3 bedrooms, bath/shower room, toilet, BBQ, Terrace and an enclosed garden
Pam & Charlie Nott
- english, french
About Pam & Charlie Nott
When choosing our own holidays, we always knew we would go to France, the decision was which region? When we decided to make a lifestyle change France was the only place for us. We moved to La Roche Chabrelle in 2002 with our family and have run our 4 gîtes here ever since. Our aim has been to provide relaxing holidays for both families and couples in a beautiful quiet location. With simply furnished but well equipped gîtes, we take pride in seeing our guests unwind while staying with us.
Pam & Charlie Nott purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Pam & Charlie Nott chose Saint-Just
The Perigord Vert region is an area of gently rolling hills separated by winding river valleys, between the woods there are fields of sunflowers and wheat and walnut trees for the walnut oil milled locally. It is very rural and unspoilt with lots of space and few people. Being so undeveloped means this is a region full of wildlife and the local deer are a frequent sight in the early morning or at dusk. La Roche Chabrelle is situated in a small hamlet of just 4 houses and being on top of a hill has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. There are plenty of walks and cycle rides on our doorstep, canoeing on the nearby river Dronne and many cafes bars and restaurants just a short drive away. Brantôme, our nearest town is known as the Venice of the Dordogne and has an excellent market.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
This is a paradise for children who love having the freedom of 5 acres to play in. We have swings, a badminton net, a small football pitch and a cricket rebound net and a games cave with table tennis and table football. We also have a troglodyte cave on site which was inhabited during medieval times. Whatever the season there are plenty of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife to see and we try to encourage them with suitable habitats such as leaving some areas of grass uncut. The children are always fascinated by the insects and lizards. At nights the stars are a wonderful sight with no light pollution and spotting the shooting stars is a popular evening pastime.
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Very present gite in lovely area
Well presented gite with everything required for an enjoyable holiday. The pool was superb a great length and depth for someone who enjoys swimming. Just a shame the 6 days went so quickly.
Thank you for your review and you could not stay longer.
We look forward to seeing you another year and perhaps you could stay for a couple of weeks. :)
Pam & Charlie
Peaceful, tranquil, quiet....
Stayed in Papillon for a month in order to do some academic writing. Gite was perfect, private and secluded back garden with patio, which was excellent to sit in the sun and write away. Gite was equipped with washing machine, freezer and huge fridge - excellent for keeping all those fresh buys from the many local markets. Wifi worked great & bonus of a TV, with UK channels for catching up on news and a swimming pool to cool down on hot days. A perfect home from home in fact. Many thanks to Charlie and Pam for a suburb range of information and for being good hosts. Highly recommended
Thanks for the review. We are pleased that La Roche Chabrelle provided you with what you needed to be able to write.
Pam & Charlie
The spot on the rocks where this gite nestles makes links with the origins of time, and from the otside as I parked my car on coming "home" every day I saw a welcoming hobbit style home. Once inside I could carry out my tasks with ease as the house is all on one level, so half an hour a day and all the cleaning etc was over with.
The enclosed garden was a delight, and I sat out in March when the rain stopped and watched the changing face of nature, the blossom, birds and leaves unfurling.
From this hilltop posiiton I could walk in all directions and revel in the marvels of our world and my dogs could jump, swim and play freely as there were few cars and a stream with a french washing post at the bottom of the hill. Me too, I got to swim in early May as the pool had been warmed by the solar panels.
I enjoyed shopping in Lisle and Verteillac and bought an unusual butter dish (involving upside down butter in water) at the monthly brocante in La Tour Blanche.
My hosts were invisible unless gardening but were on hand when I struggled with a sickness bug to bring me the right cure, they were a pleasure to know.
This was an area of the Dordogne I had not visited before and I will certainly return and perhaps buy my own piece of peace.
What a lovely description of La Roche Chabrelle...
It is an amazing place.
Charlie & Pam
Comfortable gîte un beautiful area
The gíte itself is lovely, well equipped and has everything you could want. Generous welcome pack of essentials, friendly welcome from Pam and Charlie and full explanation of everything thing you need to know to enjoy your holiday and find everything you need in the gíte. After this they were easy to contact and were there if we needed them. In January and February most places are very quiet, very few attractions open, however this did not spoil our visits as we explored the local towns and villages and wonderful Romanesque churches, camera in hand! We also spent sometime each day exploring the woods and paths around the gíte with our dog who had a wonderful time! Feeding the local horses and donkeys carrots was just part of the daily routine. Weather was mixed, rain, fog, ice and snow and even a little sunshine. It didn't matter . Loved the area and the gíte. Would love to return one day.
Thank you for your review. We always aim to make our guests stay as confortable as possible.
