Joyeuses Fêtes de La Varenne – Christmas Elephants Carrots?

Merry Christmas from all of us at La Varenne!

Why Christmas Elephants Carrots ?! Read on!

Peux-tu sentir des carottes?

Can you smell carrots?

Bonjour! Joyeuses Fêtes! Merry Christmas!

It’s been another wonderful, busy year at La Varenne! We feel very lucky to have welcomed lots of friends, old and new, to stay.

Une année fantastique et chargée à La Varenne. Nous avons eu de la chance d’accueillir beaucoup d’amis, anciens et nouveaux.

Our friend Patrick retired this year, and has let the bar to a lovely family. Olivier serves delicious meals, from pizza to moules frites. We may need to get on our bikes more often!
Le nouvel patron du café bar Le Relais de la Dronne est aussi chef. Maintenant on peu manger un menu typique et délicieux. Un peu trop proche à 5 minutes, il nous faudra regarder la ligne!

John’s list 2016 included new furniture and TV in the Salon, and for the pool, a pergola, pool fence, and more powerful heater. Phew!

Cette année, la liste fameuse de John comprenait le salon renové, TV grand écran, et pour la piscine, une terrasse en bois, la clotûre, et mieux chauffage. Ouf!

Our donation of a week’s stay helped raise almost £40,000 for Sheffield Hospitals Charity!!
Le SHC Association loto 2016 a gagné presque 47000€! Incroyable!! Formidable!!

Elephants in France?!

There’s so much to see and do in the Dordogne, but one thing you may not expect is elephants! Click here to read how the new Elephant Haven is working hard to prepare for visitors.

Cliquez ici pour les renseignements de plus sur l’Association Elephant Haven en Dordogne.


Whatever your own projects this year, all the very best from us both.

Joyeuses Fêtes et Bonne Année,
Plein de Bonheur, Bonne Santé
et Belles Choses!
Joy, John, Fleur & The Chooks
xxx – Bises!

Merry Christmas Elephants Carrots from all at La Varenne!

4 Star Accommodation!!

La Varenne Farmhouse Gîte (officially!) 4 Star Accommodation! We’re very pleased to announce our gîte has been awarded four stars – or 4 étoiles – by the French tourist board. The surveyor spent a good part of the morning on the property, testing everything from the safety of the pool to the…

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Fence up

Fence up, looks FANTASTIC! La Varenne, translated literally, means ‘the game reserve’, and we see lots of deer. The garden is set in large grounds. We fence the garden to protect the plants and flowers from the gourmet deer, but leave them access to the orchard and river to the…

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Healthy Option

Our good friends at Sheffield Hospitals Charity have come up trumps, creating a web page just to sell tickets for the La Varenne Farmhouse raffle.   Only £2 for a chance to win a week FREE self catering holiday here at La Varenne Farmhouse – and help us to say…

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