The Honeymoon Gatehouse

Nonards, Dordogne
+44 (0)7968 836001

Charming cottage overlooking a lake in the grounds of a 15th-century chateau, with opulent rooms and peacocks roaming the garden


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

This timber-framed cottage is set across a little bridge over a stream, and has plenty of windows giving a light and airy feel. Three terraces look out onto a lake, the stream and the garden, and beyond it are low wooded hills and open countryside.

Helpful house manager Chris will greet you and is on hand if you need anything. Find sparkling wine, water, juice and milk as well as jam, ham and cheese in the small but perfectly equipped galley kitchen, and a shop within walking distance. Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, an eight-minute drive away, has a great choice of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Get comfy on one of the squashy sofas set around a huge inglenook fireplace, or watch TV or read in the snug upstairs. Fire up the barbecue and eat outside against the backdrop of the chateau or in the summerhouse; archery, shooting and croquet can be arranged and hot air balloon rides, horse-riding and canoeing are available nearby.

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We think you'll love

  • The atmosphere of the chateau grounds, with its serene lake, babbling brook and nature all around
  • The beautifully designed and perfectly finished interior
  • Eating outside overlooking the lake on summer evenings
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You should know

  • You have to drive to find bars and village life
  • The kitchen isn't huge


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. 7 nights in high season. Massages, Archery, Croquet, Canoeing, Horse riding & Hot Air Ballooning available.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants, 5km.


Nightly price
from €225
Weekly price
from €1575
Pets by arrangement, €25 per day. Cleaning, €50.
1 Cottage for 4
From €2252 beds2 bedrooms


Driving through the arched gates of Chateau d’Arnac you feel immediately calmer and more serene. Swans glide on the glass-like lake, peacocks strut amid mature trees and a babbling stream runs right past your door. The Honeymoon Gatehouse is a stone’s throw from the main chateau yet entirely discreet. Inside is a real treat for style-followers. If you’ve had a honeymoon, have another, and even if you've no excuse for one. You don’t even need the wedding.

Sheila, Sawday's Inspector

My partner and I stayed at the gatehouse of Chatea D’Arnac last June for a couple of weeks. We had the most idyllic stay, the cottage is full of charm and superbly comfortable. The beds were better than home, wonderful! Whilst Breakfasting on the terrace we were joined most mornings by the peacocks Boris and Claude, politely asking to join up, such characters. The area is amazing, we loved our canoeing trip down the Dordogne. There is so much to see and do, we will definitely come again.

Nina, London

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The neighbourhood

This is a popular area for birdwatching, and walkers and cyclists often come across deer and even the occasional wild boar. Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne has a winding river with parkland walks, and within a 10km radius there are five Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Brive is a 25-minute drive and has restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres as well as museums and galleries; Limoges is 1.5 hours' drive.

Local points of interest from Sarah Tetley Hall

  • The honeymoon Gatehouse is within the secluded private grounds of a 15th century Chateau. The house over looks the lake and has the river Menoire running past its lower terrace.The sound of the water will lull you to sleep. Star gazing is a must too.
  • The Chateau has many historic conections , it was the last place that Marshal Ney slept before he was arrested outside Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne . It was a safe house for English airman shot down over France, during the war & school children from Paris.
  • There are many things to do in this beautiful region ,, visit colouful markets . caves of Lascaux. Pech Merle. Gouffre de Padric .The gardens of Eyringhac, Marqueyssac and Limeuil. Music festivals , opera in the summer months .Canoeing is a must too.
  • We have several resident tame peacocks who will come for breakfast , they are love madalaine cakes and cheese, The geese and ducks are happy to help with the baguette too. We have a small boat for a gentle row round the lake, a summer house for reading .
  • Beaulieu -sur Dordogne has a magnificent Roman abbey , shops, hotels bars and supermaket all five minuites drive away.with twice weekly markets and a lively atomsphere .


Sarah Tetley Hall

The chateau and gatehouse are owned by Lady Sarah Tetley-Hall, who is descended from the Yorkshire brewing dynasty and has used her extensive design experience at Chateau d'Arnac and The Gatehouse. Sarah contrasts her busy life in the UK with quiet spells at the chateau. The Gatehouse is looked after by manager Chris, who lives in an apartment in the chateau.