Beautiful holiday homes in the heart of the Dordogne Perigord

Refreshing salt water swimming pool

Summer terrace life

Terrace views at dawn

Beautiful spaces to relax

Comfortable four poster beds

Stylish bathrooms

Welcome to Rural Gites

Three stunning barn conversions, each with their own private terrace, share a 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!


Converted from a working barn, Sanglier has an open plan layout with a contemporary living and dining area, three bedrooms one with an en suite bathroom and a stunning family bathroom with a large free standing bath and walk in shower. The gite is fitted throughout with travertine marble which extends into the balcony dining and seating area.

 

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, Bluetooth speaker, coffee table and books for the relaxing moments.

Dining Area - a table and 6 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. It has an ensuite bedroom, fully tiled with travetine marble. The french windows open onto the balcony and welcome the rising sun.

Bedroom 2 - 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 3 - fitted with two hand forged iron single beds with crisp white linen, and a hanging unit.

Family 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 balcony overlooking the pool, guest garden and our wild meadow field. 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. There is a dining table with seating for six, as well as low level seating for relaxing during the day.

All linen and towels are provided.

Child friendly equipment is provided on request.

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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.


Converted from a working barn, Gite Cerf has an upcycling vibe with many of the items having been given a new lease of life with fresh fabrics and fresh paint. The open plan layout with a contemporary living and dining area, three bedrooms one with an en suite bathroom and a stunning family bathroom with a large free standing bath and walk in shower. The gite is fitted throughout with travertine marble which extends into the balcony dining and seating area.

 

Kitchen - The 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 - Fitted with comfortable sofas, Bluetooth speaker, TV and DVD player, family games, coffee table and books for those relaxing moments. The walls display upcycling art.

Dining Area - A large family table and 6 chairs for indoor dining.

Bedroom 1 - Ceilings that reveal a little of it's previous life and a large window make this room a beautiful space to sleep. Fitted with a luxurious king size hand forged iron four poster bed with crisp white linen, a large chest of drawers and a hanging unit. It has an ensuite bathroom, fully tiled with travertine marble. The french windows open onto the balcony so you can welcome the rising sun.

Bedroom 2 - The large space make this room a beautiful room to sleep. Fitted with luxurious hand forged iron king size four poster bed with crisp white linen, a large chest of drawers and a hanging unit.

Bedroom 3 - This smaller room is fitted with two hand forged iron single beds with crisp white linen, and a hanging unit.

Family 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 private terrace overlooking the pool, guest garden and our wild meadow field. 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. There is a dining table with seating for six, as well as low level seating for relaxing during the day. There is also a BBQ and a supply of local wood. 

All linen and towels are provided.

Child friendly linen and equipment is provided on request.

 

 

Booking Information:


Booking

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 (0)7877 098955). The price you see is the price you pay.


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


Experiences Enjoying holidays in Chadenne and the Perigord

Things to do and see, Food, Wine, Art and Photography

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. In the quieter times 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...........

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!

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PLACES TO VISIT WITHIN 30 MINUTES

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.

Lac du Gurson - situated near the beautiful bastide town of Villefranche de Lonchat, you can swim and canoe on the lake which has several lovely cafes and bars.

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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.

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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.

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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 (info@bikehiredirect.com) 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 - freewheelingfrance.com.

 

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MARKETS AND TREASURE HUNTING

Markets

The market culture 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 - northofthedordgne.com/dordognemarkets.php

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!

Treasure hunting

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 www.terra-aventura.fr

 

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:

www.vide-greniers.org

www.brocabrac.fr

www.calendrier-des-brocantes.com

 

Happy hunting!

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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: northofthedordogne.com/gardens.php

 

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Food, Wine and Art and Photography experiences 2020

 

 

Taste Of France Foodie Experience

Rural Gites and Louis from Woodbine & Co have teamed up to offer you a wonerful foodie experience in the south west of France. The Taste of France will introduce you to the charms and tastes of the Perigord Dordogne region - a region which is famous for strawberries, truffles, walnuts and of course, delicious wines from both the Bordeaux and Bergerac areas. The Taste of France will provide you with amazing experiences during the week of discovering, cooking and feasting. Amongst other things we will be visiting family wine producers creating the most delicious wine, local cheese makers, artisan oil producers and visit markets to bring home fresh local produce which we will turn in feasts together with Louis from Woodbine & Co.

