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Les Arènes

Mauzac-et-Grand Castang, Lalinde, South West France

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Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 16
  2. 8 Bedrooms
  3. 6 Bathrooms
  4. WiFi
  5. Gated Pool
Main House 
  • Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room with kitchen (oven, dishwasher) with French windows to terrace. Cinema room (projector and sound system, bring own laptop). Utility room (washing machine). Cloakroom (WC). Salon (TV) with French windows to terrace. Principal double bedroom with French windows to terrace and open en suite shower room. WiFi.
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (with low beams). Spacious landing/play area. Double/Twin bedroom. Twin bedroom (with queen size beds). Cloakroom (WC). Bathroom (bath, walk in shower, no WC).
La Métairie
  • Ground Floor: Living room (TV). Shower room.
  • Mezzanine Level: Twin bedroom (queen size beds).
La Chambre Rouge
  • First Floor: (external stone steps lead up to) Twin bedroom (queen size beds, TV) with open en suite shower room.
Le Studio
  • Ground Floor: Covered terrace. Shower room. Open plan studio area: kitchenette (hob, fridge)/living area (TV) / bedroom area with twin beds.
La Petite Chambre
  • Ground Floor: Covered terrace. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds of 1.5 hectares including woodland, garden, dining terraces, poolside covered terrace with outdoor seating. Private parking.
  • Private gated swimming pool (11m x 6m) with Roman steps.

Nestled in the picturesque countryside not far from the pretty bastide of Lalinde on the banks of the River Dordogne, Les Arènes is one of the most beautifully restored farmhouses and its setting one of the most restful we have come across. This late 17th Century property, built of the local honey coloured stone, is surrounded by mature grounds of garden and woodland and is, in our opinion, an ideal place to recharge your batteries and enjoy a relaxing holiday with family and friends.


From the moment you enter the grounds, you will be impressed with the quality and space of the property. The grounds cover 1.5 hectares, with plenty of spots for everyone: shady areas under trees, expanses of garden and quiet nooks in corners. Forming a U shape around the central garden are three lovely stone buildings: La Maison Principale, classic in style, accommodating the main living areas and four bedrooms; a 17th Century tobacco barn now home to two bedrooms; and a restored barn (originally the pig sty) with two more bedrooms.

And behind the classic exteriors, you will discover accommodation that is testament to the owners’ careful restoration and attention to detail. Full of character and authenticity, the rooms feature original stonework, wood beams and traditional tiling, beautiful backdrops to squashy sofas, exquisite items of furniture, interesting artwork and quality fittings. Each of the bedrooms is individually designed and decorated – the only difficult decision will be which one to choose!

Ideally located just outside the kitchen is the dining terrace, where natural shade is provided by a mature oak tree. From here, follow the path to the pool, enclosed by hedges to create a defined spot for swimming and relaxing, where lounging by the pool, taking a dip, and keeping cool on the covered terrace will be the order of the day.

Holiday plans often include exploration of the local area and you will find no end of places to visit from Les Arènes. Pretty riverside villages and towns (Trémolat 8km, Limeuil 15km, Le Bugue 17km) offer stunning views, water based activities and restaurants. Discover the glorious chateaux and gardens for which the Dordogne is famous, and explore fascinating caves such as the Gouffre de Proumeyssac and the archaeological site at Les Eyzies (30 minute drive).

However, we have a feeling that you may forget your plans to explore and, with just the occasional foray into Lalinde (15 minute drive) for supplies, simply succumb to the charms and tranquil atmosphere of Les Arènes.

  • Le Studio and La Petite Chambre: they have independent access but there is also an interconnecting door between the living room of Le Studio and the bathroom of La Petite Chambre. 
  • Please note that there is a local tourist tax to pay: £2.10 per night for guests aged 18 and over.

Pricing & Availability

Additional Pricing Information

All Prices are per property, not per person.

Please note that all visitors to France aged 18 and over are required to pay a Tourist Tax. We collect this tax prior to your holiday and remit it on your behalf. The notes above specify the amount per person per night which will be added to your booking.

Location of Les Arènes

Locality

Great Things to Do Near Les Arènes

The pretty town of Lalinde

A lively market is held every Thursday in the main square of this 13th century bastide town which, despite damage over the centuries, still has some surviving old buildings as well as a number of pleasant outdoor spaces: a lovely public garden, the riverbank and a small lake. The lake sits on a canal that used to be very busy in the 19th century with working boats travelling up and down. There is a footpath (which can also be cycled) beside the canal to Saint-Capraise to the west or Mauzac to the east.

Cobbled streets and timbered houses of Bergerac

The old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafés, restaurants overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by, or take to the water yourself - take a trip on a 'gabarre', a traditional flat-bottomed boat which was used to transport goods in days gone by.

Discover Perigueux

Explore the ancient city with its Gallo-Roman villa crowned by a glass roof by Jean Nouvel on one side of the town and the medieval and Renaissance district on the other. In the summer it is possible to do a tour of Roman or Medieval and Renaissance Perigueux with the tourist office. There is also a bike tour of the gardens and on Monday nights torchlit tours of the city.

