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This country house/villa in the heart of the Dordogne, near Sarlat, is spacious, modern and equipped to a very high standard. Both house and heated swimming pool enjoy a southerly aspect with a panoramic view of the valley. The large kitchen is well equipped to a very high standard. All five bedrooms have private en suites. The ground floor has the benefit of under floor heating; the large stone fireplace adds a focus of warmth in the cooler months. The elegant separate dining room, too, looks out onto the unspoiled countryside. The private and heated pool can be enjoyed in all seasons, with a BBQ for variety. . 55 " ( 55 inch ) Smart TV with English and French channels. If you have Netflix account or Amazon Prime you can watch a rang of movies! DVD and CD player are provided. High speed internet access are provided. There is a game room with table tennis. The nearby villages of Marquay and Tamnies offer restaurants and shops. The house, which offers seclusion and tranquillity, is perfectly located for visiting all the attractions that the Dordogne region has to offer for a luxury, extra special, romantic or family holiday.
Combe-Claire: Combe-Claire is a traditionally stone-built, country house/villa that offers all the modern conveniences to make your holiday comfortable and enjoyable. In spring the fruit trees blossom on the slopes surrounding the house. The deer pass by in the valley and wild boar occasionally forage in the local woods. In autumn the early morning mist gives way to warm sunshine that ripens the figs and walnuts. In the immediate surroundings it is easy to find an astonishing variety of wild mushrooms. Here is truly a place to relax, contemplate and unwind, yet it is superbly located so that all the region’s attractions can be visited with ease.
The Dordogne: The Dordogne or Périgord region is one of the most beautiful parts of France, well known to the French for its food and wine. There is a saying, “En Périgord, on mange bien, on boit bien”. Périgord is the home of the truffle and foie gras. Numerous local restaurants, with all regional delights, tempt the casual visitor. As a world centre of prehistory, the Dordogne offers countless caves for exploration. The world-renowned Lascaux and Font de Gaume, with their cave paintings and artefact's, are both close by. The national museum of prehistory, only 15 minutes away in Les Eyzies, provides a good starting point. Entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month. Within easy range, too, are chateaux and bastides – medieval fortified towns – which mark turning points of history, from Viking and English domination, to the resistance of the French Protestants. Across this region Simon de Montfort drove the Cathar heretics virtually to extinction at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Sarlat: Sarlat is one of the most fascinating and beautifully restored towns not only in the Dordogne, but in France. The atmosphere and appearance are of another age, with narrow, steep, beautiful alleys flanked by medieval and renaissance houses in honey-coloured stone. It has more historic listed buildings than any other place of its size in France and is the only town to be given three stars by the Michelin guide solely for the quality and character of its old town. One of the largest weekly markets in France takes over most of the town every Saturday. There is also a Food Market in Sarlat every Wednesday. Throughout the summer there are musical festivals and art exhibitions in Sarlat and nearby towns. In the nocturnal markets there are bargains to be sought among the local crafts, food produce and Bergerac wines by the light of gas-illuminated street lamps. Sarlat is only 15-20 minutes drive away from Combe-Claire. A visit to Tourist Information Office in Sarlat is highly recommended.
Perfect Villa for Exploring The Dordogne
By Anita C.USA on 31-Aug-2019
Perfect Villa for Exploring The Dordogne
5/5 Stayed Aug 2019
Upon arrival we were thrilled to find that the villa and surrounding grounds were exactly as described. A well equipped kitchen, inviting living room, air conditioned large bedrooms (all with en-suite bathrooms), heated private pool, and gorgeous grounds made for a wonderful week in The Dordogne. We enjoyed the tastefully decorated house which had comfortable seating areas inside and out. Farah, the owner and her property manager provided excellent detailed information about the property’s many fine attributes. All enjoyed our time together as we explored various towns and restaurants recommended by Farah. We looked forward to returning each night to our grand accommodations. Look no further for the perfect villa awaits you here.
