Just back from a months stay at Papillon. Perfect setting for our writing work. Peace and quiet for a whole month in a well equipped gite. The private garden was a boon as we were able to work outside on the patio until fairly late at night. Swimming pool was great on the hot days to cool off in the evening. Charlie and Pam were great hosts, left you to your own devices or there if with help/suggestions of needed. Some fantastic walks locally, nearby towns and villages with their own markets, in fact if you wished you could visit a market almost every day of the week. Recommend St Astier market on a Thursday. The local village La Tour Blanche was wonderful for daily needs - boulangerie and boucherie as well as a little shop for provisions and a market on a Wednesday, particularly liked the fruit and legume seller on the market, they were very helpful and their produce was superb.
Well equipped gite with all mod cons - washing machine, fridge freezer, dishwasher constant hot water, BBQ, WiFi .
Friendly hosts without being intrusive.
Lots to do for children - as well as heated pool there is walking, cycling, canoeing and lots of places to visit - pretty villages.
If you like wildlife - plenty of birds - we also saw wild deer. Lovely flowers in May especially orchids.
Have been here several times before and always feel that our cares are washed away from the moment we arrive.
The spot on the rocks where this gite nestles makes links with the origins of time, and from the otside as I parked my car on coming "home" every day I saw a welcoming hobbit style home. Once inside I could carry out my tasks with ease as the house is all on one level, so half an hour a day and all the cleaning etc was over with.
The enclosed garden was a delight, and I sat out in March when the rain stopped and watched the changing face of nature, the blossom, birds and leaves unfurling.
From this hilltop posiiton I could walk in all directions and revel in the marvels of our world and my dogs could jump, swim and play freely as there were few cars and a stream with a french washing post at the bottom of the hill. Me too, I got to swim in early May as the pool had been warmed by the solar panels.
I enjoyed shopping in Lisle and Verteillac and bought an unusual butter dish (involving upside down butter in water) at the monthly brocante in La Tour Blanche.
My hosts were invisible unless gardening but were on hand when I struggled with a sickness bug to bring me the right cure, they were a pleasure to know.
This was an area of the Dordogne I had not visited before and I will certainly return and perhaps buy my own piece of peace.
The gíte itself is lovely, well equipped and has everything you could want.
Generous welcome pack of essentials, friendly welcome from Pam and Charlie and full explanation of everything thing you need to know to enjoy your holiday and find everything you need in the gíte. After this they were easy to contact and were there if we needed them.
In January and February most places are very quiet, very few attractions open, however this did not spoil our visits as we explored the local towns and villages and wonderful Romanesque churches, camera in hand!
We also spent sometime each day exploring the woods and paths around the gíte with our dog who had a wonderful time! Feeding the local horses and donkeys carrots was just part of the daily routine.
Weather was mixed, rain, fog, ice and snow and even a little sunshine. It didn't matter . Loved the area and the gíte. Would love to return one day.
St Just is set in a lovely quiet area with walks from the door. 30 mins away are the villages of Brantome(for canoeing perhaps) and St Astier where you can catch the train to Perigeaux or Bordeaux. The famous cliff side towns of the Dorgogne river are about an hours drive away and the roads are so good it is a pleasure to drive through the scenic countryside.
Gite itself has good facilities - washing machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher,comfy beds. Also BBQ. Shared swimming pool, solar heated so usually warm.
Hosts are very friendly without being intrusive.