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

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018


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 Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière

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 Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière in Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Wood for the wood burners is available to buy in the colder months. We charge ten euros for a very large log basket, please ask.
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 ...
  • Games ...
  • 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


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average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I could write a book about this place if I was good with words. Don't know where to start... we arrived on 26/05/2018 stayed for one week. The weather wasn't the best but that didn't affect us. That place is lovely when it rains, magnificent when it's dry and peaceful all the time. Adrian and Ruth have done a great job with inside and outside of the villa. We spent most of our time outside the bedroom, enjoying the beautiful views and bird songs. If you like peace and tranquillity, clean air, good food and great wine than don't look further.

Hope to return soon.


Adrian and Ruth, thank you ever so much for sharing your beautiful place and wishing you all the best for the future.

Bekim and Kim

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The property was lovely and airy with plenty of space.It was beautifully furnished and homely

  • 5 of 5

If you want a get away holiday, this is it!!!

We had a very chilled time and couldn't recommend it enough.

It was very secluded and the view was lovely. You never see anyone "just passing" and traffic certainly isn't a problem. Idyllic is the best word. It's beautiful and quaint, homely but spacious. Adrian and Ruth are very friendly and informed. They're very discreet but available if needed, a lovely couple. They also make wicker baskets etc, choice is endless and quality is second to none.

The Dordogne is a beautiful area of France with lots of markets and places to visit.

We hope to return again x

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a lovely location.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very romantic gite which is very well finished and presented. It is an old building which has been modernised to a high standard. Lovely scenic location. Really enjoyed our visit. Would highly recommend. Thank you Ruth and Adrian.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb gite in an idyllic setting in the beautiful French countryside!

  • 5 of 5

From first contact with the owners we knew we had found something special. Great communication and so helpful. On arrival we were greeted with a nice welcome pack and friendly introductions. The gite is perfect for getting away from it all yet close enough to all the major sights, so makes an ideal spot to explore this beautiful part of the world. Inside everything you could need is provided for and in excellent condition. The owners live next door and are on hand if you want them but leave you with total privacy if not. The best stay yet. Can't wait to be back soon!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage and such fantastic hosts .

From the moment we arrived the owners were great helping out with anything we needed. The cottage is beautiful and every attention to detail has been catered for. There was nothing you could fault and everything spotless and beautiful . The marmalade made for you was to die for.

The scenery is amazing and the area around the cottage lovingly cared for.

We would recommend friends and family to visit and would love to revisit ourselves

5 star luxury

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Saint Saud Swimming Lake and Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2018 Rate 2
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2018 Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 Rate 4
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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