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Rigal - Self-catering in Dordogne

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Lieu dit Rigal, 24150 Cause de Clerans, Dordogne
Aquitaine, France

Chris Holton

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+33 (0)6 02 28 30 64(mobile)

The Dordogne flows through the gastronomic heart of France, where stunning villages cling to rock faces and historic riches are in store

Off the main road, climb the hill, and lose yourself in 116 acres of woods, fields and doe-eyed cows. This is Rigal: a pale-shuttered 1700s manoir with a medieval tower, and a low-slung mellow-stone farmhouse. The owners, warm-hearted and charming, open up the main house to guests from May to October (and move to the nearby village). You can come as a party of six, or eight, or combine the two houses for a glorious gathering. Rigal is bliss for city escapees and especially families, with its all-wood playground, super-safe pool, table-tennis, rabbits, pigs and ponies. As for the interiors, they are warmly contemporary, from the kitchen of the manoir (raw stone walls, transparent chairs, huge stainless-steel oven) to the farmhouse’s stylish west-facing patio. Come for the first strawberries in April, the wild orchids in May, and the wines all year round, from famous Monbazillac to tiny appellations. Stock up at Lalinde’s Thursday market (8km); kayak down the Dordogne. Back home are outdoor seating areas where you can chase the sun or shade. In the bedrooms: polished floors, drenching showers, dreamy mattresses, delicious bedding.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Swimming pool
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Local points of interest from Chris Holton:

Local points of interest from
Chris Holton:

  • Rigal is at the heart of the stunning Dordogne, a gastronomic, historical and natural feast for the senses. From Michelin stars to humble local Auberge restaurants, 1000 chateaux, vibrant markets for truly fresh produce and diverse vineyards.
  • Visit magnificent Sarlat, beautiful villages that cling to the riverside cliffs, chateaux of Beynac, Castelnaud, Bridoire, Milandes and stunning Marquessac with its acres of box hedging beautifully manicured, Easter egg hunts in spring, candlelit in summer
  • For food lovers try the Vieux logis in Tremolat for an unforgettable lunch or evening and then search out the Auberges such as Les Truffieres, Reyberrot or Queyssac offering home grown traditional french cuisine at incredible value, 4 courses for €13!
  • Take time to explore the local vineyards from the sweet desert wines of Monbazillac, the smooth St Emillions, Chateau Tiregand and Terre Vielle. The pleasure is discovering hidden vineyard treasures and tasting the wine surrounded by the ripening grapes.
  • Explore the ancient history of the Lascaux caves and paintings, the natural wonders of Proumeyssac or Mexange Grottes, marvel at the surroundings as you canoe down the river gazing at the chateaux, kingfishers darting to and fro and enjoy the tranquility.
  • You can of course just relax at Rigal, swim in the pool, go for a run , walk or cycle in the nearby woods or help us feed the animals each morning. Sit in the shade and read a good book before a BBQ, watching the deer cross the fields as the sun sets!
Points of interest

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  • 1 House for 8
  • , 1 Cottage for 6
Price:(i) £550 to£2200 per week

Extra beds available at no extra cost.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights; 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Parking on-site. Pets by arrangement.


Restaurants 3km.




Lieu dit Rigal, 24150 Cause de Clerans, Dordogne

Self-catering Le Manoir (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles (en suite), 2 twins; 1 bathroom, 1 separate wc
Price: (i) £ 995 to £ 2200 per week
Self-catering Farmhouse (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 2 doubles, 1 twin (all en suite)
Price: (i) £ 550 to £ 1375 per week

Chris Holton

Visit website

+33 (0)6 02 28 30 64(mobile)