A brief outline of what you will enjoy:

Saturday: arrive at Bordeaux airport by 20.00 where our executive transport will drive you to Chadenne for a welcome reception of local sparkling wines anddelicious canapes on the pool terrace. A lovely time to get to know your fellow guests and the hosts.

Sunday: a walk in the Foret de La Double or swim in the heated pool will be followed by a leisurely brunch on one of the terraces. In the afternoon we will take a river trip on the L'Isle from the Moulin Duellas on a traditional gabarre which was used to transport tobacco, wine and foodstuffs. Back for dinner preparation and our Grand Nez smell test to prepare you for Mondays wine tasting. Dinner will be cooked on the Morso Forno wood fired oven by Louis.

Monday: after a swim or walk and breakfast in Gite Sanglier we will be heading to the Peyssac region, one of the many secrets of the Bordeaux wine area. We will be spending time with Jacquie and Wilfrid Franc de Ferriere at their beautiful Chateau Carbonneau. They will take us on a wine tour and tasting and share with us the story of their vineyard and chateau. There will be ample opportunity to purchase wines and afterwards we will lunch in the stunning chateau orangerie. Back to Chadenne for relaxing and dinner prepared by Louis accompanied by wines from Chateau Carbonneau.

Tuesday: after swimming and breakfast we will be visiting artisan nut oil producer, Christine Elias at Moulin Veysssiere. Her family have been producing quality oils in the same way for 160 years. Rick Stein is a recent convert and was cooking with Christine in 2018! After a picnic lunch in a ancient Perigourdine village we will make our way to Duras and meet Stephanie and her beautiful Pyrenean mountain goats. We will hear how she makes the cheese and then walk with her and her goats in the woods in Duras. We will bring some oil and cheese back with us to use in dinner preparation with Louis.

Wednesday: today is a quieter day although an early morning walk is on offer - relaxation is encouraged. Breakfast on the terrace will be followed by a trip to the local market for those who would like to go. Louis will host a cookery demonstration and work with you to create a delicious lunch from the produce we have seen, bought and tasted during the week. The leisurely lunch will be followed by a free afternoon. Dinner will be followed by an open air cinema evening.

Thursday: after breakfast we will make our way to Saussignac to spend the day with Caro and Sean Feelly at Chateau Feely. Caro will take us on a walking tour of the biodynamic vineyard and recount the story of the beautiful vineyard and organic wines. You will be guided through an expert tasting with the gifted Caro. Louis will prepare our lunch in the Morso Forno wood fired oven and we will lunch under the trees in the natural amphitheatre overlooking the Bergerac valley. You will have plenty of time to talk to Caro during lunch and taste their delicious wines. After lunch we will make the short journey into the village of Saussignac and take a look at the chatea. Back to Chadenne for dinner and a foodie quiz night.

Friday: after breakfast we will head to Riberac market where you can buy locally produced mementos, or sit and have coffee and watch the world go by. After a picnic lunch we will make our way home via Aubeterre sur Dronne. One of France's 100 most beautiful villages where we will visit the stunning monolithic church, a wood fired pottery and have tea and cake before we leave for home. Friday night will see us dining with our friends Deborah and Sebastien at La Clairiere. The food is delicious and the cheesboard a thing of local legend!

Saturday: after breakfast, sharing stories and details to keep in touch we will make our way to the world heritage site and the home of beautiful wines, St Emilion for a short stop on our way to Bordeaux airport for flights back home.

 

 

Saturday 7th September to Saturday 14th September 2019.

We have limited the places on the Taste of France to 10 people to ensure you enjoy the best experience and so booking early is advisable.

To book your place please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-france-2019-tickets-53057397103

 

 

 

Abstract View of France 2019 Painting and Photography Experience

Rural Gites have teamed up with abstract artist Sally Coulden, photographer Jonathan Bowcott and local ceramicist Jo McKinnon to bring you a memorable holiday experience of abstract art and photography in the beautiful Dordogne region of France. Rural Gites sits in woodland and fields and is peaceful and private - perfect for painting and photography en plein air. Rural Gites provides exclusive use of the site for the course which is fully catered from arrival to departure. Amenities include a beautiful heated swimming pool and walks through the fields and woods.

This is a holiday for anyone who is interested in getting a bit creative whilst relaxing in gorgeous surroundings. It's a great blend of photography, painting, sketching and visiting the local area for creative inspiration - finding the abstract in the everyday.

