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Stylish gites in Perigord Limousin Nature Park with huge garden & heated pool - La Noix (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



La Noix (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)

La Noix is our most popular gite. It has a big sunny lounge with huge squashy sofas, UK TV channels, fast reliable wifi and lots of games. There are high ceilings and impressive beams, and La Noix faces south, so it is filled with sunshine. The kitchen has just been beautifully refurbished with local quarry tiles, induction hob and oven, dishwasher and washing machine. The bathroom too has quality fittings. Outside there's a gorgeous private patio and direct access to our fabulous heated pool. Upstairs you will find a double bedroom with an antique French sleigh bed, plus a twin bedroom and a single bedroom. With a boules court, camp fire and lots of garden games, lots of guests only pop out to restock the fridge! Our area is great for cycling, canoeing, walking, lake swimming, markets, chateaux, great restaurants and more. Check out our great reviews and book today!

About the property


We fell in love with Les Arbres as soon as we discovered it in 2008. Our three gites are full of character, and together with the huge garden and beautifully situated pool, we could see at once that it would be perfect for family holidays. The gites, garden and pool are all situated on one side of a chemin rurale – a quiet cul de sac. Our home is opposite, so we are close at hand if you need us, but equally you are free to enjoy your holiday in privacy. The gites are stone built in the traditional local style and the rural landscape of the Perigord Limousin forms the stunning backdrop. We have made lots of improvements since we bought Les Arbres, including fresh new bathrooms, well equipped kitchens, top quality bed linen and towels, and cosy wood burners for autumn evenings. If you simply want to laze around, our huge garden is fully fenced so the kids can’t escape. The heated swimming pool has a fully approved safety fence and plenty sun loungers. Facing south, it catches the sun all day, and we clean it every morning for super sparkly water. There are swings, a proper boules court, table tennis, kids campfire and badminton. Each gite has its own private patio with BBQ, and there is a huge picnic table if you want to socialise. We have a good range of well-maintained bikes, and storage space if you bring your own. The area is fabulous for cycling, with well-maintained roads where it’s rare to see a car and a beautiful landscape of hills, forests and lakes. We can provide maps and even arrange a ride with the Piegut Cycle Club, which has up to two outings a week of 50-60km. Set in the Perigord Limousin Regional Nature Park our area is often described as “la France profonde” or “deep France.” Life has changed little for centuries and the culture is strongly rural and seasonal. We can tell you about secret and enchanted places to cycle, explore and swim, summer night markets where you can party like a local, vide-greniers antique markets where you can bag a bargain, plus charming village fetes where you can sit with friendly villagers and eat a communal meal. Along with quaint villages, historic towns, typical street markets, fairytale chateaux, river and lake canoeing, tree climbing, star gazing, bird and animal spotting, and fabulous local restaurants, you’ll find so much to do that you’ll have to return. Eight years on and having welcomed many visitors, settling here at Les Arbres has been the best decision we have ever made. But don’t just take our word for it; over the years we have consistently received wonderful reviews and many of our guests return year after year, often booking their next visit before they even leave. One guest described Les Arbres as “a magical, peaceful place” and an eight year old visitor shouted “I’m in heaven!” on arrival. This is your chance to experience the France that time forgot and create your own happy holiday memories.

Gill Connors
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
6 April, 2018

About Gill Connors

Thank you for visiting our Owners Direct pages. We fell in love with France and the French lifestyle during lots of happy holidays and spent several years looking for our ideal home here. We always aimed to retire early to start a new life, and buying Les Arbres has helped us to achieve that dream. The three gites were already rented out successfully when we purchased the property, and we have made lots of improvements since then. We took early retirement to live here full time in 2011, and now enjoy meeting all our guests, many of whom re-book for the following year. Our house is just across the lane, so we are on hand if you need any help booking a restaurant or anything else. Equally we respect your privacy to enjoy your family holiday. Gill and Pat Connors.

Gill Connors purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Gill Connors chose Champniers-et-Reilhac

This area of the Dordogne has lots going for it but is much less busy than other parts. We are situated in the Perigord Limousin Nature Park, so expect unspoilt countryside, lakes, forests of pine and nut trees, farms, heath and Limousin cattle. There is lots of wildlife including orchids and other wild flowers, deer, red squirrels, wild boar, buzzards, protected lizards and salamanders to mention a few. We love the slow pace of life, and although it takes a while to get used to the shops closing at lunchtime for two hours, you soon learn to do the same and enjoy lunch at one of the many good restaurants. Although we are still learning French, the people round here are friendly and helpful. Despite the quiet location there is lots to do; have a look at our website for ideas!

What makes this cottage unique

We loved Les Arbres as soon as we saw it and knew that it would be a great holiday location for families. The gites are traditional in appearance, but have modern bathrooms and kitchens and carefully chosen quality furniture throughout. We love making improvements so that holidays are as enjoyable as possible, and have installed wood burner stoves for chilly Autumn and Spring evenings, new hi-fis with iPod/MP3 connections, TV/DVDs, reliable internet access, bikes, pool heating, free pool towels and new quality linen, pillows and duvets. We are sure you can tell that we love Les Arbres and we think that you will as well - why not visit us and find out? Or follow us on Facebook.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for making us welcome, making your gite seem like a home and for your advice and friendship. This isn't a gite business - it's a way of life and you clearly love what you do. Perfect!
Sep 2015
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Booking Notes:
Please refer to our website for information or email us for a booking form. A 25% deposit will secure your holiday.

