La Ferme d’Araucanie

Tourtoirac, Dordogne

Natural materials, neutral colours, curiosities, clever adaptations – a great pool, a help-yourself garden, beautiful Dordogne all around


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


Rural French heaven in a wooded valley near Tourtoirac. Isabelle’s restoration of this old farmhouse is inspired by her love of the Dordogne and of rusticity, with dollops of fun and fantasy. You feel cocooned indoors: by wood of all persuasions, neutral colours, recycled terracotta and rough-hewn stone. There are wicker sofas by the big stone fireplace, baskets full of games; furniture fashioned out of old farm tools (a collection to visit too); curiosities and quirky adaptations everywhere – but nothing jars and it’s comfortable and practical. The kitchen-with-everything has a friendly big table, a sink hewn out of honey-coloured stone. Bedrooms aren’t huge but are seductively rustic – the suite under the rafters, gloriously so. It runs practically the length of the house: twin beds at one end and up a few stairs at the other, the double; its bathroom behind a curtain and beams. Each bathroom has a walk-in shower; carved stone alongside white porcelain. Outdoors all is simply lovely: the pool, the help-yourself vegetable and herb garden, the eating/sitting space under the barn… what more could you want?


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 4 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 2km.


Nightly price
from €179
Weekly price
from €1250
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From €1796 beds4 bedrooms


We so loved La Ferme. Marie-Isabelle is such a personable and caring hostess. From a once neglected farmhouse, she has successfully created a wonderfully pleasing and comfortable holiday home. Her insistence on local traditional building techniques and her love of natural materials and texture makes this a very special place to stay. I particularly loved the scent from the old fireplace and the prevalence of wood, interesting books and, outside, home-grown fruit and vegetables. Hugely relaxing.

Sarah, Buckinghamshire

A beautiful well equipped house and stunning gardens. Around the pool area we smelt the perfume from the mass of beautiful lavender all day and the only noise was the sound of crickets, bliss. Marie-Isabelle the host could not do enough to make our stay welcome, she is a joy and goes above and beyond. If you are looking for a place of outstanding beauty and a place to relax and chill and away from it all, this is it. Beautiful organic linen bedding also. Just five minutes in the car for your baguette in a morning, the village has a well-stocked little store. What more do you need .....

Diana and edward, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Marie-Isabelle Van Hove

  • A selection of home-made products will be waiting for you on arrival, as well as fresh fruits from the local market.
  • Street Markets several days in the week in the lovely villages around where you can buy all the delicious specialities of this exceptional gastronomic region of France.
  • Music festivals during the summer!
  • So many interesting places to visit such as châteaux, medieval villages, as well as Brocante and "Vide greniers".
  • Sports such as canoeing, swimming, walking, bicycling, ...
  • The property is situated near the world famous prehistorical Lascaux caves