Exclusive use,secluded Hilltop Farmhouse 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 4.
About Helen Griffith
David and Bonnie Williams own this charming property. They live and work in California and the house is managed for them by Helen Griffith. Helen has looked after the house for them for the last 7 years, and lives locally in the area. She has a wealth of local knowledge, and will do her best to ensure you have a really enjoyable stay.
Helen Griffith purchased this House in 2008
What makes this House unique
Big skies with gorgeous views. A very well equipped kitchen. Comfortable beds with lovely linen and towels. A lovely covered balcony with a futon and cushions to relax on, a table for 4 to dine on while enjoying the views and/or the stars. There is a little balcony outside the kitchen door, perfect for a petit dejeuner a deux. Or why not take your apero and go to sit underneath the walnut tree.... Perfect.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Lots of stairs
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
No unauthorised people on premises. Maximum of 4 people on property, including any non-resident visitors. Details must be provided.
Guests must read and accept house rules.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Beautiful views in a quiet area of the Dordogne
We had a lovely stay - the house is comfortable and well furnished, and the garden and pool are great. The setting is rural but there are plenty of towns and villages within driving distance. We have two young children and there was plenty to keep them entertained.
Thank you for your kind review. I am so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay. I do hope that I will be able to welcome you back at some point in the future. Best wishes, Helen
Rural france recharge
We spent 2 weeks at this great property with all the mod-cons necessary for a break from the busy world.
The 1m deep pool was perfect for cooling off and provided great entertainment for our son.
The views from the house, garden & pool are as listed and offer great sun set views a night sky star gazing.
The covered balcony is a great feature for outside eating or simply sharing a glass of wine while watching the sun set.
The area under the walnut tree is great for outside dining while taking some shade from the sun & catching the cooling breeze that runs up towards to property.
Helen was very helpful with local suggestions during our stay. She was very focused on providing a comfortable stay.
Not to detract from the property, there are 2 areas for consideration:
- 1. The low ceilings on the 3rd floor are indeed low, so you must be prepared for a fair bit of crouching, especially those reaching 6ft.
- 2. The portable Aircon unit covers the main kitchen/salon area only. Bedrooms are supplied with fans and so light sleepers may be disturbed by fan noise.
We had a great time with our 8yr old son and returned home feeling refreshed and recharged. A beautiful property in an equally beautiful rural setting.
A pretty house with a pool in beautiful French countryside
Three of us recently stayed at la Croix and found it to be ideal. We wanted somewhere in the middle of the countryside for a week of doing very little: we got just that.
The house itself has a great layout. There's a big kitchen/dining/living room (with an air-con unit) and really nice additional dining/sofa area outside, where we ate every evening. The two bedrooms upstairs are absolutely fine in terms of size but headroom is limited as they're in the eaves. There is one bathroom upstairs. There is also a separate WC and shower on the ground floor level accessible from the outside of the house (from the courtyard). Since the weather was so nice, we spent very little time in-doors.
The outdoor space is the real winner. There's a courtyard with a bbq and lawns down to the pool, which overlooks an uninterrupted view of the French countryside. We spent most (almost all) our time on the deck by the pool and had a large amount of rosé whilst watching the sunset.
Helen, the liaison between guests and the owners, was so friendly and made everything incredibly easy.
The house is set close to some very picturesque villages, to which we took the bikes one day.
All in all, it was a fantastic place for what we wanted. The photos do it little justice. We would certainly like to return!
Thank you James. So glad you enjoyed your stay, and I hope to be able to welcome you back to La Croix at some point in the future.
The property was exactly what you would want from a French country cottage - so full of character
The cottage/gite, the location, the views, the contents/equipment just perfect. Yes so the ceilings are a bit low upstairs but we never bumped our heads once. Made good use of pool, boules and kitchen. So much more that we just never had time for. Helen, the lovely property manager, gave us a quick visit to ensure we'd settled in and to reassure us she was available at all times should we need her. So many lovely villages to explore, Brantome, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - Verteillac, the nearest, was handy for butchers, patisserie and small supermarket as well as a couple of cafe/bars and bank. The 'brocante' held in Verteillac on the first Sunday of the month is well worth a visit. Overall we can't praise the cottage and location enough - desperate to go back.
Thank you so much, Fiona and Tony, for your lovely review. We always try so hard to look after our guests and positively act on any feedback they give us. We are so happy you had such a lovely time at La Croix, and we will look forward to welcoming you back at some point in the future.
Beautiful, peaceful, perfect!
We had a wonderful two weeks at this lovely property. Two couples, and we were constantly pleasantly surprised by the facilities. Loved the views, beams, mattresses, sheets, kitchen knives, and so many other things! Great area with so much to see and do. We didn’t do a huge amount though as we were lazing by the pool most of the time!
We were very pleased we chose the gîte and intend to return in the future!
