About Us

About the owner

I am a practising architect in Hampshire, England and have enjoyed both restoring the old farmhouse and converting some of the other outbuildings and barns into accommodation for an ever increasing size of family and friends. A great deal of the work in the past was carried out by myself with the skilled help of a carpenter friend and local macons. I can recount stories that happened at different times along the way far in excess of those recounted in Peter Mayle's books. My aim was never to turn the place into an architects show piece but to respect the character and keep it as french as possible whilst at the same time arranging spaces to suit living in a relaxed way with no formality. Its always been a pleasure for me to let Guibert and share it with other families

Why the owner chose a home in this location

I first heard of the Dordogne when a master at school raved about its beauty. This was about 1959 and my first chance to visit the area was on my honeymoon in 1970 when I completely fell in love with the area. It only took me a further 2 years before I bought Guibert though not without much searching to find my idea of perfection. The owner had just died and the picturesque farmhouse remained virtually the same as it had for 400 years save for an electric bulb hanging from the ceiling to light an otherwise very dark interior. In those days the cows with their bells clanging as they were herded through the meadow and the neighbouring collective of farmers picking grapes at harvest time and our visit to our neighbour at 6 every evening for the fresh, warm milk provided a perfect rural idyll


Unique benefits of the property

Guibert has now been passed over to my three children who look on the property, like myself, as their home in France not just any old holiday cottage. We have recently completely up dated both Bergerie and La Ferme and changed most of the furnishings to give a nice bright, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Most of our farming neighbours have retired and some land has turned to nature but we are still left with fields and woods all around and 20 mins walk takes us into the charming village of Issac where we find the bar and restaurant though no longer bread or other food which is 10 minutes drive away in Mussidan. What I most enjoy is the peace and tranquility of the property and this is despite my many grandchildren who adore the freedom and play noisily around in complete safety

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