Join us at our idyllic countryside location and enjoy art and photography workshops which will help you develop your photography skills as well as providing you with ample opportunity to paint abstract masterpieces inspired by your images.

We welcome beginners and experienced painters and photographers alike. The focus will be on teaching you the basics of abstract and painting in acrylics, guiding you through the stages of creating your masterpiece from initial photograph to finished painting and, of course, having fun!

Who is this holiday for?

I've never painted before - is this the right holiday for me? This holiday is suitable for anyone that would like to try their hand at abstract painting. If you've never painted before or you paint already but have wanted to try abstract this could be for you. It is also an opportunity to learn something new or brush up on your camera skills and who is interested in getting a bit creative whilst relaxing in gorgeous surroundings. It's a great blend of photography, painting, sketching and visiting the local area for creative inspiration. You will learn to use your camera more effectively, understanding how your photographs can provide inspiration from shape, light, dark and lines which then feeds into creating your own abstract paintings. We welcome beginners and experienced painters and photographers alike, the focus will be on teaching you the basics of abstract and painting in acrylics, guiding you thorugh the stages of creating your masterpiece but most importantly, having fun. You will also have the chance to visit some of the delights of the region visiting some of its best kept secrets and more popular locations, eat great home cooked food, taste delicious local wines and visit one of the prettiest chateau for a wine tasting experience.

Is it a choice between art and photography?

This holiday has been designed for you to participate in both activities. The photography and art complement and expand on each other. Each session with our tutors will help you build your skills in a fun and supportive environment. You don't need to be an expert at all as you will find Sally and Jonathan will be there to support you.

What equipment is provided? Easels, acrylic paint, brushes, 1 canvas per person (with more available to purchase). Photographic printing paper (2x 6x4 prints a day to reference your painting) white porcelain bowl for the ceramics workshop

A brief outline of what you will enjoy:

Sunday: Arrive Bordeaux airport. Transfer on executive coach to Chadenne for afternoon tea and cake, a chance to get to know your host, fellow guests, the surroundings and us. Relaxed drinks and supper on the terrace and maybe a swim under the stars.

Monday: Early morning walk or swim, breakfast will be served on the terrace. Jonathan will take you through a morning of photography, photography theory and putting that theory into painting practice. The afternoon will see us visiting the delights of one of the regions prettiest villages, Aubterre sur Dronne. Here there will be an opportunity for photography and sketching of its delights which include the 12th century church St Jean. The interior will hopefully inspire your painting for the week. We will stop and indulge in tea and cupcakes in Aubterre. Supper on the terrace.

Tuesday: Early morning walk or swim and breakfast. The rest of the day will be spent doing amazing abstract acrylic painting under the tutelage of Sally. Drawing inspiration from yesterday's photographs Sally will take you through the basics of compostion, tonal values, brush control and key elements for creating a great painting. You will be hands on for the whole day creating your masterpieces. Supper cooked in the woodfired oven.

Wednesday: Early morning swim or walk and breakfast on the terrace. Jonathan will be running the morning photography workshop and talking more about the themes of the week - the abstract and looking for the abstract in our everyday life. He will reinforce the themes already discussed such as tone, composition and shape and answer questions that may have arisen after the first session. Local ceramicist Jo McKinnon will spend the afternoon taking you through the specifics of painting on white earthenware. You will have the opportunity to paint with Jo on a pottery bowl produced by her. The finished painted bowl will be fired and returned to you in time for your journey home. Supper on the terrace. Open air cinema will be on offer tonight weather permitting.

Thursday: After breakfast we will take a trip to the historic St Emilion, home to famous wines and ancient architecture. There will be ample opportunity for photography and sketching before our picnic lunch in the ruins of the Abbe de les Cordeliers. After lunch we will return to Chadenne for an afternoon of Wednesday: Early morning swim or walk and breakfast on the terrace. Jonathan will be running the morning photography workshop and talking more about the themes of the week - the abstract and looking for the abstract in our everyday life. He will reinforce the themes already discussed such as tone, composotion and shape and answer questions that may have arisen after the first session. Local ceramicist Jo McKinnon will spend the afternoon taking you through the specifics of painting on white earthenware. You will have the opportunity to paint with Jo on a pottery bowl produced by her. The finished painted bowl will be fired and returned to you in time for your journey home. Supper on the terrace.

