|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This is the original farmers cottage which has now been completely refurbished to the highest standards with the whole of the downstairs as an open plan living room and kitchen. It retains the rustic rendered walls which contrast nicely with the modern granite surfaced kitchen. There is a wood burning stove for the early and late season visitors which is very cosy and romantic.
The kitchen itself has a dishwasher, fridge and separate freezer (for all the ice-cream). The cooker has an induction hob and electric oven.
The cottage overlooks the meadows, play areas, woodlands and pool.
The two bedrooms upstairs comprise one with a large double bed and the other has two single wrought iron beds all with sumptuous mattresses.
The bathroom has a full length bath and a large walk in shower as well as loo and basin.
Sol du Mazel is situated in a most beautiful, quiet rural setting, yet it is close enough to the village to take a morning stroll down the age old footpath to the local boulangerie for fresh croissants.
Situated in the Dordogne, near Domme, Daglan and Castlenaud, nestled in 4 acres of its own land the two gîtes overlook a walnut orchard and wild flower and grass meadow. On the other side of the valley the woods are the home to deer and wild boars which can often be seen at dawn if you manage to get up that early.
Rest and relax by the gorgeous 12 x 5 m swimming pool (heated from May through to end Sept - so that it is still pleasant).
Watch the children play on the trampoline or the climbing frame while the grown-ups might build up the energy to read a book in a hammock.
Later enjoy a barbecue outside sitting under the shade of the abri, or perhaps visit the gourmet restaurant in the village (remember to book). From the end of June to the end of August every Saturday evening the village square and road is taken over by the ‘Marché Gourmand Nocturne’ which can best be described as a street party where everyone is welcome and all sorts of food and drink are on tap.
We wanted to create a holiday home that was a happy place; overflowing with love and laughter; safe but filled with adventure. We wanted a place that can be special for someone at every age. Whether still feeding from a high-chair; learning to dive or swim a width for the first time; climb a tree fort; explore the woods; sunbathe ,read, walk, cycle or canoe; or simply drink fine wines and taste gourmet local cheeses.
We designed our holiday home to be like this because we knew that as our family grew we wanted it to be the place each person could look forward to returning to the following year. We wanted a place where memories could be created, where the photos are simply aide-memoirs to the joyful experiences shared together.
Katie & Andy Tanswell purchased this cottage in 2010
Sol du Mazel is nestled into an idyllic rural setting , with the two gîtes looking over the meadow up towards a small woodland from which deer and wild boar can sometimes be seen at dawn. Sol du Mazel is just a short walk from the beautiful village of St Pompon, is nestled into the lovely mix of undulating land covered in woods and meadows, where poppies add a splash of colour to every roadside. The textured sandstone houses of the villages in the area are so picturesque they could easily be described as the ‘Cotswolds’ of France. Yet when we bought the place in 2010 the property was a far cry from what it is now. The cottage was, to say the least, in ‘a state’ and the barn was just that, a barn which years ago had been used to dry tobacco.
We set about not just restoring but re-invigorating. The two gîtes at Sol du Mazel are Hope Cottage and Rose Barn. Both have huge open-plan downstairs rooms built to the highest of standards and quality. Large doors connect you with the outside living space where many a meal is enjoyed in the cool of the morning or warmth of the evening sun. The bedrooms, with the chestnut wood floors and wrought iron beds are so quiet and peaceful it is hard not to have a wonderful night of sleep.
Its a simply beautiful setting. Somehow we manage to notice how loud the birdsong seems to be, yet never breakings the peace and quiet we feel.
Normally the loudest noise is the splashes from the pool and the laughter of our children.
5* review left on TripAdivisor Jun 24, 2016 for a stay in Jun 2016
Hope Cottage is situated in a really sweet village a manageable drive from Bergerac airport. The village is a short, picturesque walk from the cottage and conveniently has a small supermarket, boulangerie and restaurant. We had a really wonderful time staying in the cottage. The weather was lovely, and there was a delightful family in Rose Barn who we got on really well with. The pool was beautifully warm with so many toys there was never a dull moment, and the fabulously equipped garden kept the children entertained for hours. We ate wonderfully, enjoying a barbecue most nights, having shopped in Sarlat with it's enormous supermarket(s). The welcome pack was most helpful with loads of comprehensive instructions and ideas for activities suitable for all weathers. It was great that the house came with wifi too! We had such a great time and are hoping to return next year.
