La Balie

Salles, Lot-et-Garonne
+44 7774 190 146

Perfect for families and groups of friends: a fabulous hilltop setting with three smart self-catering houses with shared pool


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. Elegant Fiona bought this run down hilltop farm and has transformed the whole place into a calming haven: the guest houses are smart, light-filled spaces; there’s an expanse of lawned garden, an inviting pool swaddled by swathes of lavender and a barn for yoga and music retreats. When Fiona’s not in London she lives in the big house and is on hand to make sure everything runs with aplomb. Each cottage has a large open-plan kitchen/dining/living area downstairs while bedrooms and bathrooms are up. The décor is simple with white or exposed stone walls, neutral coloured sofas and armchairs jazzed up with pretty cushions; the tiled kitchens are super functional and perfectly equipped. Bedrooms are calming with rolling country views and the en suite bathrooms are immaculate. This is a great spot for groups as each house has its own courtyard. Explore local towns and castles, canoe the Dordogne, go wine tasting; or stay put by the pool for some serious R&R.  


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights. 5 nights on weekdays. 5 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
October to April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 10km.


Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1400
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From €2005 beds3 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From €2004 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From €2505 beds3 bedrooms



we stayed 1 week at La Balie, and it will remain a delight, for several reasons: Fiona, our host, is an attentive and kind Lady, her cottages are tastefully decorated and very spacious, nothing is missing. The swimming pool is giant and very relaxing. Finally, the location of La Balie, benefits from a magnificent and calm countryside. Nothing more to say except "beautiful place" and "happy to have stayed here". Thank you very much Fiona.

Bruno, Chatellerault

We stayed for a week at La Balie with our two children. It is a truly special place. Set in stunning rolling countryside, our cottage "La Pigeonnier" was spacious, finished to a high standard and equipped with everything we needed for our stay. Each of the three cottages seemed to afford a sense of privacy whilst being only a few steps from the beautiful communal gardens and pool. The saltwater pool was wonderful and a great place to relax and watch the sun set. Fiona was a superb host and gave us all some great recommendations for local walks and restaurants. We can't wait to return!

James, Dubai

I have just returned from a wonderful weeks stay at La Balie.I stayed in the 'La Lavandiere' cottage along with my husband and 21 year old daughter.The cottage was immaculately clean and has been finished to a very high standard, it is also all on one level, making it very accessible to everyone.The location of La Balie is truly stunning, the valley of Gavaudun is just a short walk away.If you love the great outdoors and wildlife, you won't be disappointed!Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or an active holiday La Balie is the perfect base and I would highly recommend a stay.

Tracy, York

Fiona created a paradise with a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the hills, flowers at your doorstep, nicely decorated and well equipped holiday homes with private courtyard. We got a personal wellcome at your arrival with local products. She was also very helpful to recommend you some walking trails through the beautiful forrest just 5 min away from La Balie. We did 3 walks together with a lovely family also enjoying La Balie. The domain is a peaceful place. Fiona also recommended a nice restaurant for my son’s birthday in the neighborhood. I have spend a great time with my three kids!

Isabelle, Sint-Lievens-Houtem

We had a wonderful week at La Balie. The accommodation was perfectly equipped and suited our family including two children aged 5 and 2, and Fiona provided a warm welcome and good suggestions for days out. The gardens were beautifully laid out and the swimming pool a peaceful retreat after spending time exploring the local area where there is lots to do. We would recommend to family and friends and would return too.

Keith, Amersham

Amazing house in beautiful location - one of the best pool views ever. The owner was as charming as the house and location. Interesting places to visit and not too busy or touristy. It was great to hear the birds singing and have a wild rabbit come and visit.

Jocelyn, Reading

Beautiful location, very high standard of accommodation. Welcoming owner who provided excellent information on where to go and what to do including very good restaurant choices.

John, Bedford

Fantastic holiday destination! Fiona was amazing, almost perfect in her ability to be helpful and on hand, yet invisible. Our accommodation was lovely, though the neighbouring family house was a little small for our friends - a family of 5. The setting was as good as the pictures in the brochure! There was a great feel of space and options around the property to play, relax and eat. Highly recommend overall.

Jonathan, London

Being fellow Sawday's hosts we appreciate it when someone manages to provide an extra special experience for their guests - which Fiona does. La Balie is more of an an exclusive retreat than your usual self-catering rental; a divine salt-water pool outside your door, billowing lavender, charming corners and exquisite taste throughout. The area has plenty of interesting un-touristy towns, markets and craggy castles, but to be honest you may just want to lie back and enjoy the view across the fields from the pool-side instead!

Corina and Dominic, Lewes, Sussex

A weekend with friends in a pleasant, calm and relaxing setting. The house has been beautifully renovated and to a high standard, and the interior design has been executed very tastefully. We enjoyed having a bathroom in each room as well as the outdoor pool, set within a perfectly kept garden. The three separate houses, which share common outdoor spaces such as the large table and the pool, allowed us to host a big group in excellent conditions. We also really enjoyed the host’s warm welcome. An experience we would like to have again…

Catherine, Bordeaux

We stayed in La Balie for 3 days during one of those long May French week end with a group a friends, including adults and teenagers. We rented 3 cottages so we had enough intimacy and space for each and we could share collective moments thanks to the the huge outside table and the wonderful swimming pool! The cottage and the garden are just amazing : tasteful decoration and design, well equiped, immaculate... Fiona has been available before and during our stay if required. The surrondings are lovely and full of charming villages, markets and castles...

Annabelle, Bordeaux

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Page

  • 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 a great circular 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, chateaux and castles to visit, wonderful vineyards and wine tastings, canoeing on the 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
  • La Balie is home to one of the most popular summer piano courses in the world. Amateur pianists come from far and wide to study with our fabulous concert pianists. We always have a piano available for you to play.