Friday: Following the early morning swim, walk and breakfast Friday is a day where you decide. You can finsh your paintings, indulge in your new found photography skills - looking for the abstract in the everyday - or take some free time to relax and explore the Foret de la Double. If you would like to hire bicycles to explore this can be easily arranged, just speak to one of us. Delicious supper with our friends at our local restaurant La Clairiere with prinks on the terrace.

Saturday: Relaxing brunch and last chance for a swim. After sharing stories and maybe contact details, we will return to Bordeaux airport via Chateau Carbonneau for Jacquie's delicious cakes and a bit of wine tasting with Wilfrid.

Cost: £1 ,400 per person excluding flights. You will need to arrange your own flights to Bordeaux airport.

The cost INCLUDES transfers from Bordeaux aiport to Rural Gites, transport to the visits, meals food at Rural Gites, tea and cake at Cupcakes, dinner at La Clairiere, our picnic in St Emilion and wine tasting at Chateau Carbonneau. All tutelage from our experts - Sally, Jo and Jonathan. It will also include a limited number of prints of your photographs taken as part of your holiday/workshops, your paint, easel, brushes, one canvas and ceramics. Additional canvasses will be available to purchase on site.

The cost does not include: Transfers from your home to your departure airport, parking at the airport or any food, drinks and snacks purchased offsite. Drinks or wine at the table - a fine selection of local wines will be available for purchase.

The course has a maximum of 8 people to ensure that you all have a fabulous experience and learn a lot!

Dates: 2nd to 8th June 2019.

To book please click on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abstract-view-of-france-2019-tickets-53061915618

FAQ:

What do I need to bring?

A digital camera - it could be a DSLR, a compact camera or a 'bridge' camera.

Something that takes a standard memory card. NOT just a phone.

A memory Card - We suggest a minimum of 8gb or 16gb. A card reader - so your images can be downloaded to a laptop for viewing and printing. A tripod - If you have one feel free to bring it, if you don't, don't worry, we'll cover holding your camera in low light in the workshop. Spare Camera batteries. Specific battery charger for your camera, Sketchbook. Pencils. Any favourite brushes you have as they are easy to pack. Pastels, oil sticks and charcoal if you think you might want to use them.

How do I transport my painting home?

We can provide you with cardboard to package your paintings to transport home yourself. Alternatively, we can organise a courier to ship your work home - this would incur an additional cost dependent on size, weight and insurance.

Are flights included in the cost of the holiday?

No. Flights, airport parking, travel from home to your airport and back is not included.

What about travel insurance?

You will need to arrange and pay for this yourself.

How long is the transfer to Chadenne?

It is approximately 1 hour from Bordeaux airport to Rural Gites Chadenne.

What time do I need to be at the airport for arrival and departure?

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Enjoying your holiday experience at Rural Gites Chadenne and the Dordogne Perigord Things to do, things to see,clouds and stars,cycling, markets and gardens; wines, artisan producers, foodie weeks, and painting and photography

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. In the quieter times 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...........

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 (info@bikehiredirect.com) 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 - freewheelingfrance.com. 

 

Markets

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 - northofthedordgne.com/dordognemarkets.php 

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: northofthedordogne.com/gardens.php

 

 

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 www.terra-aventura.fr

 

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:

www.vide-greniers.org

www.brocabrac.fr

www.calendrier-des-brocantes.com

 

Happy hunting!

 

 

Our Foodie and Art Experiences 2019

 

 

Taste Of France

Rural Gites and Louis from Woodbine & Co have teamed up to offer you a wonerful foodie experience in the south west of France. The Taste of France will introduce you to the charms and tastes of the Perigord Dordogne region - a region which is famous for strawberries, truffles, walnuts and of course, delicious wines from both the Bordeaux and Bergerac areas.  The Taste of France will provide you with amazing experiences during the week of discovering, cooking and feasting. Amongst other things we will be visiting family wine producers creating the most delicious wine, local cheese makers, artisan oil producers and visit markets to bring home fresh local produce which we will turn in feasts together with Louis from Woodbine & Co. 

A brief outline of what you will enjoy:

Saturday: arrive at Bordeaux airport by 20.00 where our executive transport will drive you to Chadenne for a welcome reception of local sparkling wines anddelicious canapes on the pool terrace. A lovely time to get to know your fellow guests and the hosts.

