Les Vitarelles

Molieres, Dordogne

Rambling 3-gîte farm for a relaxed group holiday in a peaceful bucolic spot: simple houses, two huge pools, animals and charming owner


3 places


Sleeping from 8 – 11

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

In beautiful Périgord countryside – an uncontrived, no-frills, spotless set-up. The farmstead sits with its back to the road and forms a loose U-shape with the Farmhouse and Don’s home in the middle, the Barn and Cattle Shed to the left. There’s not an en suite in sight but you’ll find crisp bedding on vintage iron bedsteads, good new furniture and a well-equipped kitchen in each of the three gîtes. The big quirky barn (mind your head getting into bed) has a vast sitting room, plenty of nooks and crannies and two roof terraces; the stone and brick farmhouse has a large kitchen/diner opening to a terrace; the beamy Cattle Shed has a sociable kitchen, a master bedroom and two smaller ones. Friendly owner Don (with young sons Henry & Noah), has geared the whole place to outdoor life and young ones – you need only walk out of the gate to wander through miles of pasture and woodland. Further afield are bastide towns, abbeys and lively markets galore. Come back to plunge in one of the two pools, fly high on the swings and watch the donkey-feeding session at tea time; then chat into the night by your wood-burner (logs are free).


  • 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


  • 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 4pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €142
Weekly price
from €1000
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From €1425 beds7 bedrooms
1 House for 10
From €2006 beds5 bedrooms
1 Barn for 11
From €2006 beds5 bedrooms



We had a fabulous time. Don and Emma could not have been more helpful - even coming to our aid when our hire car broke down en route. Our kids were enthralled with the animals, particularly Eeyore the donkey and the hen that laid an egg outside our doorstep every morning! The Cow Shed was very spacious and met all of our needs. We also enjoyed both of the pools very much indeed.

Nicholas, London

We enjoyed a lovely week at Les Vitarelles and had a nice relaxing time. Emma and Don were very welcoming, helpful and good company. We were especially glad of the detailed directions they sent us as we arrived late, after dark. The cottage was great, quite cosy, and quirky with an interesting arrangement of doors to the shower and loo. Plenty of countryside to walk in and good pizzas locally at the cafe in Moliere. Further afield there is lots to see and do with the gardens at Marqueyssac especially reccomended. If you get to Beaumont the Quincaillerie shop is extraordinary!

Chris, Cardiff

We had a fabulous stay at the Farmhouse for two weeks in August. Emma and Don were fantastic hosts providing excellent recommendations, airport pickups and along with their children, were an absolute pleasure to meet. The house and grounds provides everything you could need, the pool has wonderful, peaceful views, the location is fantastic for relaxing and visiting the neighbouring villages. As a group in our early 30s the house was idyllic with plenty of space, beautifully presented rooms, well equipped kitchen, BBQ area and eating spaces. We highly recommend Emma & Don and this lovely house.

Alison, London

We stayed in the cottage which was lovely and fully equipped with everything you need. Our little boy enjoyed roaming through Emma and Don's fields chasing the chickens and looking at the donkeys, a perfect hideaway but close enough to lots of lovely hill top villages. A great week in a lovely setting with great hosts what more could you ask for!

Catherine, London

We spent a wonderful week at Les Vitarelles, an extended family holiday we spread ourselves between the cottage and the farmhouse. We were made very welcome and enjoyed the homemade cakes and jam left out on arrival. Emma and Don were fabulous hosts, discrete but at the same time on hand to recommend good eating spots and markets. The grounds are extensive and the children had fun exploring on their bikes while we were able to lounge around by the pool lazily planning our next dinner. A perfect spot from which to explore the Perigord region of the Dordogne.

Johanna, Bath

We had a wonderful stay at The Farmhouse, it was perfect for a large family group. The house is stylishly and beautifully restored with everything you could need and the grounds are a joy. The children were perfectly safe to cycle off and explore on their own, and we all enjoyed the pool and eating together outside every evening. A stunning location, and the Emma & Don are the perfect hosts - there for advice when you need them, but leave you to relax and enjoy your holiday without overbearing rules and instructions! We loved it! Thank you!

Jo, Reigate, surrey

Emma and Don have created a wonderful, stylish place for families to have a lovely rural, peaceful stay. My children adored the animals, especially George the cat, and I enjoyed the stunning views and our welcoming hosts. It is well located half way between Bergerac and Sarlat, but has some truly gorgeous and less touristy places to visit very nearby like Cadouin and Tremolat. This is how you hope a stay in rural France will be....perfect.

Lesley, Winchester

Don and Emma have done a lovely job and are great hosts. The lovely cottage we stayed in last week is in wonderful surroundings. There is tranquillity, quietness and amazing views. Emma brings you home made cake as well as self made 'confiture'. Great. We had a wonderful time and would recommend this place to friends and family.

Bart, The hague

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Don Smith

  • Unique to the area, many villages and towns hold night markets during the summer. Grab a table in the square, choose from local specialities such as moules or confit de canard and enjoy with a bottle of local wine. Many markets also have live music!
  • Meet our animals - the menagerie currently includes a donkey, goats, a duck, chickens, cats and kittens and a Labrador!
  • Explore our 45 acres of meadows and woodland. If you're lucky you may spot deer, wild boar and birds of prey.
  • The Perigord Noir is so-called because of the area's famous black truffles. In season from December to March, sample fresh truffles, oils and butters at the many markets in the area, or visit Sarlat's truffle market.
  • Our nearest village, Molieres, is a charming Bastide, founded in 1284 on behalf of Edward I, although it was never finished. Don't miss the 13th Century fortified Plantagenet Gothic church, with ribbed vaults and a bell tower protecting the North facade.
  • Sample the local Pecharment wine - we can recommend some chateaux to visit. It is a blend of four grape varietes; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. We think a glass is perfect with game, charcuterie, duck confit and local cheeses.