“So here is our story…”

People are always asking how we ended up living in France. Very happy memories of family holidays in the 70s and rugby and golf trips later in life definitely left a lasting impression. Andy particularly has carried these memories with him. He is a committed Francophile, so perhaps there is an element of destiny in this…….deep down perhaps he always felt the pull and now this affection for France has percolated through our family. That said, turning a sentiment into something tangible is a whole different matter and this is where fate lent a hand.

The story for Andy and Uliana started in London around the dawning of the new millennium. Both based in West London, working for an American corporate, we met and fell in love and got married a couple of years later. We loved being 30 somethings in London – what a place to enjoy (relatively) young married life. But when the company offered us the chance to go to work in Geneva, we decided to take the chance and off we went. Life in Geneva was great. In the end we stayed for 10 years. Andy re-learnt to ski, Uliana learnt French and we both learnt all there is to know about cooking cheese. Critically, after 3 years we moved across the border to live in France. We became « frontaliers » – people who live in France but cross the border everyday to work in Switzerland. All good, but most importantly, we were now in France – in the state system, embedded in village life and relishing our life in the countryside of Haute-Savoie.

We soon started to realize that working on the property and the land felt so much more fulfilling than the corporate work that we were doing in Geneva. Our beautiful boy Michael arrived in 2016 and then the company announced a re-structure and suddenly we were presented with the opportunity to do something different as a family. Could we adapt our way of life to support living in the French countryside – was it possible?  So the research began and soon it was clear that we had a shot. So stick or twist ? Stay or go ? There was only one way to find out.

Over the next 6 months we made 3 trips to the SW of France. Was it the weather or the scenery or the food and wine, the ambience or the memories that seemed to be pulling us to the region ? Probably it was all of these for we determined very soon that this was the region where we would choose to write the next chapter of our lives. We saw around 30 properties and unluckily for us we didn’t see Les Hirondelles until our third trip. Because when we saw it, we fell in love with the property and with the Dordogne. Quite simply, the rental accommodation at Les Hirondelles was a cut above anything else that we saw and the location is perfect. The hamlet of Carmensac Haut in the commune of Meyrals is located in the centre of the Perigord Noir and balances the peace of a rural sanctuary with proximity to the multitude of sights and attractions that the Dordogne offers to the visitor. You will be amazed with the beauty, the history and the all the activities that are here to enjoy.

Privacy, peace, and tranquility !!!

At Les Hirondelles you will have a wonderful villa or cottage to stay in that is full of history. Both originate in the 17th century and we are careful to preserve echoes of the past but the upgrades bring all the comforts of home. There is a gorgeous garden to relax in with a multitude of beautiful plants and flowers and a panoramic countryside view. How about a swim in the heated salt water pool or a romantic evening in the jacuzzi hot tub. If you prefer an active holiday then running and cycling options are limitless and there is a gym for your use on site. So whether you are a couple on honeymoon, a group of friends on vacation or an extended family enjoying that long awaited reunion there is something for everyone to enjoy at Les Hirondelles.

We await you here in our tranquil hamlet of Carmensac Haut. Our life is now dedicated to providing our guests with the best possible holiday experience. We are so happy to be here and to look forward to welcoming you. We know that you will enjoy it as much as we do. We encourage you to come to the Dordogne and hope that you will choose to stay at Les Hirondelles.

Please do contact us if you have questions or need additional information.
We are only to happy to help.
Kind Regards, Andy, Uliana and Michael Horler


Contact Us

292 Route de Carmensac Haut
24220 Meyrals

+33 (0)7 67 61 60 98 (Andy) or +33 (0)6 79 84 67 02 (Uliana)

Come see our beautiful Dordogne

What our guests are saying about Les Hirondelles

Wonderfully tranquil…

Mai 2022

Die Mulberry Tree Villa – wunderbar ruhig, mit einem großzügigen privaten Garten, großem Pool und verschiedenen Lounge-Bereichen – war für uns für 10 Tage in diesem Mai ein verzauberter Ort. Entspannung pur! Das Haus ist ideal gelegen, um die Sehenswürdigkeiten des Perigord Noir zu erkunden (Lascaux IV, charmante Dörfer und kleine Marktstädte an Vézère und Dordogne, die mittelalterliche Stadt Sarlat und die mächtigen Burgen an der Dordogne). Das Haus ist voll und bestens ausgestattet und bot uns allen gewünschten Komfort. Von Andy und Uliana wurden wir nicht nur mit frischen Frühstückseiern, heimischen Nüssen und einer guten Flasche Wein herzlich willkommen geheißen, sondern auch bei unseren Fragen zu Sehenswürdigkeiten / Restaurants etc. bestens beraten und unterstützt. An einem der Abende genossen wir ein köstliches, von Dimitri Bacou (privater Koch) im Haus zubereitetes 3-Gänge Menü. Der Chef ließ uns dabei über seine Schulter schauen und gab seine Rezepte preis. An anderen Abenden erkundeten wir versteckte Restaurants (besonders erwähnenswert: das nahe gelegene ‚La Savie‘ in Meyrals) oder haben unsere Einkäufe von den bekannten Märkten in Sarlat, St. Cyprien und Le Bugue selbst „verarbeitet“, den zum Haus gehörigen Weber-Grill in Gang gesetzt und zum abendlichen Essen auf der Terrasse verschiedene erstklassige Bergerac-Weine probiert. Liebe Uliana, lieber Andy, vielen Dank für diese unvergesslichen Tage. Wir werden Euer Haus definitiv all unseren Freunden empfehlen. Und wer weiß, vielleicht gibt es in der Zukunft eine Gelegenheit zu einem erneuten Besuch und ein Wiedersehen.

