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Spacious Cottage With Lovely Views And Garden/woodland, Privately Situated

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Saint Pardoux La Riviere, Nr. Nontron, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location, Rural Retreat But Only 3 Km To Amenities

La Maison d'Amis is a traditional detached stone Perigourdin cottage located within Perigord /Limousin Regional Natural Park. This one bedroom property is spacious and airy with wonderful high ceilings and stone walls. Separated by a courtyard and large barn from the owners house it is very private and has it's own garden with views across the valley and meadow and backing onto a small wood where you are free to walk the footpaths which the owners keep clear. Great for bird watchers and nature lovers, we have seen black woodpeckers, tree creepers, nut hatches and hoopoes amongst many others .It is an ideal retreat for a peaceful break, perfect for couples or friends. The road to Chez Neymard and La Maison d'Amis is literally on the way to nowhere, we are at the end of a single track road, so peace and quiet is assured. The owners cultivate willows in their garden for their basket making workshop and have a studio/atelier which guests are welcome to visit and watch the basket making process.

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2017


Adrian and I ran our willow basket making business in England since 1985. We moved to France in 2013 to semi retire, still growing our willows and selling our baskets but hopefully working a bit less. (well that was the plan!!) Since moving here I have concentrated on our organic garden and the gite and Adrian is busy with baskets and courses. We live here full time now, our son attends the college in Nontron and if we have free time we like to head off in our camper to continue the pleasures of discovering La Belle France.

RUTH CHARLTON purchased this cottage in 2013

Why RUTH CHARLTON chose Dordogne

We always enjoyed living in the country in the UK and wanted a similar rural setting in France. Although we know Provence better than the Dordogne we prefer the landscape and the climate in this part of France so decided to concentrate our search in The Perigord Vert. When we first saw Chez Neymard and La Maison d'Amis we were smitten and since moving here we have discovered what makes this part of the Perigord so appealing. There is a gentleness and intimacy about the view of the valley from La Maison d'Amis and even on grey days the mists that hang in the valley slowly lift to reveal the church steeple of nearby Champs Romain to the north and the patchwork of fields and broadleaved woodlands to the east.

What makes this cottage unique

La Maison d'Amis is ideally suited for couples looking for a relaxing break in an unspoilt rural location.

Newly renovated and in it's second season it is perfect for walking, birdwatching, swimming, (St Saud Lake, 6.5 miles), kayaking on the Dronne, cycling or just taking it easy and enjoying the fresh air and tranquility.

People with a love of crafts will enjoy the basket studio and workshop and could combine a course with a break for a holiday with a difference.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Champs-Romain in the Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly fitted en-suite bathroom to bedroom with corner shower, toilet, wash basin, heated towel rail. Characterful stone walls, old fireplace, beamed ceiling and tiled floor. Wardrobe
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom - Lovely, light room with double bed and en-suite bathroom. French doors onto patio/garden,views over valley. Looks east so beautiful sunrises. We also have a single "put you up" bed if needed for a child/extra adult.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Welcome pack on arrival. The owners are available if needed, found usually either in their vegetable garden or the basket making workshop. Please note, we do not have central heating. For the cooler months there are two Wood burners which are easy to use and very efficient. We make a small charge for wood, sold by the basket. Outside: The property has a lovely courtyard which has both sunny and shaded spots, flowerbeds and pots. Outdoor table and chairs in courtyard. The French windows from the bedroom open out onto a patio and garden to the east with views across the valley and meadow. Outdoor table, sun shade, chairs, sun loungers, barbecue. To the rear of the cottage is a further seated area with picnic table backing onto woodland. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Please bring your own beach towels. We clean the property before you arrive on Saturdays and change all towels and linen weekly. Other: Lovely quaint outside second toilet in courtyard. Use of tumble dryer if needed Table tennis table in barn and petanque


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


A Stunning property in the peaceful French Countryside.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful few days here in what my wife and I both agreed was the nicest and best-equipped property we had stayed at in all our trips to France over the years. The facilities were excellent, and the property had been very well converted into accommodation.

It is next to the owners property, but completely separate and peaceful. The views are lovely and we particularly enjoyed taking our morning coffee and evening glass of wine sitting out on the patio.

Ruth and Adrian are charming hosts and very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. They were always on hand if we needed them but we had complete privacy.

A very nice touch was the already burning log burner when we arrived after our long drive. It was a lovely touch and added to the cosy-feel of the cottage.

