Welcome to Les Paroules, a delightful holiday home-away-from-home in the hamlet of Esparoutis, located in the heart of the Perigord Noir in the Dordogne Department, one of France’s most beautiful regions.


The tiny hamlet of ‘Esparoutis’ is tucked into a corner of the pristine Ceou river valley. Originally built around the 1700s, “Les Paroules” at Esparoutis, is an ensemble of ancient stone houses, barns, and timber walnut drying sheds, typical of the region.  Extensive renovations were carried out between 2008–2012, and in 2020, transforming the old, honey coloured stone farm buildings, typical of the region, into a contemporary holiday retreat, for those seeking a quiet location in the french countryside.

At the centre is ‘La Maison’,constructed 1729 and 1797, is an old farmhouse with an attached stone barn, has open plan living and grand country chefs kitchen, stone floor and cathedral ceilings.  

Le Gîte, constructed 1861 is situated to the rear of the property, it  is a village cottage  and has many original features and rustic charm.

 Le Sechoir, early 20th C  is situated at the entrance of the property, is an old wooden walnut drying shed, completely renovated in a country wooden  rustic and cosy chalet style. Each house has a sunny courtyard or private terraces and gardens, with views of the meadows and valley. There is a secured garden and a swimming pool, sun lounges, tables and chairs for dining and a BBQ area.  comfortably accommodating an individual, a couple or a small family.   The dwellings can be rented separately or together 

Esparoutis is ideally located to be central to all the activities and beautiful sights of the Dordogne. Within 5 minutes are the chateaux of Beynac & Castelnaud, the stunning topiary gardens of Marqueyssac, the hill top medieval village of Domme, and river side village of La Roc Gageac. The prehistoric caves of Lascaux and Rouffignac and fortified walled market towns of Montpazier a 30 minute drive, and not to be missed is the historic town of Sarlat the most perfectly restored medieval town in Fance, with its famous saturday gourmet markets is just 12 km’s away.

 The property is located on a very popular 35 km cycle path between the village of Daglan and Castelnaud. It is just a short walk or cycle ride (700m) to the village of Saint Cybranet. Here is a Bio supermarket supplying fresh bread and other organic foods. A stunning walk or cycle of 2.5km, along a flat back-lane of the cycle path, and through the walnut groves along the river banks of the Ceou, is Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (Castlenaud). Here you will find your day-to-day necessities, an outstanding bakery/patisserie, butcher, a small basic supermarket and news agency, post office, ATM, hairdresser, Pizza, cafe and restaurant.   Pretty picnic and swimming spots and canoe hire on the Dordogne river is just 2.5 km at the bridge at Castelnaud.

Here is a perfect place for family holidays and reunions, to paint, read to write, to hold a workshop or a womens retreat. We are able to assist you in everything that you may need to guarantee a memorable holiday. There is much to find here in a region abundant with activities, stunning scenery and world renown prehistoric cave art. A region known for its gourmets delights, black truffles fois gras duck confit, walnuts and wine.

The Three Properties


La Maison

Accommodates: 8Bathrooms: 4, Bedrooms: 4, Beds: 6

‘La Maison'(Main House and Barn) comprises four generous double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, spacious living room, and large kitchen. The huge renovated stone barn provides the living area with stone floor, oak beams and a 6 metre cathedral ceiling. The extremely well-equipped, open-plan kitchen, an American fridge (with cold water and ice dispenser),6 burner hob stove double oven, numerous cooking pots pans and utensils.The large oak dining table can cater comfortably for 14+ people. Looking out over the living room is a mezzanine reading area. From the living room three large oak French doors open onto an enclosed garden with the properties shared swimming pool on one side, with sun lounges and BBQ area. The opposite direction looks out to the flower meadows with walnut trees. A sensational, 1 piece of timber, is a dining table for 18  with long benches. It is a great place to celebrate  great meals together. A raised traditional covered balcony called a ‘bolet’ is a great place to eat on hot days shaded from the sun but over looking the gardens and valley. Underfloor central heating, an open fireplace and a wood stove provide cosy winter comfort.

 La Maison

 Le Gîte

Accommodates: 6, Bathrooms: 2, Bedrooms: 2 Beds: 4

This renovated 1860’s stone house sleeps up to 6, but is very comfortable for one or two. The property is cool in summer thanks to the 70cm stone walls. a grand fireplace and heaters in all bedrooms for colder months. It has a small tiled patio at the front and direct access to the peaceful, sunny enclosed garden and swimming pool with deck. There are 2 bedrooms (1 master bedroom, with queen bed with ensuite walk in shower and toilet, and a Loft bedroom with a 3/4 double and 2 single beds with full bath /shower and toilet, great for the kids). On the ground floor there is a lounge (35sq.m.) with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, and leather lounges. A separate sunny dining room, and walk out to private patio great for breakfasts and afternoon drinks. 

