Luxuriate in well equipped accommodation, lovely gardens, spectacular views exclusive use of the gite garden and the pool area.
We have a separate entrance and garden area on the property, therefore social distancing can easily be maintained whilst you’re staying with us.
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Private heated pool - the pool is heated from the beginning of May. 11 x 5m. Large Roman steps provide easy access to the pool. High quality retractable pool cover - swim indoors / outdoors. We do not use the pool or hot tub.Learn More
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Whilst we live on site, we have a separate entrance and garden area on the property, therefore social distancing can easily be maintained whilst you’re staying with us. We have been here 20 years, so know the area extremely well. We’re always happy to be on hand for advise on where to go or more importantly where not to go. We don’t take pets as we have just got a new puppy (Jan 2023). Lula is a Dutch shepherd. We have had two large dogs over the last 19 years, so lots of experience, we lost our previous dog, Nelly (Dutch Shepherd cross) in November 2021. We were unsure whether we’d get another, but couldn’t resist. Our part of the property faces the opposite direction to the gîte. We have a separate entrance and have now fully fenced part of the garden so that she won’t both you. She’ll be a bundle of life when you arrive.Learn More
Private Gite Rental 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite shower room)Learn More
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513 Chemin du Refuge Le Mongeat Cendrieux 24380 Val du Louyre et CaudeauLearn More
Driving - we always say it is 8 hours + stops from Calais. If you’re planning to stop overnight en-route, we’d suggest you try to get south of Paris to give you an shorter journey on Saturday. Especially during high season.Learn More
We are extremely well served by flights from the UK & Belgium & Holland to Bergerac (30 mins), Bordeaux (1 hr 45 mins), Limoges (1 hr 45 mins) Brive ( 1 hr 15 mins).Learn More
Welcome to the wonderful Dordogne There is so much to do - many visitors come back time & again.Learn More
Perigord Noir is the heart of the Dordogne offering a variety of landscapes, flamboyant chateaux and the centre of prehistoric history. All the main attractions are within easy reach - of which these are just a taster:-Learn More
Boundless opportunities for walking, horse-riding, cycling, canoeing and fishing or simply relaxing by the pool or on the shores of the many lakes and rivers.Learn More
The warm summer weather and gentle winters creat a perfect environment for beautiful gardens. Too numerous to mention in detail they include: Gardens of Eyrignac & the Hanging Gardens of MarqueyssacLearn More
Prehistoric Caves, Châteaux, Fortified villages.Learn More
Excellent shopping Enjoy shopping the local way at one of the many local markets, which are held every day of the week throughout the summer.Learn More
The Dordogne is famed for it's cuisine - truffles, foie gras, duck, walnuts and strawberries. There are many restaurants within 20 minutes of Le Mongeat, ranging from a humble auberge right through to Michelin Star dining. We’re happy to make recommendations & bookings for you.Learn More
With a growing population of nearly 600, the village is situated at the centre of the Dordognes’ three main towns: 30 km from Périgueux, 35 km from Bergerac and 45 kms from Sarlat.
The village is on the edge of the Perigord Noir & Perigord Blanc
Cendrieux is located on the 45th parallel north. It has an area of 3126 hectares one of the largest communes by area in the Department.
The village relies on a mixture of agriculture and tourism. The area is a large producer of strawberries which are exported around the country. There are a growing number of gites & chambres d’hotes (B&B), given the villages’ close proximity to a large number of tourist attractions.
We have a shop which is open 7 days a week and post office within walking distance of Le Mongeat. This shop is a very small Intermarché which offers all your essential supplies - fruit & veg, wine & beer, depot de pain - bread 6 days a week.
There is a primary school. The village has many social events, with a theatre group, walking groups, numerous football teams. There are art exhibitions & concerts in the church.
Through out the year there are many village events including dinner/dances and “Marche Gourmand” where the whole village gathers in the square for food, wine, socialising and dancing.
Situated within easy reach of all the regions tourist attractions, we have some on our door step.
Situated on the edge of the village, Le Musee Napoleon (Napoleon Museum) has been open to the public since 1999. Chateau La Pommerie is owned by Count Baudoin Napoleon de Witt a direct descendent of Jerome Napoleon, Napoleon Bonepart’s brother. The collection consists of 500 family pieces, paintings & sculptures.
In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 a replica of a Resistance Camp has been created in the woods on the edge of the village. There is a marked path through the woods.
It was one of the largest resistance camps in the Dordogne in 1943/1944. The woods were difficult to access and only a few byways lead there. The density of coppice, chestnut trees, and rolling terrain, allowed the guerrillas to hide as much as possible.
The name is unique in France.
