Dadinou

Fleurac, Dordogne

A charming restored farmhouse in a most beautiful situation. It has a superb tennis court in a delightful large garden. A separate Annexe allows a small degree of separation/independence for guests/in laws/extended family but is extremely close. Dadinou is only a short drive to ‘Les Eyzies’ (Les Eyzies de Tayac) where there is a marvellous choice of bars, cafés, restaurants and the gentle swing of local life.

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Overview

Sleeps: 12

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

2 double bedrooms in the main house
2 twin bedrooms in the main house
2 double bedrooms in the Annexe

Rent per week

£2500 to £6270 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Key features

Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Seperate Annexe
Boules Court

Testimonials

"...We took Dadinou House for a very special large family gathering. The house and surrounding area were everything we had dreamed of. A beautiful house that seemed to soak all of us up so that we never felt on top of each other. The swimming pool was immaculate and so close to the house which made for the hot, heat wave days of August blissful. We enjoyed using all of the facilities, tennis, croquet, table tennis and loved how the old oak trees gave us plenty of shade during those hot afternoons. Martine was so friendly meeting us and popping in to clean during the week we felt so well looked after. Jack was the perfect property host and was always on hand for any questions. We are all so grateful to him for finding this perfect gem of a house in the middle of the beautiful French countryside."

Caroline, Jack and family, 2022

"...We had a wonderful relaxing week this summer at Dadinou. The property was perfect for our needs with tons of space both indoors and out. The swimming pool and tennis court were fabulous additions and the table tennis in the barn was also well used. The grounds were extensive and meant that there really was no need to travel far afield. There were many options for quiet little reading spots and a big terrace for eating outdoors. It really is quite isolated but within reach of supermarkets and small towns. We were very well looked after by Martine and her team who were very helpful and quick to sort out any problems we had. A big thank you to Jack for recommending this property to us and for providing an excellent service."

Cathy Staveley, and family 2022

"...Dadinou is a wonderful place. We had our annual family holiday there and it was great success. It is situated deep in the French countryside with no near neighbours and yet easy to access the local boulangerie, shops and supermarket at Les Eyzie with a short drive through the countryside. The accommodation is spacious and the kitchen well equiped. It is set in beautiful grounds which allows space for everyone to enjoy. There is a large dining table in the house, enough for all and another outside which meant we had long lazy lunches under the cool of the trees. The swimming pool, tennis court and table tennis are all excellent. There is so much to see locally if you wish to venture out. The younger members of the family had a great time canoeing on the river. The support from Mr Wingfield Digby was excellent with a telephone call on the first day to make sure that everything was alright. Overall, it is highly recommended."

Dr Hubbard, Harries, and family 2022

"...We had a wonderful week at Dadinou, thoroughly enjoyed by all four generations of our family. The ground floor of the separate annexe was perfect for my 95 year old mother, and my wife and I also appreciated the tranquillity of the first floor of the annexe, well away from our early rising and boisterous grandchildren. The secluded grounds and location are lovely and the garden and surrounding area were immaculately kept. The lightly salinated swimming pool was excellent and the grandchildren made big strides with their swimming. The tennis court was an added bonus. We were lucky with the weather and spent most of the week outside. Anne and Martine were very friendly and Anne prepared a simple meal for us every afternoon, which we reheated ourselves when appropriate in the evening. It was a treat to be relieved of the chores of shopping and cooking and we thought that the final tab for her time and outgoings was very reasonable. Jack was helpful and friendly and the booking process was stress free. Our deposit was refunded promptly and in full."

Denis Moore, Gloucestershire 2022

"...Dadinou is in a wonderfully isolated spot, with all of the benefits of that isolation, but within easy reach of services and the attractions of the Dordogne The support staff were exceptional, and couldn't have done more to facilitate our enjoyment of our stay - including the opportunity to practice our French and experience real local cooking. The garden, tennis court and pool were delightful and the accommodation although idiosyncratic and slightly eccentric functions well and adds to the charm of the place For a family who enjoy each other’s company, simple pleasures and don’t need endless outside stimulation; it is ideal. Big enough to lose yourself for a while; while intimate enough for group events to work well. I can see it would also work for extended families (or groups) or more than one family that enjoyed each other’s company."

