Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Beautiful holidays homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Welcome to Rural Gites

Three stunning barn conversions, each with their own private terrace, share a salt water swimming pool in the Dordogne region of south west France.

The family friendly gites have been developed to create a comfortable self catering holiday experience in the heart of the Foret de La Double national park in the Perigord blanc. Set in the hamlet of Chadenne within the ancient forest, the properties offer a tranquil setting for relaxing days by the pool and star gazing at night. 

The properties have attractively landscaped gardens and share outside space both around and away from the pool terrace and are perfect for a relaxing family holiday experience. They have been fitted out with high quality furnishings such as hand forged iron beds from Nights in Iron soft furnishings from Nkuku and other items from Design Vintage to provide the urban meets rural vibe.

The ancient forest location offers a variety of flora and fauna with many opportunities for both bird and animal watching. The spring sees the distinctive Hoopoe and beautiful Red Kites nesting, cuckoos and woodpeckers making their familiar noise and swifts to nest in the eaves of the barns. There are many other garden birds who visit every day. At night you will be serenaded by the barn and screech owls.

The forest is also perfect for walking enthusiasts as the occupation of 'randonne' or hiking is very popular in this area. The forest is criss crossed with walking routes and offers cool shade for summer walking and great opportunities to see the local flora and fauna such as the Roe deer. 

The gites are close to several cycle routes called 'Sentiers du Perigord' for safe off road family holiday cycling. Dordogne cycle hire will deliver to the gites to make your cycling experience stress free. They cater for cyclist of all ages and sizes including tag alongs and bike seats for our younger guests.

The gites are located in the quieter, less populated part of the Dordogne with a wealth of beautiful villages and markets on its door step;  and are styled with high quality furnishings providing an urban feel to compliment the rural vibe with furniture and  accessories from Nights in Iron, Nkuku and Design Vintage.  

You will be greeted with a welcome pack brimming with wines and foodstuffs for which the Perigord is famous; some of the items will be made from foodstuffs grown on site or foraged nearby.

We are passionate about reducing our carbon footprint at Rural Gites so on arrival all guests are provided with a personal water bottle to refill each day to stay hydrated in the warm weather and reduce your holiday plastic. You are welcome to take it home with you after your holiday!

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Converted from a traditional longere farmhouse in 2004, further refurbishments in 2016 have brought this house into the 21st century. The house has a contemporary feel, an open plan living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. The 3 bedrooms, two ensuite, are fitted with hand forged iron beds and furnished to a high standard. The fermette is accessed by a gentle slope to the front.

Living area - open living space with modern sofas, comfy chairs and stylish modern furniture. It has a contemporary wood burner for those chillier evenings. There is an LED TV with English free view channels, DVD player and Wi-Fi.

Kitchen - contemporary kitchen fitted with all the holiday chef will require. There is a large dishwasher and fridge.

Dining room - the dining area is fitted with Hulsta furniture for an elegant dining experience.

Bedroom 1 - luxurious hand forged iron four poster bed. En suite bathroom and shower tiled from floor to ceiling in travertine marble.

Bedroom 2 - luxurious hand forged four poster bed. En suite wet room tiled from floor to ceiling with travertine marble.

Bedroom 3 - stylish bateaux lit bed. Separate bathroom with a walk in shower tiled from floor to ceiling in travertine marble.

Outside - step from the kitchen to a private terrace for morning coffee and sundowners.

There is ample parking space for two vehicles.

Child friendly equipment is provided on request.

All linen and all towels are provided.

Converted in 2016 Cepe, named after the delicious local mushroom found in the forest, sleeps 4. Cepe has an open plan layout with a contemporary kitchen, lounge and dining space. The gite showcases the history of its previous life with original oak beams and beautiful terracotta brick feature wall.
Furnished with stylish sofas and stylish modern furniture the room is complete with an LED TV with English free view channels, DVD player and Wi-Fi. There is a selection of DVD's, books and family games or those quieter indoor moments.

Kitchen - contemporary kitchen is fully equipped with all equipment required for the holiday chef, fine bone china and quality cutlery. There is a dishwasher and washing machine.

Living room - comfortable sofas, BOSE sound system, coffee table and books for the relaxing moments.

Dining area - a round contemporary table and chairs for indoor dining.

Bedroom 1 - high ceilings and a large window make this room a beautiful space to sleep. Fitted with luxurious hand forged iron four poster bed with crisp white linen, a large chest of drawers and a hanging unit.

Bedroom 2 - fitted with two hand forged iron single beds with crisp white linen, and a hanging unit.

Bathroom - this is an elegant space tiled from floor to ceiling with travertine marble and fitted with contemporary white ware. There is a free standing bath large enough for two and a beautiful walk in shower.

