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Stunning Rural Retreat with Wood-Fired Hot-Tub and Natural Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom gite set in 7 and a half acres of private meadow and woodland

This luxurious holiday gite is in a stunning area of the Dordogne countryside with many beautiful local walks on our doorstep.

Les Bardeaux Gite is at the end of a quiet little hamlet, within the Perigord Vert region of the Dordogne, but still close enough to enjoy local villages, towns and attractions, with our closest village just 3 and a half kms away, which offers a patisserie/boulangerie, post office, hairdressers, info site, pub and restaurant. Our nearest supermarket is just 15 minutes drive away. We are just 50 mins drive from Limoges airport.

Set in gorgeous grounds, ideal for families and dogs, we offer peace and tranquility and a chance to recharge your batteries. Our ethos is all about enjoying nature: with our own woodlands, meadow, natural swimming pool, wood-fired hot-tub and hammock seats for you to enjoy.

Les Bardeaux Gite is a very family-friendly place to stay. The gite itself has a child safety-gate at the top of the stairs, a baby bath, changing mat, cot, high chair and play-pen.

We also have an outside play area, with a swing/rope apparatus (including a baby swing) and a slide; and also a games area with boules (petanque), tennis, badminton, football, basketball, a mini ride-on toy tractor (pedal) and table-tennis.

From 2017 we will have a natural swimming pool, with a shallow paddling area for young children. It will be a really beautiful addition to our grounds.

Children also love our wood-fired hot-tub, which is lit at night with solar fairy lights. (Children must be supervised at all times by an adult for the pool and hot-tub).

We have a variety of bikes for guests to use for free, including a baby seat and a bike with stabilisers, although you will need to bring your own cycle helmets. The woods and the grounds here are a natural children's playground and children love the tractor and the quad bike!

Our hens are always extremely popular with children and we love it if they want to join us to feed them by hand and help collect the eggs.

We have our own very friendly and loveable working cocker spaniel, Molly. She loves people and other dogs and is always full of enthusiasm and energy. We understand how difficult it can be to find truly dog-friendly accommodation and whole-heartedly welcome your dog/s to Les Bardeaux Gite.

We are spoilt for choice for walks right on our doorstep and have 7 and a half acres of woodland and meadows for you to exercise your dog in. If you need a dog-sitter or dog-walker then I am always very willing to help, if I can. We can also provide a dog crate and/or doggy blankets.

We love nature and are trying to be as eco-friendly as we can. We recycle as much as possible; grow our own organic fruit and vegetables and keep free-range hens for lovely fresh eggs, all of which guests can buy when available; we have a wood-burning hot-tub for guests and a natural swimming pool. We do not need to use chemicals in the hot-tub or the natural swimming pool, so it is so much kinder on your skin and feels so much nicer to bathe in.

The area around Les Bardeaux is breath-taking. We have countless walks right on our doorstep, through woods and hamlets, around lakes and meadows. It is paradise for ramblers, nature lovers, dog-walkers and cycling.

Our nearest village, Abjat-sur-Bandiat, is just 3 and a half kms away. It is possible to walk there along the walking tracks and takes about 45 minutes. If you're not feeling that energetic, it is just a few minutes in the car, or a short cycle ride away.

La Ferme du Lac is a lovely 17th century restored farmhouse bar/restaurant nestles at the bottom of a wooded valley with its own lake. It’s a lovely place for relaxing over a drink in the sunshine. It is possible to walk there along the footpaths, taking about 45 mins. It is just a few minutes’ drive away, or you can cycle there.

Les Bardeaux is in the Perigord Vert (Green Perigord) region of the Dordogne where there are countless outdoor activities, towns/villages, historical buildings/chateaux and caves to visit.

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Tracy Moore
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Tracy Moore

We are Rob and Tracy and we moved here in February 2016 to follow our dream of living a life that is more about living and less about the 'rat race'. Tracy was a primary school teacher and assistant headteacher and was frustrated with working from dawn 'til bed-time with no time to enjoy life and family; Rob was an HGV2 driver who was fed up spending all his time in tailbacks.

