Jovelle - La Chartreuse

Léguillac de Cercles, Dordogne
+33 (0)5 53 56 51 19

Find modern interiors and a shiny-smart kitchen. A springboard for the Dordogne and Saint Émilion


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

White walls, pale oak floors, peace – city chic in country calm. This 14th-century property, rigorously renovated by the owners to meld original features to modern spaces, is an old monastic site. They live across the courtyard in the main house (where the abbot’s house was), ever ready with help and local lore. The open-plan living area covers the ground floor: quarry tiles, a grand fireplace, antique furnishings, underfloor heating. At one end, the smart convivial kitchen is a cook’s delight. Bedrooms are bright, uncluttered spaces of oak boards and sandblasted beams; high-class bathrooms have robes and locally made toiletries. The garden has several dozen well-established trees, a dining terrace and a heated saltwater pool (in season) with a shower. You are well-placed for exploring the Dordogne, the vineyards of Saint Émilion and pretty riverside Brantôme.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights, 7 nights in high season.
31 October - 1 May.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals can be ordered from a local caterer. Restaurants 15-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £112
Weekly price
from £780
Damage deposit
£200 payable on arrival
1 House for 4
From £1122 bedrooms


We feel very lucky to have found this place. It is a beautifully appointed and well equipped gite,in a peaceful, unspoilt location. It was an ideal holiday for a burnt-out city couple looking for tranquility. The saltwater swimming pool is heavenly- surrounded by fragrant roses and trees. Our hosts Christopher and Sally were friendly and charming. The only difficulty we had was leaving.

Annee, Oxfordshire

Sally and Christopher have created a fabulous escape for the whole family. We managed the trip from Somerset to the Dordogne in a day, complete with bikes and kayak and spent a fantastic 10 days exploring the region. The kids loved the pool, table tennis and the gardens surrounding the property, which led to lots of exploring to find lizards and even wild otters! The house is furnished with the British family in mind - excellent beds, comfy seating and great outdoor dining. Fabulous towns and restaurants are aplenty all within 20 minutes drive. Will be making a return trip.

Ben, Somerset

We had the most fantastic holiday at La Chartreuse. The house was really well kitted out and very comfortable. The pool was beautiful and the setting was idyllic. Sally and Christopher were an unexpected bonus - hugely insightful and helpful with local intel as well as being funny and charming. They were so generous with their home and garden and made us feel entirely at home. Sadly we didn't see much sun in our first week so we stayed on for an extra few days. I suspect the weather is the only thing that Sally can't help you with although I'm pretty sure she tried...

Jo, Bruton

La Chartreuse was exactly what we hoped it would be. We had a wonderful week, with a healthy mixture of sight-seeing, eating in/out, and relaxing. Our two daughters, aged 9 and 7, loved the pool and their spacious bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The house has been beautifully done and is a really good size for a family of 4, and the space outside and surrounding area is very peaceful. Sally and Christopher were perfect hosts, attentive and informative before and during the holiday without being at all over-bearing. We would heartily recommend La Chartreuse.

Edward, Cranbrook

My husband and I spent a luxurious week here with our children aged 6 and 10. Sally and Christopher were great with the kids and very helpful to Richard and I, booking us a wonderful restaurant on the night of our arrival and advising us on places of interest to visit. The accommodation feels luxurious, clean and homely and is set in stunning countryside. We will definitely be visiting again.

Georgina, East Molesey

Very comfortable and spacious. Tranquil and rural with a large garden, pool, terrace and a table tennis table. You can really hear the rustle of nature here as there is no man made noise, only the wildlife, and the trees even. Well located to explore the northern Dordogne and especially Brantome.

David, Cambridge

We had a wonderful summer holiday with our 8 and 5 year old. The house is really thoughtfully laid out, very comfortable and calmly decorated with everything you need. The garden and pool are a delight and Sally and Christopher fantastic hosts, going above and beyond the call of duty. Very highly recommended.

Patrick, Devon

Everyday breakfast views to rabbits jumping in the meadows, morning swims, trips in the medieval countryside and lullabies from nearby frogs (... it is France after all :)) Together with our kids aged 3 and 9 we had a wonderful summer holiday at Jovelle. The guest house was both splendid and spacious. Modern, with bathrooms an suite, pool area etc. but without compromising the authenticity of the magnificent property that John and Sally has discovered and restored. Quiet and the quintessential French country holiday - with a bit of luxury. What a gem!

Jakob, Holte, Denmark

I’ve stayed in a few different cottages with my wife and two kids on holiday in France and this is the best. Sally and Christopher offer a very warm welcome and their attention to detail shows through in this superbly equipped property which is set in a lovely, quiet part of the Dordogne. My kids loved the pool and Christopher kindly put up a table tennis table for us as well which we all enjoyed. The property is very spacious and ideal for families. Highly recommended.

Pete, Worcester

We had a great week here in late July with our two young kids. The house is spacious and private, with a great big garden field for the kids to run around. The pool is 20 seconds from the house and kindly reserved for guests. The area is full of places to visit with great restaurants (Brantome and Perigueux in particular). There’s a boulangerie one minute’s drive up the road. And Sally and Christopher were hospitable and very helpful (beyond the call of duty really) but not intrusive, full of useful local tips. We usually never go anywhere twice but in this case we might!