Outdoor living - the indoor living space moves smoothly outside through the pocket doors to a large oak covered private abri for that indoor-outdoor holiday living. The view from this space is beautiful in the early morning with the sun rising over the fields and forest. The space is also perfect for that glass of something sparkling in the evening sunshine. There is a fire pit and BBQ, dining table, chairs and bench.

All linen and towels are provided.

Child friendly equipment is provided on request.

Conversion from a traditional French barn is planned for Autumn 2018. This large contemporary space is named after the local deer which live in the woods and are often seen in the gardens. The apartment will have 3 bedrooms, one en suite. There is a large open plan and accessible living and eating space and a large private terrace over looking the swimming pool and gardens. 

Booking Information:

Conversion commences in Autumn 2017,  this top floor apartment named after the local wild boar will have the best views over the Foret de la Double. There will be 3 bedrooms, one en suite, and a large open plan living and eating space. The apartment will benefit from a large private balcony and a view over the fields to the forest beyond. Star gazing from this space is incredible!


The gite will be furnished with the same high quality urban rural vibe as Cerf.

Booking Information:


To check the availability, select the month that you're interested in and you will see the availability for any of the gites where the grid is displaying in green.

To view the price for any cottage, please click on an available start date (our changeover days are Saturdays) and request the number of nights you want.  You can book online by completing the booking form, or you can call or email us if you have any questions or would prefer to book by phone ( +33 (0)7 89 23 78 42 OR +44 7877 098955). The price you see is the price you pay.

Chadenne In the Foret de La Double in the heart of rural Dordogne

Enjoying holidays in Chadenne and the Perigord Things to do, things to see, clouds and stars, cycling, markets and gardens and our Taste of France wood fired oven cookery courses

Here at Chadenne we really understand that your holidays are well earned time with family and friends and encourage you to take time to relax, breathe deeply, marvel at the big sky and play together. The pool is heated all year and there are plenty of spaces to relax in the guest gardens. If you are very quiet you will be treated to views of the wonderful wildlife and birds.

The skies here at Chadenne are huge and sometimes we see some fantastic cloud formations. We encourage you to look up and see which ones you recognise. We are members of the Cloud Appreciation Society and each gite has a cloud selector wheel to help with identification.  At night the stars are incredible. We are always happy to help you identify the constellations wrapped up in blankets with a cup of chocolat chaud!

But we feel sure on some days you will want to explore this gorgeous region and taste its wealth of delights,  so would like to invite you to see and do some of the things below, much of it only a short distance from the gites...........

TASTE OF FRANCE wood fired oven courses

In 2015 we shared our home with the wonderful team at Manna from Devon who were equally captivated by the charms of our home, and more importantly by the food and wines of the Perigord region! We hatched a plan to host a French version of their very successful cookery courses which they hold in Casa Las Chimeneas in Alpujarras, south of the Sierra Nevada.

We call our week long course ' A Taste of France'. The course will see you will visiting 3 vineyards all of them producing delicious wines in different ways; walking with goats and watching the cheese being made by Stephanie; visiting the caviar of the River L'Isle, watching nut oils being produced in the same way since the 14th century by the same family; visiting markets and most importantly,cooking fresh market food on a wood fired oven under the tutilage of David from Manna. During the course you will gain a special insight into the way of life of many of the local producers using traditional methods to produce the most delicious food in France.

You will also learn how to turn the beautiful local produce into delicious meals on which to dine.

For details of the course programme click here

The 2018 spring course will be from the 2nd to the 9th June 2018.  The 2018 autumn course will be from the 15th to the 22nd September 2018.  The cost per person will be £1145. 

What's included - pick up and transfer from Bordeaux airport; en suite accommodation; all meals at Chadenne, and all activities. What is not covered is your flight to Bordeaux, your bar bill; meals and snacks outside Chadenne; and travel insurance.

You can secure your place with a non-refundable deposit of £250. (Please see our terms and conditions and ensure you have travel insurance in case you have to drop out of the week). Just give us a call and we can book you in - 0044 1803 752943 or email us on

Things to do and things to see

The Perigord Dordogne region is defined by beautiful rivers, ancient forests, beautiful white stone, delicious markets and foodstuffs produced in traditional ways.

Our holiday homes are situated to the south west of one of the ancient forests within the Perigord Blanc - the Foret de La Double. This ancient forest retains the serenity of a wild forest and covers about 50,000 hectares to the south west of Perigeuex in the northern part of the Dordogne betwen the rivers Dronne and Isle. The forest was a wild and unruly place until the monks from the nearby Abbaye d'Echourgnac cleared some of it in the 19th century, establishing drainage and wood managment systems reducing marshy areas.

We are five kilometres from the market town of Montpon Menesterol on the banks of the River L'Isle. Montpon has a busy Wednesday market and a park with fishing, caneoing, cycling and walks along the river.