Cendrieux originally, whose first name was SENDARIUS in the 11th century, came from the Germanic "Sind" or the occitan “sendier” which means - path. Also found in other ancient documents the name of SENDREOS. (the language of Occitan = St André).
The name changed to SENDREUS during the 15th c. and has since evolved to the name we have today with a 'C'. However legend says that Cendrieux comes from the word "ash" relating to the many wars that have plagued the village.
Cendrieux has been inhabited since the first appearance of man in the region, from the Palaeolithic age 400 000 years BC. Objects such as flint tools & an axe heads have been found locally, as has pottery dating back to 5000 BC.
The village is situated on the roman road which went from Bordeaux to Lyon. There is a perfectly straight section "Cendrieux -Mortemart".
During the 17th & 18thc there was a forge (between Cendrieux & Journiac) famed for producing canon balls, using the local iron supplies, that were exported by boat from Le Bugue.
It was a way point for pilgrims traveling south. The hamlet known as "the Mongeat" (or Le Monjat) from the word 'monk', was a refuge for pilgrims.
Originally there was a fortified area / castle to defend the village against invaders, especially the Normans. In 844 and 849, they terrorised the local area, burning the local villages of Paunat and Cadouin.
The ditch surrounding the castle was replaced by a perfectly circular road.
The church was built in the 11th century from a square tower which dates from the 10th c. With battlements, and a dungeon. A tunnel (entrance now bricked up), behind the altar, enabled the population to seek refuge in the building in case of danger.
During the 100 years war against the English, ending in Castillon in 1440, Cendrieux - was attached to the Lords of Limeuil - it changed allegiance between the french & english to suit their allies. During this turbulent period, part of the exterior of the nave North was damaged by fire.
Two successive waves of plague epidemic decimated the region, reducing the population by 75%. Areas were devastated and abandoned.
The 16th century, century of peace in the area, saw a bloom in new art: Renaissance.
The Church was altered to match the style of the time. Two chapels were added on the South side and North side.
The peace was short-lived. In 1562 the area faced awful massacres due to the wars of religion. Vergt and Cendrieux were at the heart of these battles. The town was divided by the armies of the Catholics and the protestants. There was a battle in the woods of Vergt, leaving almost 2000 dead, from 12000 troops.
In 1583, a new 750 kg Bell was installed in honor of the Archbishop of Toulouse. It is now classified as a historic monument, and has recently been restored.
The renovated church is modest & belies it’s abundant history. In 1925 the church was registered as a historic monument.
Aug 2019 Bernard & Silvia (Germany) Thank you so much for a fantastic stay, especially your warm and kind welcome after our car broke down and we arrived hours later than expected. This is a wonderful accommodation and such a lovely area. We really did enjoy the pool and enjoying the sunsets on the bench with a glass of wine. Thank you for making our stay so easy. We had everything we needed in the Gite. We enjoyed our chat on the veranda. Many thanks.Bernhard & Silvia: Home away
17 - 31 August 2019 Bernhard & Silvia, Germany Hallo Alison und Alex, vielen Dank für den wunderbaren Aufenthalt bei Euch. Wir haben den Garten, die Terrasse und den Pool sehr genossen. Das ganze Anwesen ist in einem tadellosen Zustand. Man merkt die Liebe und Mühen, die Ihr in dieses kleine Paradies gesteckt habt. Bettwäsche, Handtücher und Pooltücher - alles mit dabei und auch noch mit Wechsel nach einer Woche - wir können englische Vermieter in Frankreich nur empfehlen. Nochmals vielen Dank für die unkomplizierte Hilfe am ersten Abend, als wir ohne Verpflegung spät eingetroffen sind. Wenn wir etwas gebraucht haben wart Ihr da, ansonsten hat man von Euch nichts bemerkt. In besonderer Erinnerung wird uns auch der gemeinsame Abend bleiben, den wir mit einem Glas Wein zum Sonnenuntergang spontan eingeläutet hatten. Nochmals vielen Dank für unseren schönen Urlaub und hoffentlich sehen wir uns wieder einmal im Perigord.Bernhard & Silvia, Germany: Homeaway
Aug 2019 Toni & Jeff We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the above property. Exactly as described online, wonderful gite, wonderful location, peace and quiet but not too far away from lots of busy towns. Highly recommend a stay here. Hosts Alex and Alison were delightful and made us feel right at home and always on call for advice on what to do and where to go. Great holiday with the family and looking forward to going back there again. 08/19/2019 at 12:08 PMToni & Jeff: Home away
Aug 2019 Daniel & Jo One of our best family holidays ever. Alison and Alex were impeccable hosts with excellent local knowledge, we had great neighbours and beautiful weather. The pool and hot tub are brilliant, especially with the additional peace of mind of the cover and the gated area - great if you have small children who can't yet swim. Our children (aged 7 and 3) also absolutely LOVED running around the large garden. Cendrieux is good location for exploring the Dordogne. We'd particularly recommend the Tuesday market at Le Bugue, and the Saturday night market at Audrix. We also enjoyed swimming in the lake at 'Parc de Loisirs de Neufont' (about 20 mins drive away). We miss our evenings on the terrace watching the spectacular sunsets. We'd definitely stay with Alex and Alison again. Review left on Google Maps Aug 2019Daniel & Jo: Google maps
