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The Basics

Les Terraces offers a spacious open-plan apartment of 195m² spread over 1½ floors (ground and first) and a generous terrace with stunning views over the Dordogne and across to the vineyards on the north side of the river.  The apartment was most recently upgraded in 2016. 

Les Terraces is a dog-friendly property, but dogs are welcomed by prior agreement only. 

Children are also welcome!

Some details

As you enter the flat you meet a space of considerable charm with exposed stone walls, timbered ceilings and a massive archway that spans 2/3 of the width of the floor. The flat’s living area is equipped with a 40″ flat-screen TV, home-theatre system, stereo, DVD player and WiFi Internet access. In order that you don’t feel cut-off from anything, the house has both UK and European Satellite TV and radio with a number of international channels available too. 

The kitchen/dining room gives onto the terrace and has a vast fireplace complete with a cast iron electric heater. The kitchen has a range of equipment which will satisfy most cooks.

There is a double bedroom area on the ground floor and a second double bedroom with en-suite shower room/wc on the “street side” of the first floor, accessed by an interior staircase. A comfortable bed-settee in the sitting room provides space for 2 more to sleep. A shower room with wc is located on the ground floor between the bedroom & sitting room.

What our guests have said:

Charming and beyond expectations

My husband booked this beautiful accommodation for us in the latter half of September 2018. I saw the pictures and thought it looked great, but when I entered the home for the first time, it was so beautiful and charming, I almost cried!

The owner, Alex, invited us to the 2nd floor to her terrace to enjoy a glass or 3 of wine where we sat with an incredibly relaxing view of the Dordogne River and surrounding countryside. Our son – not a wine drinker – enjoyed visiting with her dogs.

We had been to Paris for a few days and took side trips during the week we spent in Sainte Foye la Grande, but I wish we had spent more time on our terrace at this character rich home and in the charming town.

The home demonstrated great attention to detail, but was not fussy. It was sparkling clean.

Alex was so helpful and always available for questions, advice and translations. I would highly recommend this home in this town.  

Catherine W, Houston

Calm and characterful place to stay

Les Terraces in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande takes up the ground floor and part of the first floor of a wonderful historic house in the centre of Ste Foy.

It has two outstanding features: a spacious, calm and characterful interior, and a splendid terrace that looks out on a large stretch of the Dordogne river.

It combines the best of being in a town (boulangerie, coffee places, restaurants nearby) with the calmness of a country retreat. The weather was mixed (a little showery and occasionally chill) during our stay but we still managed to spend hours on the terrace, reading, sipping wine, listening to birdsong and watching the sunset. It was the perfect wind-down from our normally busy existence.

The town of Ste Foy is quiet but has a huge and diverse weekly market, an excellent supermarket, and restaurants, as well as many interesting sights within an hour’s drive.

Alex and Graham, the owners, live on site. They were very friendly and welcoming and any question or problem was quickly solved. We would definitely consider a return visit. 

Gill A, Ireland

Relaxing, soothing, lovely view, building oozes character…

We stayed at Les Terraces for a week in August this year (2011). The apartment surpassed what the pictures on the website show you. The building is 800 years old, beautifully restored and oozes character and charm. There’s lots of space – we were 2 adults and 2 lively boys and we all really enjoyed the experience.

The riverside terrace is special – we ate breakfast there, had coffee there and a nightly glass of wine. The river flows right past the door and we had our own steps with direct access to the quay through a private locked gate. The area around is quiet so we slept really well.

There are some nice laid back restaurants nearby, Alex suggested some lovely ones, and the kitchen is really well equipped for cooking. We were delighted with the hi tech spec – who would have thought it of such an old building? Wifi access, large plasma tv with two cable boxes attached, dvd player; surround sound, even an iPod cable for mp3 playing!

We were concerned that the kids might be bored, being inland. No chance! There’s a beach (yes!) on the opposite bank of the river which is super for a swim or tiddler fishing and Alex helped organize canoeing for us on the Dordogne one morning which was really something special. We had never done it before but it was easy and safe and great family fun.

On other days we drove to see castles (with catapults, swords and armour), vineyards and historic towns in the surrounding countryside.

The whole apartment is open plan, including both bedrooms, which are curtained off (downstairs) and up an open stairs for the other, rather than walled off. While this initially seems odd, it is nicely done in sympathy with the structure and layout of the lovely old building that it is.

All in all, a lovely rental – well deserving of an excellent rating. We do hope to be back in the future.

  • 40″ flat-panel TV (master bed has 32″ tv and satellite boxes),
  • Home Cinema system,
  • UK and European Satellite TV & Radio
  • WiFi
  • Fully Equipped kitchen (electric oven, ceramic hob, no microwave)
  • Dishwasher
  • Gas BBQ
  • Washing Machine (line drying)
  • Large selection of DVDs, books and board games