Le Gite

Le Sechoir

Accommodates: 4, Bathrooms: 1, Bedrooms: 2, Beds: 3

The Sechoir provides a spacious, light-filled space for an individual, couple or small family. The downstairs open-plan area provides a comfortable lounge area, and a separate dining, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.On this level is the bathroom with walk-in shower and separate Toilet. French doors open onto a spacious private patio courtyard great for lounging and alfresco dining. just adjacent is  the shared  enclosed garden area with  sun lounges  tables and chairs and small swimming pool. There is air conditioning for summer and heating for winter. Upstairs, 40 sq.m, there are two bedrooms  1 with a queen bed and the second with a double and king single  beds.  Both bedrooms open through French doors onto the covered balcony which runs the length of the building. Here is a lovely spot to  lounge or enjoy evening drinks with views up along the garden and views of the Céou Valley.

Le Sechoir

If you can’t leave work behind, Les Paroules is equipped with wireless broadband throughout  all houses including the garden. during stormy weather the reception may be interrupted. We are happy to negotiate special out of season ‘retreat’ rates for individuals or couples who need a quiet, well-equipped environment to write, paint etc. There’s quite an active cultural life in the area throughout the year mostly in French.

‘Les Paroules’ has also been the base for  a well known Australian walking tour company, ‘Walking Matilda ‘and the French based Gourmet Tour  company  ‘Walk Talk Eat France,’ for the past 6 years. Exclusive small group activity holidays 8- 10 clients per group. Popular holidays with  cooking classes art classes and walking in the region,  as there are wonderful walking tracks close by.  The space is a  good place to hold small meetings and workshops for up to 16-20 people. We can organise in-house catering, as well as personal Executive chef for the evening on a special occasion or just when you just want a holiday from cooking ! we organise individual or small group local tours to visit  the regional vineyards at Bergerac or Cahors. A full day Tour to visit Rocamadour and the  villages of the Lot  region. For  those who want to experience the stunning and famous prehistoric cave art, we can arrange a local  archaeologist for a personalised pre-history tour around the region.

The Gardens & Pool

The three dwellings of Les Paroules at Esparoutis are built around a sunny garden surrounded by a limestone wall topped with a box hedge. Each of the dwellings has their own outdoor seating area, where you can relax reading a book, have lunch or have an aperitif at sunset (we get the last rays of sun in the valley). The property sits on an acre of land with walnut trees providing good shade in summer and walnut harvest in October.                                     There is ample parking space for numerous cars.

There is a shared swimming pool, with umbrellas and lounge chairs, located in a secluded corner in the garden near the Gîte.

The Hamlet, the Céou River and the Dordogne Valley

Esparoutis is a tiny hamlet of traditional stone houses, mostly built in the 18th century, nestling in the Céou valley. The Céou river is one of the most pristine streams in the area. Its is great for a refreshing dip in summer 500m from the house. The houses are located up a lane way from a minor road and easily accessible, a short walk or flat bike ride to shops St Cybranet 1km or Castelnaud 2.5km, and 4km by car from the busy village of Cenac where you will find most services and a large supermarket.

This section of the Dordogne River just 2.5 km away, is called the ‘The ‘Vallee des Cinq Chateaux ‘ and is probably the most beautiful part, close to the Les Plus Beaux Villages of Domme (8km), Beynac and La Roque Gageac (6km). The castles of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Fayrac, Les Milandes, Lacoste, and the gardens of Marqueyssac and L’Albarede are all within 5km. Sarlat is 15–20 minutes away, Gourdon 25 minutes, and many major sites—Les Eyzies, Vezere Valley, cave paintings, and many more chateaux—within a half-an-hour.


I live here  in the Perigord (Dordogne) for the wonderful peasant architecture, the warmth of the stone and tile roofs, the richness of the region’s culture.  It has 10% of France’s chateaux, the characteristic villages, and the birthplace of French prehistory at Les Eyzies. The  food of the region, the black truffle and cepe markets of Sarlat, Foie gras, duck and goose products, fresh goat cheeses from Rocamadour and walnuts in our backyard.There is just one local vineyard producing commendable, ‘Vin De Domme’, grown on the local hillsides has been rebuilt after the region was one of the largest producers of wine in France, unfortunately wiped out by the phyloxera virus the plants had to be all destroyed. There is pretty architecture in churches, houses and  chateau, history of the Templer knights who were prisoned in the town of Domme. There is so much to see and learn it wont be possible in a lifetime. 

I am sure you will also be enchanted by all the amazing things to see and do that the region has to offer.

For those with gastronomic interests, there is an abundance of excellent restaurants to choose from within 10-20 minutes’ drive from Esparoutis.