Les Rivières Gîtes 

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Our labour of love since 2003, Les Rivieres nestles in the tranquil Lizonne River valley in the Perigord Vert natural park. Eight acres of gardens, woods and wild meadows, this is rural Dordogne at its best. Our five gites provide great family-friendly accommodation with shady geranium-covered terraces and fabulous views over the valley. Each gite has a fully-equipped kitchen, superking size beds, both French & English TV channels, WiFi Internet, outdoor dining and lounging areas and access to the pool. We offer a wide variety of activities for all ages including a games barn, gym, hot tub, fire pit, bikes, midnight swimming, walks straight from the door and a nearby private fishing lake. Savour in our themed evenings, such as the best pizzas ever on our unique ``Pizza Party`` evenings.

Facilities

Lovely views from the pool down the river valley

Lovely views from the pool down the river valley

Relax by our 14x6m pool, securely-fenced with a child-proof gate kept locked at night. There are plenty of loungers and parasols around the pool, plus free Internet access.
Wide steps lead into the large, shallow end of the pool of around 1m depth. There is a safety ledge around the 2.5m deep end. An overnight pool cover maintains water at a comfortable temperature.
The poolside paddling pool and water play table are great favourites with our youngest guests.
On warm evenings, we offer supervised night-time swimming under the lights.

Relax and unwind

Relax and unwind

Each gîte has its own private, shaded terrace for outdoor dining and barbeques. Lovely views over the river valley and woods beyond.  Watch the afternoon roll into a lazy, balmy evening with the sound of sausages sizzling on the barbeque and local wine flowing!

A peaceful haven with just the sounds of birds and cicadas to disturb the tranquillity.
Children can safely explore the grounds, go for a bounce on the trampoline, catch butterflies in the wild flower meadow or make new friends in the games barn.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Les Rivieres is set amongst the beautiful countryside of the Perigord Vert Naturel Park surrounded by wild woods, meadows, sunflowers, maize fields and the river Lizonne meandering along the valley. Great for photography, bird watching, walking , cycling and running.

Catch sight of deer coming down to the river to drink or buzzards hovering over head. Barn owls are often seen at dusk and the famous beeping frogs join the cicadas for the  evening chorus. Children can get hands on with nature safely exploring the 10 acres of grounds. They can  catch butterflies in our wild flower meadow or tadpoles and newts in the pond, build dens in the woodland surrounding the gites and chase the many lizards sunbathing on the walls.

Pizza-Party evening

Pizza-Party evening

As well as our Pizza Parties we are hoping to offer a range of themed evenings throughout the summer 2019 using our newly constructed covered terrace. Meal packages to avoid cooking on the first night and food hampers containing essentials can be arranged.

Through summer our pizza parties are a great hit using the restored wood fired bread oven. A vast choice of toppings is provided so everyone can make their perfect pizza. Served with fresh coleslaw and salad, we follow up with a selection of delicious desserts such as traditional French tarte Normande (apple tart) and tarte au citron (lemon pie).
A relaxing, informal evening with traditional wooden games for the kids to play.

 

Cycling

Cycling

The quiet lanes and rolling countryside surrounding les Rivieres are ideal for cycling.

We have over 30 mountain bikes of all sizes available to borrow at no extra cost.

2 baby seats and one tag along are also available.

Road bikes and racers can be organised.

 

Great fun for kids

Great fun for kids

When not splashing around in our 14x6m securely-fenced pool, head to our Games Barn for a fun game of ping pong, billiards, table football and air hockey.
You will also find two trampolines, a football pitch, badminton court, sand pit, slides and swings in the grounds. Children can play freely, expending their energy in a safe environment, chasing butterflies in the wild flower insect maze or building a den in the bluebell woods.
We have over 30 bikes of all sizes, two with child seats and one tag-along. Available free of charge.
Our  Pizza Party evenings are always a big hit with both adults and children.

 

 

Hot Tub

Hot Tub

Unwind in the Canadian log fired hot tub. Ecologically powered by locally sourced timber, the tub is situated on a private terrace surrounded by beautiful oak and willow trees with views down the valley.

Fishing Lake

Fishing Lake

Our private two-acre fishing lake is a short five-minute walk from the property. It’s secluded, peaceful setting is the perfect place to unwind. Left untouched for some 12 years, we are getting the better of the brambles and have happily discovered that the herons have not eaten all the fish. The lake is well stocked with bream, carp, pike, pumpkin seed fish and other native fish species. There are also big carp specimens of 20lb-plus to look out for.

Make the most of our fishing lake, a good opportunity for kids to learn to fish with a rod or catch crayfish with a net.
Rods, bait and fishing lessons can be provided.

Rods, bait and fishing lessons can be provided.