Hope Cottage is exactly what springs to mind you imagine your perfect French Gite holiday. Beautiful location, beautiful facilities, everything thought of and everything taken care of. However you're travelling - with kids, as a couple or anything else you'll find what you want here.
Everything is spotless and done to a very high standard. The kitchen has almost everything you need to cook (including a set of scales which is very useful if you want to make croissants, which I did), and there are lots of helpful suggestions if you want to eat out locally. It's peaceful and quiet and if you are travelling with kids it is very, very safe.
Beautiful grounds & kids loved running around the garden. Gite was very well equipped & clean, it had all the basic essentials needed for young children eg potties, high chairs, kids crockery & cutlery.
One downside was that was told that the pool would be heated which it wasn't and meant that the children couldn't really use it as too cold which was disappointing. On enquiring was told that they were trying to get pool engineer out so hopefully will be sorted for next guests.
The information provided was useful in describing what was available in Saint Pompont, do need to book to eat in the restaurant l'envie des mets, food was very good and local boulangerie does great chocolate almond croissants. Also check the local supermarket opening hours as tend to be a bit random. Very picturesque area & lots of places to explore.
Hope cottage is a fantastic place for a family holiday. The cottage itself was very clean, well equipped (fab induction hob and sharp knives, lovely walk-in shower!) and we enjoyed cosy evenings in watching movies. The terrace is perfect for sitting out to eat, drink and watch the kids play in the garden. We really enjoyed the pool area, lots of inflatables for the kids and hammocks and sun loungers for relaxing. There are lots of things to see and do within easy reach – beautiful hilltop towns and villages, castles, chateaus, dinosaur parks and caves etc. as well as traffic free cycle paths (make sure to pre-book bike hire in peak season) and of course canoeing down the Dordogne (which was a particular highlight for us and our two girls (4 & 6). Out of all the holidays we've had in France, I would definitely recommend this place above all!
We stayed in Hope Cottage for 10 nights and had a wonderful time. The gite was beautiful with all the equipment needed for holidaying with babies/children. The setting was peaceful and only a short walk into the local village. There is lots to see in the area within driving distance but the gite was so nice you may not want to leave it! We can't wait to visit again!
Myself, my husband and our eleven month old enjoyed a wonderful stay in hope cottage. It had everything we needed - lovely bedding, towels, spotless kitchen and equipment, lots of child friendly bowls and plates, oversized dog soft toys and rocking horses which our little girl loved, good BBQ and of course a veranda with sunset and a beautiful garden and pool. We explored the local area, walked down to the village for our croissants, relaxed and just generally existed. It was brilliant.
The only caveat is you do probably want to take gps if you are arriving in the dark and perhaps ask for some wood and paper to be left out if you know it's going to be cold. Otherwise, enjoy! We will be back we hope...
We're having a fabulous time and absolutely love rose cottage and our meadow, play area and pool. The cottage was spotless when we arrived and had everything we need for our nearly 3 year old and one year old - high chair, toys, plastic cutlery etc. It has a gorgeous french feel with beautiful furniture. There was also small items like picnic ware and good knives and pots and pans which make the holiday much nicer when cooking. The area is great with lots to do with smallies within a short distance. There are lovely markets for picking up fresh produce and foires on in different villages in the area. We would recommend it big time for families with or without toddlers.
The area is fabulous for those looking for fun activities or who want to explore the beauties of the region. Kayaking on the Dordogne is very popular with tours that allow you to start upstream and be collected hours later downstream. You could start in the amazing town of Castlenaud where three fairytale castles stand guard over the river beaches. Alternatively, Domme is the enchanting medieval market town which overlooks the river as it bends through the rich landscape below, explore the caves or take the miniature train around the town. La Roque-Gageac, on the northern shore is described as 'outrageously picturesque' and has an artist studio where you can certainly bargain to get a good deal on a beautiful original watercolour.
There are some wonderful vineyards in the area, some are very commercial - others very artisan and off the beaten track - certainly worth exploring.
Cyclists love the area and St Pompon is even host to the exciting and horizontally–challenged, dramatic, annual French VTT competition.
There are all sorts of caves with evidence of habitation dating to pre-historic times, châteaus and castles galore - check them out by hot air balloon; 5* gourmet restaurants the suspended gardens of Marqueyssac. The animal reserve at Calviac has some lovely lemurs but at Conquil they look back in time to the dinosaurs and cavemen (as well as tree adventure park).
There are town markets to explore pretty well every day of the week – you just need to know which day they are on.