Meet Helen and Steve owners of family-friendly Domaine de Peyrecaty in Dordogne, France. A 52 acre country estate.Posted by Sachelle, 6th December 2019 at 11:03
Helen and Steve have been welcoming families for 27 years to Domaine de Peyrecaty. Located in the beautiful Dordogne countryside it is a wonderful location for a family holiday in France. So we thought it would be nice to get to know your potential hosts a little…
Introduction – a brief intro on you and your family…
Husband and wife team with two grown-up children. Pre Peyrecaty, we lived in The Cotswolds which looks like La Dordogne. Steve had his own business selling portable lighting and power. I worked in London for an advertising agency.
Why did you decide to start your own holiday accommodation business?
We first came to Peyrecaty 27 years ago on a family holiday. When it became available for sale, we already knew we loved it, as we had stayed many times, so decided to buy it. It was an impulsive decision, we never looked at anything else and we’re truly glad we didn’t. Peyrecaty is wonderful, in a stunning part of France, surrounded by nice people, good food and good wine! We’ve been here 17 years, testament, that Peyrecaty is magical and was the right decision.
What was the toughest part about setting it up?
Transitioning from clients to owners. When you arrive on holiday everything is done, house clean, beds made, gardens mowed, pool cleaned, bar stocked... Suddenly we were the ones in charge! Today we appreciate our predecessor’s efforts to look serene for guests, whilst hiding the lists of jobs running through his mind! A skill we have hopefully mastered too!
What was the most memorable/enjoyable part of setting it up?
The business was already up and running, so there was nothing to set up. We were handed the keys to a successful business and just ran with it. Most memorable part though, was sitting with a glass of wine, on the bar terrace, looking at the views, knowing we now own Peyrecaty!
What couldn’t you live without and why?
My husband. Because he tells me he is perfect, which is a good laugh, first thing in the morning! He also makes a good cup of coffee.
What does your average working day involve?
That will be giving away trade secrets! But here goes, we get up at 7:30am. Natter over breakfast outside on the terrace. At 8:30 Steve opens the bar and sorts the croissants into baskets, for the children to collect. Then he cleans the pool as I answer emails. The rest of the day is spent, talking to guests, gardening, changing lights bulbs… at lunchtime we usually hop out to a local restaurant. At 5pm we re-open the bar and have a glass of wine. The evenings are spent at the bar terrace socialising, playing cards and enjoying time with the families that stay with us.
What advice would you give to families wanting to holiday with you and why is your place so special?
If you enjoy fresh air away from traffic jams when we’re the place for you. We genuinely love having families stay, and I think that must show, because we have lot of families return to us each year.
If you could pick just two attractions/places to visit in your area what would they be?
1. Le Bournat. Kids (and parents) love it. It has old fashioned games, horse rides, lake, windmill. A great family day out from a bygone era.
2. Marqueyssac gardens. Has a topiary maze, woodland walks, play parks, tree house and lots of stunning views across the Dordogne countryside.
Is there anything you would like to highlight that might be interesting to families with babies/toddlers/young children who are thinking of staying with you?
As well as offering the usual baby equipment, toddler bits and pieces, with toys galore, we also offer children meals, milkshakes and ice creams at the bar. Throughout the week we organise various free activities. Sunday, homemade cakes. Monday, drawing and crayoning. Tuesday, family get together with pizza oven and barbecue lit. Thursday, kids dressing up. Friday, film night. We haven’t forgotten the parents either. We have a licensed bar so when they arrive, we welcome them with a complimentary glass of wine, a smiley face (naturally) and look forward to sharing this part of France with them.
In one sentence can you explain what life is like where you live?
Laidback, lazy afternoons around the pool, safe environment for children and an abundance of stunning scenery, which leaves you wanting more!
Domaine de Peyrecaty...
Domaine de Peyrecaty has it all… eight child-friendly holiday cottages sleeping four to eleven guests. Each self-catering cottage is well equipped to kick start your holiday with everything a family should need. They also offer baby and toddler equipment such as cots, highchair, changing mat, baby bath, bed guard, booster seat, cuddly toys, potty… the list goes on! You just need to ask at the time of booking.
KIDS WILL LOVE the enclosed swimming pool and the 5 different play areas that are on offer, including swings, climbing frames and even an adventure playground in the woods.
ADULTS WILL LOVE the bar and terrace, a great social place for the whole family. There is a fab tennis court, badminton, table tennis and more! Canoeing on offer in the summer, babysitting options, bike hire and some sun loungers around the pool for some time out.
Checkout Domaine de Peyrecaty, a wonderful family-friendly holiday location in France on the Holiday Tots website.
Helen and Steve's family...