Dr Colin Davidson, Wimborne, Dorset, England 2022

The House and Accommodation

The Kitchen

Five electric hobs, an electric oven, a small fridge, a coffeemaker, toaster, an electric kettle, a magimix, and a sink. Next to the Kitchen is a room containing a large fridge/freezer and ice-maker, a dishwasher and a microwave.

The Dining Area

Seating 12, opening onto the Sitting Area with sofas and armchairs, a wood-burning fireplace, and doors and windows to the garden, facing east, west and south.

The Annexe

Close to the main house. It has a sitting and dining area / kitchen. It has a cooktop with 4 hobs, a dishwasher and a fridge, a small oven, a microwave, a coffee maker, toaster, kettle and sink.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Bedroom 1

Has a double bed, and a south-facing window. This bedroom shares the shower room with bedroom 2. It has a walk-in shower, a bidet, a large hand basin and a WC.

Bedroom 2

With two single beds and a south-facing window. This bedroom shares the shower room with bedroom 1. It has a walk-in shower, a bidet, a large hand basin and a WC.

Bedroom 3

With two single beds, and a north-facing window. This bedroom shares the bathroom with bedroom 4. Thi has a bath and an overhead shower, a hand basin and a WC.

Bedroom 4

With a double bed, and a north-facing window. Off bedroom 4 is a study with a satellite TV, and a DVD player. Windows face north and south, and a glass-faced door descends to the garden. This bedroom shares the bathroom with bedroom 3. Thi has a bath and an overhead shower,a hand basin and a WC.

Bedroom 5

Is in the annexe. With a double bed, a satellite TV and west facing French windows, opening on to a patio with a round table seating 5. It has a shower room with a walk in shower, a hand basin and a WC.

Bedroom 6

Has a double bed with windows facing North and East. “Château de Fleurac” can be seen in the distance, Dadinou was once part of its estate. It has an ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower above, basin WC and an east facing roof-light.

Swimming Pool

Outside the Main House is the well-shaded, alarmed, salinated, Swimming Pool. (The strength of the salt water is the equivalent of human tears, and assists in keeping the water clean and preventing eye infections). It is accessed by a ladder at the shallow end.

The pool is 36 feet long, 16 feet wide, with a depth of 3’6” at the shallow end, descending to 7 feet at the opposite end.

There are 12 sunbeds with cushions, a dining table seating 12, a round table seating 4, a third rectangular table seating 6, a large parasol and a 3-seater swing chair.
Because the pool is comparatively shallow, no diving is permitted.

Beyond the Swimming Pool is the Grange in which there’s a pool shower, a fridge/freezer, a table tennis table with a net, bats and balls, a croquet set, and a set of ‘boules’.

There is a portable charcoal-fired barbecue.

Location

“Dadinou” is 3 miles from Rouffignac which has reasonable shopping facilities, and 6 miles from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac (known simply as ‘Les Eyzies`) whose shops are rather more extensive.

Sarlat-le-Canéda (known simply as ‘Sarlat’) is 19 miles. It has excellent shopping facilities of all kinds (including 4 supermarkets), plus a wealth of restaurants from Michelin-starred to more modest establishments which nonetheless pride themselves on their ‘cuisine’ – good food is taken very seriously in the Dordogne!

Apart from hosting a renowned international film festival every November, Sarlat boasts one of the best day-time Saturday markets in the region – held in the heart of the beautiful medieval town centre. This centre, floodlit at night, has all the atmosphere of a glamorous stage set, and is well worth a nocturnal visit.

How to get there

Airports

Bergerac 1 hour
Brive-la-Gaillarde airports is one hour’s drive
Limoges airport is one hour 45 minutes
Bordeaux (Mérignac) airport is 2 hours.

