Le Rigaudou

Saint Denis lès Martel, Lot

Explore the Dordogne's renowned châteaux and villages; return to tranquil, stylish gîtes to soak up the breathtaking natural landscape


3 places


Each sleep 2


Set above the limestone cliffs of the Dordogne valley, Mireille’s tasteful gîtes reflect her passion for art, gardening and calm. Three miles from the lively medieval market town of Martel, between Rocamadour and Sarlat, they look out over a lovely garden and a pool bordered and scented by lavender and roses. The gîtes blend beautifully into this tranquil landscape. All have original art, decorative paints, modern bathrooms with Italian showers and robes… and no pets or children to mar the peace. The traditional 18th-century stone cottage cloaked in wisteria has a large sitting room, two bedrooms under the eaves, a chic shower room and a shady dining terrace with views across the valley. The two comfortable cabins, in the lee of a little oak wood, are perfect for couples: open-plan living areas, smart kitchenettes, covered terraces.  It’s an ideal base for visits to this valley’s celebrated caves and châteaux, country walks and horse riding – or for just lazing and re-charging your batteries. And should the restorative beautiful surroundings not be enough, you can always practise French with Mireille, a charming host. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
Check out
By 9.30am


Nightly price
from €85
Weekly price
from €600
Damage deposit
1 House for 2
From €852 bedrooms
2 Cabins for 2
From €851 bedroom


We stayed in Reynoird gite. It has been superbly designed and created by Mireille in terms of space, style, décor and practicalities and utensils, with her generous hospitality to match. The location is peaceful and ideal: extensive views with woods, local walks, farmland and a warm swimming pool to return to. We've been to the region before so the following were among the new visits: Martel + excellent market square and historic steam train are within 4 km; the Padirac limestone chasm, a genuine natural-world wonder is close; Sarlat was well worth a further drive.

Simon, Frodsham

Made to feel very welcome by charming and helpful hosts. Gite well provided for. The tranquillity of the place makes for an ideal break from the rat run of modern life. Lovely, and made the more so by a drinks party organised by the hosts on the last evening.

John, Shrivenham, swindon

We went to Rigadou for our honeymoon and it was both breathtaking and beautiful. Mireille and Viviane were perfect hosts helping us with places to visit, things to do, booking restaurants and they even held a little celebration for us for our wedding. The accommodation is beautifully decorated and really shows off Mireille's flair for interior design and the outside area with the terrace is wonderful. The view is magical and the use of the pool is such a bonus. It is a wonderful area and we would love to return to the gites and explore even more of the Dordogne.

Holly, Retford

The gîtes du Rigaudou are hidden in a mysterious oasis of peace, green and breath-taking nature. Trees, a myriad of flowers and a stunning view on the distant hills set the scene for a most relaxing week. The chalet itself beggars believe: the warm Swedish and welcoming appearance of the outside is simply outdone by the clever and cosy decoration inside. The hostesses Mireille and Viviane are welcoming, smart, engaging and helpful. Their tips on what to visit, and where resulted in one of our best holidays ever. Mireille is an interior designer, which explains the marvellous surrondings.


We spent a week in this ideal place where the nature and scent are all around you. We instantly felt the calm and serenity the site offers. The house, finely decorated and with much taste, overlooking the valley, is very nice and convenient. We visited the major sites, Rocamadour, Goufre de Padirac and lovely medieval villages located near the gite. Don't go back home without tasting the French specialities. We were delighted! Warm welcome from the owner who ensures our comfort and gives us valuable advice on the region. A beautiful week to rest and enjoy everything the region has to offer.


We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the Le Rigaudou cottage which sits in a really beautiful and secluded location, and has been very tastefully restored and well equipped. This was all complemented by the welcome and care with received from our truly charming hosts.


The cottages are ideally located near Martel, excellent starting point to visit the region. The cottages are extremely clean, functional, well equipped and decorated with care, taste and elegance. Romantic cozy nests nestled at the edge of a wood, they offer a breathtaking view. Watching the stars on a deck chair or having dinner by candle light on the terrace were our favorites hobbies after long days of sightseeing or canoeing. The owners welcomed us very warmly, gave us helpful tips and discussing with them was a real pleasure. Thanks for this great experience & the sweetness of the place.


We arrived to a wonderfully warm welcome and felt instantly relaxed. We stayed that way for the entire time, lazing by the pool and admiring the heavenly scents from the wonderfully immaculate lavender inspired gardens. The gite cabins are decorated to an exceptionally high standard, perfectly compact with everything you need. You are influenced by the personal touch and careful hand crafted consideration given to the gites, which have been designed to give a perfect picture frame view of the stunning landscape at every opportunity. One to recommend and come back to.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mireille Munch

  • Ideally situated to visit the Dordogne valley with multiplicity of medieval towns + villages such as Sarlat, Rocamadour, Martel, Collonges la Rouge, the caves of Padirac, Lascaux, Pech Merle, les Eyzies, Lacave ...Garden like Eyrignac, Marqueyssac...
  • For lovers of outdoor activities, one can choose : walking, riding, kayaking of the Dordogne, golf & tennis
  • There are classical & jazz concerts in local châteaux and churches
  • Local ancient markets with regional products.Wednesdays and saturdays you will enjoy the very nice local market under the market-hall in Martel.
  • An abundance of restaurants offering the best of french gastronomy
  • wonderful for photo lovers