Les Deux Magnolias is a one-bedroom cottage with a swimming pool, ideal for a couple. It is situated in a rural setting outside the Dordogne village of Saint-Léon-sur-L'Isle.
The cottage is in the spacious lawned gardens of the owners' separate and secluded home. Guests at Les Deux Magnolias have exclusive use of a 10 x 5 metre swimming pool next to the cottage. There are no other cottages on the premises.
The interior of the single-storey cottage is bright, spacious, and attractively furnished and decorated. French doors lead into a well-equipped open plan living / dining / kitchen area.
An archway leads to a double bedroom with a king size bed. There is an en-suite shower room and WC. French doors lead out to the garden, where there are both sunny and shaded sitting and dining areas around the pool and gardens.
The property is in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by fields, just across the lane from the gently flowing river l'Isle, with a view of hills in the distance. Canoeing facilities are available in St.Astier and Neuvic.
It's a short walk into the village of Saint-Léon-sur-l'Isle, which has a range of everyday shops and services.
Les Deux Magnolias is located just a short walk from St Léon. This small village has a grocery store, a butcher, a bakery, a café/restaurant, a post office, a launderette and a barber shop. St Léon also has places for fishing. Fishers need a permit, which the owner can obtain for visitors.
Two kilometres away, the village of Neuvic has the nearest petrol station and supermarket. Neuvic is also the location of an impressive château set amid an exceptional botanical garden.
There is a wider range of facilities, including several restaurants, three supermarkets, and a train station, four kilometres to the east in the town of St Astier. Every Thursday is market day in St Astier; it is one of the best in the area, with a wide variety of local food and products on sale. This is an ideal opportunity to explore Dordogne's renowned cuisine; regional specialties include paté de foie gras and magrets d’oies et canards.
There is a public 18-hole golf course nearby, where equipment can be hired. Etang de la Jemaye is about fifteen minutes by car. The lake features a scenic beach, restaurant, recreational activities, picnic areas, and free parking.
There are many historic towns, villages and vineyards within easy reach by car. Every town has a market day, where regional specialties are available, such as duck, fine wines, walnuts, and strawberries. Most vineyards also have wine tasting opportunities for visitors.
20 kilometres to the east is the city of Périgueux, the capital of the Périgord region. This town is steeped in history, and has some fine cathedrals. It's a 60 minute drive to the city of Bordeaux, which has a very impressive 18th century centre, and a great range of shops.
Also within easy reach are the châteaux of Hautefort and Bourdeilles. Don't miss the chance to visit the flawlessly preserved medieval town of Sarlat, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other recommended trips include Lascaux, famous for its prehistoric cave paintings; the immense cave at Padirac, where visitors can take a boat ride through a subterranean lake; the Vezère and Dordogne rivers for canoeing and swimming; and the vineyards of Bergerac, Bordeaux and St. Emilion.
“Thank you so much. We have had the most amazing 10 days of R + R. The gîte is absolutely charming. We leave relaxed and with lots of happy memories.”
Mark and Liz - Middlesex, U.K.
“De gite is PERFECT voor een stelletje dat op zoek is naar rust, mooi weer en (korte) uitstapjes. De praktische tips van de verhuurders hebben ons enorm geholpen tijdens onze trips naar Bordeaux, St. Astier, Brantome, Bergerac, Périgueux en Vessina. En de uiterst fraaie fietsroutes Voies Vertes waren een verademing. De verhuurders stonden ALTIJD klaar om vragen te beantwoorden, om vervolgens nog aanvullende informatie te verschaffen om het ons zo plezierig en comfortabel mogelijk te maken. Door hun zorgzaamheid hebben wij volop kunnen genieten van onze vakantie!”
Véronique and Johan - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
“How lovely it was to be back at Les Deux Magnolias and be welcomed like old friends. The pool is still magnificant, the gardens an oasis of quiet and we loved the birds and the shy squirrel. We grantly appreciate your generosity to host our American friends. They were blown away by the your beautiful place. God willing we may be back again.”
Mary and Vincent - Wicklow, Ireland
“Met heel veel plezier denken wij terug aan onze prettige tijd in jullie prachtige vakantiewoning in Saint-Léon sur L’Isle. De goed onderhouden tuin, de twee mooie en oude magnolias, het fraai ogende zwembad, dat alles heeft ons veel goed gedaan en we zijn geheel uitgerust! We hebben ook genoten van de prachtige omgeving, de grotten en rotsformaties in de Vézèrevallei, de mooie stad Perigueux, het historische stadje Montignac, het oude Bergerac, noem het allemaal maar op: het was de moeite van de reis ten volle waard! Wij willen, als onze gezondheid het toelaat, in de toekomst graag nog eens gebruik maken van jullie gastvrijheid. Wij zullen zeker jullie prachtige vakantiewoning aanbevelen bij vrienden en kennissen.”