Google Translate:

The Mulberry Tree Villa – wonderfully tranquil, with a spacious private garden, large pool and various lounge areas – was an enchanted place for us for 10 days this May. Pure relaxation! The house is ideally located for exploring the sights of the Perigord Noir (Lascaux IV, charming villages and small market towns on the Vézère and Dordogne, the medieval town of Sarlat and the mighty castles on the Dordogne). The house is fully and well equipped and offered all the comfort we wanted. Andy and Uliana not only gave us a warm welcome with fresh breakfast eggs, local nuts and a good bottle of wine, but also gave us excellent advice and support with our questions about sights/restaurants etc. On one of the evenings we enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal prepared in house by Dimitri Bacou (private chef). The chef let us look over his shoulder and revealed his recipes. Other evenings we explored hidden restaurants (of particular note: the nearby ‘La Savie’ in Meyrals) or ‘processed’ our purchases from the well-known markets in Sarlat, St. Cyprien and Le Bugue ourselves, using the Weber grill belonging to the house set in motion and tasted various first-class Bergerac wines with dinner on the terrace in the evening. Dear Uliana, dear Andy, thank you very much for these unforgettable days. We will definitely recommend your house to all our friends. And who knows, maybe in the future there will be an opportunity to revisit and see each other again.

Claudia M.

Google Review

Ideal pour relaxation

April 2021

Idéal pour relaxation !
Excellent accueil, Uliana et Andy sont très sympa. Propriété située dans une petite village, Waze a été très utile pour la retrouver. Calme et tranquillité , piscine chauffée à 26 degrés, jacuzzi pour relaxation, avec vue dégagée . Petite villa aménagée avec bon gout, très confortable. On a apprécié également la petite poêle, la chambre s’est bien réchauffé dans la soirée de l’arrivée du gelée d’avril. Et la cerise sur le gâteau, le jardin avec des fleurs superbes, avec des coins de relaxation des balançoires… Je pense de revenir la prochaine fois!
Traian C.

VRBO Review

a huge swimming pool…

September 2020

We hebben een heerlijke week gehad, samen met onze twee honden, in de villa van Uliana en Andy. Het huis was werkelijk van alle gemakken voorzien met een bijzonder goed uitgeruste keuken maar voor ons waren met name de enorme en mooie tuin en het fantastische uitzicht vooral helemaal geweldig. We hadden twee hele fijne en mooie terrassen, die met fraai meubilair waren uitgerust, een enorm groot zwembad (met 12 luxueuze ligbedden) dat we deelden met de huurders van de cottage (die we maar één keer gezien hebben bij het zwembad) en een hele fijne jaccuzi. De jaccuzi en het zwembad werden enorm goed onderhouden en ook de enorme tuin(en) zien er fantastisch uit. Andy en Uliana zijn super aardige en fijne mensen. Ze reageren heel snel op e-mails maar ook tijdens ons verblijf waren ze, heel erg op de achtergrond, op een heel prettige manier bereikbaar voor vragen en hebben we leuke en goede tips gekregen. Onze eerste kennismaking met de Dordogne is ons super goed bevallen en we zouden iedereen een verblijf in Les Hirondelles Dordogne willen aanraden!

Google Translation:

We had a wonderful week, together with our two dogs, in Uliana and Andy’s villa. The house was really fully equipped with a very well equipped kitchen, but for us, the huge and beautiful garden and the fantastic view were especially great.

We had two very nice and beautiful terraces, equipped with beautiful furniture, a huge swimming pool (with 12 luxurious sun beds) that we shared with the tenants of the cottage (who we only saw once by the pool) and a very fine jaccuzi. The jacuzzi and swimming pool were very well maintained and the enormous garden (s) look fantastic.

Andy and Uliana are super nice and nice people. They respond very quickly to e-mails, but also during our stay, very quietly, they were available in a very pleasant way for questions and we received nice and good tips.

Our first encounter with the Dordogne was very satisfying and we would recommend a stay at Les Hirondelles Dordogne to everyone!

Monique V.

Google Review

“Wonderful Holiday Accomodation”

August 2019

“We have had a wonderful holiday with our family. The owners Andy and Uliana were very welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. Their house is spotlessly clean, spacious and very comfortable. Fantastic situation with beautiful panoramic views and lovely patio area to enjoy the scenery while dining. Large swimming pool surrounded also by amazing scenery with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas for shade. Our granddaughters loved the pool, trampoline and feeding the chickens, The house is perfectly situated for a peaceful, tranquil holiday with lots to do and see all within easy reach.”

Diana T.

TripAdvisor Review

“Perfect base from which to explore the Dordogne!”

July 2016

“Having just returned from our honeymoon in the Dordogne region, my wife and I found the Butterfly Cottage!  A fabulous retreat from which to set our own pace for exploring the Dordogne.

The hosts Linda and George could not have been more helpful in providing tips, maps, and even helping to make bookings in French for activities for us over the phone. The cottage is situated within truly lovely grounds, with the view from the pool and Jacuzzi every bit as stunning as the pictures might suggest.

All the facilities you could possibly require are in the cottage, and Linda and George really go the extra mile to ensure every little touch is covered: you don’t need to worry about coming with milk, spices, cleaning products and such because their attitude of providing their guests with everything they could need from the start of their holiday has all that covered. We also really enjoyed getting regular fresh eggs from the 14 on-site “ladies” (chickens!). We had an absolutely fantastic time here and were made to feel so welcome.

We wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, and plan to return ourselves in the future.”

Stuart P.

TripAdvisor Review