Gîtes with a Pool

Looking for a Gîte with a heated pool and hot tub ?
Private Gite Rental

Luxuriate in well equipped accommodation, lovely gardens, spectacular views exclusive use of the gite garden and the pool area. Air conditioning in both bedrooms.

We are fully booked for 2024, we’ll release dates for 2025 soon.

The Gîte

Private Gite rental

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Heated Swimming Pool (retractable cover) & Hot tub

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.

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BBQ, bikes, games etc...

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Alison & Alex

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.

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Availability & Pricing - 2024

Private Gite Rental 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite shower room) We are fully booked for 2024, we’ll release dates for 2025 soon.

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Tourist Tax / Security Deposit

Local Tourist tax and refundable security deposit

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Before booking / booked

Private Gite rental

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To minimise the amount of luggage you need to bring (especially for those flying)....

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We know that your holiday is very important to you so we try to provide everything you might need

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Please leave the gîte as you expect to find it. This means ...

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We realise that traveling with young children can never be minimalistic. To make it easier....

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A 25% deposit is payable to secure the booking.

We will email you a booking form which can be completed and emailed back. Upon receipt we will provide our bank account details for payment of the deposit.

Full Payment

Full payment is due 6 weeks before the departure date. If this is not received by the due date, we reserve the right to seek an alternative booking, with the cancellation charges then coming into effect.


Should you need to cancel your booking for any reason, the following charges will be payable. The charges are based on the cost of the basic holiday (not including any additional services).
More than 42 days - 25%
42 days or less - 50%, unless we can rebook the property, when we will refund any payment to the level of the subsequent booking
1 month or less - 100%, unless we can rebook the property, when we will refund any payment to the level of the subsequent booking

Refundable Security deposit

A refundable security deposit of £300 / €300 is payable with full payment, the week before arrival.
We reserve the right to charge you for any costs relating to the gîte being left excessively dirty, any breakages or damage to the material structure of the property (gîte and pool).

The deposit will be refunded shortly after departure (normally Sunday evenhing) less any deductions for the item listed above.

This is not intended to be a sneaky means of increasing the cost of your holiday, and it is hoped that we will never have to levy any such charge except in exceptional circumstances.

Arrival & Departure

•Arrivals from 4pm onwards.

•Departures by 10am.

Before your arrival date, we ask that you let us know your estimated arrival time. On the day please call or text us when you are 30 minutes away from the gîte. Please let us know if your arrival time will be significantly different to originally anticipated - e.g. traffic, flight delays etc.


We cannot be held responsible for the personal safety and security of guests (or their belongings) whilst on our premises / using items supplied by ourselves. You remain responsible for your own personal safety at all times. Children should be supervised by an adult at all time, particularly in and around the pool area.
French insurance works differently from the UK. You are responsible for any damage to the property. It is therefore essential that you take out personal insurance that covers you for accidental damage and personal accident and personal liability. We reserve that right to request a copy of your personal liability insurance.


The gîte is priced per week, irrespective of number of occupants. Only the number of people stated on the booking form may occupy the property, even if the maximum occupancy is not reached. The maximum occupancy of each property is as stated in the individual property details. The maximum number must not be exceeded at any time.


Whilst we have endeavored to maximise the level of sound insulation between the gite and ourselves we hope that you will have consideration for your neighbours who live nearby.
Should we consider your behaviour to be unacceptable, we reserve the right to ask you to leave the gîte. No refunds will be made.


With the challenges of a Covid 19 we would appreciate all you help upon leaving - this means

Windows left open to air the Property (except in times of extreme weather).

Beds stripped and bedding left in the bags provided.

Towels and bath mats collected and left in bags provided.

Cleaning of bathrooms and kitchens - worktops wiped down.

Vacuumed through out.

Rubbish and bottles taken to the bins.

Alternatively if you have young children or are leaving early or just don’t fancy cleaning you may wish to take advantage of the end of stay cleaning service - €50 payable locally.

You can pre-book this service or alternatively arrange locally on arrival. 

Please check all details carefully

  • Le Mongeat, 24380 Cendrieux, France
  • www.giteswithapool.com

Where are we ?

513 Chemin du Refuge Le Mongeat Cendrieux 24380 Val du Louyre et Caudeau

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Getting here

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.

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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).

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Local area

Welcome to the wonderful Dordogne There is so much to do - many visitors come back time & again.

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Beautiful towns and villages

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:-

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For the Energetic...

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.

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Beautiful Gardens

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 Marqueyssac

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Thousands of years of history...

Prehistoric Caves, Châteaux, Fortified villages.

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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.

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Food & Wine

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.

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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.

Napoleon Museum
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.

The museum is open during June - September. See the website for specific opening times. www.museenapoleon.fr

Maquis de Durestal

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.

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Alex & Alison

Our 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 have been gradually been reducing the number of properties so that now we only have 1 Gite which is adjacent to our home.

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.

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