Objective Holiday Reviews are Important
We know holiday reviews are important in helping you to choose your next holiday.
Many of our guests come back to stay with us year after year. Read why in the very kind reviews and comments from guests and visitors to La Varenne.
We ask all our guests to post a review via Owners Direct, Facebook or TripAdvisor. We also ask all our guests to complete a feedback form at the end of their holiday so we know if there’s anything, big or small, that might help future guests – things that might have improved their stay, or that really made their holiday special.
Oh my word
“Oh my word. What can I say! La Varenne is the most amazingly relaxed place. We visited for a week in May and loved every second. Joy and John were absolutely amazing hosts, making us feel most welcome from the first second we arrived. They gave recommendations of where to visit, eat and play. Each place we visited blew our minds! If you are looking for a place to visit that is peaceful yet near to lots of great sights and FOOD, this is the one for you.”
Everything was just perfect
“We have just got back from a lovely week at this gorgeous place. Everything was just perfect and we will definitely be going back. Joy and john were fantastic hosts and the boys are missin u already xx It was very easy to find and only an hour away from limoges airport. upon arrival we were greeted by joy and john in an very welcoming manner, joy showed myself and the kids around the house while john and my hubby were chatting about the area and journey etc. the house is absolutely fantastic everything u could possibly want and need on a holiday, the gite is traditionally french which is lovely,the bedrooms are very good sizes and the ones on the top floor are gorgeous and quirky with the exposed beams. the bedding and towels etc were nice, of good quality and there were plenty available.the kitchen was very well equipped with things i havent even got at home lol. everywhere was lovely and clean and well maintained. the pool got a lot of use and the kids loved helping joy and john do little bits around the garden. there were bits we didnt even explore as we were having such a lovely time around the pool as the weather was amazing. we shall explore those bits next time we go, we are in the process of booking for next year already!! you can do as much (there is loads to do) or as little as u want the choice is yours. we went to the grottes de villars which was nice and brantome is a lovely place to visit,we went around the abbey and on a boat trip around brantome. we went to a lovely bistro in mialet which is not far away,they were very friendly and accommodating. my boys wanted to try frogs legs and snails so they went shopping the following day and got some in for them to try the following night. we really didnt want to leave on saturday as we enjoyed it that much 🙁 cant recommend them highly enough ,our overall experience was fantastic and cant wait to go back!!”
You could not wish for a better location
“La Varenne Farmhouse is a beautiful relaxing place that would suit both families and couples. You could not wish for a better location in the Dordogne or better hosts than Joy and john, Hopefully we will be back soon :-]”
We had a great two weeks at La Varenne
“We had a great two weeks at La Varenne - made even more special by Joy and John, who were the hosts with the most! They couldn't have tried harder to make our holiday a success, and my granddaughter, Millie, fell in love with Joy and John and she took to wandering over the courtyard to see if they were anywhere to be seen. Would definitely recommend La Varenne for a quiet, peaceful holiday.”
absolutely fabulous place to stay
“What an absolutely fabulous place to stay . The owners are fabulous hosts and wonderful people. Would definitely recommend it for families or couples, ideal place if u want to relax and we will definitely be going back again.”
Try to visit once a year
“Try to visit once a year. In a Gorgeous area with a great sized pool and a friendly pub within walking distance. Lots of space for big families too.”
Perfect in every way!
“Perfect in every way! We stayed in this fantastic villa in July/August 2014. We had a lovely welcoming off the owners John and Joy who sat with us by the pool and gave us ideas of where and what to do - with a lovely glass of bubbly too! They really have thought of everything clean towels (sorry Joy we really did use them all didn't we!) barbecue, board games, satellite tv and even eggs from the chooks! This villa was spacious, clean, welcoming and had the best heated pool, which John looked after always (even when they had been out late)! My girls loved watching John in the cattery too! I can honestly say that it is the most relaxing holiday we have had in beautiful surroundings. The fish and chips at the local on the Tuesday evening were a must, and John and Joy were there enjoying them too! A true insight into French life! John and Joy are perfect hosts and when our car broke down they even helped us sort it out! We will definitely be coming back soon! Thanks 🙂”
- Roberts and Burninghams
Five Star Farmhouse & Five Star Hosts!
