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The Gite at Rigal Farmhouse

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Description from owner


Perfect for an Easter break, chicks, rabbits and real Easter egg hunts!Sun, fun & luxury living. Stay at our stylish family-friendly farm with heated salt water swimming pool in a beautiful corner of France & you may never want to leave.Your holiday at Rigal is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and authentic French farmhouse experience.Our three-bedroom child-friendly farmhouse nestles in 100 acres of organic pasture and woodland on a low intensity, free-range organic farm and is ideal for up to 6 guests plus cots, perfect for a family or a family travelling with grandparents who have their own ensuite bedroom on the ground floor.The children can immerse themselves in safe and peaceful country surroundings, explore the extensive outdoor space and play equipment, make friends with the farm animals and help to feed them every morning, a highlight for the children ( and often all the family)Our completely renovated farmhouse has:3 en-suite bedroomsLarge lounge diner with

Perfect for an Easter break, chicks, rabbits and real Easter egg hunts!Sun, fun & luxury living. Stay at our stylish family-friendly farm with heated salt water swimming pool in a beautiful corner of France & you may never want to leave.Your holiday at Rigal is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and authentic French farmhouse experience.Our three-bedroom child-friendly farmhouse nestles in 100 acres of organic pasture and woodland on a low intensity, free-range organic farm and is ideal for up to 6 guests plus cots, perfect for a family or a family travelling with grandparents who have their own ensuite bedroom on the ground floor.The children can immerse themselves in safe and peaceful country surroundings, explore the extensive outdoor space and play equipment, make friends with the farm animals and help to feed them every morning, a highlight for the children ( and often all the family)Our completely renovated farmhouse has:3 en-suite bedroomsLarge lounge diner with woodburner and fabulous fireplaceModern fully equipped kitchen2 private terraces overlooking our 100 acres12x6m heated saltwater pool with verandah, sunloungers2 play areas for the children, netted trampoline, toysDaily animal feeding, plenty to see and stokeExtensive equipment for toddlers and babies including:• Cot(s) and linen, fitted cot sheet, top sheet, blanket• High Chair• Booster seat• Baby Monitor• Changing mat and/or changing table• Steriliser• Stairgates (where needed)• Potty• Child's Loo seat• Child's step• Plastic cups, crockery and cutlery including weaning spoons• Bath Toys and non-slip mat• Hand held blender• Bed Guard• Blackout blinds/curtains/shutters in child's bedrooms• A range of age appropriate outdoor toys• A range of age appropriate indoor toys and books• DVD player, screen and children's DVD – on request• Microwave• Night lights in children's bedroomsINSIDEOur farmhouse is a classic honey-toned Dordogne stone building, renovated with care and attention to ensure a beautifully decorated interior with a contemporary French feel.The huge open plan sitting room and dining space, with a high exposed beamed ceiling, has two comfy sofas positioned in front of the fabulous ancient fireplace with a wood burner.Family evenings, or taking a break from the French sunshine, are easy with the children helping themselves from the dresser full of toys and books or snuggling up in front of the television with UK satellite television or a movie from the DVD library.French windows look out over a terrace and the huge back garden leading onto the medieval-designed organic vegetable patch, fields and woodlands.The large dining table has plenty of space for all the family to enjoy meals together, with seating for up to 12.Whether its preparing a simple breakfast or rustling up a French feast, cooking in the bright and airy kitchen is a pleasure - and there's plenty of room for the whole family to get involved. Fully-fitted with Shaker-style units and a double butler sink, it's equipped with all the usual mod cons including an oven/hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave.A kitchen table with stools is perfect for snack time.And there's no need to take all your laundry home with you as there is also a washing machine, neatly tucked away in a cupboard under the stairs.Also on the ground floor is a delightful double bedroom, with a king-size bed, designed to ensure a good night's rest or relaxing afternoon nap.This bedroom is perfect for grandparents who might like some space and privacy, or may find negotiating the stairs difficult. Alternatively, the room has plenty of space for a cot if being used by a couple with a baby.A modern bathroom is accessed directly from this bedroom and the kitchen.Upstairs, with child safety gates at the top and bottom, are two bedrooms in the renovated attic space. The landing and bedrooms have sloping ceilings and beautiful exposed beams.The stylish master bedroom, with feature oak beamed, has a king-size bed, separate dressing room and en suite shower room. There is ample space for several cots in this relaxing bedroom.A twin room, with an en suite shower room, is a lovely children's bedroom and also has space for a cot.OUTSIDEThe private rear terrace is the perfect place to enjoy adult time in the evening when the children are in bed and it's position takes full advantage of the wonderful evening sunshine.The private front terrace overlooks the tree-shaded courtyard, furnished with a table, chairs and barbecue, where there is a swings and slide set for smaller children.At the far end of the courtyard is the fully-enclosed 12m x 6m salt-water, heated swimming pool, with Roman steps for easy access, enclosed by fencing and a self-locking gate and featuring two splash alarms.Poolside shade is provided by a covered veranda and there are plenty of sun loungers for relaxing.Beside the pool is a large, netted trampoline and, a little further up a gentle slope towards the woods, sits a second very large timber play set for older children.Designed by British company Treetops, the play houses, swing, slide, climbing wall and climbing net are sure to be a magnet for older children and provide hours of creative play.There is a good view of the play equipment from the pool area, allowing grown-ups to enjoy some quiet time while the little ones play to their hearts' content.The farm also has plenty of friendly animals to see and stroke, from pigs to cows, rabbits to guinea pigs, ponies to doves.Or you can visit the rare breed chickens - and maybe even collect some eggs - which share their stone-built home with the farm's resident ducks