The deciduous and evergreen forest is punctuated with a number of natural and man made ponds. The largest being the UNESCO site of Grand Etang de La Jemaye 

 All of the places we have visited and shared happy times there so feel very confident recommending them to you. There is much more to see and do so if you find somewhere new, please let us know!


Places to visit within 30 minutes


Aubeterre sur Dronne - a small village with a subterranean Romain cathedral, beautiful restaurants such as La Terrace which is a family favourite, and tea and cake

Le Ferme du Parcot - trace the history of the life in the Foret de La Double and see how people have worked with the forest over the centuries. A must for the younger gitiste.

St Emilion - a visit to the Dordogne would not be complete without a visit to this beautiful place, it's a must see for the stunning architecture, caneles, wine and vineyard tours.

St Foy le Grande - pronounced 'Fwoa' this gorgeous town on the banks of the Dordogne river hosts a fabulous Saturday market with beautiful fresh produce and hand made local produce.

Grand Etang de La Jemaye - composed of six interconnected ponds used for swimming and watersports, you can also walk around the lake and explore natural habitat and local flora and fauna. A safe outdoor space for our younger guests. 

Neuvic sur L'Isle - visit the Moulin de Veyssiere to see the production of exquisite oils produced with local nuts and visit Caviar de Neuvic.

Lac du Gurson - situated at Villefranche de Lonchat you can visit the bastide town and swim afterwards at the lac.

Jardins du Sardy - beautiful gardens where you will be treated to lovely walks through the gardens and a stunning view over the L'Isle valley.

Abbaye d'Echourgnac - visit the abbaye and purchase the famous cheese made by the holy sisters from sheep tended on the abbaye farm.


Places to visit within an hour


Issigeac - this beautiful 14th century town is a stunning example of French rural architecture and the Sunday morning market is a family favourite.

Perigueux - the county capital is big enough to entertain and small enough to explore within a visit. Explore the beautiful Cathedral St Font with its middle Eastern influence and dine in restaurants such as La Taula. Perigueux holds Wednesday and Saturday markets.

Bergerac - beautiful old town and great shopping in the new town, fabulous wine, Tobacco museum and Cyrano. Whats not to like!  The train touristique will drive you around the town to see some of the more unusal sights or or you can float up the river on a gabare. Dine at one of the many bistros or at L'Imparfait or Moutarde. A glass of Pecharmant wine from vineyards north of Bergerac is recommended.

Chateau Monbazillac - a beautiful chateau which nestles on the hilltop overlooking Bergerac and watches over the vineyeards producing the delicious sweet wine is well worth a stop to take a peek.

Bordeaux - one of the most beautiful cities in France. Park up at the tram station and let the tram take the strain. The new Cite du Vin is a must see, the Saturday flea market will satisfy even the most quirky buyer, and the architecture is a thing of wonder.

Manoir d'Eyrignac - a stunning French formal garden owned by the same family for 22 generations who have sculpted box trees, hornbeam, yew and cypresses into an impressive garden. A must see for anyone interested in gardening. 


Places to visit for the longer day trip



Brantome - Known as the Venice of France you can canoe around the town or further along the Dronne. Brantome is famous for its troglodyte buildings and a visit to the Moulin de L'Abbaye is a must. Combine this with a trip to the Grottes des Villars for a wonderful day trip for all the family.

Sarlat - this medieval city grew and developed around the great Benedictine Abbey of Caroligian origin. The city has been beautifully conserved and restored and is a must see.

Villereal and Monpazier - both founded by England's Edward 1 in 1284, these towns are fine examples of the bastide style. Each with their unique charms they have stone arcades and a central square, lovely shopping in the brocantes, and lots of delicious restaurants to choose from. Recommend the La Dolce Vita in Villereal for their delicious lunch menu. 

Chateau de Beynac and Beynac et Cazenac - mediaeval streets and impressive castle make this a highlight place to visit in the Dordogne, particularly for younger family members. Steeped in history that links the English and French there is something to see and do for everyone.


Archachon - with its swathe of golden beaches its a lovely day trip to the coast. You can surf on this coastline and take a cycle around the lovely area.


Royan - a beautiful coastline with golden beaches where you can surf and swim. The town offers lots to see and do and has a lovely selection of restaurants.


Cycling at Chadenne


France is famous for the love of all things cycling and fortunately for us we live in an area where cycling is quite easy without too many hills. In the ancient Foret de La Double, you can both road and mountain bike. We have teamed up with our friends from Bike Hire Direct ( who will deliver bikes directly to our gites and do everything to make your cycling trips safe, fun and hassle free. You can contact them ahead of your holiday and organise your cycling days to work seamlessly as you bikes are delivered to our gites and collected at the end of your rental period.  Easy and fun!

