Gilly & Tim have owned Fleuret Holidays since 1992, when they moved to France. They renovated the gites themselves with love, care & attention and opened in 1996. Their own children were born & raised in France and so they have 28 years of local knowledge on places to visit, good local restaurants and lots of child friendly activities.
Gilly & Tim then expanded their property portfolio, carefully selecting houses due to their charm & location and these additional cottages have also been beautifully renovated (with little ones in mind) so that you can holiday in comfort. The houses are all within a 25-mile radius of Gilly & Tim’s own home at Fleuret, meaning they are always on hand for assistance during your stay.
Fleuret House & Cottage
Fleuret House & Cottage are part of the hamlet of Fleuret. Fleuret House dates from 1640 and is an incredibly spacious manor house that sleeps up to 12. Fleuret Cottage dates from 1820, sleeps 4, and has many traditional & original features – the original bread oven, stone sink, terracotta flooring and exposed beams and stonework. Both the house & cottage are set in acres of lovely gardens and woodland with a stunning view over the valley to the beautiful medieval town of Curemonte.
Fleuret House & Cottage share a huge pool with pool toys to keep children entertained and there are plenty of sunbeds & parasols for the parents to relax on. There is a large barn by the pool which has a games room on the top floor, complete with toys, games, table tennis and pool table.
There are also swings and a sandpit within the grounds to keep little ones occupied.
Fleuret house & cottage can be rented together (sleeping 16), making them ideal for a large group or family holiday. The Barn (by the pool) is a great space & ideal party venue, perfect for all members of the family group to get together. The house & cottage can be rented on a self-catering basis however B&B and fully catered packed are also available. Please contact Gilly for more info.
The closest town is the medieval village of Curemonte, dating from the 11th Century, it is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Curemonte has a couple of restaurants & a bar, plus 3 churches & chateaus. Just 10 minutes from Curemonte is Beaulieu sur Dordogne which has many more shops and a twice weekly market.
Lascombes – is a three bedroom Farmhouse (sleeping 7) dating back to 1636, set in an idyllic rural location. It has a lovely heated pool with roman steps, a games room and all the usual baby & toddler equipment.
The closest town is Meyssac, just 3km away, where you will find a supermarket, bakers & butcher plus a twice weekly market and cafes & restaurants.
Les Abris – is a four bedroom (sleeping 8) spacious renovated barn. There is a lovely large garden which is fully enclosed with a great heated pool and sun terrace. The views across the countryside are wonderful.
Les Abris is just 2km from Turenne, where you will find a small shop selling essentials and of course fresh bread, plus restaurants, a bar, a post office and a pharmacy.
Many families simply enjoy exploring the stunning scenery by walking & cycling the beautiful local routes or taking a boat trip on the Dordogne River however there are a huge choice of day trips.
We have also chosen our top 5 toddler friendly days out:
1) Foret de singes at Rocamadour – children will love the ‘Forest of the Apes’, which is home to 150 Barbary Macaques that run free in 20 hectares of grounds. You walk through the forest & apes and can even feed them popcorn (purchased from the entrance), what an amazing experience! There is also a treasure hunt for children and little ones under five get free entry.
2) Tourist Railway of Haut-Quercy – lovely train journey (steam or diesel) along the cliffs of the Dordogne from St Denis pres Martel to Martel. The journey is a round trip of about an hour and the scenery is wonderful. Children under four years old are free of charge.
3) Chateau de Castelnau- Bretenoux – is a wonderful restored medieval fortified castle. Children will love exploring the ramparts and furnished apartments within the castle.Children under 18 are free of charge.
4) Tours de Merle – a wonderful medieval town to explore with 7 towers built between the 12th & 15th centuries. The towers are on the banks of The Maronne river and the landscape of gorges & forests is breath taking.
Please note some of the pathways are very steep & not suitable for buggies, so baby or toddler carriers could be a better option for this trip.
5) Parc animalier de Gramat – is a super child friendly animal park with a wonderful selection of animals; deer, goats, sheep, wolves, bears, owls & emus to name a few. There is a lovely shady walk around the park with lots of picnic spots. Children under 3 get free entry.
Fleuret house & cottage are the perfect place for a relaxing family holiday, surrounded by rolling hills yet only 30 minutes from Brive airport, making them the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Dordogne Valley. There are only a few dates available in Spring / Summer 2020 so don’t delay in checking availability with the owners!
*If you would like to stay in Fleuret house in a smaller group (less than 8) please get in touch with Gilly as discounts are available.