Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4

“Off the beaten track and off grid, too, this comfy cabin in the woods of the Dordogne delivers nature and peace in eco-friendly style.”

Highlights

Off-grid cabin down a track | light and heat provided by alternative energies | deck overlooking private lake | raft | barbecue area | hassle-free bike hire | vineyards and chateaux | local markets | pet friendly | towels, bedding and all fuels included

Description of Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4

Set on a granite promontory overlooking a huge lake and surrounded by acres of woodland, this secluded hand-crafted cabin has cosy accommodation for two or four. Stylishly equipped in a simple, rustic style, all your homely comforts are provided by a combination of alternative energies. You can even plug in your iPod to our 12-volt system!

You approach the cabin down a track with forests and lakes on either side and glimpses up to an ancient Chateau. Over the rise, the cabin and beautiful lake are laid out before you. Here, nature abounds. Sit quietly and you’ll see many interesting birds, butterflies, all manner of dragonflies, maybe wild deer, squirrels, pine martens, even wild boar! There are wild flowers of all kinds including wild strawberries, and the region is famed for its mushrooms. The cabin is kitted out with guide books on all the above, as well as binoculars, walking sticks and a compass.

While here, we recommend a visit to one of the colourful local markets, where you can buy fabulous fresh produce. Take advantage of our hassle-free bike hire and explore the many local paths and bridleways, or if that seems a bit energetic, spend a few hours relaxing on the raft listening to the fish jump and the frogs croak. There is fishing tackle, too. The cabin has an eclectic library as well as many art materials and board games for whiling away a rainy day.

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Responsible tourism: Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4

The Fisherman's cabin has a very low impact on the environment. It's been built using local and reclaimed materials wherever possible, all the furnishings have been bought or made locally, many from second-hand shops. Being off-grid means every watt counts and discourages wasteful use of electricity. The water supply is pumped and filtered from the lake so we appreciate the importance of using water carefully. There's a modern composting loo, and a stop button shower.

One of our aims is to 'showcase' greener energy options and new technologies as well as harking back to simpler times, seeking the perfect combination of a back to nature experience without having to forego modern comforts. We provide plenty of info for our guests about to the local markets, shops and restaurants so they may take advantage of the fabulous local produce and help the local economy. Hassle free bike hire is available, one of the best ways to see the local countryside.

Waste is recycled or composted wherever possible and we use eco-friendly cleaning products. We provide many extras such as basic culinary items, bedding and towels and a small supply of organic toiletries so our visitors can travel lighter.

2 Reviews of Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4

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Reviewed on 19 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Having a lake as my garden.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take other means of transport for the lake - we had a lot of fun with the raft that was there and our canoe and blow up kids dinghy

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The cabin is off-grid. Not sure if benefitting locals is relevant here

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Relaxing holiday in the middle of the countryside - birds, deer, catfish and siebenschlafer for neighbours - so pretty cool!

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Just being in such a remote location, no internet, no emails, no phone signal! Totally peace and tranquility! Having the raft was totally fab to play around on too! Also seeing the kingfisher, catching fish (returned safely to their watery home!) having deer as neighbours & listening to the stags rutting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The cabin can hold 2 adults & 2 children comfortably as the upstairs twin room is very low - if you are a grown up with back problems......ouch! But more than adequate for kids! Saying that, I kind of liked the room as the window looked over the lake.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think so, as there were no major towns we bought mostly local produce at the markets which seem to be in different areas on most days. Utilising less modern frills and fancies always has less of an impact on the environment!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Marks out of 10 - 10! Really enjoyed the set up of the cabin, very thoughtfully done with lots of information, loads of smashing little touches (loved the walkie talkies!) & fresh baked muffins as a welcome did it for me. The location was exquisite.

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