“In March 2013 I was the very lucky winner of the Sheffield Hospital's Charity and the prize was a weeks' stay in a French Farmhouse. The French Farmhouse just so happened to be the lovely La Varenne owned by the equally lovely Joy & John Milton! Myself, my partner Danny and three of our family members spent a wonderful week here, Joy & John warmly welcomed us to their beautiful home and couldn't do enough for us. It was our first visit to the Dordogne and it certainly won't be our last - we can't wait to go back! La Varenne is in beautiful countryside by the River Dronne, a quiet location which is perfect for a relaxing holiday and there is a local bar only 5 minutes walk away where we enjoyed fish, chips and mushy peas! We couldn't believe how quiet the roads were, so lovely to drive on and so different to the busy city roads of Sheffield - no potholes either!! La Varenne has everything you need, it was perfect and we wanted for nothing. We visited the beautiful town of Brantome and it truly is beautiful. We enjoyed the pleasure of Joy & John's company on a couple of occasions during our stay, one of which was a lovely meal at the Hotel De France - a lovely family run hotel serving delicious food and providing excellent service. A fantastic week was had by us all, we discovered a beautiful part of France and found two new friends in Joy & John. Thank you both for making our holiday such a great one, love from Marissa, Danny, Mary, Terry & Pat xxxxx”
- Marissa, Danny, Mary, Terry & Pat
“Perfick As the title suggest everything was 'perfick. This is one of the best gites we have stayed in. Its location satisfies both relaxation and sightseeing. The accommodation, pool and surroundings were just perfect. I cannot believe we ate 'fish and chips' from the mobile van at the local bar. A very enjoyable evening. John and Joy are fantastic hosts, being helpful without being intrusive. Thank you”
- J. & D.
“A wonderful relaxing holiday in a well appointed farmhouse. A quiet location but within walking distance of a local bar. The nearest village is a 3k walk, or an easy ride on a bike away. The most noise you hear are the chickens when you go to feed them or when the kids put their music on and forget the headphones, rush hour is when 2 tractors pass on the lane! The hotel in the local village has a fabulous restaurant, recommend the scallops! Brantome Police Horse rescue is worth a visit, if only for the scones. The work they are doing is wonderful. I would heartily recommend La Varenne for a stay with friends or family.”
perfect holiday break
“A beautiful Gite for a perfectly relaxing break. The house is first class with everything anyone could want. The sunshine and the pool combined to create the perfect environment and Joy and John were wonderful hosts. The only downside is having to come back to real life. A fabulous venue def 5 star.”
Revitalise, rejuvenate and relax
“This is an absolutely beautiful place to stay. The standard of the accommodation is above excellent! Joy and John have designed, decorated and furnished this gite to a really high standard. You can tell that they have put their heart into providing a holiday home that really is a home from home. They also provide the most warm welcome and offer their help and support with anything that you need throughout the holiday. The garden is stunning, the perfect place to relax away from the rush of usual daily life. You don't need to leave the property if you don't want to - it has everything that you need, including a lovely pool and lots of wildlife. The surroundings are equally as beautiful, there is plenty to see in the area. Within 20 minutes drive there are small towns with markets, restaurants, bars and cafes. There is endless countryside and lots of chateaus to capture on camera or visit. This is perfect place to stay if you are a cyclist or a walker/runner. This gite provides space for ALL the family or even a group of people sharing. There is so much space that you wouldn't ever get under each other's feet! If you are sociable then you will love the locals too - they are all so friendly. And... what more can you want but fresh eggs from the pet chooks for your breakfast 🙂 Our review reflects exactly what we got from just one week's stay at La Varenne Farmhouse, we loved it. Thank you so much John and Joy for being such amazing, accommodating hosts. We can't wait to enjoy it again soon.”
“We would like to thank Joy and John for such a warm welcome to their beautiful home. Nothing was too much trouble for them, even sneaking out to buy a second baby swing so that both babies could play safely together. I don't think I have ever stayed in such a well equipped house. Being a cook this was very refreshing. With such a large group (10) there was more than enough room for all of us to find our own space. The children loved it. Plenty of room to run around in complete safety. The area is spectacular and brantome absolutely beautiful.”