Published 20 Oct 2019
Combe-Claire: Something for Everyone
By M Herbert on 13-Aug-2019
Combe-Claire: Something for Everyone
I have just returned from the most enjoyable family holiday ever. In all we were 5 adults and 5 children ranging from the ages of 2 to 75 and there was definitely something for all of us at Combe-Claire. The grown ups had the pleasure of watching the little ones enjoying the freedom of playing safely in the garden and pool area while we relaxed in this beautifully furnished, spacious and well equipped house.
From the moment I made the booking Farah, the owner, was extremely helpful and so keen to make sure all would be as we wanted. On arrival Rosemary, the housekeeper, took over making sure we were comfortable and 'at home'. The information she passed on was very useful for the days when we were able to drag the children and certain grown ups away from the pool in order to find fun things to do elsewhere. There were no shortages of these and all within 15 to 30 minutes by car. Just one disappointment - one week wasn't long enough to fit in all there was on offer and on arrival back in the UK one of my family immediately booked a two week stay in Combe-Claire for next year. What more can I say? That in itself says it all!
Beautiful country house in the Dordogne
By David S on 11-Aug-2019
Everything about this property is first class and first rate. The house is beautifully designed and exquisitely furnished. It has everything you could possibly need, from a large pool surrounded by stylish lounge chairs, to a separate game room complete with ping pong table, air-conditioning in every bedroom (which turned out to be a welcome and necessary perk), beautiful grounds with unbroken vistas, every electronic device you can imagine, wi-if that actually works with no delays and much, much more. A perfect home for a family vacation. We had four adults and two children and there was room to spare. Inside and out, the house is even better than the listed pictures. Though it feels like you are in the middle of the peaceful countryside (a plus for us), you are only a 15-minute drive from Sarlat and the nearest supermarkets and easy driving distance to the special sights of the Dordogne. Farrah is a wonderful host who provides you with lots of helpful tips and advice and Rosemary, the property manager, was always available the few times we needed her. A wonderful place for a family vacation in the beautiful Dordogne.
A real home from home with a luxury feel
By W Irons on 10-Aug-2019
We booked Combe-Claire as a birthday trip the Dordogne. We were travelling as 2 sets of families with children 8-12 and the house appeared to offer ample space and comfort with a pool larger than most. The photos and the reviews made this the ideal choice.
We were not disappointed! The house was immaculate and extremely well appointed. The pool was lovely, with loungers and pool towels provided. The photos show the poolside to be grassed, but it was paved which was a bonus. The garden was huge, with fruit trees and raspberries aplenty! Right from the initial booking, the owner, Farah kept in touch. She gave us lots of information about the house and surrounding areas of interest. As we were driving from the UK, Farah gave us directions to Combe-Claire, which was really helpful.
On arrival, we met Rosemary, the property manager. She was friendly, helpful and available if needed. We had midweek cleaner, gardener and pool maintenance. All of whom were polite and unobtrusive.
The cleaning staff also came on the Saturday for changeover clean – that was an opportunity for us to visit Sarlat market. Note, leave early so you can find parking, unless you have an electric car which you can charge whilst shopping. (There are plenty of charging points where you can also park conveniently!) Combe-Claire is in a small hamlet of seven houses. The area of Tamnies, Marquay, Le Petit Salignac, and other little villages is very peaceful, yet only 15-20 minutes from everywhere. We visited many of the places that Farah recommended. La Borderie restaurant in Tamnies village is worth a visit although not for fussy vegetarians & fussy children. The location is a perfect base to explore & experience the Dordogne with plenty to do & see for both children & adults.
The house itself has everything you could need – a real home from home with a luxury feel. Would we return? Absolutely.
By Michael T on 29-Jul-2019
Fantastic quality house. Everything was perfect .