Our nearest town, Montpon is on the Velo-route Voie verte de la Vallee de L'Isle, a lesser known route but well worth exploring as it takes you along the river valley of the L'Isle which is a beautiful safe off road journey.  Montpon is on the route cycled by Lawrence of Arabia when he was a 19 year old student and wanted to cycle his own version of the Tour de France following the trail of Riahcrd the Lionheart through the south west of France. Our friends from Freewheeling France have this route and many other helpful route maps and cycling advice for cycling en France on their website - 



The market cutlure is alive and well in the Dordogne and market food is delicious and fresh. There is a market for every day of the week within easy reach of Chadenne - for more information this is a handy website - 

The closest to Chadenne are:

Sunday - St Surien sur L'Isle or Issigeac

Monday - Castillon

Tuesday - Libourne

Wednesday - Montpon

Thursday - Eymet

Friday - Riberac

Saturday - Ste Foy le Grande

We love Montpon, Issigeac and Ste Foy le Grand but they all have their own charms and specialities so try them all and let us know your favourites!



Gardens of the Dordogne Perigord

At Chadenne we love gardening and growing our own food!  We are fortunate to live in a region where gardening is taken very seriously and a day trip to see the best gardens France has to offer is possible from our gites. we recommend:

Les Jardins de Sardy at Velines for its elegant fountains and the beautiful view over the valley of the L'Isle

Chateau de Caudon in Domme for the garden a la francaise

Manoir d'Eyrignac et ses Jardins for the beautiful White and French gardens and the stunning kitchen and flower gardens

Jardins de L'Imaginaire at Terrasson Lavilledieu where 'gardening meets the history of humanity'

Jardins de la Bourlie with its parc and rose gardens 


These are just a few of the gardens which you can visit easily from Chadenne. There are details of many more at:



Treasure hunting to encourage you out and about:

If treasure hunting and geocaching is your thing then you can find out more about the 220 courses across the 8 departements in Nouvelle Aquitaine by clicking on


You may prefer a different sort of treasure hunt such as a flea or brocante market or vide grenier (literally empty attic) - they have a certain addictive quality!  You can find out if there are any in our area during your stay from these useful sites:


Happy hunting!




And finally, for the super energetic there is the Chadenne Triathlon!!  More details on arrival.......

Our story Our family at Rural Gites

The Marshall family have owned and lived at Chadenne for the last 13 years. Many fun filled family holidays and those shared with friends made us finally decide that it was just too good to keep to ourselves.

We have spent the last two years lovingly restoring and refurbishing the fermette and gites into comfortable contemporary spaces which are perfect for a relaxing holiday in the tranquil space of the forest. Sit back and look at the huge skies, quietly observe the wildlife and gasp with wonderment at the night sky.

We are developing the farm land into a working potager, orchard and beautiful garden with the help of Jill Foxley from the Perfumed Garden. 

Our aim is to showcase the best of the south west of England and the best of the south west of France by using quality products and produce from both regions close to our hearts. 



The Jones family, Chepstow, July 2017 - Sep 2017


Thank you for allowing us to stay in Chadenne it was amazing going in the swimming pool with the lights on and recommending places for us to go. We are falling in love with the area and would love to come back in the future and see how the plans are working out. 'Diddiyn fawr iawn or should we say merci beaucoup! We loved your gite and everything we needed was here. Will always remember the market in Issigeac and watching the hummingbird moth whilst eating pain au chocolat. Thank you for your kindness and generosity throughout our stay. You have created a beautiful, tranquil and peaceful place and we look forward to see your plans work out.

The Davis and Wicks families, Bristol and Surrey - Sep 2017


Thank you Rural Gites for a lovely relaxing stay at Chadenne - such a beautiful setting! We all had lots of fun at the house and in the surrounding areas. Tennis courts at 'The Centre of Tennis and multisports' were a great find. We will be back and looking forward to exploring more of the area. We loved the wildlife, the amazing skies and the peace and quiet (although we may have disrupted that!) and of course, the food and wine. Thank you so much for sharing Chadenne with us with much love and continued good fortune.

Penny, John, Angie and Graham, Cornwall - Sep 2017


Definitely the first but not the last. Great place, great hosts and area. Enjoy! Thank you Rural Gites what a lovely place to be, the pool is great and the living space is so nice. I am looking forward to my next visit and am very proud of you.

Penny, John, Angie and Graham, Cornwall - Sep 2017


Definitely the first but not the last. Great place, great hosts and area. Enjoy! Thank you Rural Gites what a lovely place to be, the pool is great and the living space is so nice. I am looking forward to my next visit and am very proud of you.

The Marshall Clack family, Macclesfield - Sep 2017


Thank you so much Rural Gites for such a fabulous week. We loved everything from lazing by the pool to visiting Castle Beynac. The visit to Issigeac is a MUST! We look forward to returning and continuing the water volleyball championship! Lots of love.

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