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 Napleonic 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 originally housed the caretaker’s family and has now been converted to a charming Gite, providing luxury accommodation on one level for those wanting to relax from the day to day stresses of modern life.
The Guardians Cottage is a large two bedroomed cottage with ensuite bathrooms, all modern facilities and a private salt water heated pool.. 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 large patio doors leading to the private terrace and garden. Modern comfy sofas, a double sofa-bed and restored furniture from the region compliment each other to create a relaxing living area. A stereo, games and DVD player are also on hand once the sun sets. Off this is:
The large modern kitchen with views to the river in front and equipped with oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge-freezer.
The first bedroom blends soft natural colours with stone walls and oak beams. The kingsize bed, antique sofa and a luxury ensuite 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 open onto the courtyard and direct access to the bathroom with a bath and overhead shower.
Both bedrooms are complimented by Egyptian cotton bedlinen and plenty of wardrobe space.
Outside there is a heated pool with large terrace, enclosed courtyard with barbecue and lawn. The garden has views over the open countryside and woods beyond.TripAdvisor property ID 3338610...Read more
The Guardian's Cottage Busserolles, Aquitaine, France
Additional Location Information
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.
The Dordogne is known as the stomach of France and you will find restaurants to cater for all appetites and budgets. Many of the local restaurants specialise in regional fare, fois gras, duck, confit and truffles often feature on their menus.
For those more adventurous visitors there are lots of outdoor activities nearby. There are several swimming lakes with canoeing, crazy golf and restaurants within a fifteen minute drive. Guests can also enjoy canoeing, horse-riding go-karting and acrobranche. There are also fantastic examples of prehistoric caves.
However we find that most guests are happy to relax in their private garden enjoying the tranquil countryside. Children love playing in the river catching crayfish and mussels feeding the pigs ducks chickens and sheep.
How To Get To Busserolles in Dordogne, South West France
Driving: Calais is about a 7 hour drive; Caen slightly less. Driving in France is quick and easy. The motorways are generally clear, Paris can be avoided and there are plenty of rest stops on the way down. Most manage the trip in a day.
The area is very well served by local airports - carriers such as RyanAir and Flybe have several fights each week from all corners of the UK coming into Limoges, Bordeaux or Bergerac, where a car can be hired. Taking the Eurostar and then TGV, the station to arrive in is Angouleme, where again a car can be hired - we are 45-minutes from both Angouleme and Limoges.
With sufficient notice, and depending on the number in the party, we can meet you in either Limoges or Angouleme, and provide transport to our property. We can also help with hire cars etc if required.
But why not forget about the car. Book a flight and we can pick you up, arrange for bike hire (or bring your own) or simply base yourself here for a walking holiday - we can drop you off and collect, arrange for packed lunches and trips to the local markets etc
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations, Rural retreats, Waterfront
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