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Two luxury cottages, each with private heated pool in the Dordogne - Guardian's Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Guardian's Cottage

The Guardians Cottage is a large two bed-roomed cottage with en-suite bathrooms, private heated swimming pool and all modern facilities. Sleeping 4-6 it is suitable for a family or group of friends.

The front door leads into a light and spacious open plan dining and sitting room, with patio doors leading to the private terrace and garden. Modern comfy sofas, a double sofa-bed and restored furniture from the region complement each other to create a relaxing living area. WiFi, TV, stereo and DVD player are also on hand. Off this is the large fully equipped modern kitchen with views to the river in front.

The first bedroom blends soft natural colours with stone walls and oak beams. A king-size bed, antique sofa and a luxury en-suite bathroom provide the perfect nights rest. Patio doors lead to the terrace with wonderful views beyond.

The second en-suite bedroom has an antique double and single bed with patio doors that open onto the courtyard and terrace.

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Chez Bigot Gites

2 stunning gites, each with private heated pool set in 20 acres with all the comforts of home.

Deep in the Perigord Vert, hidden in a small valley just outside the village of Busserolles is the estate of Chez Bigot (the ‘t’ is silent!), a small Chateau built in the 1600’s and once a forge supplying cannonballs for the Napoleonic wars.

The buildings have been extensively restored to provide the owners main residency and two holiday cottages within the 20 acres of pasture and woodland. The grounds are bordered on three sides by the river Trieux.

The Guardians Cottage is a beautiful, large two bed-roomed cottage (with only 1 step) with en-suite bathrooms and all modern facilities. Sleeping 4-6 it is suitable for a family or group of friends.

River View Cottage, newly renovated, is a spacious 2 story gite, with two en-suite bedrooms and views over the meadows to the river.

Both cottages have been renovated with a blend of new and old. Traditional lime walls with original oak beams prevail. Antique furniture compliments new comfortable sofas and beds.

Being passionate about the local food, the kitchens are fully fitted enabling you to prepare the fresh produce from the markets.

Both cottages have there own private space outside, with large patio doors leading to terraces with gardens beyond, perfect for outside dining. Each cottage features a private salt water pool with heating, extensive decking and comfortable loungers.

At River View Cottage, there is a wonderful natural bathing area shaded by large oaks.

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Summary of things to do:

Explore our river and land: We have 20 acres of fields, pasture and woodland, much of it bordered by the river, to wander within, fly kites or simple find a shady spot by the river (perhaps at one of the hammocks) and while away a couple of hours. There are pigs, chickens, ducks and sheep, usually with lambs, and we encourage supervised visits and petting. The river, mostly paddling depth with the occasional deeper pool to swim in, it is extremely tranquil and picturesque. An area through the woods has been cleared to provide a river walk – find a shady spot and try your luck at fishing. I’ve been informed that trout are even to be found, but they have evaded my attempts so far.

Other swimming spots: Busserolles village, a 10 mins walk has a lovely river fed swimming lake. It is only 3 feet deep with sandy edges, enticing streams through the woods and plenty of dragon flies, frogs and minnows to keep the children amused.

St Estephe lake: Recently restored, the lake and surrounding woods provide a wonderful and safe beach with lifeguards, free canoes and pedalos, wonderful walks in the woods and a pontoon to traverse the lake itself. There is a restaurant with great views over the lake and several snack bars providing simple refreshments.

Markets/Food: OK, so one of the gems of French rural life are the markets. This area is recognised as the Gastronomic centre of France with particular focus on cheese, especially goat cheese, duck, foie gras, prepared meats, vegetables and fruit (the local strawberry's are fantastic). There are markets most days of the week dotted about the place and each has a distinctive feel and flavor and are worth stopping for.

Many of the local restaurants specialise in regional fare, fois gras, duck, confit and truffles often feature on their menus and we can advise on the best places to go.

Walking/cycling: The Perigord Vert is still extensively wood covered with gentle hills and each commune has marked trails, ranging from 5 kms to 25 kms. Rarely used (but still well marked) the trails weave through woodland, past farms and small villages, over rivers, often providing arresting views. Maps and advice can be provided.

We can also arrange the hire of bicycles from a nearby company and have the (fully serviced) bikes delivered when required. The roads are quiet and cycling is an excellent way to explore the area.

This is one of our favourite activities. Montbron (20 mins) and Brantome (40 mins) are the closest and suited for half or full days canoeing. Indestructible plastic one, two or three person vessels are available, with lifejackets and drums to dry store your belongings provided. Montbron is quieter and perhaps slightly less picturesque than Brantome, but both provide miles of quiet water with the occasional weir or mini rapid to provide the adrenaline. Years of erosion has provided small caves and overhangs within the limestone walls, with the occasional fairy tale chateau perched high. You have ample time to either let the gentle flow do the hard work or paddle ahead, find a private cove to picnic and explore. At the end of the day, you are collected and transported back to your car, taking 15 minutes by road to cover the 3 hours of canoeing! Children must be six or over and be able to swim. Our kinds love it and so do I!

