La Balie

Salles, Lot-et-Garonne

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


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.  


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • 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: 4 nights. Parking on-site.
October to April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in 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 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.