Picturesque stone cottage, a home away from home.
La Maison Bleue is a good sized home suitable for families and friends with high chairs and travel cots available as well as a good selection of games and books. A welcoming home where you can all put down your things and instantly relax into your holiday, with safe lawn area for children to play in sight of the property. Located on the edge of the beautiful french village of Payzac in the Dordogne, there are a few shops/cafes within walking distance to explore (10 minutes), but far enough away that the property is quiet as a whisper!
Quite important to note that the house next door is also available for rent, see our listing called La Porcherie (sleeps 4). So if you would like your family or friends to join you this would be the perfect place. This being said, the properties are located within a large enough area that you will not feel overlooked by one another and you have your own separate driveway.
Both properties are within a 10 minutes drive to Chateau Durantie in Lanouaille, which is a popular wedding venue. There are superb cycling routes to explore from the doorstep, there is a golf course nearby, swimming and plenty of sightseeing! We provide bikes at the property free of charge, these are shared between each house so they come on a first come first served basis. There are also two paddling pools, lawn games and two BBQ's.
Interior layout The main entrance is into the light and airy kitchen/dining area which has ample space, a log burning stove and is well equipped with everything you wish for of a holiday home, this space also leads onto the peaceful living room area, with comfortable seating ( and sofa bed). On the ground level there is a small w/c shower room which has been newly renovated in a fresh modern style.
Upstairs via the original wooden staircase you will fine 2 very large double rooms, both with queensize beds, there is a third bedroom which can either be two single beds, or a double. All of the bedrooms are decorated in a bright,light and simple style, have plenty storage space and have lovely countryside views. There is also a second bathroom, with bath plus shower over the bath, and a fantastic utility room for laundry.
Exterior Higgledy-piggledy pointing, dusky blue shutters and trailing roses, this property is so pretty. You will find yourself sitting amongst the lavender hedges, enjoying a glass of wine underneath the pergola wrapped in wisteria, watching the never ending views. Maison Bleue is a blissful cottage.
Sleeping arrangements 2 x Double
2 x Single (or double)
1 x Sofa bed
Long stays welcome, please contact us directly with all booking enquires!
Ross et Joni; email@example.com
The supermarket in Payzac is open Monday to Saturday 9:00 to 12:30 and then closed for lunch. It reopens at 14:00 til 19:00 and Sunday it is open 9:00 til 12:00. It has a limited range of things and if you want a big supermarket the Intermarche is on the road going into St Yrieix which is 20mins drive and is open all day and on Sundays during July and August.
In Payzac's main square there are 2 boulangeries a bar/tabac the post office and the pharmacy. There is also a few other shops, hairdressers, florist, newsagent and a couple of wine shops. Mme Boclet runs the boulangerie in the square and they do lovely cakes and pastries, but Wednesday they are closed all day.
Here are a few things we recommend to do, Rouffiac lake is great for swimming, and has a manmade beach. There are tons of sporting activities there. Here is the website for all the activities that are available at Rouffiac which is about 15 mins drive from the house at La Garanne. They also have a nice restaurant that is open during the summer.
There is also a nice restaurant called The Voyagers which is in Payzac village and the best thing is you can walk home afterwards, it's about 10mins from the house.
The walk to the old forge in Savignac Ledrier is lovely and a nice place to take a picnic. Also a visit to Hautfort Chateau is well worth it. We have lots of maps at the house of the local area.
One of my favourite things to do is to go to Perigieux and have lunch in one of the little restaurants in the squares in the old part of the town, there are lots to choose from but the smaller ones that are less touristy are better. Everyone who visits here says Brantome is the highlight of their sightseeing and it truly is gorgeous.
Travelling By Car (And Ferry)
For those driving from the Eurotunnel you can expect to be in Dordogne within 9 hours or so. There is a choice of routes - via Paris or via Rouen tend to be the most popular, depending on where you want to visit. The same applies to those arriving in France via the channel ferries (DFDS and Brittany offer the widest range of times and vessels). There is also an overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to Santander. Perigueux is around six hours drive from there.
Planes and Trains
Until March 2020 the Dordogne region was fairly well serviced by provincial airports and regional railway lines as well as links to the high speed TGV network. We are confident these links will open again once our respective governments learn how to control the Covid19 virus and curb the pandemic. Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways have offered flights from the UK, historically, to Bordeaux, Bergerac, Toulouse and Brive (Vallee de la Dordogne) from departure points across the UK and Ireland. KLM and Air France also offer options from mainland Europe.
If the French leg of your journey begins in Paris there are a range of connecting flights to the airports mentioned above and also some options to travel onwards by train. The high-speed TGV drops you in Bordeaux in an impressive two hours (you could stop off in Saint Emilion for lunch..) or Brive La Gaillarde in around four hours or so.
The Voila Villas team have tried all of the above so please do get in touch if you would like to explore your options, we'll be happy to offer our advice from personal experience. We would heartily recommend having access to a car in order to make the most of your Dordogne experience, there are good hire car options at all airports and train stations.
Free parking outside the property
A really well kept and clean accommodation in a lovely region of France. The area has lovely views of the surrounding area and is only a short distance from the local town. Rachel gave us excellent suggestions for activities and things to see nearby and was in regular contact with us prior to arrival to make sure our trip went smoothly.
- 10 Apr 2019La Maison Bleue Anonymous guest
A beautifully located house on the edge of a quiet village with wonderful views and the owl hooting each night; we had a lovely Christmas at Rachel's place. It is very pleasant, warm and well furbished with every amenity. We watched two hares playing on the field in front of the house on Christmas morning. A rare treat. A short walk up into the village will get you fresh bread for breakfast every morning, even Christmas Day. A great stay. Thanks.
- 14 Dec 2018La Maison Bleue Anonymous guest
We had a fantastic week at Maison Bleue! We were so lucky with the weather that we were able to make the most of the stunning views from the garden. The master bedroom makes the most of the amazing views across the valley and woodlands. Take your binoculars if you’re a fan of wildlife - buzzards, herons, red squirrels and lots of other animals are plentiful. Using the bikes to go to the local village of Payzac to buy croissants and bread was brilliant - a nice easy ride of about 10mins on very quiet roads, so perfect for even young riders. The house is in such a peaceful environment, it’s almost impossible not to relax completely. Enjoy!
- 26 Oct 2018La Maison Bleue Anonymous guest
This place is amazing! The views over the surrounding countryside are fantastic to wake up to. The house itself is full of history in every corner - it is truly a unique place to stay. Rachel was brilliant before we arrived with advice and setting up all the things we needed for our two boys - cot, high chair, bikes etc. The sitting room is lovely and there are so many toys and games that we didn't really need to bring any of our own. We bought a football to play in the lovely big garden but the garage is a treasure trove of things including buckets and spades, beach things, bikes, sunbeds and lots more. There is an easy walk into town and the house is in a great location to explore the surrounding area. A car is definitely recommended. Surrounding highlights for us were Brantome, the lake at Rouffiac, Hautefort chateaux, the ancient caves at Grotte de Villars & Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche.
- 20 Jul 2018La Maison Bleue Anonymous guest