonderful terrace on which to laze and eat overlooking our steep head of the valley field.

Interaction with guests

We are not there, obviously, but our neighbours look after the house for us and can help you with local knowledge.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 10AM

Minimum stay of 3 nights and 5 nights in August.


2 Reviews

Hortense User Profile
August 2016
Petite maison charmante dans un très joli village perché à une dizaine de kilomètres de bretenoux. La maison est simplement mais très joliment aménagée et le coin est parfait pour se reposer et partir en randonnées. Seuls bémols le prix qui est assez élevé et la distance des premiers commerces. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans "la maison des anglais"

Gerard User Profile
July 2015
Nous sommes arrivés un soir, mon fils et moi, guidés, puis accueillis par Madame LAFAGE, la voisine qui veille au bon ordre de la maison de Maggie, et fournit le linge de maison propre. Pour trouver la maison, les conseils donnés par Maggie ne nous ont pas aidés. Il faut tourner tout de suite à gauche en entrant dans Estal depuis Glanes, dans la rue qui descend, avant le premier virage à gauche. Après être passé sous l'église, tourner à gauche toujours en descendant, et s'arrêter devant la maison avec un balcon en pierre. C'est celle des LAFAGE. La maison louée est en contrebas, mitoyenne. Son principal intérêt est d'être au calme, en limite du bourg, avec point de vue sur la plaine. Et aussi l'espace de sa salle à l'étage, fauteuils et canapé, avec des boiseries et du mobilier rustique. N'attendez pas une cuisine moderne et bien équipée. Peu d'ustensiles pour cuisiner, apporter un couteau affuté. La salle de bains est très propre. L'ensemble conviendrait pour 4 personnes. Nous avons aimé ce séjour, merci Maggie.

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Maggie User Profile
Once a teacher but now a completely new life at retirement age helping my husband, Quentin, with the family farm in beautiful Wiltshire - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have a herd of Red Poll cattle here on our organic farm and our chickens of varying breeds wander ar…
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