Sunday: a walk in the Foret de La Double or swim in the heated pool will be followed by a leisurely brunch on one of the terraces. In the afternoon we will take a river trip on the L'Isle from the Moulin Duellas on a traditional gabarre which was used to transport tobacco, wine and foodstuffs.  Back for dinner preparation and our Grand Nez smell test to prepare you for Mondays wine tasting. Dinner will be cooked on the Morso Forno wood fired oven by Louis.

Monday: after a swim or walk and breakfast in Gite Sanglier we will be heading  to the Peyssac region, one of the many secrets of the Bordeaux wine area. We will be spending time with Jacquie and Wilfrid Franc de Ferriere at their beautiful Chateau Carbonneau. They will take us on a wine tour and tasting and share with us the story of their vineyard and chateau. There will be ample opportunity to purchase wines and afterwards we will lunch in the stunning chateau orangerie.  Back to Chadenne for relaxing and dinner prepared by Louis accompanied by wines from Chateau Carbonneau.

Tuesday: after swimming and breakfast we will be visiting artisan nut oil producer, Christine Elias at Moulin Veysssiere. Her family have been producing quality oils in the same way for 160 years. Rick Stein is a recent convert and was cooking with Christine in 2018! After a picnic lunch in a ancient Perigourdine village we will make our way to Duras and meet Stephanie and her beautiful Pyrenean mountain goats. We will hear how she makes the cheese and then walk with her and her goats in the woods in Duras. We will bring some oil and cheese back with us to use in dinner preparation with Louis.

Wednesday: today is a quieter day although an early morning walk is on offer - relaxation is encouraged. Breakfast on the terrace will be followed by a trip to the local market for those who would like to go. Louis will host a cookery demonstration and work with you to create a delicious lunch from the produce we have seen, bought and tasted during the week. The leisurely lunch will be followed by a free afternoon. Dinner will be followed by an open air cinema evening. 

Thursday: after breakfast we will make our way to Saussignac to spend the day with Caro and Sean Feelly at Chateau Feely. Caro will take us on a walking tour of the biodynamic vineyard and recount the story of the beautiful vineyard and organic wines. You will be guided through an expert tasting with the gifted Caro. Louis will prepare our lunch in the Morso Forno wood fired oven and we will lunch under the trees in the natural amphitheatre overlooking the Bergerac valley. You will have plenty of time to talk to Caro during lunch and taste their delicious wines. After lunch we will make the short journey into the village of Saussignac and take a look at the chatea. Back to Chadenne for dinner and a foodie quiz night.

Friday: after breakfast we will head to Riberac market where you can buy locally produced mementos, or sit and have coffee and watch the world go by. After a picnic lunch we will make our way home via Aubeterre sur Dronne. One of France's 100 most beautiful villages where we will visit the stunning monolithic church, a wood fired pottery and have tea and cake before we leave for home. Friday night will see us dining with our friends Deborah and Sebastien at La Clairiere. The food is delicious and the cheesboard a thing of local legend!

Saturday: after breakfast, sharing stories and details to keep in touch we will make our way to the world heritage site and the home of beautiful wines, St Emilion for a short stop on our way to Bordeaux airport for flights back home. 

 

Taste of France dates for 2019:

Saturday 7th September to Saturday 14th September 2019.

We have limited the places on the Taste of France to 10 people to ensure you enjoy the best experience and so booking early is advisable. 

To book your place please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-france-2019-tickets-53057397103

 

 

 

Abstract View of France 2019 Painting and Photography week

Rural Gites have teamed up with abstract artist Sally Coulden, photographer Jonathan Bowcott and local ceramicist Jo McKinnon to bring you a memorable holiday experience of abstract art and photography in the beautiful Dordogne region of France.  Rural Gites sits in woodland and fields and is peaceful and private - perfect for painting and photography en plein air. Rural Gites provides exclusive use of the site for the course which is fully catered from arrival to departure. Amenities include a beautiful heated swimming pool and walks through the fields and woods.

This is a holiday for anyone who is interested in getting a bit creative whilst relaxing in gorgeous surroundings. It's a great blend of photography, painting, sketching and visiting the local area for creative inspiration - finding the abstract in the everyday.

Join us at our idyllic countryside location and enjoy art and photography workshops which will help you develop your photography skills as well as providing you with ample opportunity to paint abstract masterpieces inspired by your images.

