La Rochette

Nailhac, Dordogne
+33 (0)6 70 71 35 07

An original stone fireplace graces this Perigordian retreat - close to Renaissance chateaux, rivers, ravines and the Grotte de Lascaux


7 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 9

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Loll on the lawns, sprint to the pool, take in the valley views. This exquisite estate, high on a hill, includes an elegant 18th-century manor, a very comfortable gatehouse (yours), and formal gardens designed by the late Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury. There’s not another house in sight.

Food lovers will be in gourmet paradise: goose, duck, truffles… can be found in the village restaurants – walk or drive down for supper. Strike out from the door to the magnificent Chateau de Hautefort where guided tours can be arranged. Head further to the river town of Montignac, for the Lascaux caves and the twice-weekly market.

Return to the comfort of a cool, high-ceiling’d living room, and a roaring wood-burner for chillier days. The little village has the basics and a handy supermarket on its edge.

La Rochette - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The immaculate gardens
  • Swimming in a pool with a glorious view
  • The delightful beamed sitting room
La Rochette - Gallery

You should know

  • The double bedrooms in the eaves are accessed via a steep stair and share a bathroom
  • There is a public road running next to the lodge house, but there is very little traffic
  • The pool is also used (discreetly) by the owner when he is in residence


  • 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 Saturday
Check out
By 11am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 3km.


Nightly price
from €150
Weekly price
from €1400
1 House for 9
From €1507 beds4 bedrooms


I visited La Rochette when its owner, Tom McDonald was still envisioning its restoration with the expertise of the conservator that he is. Unerring taste and the eye of an artist is shown in every detail and vista. The sense of place with deep roots in the old Aquitaine complement the sense of gentility afforded by its owner. Oh yes, I would return.

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The neighbourhood

You can walk (four km with a lot of ups and downs) or drive to the village, which lies at the foot of the Château de Hautefort, which is famous for its architecture, history and gardens - Thomas can arrange a private guided tour in English. Enjoy the small shops, restaurants and museum of the history of medicine. Nearby is medieval Tourtoirac, best known for its geological caves discovered in 2010. The privately-owned Château de Losse is embellished with stunning formal gardens (Thomas can arrange a tour here too), while the Auvézère valley is a must for kayakers and ramblers.

Local points of interest from Thomas McDonald

  • La Rochette is located just four kilometres from Hautefort, the majestic 17th century chateau with French formal gardens and a 30-hectare English-style park.Private guided tours of the chateau in English can be arranged by your host.
  • A few kilometres away is the village of Tourtoirac, with a recently opened geological cave.
  • The nearby valley of the Auvezere river cascades through gorges and is an exceptional natural beauty and ideal for rambling and kayaking. Two remarkable sites:Forges of Savignac-Ledrier and the Papeterie de Vaux
  • Twelve kilometres to the east of La Rochette is the medieval village of Saint Robert, listed as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France.
  • Within 30 minutes of La Rochette is the beautiful town of Montignac, site of the world-famous Lascaux caves.Near Montignac is the lovely Renaissance chateau of Losse.
  • The medieval old town of Terrasson with its 12th century bridge over the Vezere river is complemented by Les Jardins de l’imaginaire, a 6-hectare modern garden designed by the famous architect Kathryn Gustafson.


Thomas McDonald

The charming American owner, an international lawyer, bought this estate in a state of dilapidation and with tremendous erudition commenced its restoration. He is the General Secretary of the Foundation of the Château of Hautefort. He lives in the manor house and is available to advise guests on places of interest to see in the Périgord.