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“And relax...”
La Varenne Farmhouse Gîte - Beautiful, day or night.
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La Varenne Farmhouse Gîte - Beautiful, day or night.
Relax with a good book Grand piano  (needs a lot of work!).
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La Varenne Farmhouse Gîte - Beautiful, day or night.
Relax with a good book
Grand piano  (needs a lot of work!).
Sunny, well-equipped breakfast kitchen looks out onto the courtyard and garden.
Spacious, airy bedrooms overlook courtyard, pool and gardens. The master bedroom has a kingsize bed.
Spacious main bathroom, with large bath and shower over.
Close to all the Dordogne has to offer.
Beautiful French Farmhouse and Pool
Large heated pool with Roman step for little paddlers.
Spacious, comfortable and welcoming. Faites comme chez vous!
Authentic building, modern comforts - shower room on the second floor.
All the bedrooms have at least two windows.
Quiet neighbours - just a few Chooks providing fresh eggs.
Springtime in La Varenne - view from the far side of the pool.
Quiet courtyard
Helicopter view.
Flexible sleeping accommodation, the 'twin' room sleeps up to 4.
Bedroom 2 overlooks the courtyard.
Welcoming from the moment you enter the driveway.
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
St Front la Riviere, Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Princess...
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“And relax...”
Reviewed September 14, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

After a crazy year we were so desperate for a break, we knew the best place to be was La Varenne Farmhouse (yes, we've been before).

The owners, John and Joy, as welcoming as ever. The accommodation second to none (if only my own home was as well equipped and beautifully presented). The surrounding countryside so pretty and peaceful.

Every evening we went to bed with the best intentions, planning where we were going next day, nearly every morning we got up and decided to just relax on the terrace or in the pool.

Some might have thought this would make for a boring holiday, but the place just hugs you and makes you feel so welcome. Yes, it was a pity we missed out on some of the lovely local places to visit and activities to do, we'll do those next time we come, but for this year our object was to relax and we certainly did.

It was my birthday on our last day and we did manage the short trip to Chateau de Villars for a lovely lunch.

Can't wait to come back.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Sep 2017
Thank you for your lovely feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday - and that you're planning to come again! We look forward to welcoming you again to La Varenne very soon !
Best regards, Joy and John
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willhitch...
Stevenage, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful quiet rural location.”
Reviewed July 31, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

A lovely large and well equipped place that even boasts its own egg slicer. Well laid out for families with a great pool to relax next to. Very helpful owners with some great recommendations and local knowledge that they were keen to impart. If you are looking for relaxing rural France, it doesn't get much better than this.

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Aug 2017
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. We work hard to create a home from home for our guests, and reviews like this make it all worthwhile!
We loved welcoming you and your lovely family and friends. The children had a great time. We're sure baby Otto was waving as you left;)
Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you again! Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x
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clumsykis...
Barnsley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gorgeous place, felt like a real cosy home!”
Reviewed June 11, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

The house is gorgeous, cool, and well equipped, with tons of outside space. There is nothing missing, and it really feels like Joy and John have worked hard to make this a real home. The pool is heated and really lovely, although somewhat difficult to get out of! The barbecue was a real bonus, and we all liked the cosy comfortable bedrooms.

Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
12 Jun 2017
Thank you for your kind feedback and for being such wonderful guests! We're so pleased you enjoyed the pool. The weather was so lovely, we rorally understand why you wouldn't want to get out of the water!
It was a pleasure to welcome you. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best regards, Joy and John
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HJB63
Hoylake, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We'll be back!”
Reviewed June 4, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Just returned from a fabulous week at La Varenne with friends and their 2 daughters. The gite is lovely - really well equipped, spacious and very comfortable. We were lucky with the weather and were able to eat every meal outside. Joy and John are fabulous hosts - nothing is too much trouble. The farmhouse is in a quiet area but there are lots of things to do nearby. We particularly enjoyed our visit to the Brantome police horse rescue centre. We will definitely be returning.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
4 Jun 2017
Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you. We're always happy to help guests with recommendations and reservations, and we're so pleased you enjoyed the new wine tasting too.
We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.
Our best regards to you both, John and Joy
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Marissa O
2 reviews
“Fantastique!!”
Reviewed July 14, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Well what can we say? We came to stay at La Varenne Gite for a week in September 2014 and fell in love with the place and we've fallen in love with it all over again ! This time we had the pleasure of staying for two weeks. A gorgeous Gite, beautifully decorated and fully equipped with everything you need. Outside boasts beautiful gardens, a BBQ and a heated pool which is child safe, making it ideal for families. All this and more in the beautiful rural riverside location of St Front La Riviere. The quaint town of Brantome is only a short drive away as are other places of interest and beauty and the local amenities too. Hosts Joy & John welcomed us with open arms (and a bottle of wine) and couldn't do enough for us - nothing is too much trouble for them. Patrick's bar is a five minute walk from the Gite, just past the river and over the bridge where you can get traditional fish, chips and mushy peas at Chippy Tuesday! We made a whole host of new friends this year as the locals welcomed us with open arms. We donned our berets and became French for the evening as we supported the national team in the Euro 2016 Championships watching it on the big screen at Le Trotteur Pub in Nontron.

We can't recommend highly enough what a wonderful place La Varenne is to stay and I think I can speak for us all when I say we and our hosts Joy & John became good friends back in 2014 and have remained so ever since!

Merci beaucoup Joy et John for making our holiday so wonderful. We can’t wait to plan our next visit! Marissa & Danny xx

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
18 Jul 2016
Thank you for your lovely comments, very much appreciated. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome you again, and to meet your family and friends. Get busy planning! We really look forward to seeing you all again!
Sunny Regards, Joy and John x
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markabutl...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful place, fabulous people.”
Reviewed July 8, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Only stayed for a week and loved every minute.
The house is amazing. Clean, spacious, all mod cons and located in a beautiful area.
The local people are warm and friendly and fun to be around.
Joy and John couldn't do enough for us, helping with trips or just giving advice on what's happening when and were, thanks a million, it was awesome.

Can't say enough good things about the whole experience, would highly recommend. And I speak very little French.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Jul 2016
Thank you Mark, that's really kind! It was great to meet you. We're already looking forward to the next Euros in France;)
What a lovely group of friends! We really look forward to welcoming you all again soon.
Thank you again, Joy, John, Fleur and The Chooks x
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alis0n199...
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great stay”
Reviewed April 6, 2016 for a stay in June 2015

Beautiful house and pool and lovely hosts. What more could you want. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend La Varenne

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
7 Apr 2016
Thank you, that's really kind. We look forward to welcoming you again one day! Very best regards, Joy and John x
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