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About us

Haute Epine (translates to 'high thorn') is a small, but prestigious family run holiday accommodation situated in the Périgord vert region of the Dordogne, and within easy reach of the remaining 3 regions – Périgord blanc, pourpre and noir. The Dordogne is one of the most popular and beautiful holiday destinations within France.

About us Peter and Diane Bentley, originally from Sheffield, in South Yorkshire, bought the dilapidated house and outbuildings in 2003. And after 30 years in UK construction and the NHS respectively, moved to live permanently in France in 2010
Selected local artisans have been used for all the main construction works to maintain the historical integrity of the buildings. However in addition, an environmentally friendly design has incorporated the latest 'green' technology and principles, using aerothermie and solar energy wherever possible.

The Development

The Development The first phase of the development provided a prestigious and spacious chambre d'hôte facility in 2012, and a spectacular heated swimming pool in 2013. A 4 pitch caravan or motor home area with dedicated and secure shower rooms for each client became available from 2017. There are also two beautiful 300 year old buildings on the property, one of which has had communal and/or religious importance in the past.


'We want to continue to develop Haute Epine into a really special place for holiday makers,' says Peter, 'and that means we need to have the time to provide a special type of service'.

Diane agrees that this is better for them as a couple, as well as for the people who stay with them.

'Whilst we need the stimulation of work, we also want to enjoy meeting and helping our customers, be able to join in with the local French community, and most of all just enjoy life! We believe that it is this philosophy which contributes to our success'.

Contact Us

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Diane and Peter Bentley

E-mail: info@highthorn.com

Address: HighThorn at Haute Epine
Holiday Accommodation
Haute Epine
24320 St Martial Viveyrols

Tel: +33 (0)5 53 91 11 83
Mobile: +33 (0)6 82 30 80 60


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