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La Sauterelle - Domaine de la Dolce

Midi-Pyrenees, France

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The Owner / Manager

Marion Autrum

Member since Jan 2015
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:1 minute
  • Availability Updated:6 days 18 hours

BFB's Overview

Sweet!! Families are in for a treat at these three lovely gites in the Lot region of South West France. When the owners, Marion and Ray first came here in 2010, they knew Domaine de la Dolce was just the place to create the baby, toddler and child friendly haven they dreamed of and that’s precisely what they’ve done. Their effort paid off and in 2013 all three gites were awarded with 3 stars by "Atout France", the official French body for hotel, gite and chambre d'hôte classification.

Perfect for parents to chill out while the youngsters make new friends, Domaine de la Dolce nestles in a pretty and peaceful wooded glade, where only birdsong and the sound of gleeful, giggly children break the silence. A meadow in front of the gites provides plenty of space for them to play with all the bats, balls, hoops, skittles etc provided as well as trikes, ride on toys, a tipi and other outdoor games; paddling pools and soft play mats are provided for babies. Venturing into the trees beyond the meadow, young imaginations can really run wild as they discover the shady woodland play area including swings, a sandpit, climbing tower slide and a play house with a kitchen – perhaps the gingerbread house or grandma’s house straight from the fairy tales? Deer can sometimes be spotted shyly peeping through the trees and the twit-t’woo of owls can often be heard from dusk and in the star-studded darkness.

Besides having the meadow and woodland for children to play, Domaine de la Dolce has an 11.5 x 5.5m heated swimming pool, which is salt-filtered to be kinder than chlorine to skin and eyes. The pool is fenced, with child proof gates and surrounded by a crazy-paved terrace with sun loungers and sun umbrellas so grown-ups can catch some rays while the children splash around with an array of inflatables. On the rare days when the weather isn’t great at Domaine de la Dolce, the fun and games simply shifts indoors to a fab play room which the owners have filled with a fantastic collection of toys and activities for tots to teens, from building bricks, dressing up clothes, a huge blackboard and soft toys to board games, books, table football, table tennis and a library of DVD’s. While the kids are happily occupied, parents can indulge in a spot of pampering with deep tissue massage, pedicures, facials and other treatments available at the gites courtesy of a local beauty and holistic therapist.

The three gites are all on ground level which makes things nice and easy for toddlers to totter in and out through French windows to their own hedged patio and the meadow beyond. The interiors are airy and contemporary, with comfy living rooms and bedrooms with blackout curtains, well equipped kitchens and a long list of baby and toddler equipment. The owners provide a welcome basket and some basic essentials to get families started, plus a special gift for children, appropriate to their age. Pre-arrival shopping can be arranged and if mum or dad doesn’t fancy cooking on the evening of arrival, parents can also order a scrummy quiche made by a lady from the local market.

Accommodation overview
Domaine de la Dolce comprises 1 x 2-bedroom gite, La Luciole; 1 x 3-bedroom gite, La Girolle; and 1 x 4-bedroom gite, La Sauterelle. All of the gites are on the ground floor and have French windows to their own south-facing, gravel patio which opens out to the meadow beyond as well as being hedged on two sides for privacy and equipped with sun loungers, dining table and Weber BBQ.

La Sauterelle (110 sq m) is the largest of the three gites, for up to 4 adults and 3 children plus babies in cots. (It can be booked as a 3 or 4 bedroom gite). There is a space for a cot, or toddler bed, which can be provided in all the bedrooms. French windows lead from the kitchen/dining room, the living room and the any of the two master bedrooms onto the patio and the meadow beyond.


PLEASE NOTE: Prices based on parties comprising of two couples and children. Discounts apply for parties that do not include two families i.e. one couple with children or one couple with children and grandparents. Please request costs via the 'Contact Owner' button above.
The farmhouse style kitchen/dining room is furnished with a big dining table that seats 8 (high chairs can be provided) and is well equipped with a dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, microwave, oven and gas hob. All the essential kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery are included as well as children’s cutlery, plastic cups, plates and bowls, Tupperware containers and a hand blender for preparing baby food. The gite has an iron and ironing board. Two washing machines and a tumble dryer are provided for in the shared laundry room.
The comfortable living room is furnished with a squashy sofa and armchair, satellite TV with English channels and a DVD player, plus families can make use of the free Wi Fi.
Two master bedrooms each have a Super King size bed, an antique wardrobe and chest of drawers for ample storage, plus the French windows have curtains with blackout linings for longer lie-ins, if little ones allow it! The first children’s bedroom has a sturdy wooden bunk bed and the second has a single bed. Both have a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and curtains with black out linings.
The gite has two spacious and newly renovated bathrooms, both with freestanding bath, washbasin and walk in-rain shower with an additional hand shower attachment.

Location Information

Domaine de la Dolce is well placed to enjoy the legendary scenery, gastronomy and unspoilt medieval towns of the Lot and Dordogne regions of South West France. The gites are nestled amongst rolling hills, farmland and woodlands, where ancient oak and chestnut forests merge with the ‘black wine’ vineyards around Cahors. Swathes of sunflowers turn the landscape vivid yellow throughout the summer and spectacular autumn colours make this a superb time to visit, as well out of the high season school holidays but while the weather is still sunny and warm.

