The website for our private holiday home in Saint-Martin-de-Gurson, Dordogne, France


About Us


We have been visiting the house in Saint-Martin-de-Gurson since 2004. We do not let the house out so this is not a conventional holiday home website. Rather, it’s intended as a resource for our friends and family who visit from time to time.

A lot of the content relating to the house itself is password protected so if you are going to be visiting the house or if you are interested in doing so (as our guests), please email me at and I will let you have the password.

Otherwise, if you want to find out about the area and activities, please feel free to browse the main pages which include information about travel, places to visit and, of course, the local wine.

Martin Malone

The French “roadmap to freedom”

On 29 April Emmanuel Macron outlined the French equivalent of the UK’s “roadmap to freedom”, perhaps somewhat optimistically, given that France has the second highest European infection rates, after Turkey. The current infection rates for selected relevant countries are as…

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Bin collection dates 2021

Here are the bin collection dates for 2021. Let's hope that they come in handy, albeit later in the year!

COVID-19 special disposal bags

The French Government has directed that used masks, tissues and other similar items must now be disposed of in a special bag, which is then placed in the non-recycling (green) bin. Here's the message: Start of the distribution of paper…

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24 July – IMPORTANT – hosepipe ban

Please note that with effect from 24 July there is a hosepipe ban in force, as a result of the recent very hot weather and corresponding drought. The restrictions apply to: washing of cars, other than at professional car washes;…

Sorting out wifi at the house

First things first! This is a very geeky post and really only for those regular visitors who are frustrated with internet access at the house. Background We have had quite a challenge trying to sort out wifi and satellite TV…

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A great day at “Buckets”

Buckets Auberge Inn. What a strange name, but a definite visit for a nice lunch. It's an easy drive from the house. Go to the centre of St Martin and turn right at Le Petit Gurson. Follow the road down…


Getting a taxi Getting a taxi in France is not as straightforward as you might think. For a number of years we had the lovely local service of Maggy Taxi, based in Villefranche. That was significant because taxis charge from…

New neighbours

We have new neighbours in the field behind the house. The fence is electrified so keep clear! It also makes turning the car into the drive a bit of a challenge. If you’re having a problem doing so it’s fine…

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