Things to see and do nearby

Food

Truffles and foie gras are a speciality in the many good-to-outstanding restaurants in the region.

Markets

There are open-air markets in numerous local towns and villages, taking place on different days of the week, and details are included in the House Manual. Very well worth a visit is the Saturday market in Sarlat.

Fairs, Festivals and Concerts

Fairs, festivals and concerts are held in the region throughout the summer, including the renowned Festival du Film de Sarlat every November. Details are included in the House Manual and are also available in the Tourist Office in Sarlat.

Golf Courses

The nearest golf course (9 holes) is Le Golf de Rochebois at Vitrac (8 kms). Le Golf de la Forge (also 9 holes) is at Siorac-en-Périgord (10 kms), whilst the 18 hole Golf de la Croix de Mortemart is near Le Bugue (15 kms).

Canoes and Kayaks

These can be hired at various points on the magnificent Dordogne river to paddle serenely past châteaux and gardens and many other interesting buildings, and negotiating some gentle rapids.

Horse Riding

There are numerous local riding stables where everything from lessons to pony-trekking can be arranged.

Gardens

There are also some exceptional gardens that are open to the public – the Jardin/Manoir d’Eyrignac, Château d’-Hautefort and Marqueyssac spring immediately to mind.

Churches & Villages

Amongst the many ecclesiastical buildings of note are the Abbeys of St Amand de Coly and de Cadouin.

Towns and Villages

Fascinating small towns and villages abound – Rocamadour, Domme, Salignac, La Roque-Gageac, Montignac (where the caves of Lascaux are situated), St Cybranet, La Roque St Christophe, Léon-sur-Vézère etc.

Hot-Air Ballooning

Hot-air ballooning is a special attraction, with many ballooning organisations to choose from.

Walks

There are lovely walks in all directions.

Caves

The pre-historic caves of Lascaux and Les Eyzies and their fascinating wall paintings are world-renowned. Also well worth a visit are the Grotte du Grand Roc, and the Gouffre de Padirac near Le Bugue (also with an excellent aquarium).

Bicycles

river.

Additional Information

Arrival welcome and departure: Tenants will be met on arrival and shown how everything works both inside and out.

Wifi and Broadband: There is one telephone in the Main House and one in the Annexe. (They have the same telephone number). Broadband/WiFi is accessible in the Study

Housebook: There is a housebook kept that gives further information as appropriate on all aspects relating to the property and surrounding areas.

Additional entertainment: There are large number of French and English language books throughout the property.

Services included: The cleaner/s, Cathy and Martine, come for 2 hours per day on 2 weekdays each week, and will change bed linen and bath and pool towels each Saturday. The caretaker/gardener, Phillippe, is paid by the owner to look after the garden and grounds and the swimming pool.

Optional / additional services available: The rate for any additional hours agreed with the cleaner/s is €13 per hour. A cook can also be arranged (as long in advance as possible) for as many dinners and/or lunches as may be required.

Air conditioning and heating: This is very much an “all-year-round” house, and is therefore centrally heated throughout. Wood fires can be lit in the Sitting Area at one end of the Kitchen/Dining Area, and in Bedrooms 7 and 8. Wood will be provided when required.

Children: There are 2 baby cots with bed linen and mattresses, and two high chairs.
Car Parking: There is plenty of parking next to the house.

Rents
2024
Period (2024) Weekly rate
May £3,900
June £4,300
July and August £5,500
September £4,300
October £3,900
Christmas and New Year POA
All Other Months £POA
Terms and Conditions

The Booking Process: A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit: A Booking and Security Deposit of £500 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy. Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory. The housekeeper will also check and advise of any damage/loss.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 12 people staying in the property at any one time.

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows and shutters are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price.

Linen and towels: Bed linen and bath and pool towels for each guest are provided, and changed each Saturday.

Pets: Provided permission is sought, one or two well-behaved pets are allowed.

Smoking: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price.

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.

NB Both the Main House and the Annexe can on occasions be rented on their own. If only one of them is occupied, the other will be left vacant. Rents on application.

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