06/29/2019 at 3:56 PM
By Matt on 20-Jul-2019
“We had a wonderful relaxing week-long stay at Combe-Claire. We were a party of 7 (5 adults and 2 kids aged 3 & 6). Farah the host was very easy to correspond with, was really friendly and provided lots of fantastic information before we got there. The house, pool and surroundings are really beautiful. The photos can’t do it justice. The house is big and comfortable, it felt like a treat to be there. There were toys and books left out for the kids. The kitchen is very well equipped and although not a dining-kitchen is plenty big enough to be together while cooking. The terrace is perfect for meals with big table, sunshades and a gas bbq. The pool was perfect for everyone including the kids, lovely temperature, good size, shallow end for practicing swimming and large steps for non swimmers to paddle and play in the water. Nothing was in walking distance for us with the children but there’s a lovely hotel restaurant and a swimming lake with a very kid friendly beach an easy 5 minute drive away (parking no problem). Supermarkets in Sarlat are a 15-20 minute drive away. So much to do in the area. We visited a cave (Grotte du Grand Roc - small but good for kids on a hot day); went on a boat trip down the Dordogne (leaving from La Roque-Gageac-we just turned up, no need to book); visited Domme (had lunch with beautiful views over the Dordogne) and Sarlat. Would highly recommend for a peaceful and relaxing break with family / friends.”
By Michael T on 15-Jun-2019
Fantastic quality house. Everything was perfect .
By Ronald Nelson on 11-May-2019
We were 5 couples and feel fortunate to have found Combe-Claire. It is better than advertised and Farah, the owner, could not be more welcoming or accommodating. Our only regret is that we stayed only one week and not two. The house is well located and a wonderful place to relax after a day of touring. Farah recommended a caterer, Julie Harris, who cooked us a lovely meal including the most creative cheese board we had ever seen. All in all it was the perfect spot, and I hope that we can return.
Wonderful family holiday in luxury, quiet location
By Maria on 28-Oct-2018
The property is in a really lovely peaceful location ideal for a family get together! There is everything you need in the house and the pool is an extra bonus. Would definitely recommend it. The owner could not have been more helpful and Rosemary the local contact was lovely and so helpful with recommendations etc
10/28/2018 at 7:59 PM
By Bernard H on 27-Oct-2018
Accommodation was very clean and as described. Everything you could possibly want is available.Local Manager very helpful and nothing too much trouble. The kitchen is well equipped even down to the coffee machine. Wonderful location with lovely views over the rolling countryside.
10/27/2018 at 11:38 AM
Wonderful house and garden 5 *
By Lisa S on 27-Oct-2018
As two families of 5 we visited Combe-Claire in the summer months. The house is spacious and very comfortable.We were struck by the beautiful, tasteful decor as well as the quality of all equipment/ furnishings etc. The setting was fabulous and the garden and pool area wonderful for all ages. We rarely left the property all week as we were so fortunate with warm sunny weather. However, unlike many properties in France, it would have been lovely to also stay over during cooler temperatures as the interior of the house was so beautiful. We had a wonderful holiday and would thoroughly recommend to all groups. Farah was a fabulous host with prompt and helpful communication. We would love to return.
10/27/2018 at 4:05 PM
Everything you could possibly want
By Bernard H on 21-Jul-2018
Accommodation was very clean and as described. Everything you could possibly want is available. Local Manager very helpful and nothing too much trouble.
The kitchen is well equipped even down to the coffee machine. Wonderful location with lovely views over the rolling countryside.
A home from home
By Jonathan C on 07-Dec-2017
Combe-Claire is a home from home set in beautiful countryside. We have been staying in French villas and holiday homes, from the Loire to Cote d’Azur, for the last 10 years and this was without doubt the best we have experienced. We had a fantastic family holiday with 4 adults and 5 children all comfortably accommodated. The WiFi worked perfectly which is a great improvement on most places we have visited and is becoming an essential as the children get older. The layout reflected the amount of thought which has gone into making this the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. We live in a bespoke built house, however we learnt numerous new tricks should we ever build another. Food is an important part of being in France so we enjoyed using both the high quality barbeque and the kitchen which had every thing we would be using at home; we never had to work around . Pool was well tended and the children loved the fountain, with a 3 year old in the party we thought the solid electric cover was a great improvement over alarms or fences. We liked the relative isolation, however there were a couple of towns within 15/20 minutes drive and the restaurant in the next village was excellent. In a week we visited about a third of the places we had noted for exploration. The region has plenty to occupy all ages from the Grotto to High Wires and more restaurants than you could ever visit whilst there was always the option of staying at ‘home’ to relax in luxury. The only issue we had the whole time was due to the weather, the first evening the sun was still very hot and we noticed a lack of sun canopies by the outside table compared to the number of bases. We contacted Farah by email, she responded immediately, and the next morning she turned up with two large boxes containing very high quality, and large, canopies. We would thoroughly recommend Combe-Claire for a large family but it would be the perfect getaway as a couple.
