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l’Âne d’Ôr - La vieille Maison

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The house

This exceptionally cozy gite, or cottage in the Dordogne valley, France has a luxuriously decorated living area with an antique (functional) wood burning furnace, a comfortable leather 3 person sofa and 2 leather fauteuils with an ottoman, coffee table, cupboard, TV with satellite, DVD player and MP3 with radio and free WiFi.

The vacation home has a spacious, authentic and luxurious open concept kitchen furnished with every imaginable convenience. The kitchen is equipped with a dish washer, fridge/freezer, five burner gas stove top with extra large gas oven, microwave oven, griddle, bread maker, toaster, juicer, blender, coffee maker and electric kettle as well as dinnerware, pots and pans for 8 guests. Some basic herbage and spices are stocked in the kitchen.

The master bedroom has a separate entrance from the outside, leading to a covered patio and the front gardens. A small hallway gives access to a 3 piece bathroom with va its and shower.
The master bedroom has an antique queen double size canopy bed with antique linen closet with drawer pull cabinet and a seating area at the functional authentic wood burning furnace.

Second floor is only in use with 4 up to 8 guests in peak season.
An open staircase in the living room will lead you up to the second floor hallway with large bedrooms and a bathrooms with a separate toilet and luxurious shower with heating. The second bedroom is spacious and features exposed beams and has 2 single beds with a drawer pull cabinet and an antique chest as well as a vanity with hot and cold water.
The third bedroom had 2 single beds, a drawer pull cabinet and clothing rack as well as a vanity with hot and cold water.
The rooms upstairs can be equipped with space heaters in early spring or late fall if needed.
There are 2 single beds placed in the upstairs hallway, but are easily moved to one of the bedrooms to fit 8 guests total.
The celler underneath the vacation home has an extra refrigerator and freezer as well as laundry area with a washing machine and drying rack. This is also storage for the patio furniture and parasols. Our guests will have access to several of our authentic charcoal barbecue grilles in the pastures.
Our guests of smaller stature will be able to make use of our playground with sea-saw, slide, swing set and small trampoline. For children a little older there are some sturdy swings, climbing ropes, tree house with look-out and a large trampoline.
And, finally, from the first weekend in June, you will have access to our private, heated pool, where you will probably spend most of your days.
The farm house will provide you with several patios. The covered patio over the garage gives you a spectacular view of te valley, even during (or perhaps especially during) the occasional rain shower and is ideal to enjoy breakfast or to relax with a glass of local wine after a long, warm day.


  • Independent
  • Local contact
  • Safe for small children
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Fenced garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Playground
  • TV
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • With swimming pool
  • Heated pool


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Our site, farm house and converted stables, large gardens with a pasture and orchard is located in the hamlet of Cantegrel on a quiet mountain road. Looking out from the gite, the views are of the estate on the hill side and valley with our private forest land while from our farm house the view is the expansive valleys up to the famed mountain top village of Domme. The gîte and farm house are located between the towns of Sarlat and Domme, not far from the river Dordogne.
The history rich surroundings are dotted with ancient towns and castles. In the direct surroundings you will find scores of prehistoric caves and grottos which were inhabited by neanderthals during the ice age. The area is also famous for the medieval castles, chateaus and fortresses. Nature is glorious in the Dordogne valley, making it especially pleasant hiking, biking or getting around on the water anywhere from spring to fall.
Do you crave convenience and quietness, but enjoy being close to the tourist heart of the area? This is the place for you. Welcome to the Dordogne Valley.

  • Rural
  • Hilly
  • Meadows and woodland
  • In or near a village

Restaurants, food & wine

The various castles and caves where you’ll be able to enjoy the many wines that the area is known for. Restaurants are in abundance and for local markets you can shop to your hearts content in Sarlat, Domme, Le Bugue, Lalinde, and various other historic towns nearby. Several villages also celebrate several seasonal feasts with lots of food and dancing. Nearby Sarlat hosts a very quaint day, but also night market (during peak season). Cahors is renowned for it’s rich wines, which you can sample in the countless wine cellars. The same is true for Bergerac, and we could go on for a while. In short, the foodies can indulge fully in the area.


The Dordogne is known for it’s many forms of water activities like canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting. For those less brave of heart, there are numerous more casual boat tours along the stunning castles lining the valleys. Of course, there is plenty of opportunity to go for a swim. The riverside is dotted with patios and beaches. The river Dordogne is just 5 minutes away by car. A little bit longer if you bring your bicycle, but even on foot merely a brisk walk away. The forested area is ideally suited for outings on a bike, on one of many bicycle routes, or explore the area hiking through the stunning forests, valleys and towns. The GR6 long distance foot path runs through our area. The region knows many pre historic caves, ancient dwellings and caverns and many are accessible with a tour or guide. The region has been inhabited since before recorded time and there is evidence of cavemen in ancient rock drawings and dwellings hewn out of rock faces. The area is also home to numerous castles fortresses as well as some stunning vineyards and gardens. The town of Domme has a small airport with tours over the river and valleys by plane or helicopter. Or coast casually in a hot air balloon. The launching area is just outside our town. Or, perhaps, golfing is more your taste, for you, there is a wonderful golf course nearby.

