We had a really enjoyable 2 weeks in Les Martinets. Kim couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming and the location was perfect for us. A nice bar and restaurant in the village, baker and general store all in walking distance, and then close enough to drive to a lot of the sights of the Dordogne (Monbazillac, perigeaux, Bergerac, st emilion etc).
Only reason for not giving 5 stars was that there was music playing from the local salle de fete on one night until 4am (Kim complained to the Mayors office on our behalf the very next day), and the house had a few hazards for a crazy 18 month old child, something which we didn't think about when booking.
Overall, however, a very good holiday home in a very good location. We had a lot of fun and would definitely recommend it as a place to stay.
If you like to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a little place this is it.
There are a couple of shops to get local resources and a lovely lake.
There are local vinyards when you need to stock up.
But the place we stayed is fab
The situation of this house is excellent; close to all the village amenities but still quiet and private. We travelled around the area (Bergerac and Bordeaux), but we all enjoyed the house and pool, so spent a lot of time there. We didn't find a good weekday market, but the one at Ste Foy la Grande on a Saturday is well worth a visit. Locals and visitors get together to have dinner at the market on a Friday evening, something we hadn't come across before. It is very popular, so get there before 7pm! We were struck by how friendly the village is (and the boulangerie pastries are delicious). With kids, we would recommend visiting the lake which is a couple of miles away. With adults, there are vineyards every way you turn. The landlords were very helpful and hospitable. We needed to rent a wheelchair while we were there and the landlord arranged it all for us. Great holiday!
John & Ann Currie
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