Lounge Area

Spending time at Les Chouettes, The French Country Cottage, is an absolute pleasure. We have made sure that we have provided you with everything you need to ensure your stay is enjoyable and memorable. THE LOUNGE AREA Families have gathered together around a game of scrabble, enjoyed sitting around the crackling fire while indulging in a fine glass of French…

Les Chouettes The French Country Cottage

The French Country Cottage, Les Chouettes, is a warm and comfortable place to stay in Tremolat, Dordogne, France. This comfortable establishment caters for large families or groups, as it sleeps 8 people. Facilities on site include a private swimming pool, table tennis, volley ball and bicycles to explore the area as well as a fire places to warm you up…

The place to meet new friends

TREMOLAT VILLAGE This beautiful village is only a 15 minute walk from The French Country Cottage – Les Chouettes.  Considering the size of Tremolat it has 4 restaurants in the centre.  The well known Le Vieux Logis is a 4 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant.  The tapas menu offers a plate of delicious art for every course  One…

Gorgeous cepes add lovely flavour to many dishes

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT THE DORDOGNE CAN OFFER THE REGULAR FOODIE The Dordogne region not only has magnificent castles, chateaux, prehistoric caves and their art as well as lush patchwork landscapes.  It is also famous for its foodie traditions.  Absorb the culinary culture which ranges from foie gras, walnuts, honey, truffles, fine wines and lovely fresh…

The Castlenaud Chateau stands equally tall on the opposite side of the Dordogne River.

Discovering the Dordogne River by Gabarre is a wonderful way to see beautiful Chateaux and castles.  You receive amazing insight during the hundred year war, how the French were able to keep an eye on the English and vice versa.  They each had property that was able to watch and report on the activity of the other.

Beautiful architecture in Sarlat

Sarlat is a beautiful example of the Renaissance and medieval era.  It was formed in the 9th Century and is built around a Benedictine Abbey.  Try to take the time to wander through the city to admire the fine homes, one of the most famous is the mansion of Ettienne La Boetie.  La Boetie was a well known Judge and…

The barn at The French Country Cottage - Les Chouettes

Those who have previously done some restoration in France will tell you that you will need loads of patience as life in France is all about “the no rush”  We have had to understand very quickly that the lovely gentle pace in France applies to building and renovation too – I am told that to create something so beautiful it…

The stone windows give the barn a whole new look

THE INTERNAL WORK Next we needed to decide on how many bedrooms, the size of the communal living area and what to do with the area in the smaller barn. Although we have had all our external design plans passed by the Mairie of Tremolat, the windows and design externally have to match our design internally. It is important to…

Building in France. The unstable walls of sand and stone.

We are very fortunate to have stumbled upon this quaint old farmhouse in 2011 which was when we bought The French Country Cottage – Les Chouettes. What attracted us to the property was not only the old farmhouse, but also the 1811 tobacco drying barn. In 2015 we decided it was time to work on the old lady and dutifully…

These beautiful truffles fetch 1000 Euros per KG. If you like fresh truffles you can buy directly from the farmer in Saint Cyprian

Truffles in the Dordogne – THE BLACK DIAMOND Its that time of year again – visit the Dordogne in January/February and learn how to find the beautiful black truffle.  The market in St Alvere is the place to visit.  There are lessons on how you use the truffle in your cooking – Ask us how and where. Whilst visiting the…

Delicious ingredients to add to end a delicious meal

Crisp beautiful days, fabulous trails for walking or biking, great wines to be enjoyed next to a cosy fire, or a wonderful meal at home or at one of our many restaurants in our beautiful village Tremolat.

The markets in Sarlat are particularly fabulous

The valley of the Dordogne The amazing variety of landscapes must of been very appealing to early man who decided to settle in this fertile region of the Dordogne.  It offers a wonderful mild climate, sprawling valleys, and secret shelters, countless streams, the beautiful Dordogne and Vezerre Rivers and interesting woods and forests.  It is no wonder that this beautiful…

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