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Converted Stone Gite in an Orchard. La Petite Maison.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Converted gite in Savignac-Ledrier, Dordogne, France - Views onto Rolling Countrysid

A charming, converted stone gite in a peaceful fruit orchard in rolling Dordogne countryside. Sunny stone patio with views over large gardens, patio dining table and chairs, 2 sun loungers. There are many lovely spots to eat in the garden. In season there are cherry, greengage, fig, pear nectarine, plum, apricot, peach, and apple trees as well as blackcurrant and other fruit bushes trees. Mature cedar and chestnut trees. La Petite Maison enjoys relative privacy in the grounds of the main house (ask about also renting our charming cabin, sleeps 1 or 2).

david lambert
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

About david lambert

David and Michele are both Francophiles and have lived in France a collective 10 years. When not in Cambridge where we teach at Anglia Ruskin University, we run intensive French residential courses in our house, 'Le Verger' (Dordogne) and its converted gite in the grounds, La Petite Maison. Both enthusiastic 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. Ask about our Writers' Retreats for creative writers which we have been running successfully for 6 years. Also ask about our new Mindfulness and Creativity course.

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 memoire 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....

david lambert purchased this cottage in 2004

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We loved our stay at The Piggery. It was so peaceful and there were loads of things to visit with the kids. Swimming in the Rouffiac lake and spotting buzzards and jays on walks was wonderful. The inky starry night skies of la France profonde were fabulous.' - J. Kline, London SW 5
Nov 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Mesmin in Périgueux

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly installed bathroom with shower, sink, wc.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One large high ceiling mezzanine bedroom with large double mattress placed on the sea-grass floor to form a king size bed. Views onto front and rear gardens and large velux roof window. Ask about renting one of our two charming cabins ( each sleeps 1)
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: 'The Piggery' makes an ideal getaway retreat for 2 sleeping up in the large daylight illuminated mezzanine upstairs. Larger parties (up to 12) may also wish to book one of our two Cabins (each sleeps 1) which stand in the grounds, or the main house, Le Verger (sleeps 8) (contact owner for details). Please ask about pets. Free WiFi. Outside: Sunny stone patio (3 x 6m) 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, apple, greengage, fig, pear nectarine, peach, plum and apple trees as well as blackcurrant and other fruit bushes trees. Mature cedar and chestnut trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All laundry except towels is provided with a cleaning charge of 40 euros payable direct to the housekeeper at key handover at the same time as security deposit of 150 euros. Please empty the fridge and rubbish bins before leaving. Other: Stone terrace for dining with open views over orchard.


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Converted Stone Gite in an Orchard. La Petite Maison.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an idyllic stay in 'The Piggery' at Le Verger. It is cosy and comfortable, very private and perfect for a get-away-from-it-all holiday, which is what we wanted. Uninterrupted views over beautiful rolling countryside, peaceful and unspoilt but with comfy bed and a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. We had a truly relaxing holiday, with a few days spent exploring the area with its leisure lake and original cave art. We will definitely come again.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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traditional charm with contemporary comfo

  • 5 of 5

Le Verger is a beautiful old stone maison in the French provincial style, set in glorious rolling countryside, with views of unspoilt nature all around. It is also close to pretty villages, an old forge, a leisure lake, ancient perigord towns and the Dordogne river. We loved exploring the area and the famous Lascaux caves too. The house was equipped with everything necessary for our stay including a large kitchen diner including up to date mod cons and spotless rooms with comfortable beds.

We will be returning to Le Verger in future as it is perfect for our family holidays.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Limoges and Brive
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Les Forges Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
75 Kilometres
Limoges and St yriex
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Les Forges
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
rouffiac lake
Car: necessary

Cleaning 40 euros paid locally to housekeeper.

Special interest holidays:

Go to www.retreatfrance.co.uk for the following courses at Le Verger:

Writing Retreats.

Mindfulness and Creativity Retreats.

French courses (A level revision, general or holiday French).

"English in France"


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.


Fly Ryanair or Flybe to Limoges airport (70kms) from London Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Edinburgh Charleroi. Also Bergerac (110 km) airport. Fly Amsterdam to Brive (40 km). Le Harvre ferry port is a 7 hours drive.


Savignac-Ledrier village (1.5km): bread depot, restaurant, cafe, post office. Both Payzac and Lanouaille villages (7km) have supermarkets, banks, boulangeries, restaurants, open market. Rouffiac Lake and Leisure centre (water skiing, boating, swimming 12km). Horse riding (2km), Pompadour boasts its Chateau, the national stud and hors (12km), Hautefort Chateau and gardens (20kms), Visit prehistoric art caves at Lascaux (45km) and troglodyte caves at Les Eyzies. Sarlat (70km).

Further Details:

'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 restaurant here 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. There is a wealth local markets within a few kilometres, Objat on a Sunday morning and Excideuil markets on Thursday are popular. Recently opened is the Domaine d'Essendieras (8km) an impressive 18 century estate with BBQ nights to life accordion music in the grounds as well as upmarket dining, golf and swimming. Hugely 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 Pomadour 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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

50% deposit to reserve the property, with balance payable 8 weeks before your stay. Security deposit of 150 euros in cash on arrival. Cleaning fee of 40 euros to be taken from deposit. 60 euros when 4 guests stay.
Changeover Day: Flexible during the year but Saturday in July and August
Notes on prices: Refundable Breakages deposit of 150 euros cash to be left with housekeeper. Cleaning fee of 40 euros (to be taken from the deposit). Thee two Cabins (guests use the Piggery bathroom) with own verandas (2 x 2.5) in the garden 30 m from the Piggery can be rented by arrangement for £90/wk each +10 euro cleaning fee (each sleeps 1). Possibility of having 2 beds in one of the cabins for sharing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.