August 2019 Thank you so much Alex & Alison for a fabulous stay. 2 weeks of pure relaxation and far away from London life. We can highly recommend Lac du Neufont (pleasure beach) Au Bon Accueil, Limeuil Chez Julien, Paunat Aux Fils des Saisons, Audrix Le Moulin de apporte il, Campagne (Le Bugue) Intermarché, Le Bugue (supermarket) You made sure we had the very best time. Dan & JoDan & Jo: Chez Nous
June 2019 An ideal location, and fantastic gite for our summer holiday. The gite is very comfortable and is decked out with everything you need on holiday, with the AC units especially welcome given our stay coincided with a European wide heatwave. Alison and Alex were wonderful and knowledgeable hosts which made planning activities easy. Their useful advice and insights elevated the enjoyment of our stay as their recommendations facilitated some great meals, wonderful excursions, not too mention a few bottles great local wines direct from the vineyard. We can't recommend this place highly enough.Nicole & Ryan
June 2019 Cendrieux is a good place to explore the Perigord. Alison and Alex are the perfect hosts at this romantic estate, just like a little British garden. And the gite with the kitchen, where everything is thought of. Wonderful! If you try the hot tub (maybe with a glass of the marvelous French wine, then you know what is meant, when we say, "Living like God in France!".George & Suzanne R (Austria)
Sat 25 May 2019 Left on HomeAway Fantastically equipped in a fabulous location Another fantastic holiday at Le Mongat! The breathtaking views and tranquility make for a wonderful holiday. The gite is very well equipped with everything you could ask for. The owners Alison and Alex are very welcoming and informative yet discreet, we’ll be back.Chris H: Homeaway
Aug 2018 Fabulous holiday !! We had a wonderful time for the 2nd year running. The gite has everything we need and the pool are garden are kept to perfection. Nothing is too much trouble if you need anything and Alex and Alison (and Nelly) are perfect owners and hosts! Kay BondKay B: Home away
Aug 2018 Visit to the Dordogne Our French holiday was wonderful, thanks in every respect to Alex & Alison. We stayed in a lovely gite, that had everything we could hope for and more. Alison was so generous with her time and talked us through places we might like to visit whilst there. She was so,proud of her piece of haven and made places & activities sound that good........we did it all. Great to come back for a nice dip in the pool and the jacuzzi. It was wonderful, fantastic, well situated gite and out standing host. Thank youPatricia T: Home away
July 2018 Lovely gite in excellent location This gite has been the ideal place to spend our two weeks holiday. It is situated on the outskirts of a village, within walking distance of a well stocked shop, (walking every morning to pick up our croissants was a great start to our day). There is lots to do and see in the surrounding area, and all within easy reach, the roads were very quiet and even cycling was a joy along the country lanes. Alex and Alison were excellent hosts, and full of local knowledge. Their restaurant recommendations were really good, and Chez Julien in Paunat was definitely our favourite. With the pool and hot tub, plus the quiet of the countryside setting, and everything we needed in the gite, there wasn't really anything else we could have asked for in a holiday destination.Colin M: Home away
May 2018 Wunderbares Erlebnis Hier in der Dordogne lässt es sich wunderbar aushalten! Die Landschaft ist sanft, grün und fruchtbar. Überall gibt es herrliche Märkte mit noch herrlicheren Lebensmitteln, Gemüsse, Gänse- und Entenleber, Käse, Wein. Wie im Paradies. Dazu kommt der Aufenthalt bei Allison und Alex in diesem bezaubernden Garten, dem schönen Pool, dem erholsamen Whirlpool (beides leider zu wenig genutzt). In der Gite fehlt einem nichts, gemütlich, sauber und komfortabel. Sehr zu empfehlen!!Georg R: Home away
October 2017 A very comfortable gite with all facilities. This is a lovely place to stay and relax in wonderful surroundings. Lovely large garden with superb pool and hot tub, and views over country side. You are in the country, but not too far away to explore all the region has to offer. We would recommend and owners Alison and Alex are discreet, but always there if you need them.Val B
September 2007 2005 Thank you for our introduction to the Dordogne. The memory of the incredibly warm pool is one we will cherish. The boys think you are the best hosts ever & we cant think of anything you’ve not provided. The boys are already asking when we can come back. We hope to return soon. Caroline, Jason, Sam & Louie, London, April 2014 The gite, pool & gardens were perfect. Best of all was the hospitality and kindness shown through out our stay. Thank you for allowing us to share your home - keep on doing what you’re doing, you’ve got it cracked. David & Eileen, Sept 2012 We knew from your immediate email response & kind offer to “set us up with a few things” that we would be in for a treat. Proven correct ! by your wonderful hospitality & excellent recommendations. Harriet & Alec, USA, May 2012 Our home away from home. See you next year. Dean & Debs, London (July 2013), July 2012, Sept 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2007Debra F
