Le Tilleul

Négrondes, Dordogne
+33 (0)5 53 07 00 07
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A cosy and pretty old cottage for rest or romance, with garden and pool in a small hamlet surrounded by walnut orchards and mixed woodland


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Babies welcome

The Experience

Unless you’re a total minimalist you’ll feel happy the minute you open the rose-framed front door: there are books and games, antiques, deep armchairs, lovely artworks and a cosy wood-burner for chilly evenings. A simple kitchen has all you need for holiday cooking (with a barbecue outside too) and a welcome pack of basics, plus a bottle of local wine awaits.

Your own gravelled courtyard is shaded by the Linden tree (Le Tilleul) but catches the morning sun – lovely to have a leisurely breakfast or a cup of tea here after a swim. The 10-metre pool is shared occasionally with the owners but still feels very private. You’re welcome to wander out of your French windows to the west-facing rear garden; a peaceful spot with only birdsong to disturb.

Walk along trails through magnificent woodland directly from the cottage, hire bikes, join the Vézelay to Compostela Pilgrims’ Way, sample truffles and foie gras from the local markets along with some glorious wines, feel very French.

Le Tilleul - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being lazy and having a continental breakfast delivered (extra charge)
  • Sightseeing, walking or biking all day then coming back to a cooling plunge in the big pool before firing up the barbecue
  • Lighting the wood-burner and feeling very cosy with a book, film or each other
Le Tilleul - Gallery

You should know

  • A car is essential
  • Shower room and loo are downstairs
  • You have a hob and microwave, but no oven


  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. 5 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Continental breakfast available by prior arrangement, £12 pp.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £455
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 2
From £651 bed1 bedroom


Le Tilleul is the perfect property for a stay in this delightful area of France. The gite is tastefully decorated and equipped with everything to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. James and Sheena are the perfect hosts: warm and welcoming. The pool is simply stunning - one of the best we've enjoyed in 20 years of holidaying in France. The gite is truly wonderful and we would highly recommend staying here - you will not be disappointed!

Alan & Claire, Lancashire

A delightful place to stay. As soon as you enquire, you discover that Sheena & James are excellent hosts. Communication is excellent, the booking process straightforward. Pre-arrival information tells you all you need (including fail-safe directions). The warm welcome and charm throughout your visit makes you feel right at home. With hosts like this the accommodation is lovely. The cottage is pretty and charming, cosy but also cool in the heat. The gardens are a delight and the pool is a wonderful spot for a swim or to laze in the sun with a book and a drink. Go! - you'll love it.

Adam, London

We had a delightful time at Le Tilleul. James and Sheena were most attentive and helpful hosts and we were very much at home from the first evening. Supper under the Linden tree was a daily occurrence, as was swimming in the lovely pool. We also ate extremely well locally in St Jean de Cole. Each day was rounded off with a stroll down lanes serenaded by cuckoos and golden orioles. We would love to return.

Liz and Chris, Norwich

A home from home! We both agreed on our second evening, staying with James and Sheena truly felt like staying with some old family friends. From our initial enquiry on Sawday's to the moment we left, we were so well looked after - neither of us wanted to leave! James gave us all his best local knowledge. Not only did we arrive to the most gorgeous place, but we were also greeted by the most delicious lasagne made by Sheena and a perfectly stocked fridge. Lovely walking routes, a heavenly pool, delicious local wine, the perfect place to unwind!

Izzy, London

We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this comfortable and peaceful gite. Sheena and James were most accommodating to our needs and we really appreciated their thoughtfulness in stocking our fridge, the loan of ironing apparatus and the availability of the pool. We had most of our meals under an immense linden tree(Le Tilleul) in our courtyard and depending on the time of day enjoyed the accompaniment of birdsong. We followed our hosts suggestions and explored several villages and towns through parts of the Perigord, wetting our appetites for a return visit!

Michael, Salt Spring Island Canada

We had a restful and tranquil stay in this comfortable and well equipped house. James and Sheena are welcoming and friendly hosts but we also had our own privacy. It’s such a pretty area with plenty to do and see and it was lovely to come back after a morning out and be able to swim and relax and eat in the garden.

Kate, London

Our stay was absolutely marvellous ! James and Sheena are not only thoughtful and caring : You enter as a guest, and leave as a friend ! The cottage has everything one needs, has a decoration of good taste and is indeed very quiet. We enjoyed the great pool, the surroundings and the area. Conclusion : We'll come back ! Ulrik & Mimi

Ulrik, Dilbeek

A perfect bolthole for two in the Périgord countryside. James and Sheena are thoughtful and caring hosts, and they have clearly put a lot of thought into furnishing and decorating this little gem.

Nicky, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're in a tiny hamlet, secluded but not utterly remote. Two small towns are just five minutes away by car, with a post office, pharmacy, good bakery and supermarket. Sorges (3.5 km) is home to Auberge de la Truffe, a fine dining restaurant known for local specialities. Thiviers (12km) has cafés and a super Saturday market. Brantôme, known as ‘The Venice of the Dordogne’, is 30 minutes by car.

Local points of interest from James & Sheena Willis

  • 'Périgord Vert' is the lushest region of the Dordogne- and the least crowded! Visit the châteaux of Puyguilhem, Bourdeilles and Jumilhac-le-Grand, and the amazing, pre-historic wall paintings of the Grotte de Villars. Beautiful countryside, empty roads!
  • A little further afield, visit the spiralling towns of Aubeterre and Uzerche, the châteaux of Hautefort and Coussac-Bonneval; the hill-top plateau of Mont Gargan, a lovely walk with stunning panoramic views, and the château and National Stud at Pompadour.
  • Pretty St Jean de Côle, with fine Romanesque church and château, is nearby. Enchanting Brantôme (the ‘Venice of the Dordogne’, straddling the River Dronne), with its ancient abbey, range of restaurants, antique shops and galleries, is 30 minutes' drive.
  • Sorges, our local town, is the truffle centre of the region. During the winter season there is a Sunday market dedicated solely to the noble tuber– bargain with the sellers! There is even a truffle museum. A local farm offers tours and tastings.
  • Foie Gras is the other local speciality; again, the local farm offers visits, as well as sales. The geese range unfenced, kept honest by the owners' sheepdogs. Buy for immediate consumption, or 'sous vide' to take home. Add a glass or two of Montbazillac!
  • We are lucky to have an excellent restaurant, 'Auberge de la Truffe, close by. Perigueux (25km) offers a wide range of eateries, as well as being a lovely town– winding mediaeval alleys, hidden squares, markets, museum. And great shopping!


James & Sheena Willis

James (a photographer) and Sheena (a fashion designer) are separated from you by a barn. They are affable and fuss-free hosts, happy to deliver a continental breakfast, give you a lift to a walking route, share their garden and pool and generally be around if you need them. Otherwise they'll leave you to your own devices. You’ll see their friendly English setters loafing about.