- Sleeps: 12
- Bedrooms: 2 doubles and 2 twins in the Main House, 2 doubles in the Annexe
- Bath/Shower Rooms: 4
- Rent per week: £3,500 - £5,500 per week
- Key features: Swimming Pool
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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.
'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 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
''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 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
THE MAIN HOUSE
Sleeping 8 in 4 double bedrooms.
The entrance door opens into the entire Ground Floor, all with a beamed ceiling.
First is the Breakfast Area and the Kitchen, with a table seating 6.
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.
Leading from the Kitchen/Breakfast Area is a 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.
There’s also a W.C. with a hand basin.
Stairs (gated at the bottom and the top) ascend to:
There’s ample cupboard space in all the Bedrooms.
Bedroom 1. With a double bed, and a south-facing window.
Bedroom 2. With two single beds and a south-facing window.
A short flight of stairs ascends to:
Shower Room 1 With a walk-in shower, a bidet, a large hand basin, a W.C., and a west-facing roof-light.
A Landing leads to:
Bedroom 3. With two single beds, and a north-facing window.
Bedroom 4. With a double bed, and a north-facing window.
Bathroom 1. Up a short flight of stairs to an ensuite bathroom, with a bath and an overhead shower, a hand basin, and a W.C.
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.
Close to the Main House is the Annexe comprising:
A Sitting and a Dining Area/Kitchen. The dining table seats 4. The Kitchen has a glass-ceramic cooktop with 4 hobs, a dishwasher and a fridge, a small oven, a microwave, a coffee-maker, a toaster, a kettle, and a sink.
Off this Room is:
Bedroom 5. With a double bed, a satellite TV, and west-facing French windows opening onto a patio with a round table seating 4.
Shower Room 2. With a walk-in shower, a hand basin, and a W.C.
Stairs ascend from the Sitting/Dining Area/Kitchen to the very light and airy:
Bedroom 6. With a double bed, and windows facing north and east. The “Chateau de Fleurac” can been seen on a hill-top in the distance. (“Dadinou” was once part of its estate).
Ensuite Bathroom 2. With a bath with a shower above it, a hand basin, a W.C, and an east facing roof-light.
Garden & Grounds
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.
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’. Also a portable charcoal-fired barbecue. Because the pool is comparatively shallow, no diving is permitted.
Further away is the ‘boules’court, whilst all around are lawns, hedges, and a wide variety of trees, flanked by woods.
On the south west side of the Main House is the Tennis Court. There are splendid views to the north.
“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.
Bergerac (Roumanière) and Brive-la-Gaillarde airports are one hour’s drive. Limoges airport is one hour 45 minutes, and Bordeaux (Mérignac) airport is 2 hours.
The nearest junction to the autoroute is no. 17 on the A89 between Périgueux and Brive-la-Gaillarde.
The property sleeps 12, i.e. 8 in the 4 Bedrooms in the Main House, and 4 in the 2 Bedrooms in the Annexe.
Bed linen and bath and pool towels for each guest are provided, and changed each Saturday.
Provided permission is sought, one or two well-behaved pets are allowed.
There is one telephone in the Main House and one in the Annexe. (They have the same telephone number).
There are 2 baby cots with bed linen and mattresses, and two high chairs.
Broadband/WiFi is accessible in the Study beyond Bedroom 4
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.
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 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. A baby-sitter can also be arranged in advance.
The caretaker/gardener, Phillippe, is paid by the owner to look after the garden and grounds and the swimming pool.
Things to See & Do near Dadinou
There are large number of French and English language books throughout the property.
Truffles and foie gras are a speciality in the many good-to-outstanding restaurants in the region.
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 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.
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 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.
There are numerous local riding stables where everything from lessons to pony-trekking can be arranged.
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.
Amongst the many ecclesiastical buildings of note are the Abbeys of St Amand de Coly and de Cadouin.
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 is a special attraction, with many ballooning organisations to choose from.
There are lovely walks in all directions.
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 can be hired in Les Eyzies where canoes can also be hired for paddling on the Vézère river.
Rents & Terms
2024 Rents & Terms
May - £3,900 per week
June - £4,300 per week
July and August - £5,500 per week
September - £4,300 per week
October - £3,900 per week
Christmas & New Year - On enquiry
All other months - On enquiry
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.
Except by prior arrangement, all tenancies will be for a minimum of 1 week, and will begin and end on a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4 pm on the commencement day, and must leave before 10 am on the agreed day of departure. They will be met on arrival.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £500 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking, and will cover the cost of (a) telephone calls (other than local ones) made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. This Deposit will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 8 weeks of the tenancy’s conclusion.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
Please switch off all outside lights before retiring at night.
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