October 2017 Séjour agréable en Périgord Gite confortable et conforme au descriptif. Accueil agréable de la part des propriétaire. Idéalement placé car proche de nombreux sites touristiques. La piscine et le jacuzzi sont un vrai plus (même fin OctoberPhilou C: Homeaway
September 2017 Le Monjat, a pearl in Cendrieux France My wife and I have just returned from two weeks in this exceptional two bedroomed Gite 'Le Monjat'. The Gite and it's facilities are second to none, it is beautifully maintained by the owners and exceptional host's Alex & Alison Wright. Alex & Alison, are a gregarious welcoming couple who own this and other great properties in the commune of Cendrieux. If you are looking to stay in accommodation located within beautiful countryside surroundings, then we would whole heartedly recommend 'Le Monjat' without exception.Ginny B: Homeaway
August 2017 Perfect holiday Gite Extremely well equipped and clean Gite. A very comfortable base to explore the area. Beautiful garden with views. Pool and hottub were really good. Alison and Alex were excellent hosts. Shop and restaurant near by. Bikes were available for us to use. Would recommend to anyone.Christine S
August 2017 A pleasant gite in lovely surroundings We had a really enjoyable stay here. The gite had everything you need and was clean and modern. The garden was lovely, very well maintained and a bench and little swing chair is provided for you to enjoy the gorgeous sunset which you can see every night. The owners are very welcoming and friendly. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the neighbouring town because Cendrieux is in a quiet area but there are loads of attractions nearby.Jayne N
August 2017 Absolutely brilliant! We had an absolutely brilliant two weeks and feel so rested, it feels like we stayed for longer! The gite was perfect and there was nothing missing - we had everything we needed. The pool area is so clean and again has everything you could want. Alex and Alison and of course dear Nelly are wonderful hosts and nothing was too much trouble. We can't wait to return next year and booked before we left! We would highly recommend staying here to anyone looking for peace and quiet and plenty of relaxation in a beautiful part of France. Thank you for everything!!!Kay B
June 2017 Just wonderful! No expense spared If you've come as far as reading the reviews don't hesitate and book now, you will not be disappointed. Alison and Alex are wonderful hosts, they aren't at all imposing but are there if you need them. There are two gites, both have been furnished to an extremely high standard with everything you could possibly need. We felt very relaxed and it certainly felt like a home from home. The garden is beautiful and well maintained, plenty of shaded areas. The pool could not be better, it's clean, warm, a good size and the UVA/UVB cover is fantastic especially if you have a baby or young children. We had a fantastic holiday and really hope to return.Melanie B
July 2016 Wonderful holiday What can I say about our stay with Alison and Alex !! From the moment we arrived until our very last evening, we were absolutely thrilled with everything from the pool to the sun deck. Having never before been to the Dordogne, we found A and A's knowledge of the area to be really helpful. We managed to eat at their favourite restaurant (twice) !! Having been on numerous gite holidays in rural France, I can honesty say that everything was perfect, even down to the oyster opener !! We ate and drank with A and A and have rarely felt so relaxed. Alex gave me advice on which lake to fish and where to fish and I managed 10 carp over the two weeks, with the biggest just under 30lb. I'm so glad I took my strong line. We will most certainly be returning to Le Monchat....if only to throw the ball for NellieKevin B
May 2015 Another wonderful holiday at Le Monjat We have stayed at Le Monjat many times and it just gets better and better, we now refer to it as our second home! We spent three glorious weeks in Gite 1 in June. The accommodation and facilities are as described and maintained to a high standard. Having such friendly owners as Alex and Alison living (discreetly) onsite is a bonus and we spent many an enjoyable evening together sharing a bottle of wine. There is so much to see and do in the Dordogne area and too many lovely restaurants to mention and we are looking forward to our next visit to test the new and long awaited restaurant in Cendrieux. I would definitely recommend Le Monjat Gites for a memorable holiday.Jane G