Elly and Piet - Soest, The Netherlands
“Een prachtige gite (of cottage als je wilt) in een geweldige, ommuurde, tuin. Zeer smaakvol ingericht en van alle gemakken voorzien. Op basis van onze jarenlange ervaring willen we vooral het zeer goede bed, de geweldige douche in de badkamer en het prachtige zwembad met ligstoelen en buitendouche (!) noemen. De eigenaren wonen in het huis ernaast, maar blijven op gepaste afstand zodat de gasten kunnen genieten van rust en ruimte maar voor alle vragen en opmerkingen direct terug kunnen vallen op fantastische service. Niet alleen met betrekking tot alles rondom het huis, maar bijvoorbeeld ook voor tips over dagjes uit, restaurants en winkels. De locatie is zeer rustig (net buiten het dorp), maar dicht genoeg bij mooie steden en dorpen (Périgueux, Bergerac, Brantome)”
René - Delfgauw, The Netherlands
“As always we come with such happiness - and leave with much sadness. You have given us another wonderful holiday. Thank you both so much for providing us with our favourite holiday destination. It’s a big world out there, but all roads lead ....not to Rome....but Les Deux Magnolias. Dank je wel! We will be back for our 10th visit!”
Michele and Hugh - Hull, England
“Gîte is een woord dat hier de lading niet dekt. Om je heen kijken in de prachtige tuin, stil staan, luisteren : een onderdompeling in absolute rust. Het lieflijk huisje is zo smaakvol ingericht en voorzien van alle gemakken. Bij het binnenkomen denk je al : elk verblijf is te kort ! Dit alles in een omgeving waar op korte afstand zoveel te zien en te beleven valt. Ons verblijf in Les Deux Magnolias was een absoluut mooie ervaring !”
Trudy and Ton - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
“The thing we are most glad about is that we booked two weeks here , not one ! Rita and Arnold were the most welcoming and gracious of hosts, helping us enjoy exactly the sort of holiday we needed - relaxed, in beautiful surroundings. Alternating days at home by the pool, wih trips to stunning medieval villages, châteaux and restaurants.We would (+will) recommend Les Deux Magnolias to anyone.”
Trudy and Alastair C - Ferryside, South Wales, Great Britain
“Les Deux Magnolias is an enchanting retreat, the gite, the garden and the amenities are all very thoughtfully appointed so it was a very comfortable stay. We really enjoyed the Grotte de Villars. Another day we visited Chateau de Hautefort and Sarlat. We had an interesting visit to a vineyard south of Bergerac and liked Bergerac very much. Thank you both for your hospitality, it was a good break.”
Vicky and Ray A. - Surrey, England
“Thank you for having us at your gîte. What a glorious place to relax and rewind. The accommodation was wonderful, the garden an oasis of peace and calm. We needed somewhere that the clock didn’t matter and that is what we found !”
Ann and Richard C. - Ballygorteen, Ireland
“Another wonderful two weeks at this fabulous gîte, as good as, if not better than three years ago. Spent more time around the pool this time as the weather was perfect, but managed to get out driving through the French countryside, hardly seeing another car. So hugh thanks to Rita and Arnold for their superb hospitality and kindness. We will return again !”
Debbie and Allan C. - Chessington, Surrey, United Kingdom
“A lovely spot to relax and enjoy the area. From arrival to departure our hosts have been wonderful. It was rare to find such a private gîte, well furnished, with a pool and so many spots to sit in and out of the sun after a busy day out exploring. Thank you.”
Susan and Stewart D. - Scotland
“We have had a wonderful time relaxing by the pool & enjoying your beautiful gardens. A highlight was the Brantôme Police Horses. Thank you for your hospitality.”
Rachel and Jeremy O. - London, UK
“Not only is the gîte beautiful, it is both comfortable and cozy. The bicycles rental recommended by you worked out well. The pool is very inviting and your gardens are extraordinary !”
Alex and Bonnie P. - Severna Park, MD, USA
“This was our eighth visit!!! Once again a wonderful holiday and as always great company. Once you drive through the gates, you can leave the rest of the world behind and enter the peace and tranquility that is Les Deux Magnolias. The fully "trained" squirrels provided us hours of fun. A perfect relaxing holiday. Now this is the hardest bit: "Home is where the heart is". Well, I have left a piece of my heart here.”
