La Balie

Salles, Lot-et-Garonne
+44 (0)7950 445340
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Perfect for families and catered yoga retreats: a fabulous hilltop setting and three smart self-catering houses with shared pool and garden


3 places


Sleeping from 4 – 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

In the lovely Lot, encircled by bastide towns, are three ancient farm buildings of mellow caramel stone. They sit low in the landscape on a hillside, with long green views over hazel plantations and native woodland. Each has its own outside eating area within a private walled courtyard but have the use of a shared lawn, an inviting pool swaddled by swathes of lavender and a big barn for yoga retreats. You can also be catered for by a vegetarian or vegan chef.

Each space is light and bright, with some exposed stone walls and neutral, calming colour schemes. Kitchens are convivial, fine for holiday cooking – mostly you’ll be outside having a barbecue. Owner Paul leaves you a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and some local cheese. Bedrooms (some downstairs) are peaceful with views over the estate.

This is idyllic rural France with hoopoes and hares, wildflowers and wonderful medieval villages to explore with markets.

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We think you'll love

  • The tranquil surroundings and appealing landscapes
  • Getting together with friends or family, organising a yoga retreat
  • Walking, cycling, castles, museums, medieval towns and markets, being off the beaten track
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You should know

  • There's little or no public transport
  • You can see the other gites from your own


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights. 7 nights in high season. Bookings for all 3 gites together during July & August preferred.
October to April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 2km.


Nightly price
from €260
Weekly price
from €1820
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From €2706 beds3 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From €2604 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From €3206 beds3 bedrooms



Peaceful perfection. I'd love to stay here with my extended family: pool time, lots of places nearby to visit and grand evenings sat together around the outside dining area with its lovely views. I loved the garden and plantings around the buildings and the way they nestle into the landscape. And the wildlife: hares, hoopoes and hazel plantations. Wow.

Patricia, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

There are other houses visible but not remotely near, just their lights twinkling at night. The farm up the road sells honey. The nearest village is Monflanquin, a 5-minute drive for bakeries, a café and a restaurant under the arcades in the square. Gavaudun is a 12-minute drive and has a medieval castle and a good rural restaurant. This is non-touristy France so the locals are very friendly.

Local points of interest from Paul Finch

  • La Balie is a short drive from Monflanquin, a pretty bastide village chosen as one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France. There are shops, restaurants, bakeries and everything else you'll need for your stay.
  • The beautiful valley of Gavaudun is a short stroll from the house where you'll find the opportunity to walk through open woodland, the pretty village of St Avit and the stunning rock-hewn tower of Gavaudun.
  • There are masses of things to do in the local area; bustling markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, châteaux to visit, vineyards and wine tasting, kayaking on the river Lot or Dordogne or relaxing by our beautiful, heated, saltwater pool.
  • Originally a hill-top farm, all the cottages at La Balie have stunning views over rolling countryside. For some serious relaxation grab a glass of chilled rosé, listen to the ancient church bells peal across the valley and watch a spectacular sunset.
  • The location lends itself perfectly to a family or group of friends renting all three properties exclusively for their celebration or special occasion. The configuration of the cottages allows for both privacy, or an environment for larger gatherings.
  • There is a beautiful studio building perfect for yoga retreats or hosting special occasions for your group or family. Opening up onto the swimming pool terrace and lawns providing that special ambience for a private function or event.


Paul Finch

Paul worked in the financial services industry before chucking it all up to come out here and live the dream. He's friendly, welcoming and will meet you on your arrival. He's a keen cyclist so can advise on the best routes nearby. Do ask him about the catered yoga retreats too.