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



Updated: 14-Oct-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French

14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


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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Amazing Cottage..home from home

  • 5 of 5

Arrived at the cottage a litle early and were met by the owner Ruth and adorable Rosie the dog. We went off to the local supermarket (5 mins drive) and returned to be greeted by Ruth & Adrian, who showed us around the cottage. There was a lovely bottle of wine..butter & vegetables on the table and milk in the fridge, which was very welcoming...It is all you imagine from the pictures and more!! Cosy and very clean, everything you could possibly need for a peaceful & relaxing break...The cottage is in a rural area, but Is within easy reach of local town (5 min drive) and many lovely places worth seeing, Brantome was one of our favourites....unfortunately the weather wasn't great for us during our stay so we never made use of the lovely garden area.

I would recommend to family & friends without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful, rejuvenative

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful rustic gite, in a lovely rural woodland setting and ideal for the peaceful recuperative break we needed. The gite was impeccably clean, comfortable and well-equipped, with everything you might want. We particularly enjoyed the very spacious interior and tasteful décor of this characterful and beautifully converted barn, which made it a lovely relaxing environment in which to rest and potter - it is truly an aesthetic delight, inside and out! It was such a treat to be able to lie in bed and enjoy looking at the stunning views across the valley, and then stroll out onto the terrace for breakfast in the morning sunshine. With a choice of three sitting areas outside you can follow the sun as it moves throughout the day.

An extra bonus was the beautiful willow basket my partner treated herself to before we left, which she loves, made in Adrian’s workshop across the courtyard from the gite.

Many thanks to Ruth and Adrian for their friendly welcome and creating a fantastic place to stay - we would thoroughly recommend the Maison d’Amis

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again the future. We always appreciate it when a guest takes an interest in our baskets and the one your purchased gives you many years of pleasure.
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Peaceful in the middle of nowhere - La Maison d'Amis St Pardoux La Riviere

  • 5 of 5

We were really impressed by the property - very well equipped, comfortable and more than meeting our expectations. The gite has been refurbished to a very high specification with more space than we expected and a choice of outside sitting areas to relax and eat. It is in the middle of nowhere and ideal if, like us, you want to peace and quiet, interrupted only by birds and wildlife. The owners, on site, are welcoming and helpful but you would not really know they were there. Roger & Julia - August 2015

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for such a positive review, we would love to see you here again. Many thanks also for buying the three tumbler glasses you left for future guests, much appreciated for gin and tonics :)
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 65 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Saint Saud Swimming Lake and Beach at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Adrian runs residential, weekend courses and taster day willow basket making courses during the year from Atelier Chez Neymard. Have a look at the dates on the website if you would like to combine a holiday with learning a new skill.


There is a wonderful lake beach at St Saud Lacoussiere which is 7 miles from La Maison d'Amis. Life guards, sandy beach, bar and very clean warm water. Open all summer for swimming and all year for walking/fishing. Further afield there is St Estephe lake which is similar, lovely lakeside walks, sandy beach, bars, restaurant, about 20 minutes by car.


Nearest airport is Limoges, 50 mins by car. We are about 450 miles south-west of Calais and on auto routes can be reached in a day.

We are very rural and a car is essential.


Our nearest village is St Pardoux La Riviere, here you will find several bakers, butchers, chemists, hairdressers, bars, cafes, and a superb restaurant at the Hotel de France.

St Jean De Cole is 20 mins by car and is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Brantome, the "Venice of the Perigord" also 20 mins, has first class restaurants and a busy Friday market. The spectacular caves of Villars are 15 mins away. The cities of Perigueux, Angouleme and Limoges are all within 50 mins.

Further Details:

Markets are a part of everyday French life here in the Perigord which is renowned for the quality of it's food and drink. If you wanted to you could visit a different market almost everyday of the week. Monday tends to be quiet but Tuesday there is a small market in Saint Pardoux, Wednesdays is the famous Piegut Pluviers market. Thursday St Astier, Friday beautiful Brantome or bustling Riberac. Saturday try Thiviers or Nontron and on Sunday visit Jumilac le Grand both for the market and the impressive Chateau.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2016 Rate 4
3 Sep 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 14-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • 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

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