We welcome beginners and experienced painters and photographers alike. The focus will be on teaching you the basics of abstract and painting in acrylics, guiding you through the stages of creating your masterpiece from initial photograph to finished painting and, of course, having fun!

Who is this holiday for?

I've never painted before - is this the right holiday for me? This holiday is suitable for anyone that would like to try their hand at abstract painting. If you've never painted before or you paint already but have wanted to try abstract this could be for you. It is also an opportunity to learn something new or brush up on your camera skills and who is interested in getting a bit creative whilst relaxing in gorgeous surroundings. It's a great blend of photography, painting, sketching and visiting the local area for creative inspiration. You will learn to use your camera more effectively, understanding how your photographs can provide inspiration from shape, light, dark and lines which then feeds into creating your own abstract paintings. We welcome beginners and experienced painters and photographers alike, the focus will be on teaching you the basics of abstract and painting in acrylics, guiding you thorugh the stages of creating your masterpiece but most importantly, having fun. You will also have the chance to visit some of the delights of the region visiting some of its best kept secrets and more popular locations, eat great home cooked food, taste delicious local wines and visit one of the prettiest chateau for a wine tasting experience.

Is it a choice between art and photography?

This holiday has been designed for you to participate in both activities. The photography and art complement and expand on each other. Each session with our tutors will help you build your skills in a fun and supportive environment. You don't need to be an expert at all as you will find Sally and Jonathan will be there to support you.

What equipment is provided? Easels, acrylic paint, brushes, 1 canvas per person (with more available to purchase). Photographic printing paper (2x 6x4 prints a day to reference your painting) white porcelain bowl for the ceramics workshop

A brief outline of what you will enjoy:

Sunday: Arrive Bordeaux airport. Transfer on executive coach to Chadenne for afternoon tea and cake, a chance to get to know your host, fellow guests, the surroundings and us. Relaxed drinks and supper on the terrace and maybe a swim under the stars.

Monday: Early morning walk or swim, breakfast will be served on the terrace. Jonathan will take you through a morning of photography, photography theory and putting that theory into painting practice. The afternoon will see us visiting the delights of one of the regions prettiest villages, Aubterre sur Dronne. Here there will be an opportunity for photography and sketching of its delights which include the 12th century church St Jean. The interior will hopefully inspire your painting for the week. We will stop and indulge in tea and cupcakes in Aubterre. Supper on the terrace.

Tuesday: Early morning walk or swim and breakfast. The rest of the day will be spent doing amazing abstract acrylic painting under the tutelage of Sally. Drawing inspiration from yesterday's photographs Sally will take you through the basics of compostion, tonal values, brush control and key elements for creating a great painting. You will be hands on for the whole day creating your masterpieces. Supper cooked in the woodfired oven.

Wednesday: Early morning swim or walk and breakfast on the terrace. Jonathan will be running the morning photography workshop and talking more about the themes of the week - the abstract and looking for the abstract in our everyday life. He will reinforce the themes already discussed such as tone, composition and shape and answer questions that may have arisen after the first session. Local ceramicist Jo McKinnon will spend the afternoon taking you through the specifics of painting on white earthenware. You will have the opportunity to paint with Jo on a pottery bowl produced by her. The finished painted bowl will be fired and returned to you in time for your journey home. Supper on the terrace. Open air cinema will be on offer tonight weather permitting.

Thursday: After breakfast we will take a trip to the historic St Emilion, home to famous wines and ancient architecture. There will be ample opportunity for photography and sketching before our picnic lunch in the ruins of the Abbe de les Cordeliers. After lunch we will return to Chadenne for an afternoon of Wednesday: Early morning swim or walk and breakfast on the terrace. Jonathan will be running the morning photography workshop and talking more about the themes of the week - the abstract and looking for the abstract in our everyday life. He will reinforce the themes already discussed such as tone, composotion and shape and answer questions that may have arisen after the first session. Local ceramicist Jo McKinnon will spend the afternoon taking you through the specifics of painting on white earthenware. You will have the opportunity to paint with Jo on a pottery bowl produced by her. The finished painted bowl will be fired and returned to you in time for your journey home. Supper on the terrace.

Friday: Following the early morning swim, walk and breakfast Friday is a day where you decide. You can finsh your paintings, indulge in your new found photography skills - looking for the abstract in the everyday - or take some free time to relax and explore the Foret de la Double. If you would like to hire bicycles to explore this can be easily arranged, just speak to one of us. Delicious supper with our friends at our local restaurant La Clairiere with prinks on the terrace.