See you again soon.
Pam & Charlie
Lovely. The Gite & location for quiet company , happy kids and enough to explore
La Roche Chabrelle: Our Gite, Papillon was rustic but reasonably enough equipped. With basic beds, a comfy spacious living room (where you can watch UK TV - if you must !!) , and practical old rural kitchen. Its thick Walls offering a cool arbour in the height of summer (I'm sure),. It has a private garden with a terrace for evening BBQ's or quietly sunning yourself (alongside the Little Lizards who entertain and keep the insert life under control for you !) The site is in quiet location but with some great on-site facilities for such a small holiday site. The Owners and 3 other larger Gites sharing a heated pool and lovely rural views over the spectacular Droone Valley (a Tributary of the Dordogne, which weaves gently though a broad valley of Sweetcorn and Sunflowers edged by Tree lined spectacular Limestone Cliffs). On-site for kids there is an underground (all weather) games 'cave' to hang out in - safe, but away from Mum and Dad! , and two flat fields for whatever games they choose to invent . For the whole family; even in high season the excellent pool will never be crowded by the max (I'm told 26) Guests, and the location gives easily driveable access to many towns and villages (and their local markets), Chateaux's, Abbey's, river valley activity sites and some lovely restaurants.
We were there at the end of summer (Mid September) , when Europe is back to school, and the weather getting less warm and predictable, making the whole area a little too quiet for us , but that was our problem .
If you want a typical Gite in a Southern France, a summer idyll offering quiet, (but with the option for some holiday company) , a rural playground for kids and enough to gently explore off-site. This one is for you.
A very honest review and it was a pleasure having you as our guests.
This place was perfect for us. The gite was just as described in fact better in real life , everything was clean and well maintained this was the first time of bringing our dog to france the garden was secure and safe ,we could relax knowing she would be safe .The weather was not great so we didn't use the pool but it looked very inviting . The Wi-Fi was fast and the gite was very well equipped, loved every moment .There is plenty of sites to see ,the folder in the gite has lots of information on places to eat and visit . Pam and Charlie were great hosts thank you.Over 12 years of visiting France this was one of the best places we have stayed ,We will be back. look forward to seeing you next year thank you again, Nick and June
PS would recommend to friends and family as long as they don't book when we want it
Thank you for your review and it was a pleasure having you as guests.
South of the Cricket Line
Driving south from Limoges in Limousin, the landscape and architecture suddenly begin to take on a more southerly look. Instead of grey slate, the roofs become terracotta tiles with quaint sloping angles. Instead of grey granite, the walls become honey coloured limestone or rusty red sandstone. Cooler, greyer northern France is left behind and you enter Aquitaine and Dordogne, where in summer the crickets sing from dawn till dusk, followed by the nightingales. You have crossed the invisible line into southern France!
You will not want to travel much further if you have driven from a channel port that day. So what have we here in northern Dordogne bordering on Corrèze and Haute-Vienne? This is the borderland between France and Aquitaine, scene of so many battles during the hundred years’ war, a land of stunning fortress chateaux, built mostly to keep out the English - or the French, depending on which side of the border they happened to be. Some towns were repeatedly sacked, pillaged and burnt by the opposing armies. One castle, Excideuil, withstood two sieges by the English king, but the town around it was burnt to a cinder. In Excideuil also was born the first troubadour, Bertrand de Born. Perhaps the whole idea of chivalry came from this little area in Périgord. Enough of history – what about the weather?
Long hot summers last from May until September. Just enough rain keeps the landscape deliciously fresh and green. It is, after all, called the Périgord Vert, and even when there is a dry summer it does not turn the landscape brown or glaring white (as it can so often be only a short way south). Winters here are delightful, with frosty dry weather, sunny days and very little snow. When it rains it is usually very wet, but mild. Spring and autumn are distinct seasons, reliably unreliable. The colourful local farmers’ markets keep pace with the seasons so you know where you are in the year. Temperatures are a noticeable degree or two higher than in Limousin, but only rarely reach the dizzy heights so frequent in the Midi and Mediterranean regions.
This is the undiscovered corner of Aquitaine, quiet, unspoilt and rural. Fewer Britons have bought here than have been descending on the fashionable river Dordogne area. Being an hour away from the tourist hot spots means uncluttered roads throughout the summer and easy access at all times of the year.
One huge advantage is the easy access to Limoges, Bordeaux, Brive and Bergerac airports flying direct to many UK cities. The new A89 motorway provides good links to Bordeaux and the coast to the west, and to the ski slopes of the Massif Central to the east. The A20 links the area to Paris and the north, and to Toulouse and the far south.
This is what makes La Roche Chabrelle a superb destination for your holiday whether you are a family or just a couple.