June 2021 Catherine C, Northern Island Comments reasons for booking next summer I saw your house on Chez nous which we've used several times over the years and I tend to go to the owners' site if it's listed. There were many things that appealed apart from the lovely house and gardens. The fact that you provide all the linen and towels (several sites were charging for linen packs separately - with no pool towels!); that there were bikes for small jaunts; that you had looked at all the details that make a holiday house comfortable and that you were obviously thinking ahead about Covid all contributed to a feeling of generosity and hospitality that was very different from other advertisers.Catherine C: Chez Nous
July 2020 Emilie & Catherine, David & Stephanie Merci beaucoup pour ces vàcances . Votre accueil, votre gentillesse ...la soirée avec la collection d’Alex ... Merci pour le jaccuzi ! Quel beau couché de soleil ! Le calme le jardin magnifique .. «jardin Anglais » ;) A bientôt j’espère je manquerai pas de revenir avec ma femme et ma fille . Je vous donnerai le prénom quand elle sera née . Amicalement DavidEmilie & Catherine, David & Stephanie: Homeaway
August 2019 Comments made on HomeAway, Clare & Andrew Alex and Alison have a wonderful place and it is obvious how passionate they are about their business. Their Gite’s are immaculate, their garden is beautiful, their pool is clean and warm. As hosts they cannot do enough for their guests. They gave us loads of info regarding the area including canoeing and booking us a wonderful restaurant for Sunday lunch. We had such a relaxing holiday, the Gite’s are secluded and surrounded by wonderful scenery. Our kids loved the pool, hot tub, and garden ball games included . Plus Nelly the dog! We couldn’t fault it. Thank you guys xxClare & Andrew: Home away
July 2019 Thank you very much for a lovely week. It’s been ver6 relaxing and your Gîtes are very comfortable. Pool, hot tub and gardens are very beautiful and so enjoyable. Thank you for the wine and beer in the fridge on arrival - very much appreciated after the drive here. Lorna, Scott, Kirsty & JamieLorna & Scott Mc
July 2019 Thank you so much for having us in your lovely little paradise. We really needed some chill time & Le Mongeat has been perfect. The Gite has everything we needed and all so organised. The pool and hot tub total luxury, so thank you again. Hopefully we shall be back some time soon.Julie & Jamie, Aberdeen
June 2019 We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your lovely Gite. The girls have really enjoyed the pool and hot tub (us included). Your recommendations for the lake beach and towns to visit were great. We hope to be back really soon.Claire & Les, Fermanagh
June 2019 Thank you for such. Lovely stay. The Gîtes is wonderfully comfortable & very well equipped for both sunny & not so sunny weather. The gardens & pool area are beautifully cared for and a pleasure to relax in. It’s such a lovely area with so much to see & do & we can see why you are so passionate about it. We would love to stay again.Sue & Geoff B
September 2018 A great gite in te Dordogne A wonderful gite with a beautiful garden, covered pool and a hot tub. The gite was everything we hoped it would be - very well equipped, very clean with spacious bedrooms and a very good en suite to the main bedroom. The views from the garden, pool and hot tub areas are beautiful. The pool is a big draw and a lovely area to relax with plenty of sun loungers and parasols. Alison and Alex are great hosts and we were able to share a drink with them and chat about France and holidays. Only wished we had booked 2 weeks instead of one !Patricia A: Homeaway
August 2018 Fabulous Great location, plenty to do and see. Immaculate and very well equiped accommodation. Helpful and informative owners. Well had a fabulous holiday all round would highly recommendElaine B
August 2018 Relaxing holiday Everything you could want in the gite and great surroundings. The pool and hot tub are well maintained and free to use anytime you want. Plenty of sun beds and parasols. We were 6 adults and enjoyed our time relaxing by the pool and in the well maintained garden. Alex and Alison are perfect hosts and have a good local knowledge. We travelled to many of the local tourist spots. It’s also a great place for family holidays. We will definitely be returning.Barbara E
August 2013 Fantastic week in the Gite Had a great week and the owners couldn't have done more for us, nothing was too much trouble. The Gite was very clean and had everything you required to make our stay a comfortable one. Would highly recommend and we hope to visit again. Many thanks.Lynn T
June 2012 Friendly, relaxed holiday 0 Beautiful surroundings, and excellent accommodation. The gite was very clean and well maintained, with everything we needed for our stay. The owners Alison & Alex gave us a very warm welcome, providing us with complimentary drinks on arrival, and entertaining us with a BBQ. The garden was beautifully kept, and the pool and hot tub were enjoyed every day well into the evening. ( the sunset is beautiful from the hot tub!). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and hope to return.CHRIS & Emma
July 2018 Grandioos ! Warme ontvangst door gastheer Alex. Woning was netjes en voorzien van al het nodige (...tot tandenstokers toe). Mooi kader en rustige omgeving. Het zwembad en de hottub waren een zaligheid om van te genieten. Alex en Alison zorgen ervoor dat je kan genieten van je vakantie in alle comfort en rust. Alex I hope that you enjoyed your sitting down beer!!VAN HEMELRYCK J