Gîtes

Comfort & Relaxation

  • Baby Friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • French and English TV
  • Linen/Towels included

La Beuronne

sleeps 12 / 6 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms

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La Lizonne

sleeps 7 / 3 bedrooms /2 bathrooms

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La Valette

sleeps 5 / 1double & 1triple bedroom /1 bathroom

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Le Lidoire

sleeps 5 / 1double & 1triple bedroom / 1 bathroom

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Martrieux

sleeps 8 / 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms

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All Seasons

Visit us all year round

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Things to do

Sports and Leisure:

Situated in the stunning countryside of the Perigord vert Natural park, a great play ground for all outdoor pursuits. Walks straight from the door, stunning wildlife and photography, quiet lanes for running or bike riding (30+bikes available), fish our private lake, play tennis on the local free court or use our fully equipped gym. Golf, go karting and pony trekking can be arranged. Many places for Canoeing, paddle boarding and tree climbling or  a day at one of the beach lakes. More at " Things to do for children "

Days out:

A must do for kids the Zoo de la Palmeyre or a day at La Rochelle with a visit to Fort Boyard , Futurescope Theme park based on multimedia cinematography.  Monkey Valley, Royan, The War museum at Oradour sur Glane where time has stood still in memorial to the lives lost in the Second world war.  Le Bournat, village and crafts from another time and the Aquarium du Perigord next door. Sarlat la Caneda and  the caves at Lascaux,  Domme, Roque- Gageac and Castlenaud plus many more...

Local Gastronomy:

Local markets full of oysters, truffles, foie gras, cepes, seasonal fruit and vegetables
Wine Tours of the renowned St Emilion region or world famous Cognac distilleries.
Quaint restaurants in unspoilt market towns such as Aubeterre or Villebois lavalette .http://www.le-lavalette.fr/

 

Places to visit:

Brantôme, the “Venice of the Périgord”. Angoulême, a vibrant city, home to the International Comic Book Festival and Classic car racing. Cognac and the distilleries of world-famous brands such as Courvoisier and Hennessy. Aubeterre and its amazing underground church and beautiful square. Bourdeilles and Château de Puyguilhem.

 

Contact

Location

Midway between the cities of Angoulême and Périgueux on the Charente/Dordogne border. Les Rivières nestles quietly in the hamlet of Nadaillac 1 km from the towns of La Rochebeaucourt en Argentine and 5 km Villebois Lavalette. Please to use the form our contact details to get in touch.:

Les Rivières, France

0033 (0)5.53.56.66.17

Nicky Gallagher

Travelling to Les Rivieries

It is easy to travel from the UK to the Dordogne, by car, plane or train. If you would like a driving route, simply click the “To here” underlined text above, put in the name of your nearest town and then press the “Go” button.

Travelling by car from the UK

The AA Route Planner can help you plan your journey: www.theaa.com

P & O Ferries: www.poferries.com
Brittany Ferries: www.brittanyferries.com

The following French ferry ports are between 7 and 9 hours drive:

  • PortsmouthCaen, several times daily, crossing takes about 5 hours
  • PortsmouthCherbourg, several times daily, crossing about 6 hours
  • Poole – Cherbourg, several times daily, crossing 2 – 4 hours
  • Dover – Calais, several times daily, crossing 1½ hours

LD Lines: www.ldline.co.uk

  • Dover-Boulogne, 2 sailings daily, 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Dover-Dieppe, 1 trip daily, 4 hours 15 minutes

Downloadable Directions to Les Rivieres from:    Angouleme  |  Bergerac  |  Bordeaux |    Calais   |   Caen

Flying is simple with regular flights to our nearest airports at Bergerac and, Limoges, Poitiers, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. If you book ahead you can get very reasonable prices. We have added skyscanner to help you find cheap flights.

Flights

With Ryan Air

To Bergerac from: Bristol,East Midlands, Liverpool, Stansted.To Bordeaux from Edinburgh.

With Flybe.com

To Bergerac from Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds bradford, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Southhampton.

To La Rochelle (end of march to October) Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton.

To Limoges from Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Southhampton.

With British Airways

From Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle, Gatwick.

With Air France

From Dublin.

Airport Car Hire

Cars can be hired from the airports and train Stations, you will need a credit card.

Our nearest railway station is in Angoulême (30 mins). Cars can be hired from the station.

 

Take the Eurostar www.eurostar.co.uk to Paris Gare du Nord then A train with a change at Lisle prevents you having to cross Paris to change stations.

  • Journey times – London to Paris – 2½ hours – Paris to Angoulême – 2½Hours

 

You can take your car on the Eurotunnel from Ashford, Kent to Calais: www.eurotunnel.com

Please note, train tickets in France cannot be booked more than 60 days before your travel date. www.sncf.fr