Saturday: Relaxing brunch and last chance for a swim. After sharing stories and maybe contact details, we will return to Bordeaux airport via Chateau Carbonneau for Jacquie's delicious cakes and a bit of wine tasting with Wilfrid.

Cost: £1 ,400 per person excluding flights. You will need to arrange your own flights to Bordeaux airport. 

The cost INCLUDES transfers from Bordeaux aiport to Rural Gites, transport to the visits, meals food at Rural Gites, tea and cake at Cupcakes, dinner at La Clairiere, our picnic in St Emilion and wine tasting at Chateau Carbonneau. All tutelage from our experts - Sally, Jo and Jonathan. It will also include a limited number of prints of your photographs taken as part of your holiday/workshops, your paint, easel, brushes, one canvas and ceramics. Additional canvasses will be available to purchase on site.

The cost does not include:  Transfers from your home to your departure airport, parking at the airport or any food, drinks and snacks purchased offsite. Drinks or wine at the table - a fine selection of local wines will be available for purchase.

The course has a maximum of 8 people to ensure that you all have a fabulous experience and learn a lot!

Dates: 2nd to 8th June 2019.

 To book please click on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abstract-view-of-france-2019-tickets-53061915618

FAQ:

What do I need to bring?

A digital camera - it could be a DSLR, a compact camera or a 'bridge' camera.

Something that takes a standard memory card. NOT just a phone.

A memory Card - We suggest a minimum of 8gb or 16gb. A card reader - so your images can be downloaded to a laptop for viewing and printing. A tripod - If you have one feel free to bring it, if you don't, don't worry, we'll cover holding your camera in low light in the workshop. Spare Camera batteries. Specific battery charger for your camera, Sketchbook. Pencils. Any favourite brushes you have as they are easy to pack. Pastels, oil sticks and charcoal if you think you might want to use them.

How do I transport my painting home?

We can provide you with cardboard to package your paintings to transport home yourself. Alternatively, we can organise a courier to ship your work home - this would incur an additional cost dependent on size, weight and insurance.

Are flights included in the cost of the holiday?

No. Flights, airport parking, travel from home to your airport and back is not included.

What about travel insurance?

You will need to arrange and pay for this yourself.

How long is the transfer to Chadenne?

It is approximately 1 hour from Bordeaux airport to Rural Gites Chadenne.

What time do I need to be at the airport for arrival and departure?

An executive coach will pick you up from Bordeaux at 2.00pm on the first day of the holiday and drop you at 6pm on the last day

Do I need to fly?

No. You could take the cross channel ferry and drive to Chadenne. We are 6-7 hours from most ferry ports. You can also come by train. The TGV can drop you at Montpon Menesterol. Please call us if you would like travel advice or to discuss alternative options.

Will you supply towels or do we need to bring them?

We will provide fluffy bathroom towels and separate towels to use by the pool.

Can you accommodate different dietary requirements?

Yes, we can accommodate different dietary requirements although please be aware that all meals will be cooked in the same kitchen. Please let us know before you arrive of specific food intolerances and allergies. The meals will be home cooked by Annette from Rural Gites from food sourced locally either from artisan suppliers or at local markets to ensure you have the freshest most seasonal delights of the region.

What will the weather be like?

The weather in June is usually warm with daytime temperatures in the mid 20's and clear nights which is great for star gazing. Bring a sweater for the evenings.

 To book please click on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abstract-view-of-france-2019-tickets-53061915618

 

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 15 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. 

 


reviews

Lily, Freddie, Mag, Sam and Jell - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay at Rural Gites. We have had the best time in beautiful surroundings. I am sure we would all love to come back in a heartbeat! Many thanks again!!!!

Becky Steve, Annie, John, Phoenix and Rocco - Oct 2019

5/5

We have absolutely loved our visit to Chadenne. You both have made us so welcome and have such a gift of hospitality and welcome. our gifts of wine, jam and lime drizzle cake was such a lovely touch. Nothing was too much trouble and your board with the weather, markets and places to visit was so helpful. The complex you have built is so tasteful and spacious. We all love the pool and the lovely walks across the fields. Phoenix loved the pool and grew in confidence, jumping in and excited to push Dad, Papa and nan in! Thank you so much, wishing you success and God's blessing on your enterprise.