May 2018 Fijne plek, mooi uitzicht en heerlijk zwembad! De gite is van alle gemakken voorzien en heel schoon. Het verwarmde zwembad (29,5 graden toen wij er waren) maakt dat je ook als het wat minder warm buiten is kunt zwemmen. De Hottub is heerlijk om in te relaxen. Mooie omgeving, met leuke dorpjes en stadjes in de buurt. Prima fietsgebied ook. Wij zijn er nu voor de tweede maal geweest en gaan zeker nog een keer terug. Alex en Alison zijn erg gastvrij en bieden tegelijkertijd veel privacy.Kathy G
May 2018 We will certainly go back 2018 The staff were very friendly and helpful. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Gite is fully equipped and very clean. The heated swimming pool (29.5 degrees when we were there) makes you swim even if it is less hot outside. The hot tub is wonderful to relax in. Nice surroundings, with nice villages and towns nearby. Excellent bike area too. We have now been there for the second time and will certainly go back again. Alex and Alison are very hospitable and offer a lot of privacy at the same time. Original review posted in Dutch Kathy 20 May 2018Kathy G
June 2017 Excellent, well-equipped gites, friendly owners. The gites were all that we expected - if not better, so well-equipped there were even a potato ricer and an egg slicer! Alison & Alex were very friendly, without being in our faces. As for the most important member of the Wright family: Nelly was very welcoming and seemed more than happy to share her patch with us. It was so great to be able to swim every day even on the few wet, cold days and the several blisteringly hot ones. Thank you for a lovely family hoiday.Dorothy B
May 2017 Picture perfect We have just returned from a wonderful two week stay in the larger of the two gîtes. Blessed with some great weather we got to fully enjoy the hospitality of Alex, Alison & Nelly in the wonderfully tranquil surroundings of Cendrieux. Although everything is as described with the house, providing for all your needs, the description fails to convey how peaceful and relaxing your whole experience will be. The well appointed house, immaculate garden, temperate pool and rolling hills around make for a thoroughly enjoyable time at home. Cendrieux is also well located to explore many pretty surrounding villages and markets. For myself, my wife and two young children (5&2) this was truly ideal. Thoroughly recommended. *****Hugh F
Aug 2017 Fantastic family holiday 0 Really lovely property with great pool. Cendrieux is a quiet village but is perfect for a base to explore the area. Enjoyed a nice meal at the local restaurant which is a short walk from the gite. Pool was great and partially covered which was perfect for the kids. Also surrounded by fencing and a gate that only adults could open so peace of mind. There was 10 in our party so we used both gites. Plenty of plates etc, very well stocked and very clean. Alex and Alison lovely hosts and we enjoyed a few bottles of local sparkling wine - definitely a pool day after that! Could have stayed another week. If you have kids of a young age recommend a day at the Jacquou Parc. Very good price and filled a full day for a 3 and 8 year old. Thank you to Alex and Alison & Nellie (the dog) for a lovely week.Clare W
June 2011 Fabulous location, tremendous hosts 0 Ideally located Gite. Fully equipped for modern living. The outdoor facilities are excellent and sunsets to die for! The experience for our family was really made by the hosts Alex and Alison who made us so welcome. Our week flew by and we undertook so many wonderful local activities. A holiday we won't forget for all the right reasons. Looking forward to the return visit. Thank you Alex and Alison.Huddie
July 2018 Au plus près de nos aspirations. En couple avec 3 enfants, nous cherchions le nid au vert, la carte postale était là ! Un décors, un paysage, une ambiance, un service ,des rencontres...Nous les espérions, on nous les a servi. Après ce séjour, on garde deux certitudes,celle d avoir trouve, celle de vouloir revenir. A bientôt Alyson et Alex... PS. La France était trop forte Alex, sorry.Aurelie I
July 2017 Arrive............. and relax. We loved it! We had a great week here and would very much recommend this property for families or couples looking for a high quality, well equipped self catering gite. We found the property very well placed for exploring the Dordogne but enjoyed the rural setting and relaxing surrounds at the end of a day. The garden is safe and flat for children's play and the pool area secure. Our children aged 5 and 7 loved the outdoor toys available and also the company of the children in the adjoining gite not to mention playing with resident dog Nelly - a favourite part of the week for the children! The pool and hot tub were great and maintained to a high spec. Alex and Alison were perfect hosts during our stay and their communication before the trip and around arrival was very helpful. They have sound knowledge of the area and tourist sites (and in our case a car garage!) and were happy to pass on lots of top tips. It's obvious to see why they have many guests returning year on year as this place is a gem. Thank you!Jeremy C
