I thoroughly recommend Gîte Sain Martin in Tayac. A gorgeous part of France and the accommodation and hospitality was wonderful. Beautiful gardens and a perfect setting for french lessons - or to simply enjoy the region.
I booked Gite St. Martin as my teenage children are currently studying French and the owner Chantal also provides language lessons. We had a great time. The property is exactly what you think a Gite would be and has been very thoughtfully furnished and well equipped. It was spotlessly clean. I particularly enjoyed sitting in the garden whilst the children had their lessons as it is a totally peaceful setting but also then only a short walk into the main village area. The wider area has a lot to see and do and our week flew by. We would love to return on a future occasion and I can definitely recommend it to others.
We have just returned from a wonderful week with Chantal and John. We stayed in their lovely comfortable gite with its beautiful surroundings and had daily French lessons with Chantal. We can't believe how much our French improved and how enjoyable it was. The location for exploring the area, the comfortable gite and beautiful garden, the French lessons and the delightful hosts all go to make this a very special place.
The Gite St Martin is a lovely authentic self contained cottage, set in beautiful gardens along side the lovely home of Chantal and John, which also contains Chantal’s class Room, where we took our French lessons.
The cottage was clean, tidy, and very comfortable. It is stylishly furnished and very well appointed.
The property is located in the lovely hamlet of Tayac, with its beautiful church, just on the edge of Les Eyzies, and a short walk from the village centre, with plenty of places to eat or enjoy a coffee.
You are just a short walk from the magnificent Vezere river, which is lovely to walk along, or there are kayak and canoes for hire, and they will drive you upstream, and you can paddle back down. Very beautiful.
You are a short drive to many other beautiful villages, like Sarlat and Domme, and of course the magnificent Dordogne river.
We took three hours of french lessons every morning. Chantal was an excellent teacher, and her methods were interesting and innovative. We watched videos and listened to audios. The time went quickly, it was so enjoyable. Her classroom, was a lovely room, with large window overlooking the garden, towards the river.
In the afternoon we enjoyed the garden, or went for a walk, or short drive to another village.
We were pleasantly surprised by how good the weather still was in October. It was still 25/26 degrees most days, and Chantal and John have a lovely swimming pool, which we swam in most afternoons.
Bordeaux is quite close, and we went there for dinner a couple of times. It’s a great town, with many stylish boutiques and excellent restaurants.
John and Chantal made us very welcome, and made sure we were happy and had everything we needed. We had a very enjoyable stay, and would highly recommend it for either a short stay or for a few weeks, like we did.
We spent a week with Chantal and her husband in the St. Martin gite and could not have had a better experience. The cottage was comfortable, and well-provisioned for all the cooking you want to do - which you will want to do after visiting nearby town farmers' markets. The house and cottage are within easy walking distance to the center of Les Eyzies and the Prehistory Museum. It is also a wonderful jumping off point for touring the Perigord, the prehistoric cave paintings of Grotte de Font de Gaume, Lascaux, and the Grotte de Roffignac. Chantal also provides private French lessons, which were a blast. Definitely a place to which to return.