We are passionate about nature and our vision is to make Les Bardeaux into a haven for wildlife and share it with people who feel the same way. We are very social and friendly and love to meet new people, so running a gite in the Dordogne was ideal for us. We have travelled to many countries in the past and hope that we can incorporate some of the things we loved and appreciated whilst travelling, to Les Bardeaux. We wanted to keep it small and intimate - a place where families/couples can have all the space and facilities to themselves. A real rural retreat.

Rob has always had a passion for bird-watching, which comes from his Dad. He is very knowledgeable about the bird-life locally. He is beginning to develop an interest in moths  (his Dad is extremely knowledgeable on this topic and was the moth expert and adviser for Martin on 'Springwatch' 2016) and butterflies, and because of this we have a moth-trap and a butterfly net, which guests are very welcome to use. 

Tracy also has a love for bird-watching (from both her Dad and step-dad), and is trying to learn more about the local butterflies, flowers, animals and foraging in the local area. She has a real passion for all nature. She loves walking and is the best person to ask about local walks, as she takes Molly, their dog, for miles every day. She is really interested in trying to become more and more self-sufficient, hence the foraging, the vegetable/fruit garden and the hens - she's the one to see if you want to buy any organic produce.  If she had her way, she would fill the grounds with a menagerie of animals!

Tracy Moore purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Tracy Moore chose Abjat-sur-Bandiat

We both love France, in particular the Perigord Vert region of the Dordogne, because it is less busy and touristy and, in our opinion, more lush and beautiful. We used to love our caravanning holidays in the Dordogne. Everything is easy to get to and close by: you don't have to exhaust yourself driving for hours to see places, which we've done in the past on holidays. The weather is a huge plus, as the summers are long, and lovely and hot. One momentous day (over a bottle of red wine) we decided that we would do it - start 'living the dream' and living life. Les Bardeaux was the very first house we looked at and we fell in love with it. We looked at another 30 properties, but nothing matched up to it. It had everything we wanted for our gite business: a high quality gite, which was ideal as a luxurious rural retreat; lots of land, including beautiful woodland; close to lots of attractions and stunning places to visit nearby; a nearby village with handy amenities, such as a boulangerie/patisserie; lots of fantastic walks on our doorstep; and quiet and peaceful! 

What makes this cottage unique

We hope that Les Bardeaux and its gite reflect a true love of nature and that our guests enjoy it as much as we do.

We are trying to be as eco-friendly as we can: hence the wood-fired hot-tub and natural swimming pool. We have designed the pool so that it is family-friendly, with a shallow paddling area for very young children. The hot-tub is absolutely fantastic - it's such a natural experience and there is nothing so lovely as relaxing in it, gazing up at the stars (which can be incredible out here), surrounded by solar fairy lights and candle-light. The hammock chairs, by the hot-tub and in the woods, are so relaxing and comfortable: it is easy to lose a few hours chilling out with a good book.

Our woods and meadows are ideal for a dog-friendly get-away and there are so many walks right on our door-step for you and your dog to enjoy. We want to make guests feel like this is a home from home. 

 We also grow our own organic fruit and vegetables as well has keeping hens for lovely fresh eggs, and Tracy makes her own jams, pickles and chutneys. Whenever possible we offer our produce to our guests to buy. 


Abjat-sur-Bandiat Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , There is a shower head also fitted to the bath taps
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Downstairs toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We have a quad bike and tractor that Rob is very happy to offer free 'fun rides' on.


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Stunning Rural Retreat with Wood-Fired Hot-Tub and Natural Swimming Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Delightfully quiet spot but not too far from anything u need

  • 5 of 5

The owners have provided everything u would need and more.Fantastic condition clean and tidy, Tracy and Rob go out of their way to ensure you have a great time nothing is too much trouble. The natural pool is a fantastic new addition.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely fantastic guests! So friendly and lovely; they were a complete pleasure to have to stay. The care and consideration they took with the gite was wonderful. They left the gite spotless! We highly recommend them.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Entente Cordiale
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Cloche
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Saint Saud Lacoussiere
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $246.12

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.