Ben, London

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at La Chartreuse. The house is very tastefully decorated and so spacious and comfortable with plenty of room for our 16 month old to practice his walking! The house, garden and pool are all extremely well maintained. We enjoyed the views from the terrace and the pretty surrounding countryside and had fun exploring the local towns and villages. There is also the possibility to do some lovely walks from near the house. The owners were extremely welcoming and helpful and we would thoroughly recommend La Chartreuse.

Selina, London

We enjoyed our stay at La Chartruese very much. Furnishings are really tasteful and good quality; the accommodation is well positioned to give lovely views and also privacy whilst feeling 'under the wing' of the beautiful main house. Having the pool to ourselves was fantastic, also table tennis in the barn, short morning walk to the village for bread/croissants, lots to do within driving distance (Perigeux, chateaus, lake activities). Our hosts were so welcoming, going of their way to ensure our comfort even coming to our rescue when we arrived tired and provisionless after a late flight!

Anne, Frome

We had a very enjoyable stay here. The weather was not very warm but the house was cosy, and it made us explore the area, going as far as St Emilion and down to Perigeux. The gite is extremely well equipped and very comfortable. Considerable thought had been given to all the small details including the welcome pack. The local town of Brantome caters for all your culinary needs, good restaurants, market and supermarkets. The owners were very hospitable and helped us make the most our time there. Can strongly recommend this property.

Marilyn, Walton on Thames

We had a wonderful week in this beautifully furnished, immaculately clean cottage. Exclusive access to the swimming pool was fabulous and when the children were not in the pool, they were either playing table tennis or talking to the cows from the farm next door! The white company bedding, towels and dressing gowns was a wonderful addition and the master bed was the comfiest of any rental property we have stayed in. Sally and Christopher are fabulous hosts. Would certainly recommend.


My family and I, including two young children had a lovely restful holiday here. Well positioned close to excellent market towns and villages, the cottage offers home-from-home comfort with white company bedding and soft towels which are replaced when needed. The cottage is extremely clean and well maintained. We found Sally to be a perfect host - even popping our supper in the oven as we arrived late on the first day! The cottage is next to a farm, so the cows do make a noise sometimes, but this just gave us an excuse to drink more wine in the evening. A really lovely holiday.

Hannah, Nottinghamshire

We have just returned from our third visit to la Chatreuse. We have been to other places in between but nowhere as good as this for cleanliness, comfort, elegance and tranquility with a pool that is perfect for a hot day. Surrounded by true rural beauty and with a warm welcome from Sally and Christopher a stay here is an absolute delight. In our view unbeatable. We shall certainly return.

Graham, Edinburgh

This is a fantastic holiday cottage; beautifully furnished, immaculately clean and with linen that ensures you have the most comfortable of stays. The pool is perfect for adults and children and we had a lovely week. The owners could not be more attentive but are careful to maintain your privacy. It is a lovely cottage, ideal for those looking for a quiet, relaxing week away from it all but also is a great spot for days trips to many local towns and nearby attractions. The strongest possible recommendation.

Max, Nottingham

We stayed here for two weeks with two good friends and had a wonderful holiday. The accommodation was spacious and spotless, the location peaceful and the weather very good ensuring the pool was in regular use. Very nice to have a shaded area next to the pool and a changing room, as well as a courtyard to play boules. Sally and Christopher(John) supplemented the ample supply of books and leaflets with current information on restaurants and places to visit and were very friendly and helpful. Brantome and Riberac were close and visited often.

Rod, Saffron Walden

A beautiful gite in a beautiful setting. Well appointed gite with an excellent large pool set in rolling countryside. Table tennis and boules were good fun and helped work up an appetite for eating on the terrace.

Sarah, Cambridge

Lovely house, lovely pool and peaceful surroundings supplemented by very helpful and accommodating hosts. Plenty to see and eat within an easy drive. The house had a good mix of modern facilities and antique furniture and paintings and felt very welcoming. It was spotlessly clean. The pool was beautifully maintained and situated on a terrace. We had a lovely holiday - thanks Sally and Christopher.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John & Sally Ridley-Day

  • Relax by your own heated pool. On site we provide children's games, a large sand pit, books, croquet and table tennis. Walk or cycle in the lovely Dordogne countryside. You can hire bicycles locally.
  • Enjoy canoeing on the River Dronne or explore our two Nature Reserves with their sandy beaches, boating and bathing facilities. Restaurants available when you feel peckish.
  • Visit fascinating Prehistoric sites, Bastide towns, medieval villages and 'Chateau fort'. Many historically well presented.
  • Explore the many caves, grottoes and rock dwellings of prehistoric man in the massive limestone cliffs.
  • Take in Roman Périgueux with its impressive Villa, many good shops and restaurants, theatre and a modern cinema complex.
  • Sample the many weekly farmers markets with their superb local produce and specialities. Regular markets also sell a wide range of clothing, linen and pottery.