12/07/2017 at 2:51 PM
Exceptional quality and tranquility in countryside
By Pete Browne on 23-Sep-2017
We arrived from a week in the Charente to a lovely warm welcome from host, Farah, who made us immediately at home in her stylish, contemporary, yet traditional house in this secluded part of the Dordogne. With first class suites (5 doubles/twins) and facilities (air con, heated pool, games room, bikes and a lovely kitchen to cater in-house), yet less than a mile from the superb Hotel Laborderie with its extremely reasonable restaurant (€29 for a three course menu du terroir which we succumbed to twice in a week)! Farah kindly booked other events/dining and gave us the best tips for the area. We loved the lake (Étang de Tamniés) at the bottom of the village where, even in late September, there were complimentary changing rooms and showers and a chance for tame water swimming! There were seven of us, two couples and 3 singles and we had the most fabulous time, mainly thanks to the stylish design and location of the property and Farah's light touch in steering us to the best places to visit. We enjoyed Lascaux (20,000 year old cave paintings), the pretty riverside village St. Leon sur Vezere (a 20 minute car journey / one hours bike ride), Marquay across the valley for the daily morning croissants (don't be late), Sarlat on market day (Wednesday), La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne (with a gabarre trip down the river) and even Rocamadour (1 hour 20 minutes but well worth it). Highly recommended, have a chat with Farah before you go to see if it meets your requirements, it did ours, perfectly!
10/09/2017 at 2:32 PM
By Pete Browne on 23-Sep-2017
We arrived from a week in the Charente to a lovely warm welcome from host, Farah, who made us immediately at home in her stylish, contemporary, yet traditional house in this secluded part of the Dordogne. With first class suites (5 doubles/twins) and facilities (air con, heated pool, games room, bikes and a lovely kitchen to cater in-house), yet less than a mile from the superb Hotel Laborderie with its extremely reasonable restaurant (€29 for a three course menu du terroir which we succumbed to twice in a week)! Farah kindly booked other events/dining and gave us the best tips for the area. We loved the lake (Étang de Tamniés) at the bottom of the village where, even in late September, there were complimentary changing rooms and showers and a chance for tame water swimming! There were seven of us, two couples and 3 singles and we had the most fabulous time, mainly thanks to the stylish design and location of the property and Farah's light touch in steering us to the best places to visit. We enjoyed Lascaux (20,000 year old cave paintings), the pretty riverside village St. Leon sur Vezere (a 20 minute car journey / one hours bike ride), Marquay across the valley for the daily morning croissants (don't be late), Sarlat on marke
By Stephen L on 28-Aug-2017
Nous avons passés une excellente semaine à Combe Clair, la piscine chauffée est un vrai plus surtout les journées couvertes. L'accueil de Farah, par téléphone ou par mail, des gardiennes de la maison et des femmes de ménage, a été très prévenant et très agréable. Merci pour cette jolie semaine en Dordogne autour des miens. A bientôt.
08/28/2017 at 8:36 PM
Exceptional property in beautiful location
By Adrian H on 19-Aug-2017
We have rented several villas across Europe for family vacations and this is one of our very favourites. The house is beautiful and of very high quality, the location is private and in the middle of glorious countryside, with rolling hills and big skies all around, the pool is heated and a delight, and the owner, Farah, is extremely responsive and proactive with advice, help and support on all matters. Close to Sarlat and its markets is also a real plus. AC in all bedrooms, all of which also have ensuite bathrooms. The kitchen is very well provisioned, with a BBQ grill also for enjoyment, Our boys also enjoyed playing table tennis on the table in the garage. Overall a superb stay...we may be back and would recommend without reservation.