Fishing: I've mentioned you can fish in the stream here on the property and with a license, there are rivers in abundance in the immediate area. However, fishing has been taken to more professional levels with a number of fishing lakes in the area. Many can be utilised for the half day/day and stock mostly Carp with sizes exceeding 50 to 60 lbs, Perch, Roach, Zander and Pike.

Places to visit: Despite being rural, there are a multitude of places to visit. The Chateaus of La Rochefoucauld and Rochechouart are nearby, Brantome is our own 'Little Venice' and St Jean de Cole is one of the prettiest villages in France. Organised Tree Climbing adventures, superb Karting and Horse Riding cater for all age ranges if a little adrenaline is required. The cities of Angouleme, Limoges and Perigeux are all within one hours drive and have wonderful historic centers to get lost within and plenty of boutique shops.

More details of activities, places to visit and restaurants are detailed within our website,

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Mary Adamson
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2018

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We take a 25 % booking deposit, this then becomes the security deposit while you are staying with us. The deposit is returned on checkout.
We require that the rental fee be paid in full one moth before arrival.

A welcome hamper can be arranged for your arrival.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Busserolles around the Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
  • Both bathrooms are very private, spacious and modern. All towels are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • The first bedroom blends soft natural colours with stone walls and oak beams. The king size bed, antique sofa and a luxury en-suite bathroom provide the perfect nights rest. Patio doors lead to the terrace with expansive views of the meadows and woods beyond. The second bedroom has an antique French double and single bed with patio doors that open onto the courtyard. It also is en-suite with a bath and overhead shower. There is a double sofa bed in the sitting room and a cot is available on request. Both bedrooms are complimented by cotton bedlinen and plenty of wardrobe space.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The cottage is set in 20 acres of pasture land and woodland, bordered by a river. There are several walking routes in the commune that are easily accessible from the cottage. The proprietors live in the main house and will be available for advice on the area, to make restaurant bookings etc.


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Guardian's Cottage
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

What can I say the cottage was so spacious the pictures don't do it justice. The location, garden etc. was just as described, a little stroll down to the stream for the children to play and us to paddle. Feeding the pigs, sheep and chickens was lovely, the pigs used to come scampering up when they heard us coming, so friendly. Mary, Tom and family were so helpful, I can honestly recommend it as a truly great place to stay

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We spent four weeks at Guardians and it was just wonderful. Beautiful, peaceful, tranquil. The cottage is lovely, comfortable, well equipped and cool in hot weather. Easily the most relaxing holiday I have had, ever.

Thank you Mary!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
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Wonderful setting & beautiful family friendly gite in rural Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our week at Chez Bigot, the hosts were extremely knowledgeable about the area & helpful in giving us tips of things we would enjoy. They have renovated the Gites to an excellent standard with real charm & practicality. With a baby and toddler in tow they provided everything we needed and we had so much space to roam and explore.

We loved our week here (despite being a little unlucky with the weather) and wouldn't hesitate in rebooking. Perfectly set up for 2 small families, there was shade arranged outside when the sun did shine but the cottage remained cool. The pool was fab too, and extremely safe with young children.

A wonderful part of the rural dordogne, but close enough to visit places such as Brantome.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Peaceful and picturesque setting. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the lovely countryside and towns around. The owners are very welcoming and friendly. The property was very comfortable with a super pool in the private garden. Would book again!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Templecombe, Somerset UK

Perfect peace and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

In a beautiful, peaceful location this comfortable well equipped cottage, with the bonus of a personal pool, has been our perfect holiday "home" where we have been able to get away from it all for the past three years - next year already booked - can't wait!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Lovely gite and location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Guardians Cottage. All the rooms are very generous in size and well equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Mary and Sam were so helpful and always there to offer advice on where to go if needed. Having our own pool was great and it was lovely and warm and clean. Evenings were spent walking down to the river to do a bit of fishing (we caught quite a few) and drink a couple of cool beers and then later, back at the gite sitting in the garden watching the little owls feed their young. There is so much wildlife to see, so many places to walk, rivers, lakes , some lovely old towns and villages and a really good market just down the road a few miles.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
58 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
The Auberge des Artes
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
St Estephe Lake has a lovely beach

Chez Bigot is found just outside from the sleepy village of Busserolles. There are several market towns (Piegut, Nontron and Brantome) and chateaux within an hour's drive. The local market is in the town of Piegut and is one of the oldest and busiest in the Dordogne. The nearest coastal resort is La Rochelle, some two and a half hours distance. However you do not need to go to the seaside for a swim, Busserolles has it's own swimming lake and there are fantastic facilities at both St Mathieu and St Estephe.

If you would like to visit cities we are placed within 1-2 hours drive of Angouleme, Limoges, Bordeaux and Bergerac. Each of these has it's own individual identity and are all well worth a visit.

There are lots of activities to entertain people of all ages, there are several equestrian centers nearby, a world class go-karting track, canoeing and caves.