Changeover Day:
In Mid and High Seasons our changeover day is Saturday with arrival after 5pm and departure before 10am. Flexible changeovers are welcomed in other seasons.

Notes on prices:
Prices are in UK Pounds per week. We offer a discount of 20% for two people sharing during Low and Mid Seasons. Shorter breaks can also be arranged during Low and Mid Seasons, as well as flexible changeover days. Please contact us for details. Logs and cleaning can be arranged at an extra charge.


Accommodation and facilities for La Noix (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)in Champniers-et-Reilhac in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 10 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: We pride ourselves on providing quality accommodation throughout, with top quality furnishings, comfy beds, wood burners for winter evenings, good showers and well equipped kitchens. Cots, highchairs and safety gates are available for child guests, plus family games and books. You will find books on local wildlife, flowers and the stars to help you identify the many birds and flowers. We provide all your linen including goose down duvets, top quality linen, towels, tea towels and pool towels. Hairdryers are also provided. The properties have Pure digital CD players with iPod / MP3 connections. All three gives have TVs with UK terrestrial channels and plenty DVDs. All properties have internet access. La Chataigne and La Noisette have central heating. Outside: Les Arbres has a large garden with plenty space for everyone, mature trees to offer shade and secluded seating areas. The gardens are completely fenced so your children can roam free. We have various toys and games for children and grown ups, including badminton. In our bike shed you will find a good range of bikes, on which you are welcome to explore the quiet lanes. There is a shared 10x5m pool, which is fenced to French standards, and is well equipped with quality sun loungers, chairs and umbrellas. We also have a quality boules pitch with boules provided, and a camp-fire area for kids. All the properties have private patio areas with furniture, BBQs and lights. You can spot a wealth of flowers, birds and wildlife in our garden and surrounding lanes, including protected green lizards, salamanders, orchids, hoopoes, woodpeckers, cuckoos, red deer, red squirrels and wild boar.


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La Noix (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 16 reviews

Great holiday

  • 5 of 5

Very impressed with the warm pool and large garden. The kids could run around and play all day. Pat and Gill were always on hand with advice on local events and attractions and we had plenty to do even when we had a couple if rainy days

Many Thanks

Matt & Nic

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. It's really important to us that guests have a great holiday so we're really chuffed that you enjoyed yourselves.
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Fabulous holiday

  • 5 of 5

I would happily recommend a holiday at Les Arbres. The gite (we stayed in La Noix) was lovely, as were the gardens. Although quite a long drive down (we got the ferry to Cherbourg and drove down in one day), once we were there we really didn’t need to drive very much as there was so much to do in the area. We have 3 boys (aged, 7,7 & 5) and highlights included: Kayaking, Tree zip wire adventure, cycling to Brusserolles for Moules Frites for dinner, local night markets and swimming/ playing in the garden.

We were lucky enough to share Les Arbes with some other lovely families, but here was plenty of opportunity for privacy given the lay out of the gites. We really appreciated Gill and Pat’s advice and recommendations (my husband joined the local cycling group for a few rides!) and the weekly info sheets of what was going on locally.

Thank you very much Gill and Pat.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you; we're so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and everything that our area has to offer.
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Fantastic gite and great pool plus Wi-Fi

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and very well fitted out Gite. Gill and Pat very welcoming and helpful. Great to explore local area and Piegut market.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday

  • 5 of 5

Pretty, well appointed gîte, which was very clean and comfortable. Lovely shared pool in large, communal garden which was kept spotlessly clean and is securely fenced.

The bathroom has a fab, powerful shower and plenty of good quality towels (hand, bath and pool) are supplied.

The living area is spacious with fabulous, squishy sofas. Upstairs, the bedrooms are cosy (as reflected in the photos) but that did not matter as we spent most of our time outdoors. The beds were very comfortable with good quality linen. Fans were provided, which were invaluable for ensuring a good nights sleep as it was very warm at night.

There is wifi in the gîte and books, DVDs and a TV with UK channels are all available - as well as garden games and board games.

The photos and description on the website are accurate.

The owners were friendly, welcoming but discreet. They provide a good selection of local information and are on hand to assist with additional information, booking assistance etc.

The gîte is situated in a peaceful, quiet area and there are plenty of things to do locally (fabulous markets, walks, swimming lakes, canoeing, cycling) and the owners also provide a selection of bikes to borrow - bring your own cycling helmets.

We particularly enjoyed the canoeing from Brantôme, the market at Piégut and the lake at St Èstephe.