July 2016 A wonderful gite in beautiful surroundings The gite was everything we hoped it would be - beautifully renovated and cared for, very well equipped, immaculately clean and situated in very pretty and well tended gardens. Plenty of room inside with spacious bedrooms and a lovely en suite to the main bedroom. The location is peaceful with wonderful views across the countryside which can be enjoyed from the verandah/patio, gardens, pool area and hot tub. The sunsets across the fields are beautiful. The pool area is very well looked after and a lovely space to relax. The hot tub was a real bonus and enjoyed by the family in the evenings. As the outdoor facilities are shared only with one other gite, the outside space feels very private and for most of the holiday our garden/pool times were our own. The owners were incredibly welcoming and helpful and, as they've lived in the area for many years now, it was so valuable to be able ask their advice about local shopping, activities, events and local life. The area surrounding the gite is rural. Cendrieux is a small, peaceful village and has the useful facilities of a shop, post office and bar/restaurant. We tended to travel a little further to neighbouring villages and towns, to enjoy local markets and activities and to visit the usual, well stocked large supermarkets. Le Bugue (about 15/20 mins drive) was a regular haunt where we enjoyed coffees and patisseries in the sunshine overlooking the Dordogne. Both the Dordogne and Vezere valleys, which join at the lovely village of Limeuil, are incredibly picturesque - lined by trees and, at intervals, pretty villages carved in to overhanging cliffs. Plenty of 'prehistoric' interest (caverns, troglodyte dwellings) and plenty of 'active' pursuits on offer - we had lots of fun canoeing down the Vezere and our teenage sons loved the high ropes/zip wire courses and go karting. Perigeux and Sarlat were both well worth visiting - pretty, mediaeval towns, good for shopping, with an abundance of restaurants along narrow cobbled streets. We loved the multitude of ice cream flavours on offer! We made a brief visit to a nearby lake in Vergt with beach, slide and fishing- in a lovely setting but we just ran out of time to fully enjoy everything that the local area had to offer! We would definitely recommend both the gite and the area to anyone interested in discovering a pretty and authentic area of France.Nigel L
August 2015 You will struggle to find better 0 The two gites on site are maintained and "spec-ed" out to a high standard, we have only ever once found a comparable gite in 10+ years of touring France twice a year and it was way above this price point. The gites are comfortable and modern whilst retaining period features, highly equipped and spotlessly clean. The owners are exceptionally discrete and you wouldn't know they were on site unless you wish to engage with them (they live on the other side of the building out of sight). They are however incredibly welcoming; helpful; and knowledgeable, and after several years we have been made to feel like one of the family. So much so that we have introduced other regular bookers who all feel the same. The location is tranquility itself with spacious grounds and fantastic views and night skies. At the same time all the tourist sites and practical facilities are within easy driving distances. Don't be fooled into looking for big name locations like Sarlat or the like, book one of these gites; the only problem is it will spoil you for future years as everywhere else will feel second best.Anonymous
June 2015 Dordogne pool in countryside The two owners are very personable,nice and willing to help.The property was precisely as advertised,very clean,well maintained. The location is in a quiet place but close enouth to descover the Dordogne area of Sarlat ,Bergerac or Perigueux The service with a smile was exceptional and the pool great Michel & Cindy,upstate NYMichael G
May 2015 One week was not enough This is one of those places that you don't really want to share, because it's so good! But Alison and Alex who own Le Monjat, and also the nearby Red Shutters gite, deserve all the success they get because they have excelled in making this a wonderful base for a holiday in the Dordogne. From the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed, and by the end of the week we really felt we had known Alison and Alex all our lives! Whilst we didn't have any young children with us, the swimming pool and spacious garden would be a great attraction to them, not to mention Nelly, the lovely Dutch shepherd dog. From a positive perspective the pool has several safety features, and children would not be able to use it without adult supervision. There are bikes to borrow, which will get you into the sleepy little village of Cendrieux for your croissants and baguette, and Alex and Alison have a wealth of knowledge of the area and will make suggestions for visits if you ask them. The town of Le Bugue is nearby and a delightful village called Limeuil slightly further on, where the Dordogne meets the Vezere. We were four adults, and none of us spring chickens, and Gite 2 at Le Monjat was ideal for us. I think we would have struggled a bit in one of the attic bedrooms which form the second bedroom of Gite 1 and the third bedroom of Gite 2. However these attic bedrooms would be ideal for families with children. As we were only staying for a week we spent the first few days rushing around sightseeing, but then soon realized the value of chilling out around the pool and in the Jacuzzi. A week is not long enough - we hope to come back soon. I would certainly recommend this property to other people.Bernard P
