Les Vitarelles

Molieres, Dordogne

Rambling 2-gîte farm for a relaxed family/group holiday in a peaceful bucolic spot: simple houses, huge pool, charming owners and animals


11 beds


10 bedrooms


Sleeps 20


Emma, Don and their young son Henry, the lovely owners of these gîtes, have been here just a year, repairing and decorating like demons, and their back-to-nature plan is already a success. In beautiful Périgord countryside, it’s an uncontrived no-frills spotless set-up – not an en-suite in sight – with new bedding on vintage iron bedsteads, good new furniture and kitchen equipment. The big quirky barn (mind your head getting into bed) has a vast sitting room, plenty of nooks and crannies and two good roof terraces; the stone and brick farmhouse contains a fine stone fireplace – shared with a bathroom. The whole place is geared to outdoor life with children, and you need only walk out of the gate to wander through miles of pasture and woodland. Further afield are bastide towns, abbeys and lively markets galore. Come back to plunge into the pool, fly high on the swings and watch the donkey-feeding session at tea time; then possibly light your woodburner on a cool evening (logs are free).


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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

Check in
From 4pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Sofabed available. Parking on-site. Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1400
Damage deposit
1 House for 10
From €2006 beds5 bedrooms
1 House for 10
From €2005 beds5 bedrooms


We had a fabulous stay at the Farmhouse for two weeks in August. Emma and Don were fantastic hosts providing excellent recommendations, airport pickups and along with their children, were an absolute pleasure to meet. The house and grounds provides everything you could need, the pool has wonderful, peaceful views, the location is fantastic for relaxing and visiting the neighbouring villages. As a group in our early 30s the house was idyllic with plenty of space, beautifully presented rooms, well equipped kitchen, BBQ area and eating spaces. We highly recommend Emma & Don and this lovely house.

Alison, London

We enjoyed a lovely week at Les Vitarelles and had a nice relaxing time. Emma and Don were very welcoming, helpful and good company. We were especially glad of the detailed directions they sent us as we arrived late, after dark. The cottage was great, quite cosy, and quirky with an interesting arrangement of doors to the shower and loo. Plenty of countryside to walk in and good pizzas locally at the cafe in Moliere. Further afield there is lots to see and do with the gardens at Marqueyssac especially reccomended. If you get to Beaumont the Quincaillerie shop is extraordinary!

Chris, Cardiff

Don and Emma have done a lovely job and are great hosts. The lovely cottage we stayed in last week is in wonderful surroundings. There is tranquillity, quietness and amazing views. Emma brings you home made cake as well as self made 'confiture'. Great. We had a wonderful time and would recommend this place to friends and family.

Bart, The hague

Emma and Don have created a wonderful, stylish place for families to have a lovely rural, peaceful stay. My children adored the animals, especially George the cat, and I enjoyed the stunning views and our welcoming hosts. It is well located half way between Bergerac and Sarlat, but has some truly gorgeous and less touristy places to visit very nearby like Cadouin and Tremolat. This is how you hope a stay in rural France will be....perfect.

Lesley, Winchester

We stayed in the cottage which was lovely and fully equipped with everything you need. Our little boy enjoyed roaming through Emma and Don's fields chasing the chickens and looking at the donkeys, a perfect hideaway but close enough to lots of lovely hill top villages. A great week in a lovely setting with great hosts what more could you ask for!

Catherine, London

We spent a wonderful week at Les Vitarelles, an extended family holiday we spread ourselves between the cottage and the farmhouse. We were made very welcome and enjoyed the homemade cakes and jam left out on arrival. Emma and Don were fabulous hosts, discrete but at the same time on hand to recommend good eating spots and markets. The grounds are extensive and the children had fun exploring on their bikes while we were able to lounge around by the pool lazily planning our next dinner. A perfect spot from which to explore the Perigord region of the Dordogne.

Johanna, Bath

We had a wonderful stay at The Farmhouse, it was perfect for a large family group. The house is stylishly and beautifully restored with everything you could need and the grounds are a joy. The children were perfectly safe to cycle off and explore on their own, and we all enjoyed the pool and eating together outside every evening. A stunning location, and the Emma & Don are the perfect hosts - there for advice when you need them, but leave you to relax and enjoy your holiday without overbearing rules and instructions! We loved it! Thank you!

Jo, Reigate, surrey

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Emma Smith

  • Unique to the area, many villages and towns hold night markets during the summer. Grab a table in the square, choose from local specialities such as moules or confit de canard and enjoy with a bottle of local wine. Many markets also have live music!
  • Meet our animals - the menagerie currently includes a donkey, goats, chickens, cats and a Labrador!
  • Explore our 45 acres of meadows and woodland. If you're lucky you may spot deer, wild boar and birds of prey.
  • The Perigord Noir is so-called because of the area's famous black truffles. In season from December to March, sample fresh truffles, oils and butters at the many markets in the area, or visit Sarlat's truffle market.
  • Our nearest village, Molieres, is a charming Bastide, founded in 1284 on behalf of Edward I, although it was never finished. Don't miss the 13th Century fortified Plantagenet Gothic church, with ribbed vaults and a bell tower protecting the North facade.
  • Sample the local Pecharment wine - we can recommend some chateaux to visit. It is a blend of four grape varietes; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. We think a glass is perfect with game, charcuterie, duck confit and local cheeses.