There are so many places to visit in the surrounding area that we would need many more life times in order to do them all! However, Adrian and Ruth had compiled a very helpful 'Top Ten' list!

We had wonderful sunny weather, which always makes a difference, but we had excellent days out at 'Beynac' and the lake at Jermay.

This is certainly an area we will be coming back to and unreservedly recommend Ruth and Adrian's gite as a base for your exploration of this beautiful corner of France.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glorious, peaceful and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a wonderful place this is. Shame we couldn't have stayed longer than a week! The pictures and other reviews sold it to us and it certainly didn't disappoint. Set in amongst woodland and rolling fields with lush views, we loved the 3 outdoor seating areas and the bench down a path for watching the stunning sunsets from. The cottage is spacious, the kitchen well equipped and the decor tasteful and matching the beauty of the building. We stayed in the summer but with the log burners it would be super cosy in winter too. The hosts (and little dog) were very friendly and made us feel welcome. A tranquil rural setting but lots of places are within driving distance - bring swimming costumes for the nearby lake beach!

Can't recommend highly enough, and such good value for money. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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One of the nicest Gites we've stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

We received a warm welcome on arrival. The accommodation was all we hoped for and more. The setting is rural and peaceful but close enough to local shops to get shopping easily. Lots of pretty and interesting places to visit within a reasonable driving distance. We found many good restaurants where we ate well for a good price. Adrian and Ruth were excellent hosts. We had a great holiday and will definitely return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A room with a view! Beautiful cottage with bedroom doors to fling open and overlook the hills

  • 5 of 5

Delightful cottage in a tranquil setting. Our wonderful hosts gave us a warm welcome and were always happily available when needed. The cottage facilities are excellent including satellite tv/ wifi and much care and attention to detail has been taken in decoration and home furnishings-not a cobweb in sight! An ideal setting for two wanting a peaceful getaway yet not far from many local places for sightseeing and leisure activities.We would definitely recommend booking a stay here to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gem of a place

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the property sold it to us. The Gite and owners property are a little off the beaten track around 2.5km outside of St Pardoux La Riviere which is a small town having a couple of restaurants and a decent supermarket. Ruth met us on arrival and showed us around and we were very impressed. There was a nice welcome pack of esentials as well as a bottle of wine. The Gite is so spacious for two people and extremely well equipped with everything you need. It was very clean and tastefully decorated. We loved having breakfast on the patio just outside the bedroom as well as the suntrap courtyard at the front of the Gite where we had our evening meal and admired the peace and tranquility. The countryside is beautiful in the surrounding area and there are plenty of places to visit locally. Ruth provides a house book with many suggestions which we followed up. Couldn't fault the Gite and both Ruth and Adrian make you feel very welcome. We would love to return in the future and can thoroughly recommend the property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments. We try to suggest places to visit that we have enjoyed but with so much on offer many guests discover their own little gems and add them to the visitors book. Glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Prettiest gite in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

This gite has been designed with comfort and style in mind and an eye for detail. The kitchen might be small, but it is perfectly formed and has all the important stuff you need to enjoy your rural French break - and the homemade apricot conserve and strawberries waiting in the fridge didn't hurt, either! The gite is full of wonderful architecural details - like the waney edged wooden inlays between the beams throughout and the view of the stars from the very comfy bed was an added bonus. Ruth and Adrian are warm and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. If you don't already love handmade baskets, you'll be signing up to come back for a course by the time your holiday is over. There are baskets throughout the gite and they are all truly lovely.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the basket course. Hope we will see you again in the future and good luck with the basket making.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2016 Rate 1
4 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2016 Rate 2
27 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2016 Rate 3
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To book please contact the owners by email or telephone to confirm your availability.
We request a deposit of 25% of the total amount.. The remainder is to be paid 6 weeks before the arrival date.
We also take winter lets and can offer special rates for a month or more. Please ask for details.
Shorter stays by arrangement from £50 per night.
Security deposit of £100 for damages payable on arrival and refunded on departure.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day at La Maison D'amis is usually Saturday but other days possible by arrangement. Shorter stays or long term lets please enquire.. We ask that you leave by 10 am and arrive after 4 pm which gives us time for cleaning and any garden work we may need to undertake around the property.

Notes on prices:
Prices include the use of all bath towels, bed linen, gas, water, electricity and WiFi.
Wood for heating in the winter months can be bought direct from the owners at a reasonable cost.

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