Alex, Agathe, Joseph and Artur - Oct 2019

5/5

We spent a very great time here - lovely place, lovely people, great pool.
Many thanks and we will tell our friends.

Alex, Agathe, Joseph and Artur - Oct 2019

5/5

We spent a very great time here - lovely place, lovely people, great pool.
Many thanks and we will tell our friends.

Jessica, Mark, Lacey and George - Oct 2019

5/5

We came back!
Another visit, another wonderful time. We have had such a relaxing holiday in the calm and peace. The kids have loved the pool and Lacey has started swimming here and George has started jumping in! We loved meeting Herby and the other new sheep. Thank you and see you next time. All our love.


Lydia, Tom, Jack, Tom, and Louis - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you so much for the lovely week we have spent at the gite. The Gite is absolutely beautiful, made better by the pool and the gorgeous surroundings. Nothing was too much trouble and thank you for all the great recommendations you gave us. This was a truly special holiday and I am sure we will be back in the future.

Shiraz, Helenka, uraiya, Hana, Marie Claire and Ravvie - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you for being such a great host. Your attention to detail is brilliant. Thank you also for your super friendly approach to everything. We have had a great time in your tastefully and beautifully done gite. WE hope to return one day. Lovely house and lovely company - thank you.

Ben, Sarah, James and Imogen - Oct 2019

5/5

We've had a wonderful week here in Chadenne. The Gite and surroundings are lovely - Imogen loved feeding and 'walking' Herbie when she wasn't in the pool. We have enjoyed visiting St Emilion, Brantome Lac Jemaye and had a great morning at Aqualot in Libourne which the kids loved. Thank you for making our stay so special.

Sian, Matt, Toby, Nat and Darcy - Oct 2019

5/5

Such a privilege to be the first to stay in the fabulous Gite Cerf. We made wonderful memories and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise through the wide open windows. Not sure we are ready to go home but absolutely sure we will be back! Thank you for making a little piece of heaven in the French countryside.

Val and Mike - Oct 2019

5/5

What a truly wonderful week we've had in Gite Cepe. Amazing weather, we could have stayed by the pool all week but somehow managed to persuade ourselves away. Visits included St Astier, the markets in St Foy and Montpon, Chateau Carbonneau (Platter lunches highly recommended) and the lake at La Jemaye. All was memorable but topped by such lovely welcoming hospitality and a gite that is so tastefully decorated and has everything you could want. Thank you so much. One of our favourite holidays so peaceful and time to relax and enjoy everything around us. Stars were amazing. We will be back.


Sarah, Paul, Olivia, Emily and Molly - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you Annette and Peter for the most wonderful week. The warmest welcome, the beautiful lemon cake, fresh tomatoes, salad, delicious breakfast goodies, the bottles of wine. We hAve absolutely loved the gite - you have thought of everything.
Highlights: the pool, the peace and tranquillity, Bordeaux, canoeing (great fun!), St Emilion, les marches, the food and wine, watching the deer whilst eating supper, the sounds at night particularly the owls, the sunrise. Molly our spaniel has had a wonderful holiday too. Thank you again we would love to some back! xxx

Molly and Emily - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you for housing us in your gite. We've had an amazing time and we definitely would like to come back. We loved the pool, the loungers, the BBQ, looking at the stars! The lemon cake was my favourite thing! Me and Molly are very sad to go.
Molly's message: woof, woof, grr, grr, grr, woof, grr.

Chris and Janet - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you Annette and Peter for your warm welcome and for the patience and hard work you have put into making our stay so very enjoyable and relaxing.

Isabel and Matt - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you for a really wonderful week - we have loved every moment. from the very warm welcome to the lazy days by the pool, and exploring the local area. We have so many highlights but would recommend Montpon market, trips to Aubeterre and St Emilion. We have so loved cooking with all the delicious seasonal produce and Matt has particularly loved cooking on the wood fire - such fun! with many many thanks until next time...….

Jill, Vince, Finlay and Emilia - Oct 2019

5/5

Thank you so much for your hospitality this week - for the welcome as we drove up, to the many bits and pieces in the welcome pack to the 6pm get together (which the children think should be a daily occurrence!) to the big smile from both of you that comes with any query. We have enjoyed all of it. We have enjoyed the house but most of all the pool and I think they have all come on heaps in confidence this week - they've loved it. We are not ready to leave and I take with me some of your eco principles - hope to return to phase 5 of the garden project!



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