Villefranche-du-Perigord and Puy L’Évêque (both 13 minutes away) have all basic shops such as good bakeries, small grocery shop, post office, bank, butcher, tabac/presse, pharmacy, bar/restaurant, a small supermarket and petrol station. The very typical French village of Prayssac is a little bit larger, holding one of the best farmer’s market in the area. It is very comfortable to stroll around with young children as it is not hilly and has several cafes with terraces to sit down for a coffee and soak up the French life style. Within just a 15 min drive, parents can find two large hypermarkets.

The region is packed with amazing markets, where stalls are piled high with plums, peaches and apricots to make perfect, healthy picnics, along with other specialities, including the notoriously rich patés, cured meats, confit de canard, an array of wild mushrooms and highly prized truffles. With such a larder, cooking up delicious dishes is a pleasure but there are rustic auberges and more refined restaurants all around, which are all very child friendly. The deep red wines of Cahors have been said to rival some of the best Bordeaux and several acclaimed vineyards are only 15 minutes from the gites.

Throughout the countryside, fortified ‘bastide’ towns crown the hilltops, dating back to medieval times and these are wonderfully atmospheric to explore – Monpazier, Monflanquin, Castelfranc and Cazals to name but a few. Throughout the summer, many medieval festivals take place, where the locals get into costume and children can watch chivalrous displays by bold knights of old.
Rocamadour precariously clings to the side of a cliff and is one of the most visited villages in France whilst nearby Beynac was the location for scenes in the film ‘Chocolat’ and the medieval Château de Bonaguil (15 mins) is considered by many French to be the most beautiful fortified castle in France.

Snaking rivers weave through the countryside, with river beaches to paddle and swim, boat trips on traditional Gabarres and many places to hire canoes or kayaks. There are also sandy lake beaches with swimming at Montaigu-de-Quercy and Montcuq. Horse riding is available for 3-years olds upwards at Degagnac and even little ones can have a go at zip-wiring through the trees at Parc-en-Ciel. Deep underground, the region’s cave systems are renowned for their prehistoric cave paintings, including Grotte Pech Merle with 7 amazing caverns to explore and paintings over 20,000 years old.

Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): English speaking GP 10 min; A&E 35 min
Getting here: The closest airports to Domaine de la Dolce are Bergerac (1h 15min), Toulouse (2h) and Bordeaux (2h 30min); low cost flights are available with Flybe and Ryanair from regional airports across the UK.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Prices based on parties comprising of two couples and children. Discounts apply for parties that do not include two families i.e. one couple with children or one couple with children and grandparents. Please request costs via the 'Contact Owner' button above.

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Prices based on parties comprising of two couples and children. Discounts apply for parties that do not include two families i.e. one couple with children or one couple with children and grandparents. Please request costs via the 'Contact Owner' button above.

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Fast Facts

Sleeps 7 + infant in 2 x king size bedroom and 1 x bunk room and 1 x single bedroom with space for a toddler bed.

Airport under 2 hours drive

The closest airports to Domaine de la Dolce are Bergerac (1h 15min),

Airport under 3 hours drive

Toulouse (2h) and Bordeaux (2h 30min); low cost flights are available with Flybe and Ryanair from regional airports across the UK.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

There are sandy lake beaches 30 mins drive away at Montaigu-de-Quercy.

Any Pool

Shared heated and fenced pool with terrace and sun loungers plus inflatable toys.

Spa Onsite

A range of treatments including a deep tissue massage, pedicure, facial or other beauty treatment can be arranged in the privacy of your own cottage with a local qualified Beauty and Holistic therapist.

Indoor Play Area

The playroom has been recently refurbished with many new features (e.g. soft floor mats), making it baby and child friendly and a wonderful area for little guests to play. There are toys for all ages, dressing up clothes, a baby gym, ride on toys, books for children and parents, board games, table football, table tennis and games for outdoors.

Babysitting

English speaking babysitter available in the evening by prior arrangement.

Nursery Gear (additional)

4 x travel cots, highchairs, Bumbo seats, booster seats, baby gym, soft play mats with toys, changing mats, baby baths, bath seat, bath thermometers, bath toys, anti-slip bath mats, baby bouncers, baby monitors, steriliser, bottle warmer, breast feeding pillow, potties, nappy bins, toilet seat reducers, bed guards, socket covers, bibs, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups, food blender, microwave, and baby backpack carrier.

Indoor Toys

Bath toys, kids books, puzzles, general toys (like cars, babies, building blocks, Lego etc),U-rated kids DVDs, table football, huge blackboard, soft toys for little ones and dressing up clothes.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

pre-arrival shopping service; dinner on arrival (locally homemade quiches for example).

Outdoor Toys

Buckets and spades, ride-ons, trikes, swings, sand pit, slide, climbing poles, paddling pool, play house with kitchen, Tipi, table tennis, ball games and crocket.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Sun terrace with loungers and dining area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WI-FI is available in the communal areas.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple travel cots and highchairs can be provided.

Reviews

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  • Beautiful area, with many pretty villages within easy reach. Owner is very friendly and approachable.Review dated 15/06/2015

Beautiful area, with many pretty villages within easy reach. Owner is very friendly and approachable.

Parent Rated*

5/5
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  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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