Further details indoors

The Gite can comfortably sleep 6 plus cots and a floating bed if a child wants to or needs to sleep in a different room.With 3 en-suite bedrooms ,a kingsized bedroom and twin bedroom upstairs and a kingsized bedroom downstairs with en-suite bath/shower room.Both the king sized mattresses are pocket sprung orthopedic and very comfy.There is a wooden cot and a travel cot if required. There is a new fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and washing machine, a spacious lounge with wood-burning stove and satellite television and DVD player. There is a dining area and outside you will find a walled courtyard to the front and to the rear a terrace and grassed area for BBQ's (provided) and watching the sunset. Everyone comments on how spacious the gite is and that it looks like it is straight out of a magazine..which is it....Country homes and Interiors Feb2011 and Living France March 2011Of course there is WIFI to keep you up to date with waht's happening in the world as time seems to standstill at Rigal. Eco-TourismLe Rigal estate is run organically, our pastures were officially recognized as organic in 2014 ; no chemicals are used on the pastures and re-cycling is a way of life. You will find recycling bins close to the gite where paper, card, plastic containers, boxes, bags, bottles, tins, cans and so on can be collected and recycled. A composting system is in place and most kitchen waste (apart from meat) can be composted. The compost produced is then spread onto our organic vegetable plot. The wood burning stove in the gite is an environmentally friendly form of heating (if required!) using wood coppiced and collected from the estate.There is also wood burning central heating making out of season visits warm and comfortable. The salt water pool conforms to all the latest safety and filtration standards. The pool is a salt water pool thus avoiding chemicals that damage the skin and environment.We have a variety of livestock, including several ponies. Much of the estate is grazed by cattle all safely fenced and we have a flock of hens and ducks including rare breeds.

Further details outdoors

Outside there is a new large heated salt-water swimming pool, table tennis, swings, sand-pit and a trampoline with acres of space for games of frisby, badminton, football or cricket in a safe environment. There is woodland to explore and walks straight from the front door. With farm trails, areas to make dens, and feeding the animals the children who come to stay at Rigal have so much to do.There are laminated details of all the marked walks in the local area. There garden is best described as parkland as there is so much of it! but in the courtyard there is an apple orchard with very safe gardens you can view from the comfort of the patio.There is a terrace in front of the gite with table and chairs for dining( bbq providied) and also a table by the pool for relaxed poolside dining. There are sun loungers and wooden chairs by the pool. At dusk you can often see deer and hear owls hooting, crickets cricketing! and frogs croaking.We have a variety of livestock, including several horses and ponies.There is Misty the sheepdog who keeps a watchful eye on our small flock of rare breed free range chickens. The rest of our land is grazed by cattle.

Location description from owner

The Dordogne region

One of the most beautiful parts of the country. The gite is nestled in an area called the golden triangle where there are more tourist activities available area per square mile than any other area. Chateaux , vineyards ( our own special pechamant region is on our doorstep) rivers, the beautiful Dordogne and Verzere can satisfy any canoeist of any age. The area is renowned for its gourmet restaurants and home produced foods and the markets host the most amazing array of fresh produce from the region. With beautiful honey coloured villages, some perched clinging to the side of rocks and others set around planned squares and courtyards the medieval Bastide towns beckon you to have a coffee and take in the atmosphere and the history of the area.


There is so much to visit on our doorstep. The local village boasts the ruins of the oldest castle keep in France, honey coloured houses and pretty roof lines. There are local fetes and fayres in the summer and medieval fayres at Issigeac and Cadouin during July and August. Every Thursday there is a huge market in Lalinde all year round with wonderful fresh produce, ( the area is famed for its strawberries and the olives are delicious) and interesting local goods. The area is wooded which makes for wonderful walking and cycling along shaded paths. The pecharmant vineyards are dotted around producing excellent wines and Chateaux les Merles less than 5 minutes away has a wonderful restaurant, bistro and golf course. There hand made paper mills on the river Dordogne 10 minutes away dating from the 18th century and of course canoing and water skiing at Tremolat a short distance away. The problem is deciding what not to do or whether to do anything at all!!

