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Maison de Maitre in Le Dorat - "Cedar House"



Updated: 02-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Maison de Maitre in Le Dorat - Quiet, pleasant location within walking distance to all amenities

This spacious Maison de Maitre has a welcoming, homely atmosphere. Its unusual roof terrace provides a peaceful relaxation area where one can take full advantage of the afternoon & evening sunset in private and the enclosed walled courtyard is perfect for al fresco breakfasts & BBQs. The house has two comfortable reception rooms, a separate dining room and a superb, well-equipped, fitted kitchen & ground floor shower room. On the first floor, 3 double bedrooms, 2 with en-suite, are comfortable and roomy. The master bedroom with 4 poster bed has a newly refurbished luxury bath & shower room en-suite with whirlpool spa bath & rainfall shower. The property has an integral garage which houses a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Parking is plentiful directly in front of the house, away from occasional passing traffic, and a gentle stroll takes you into the heart of this interesting town.

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About the Owner

Catherine Nolan
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
2 April, 2017

About Catherine Nolan

Our hope is to move to Le Dorat permanently when we retire but in the meantime we are happy for our home to be enjoyed by holidaymakers and visitors to the town. Currently living and working in the Middle East, we visit Le Dorat several times a year to unwind, soak up the relaxing atmosphere of rural France and enjoy good food & fine wines in a pleasant climate.

Our aim always is to make our guests feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable. Some of our guests, from as far afield as Australia, have now become good friends and we have had lots of return bookings.

We are constantly upgrading and making improvements.

Tom & Catherine

Guestbook comments from the owner


"We had a great time at your beautiful house, and a really relaxing holiday." Craytons
Jan 2010
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Guestbook comments from the owner


"We had a great time at your beautiful house, and a really relaxing holiday." Craytons
Jan 2010
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2 Reviews

5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


A perfect French hideaway.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here, the house is extremely comfortable and very well equipped. The improvements that have been made to this house, particularly the bathroom and wet room give it a real touch of luxury. The house is well situated, Le Dorat has everything you need within easy walking distance and is just a short hop to Bellac for a perfect day fishing by the old bridge then back to Le Dorat to watch the sun go down from the roof terrace - with a glass in hand.

Catherine made booking our holiday a pleasure, always helpful and quick to answer our emails. The special offer for couples made our holiday great value too! Thank you Catherine - we hope to return one day soon. Steve & Sue, Cardiff.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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"cedar house"

  • 5 of 5

we have stayed in this property three times now and we love it and will be returning later in the year. The property is very spacious and with the addition of a brand new wetroom and bathroom to the main bedroom it adds that extra bit of luxury.The property is ideally situated as a base to visit the surrounding countryside and the train station is a ten minute walk to visit the cities of Poitier or Limoges. There are many restaurants and shops in Le Dorat and the town has a beautiful cathedral to visit.All in all i can thoroughly recommend a stay in "Cedar House"

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Le Dorat is situated within France's Lake District, however if a trip to the coast is preferred, the historic coastal resort of La Rochelle is the nearest and in our opinion well worth a visit if you have time. Although it is approximately 2 hrs 30 mins drive away, you can enjoy a full day to include the historic sights and also take in some of the lively evening entertainment of La Rochelle's street artists & entertainers around the harbour area.


Limoges airport is only 40 minutes drive away; Ryanair provide a scheduled service all year round from several locations in the UK (London Stansted: East Midlands: Manchester) and additional locations seasonally). Flybe operate a service from Southampton & British Airways have also now started operating from Gatwick. Advise contact airlines' websites for updated information.

By car, Le Dorat is located within easy reach of the A20 motorway between Paris and Toulouse (and on to Spain), and the TGV rail service from Paris to Poitiers, connects by local train to Le Dorat.


Lac de Saint-Pardoux 30 mins drive

Limoges City 40 minutes

Poitiers 1 hour

Roumazières-Loubert (velo rail) - one hour.20 minutes

Paris 3.5 hours

Calais 6 hours

Further Details:

Le Dorat has a choice of restaurants in the town as well as a number of cafe/bars/bistros where you can sit outside and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Shops include antiques, newsagent/books, gift shop, high quality ladies and gents fashions and a factory outlet for Limoges pottery. There is also a Cinema which shows the latest films in English one night per week. There are 2 banks, ATM, post office,pharmacy and an excellent Tourist Information office with English speaking staff.

There are several equestrian events held in Le Dorat during June, July & August and a National Show jumping competition is held towards end of August/beginning of September.

Further afield the scenic lakes of Saint-Pardoux and Vassiviere, which offer sandy beaches, water sports, fishing and beautiful walks, are well worth a visit. Horse riding, walking, cycling, and fishing are particularly popular in the area. Please note a daily or weekly fishing licence may be required.

Places of historical interest nearby include Oradour sur Glane, a martyr village that has been left as it was since 1944 after being destroyed by the Nazis.

Many historical chateaux and churches can be found in the area, including the pretty 13th century chateau at Rochechouart, with its museum of modern art both indoors and out.

Also the Reynou zoo in Le Vigen (south of Limoges) is well worth a visit; La Vallee des Singes (Monkey Sanctuary), the Aquarium du Limousin in Limoges and Les Loups Des Chabrieres (wolf sanctuary) near the Guéret Forest.

A new Elephant Sanctuary is opening in the area during 2017 - please Google for updated information.

Further afield there is a Velorail track (a cross between a train and a bicycle) for a fun day out for both children and adults. This can be found at Roumazières-Loubert. Futuroscope, on the outskirts of Poitiers, offers an innovative theme park noted to be one of the best parks in France.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Changeover Day:
We prefer Saturday as our changeover day, however we can be flexible dependent upon availability.
Minimum let 7 nights.
Our door key arrangements ensure complete flexibility over arrival and departure times.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 02-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to Master bedroom - spacious en-suite luxury bathroom with rainfall shower, a double Whirlpool Spa bath, and mood lighting. En-suite shower room to Green bedroom Ground floor there is a shower room with power shower, wc & hand basin


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 x double beds) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with large 4-poster bed, spacious en-suite luxury bathroom with rainfall shower, a double Whirlpool Spa bath, and mood lighting.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Outside: Patio table and chairs with parasol in courtyard. Gas BBQ. Roof terrace has hardwood garden furniture with deep cushions, hardwood table & chairs, parasol, sun beds. Picnic equipment & beach towels available to borrow (deckchairs, coolbox, flasks) Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Includes all bed linen and a generous supply of towels. Local caretaker on call. Normal changeover day is Saturday - this can be flexible depending on demand. Other: Dining room with table and chairs, seats 8. Patio doors open out from Dining room into courtyard garden with an exterior table and chairs, parasol, gas BBQ. Courtyard also accessible via back door.

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