Paris is grand and the Riviera shimmers with glamour, but for families looking for a quiet French holiday, the Dordogne region offers the perfect respite from the crowded clamour of the more popular tourist hotspots.

The charming rural area is home to castles, picturesque villages set on lush landscapes, and the Lascaux Caves—known for the prehistoric paintings that cover a network of caves and tunnels near the village of Montignac.

A quiet country idyll with lots of history to explore is the kind of holiday that might appeal to a group or multiple generations and travelling with extended family or in a group calls for room to spread out. Unfortunately, quaint as they may be, French hotels aren’t exactly renowned for their ample space.

A stay in a Dordogne farmhouse or cottage could be the perfect solution. Le Mas and Le Mazet is a property that fits the bill. Le Mas is a 16th-century farmhouse, complete with common areas, a kitchen with seating at the farm table for 12, a heated pool, and all the amenities you will need. It sleeps 10 people in five bedrooms, and each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. If you have travelled with a group before, you know just how important your own bathroom can be!
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Le Mazet is a detached cottage with a double ensuite bedroom that sleeps two. It has its own kitchen and sitting room. It doesn’t include access to the pool, but if you happen to know the group staying at Le Mas, they might invite you in for a dip.

In the peak summer months, the buildings are rented out weekly as a package, but during the off-season, they may be rented separately, with minimum stays required.

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