Cingle de Trémolat

Follow the road from Les Arènes to Trémolat and just before you reach the village there is a sign for the 'Cingle de Trémolat' viewing point, where you will discover a stunning panoramic vista over the river and countryside. 'Cingle' is a very specific and local term used to describe the meanders of the River Dordogne, named after the green and yellow snake of the same name. After admiring the view, why not head into the village for a spot of lunch? 

Le Bugue and the Gouffre de Proumeyssac

Le Bugue is a small and attractive market town with little winding lanes and some lovely houses. Tuesday is market day. Visit the aquarium and the reconstruction of a 19th century village at the 'Village du Bournat'. You can also visit the Gouffre de Proumeyssac which is close by. This huge cave has some incredible collections of stalactites and stalagmites - see if you can spot an octopus and a jellyfish! You can also pay extra to be lowered down into the cave in a basket, as they did when it first opened.  

Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil

Above the village of Limeuil (One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France) is the old fortified castle, the gardens of which are open to the public. Discover the Medieval Garden, the Witch's Garden, a Water Garden... Throughout the park, you will also discover some giant games to play (chequers, chess), the Arboretum and stunning views of the River Dordogne. End your visit with an artisan ice-cream or a coffee. 

Le Village du Bournat at Le Bugue - A journey into the past

This village, carefully reconstructed brings us back to the good old days, where yesterday’s traditions, crafts and craftsmanship join together to form a real art of living “à la française”.
Far from the crowded cities, the “douceur de vivre” is rooted here, in Le Bournat. Located in the heart of the Périgord Noir Region along the banks of the Vézère River, the village reveals its half- timbered houses with walls dressed in stone or bound using clay mortar.

Aquarium in Le Bugue

Established over 30 years ago, the Aquarium Périgord Noir is now the largest private freshwater aquarium in Europe, on a site of 4000 square metres. In addition to more than 6000 fish, you can see reptiles including alligators, caimans and iguanas.

See the sights from a canoe!

Canoes and kayaks can be hired at nearby Trémolat or Lalinde to paddle the local stretch of the River Dordogne. Or by driving further east to start at La Roque-Gageac, you can see some of the most spectacular sights of the region from your boat such as the beautiful chateaux at Beynac and Castelnaud, and the Chateau des Milandes.

Hot air balloon over the Dordogne

Just under an hour away, at Saint-Vincent-de Cosse, you can take an hour-long trip in a hot air balloon to admire the beauty of the Périgord from above.

1001 castles?

With more than 619 castles, 382 mansions and fortified houses, the Dordogne is often referred to as the département of 1001 chateaux. There are plenty to visit within an easy distance of this house!

Cadouin Cloisters

Located in a small valley in the Bessède Forest between Sarlat and Bergerac, the Cistercian Abbey at Cadouin is a magnificent Gothic building with beautiful cloisters. Located on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, it is a listed buliding and a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

Time travel to a 1900s village

In Allas-les-Mines, the museum 'La rue du temps qui passe' invites you to step back in time, when electricity and running water were not part of everyday life... stroll along a 'street' from the early 1900s, marvel at the extensive collection of intriguing and everyday objects from the era, and have a drink in the authentic 'bistrot'.

Prehistory at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

This village offers an unimaginable succession of caves and prehistoric sites, set against an impressive backdrop of cliffs. In the centre of the village, built on a prehistoric site and a troglodyte village, the former château of Les Eyzies became the National Prehistory Museum in 1918. With over 18,000 objects, it traces 400,000 years of human presence! Discover how our ancestors used and made materials and how they obtained food.

Saint-Cyprien and its abbey

The picturesque medieval town of Saint Cyprien is a delight to wander around, especially lively on market day, Sunday. At the heart of the town is a beautiful Augustinian abbey, which in the main dates back to the 17th century but the bell tower and keep are 12th century. The town is named after a hermit who settled in nearby caves the 7th century and drew a following - the caves of Fages can be reached by footpaths from the town.

Nearby

Towns/Villages

Lalinde 15 mins 
Le Bugue 25 mins 
Bergerac 35 mins 
Issigeac 35 mins 
Les Eyzies 40 mins 
Périgueux 50 mins 
Sarlat-la-Canéda 1 Hr 5 mins 

Airports

Bergerac 35 mins 
Limoges 2 Hrs 10 mins 
Bordeaux 2 Hrs 30 mins 
Toulouse 2 Hrs 55 mins 

Train Stations

Lalinde 15 mins 
Bordeaux St Jean (TGV) 2 Hrs 5 mins 

ports

Bilbao 5 Hrs 25 mins 
Santander 6 Hrs 10 mins 
St Malo 6 Hrs 40 mins 
Caen 6 Hrs 50 mins 
Le Havre 7 Hrs 15 mins 
Dieppe 7 Hrs 45 mins 
Cherbourg 8 Hrs  
Roscoff 8 Hrs 10 mins 
Calais 8 Hrs 50 mins 
Times are approximate

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