We had a great holiday and have no hesitation in recommending this holiday/property - we are considering returning ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We look forward to seeing you again one day. Gill and Pat
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What a wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say what a wonderful place to have a holiday. The gite was beautiful, we stayed in La Noix and it was perfect for our family of 4. It was clean and homely. The garden and pool were amazing! Kept the kids amused for ages! And we certainly had a giggle testing out the bikes that Gill and Pat have provided :-).

Gill and Pat couldn't have been better hosts, made us feel so welcome and were always on hand to help us if we needed it.

There is loads of stuff to do in the surrounding area including markets and very pretty villages/ towns to look around and all are within easy driving distance, again Gill and Pat were really helpful and gave us directions to anywhere we needed.

There are some fab places to eat near by which serve really good food, we were a little limited as we have 2 young...fussy children but most restaurants were brilliant and catered for the younger customer :-).

There is even stuff to do if the weather isn't fab we went to visit the ex police horses and if you don't mind a bit of a drive there is a brilliant indoor swimming pool which the kids loved!

Overall we had a wonderful holiday and we will be booking our trip for 2017!

Thank you so much Gill and Pat :-)

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Th Perfect French Holiday

  • 5 of 5

La Noix was our perfect base for a perfect family retreat! I long to go back! The property itself was really clean & well presented. Crisp, clean, white sheets made the bedrooms stand out & the living space was a great size although we hardly spent any time inside! There were some DVD's which the kids watched a couple over lunchtimes while cooling down. Good sized kitchen and nice shower room. We loved the patio area at the side of the Gite with the chimney BBQ which was used LOTS! The grounds were fantastic & well maintained. The kids (7&9) had plenty to keep them entertained when they weren't either in the pool or sleeping! The swimming pool was a great temperature, well looked after and always nice & clean. We enjoyed many an evening sitting round the campfire or under the fairy lights by the centre table with the other couples who were with us in the other Gites. Gill & Pat made it very easy for us to enjoy the stay with just the right level of presence by hosts. Arranging a portable Air Con unit for our sons room made all the difference to our stay & really was them going above & beyond. The local market is a must if you are here on a Wednesday. We also went canoeing on the River Dordogne which was a highlight of the holiday & only 30 minutes away in the car from the Gite. I managed to go out running & road cycling most days and it is a perfect base for some challenging hilly runs & cycles. We had the kids bikes with us but felt the cycle to the local village was too hilly for them to manage in the heat of the day. We really hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
St Estephe
Car: necessary


The Perigord Limousin Nature Park is famous for its natural lakes, and there are two large bathing lakes within 15 minutes drive, at St Estephe and St Mathieu, which have safe bathing with lifeguards, sandy beaches, pedalos, children's activities, woodland walks, cafes and bars. The Atlantic coast is 2 - 2.5 hours drive away.


We are about 7 hours driving time (plus stops) away from Calais. Limoges and Angouleme airports are about 50 minutes drive from Les Arbres. If you arrive by air, a hire car is essential and there are a range of providers at the airports. From Limoges: Ryanair fly to Bournemouth, Bristol, Nottingham / East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Luton and Stansted. FlyBe fly to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Manchester and Southampton.


The nearest village of Champniers is about 1.5 miles away, and has a good boulangerie and restaurant. The village of St Barthelemy is about 3 miles away and features the famous Presbytere restaurant with its 5 course meal for 13 euros and beautiful views from the terrace. There are many other excellent local restaurants. See our website for more information about our favourite restaurants, great free days out and fun activities.

Further Details:

Les Arbres is nestled deep in the heart of the Perigord Limousin Nature Park. This is the famous 'Perigord Vert' region of the Dordogne, characterised by forests of nut and pine trees, heaths, lakes and wildlife. This beautiful region has retained its character and remains tranquil and unspoilt. The area is famous for its farm products, including foie gras, nut oils, truffles, nuts, ceps and duck products. You can buy fresh local produce at our local market at Piegut on Wednesdays. Our local village has food fairs on summer evenings which are great fun for locals and tourists. Wildlife is abundant, and there are red deer, red squirrels, wild boar, orchids and buzzards near Les Brousses. You will even find a pair of protected Green Lizards nesting near our Cottage! There is a wealth of treasures and heritage to explore in the area from caves, chateaux, medieval cities and picturesque villages along with some spectacular scenery. Whether you prefer cycling, trekking, fishing, horse-riding or canoeing down the rivers, wandering through the quaint old towns or eating and drinking, there is plenty to see and do. Free days out include market day in Piegut and Brantome, swimming lakes, cycling and walking, visiting villages such as Brantome and the 'Plus Beaux Villages de France' of St Jean-de-Cole and Aubterre-sur-Dronne, or just lazing in the garden. Other days out include canoeing (very popular with all our guests), the Grotte de Villars with its prehistoric cave paintings, stalactites and stalagmites, fishing , 10 pin bowling in a lovely village, go-karting, visiting chateaux, the WW2 site of Oradour-sur-Glane, the Perigord heritage village of Le Bournat, the Acquarium at Le Bugue, the spooky Maison Forte de Reignac, the fabulous overhanging Gardens at Marqueyssac and the gardens of the imagination at Terrasson. Please visit our website for more information.