Relaxing Retreat 🙂
“What an amazing place! The property is situated in a beautiful location, close enough to visit local towns and attractions whilst being remote enough to be thoroughly relaxing. Joy and John's hospitality was second to none, and made the stay all the more enjoyable / relaxing. The girls loved feeding the chickens on a daily basis, and we would definitely recommend a visit to Grotte de Villars which is beautiful. We are already looking to re-book for a future visit 🙂”
- Sharon S.
A special place to stay
“La Varenne is a great place to rest and relax with all the necessary facilities and more besides. The spaciousness of the house and pool area meant that we all had plenty of personal space in which we could unwind and enjoy ourselves. There was plenty to do in the surrounding areas for days out and Joy and John kindly helped us with bookings and ideas which made everything so easy. The house itself is very comfortable, immaculately clean and our hosts were most attentive to our personal needs. My only regret is that we chose to go for one week instead of two - we really didn't want to leave! This property exceeded our expectations, was excellent value for money and we couldn't have wished for more gracious hosts. Thanks for a fabulous holiday - we will definitely be back .”
What an amazing week!
“What an amazing week we have just had in Joy and John's villa - La Varenne! Having come in search of sunshine, swimming and simply chilling out our holiday ticked all the boxes. La Varenne is situated in a lovely area of France and we by no means explored all there was to offer - but went to the caves, canoeing and for bike rides as well as having ample time for doing not a lot by the pool. The farmhouse itself is very comfortable, well furnished and has plenty of room, though we didn't really spend much time inside due to the gorgeous surroundings The chickens provided extra entertainment for the children! We will most definitely be going back sooner rather than later!! Finally Joy and John were the perfect hosts”
Gorgeous getaway, great hospitality!
“We stayed at La Varenne September 2012 and enjoyed the hospitality of Joy & John. The gite is spacious, very well equipped and very comfortable ...... home from home! 4 large bedrooms with 2 bathrooms furnished & decorated to a high standard. Joy & John are very welcoming and do anything they can to make you feel at home. We travelled with our small son, stair gates, cot & high chair were all provided and even a blender so I could puree our own food for him! With the villa comes a lovely pool, well equipped with sun loungers. There are also swings for the little ones to enjoy. La Varenne is 10 minutes? walk from St Front la Riviere where you will find a bar, post office & a park. 10 minute drive is St Pardoux where you will find everything you need (supermarket, Boulanger, bank, Italian restaurant & French restaurant). You can also reach one of the Dordogne's natural lakes with beach, activities & park in 20 minutes. Not to mention the beautiful town of Brantome. There are also a number of walks / cycle paths close by to enjoy. In summary; a great place to relax & enjoy the French way of life with truly accommodating & friendly hosts!”
A great holiday
“This farm house is ideal for a larger family holiday or two couples or families. There are 4 large bedrooms. The top floor does have beams but these are clearly marked as low so you shouldn't bang your heads! The property is clean and well furnished throughout. The grounds are great with a lovely heated pool. The children loved the swings. Fleur the cat and the chickens were friendly but unobtrusive. John and Joy were excellent hosts. They were always willing to help but never in the way. We enjoyed a meal at the Hotel de France in Saint Padoux which was good value and child friendly. Climbing the tower at Bourdeilles castle gave a great view of the area. Over all a great holiday.”
- Betty W.
We'll definitely go back
“Our daughter arrived before us and called to say 'Mum, it's lovely, you'll love it', and she was right. We had a party for my 80th birthday on the terrace: it was wonderful. We had room for close family to stay for a few days. John and Joy couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. When we went out anywhere, we would call the farmhouse 'home'. It's so peaceful, but not too far away from anything, and we had such good weather. Our daughter stayed with us, and she loved the pool and the walks. We stayed for 2 months, and didn't want to leave. We will definitely go back.”
- The Dobsons, Leeds
We had a wonderful stay
“The house is luxurious and comfortable and you've thought of everything.”
- Fleur & Fergus, London