Christmas & New Year 2017
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Dordogne holiday cottages news & other stuff!
On the Grapevine ...
It's been another busy year and just as I predicted the Summer newsletter didn't materialise so here we go again with the annual news!
No snow to speak of so far here this year so here are a few snowy pics from years gone by to inject a bit of festive spirit!
La Tour de Genèbre
It's been another fully booked year for La Tour and the 5th bedroom is now up and running! In order not to penalise smaller groups, the standard price is for the use of up to 4 bedrooms and there is an extra charge for using all 5 rooms. Availability and pricing can be seen on La Tour's website at
Maddie, the Cameroun sheep
After Biff's departure over the Rainbow Bridge, Susie the donkey had become increasingly miserable on her own and the search was on to find her a New Best Friend.
Cue drum roll ....... Et voilà !! Here she is, MADDIE the Cameroun sheep. Yes, we know she looks like a goat but she is indeed a sheep and the best bit is, she doesn't need sheared! She grows a thick coat in the Winter and sheds it again in the Spring which is just perfect for us as shearing Biff had become a chore that none of us looked forward to!
Maddie is a lovable bundle of joy who adores a chin scratch and a cuddle and this year she very nearly overtook Susie in the bid for attention!
We also still have the 3 goats (Bibi, Figloo and Fudge) the hens and guinea fowl and our two cats, Miss Molly and Poppins so there are plenty of animals for the children to get acquainted with!
On the Grapevine ...
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So that's it for another year.... A very Merry Christmas to you and yours and wishing you all lots of fun and happy times in 2018!!
Normally the bulk of our bookings start to come in around January and February. This year however has seen a big flurry of pre Christmas activity and some Summer weeks are now already fully booked, especially in the larger cottages.
If you were thinking of booking or re-booking for 2018 please do get in touch as soon as possible - you can see the remaining availability on our website at
For bookings made now and guaranteed with a credit card number, the deposit will be charged on 1st January 2018.
Lascaux IV opened it's doors to the public at the start of this year and has already had more than 500 000 visitors. Not having gone to any of the previous Lascaux caves we finally paid this one a visit in May.
Lots of musical events this year with lots of the local night markets now adding live entertainment. Regular guests will be used to seeing and hearing our two children , Emma & Alistair singing either here or at the market at Paulin.
This Summer both Emma & Alistair entered La Truffe de Perigueux, a singing competition which was broadcast live on the radio over all of South West France, live on Facebook and also in front of a 3000 + audience in the Parc Gamenson in Périgueux.
It was a fantastic evening's entertainment and the head of the 13 strong judging panel was Tibz, whose music was the back drop for the New Year's celebrations at the Eiffel Tower.
Well, Alistair came 3rd and Emma came 1st !!! To say we were proud parents is an understatement!!
Huge thanks to all our friends and guests who came along to support them that night.
With more gardens, restaurants, castles and other venues now adding live music for 2018 it should be a fun holiday season!
The website's What's On page will be updated at the beginning of the season so look out for all the things to do in the area!
You can listen to both the winning songs on our blog post - Parental Pride ;) !!
I personally found the Visitor Centre had a bit of a "disney ish" feel to it and would have liked it all to feel a bit more authentic, but I have to say the caves themselves are spectacular and the painstaking detail which has gone into to replicating the original caves is nothing short of amazing. Well worth a visit and only 25 minutes from here.
The new 5th bedroom with ensuite shower room and walk-in dressing room