Thank you very much for your kind review. We try our best to make sure that our guests really enjoy their stay, and so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in our beautiful property. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Lovely local area and peaceful setting but inaccurate description of facilities.
Having read the previous reviews we would agree with everything said about the local area. The peace and tranquility offered by the house is second to none. I have scored a 3* when I would have preferred a 2.5*. Two of the main requirements for us when selecting a property was aircon and a walk in shower. Regretfully there was no aircon only a small mobile unit that was not useable as the venting pipe was missing. Being a barn conversion the bedrooms were high with no ventilation and became unbearable in the heat. The walk in shower was a concrete outbuilding too small to dry in. Being isolated drying outside ‘al fresco’ wasn’t an issue so long as it didn’t rain! Being rural we expect spiders etc but this had to be cleaned daily before the ladies would use it. I feel the description is not accurate and appears to offer facilities not present. Maybe small issues but ones that would have led us to a difference venue had the write been accurate.
Under the facilities section in the advertising description, it clearly states under aircon that there is a fan. Fans are provided in both bedrooms and the living area for our clients’ comfort. Due to the excessive heatwave we have been experiencing this summer, the owners provided a cooler at the ground level. This is a cooler fan, not an aircon unit. So that means that it blows out cold air. It does not, however, reduce the room temperature. Had you made a request for additional fans, they would have been provided.
At no time during the booking process did you state that a key factor for booking was aircon. I acknowledge that you experienced excessively high temperatures during your stay, which is not normal weather in this part of France, and is totally outwith our control.
The advertising description clearly states that at ground level there is a simple full height shower and separate toilet opening onto the courtyard.
There is an closed area directly next to the shower which is perfectly adequate to dry oneself.
Our property is a self catering gite in a rural location. It was spotlessly clean for your arrival. We have no jurisdiction over the local spider wildlife. We do provide insect barrier sprays for our clients' use.
We believe our description is accurate, and pride ourselves on offering excellent value and information to our clients.
This is rural France, perfect for walkers and ramblers, cyclists, artists and those wishing to explore the region by car or bike. The tiny hamlet of La Croix, is situated high on a hilltop in the commune of Bouteilles St Sebastien, in the Perigord Vert. It is to the South of Angouleme and North West of Perigueux. The nearest villages are St.Severin, (10 mins), just over the border in the Charente and Verteillac (10 mins) in the Dordogne. The thriving, popular market town of Riberac is 20 min away to the south, en route to Perigueux.
The ports of Le Havre St. Malo and Caen are now an easy, fast drive, on modern autoroutes.
Bergerac (1 h.) is the nearest airport, Bordeaux (1h.30) is a little further, but your journey could include a visit to this wonderful city. Both have car hire.
Angouleme station is some 40 min away, with very fast TGV trains to/from Paris and car hire offices.
The hamlet and surroundings:
Surrounded by farmland, La Croix sits on a ridge overlooking a beautiful valley. The view is predominately undulating meadows with mixed fields of corn and sunflowers. A quiet lane leads to the property, which is set amongst a few other homes in the hamlet of La Croix, in the commune of Bouteilles St. Sebastien.
The region is well known for its antiquities, art, Romanesque architecture and of course its cuisine. In addition to the wine and cognac, foods include foie gras, walnuts, strawberries, truffles, pates and cheeses. There are many attractive restaurants in the area.
Over the border in the Charente is the beautiful medieval village of Aubeterre sur Dronne (25mins), famous for its monolithic underground church. The tree-lined square is full of cafes and quirky shops, perfect for browsing. There is also a river beach, kayaking and many other tourist attractions. There is a good 9-hole golf course nearby.
The Grand Etang at La Jemaye is a lovely place to visit for those with children; a sheltered lake (with lifeguard) on a lovely sandy beach surrounded by pine trees. This popular pôle loisirs also offers a playground, fishing area, restaurant, snack bar and graded fitness trails.
Brantôme, the ‘Venice of the Périgord’, is just 40 mins drive away, on the banks of the Drone. A delightfully picturesque town with independent shops, superb restaurants and a wealth of riverside cafés. Guided boat trips run hourly during the summer months and Friday night sees the weekly ‘river joust’ - great fun to watch!
The historic cities of Périgueux and Angoulême are both within 40 mins drive. Périgueux, the ‘capital’ of the Dordogne dominated by the magnificent Cathedrale de St Front, offers hidden delights within its winding, cobbled streets. Angoulême is an ancient fortified town, and the world cartoon capital. In September the walled streets are closed for the Circuit des Remparts, the annual vintage car race.
The fabulous roman town of St Emilion is a must for wine enthusiasts and gourmets. For those who prefer brandy, the chais of Rémy Martin, Hennessy and Courvoisier are just an hour away at Cognac.
With so much to do and see, it’s impossible to list everything here! For additional ideas and visitor information during your stay, you’ll find a wide selection of leaflets and local guides in the property.