Le Mas

Sainte Croix, Dordogne
Self-catering


Go completely Dordogne in this elegantly renovated farmhouse with views, a beautiful private swimming pool and large garden

Bed

9 beds

Bedroom

6 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 13

The
Experience

At the end of a country lane curving through forest and field, a cluster of 16th-century farm buildings has been transformed into a luxurious retreat by Rupert and Franck who live in the former tobacco barn nearby. They are thoughtful and generous hosts who haven’t forgotten a thing you may need.

You stay in the honey-hued stone farmhouse – light and spacious with a big kitchen for group cooking (although the private chef is popular), a table made for long conversations, toys and games for children and heaps of books. 

Outside find fruit trees, a veg and herb garden (help yourself), a sheltered ‘summer kitchen’ in an old barn, a private heated pool with wonderful views and lavender and jasmine scenting the air. This is a fuss free, relaxing sort of place, best for families.

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We think you'll love

  • Hiring the private chef
  • Getting deliveries every morning from the local artisan baker
  • Being taken to and from the restaurant in the next-door
Le Mas - Gallery

You should know

  • There’s another holiday property on site
  • You need to drive to shops and some restaurants

Essentials

  • 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
  • Cot available

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Special offer: 20% Discount from 18 Dec to 5 Jan (due to part of garden out of action due to new pool being sunk!) 5-star accommodation decked our for Christmas, great walks, roaring fires and Christmas markets.

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Restaurants 2km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €295
Weekly price
from €2065
Damage deposit
€300
Surcharges
Use of 3rd bed in one of the twin rooms.
1 House for 13
From €2959 beds6 bedrooms

Reviews

Wonderful, welcoming house and hosts. Spectacular view, beautiful grounds, well equipped - all-round great! Very comfortable for four couples (and guests).

Martin, Toronto

Rupert and Franck have created an elegant, comfortable and well-appointed home which our group of four couples loved. We stayed for 10 days and used it as a base to explore the Dordogne region. Everything is organized to make guests feel at home, from comfortable beds, lots of hot water in the en-suite bathrooms, large spaces to cook, eat and lounge - indoors and out - to the fresh bread deliveries and Rupert and Franck’s fabulous attention to detail. They are superb hosts. The location is perfect for walks locally or trips further afield. Highly recommended.

Sheila, Toronto

We love Le Mas so much that we have just returned from our second visit there and, like last year, have already booked again for next year. Rupert and Franck have created the perfect holiday home - it is beautifully decorated, spacious and well equipped. They have thought of everything and are welcoming, knowledgeable about the local area and happy to help with anything you throw at them. The location is great and the views from the garden are second to none. If you are looking to stay in the Dordogne then you should book Le Mas before someone else does - you won’t find anywhere better!

Kate, London

We were a party of 8 with ages ranging from 4 to 75 and we all had the time of our life. Rupert and Franck have thought of everything to make their guests feel at home in the most beautiful house (inside and out) pool, and gardens with views and sunsets to die for. We can’t wait to come back.

Richard, Petersfield

The most beautiful house and wonderful hosts. Can’t recommend Le Mas highly enough. An absolute gem, incredible attention to detail and understated luxury and elegance. We loved every second of our holiday here!

Lucy, Winchester

Rupert and Franck have created a slice of paradise at Le Mas. Their hosting was fantastic - nothing was too much trouble, both before and during our stay, with a wealth of unexpected special touches provided. The property is exceptional - luxurious and peaceful, with stunning gardens and views. We had a wonderfully memorable fortnight as a group of friends, with teenage daughters. Days in the pool or exploring the countryside; evenings in the summer kitchen, watching the sunsets. We cannot recommend Le Mas enough. Perfection!

Jackie, Middlesbrough

We recently stayed at Le Mas & Le Mazet with a multi-generational group of 12 including 4 children aged 4 & 6. The properties are stunning, very well thought through and incredibly peaceful. The setting is beautiful and the views are lovely. Rupert and Frank have done a fantastic job of thinking through everything that guests need and their attention to detail is perfect. There is a big selection of outdoor games and activities, indoor games for rainy days and an incredibly well stocked kitchen. We had a very lovely time here and it is definitely be top of our list for any future French trips

Katy, Oxford

This is our 4th stay at Le Mas and every time we leave overwhelmed by the beauty of the location, the excellence of the facilities and the hospitality of it's owners, who are unobtrusively on-hand in their neighbouring property, should you need advice, restaurant bookings, or indeed anything you can think of. Biggest highlights for us with the property specifically are the decor which is beautiful and clean throughout; the kitchen, which has an abundance of anything you could need; the summer kitchen and the BBQ which gives you an incredible view over the pool and valley. I could go on and on!

Gina, Sevenoaks, kent

We have stayed in many places around the world but Le Mas is definitely one of the best, if not the best. This beautiful property set in the most idyllic rural location surrounded by wonderful Dordogne sites and places is simply heaven. It’s luxurious, stylish in its design with absolutely everything you could need for a perfect family holiday. Such careful thought has been given to everything and Rupert and Franck are so helpful and welcoming. We couldn’t recommend this property enough. It’s a slice of French heaven!

Lisa, Bideford

Le Mas is a truly exceptional property and the ideal place for a family vacation with friends. The house itself is beautifully decorated and the surrounding countryside and the views from the property are stunning. It's a haven of tranquility from which we enjoyed runs on trails, lounging in the pool, and meals in the summer kitchen as we watched the sunset. Charming villages such as Montpazier and Beaumont(with its delightful evening market) are just a short drive away. Rupert and Franck are the perfect hosts, always on hand to answer questions and assist in planning. We're eager to return!

