Testimonials

What our guests have to say

Brief note

These reviews have been entered over a period of years, and during this time the property has been steadily renovated and improved. Therefore some comments may no longer be accurate. Tha being said, we think they give you an idea of the importance we give to privacy, service and the happiness of our guests.
We go the extra length to take care of our guests.

Kristina about the Orangerie

Wow ... What a wonderful location and house! We stayed in the Orangerie with 3 young children and a grandpa, and it had everything you could ask for. After our long days out we could come back to the house and just relax at the pool and jacuzzi.

The set up of the grounds is perfect for children lots of green space to run around and toys to play with. The large TV was perfect for watching the World Cup, and Grant was so great to have fans for us in the hot weather.

The house was super clean and had all the modern amenities.

Just can't recommend this place enough! We had a fabulous vacation. Thanks!

Kirsty about the Orangerie

Had a wonderful 2 week stay in June. The weather was unseasonably rainy during our stay but the accommodation more than made up for this! We stayed in The Orangerie with our young son (17 months) and both sets of grandparents and the location is truly idyllic with plenty to do in the surrounding area. Julien's is a must! we went twice in the end! Would definitely recommend and hope to be back. Thank you Grant and family.

Natacha about the Orangerie

A little piece of paradise in rural France. We stayed in the spacious Orangerie. There were just three of us but there is ample room to fit 6, very comfortably, with a sizeable open plan living area complemented by two covered verandas. Plus of course there is a great swimming pool area and delightful grounds with plenty trees for shade. The villa has been beautifully renovated in a simple but cozy manner with charming beams and wooden floors.

The kitchen has everything you will need from a potato peeler to an nespresso machine our teenage son wanted to take home. Modern Ikea furnishings compliment some beautiful traditional French pieces which give the place a homely feel, without having to worry about accidentally damaging an antique or family heirloom. Certainly parents with younger children could relax. Great facilities. In addition to the swimming pool there is a ping pong table and badminton/volleyball net with ample space to enjoy these games.

And of course a smart TV with DVD player and Wifi access. We visited during the heatwave (38 degrees) and found that if you stuck to the advice about keeping windows and curtains closed during the daytime, the bedrooms were perfectly comfortable at night time. Although a fan was provided if needed. We particularly enjoyed being able to enjoy some of the country’s wonderful food outside on the covered verandas. The back one was also a great spot to enjoy the stunning sunsets and abundant wildlife from bunnies to bats. This is rural France so if you aren’t keen on a few bugs this may not be the best place for you.

It does mean however that there are plenty of birds. Despite the two other adjoining properties we found the Orangerie very private and peaceful. Everyone has their own private space. Grant and Christelle were generous hosts who responded immediately to any queries. Should you be able to tear yourself away from the Dezie domain there are numerous attractions nearby, most within a 45 minute drive, including Lascaux, Castlenaud, Brantome along with numerous other canoeing and caving opportunities. Supermarkets, ATMs etc are all a short 10 minute drive away.

We found La Vieille Dezie great value for money, a great location and would happily recommend to anyone.

Justin about the Orangerie

We stayed in the Orangerie in June and were instantly in holiday mode with the tranquility and peacefulness of this fantastic location. Our little boy learned to walk in the huge Garden (I suspect he was actually chasing the chickens that come and greet you and perform their daily comedy routine on the terrace... ;o).

The interior was immaculate and although we did a lot of travelling through the day, it was a haven to return to for a long leisurely dinner on the terrace. We are thinking about coming back in 2013 in a larger group as it offers the space to be able to holiday with friends but have your own quite time. Great for the kids with plenty of safe space. Grant is a great host greeting us warmly on arrival and being available if you need him through the stay.

With loads of advice and recommendations for where to eat and what to do already prepared and the high standard of facilities in the building you will want for nothing.

Loved it!