08/27/2017 at 3:20 PM
70th Birthday Party
By Lorraine T on 15-Aug-2017
Combe-Claire is perfect. Well equipped - lacked for nothing - immaculate throughout. We received a warm welcome from the housekeeper who explained everything to us. Set in rolling countryside away from other properties but within close proximity to famous beauty spots. The pool was large and well maintained - the table tennis room a bonus. We enjoyed a memorable family holiday, making full use of the pool during the day and table tennis tournaments during the evening - not everyone was enthusiastic about the table tennis. Had wonderful BBQs on the terrace, washed down by wine, whilst looking out over the beautiful countryside. The local hotel was very good but it was more relaxing at 'home'. Evenings to remember. Especially my birthday party (do you celebrate turning 70). A night drinking champagne, surprise birthday cake and an impromptu entertainment from the 'girls'. Visited the nearby lake - the grandchildren loved the inflatables - Sarlat is a must to visit and and La-Roque-Gageac truly amazing. Enjoyed delicious meals in both towns. A truly memorable holiday, spent with the family. We would definitely recommend this property to our friends.
08/15/2017 at 10:33 AM
Beautiful luxurious house
By Anonymous on 24-Jun-2017
Just to say thank you for a wonderful week in your beautiful house. We have all greatly enjoyed our time here your home is truly warm & welcoming with great attention to detail & comfort. From the initial enquiry to our departure everything was seemless easy & well organised. The house was beautifully clean on arrival. Instructions on how to operate the pool cover & cleaning robot,heating, air conditioning, white goods were all sent in advance so we knew what to expect on arrival. The directions to the property were excellent. Indeed our every need was catered for. We were a party of 6 ranging in age from 6 months to 90 years everyone had a fabulous time. The kitchen was extremely well equipped the bedrooms & bathrooms were luxurious with beautiful bed linen & towels & the beds were supremely comfortable. We paid extra for the pool heating & the temperature was perfect & enabled our Grandson 6 months to use it every day. We hope to return but would maybe wait a few years as we felt the extra wide stone staircase my be a problem with toddlers.
06/24/2017 at 3:35 PM
Magnifique villa, fabulous holiday destination
By Pierre Choisy on 24-Apr-2017
We are a family of 3 generations from Paris and We chose Combe Claire For our family holiday. It was perfect. the house was confortable and we enjoyed the heated swiming pool begining april. Combe Claire's is located in The countryside of the dordogne idyllic to visit beautiful Perigord which is full of attractions for children and adults. Farah's attention and care made our stay special. We highly recommand Combe Claire.
04/24/2017 at 9:37 AM
Perfect house and location
By Sara Stamey on 22-Oct-2016
We were five couples looking for five bedrooms, five bathrooms, enough space to gather and socialize but also enough space to find privacy and quiet time and Combe-Claire provided all of that in a perfect country setting. The house is very well designed and beautifully and comfortably decorated, the kitchen modern and well-equipped. Half our group enjoyed the amazing cycling in the area (very little traffic, even if a little hilly), others savored the walking or the pool (heated to a bit cooler temperature than some prefer, but for others it was perfect). The nearby support staff were attentive and extra house-keeping was available for us to hire to complete the vacation experience . Farah's restaurant and sight-seeing recommendations were wonderful: perfect vacation for all of us!
10/22/2016 at 2:46 PM
By I And PM on 27-Jul-2016
This is a beautiful house, very spacious and very well designed so plenty of space even for a large group. The house has everything you could possibly need and is very tastefully furnished. The grounds are also spacious and the whole property is maintained to a very high standard. Everyone we met who looks after the house was exceptionally friendly and helpful and keen to make sure that we had a great holiday. The property is ideally situated for exploring all the tourist highlights of the Dordogne, but we also enjoyed spending time relaxing around the magnificent pool or dining on the terrace, admiring the spectacular views. We had a lovely meal at the nearby Hotel Laborderie on our final evening.
07/23/2016 at 11:42 AM