Beautiful country location within easy drive of many amenities, Rouffiac lake, canoeing, Lascaux and Tourtoirac caves, golf, the Dordogne river, open air markets, and a great family restaurant in the village. Perfect for guests attending weddings in La Durantie in Lanouaille.
Cabin with veranda available for up to 2 extra guests in the garden. At extra cost.
Cleaning fee of 40 euros will be taken from 150 euro deposit payable to housekeeper. Deposit returned if nothing broken.
La Petite Maison
Converted gite (former stone piggery) with mezzanine with views onto orchard rolling countryside.
Sleeps 2 (charming cabin with veranda available for up to 2 more guests in garden). 1 bedroom, converted 200 year old piggery with sunny stone patio and with views over fruit orchard in the grounds.
Located 1.5km from a village with excellent family restaurant, cafe and post office. 7km to both Payzac and Lanouaille ( La Durantie wedding venue) with supermarkets, banks, boulangeries, restaurants and open air markets. 12km to Rouffiac lake and leisure centre for water skiing, boating or swimming. Visit Pompadour for horse trials and its chateau, UNESCO listed prehistoric art caves at Lascaux. Lots of local markets with locally grown produce. Enjoy the night markets with music and food in the local town of Saint-Mesmin.
A charming, converted stone gite in a peaceful fruit orchard in rolling Dordogne countryside. Sunny stone patio with views over fruit orchard, patio dining table and chairs, parasol, 2 sun loungers. There are many lovely spots to eat in the orchard. In season there are cherry, greengage, fig, pear nectarine, peach, and apple trees as well as blackcurrant and other fruit bushes trees. You are welcome to pick and eat the fruit! Mature cedar and chestnut trees. La Petite Maison enjoys privacy in the grounds of the main house.
Fully equipped open plan kitchen with original stone walls, double sink drainer, gas cooker with oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave.
One large high ceiling mezzanine bedroom with one large super- king sized mattress placed on the sea-grass floor, bohemian-style under the rafters. Views onto front garden and large velux roof window. Not suitable for children under three years of age due to the spaces between the bars on the mezzanine and open staircase. However, we have a cot which you can borrow for babies. Please ask for it.
Large open plan living and dining room with convertible king size sofa bed, satellite TV, radio, table and chairs and period sideboard. Books in French and English, games, local maps and brochures. All downstairs and terrace is wheelchair accessible.
All laundry except towels is provided with a cleaning charge of 40 euros (60 euros if more than 2 occupancy) payable direct to the housekeeper at key handover. Please wash all crockery before leaving.
Car essential. Downstairs bathroom with tiled shower. Easy access between garden, patio and living area with extra sleeping accommodation on the ground floor.
Play golf at the 18th century Domaine d'Essendieras (10km) near the fortress town of Excideuil (includes swimming and restaurants and BBQ nights). The beautiful and very popular Rouffiac leisure centre is 12kms away (pedalos, boating, swimming with lifeguard, water skiing, excellent restaurant and snack bar). Entrance is free.
'La Petite Maison' is set in a tiny hamlet of 5-6 houses within 1.5km walk to the pretty village of Savignac-Ledrier with its Chateau and ancient Forge on the picturesque River Auvezere. You can eat out in the excellent and very reasonably priced restaurant here, called Les Forges, and also buy your morning baguette. Horse riding (2km). A 7km drive takes you on to the pleasant larger village of Payzac with a supermarket and a wider choice of restaurants and bars and a bank. The property is ideal for birdwatching, walking the Auvezere Circuit which takes you along the Auvezere river gorge, for river canoeing or water skiing at the Rouffiac Lake or simply relaxing on a lounger in the large garden. There is a wealth local markets within a few kilometres, Objat on a Sunday morning and Excideuil markets on Thursday are popular. Slightly further afield is the medieval town of Terrasson-Lavilledieu with its picturesque market on the bridge and banks of the river on Thursday mornings- spectacular views too on the trip over! Popular with our guests is the Domaine d'Essendieras (8km) an impressive 18 century estate with BBQ nights to live accordion music in the grounds, golf and swimming, as well as dining in fabulous surroundings at reasonable prices (from 14 euros). Visit the beautifully laid out gardens of Hautefort Chateau (20km).Over the border in the department of Correze is Pompadour where you can visit France's national stud farm, horse races and the chateau of Madame de Pompadour. The delightful town of St Yrieix (15 km) with its summer night market, is where the fine kaolin clay for Limoges porcelain was discovered. Visit the fascinating porcelain museum and don't miss the 12th century illuminated Bible (one of only three in France) in the library. The lively 'truffle city' of Perigueux (50km) is one of France's gastronomic centres.
You can sit anywhere you like in the garden. there is a rented house we own next door but your privacy is assured. Keys available in the key box to the left of the front door. The code will be sent to you after you have booked and paid.
If you have a question, then please first look in the house manual.
or contact ask our housekeepers, Claudia and David, who live a couple of houses away. There are lots of personal recommendations from other guests in our Visitors' Book and many brochures.
In July and August rentals are from Sat - Sat- minimum of 7 days.
3 day minimum rental in other months. Pets may be accommodated if request sent BEFORE arrival. Open staircase so not very safe for toddlers.
All laundry except towels is provided with a cleaning charge of 40 euros (50 euros if more than 2 occupancy) payable direct to the housekeeper at key handover. 100 euro deposit to be given to housekeeper on arrival- returned on leaving if no damage to the property. Please wash all crockery before leaving and empty bin.
David is a lecturer in English at a British University, creative writer and organiser of writing retreats
Michele teaches French and English and organises French residential courses for all levels at our house in France
David and Michele are both Francophiles and have lived in France a collective 10 years. When not in Cambridge, we run intensive French residential courses in our house, 'Le Verger' (Dordogne) and its converted gite in the grounds. Both enthusastic teachers, our courses give all our students a massive confidence boost in French at beginner, GCSE and A level French. Our new course : French for living and holidays.
David is a writer and teaches creative writing. Contact us if you are interested in a Writer's Retreat: space, peace and quiet and time to write that novel or memoir with all meals (including wine) and guidance if needed. For both French and Writing Retreats, get a group of 4 or more together and get your place discounted....