April 2014 Glorious, gorgeous Gite We've just returned from 10 days and can't recommend our hosts and the gite enough. The area is breathtakingly gorgeous and there are so many things to do within the surrounding areas, the gite has everything you can think of and we had no complaints whatsoever which is surprisingly rare for us! The boys loved it, from the heated pool which we were lucky enough to swim in, even in April, to the hot tub, to the trap door in the upstairs room to the barbeques and the adorable Nellie the dog. We hope to return.... We personally enjoyed delicious lunch and dinner at Limeuil, lunch in pretty Saint Cyprien, the market at Le Bugue, the castle at Castlenaud, canoeing from Les Eyzies, exploring medieval Sarlat and being awe inspired by pre-historic art at Lascaux 2.Caroline G
July 2014 Amazing Gite, fantastic hosts An amazing well maintained gite, exceptionally clean and kitted out with everything you could possibly need (including a separate drinks fridge). Alex and Alison were wonderful hosts and their kind hospitality made our holiday that much more special. The gite is ideally situated with beautiful surroundings. There is so much to do and see, we partically enjoyed visiting Sarlat, Le Bugue and Perigueux. The children loved the pool and hot tub and especially enjoyed being able to use them very late at night. Our week stay flew by and we are now suffering with the post holiday blues. We couldn't recommend this gite highly enough and will definitely be returning soon.Loveday family
Alex & AlisonOur website is “Giteswithapool” plural as over the years we have run a number of properties over the last 18 years. At one stage 6 gites accmmodating up to 38 guests.
We've been married over 30 years (how time flies when you're having fun). We moved to the area in 2003, after redundancy, in search of an "adventure" and to escape the City rat race. We've never looked back. We live here permanently, absolutely love the life and the area. So much so, that all our family now live in France within 25 minutes of us. None of us would even contemplate going back to the UK, it's great to visit, but for us, this is home. We went from being bankers to builders, creating the gites, to running our own business and love every day.
We also love our free time during the winter, to go on holiday, whether it's cruising or diving or both. Or the odd building project for the family. Life is never dull and there's never enough time.
Why we chose this location
It is a beautiful location set in stunning rolling countryside. It's incredibly peaceful, yet just minutes away from all the most popular tourist attractions. It's also within easy reach of the major towns - the regional capital Perigueux, Sarlat and Bergerac, very handy for the airport. Cendrieux is a working village, with lots happening throughout the year. We even have night markets in summer.
We wanted a challenge to renovate a property and that's what we got when we started work on our first property at Le Mongeat where we live.
It was a steep learning curve, but great fun and now we really enjoy seeing the pleasure on every one's face as they walk through the gate. An estate agent rang to see if we're interested in selling - I said "nobody could offer us enough money, we feel like we've won the lottery" especially after the hot tub arrived.
What’s unique about the place ..
Peace, tranquility, yet amazing facilities. Fully equipped kitchens (we challenge you to find anything we have forgotten), heated and covered pool, hot tub/jacuzzi, plenty of bathrooms and very comfortable beds!
We provide a very personal service, if you want it. Recommending restaurants (and booking them), places to visit - how to make the most of your stay.
Many of our guests are repeat visitors, some of whom booked 12 months ahead, before they've even left. That says a massive amount about the holiday we offer.
We promise you won't be disappointed.
What are we doing now..
We're now busy looking after our guests during the summer, with repairs & ongoing improvements during the winter, helping family & friends, not forgetting the odd holiday or two.
We live discreetly on site in the adjoining farmhouse with our dog Lula.
Being on site means we can provide help with finding / booking restaurants, canoeing, markets etc if you want it or be discreet and just ensure the pool and gardens are maintained to a high standard. Our guest comments speak for themselves.
Sorry we don’t take pets as we have just got a new puppy (Jan 2023). Lula is a Dutch shepherd.
We have had two large dogs over the last 19 years, so lots of experience, we lost our previous dog, Nelly (Dutch Shepherd cross) in November 2021. We were unsure whether we’d get another, but couldn’t resist.
Our part of the property faces the opposite direction to the gîte. We have a separate entrance and have now fully fenced part of the garden so that she won’t both you. She’ll be a bundle of life when you arrive.