Cottage in Saint Pardoux La Riviere, Nr. Nontron, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location, Rural Retreat But Only 3 Km To Amenities
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About RUTH CHARLTON
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. Tastefully renovated and in it's fifth 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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Home from home
As soon as we arrived we knew that we had made a great choice. I remarked to Ruth that the photographs did not do it justice, beautiful and peaceful.
The hosts were attentive but certainly not invasive. This was the holiday that we really needed and we have fond memories already. I would recommend this to all of our friends, will we be back, you bet.
Thank you Ruth and Adrian, best wishes, Alex and Hayley.
A lovely little cottage, set in attractive garden and separated from the owners' house by a courtyard. Plenty of space inside and out.
Nearest town of St Pardoux is quiet but has everything you need, and lots of interesting places in the area easily reached by car.
Characterful cottage in tranquil woodland setting.
The cottage is well designed on one floor and has several outside seating areas.
We enjoyed the peace and quiet and wonderful views from the bedroom. The living/dining area was very comfortable. The cottage was shaded and lovely and cool to return to on a warm day.
Adrian and Ruth were very friendly; approachable and informative but never intrusive.
Périgord Vert is a rural; scenic part of the Dordogne with lots of walking trails and lakes to enjoy.
Lovely place, beautiful surroundings and very peaceful.
Fantastic cottage and views of the country side.
A place to chill and relax. Cottage is fantastic with great views of the surrounding areas. If you like peace and quiet and want a chilled holiday this cottage is for you.
My partner and I have just returned from a week long stay. The weather was perfect and the Perigord Vert is of course superb. This "Gite" is the very best self catering holiday (and holiday) that we have had .. unfortunately there are only 5 stars to award.
Adrian and Ruth have clearly spent a great deal of time creating and preparing the perfect location for anyone who wants to stay and it does show. And it is as if the local wildlife is in on the arrangements as well. For anyone who loves rural France or the countryside and dreams about a country idyll break without noise or interruption, here it is!
"Things to see and do" are in abundance in this area of France, whether you want culture or history, activities or the small rural town life, and many seem to be " .. about 20 minutes away". It's true. Admittedly there are many other attractions that are anything up to 45 minutes away .. but we ran out of time this year and the inclination to just stay in the garden and wander around the local woods was too great!
Even if you already live in a rural area of your own country (we do) but want a break somewhere new, our recommendation is to try out this lovely part of the world. Listing the wildlife will take up too much valuable time ..Thank you for a great stay.
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.
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.