Hugh and Michelle M. - Hull, Yorkshire, England
“Your house and gardens are just amazing with lots of entertainment from all the wildlife. This is our first visit to the area and discovered lots of beautiful places.”
Lorraine and Jonathan H. - Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
“We had a wonderful time and right from the start when you welcomed us with cold drinks. There are many sights to see in this area. St.Emilion, Bergerac, Sarlat a.o. we saw them all. This was the best gîte we have stayed in and is highly recommended.”
Mary B. and Murray P. - ORANGE, NSW, Australia
“Being on a "retirement" holiday we were looking for a place to relax and chill. Les Deux Magnolias provide us with all that. We enjoyed our first visit to the Dordogne and do hope it will not be the last.”
Ian and Heidi I. - South Africa
“Thank you for our lovely 2 weeks stay in your beautiful gîte. We enjoyed most days lazing by the pool and look forward to seeing you again.”
Russ and Liz T. - Darbyshire, UK
“What a wonderful week we have had. You welcomed us in such a friendly way with beer and a glass of wine. We roamed far and wide and saw beautiful old towns and chateaux. Lovely warm weather and it was wonderful to return to your lovely gardens and welcoming pool. Don’t miss St. Astier’s Market Day!”
Vincent and Mary D. - Wicklow, Ireland
“Another year, another wonderful stay at Les Deux Magnolias. This is our fourth visit. The gîte is as magical as ever. This time we stayed very close to home - with such lovely weather it was almost impossible to resist the call of the pool and Arnold’s beautifully kept gardens and I began work on my fourth novel this trip.”
Jennie Finch, crime writer - England
“We have had a wonderful stay and have been fortunate to see those beautiful trees and their stunning blooms. We were made very welcome and found the gîte to be both comfortable and well equipped. We loved relaxing in the beautiful gardens and were on the lookout for red squirrels, which we saw !”
Michael and Margaret G. - N S W, Australia
“Arnold and Rita have been the most perfect hosts, giving us so many ideas and so much information about places to visit. One week is a very limited time though we greatly enjoyed the places we saw. We would love to return someday.”
Lotta and Roland P. - Södertälje, Sweden
“A warm welcome with a cold beer and a glass of wine after a long drive, what could be better! We have thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks here. Weather has been absolutely perfect and the gite far exceeded our expectations. We shall definitely return!”
Debbie and Alan C. - Chessington, Surrey, UK
“Wonderful holiday, beautiful cottage, such a relaxed time. Can’t wait to return.”
Neiles and Bernie B. - Hull, Yorkshire, England
“We thoroughly enjoyed our week in your beautiful gîte. The weather was superb and we were grateful to have a pool all to ourselves. We were amazed at the much slower pace of life here. Thank you.”
Sean and Bronach C. - Belfast, Ireland
“Lovely welcome, friendly advice and stunning gardens have made our stay magnifique Our honeymoon has been a pleasure.”
Chris and Sophie E. - West Midlands, United Kingdom
“We have had a five-star holiday at a five-star gite with a five-star host couple. Many thanks, and we hope to return someday.”
Debbie and Dave A. - Stockport, England
“We wish our time here didn’t have to end. We have spent one of the best holidays ever in these beautiful surroundings.”
Lise and Flemming S. - Denmark
“From the cool beer in the fridge on arrival, to the beautiful outside dining areas and a lunchtime cabaret in the form of two little red squirrels collecting hazelnuts, we’d love to stay again.”
Jeanette and Stuart B. - Redlingfield, Suffolk, England
“Our second visit- and not our last. The gîte remains a haven from the outside world.”
Sarah and Paul M. - London, England
“We couldn’t have asked for a more private, personal and beautiful setting.”
Roger A. and Judith W. - Hamilton, Montana, U.S.A.
“A unique place allowing us time to relax and plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area... Make sure you also get to the patisserie in nearby Neuvic to indulge in the pastries!”
Peter and Clare F. - Sydney, NSW, Australia
“Sadly only one week! Next time we will be sure to have two. We came looking for a peaceful retreat and certainly found it here.”
Marjory and Ian C - Scotland
“To those who stay after us: In the garden look out for: red squirrels drinking from the pool very early, hoopoes at breakfast time, swallowtail butterflies on the lavander, woodpeckers in the trees... We will be back.”
Phil and Rebecca W. - Leeds, England
“There seems to be either not enough paper or too many words to describe how lovely our stay has been.”
Dave and Deborah P. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada