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Dordogne self catering accommodation

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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

The woodsman's cabin has a low carbon impact on the environment, it has no electricity supply which really makes you think about what you need to use and when. It has solar lighting as well as candles. We have a system for recycling waste which is collected by our local commune. Organic waste is composted and used on our garden.

Water is provided by the source which is ultimately supplied by rain water so its in our own interests to use it efficiently. The water is pumped up and stored in a large tank behind the cabin. We provide drinking water. Visitors to the cabin are given written info on using water efficiently.

By providing bike hire, we are encouraging visitors to make the most of the local shops, restaurants and businesses. We provide written info on local business and events. Any money spent here helps to strengthen the local community.

We shop locally ourselves when we can and all materials and stocks for the cabin are purchased through our local network of suppliers. Much of the cabin has been built and furnished with second hand materials, ie the roof tiles were salvaged from a tumbledown barn, and the timber was coppiced locally. The woodland surrounding the cabin is a haven for wildlife as it's quiet and remains generally undisturbed. Guide books are provided on what visitors might expect to see. Our ethos is to provide visitors with a unique vacation experience which provides good value for money with minimal environmental impact.

5 Reviews of Dordogne self catering accommodation

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Reviewed on 21 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Spending lazy days floating on the lake, feeding the tame carp.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make good use of the bikes, there is a lot of fantastic countryside all around.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The cabin is as about as eco-firendly as you can get whilst retaining a few creature conforts (i.e. gas fridge and cooker).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, a unique place to spend a week or so, totally relaxing, lovely people.

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Peace and tranquility,staying somewhere off grid. also for my husband catching an eight pound carp in the lake.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, very much so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Different, enjoyable, relaxing, peaceful and fun.

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole vacation was a relaxed and stress free experience beginning with traveling from the UK by train to the lovely surroundings and cosy cabin. Cycling and walking around the well marked paths through the beautiful countryside was a joy! Watching the birds from the cabin kept us entertained for hours...

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The cabin cuisine Di prepared for our first night was delicious - definitely recommended! Hiring the bicycles is well worthwhile to visit surrounding villages and the roads are very quiet.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The cabin is totally off grid, wood burning stove, solar lights, composting loo - so very little impact on the environment. We bought food in local shops and market and ate in local restaurants, so yes it is beneficial to local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a wonderful relaxed vacation, lovely setting, very friendly and helpful owners. The cabin has everything you need so you can travel light - we couldn't get the hang of the gramophone tho!

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Having the time and space to relax do very little, lazing in hammocks, watching the fish, being laughed at by the ducks and geese!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take up the cycle hire and go for a spin in the country its fab!! There is the most fantastic cafe in St Estephe half way through the town on the right hand side attached to a second hand store.. Food is great, service fantastic and the second hand shop is to die for!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The location alone will feed the local economy... where else will you get food?? With regards to minimizing impact the covert cabin is fantastic. Compost toilets, solar lights, filtered water from the lake... pretty much self sustaining.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We really did have a wonderful time. The best way to relax and explore the land. We will definitely return to our little piece of heaven and hopefully bring our children to the bigger fishermans cabin.

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of it! We loved cooking by candlelight, feeding the fish, drifting on the lake and discovering beautiful French villages. The cabin is beautiful - you can be as active or as lazy as you like!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I'd recommend visiting in the summer months, when there's more of a chance of sunshine and if you do visit out of season, bring some warm clothes! If you don't speak French, bring a phrase book or try and learn the basics beforehand. Saying that, my husband and I knew no French and managed to get by! I'd also invest in a good camera, as there's all sorts of wildlife to photograph.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, definitely. The cabin is very eco friendly - right down to the composting loo! We shopped at the local food market and bought food from local producers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We loved our time at Woodsmans cabin - it was a real adventure! At times, living so simply without electricity or central heating was hard work, but very rewarding. The cabin has absolutely everything you can think of - ranging from a well equipped kitchen with cookery books and recipes to board games and fantastic art materials!

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