Chestnut Cottage

Fleurac, Dordogne
+33 (0)5 53 07 06 27
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Immerse yourself in 50 acres of peaceful countryside and the fine pool. Generous owners are on hand, Les Eyzies is just a few minutes' drive


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This comfortable 300-year-old farmhouse has uninterrupted views over its stream, lake, meadows and woods. With wildlife everywhere and miles of trails on the doorstep, it’s a delight for nature lovers.

Arrive to a sumptuous welcome hamper of Victoria’s brownies, honey from the estate, eggs, walnuts, wine and more, and get cooking in the large, well-equipped, kitchen. The local area has a whole range of restaurants, from simple to starred, and food markets to inspire. Do make time for one of Victoria’s pool-side buffet lunches or dinners too, together with the excellent Bergerac wines.

Fill your days with fun: there’s table tennis, a trampoline, badminton net and a huge heated pool surrounded by lawns. Wander antiques markets and overfill the boot; talk to Harris about a châteaux wine tour and some of Les Plus Beaux Villages such as Sarlat and Limeuil; visit the estate’s own prehistoric caves, used by the resistance during the war.

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We think you'll love

  • Splashing in the heated swimming pool (14 x 7m and chlorine-free)
  • Being surrounded by 50 peaceful, wildlife-rich acres
  • Meeting the Raphaels and their dog, chickens and ducks
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You should know

  • The nearest shops are a short drive, or perhaps a cycle-ride away


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4.30pm
Check out
By 9.30am
Booking restrictions
Additional ground-floor double (en suite) available to sleep 2 more guests (up to 10 in total), w/ private access from rose garden - by prior arrangement, pro rata cost. Minimum stay: 7 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Gourmet poolside lunches, dinner and wine available, €25-€38.


Nightly price
from £183
Weekly price
from £1380
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £1836 beds4 bedrooms


We had a wonderful holiday in this beautifully maintained oasis. The children loved the space and the large pool and we enjoyed the scenery and seclusion whilst still being able to access all the nearby sights easily. Harris and Victoria were wonderful hosts and the dogs were happily integrated into our family for the duration of the holiday. What a wonderful place to live and we fully enjoyed our short time there!

Roy, Amsterdam

Chestnut Cottage is absolutely heavenly and we spent a very enjoyable two weeks there. The house and grounds are beautifully maintained by the lovely hosts and our children loved the acres of land and large, heated pool! Guests are spoilt for choice with the surrounding area - gorgeous family bike routes, caves, quaint and cultural nearby villages and towns packed with great restaurants. We’ll certainly be back!

Anna, London

Just back from our third consecutive holiday at Chestnut Cottage which confirms just how much how much we (a three generation family) love the place. If you want a beguiling, serene and totally absorbing environment then Le Ruisseau is it. We view our holidays here as a form of spiritual renewal, amongst the deer, kingfishers, dippers, wagtails and the myriad of beautiful butterflies by the stream and lake. The whole secluded valley is all yours and the largest (heated!) swimming pool we have ever enjoyed, a cottage full of character with two very helpful owners and their adorable dogs.

William, Warrington

We have recently returned from a wonderful week at Chestnut Cottage and only wish we had stayed longer. We have kids of 4, 6 and 8 and they loved playing in the pool, with the dogs and around the lake. Harris and Victoria are great hosts and the tranquility and proximity to numerous pretty French towns is also perfect. Would highly recommend.

Andrew, Tunbridge Wells

A real treat to be so close to a wide range of activities and sites, especially wonderful caves, yet hidden away in total comfort in a verdant valley.

Patricia, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Chestnut Cottage sits in a 50-acre valley estate with a stream, lake, ruins and caves. It's between the villages of Manaurie and Fleurac; a two-minute drive to the nearest restaurant, five to the shops, restos and Monday market of Les Eyzies, 'the centre of prehistory in the Dordogne' (with a train station). The Rouffignac cave is a 10-minute drive; Le Bugue 15, with its aquarium and wild boar farm; Sarlat is 25 minutes.

Local points of interest from Harris & Victoria Raphael

  • Very close to all the main tourist sites, Chateaux, rivers and market towns: SARLAT; LES EYZIES; MONTIGNAC ; DOMME; MONPAZIER; LIMEUIL and many more. Various marvellous Chateaux are close to us: Milande; Beynac; Castlenaud; Hautefort; Campagne and more.
  • We are in the gastronomic heart of France. Wonderful and varied restaurants, food shops and farm producers abound within with 5 -25 minutes of Chestnut Cottage. Our local 'Auberge Sauvage' - 7 courses of fabulous local produce - is only 5 minutes away
  • Superb daily and night markets - visit a different one every day if you want - all within 5 -30 minutes drive.And, of course, the areas renowned WINE Chateaux and Vineyards are also within easy reach - and we can arrange a wine tour for you!
  • Tired of our lovely 15x7 metre heated pool and activities complex? There are always the enchanting Dorodgne and Vezere rivers to enjoy. And along these rivers are all the lovely honey-coloured stone villages - LIMEUIL, BEYNAC, ROQUE GAGEAC, etc.
  • Our area's history is exceptional - a world heritage site. Many of the most famous sites are within half an hour: Font de Gaume; Lascaux; Gouffre de Proumeyssac; Grotte de Grand Roc. We even have have prehistoric caves on our land, used by resistance!
  • Miles and miles of exquisite woodland and stream walks right on our door-step...and you probably won't see another soul on the trails. Keep and eye out for the multitude of deer, wild boar, beavers, geese ducks and other wildlife.


Harris & Victoria Raphael

Friendly hosts, the Raphaels, moved to their Domaine Le Ruisseau estate in 2002. Having them on hand is a boon for advice, lunches and evening meals if you wish. Harris is an English barrister and Dordogne property specialist, and Victoria’s background is hotel management. She’s a keen cook and gardener and is an ESL teacher.