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Near riding
  • Water sports
  • Flying and gliding

Further remarks

From Great Britain, you can fly directly to Bergerac from:
London Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bristol and Southampton.
For flight information have a look at
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You can fly to Brive-la-Gaillarde from:
London City Airport, London Stansted, Amsterdam, Paris, Porto, Ajaccio.
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Transavia flies in 2018 from Rotterdam to Bergerac.
For flight information have a look at flight and booking information
For rental car see

We recommend to fly from outside Europe via Amsterdan / Schiphol and hence with Transavia (cheap) fly further to Bergerac. If any stop, we recommend spending a few days in Amsterdam and Rotterdam :-)
You can fly from Amsterdam/Schiphol also with KLM, Air France of Easyjet tp Bordeau, Brive or Toulouse.
Also you can fly via Paris Orly Airport and from there continue to fly to Brive-la-Gaillarde.

For flights from Canada look for inexpensive flights
For example: Toronto via Montreal to Toulouse.

Bergerac - Vitrac is about 1 1/2 hour drive.
Brive-la-Gaillarde is about 1 hour drive.
Toulouse - Vitrac is about 2 hours drive.
Bordeaux - Vitrac is about 2 1/2 hours drive


Additional price info and offers

plus, if necessary, a little baby in a crib in the master bedroom.
Cot and a highchair we have for free.

For rental prices see our Calander of availabilty.

For reservations we ask a deposit. €200,=
Final cleaning cost € 75, = (when using only the ground floor (2 persons) € 35, =).
Rent linen package is optional. costs € 12.00 per week p.p.
A linen package includes among others fitted sheet, duvet cover, pillowcase, sufficient bath / hand towels, kitchen and tea towels, new dishcloth, dish brush and mop.
There are also dishwasher tabs and basic kitchen herbs in stock.

The rental fee includes;
- Gas, water and electricity for normal use.
- TV via satellite, including Dutch and English-language channels..
- Wi-Fi (also on terrace and in the garden).
- Wood for use fireplace, fire pit and BBQ.
- Use washer and dryer during normal use.

Dogs are allowed on request. We ourselves have two naughty, crazy cats.

For more pictures and info please check our website
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Price exclusive

  • Safety deposit € 200.00
  • Cleaning fee (optional) € 75.00
  • Price bed linen per person (optional) € 6.00
  • Price towels perp person (optional) € 6.00

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Visitors of l’Âne d’Ôr - La vieille Maison evaluate this property in the past 4 years with an average of:

Visited in October 2018

12 Oktober 2018
Lieve Ton en Bep,
Wat hebben wij een spijt!
….. dat we zolang gewacht hebben om jullie op te zoeken in Cantegrel.
Natuurlijk hebben we alle jaren alle verhalen van familie en vrienden aangehoord, de foto’s bekeken en de website bezocht, met het idee ooit langs te komen. Het kwam er steeds niet van maar nu - na enige twijfel met betrekking tot de reis met hond – toch de knoop door gehakt. Geen spijt van!
Wat een heerlijke week, ondanks de val en de gescheurde spier (waardoor we nog de helft niet hebben kunnen doen van wat we van plan waren; moeten we dus gewoon nog een keer terug komen ;-))
We hebben genoten van jullie gezelschap, jullie huis, het eten, de omgeving.
Een week is te kort, duidelijk, maar bij leven en welzijn herhalen we ons bezoek 1, 2, 3 …… keer.
Dikke pakkerd & bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid.
André en Marga
P.S. jammer dat Kyra de mol niet te pakken kreeg; aan het graven heeft het niet gelegen!

Visited in October 2018

6 Oktober 2018
Beste Bep en Ton,
Voor het eerst met ons zoontje Willem Klaas Wenceslao op reis. Naar Frankrijk, naar jullie heerlijke plekje in de Dordogne. Met zijn 3 maanden is hij nog te klein om deze week te herinneren. Maar we merkten dat hij het fijn heeft gehad. En dat geldt ook voor zijn Papa en Mama. We zullen het zonnetje, het kraken van de houten vloer en het geluid van de uilen missen. Heel erg bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid!!
Evvie Joy en Jan Willem

Visited in September 2018

30 sept. 2018
Lieve Bep en Ton,
Voor de 3e keer hebben we mogen genieten van jullie heerlijke plek ….. ons paradijs Cantegrel.
Eigenlijk wilden we er niets over zeggen, het gewoon geheim houden voor onszelf.
Maar Bep en Ton verdienen het om eerlijk ons paradijs te delen.
Liefdevolle ontvangst. Alles tip-top. De rust is een verademing, kom het zelf ontdekken.
Wij komen volgend jaar zeker terug. Een dikke tien voor alles.
Henri en Gini Holtus, en Lizzy

Visited in September 2018

21 Sept. 2018
Beste Bep en Ton,
We hebben enorm genoten van jullie huis en de omgeving.
Het huis is perfect en compleet ingericht met een prachtige tuin en uitzicht.
De omgeving is te mooi om binnen 1 week te kunnen zien.
We dachten dat we de streek al kenden maar Ton heeft ons verrast met een aantal machtige tips.
Bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid.
Ingrid en Pim.

Visited in September 2018
Yvonne en Henk

8 september 2018

Beste Bep en Ton,
Wat een heerlijk huis hebben jullie. Heel sfeervol ingericht en met een fijn 2 persoonsbed waar we heerlijk op geslapen hebben. En wat een keuken … zo compleet! We hebben genoten van jullie tuin met zijn vele zitjes en voor onze hond Tessa was het helemaal een paradijs. Ook jullie locatie is perfect als uitvalsbasis voor allerlei uitstapjes.

En dan natuurlijk jullie gastvrijheid en gezelligheid en daarbij de goede tips waren ook zeker een welkome fijne bijkomstigheid. De Dordogne is prachtig!

Wij wensen jullie nog vele mooie jaren hier.
En wij komen vast nog een keer terug.

Yvonne & Henk & Tessa.


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