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Key Info

  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly


  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Super King Beds, 2 Single Beds, 2 Cots available
  • 1 Family bathroom, 3 En suites


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Table tennis
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking


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About the owner

Chris and Jacqueline H
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Languages spoken: English, French

This Farmhouse has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 27 Aug 2009. Located in Dordogne, it has 19 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £550 to £1275.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 Aug 2016.


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“The perfect family holiday”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2013

The Gite at Rigal is simply perfect for a relaxing family holiday... the gite itself provides great accommodation, three big bedrooms and loads of living space. We have great memories of sitting in the wonderful 'farmhouse' kitchen looking out to the gardens. The facilities at Rigal are perfect, particularly for young families. The pool is delightful, and the extensive gardens provided endless hours of fun for our three year old. Highlight of the day was the trip to feed the pigs and other animals.

“Perfect holiday for the WHOLE family”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2013

It's not easy to find some place that will keep three generations happy, but the Gite at Rigal has everything my children, my wife and I and my mother-in-law could ask for. The gite itself is lovely and spacious, and well laid out for extended family. The children loved playing in the pool, feeding the animals, collecting eggs and just running about. Chris & Jacky were warm and welcoming. The area is gorgeous and full of great day trips, from medieval castles to pre-historic grottoes to hanging gardens. The local produce is outstanding and the local wine both cheap and tasty. We can't wait to go back!

“Everything you could ask for”

Reviewed 28 Jun 2013

A lovely gite in beautiful surroundings - even with 3 small children everything was catered for - toys, books, DVDs Really relaxing, we hope to come back next year!

“Wonderful relaxing Gite with everything you need for kids...!”

Reviewed 16 Jul 2012

This was our second stay in the Gite and again we had a truly wonderful time. Chris and Jackie have thought of everything that their guests might need and especially for those with children (cot, travel cot, pushchairs, highchair, baby bouncer, bed guard, stairgates, baby bath, toys and DVDs galore and so much more - which means you can leave your stuff at home which makes travelling so much easier!). We had great weather when we stayed (up to 34 C!) and the solar heated pool was just a lovely temperature. We have stayed in many French properties in the past with unheated pools and it is just so much more pleasant! The kids loved the animals on the farm and the climbing frames, swings and slides. I could not imagine finding a better holiday Gite in France. Thanks again

“Perfect in Every Way”

Reviewed 11 Apr 2012

Chris and Jacky are warm and hospitable, we could definitely see ourselves being friends with them! Their property is beautiful, lovingly maintained and the gite we stayed in was in excellent condition. The home was amazingly child friendly containing everything from a crib and high chair to toys, books and dvd's. All of our daily excursions came off of the list that Chris & Jacky provided which was great as we did not have to do much legwork! We would without a hesitation recommend either the Manor or Gite at Rigal to any friend, family or stranger. The surrounding ares are beautiful and filled with great castles and gardens. We would most certainly return to Rigal for another visit.

“My little piece of heaven.. totally relaxing and unspoilt.”

Reviewed 12 Sep 2011

This is the second time we have stayed at Le Rigal and we would come back again. Our hosts are wonderful and are there if you need them and the accomodation is a home from home. Extremely comfortable and spotless. So much to do locally and amenities are only a short drive away. You really can dip into the French way of life. The children can play freely and the swimming pool is very well maintained and clean. Reluctant to recommend to too many people or we might not get our holiday next time!

“A lovely gite and a lovely location”

Reviewed 7 Sep 2011

This was a lovely family friendly trip to a gite which was full of character and with all amenities for a young family. Everything that was need was supplied. The area is very beautiful and there are plenty of things to see and do. The pool and the playground area kept the children well occupied.

“The Gite at Le Rigal, great location, facilities and hosts”

Reviewed 6 Sep 2011

Chris, Jackie, Alice and Eliza are the perfect hosts, their Gite blends traditional and contemporary accomodation set in the stunning Dordogne countryside, this was our second visit to Rigal and it did not disappoint, the facilities are well appointed with over 100 acres of farmland to explore. Wildlife is on your doorstep and opportunities for you to experience french rural life. For those who wish to explore the region you have a centrally located base with easy access to many stunning venues, restruants and atractions; whether you want adrenalin filled quad bike tours, go-karts or a visit to the stunning water park or the gentle exploration of the valleys and rivers by canoe, Rigal offers easy access to all. We have already booked our 2011 return visit!!

“Just what we hoped for a holiday gite”

Reviewed 5 Sep 2011

From the website onwards everything about this holiday gite was special.Nothing was too much trouble and Chris and Jacky were the perfect hosts.There when needed but not too intrusive.Our three children (2,6,and9) had the time of their life visiting local attractions swimming in the perfect pool or playing at Swallows and Amazons in the woods.I would recommend this gite as a perfect base to holiday in this part of France.In a nice quite area but near to everthing you would need.All in all a wonderful place run by wonderful people

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