Joli Canard

Badefols d'ans, Dordogne
+33 (0)7 52 47 75 83

Feel part of local life in this small hilltop village. Wander to restaurants and a boulangerie, return to a delightful garden


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This stone-built house is set on a winding lane in the heart of the village beneath an imposing chateau that dominates the landscape for miles around. Find the bedroom and bathroom on the street level, and the living area above. Views are of higgledy-piggledy rooftops and a patchwork of woodland and fields beyond, through which you can walk marked trails.

Delightfully welcoming Joni and Ross live at the end of the garden with their young retriever. They’ll leave you tea, coffee, sugar and milk, as well as wine, eggs and homemade cake. The gravelled courtyard garden is very pretty, with plenty of room for a barbecue, a table with an enormous parasol and pots of herbs, climbers and ornamental plants. 

Stroll to the boulangerie for your morning croissants; there are also two restaurants nearby or you can drive to Hautefort, 6km away, for shops, a Wednesday market and several restaurants. Périgueux, about 45 minutes by car, has the best daily market; Lascaux, Sarlat and Brive are all about 45 minutes away.

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We think you'll love

  • Joni and Ross – they are such thoughtful and enthusiastic hosts
  • The village and the chateau views from the garden
  • The peace and quiet, with just the sound of church bells and bird song
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You should know

  • There’s no parking at the house, but plenty close by
  • There are steep, narrow stairs between the bedroom/bathroom and living area
  • The outside of the house doesn’t look as attractive as the inside


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 5 nights in high season. Children over 2 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast hamper, €7 per person. Picnic, €10 per person. Dinner, from €15 for 2.


Nightly price
from €60
Weekly price
from €420
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available (to sleep 4 in total) €10 per person per week. Cleaning, €20.
1 House for 2
From €601 bed1 bedroom


What a gem ! Never been to this edge of the Dordogne before, but had a fantastic week in this lovely gite. The village was delightful, and bizarre as it may seem, 'Very French'. with not many other holidaymakers around. This made it feel that we were actually in a foreign country. Accommodation was first class and more than adequate, plus perfectly clean. The kitchen area was well stocked as we enjoy cooking for ourselves as well as dining out. Local auberge was authentic with friendly service and good food and wine. Great local walks in open countryside. Hosts, Joni and Ross 5 star service

john, Henfield

This was a magical place to stay and gave my wife and me a taste of the real France. The garden is a great place to chill out, but we also enjoyed the walks around the surrounding area. It is also a great base for touring the local villages. The gite is well equipped and easy to relax in. Ross and Joni were very helpful hosts. Can't wait to go back!

Graham, Dunfermline

Had a great stay at Joli Canard. Lovely villa beautiful decorated with everything you need. Cute garden area where we ate, drank and enjoyed the sunshine. Joni and Ross are really welcoming and friendly hosts and gave us great recommendations for places to visit, walks and cycle routes. Will definitely visit again.

Alex, Scotland

What a lovely peaceful gite. Within walking distance of bakery and village shop. The local restaurant and bar just a stroll away! Overlooking a chateau ... ! Ross and Joni helped us have a perfect holiday.

Ali and Graham, Truro

My husband and I loved our stay at the Joli Canard, the property is comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Excellent walks in and around the village, lovely restaurants all in all a true french experience. We will miss enjoying the peaceful garden and village views each morning.

Joan, London

A great relaxed home-from-home in the heart of a delightful village set in beautiful countryside, with ample opportunities to explore the area and 'real' France rather than the frenetic tourism of much of the Dordogne.

Patricia, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You can completely immerse yourselves in local life here. For a small village, Badefols d’Ans packs a punch with two restaurants, a boulangerie, a charcutier and a general store stocking wine and local food. There are plenty of sign-posted circular walks leaving from the centre – great if you have your dog with you - ask your hosts about details.

Local points of interest from Joni & Ross Snedden

  • If you've a long day planned and fancy a night in, we offer our guests a selection of delicious evening meals made with locally sourced ingredients.
  • Treat yourself to a French tradition; amble around a choice of summer night markets in the area.
  • The Joli Canard is a very calm and peaceful house, inside and out. It lends itself well to picking up book or note pad to jot down a memory of our lovely Perigordian village, perhaps the lovely roof tops that flick up at the ends, like a jolly hat!
  • Slow your holiday down, spend time exploring the local 'vide-greniers/brocantes' which you will find in abundance. There's always room in your suit-case for a small treasure or two!
  • Soak up the Perigordian atmosphere, eat and drink like a local at our village restaurants, both known for their honest local produce and relaxing settings.
  • Our favourite, on foot, by bike, with or without a four-legged friend. Walk the walnut orchards, smell the fresh air and breathe in the good life, whatever the season!


Joni & Ross Snedden

Ross and Joni had good jobs and a lovely flat in Edinburgh but were very short on quality time together, so decided to buy a smaller base in Scotland and up sticks to France. They have worked incredibly hard to get their gîte ready for the 2019 season and have ambitious plans to improve it further. Their aim is to provide a peaceful, relaxing and comfortable place for guests to enjoy while they explore the surrounding region.