Brian, Concord, ma

Le Mas et Le Mazet were the perfect places to stay for our family group of 12 and Rupert and Franck the perfect hosts - charming and ready with any information or assistance we required. The houses are beautifully appointed, the facilities superb, and the garden and pool perfect. We could barely stir ourselves to go further afield. The only sounds you hear in this secluded spot are the bees and the birds. it is an idyllic place and we were sorry to leave and hope to return soon.

Michael, Bishop's stortford

We loved everything about Le Mas and wholeheartedly recommend. The location is stunningly beautiful and provides complete tranquility (apart from birdsong), the property has been beautifully restored and provides every modern convenience as well as lots of lovely extras (welcome treats were hugely appreciated). The owners couldn't be more helpful or welcoming.

Alison, Nantwich

Attention to detail is ridiculous at Le Mas. We have just returned from a family Birthday week for 7 of us with enough space and bathrooms to allow for individual privacy, huge communal space to allow for really great get togethers for eating and relaxing. It ticked every box and we couldn't think of anything to improve it. A real slice of what the world can do when it tries hard enough. Beautiful views, beautiful house and wonderful hosts. Both Rupert and Franck looked after us like we were their own and we couldn't be more thankful for their care when my pregnant Daughter needed a Pharmacy.

Huw, Hornchurch

We had a wonderful stay at Le Mas. It is a beautiful property and you can tell it is a labour of love for Rupert and Franck. It is very high end and all the details are taken care of. We would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Le Mas!

Kevin & anita, Vancouver, bc canada

Le Mas is a little piece of paradise in the Dordogne and our week there was absolute bliss. Rupert and Franck have done a superb job of renovating the house - it is exquisitely decorated, brilliantly equipped (especially if you have children with you) and so comfortable - they really have thought of everything. The views from every window are stunning and the perfect backdrop to lying by the pool or eating dinner in the summer kitchen. We didn't want to leave and loved it so much that we have already booked it for three weeks again next summer!

Kate, London

Absolutely stunning villa in a beautiful setting. The attention to detail is second to none, we really didn't want to come home!

Alexandra, Oswestry

We had the most brilliant holiday in this amazing farmhouse set in the most wonderful countryside. Spacious and beautifully designed with every comfort imaginable. The pool is large and there are lots of games for adults and children to enjoy. Can't recommend it enough.

Glynis, Nottingham

This is without doubt the nicest holiday home I have ever rented. The house has been beautifully restored in superb taste and is maintained to a very high standard. Every detail has been thought through and the house is extremely well equipped - good quality and plentiful kitchenware, fun games for children and adults inside and out (table tennis, archery, badminton, pool inflatables), comfy deckchairs and sunloungers positioned in perfect spots around the garden etc. Rupert & Franck are responsive, helpful and charming hosts. It doesn't get any better!

Katie, London

From the moment we drove up the white gravel drive (after 2x five hour epic drives from Calais), Le Mas et Le Mazet welcomed us with open and relaxed, luxurious arms! Rupert and Frank have thought of everything: an elegant, useable interior space with a well stocked kitchen, a generous (and uncannily useful) welcome hamper of local produce and a library of books and games for all ages. Their beds are second to none comfort wise and again their eye for detail matters - White Company toiletries and loads of soft towels. Run out of space to wax lyrical on its charming location...just go!

Elizabeth, London

What an amazing place!! So relaxing even with the rain there was plenty of space to still sit outside undercover to read and chill. Every evening we ate outside to enjoy the views. There was 8 of us on this visit and we all slept so well the bedding and pillows so comfortable. Without a doubt we would return for another relax! Rupert and Franck are the perfect hosts, nothing was too much bother, always happy for a chat if wanted or advice on where the best markets are to go to. My advice is just book and enjoy , but you might have to beat us to it! 😀

Kirstin, Brighton

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Location

The neighbourhood

From the house, you can glimpse the hamlet of Sainte-Croix with its 12th-century church, 2km away; otherwise, you're surrounded by nothing but glorious countryside. The nearest restaurant in Montferrand du Périgord, is 3km away. Ask your hosts for advice on local activities - this includes hikes, horse-riding and bike hire, as well as river canoeing and swimming. Within 15 minutes’ drive (9km) are two bastide towns, Monpazier and Beaumont. Both have weekly markets, restaurants and shops; Beaumont has an Intermarche supermarket and a night market in summer.

Local points of interest from Rupert Springfield

  • The Times included Le Mas in their 50 Best Holidays in France 2019 list, and The Daily Telegraph reviewed us online with a score of 9/10. Links on our website. The French Ministry of Tourism has awarded Le Mas with 5 stars.
  • There is a great 30 minute walk from the house past a 12th century church with original wall paintings, through a wood to a ruined castle towering over a beautiful Dordogne village, ending at a restaurant serving drinks and delicious food.
  • We can arrange for a private chef to come and cook a fantastic French meal with local ingredients and wine, and his wife serves and clears up, so you don't have to!We also have a local baker deliver here every morning so you can stay longer in bed.
  • Le Mas & Le Mazet are between Monpazier and Beaumont, both beautiful bastide (fortified) towns built by Edward I of England. They have restaurants, shops, café terraces and artisan bakeries. In the summer there is a great night market at Beaumont
  • The garden is full of fruit trees which you are welcome to pluck and you'll find home-made jams and produce in your welcome pack. For fresh fruit and veg there are markets in the surrounding towns most days of the week.
  • Situated on top of a hill, the houses offer stunning uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside and the 12th century church, whose bells you can hear across the valley.

Introducing

Rupert Springfield

Rupert worked for many years for charities and as an antique dealer; his Dutch husband Franck was a theater producer for Cirque du Soleil. The farmhouse was completely renovated in 2016 by the interior designer Joris van Grinsven, who respected the history and character of the building but brought it bang up to date.