Trevor about the Orangerie

A group of 11 of us (from Perth and Sydney Australia) stayed in the Cottage and the Orangerie from 4th -11 July 2015. It was fantastic.

We arrived to two welcoming baskets of goodies and Grant and Kiki could not have been of more help. It was quite hot at this time of the year and we made very good use of the two high quality swimming pools and the outdoor areas. The gardens were lovely and in full bloom. The surrounding regions were great and we obtained most of our groceries from Vergt and went into Cendrieux to get our bread and croissants.

The kitchens were well appointed and the large fridges with ice and cold water dispenser a godsend. We certainly got around in the countryside and really enjoyed a trip to Sarlat. To top it off we had a beautiful meal for all of us at Restaurant L’Abbatiale - Chez Julien (at Grant’s recommendation) to celebrate our daughter’s 21st.

We would highly recommend a stay.

stewart about the Orangerie

We stayed in the Orangerie in June 2018.The whole building has been finished to a high standard and will comfortably cater for 8 people in four bedrooms.The area is beautiful and very peaceful and the grounds are extensive and are ideal for children to play in.We stayed 2 weeks and Grant was extremely helpful and was always available if you had any problems.The Orangerie is very well equipped and the kitchen contained all the utensils you will need.Bedrooms and bathrooms are finished to a high standard and the swimming pool was well used as the weather was good during our stay.
A car is essential as there are a number of attractions within a 20 minute drive and also some very good restaurants.Although there are 2 other properties on the site they are all very private.All our group thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would recommend any of the properties for families.
My main tip would be to follow the directions carefully as the sat nav does not always pick up the property or the road.Once you have found it you will have a great time.

Frederic about the Orangerie

Magnifique maison de standing, spacieuse, au calme, qui offre un confort maximum, des aménagements de très bon goût et très bien pensés. Des propriétaires très très sympathiques, avenants et soucieux du confort des locataires. Idéale pour des vacances en famille et au calme : à réserver sans hésiter !!

Annika about the Orangerie

We (4 adults, 2 children, 2 dogs) have just spent a week in this Villa and absolutely loved it. The villa is spacious and very well equipped with the most beautiful, huge gardens surrounding it. The owners are very helpful and friendly and very kindly allowed our daughters to ride their ponies free of charge several times.

The location feels very secluded but is actually a very short drive to supermarkets, restaurant etc in nearby villages. We went to the local restaurant in Cendrieux and were very warmly welcomed (including the dogs!) and the food and service were excellent.

The villa overlooks the owners' horse paddocks and myself and the children throughly enjoyed watching the horses play whilst we relaxed around the pool.

The location is truly relaxing with some lovely country walks right on the doorstep. We would definitely recommend and plan to visit again.

Fiona about the Orangerie

We stayed in the Orangerie in June 2017 and then returned to stay in the Grange in April 2018. The houses were both well-appointed and very comfortable. The surrounding countryside is nice and quiet, with a small town (with butcher / baker / super market) 5 minutes by car and the larger city / town of Bergerac and perigueux ~30 minutes drive away. We had wonderful holidays on both occasions. Grant could not have been more helpful: he was always contactable if we had any questions and was always happy to help. We have 2 small children who were 5 and 3 on our second visit and both houses gave them plenty to keep them amused: large grounds, some animals (horses / chickens / friendly dog), a private swimming pool and kids’ games. I would also recommend them for older kids as both houses had table tennis and table football available. For activities in the area to keep everyone entertained, we’d really recommend: Chateau de Castelnaud, the gardens of marqueyssac; Sarlat on market day, Bergerac and the Aquarium du Perigord Noir. All of these were great for both children and adults. We would love to return again!!

William about the Orangerie

Just a short note to thank you for such a great holiday and house in a wonderful setting.

As you are aware our group of 11 people ranged from 9 years to 90 year old and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the week and could fault nothing.

You have my number and email address and would be more than happy in providing further endorsements to your blog to congratulate you on a fantastic holiday for anyone.

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