Simply relax, surrounded by nature in one of three eco-friendly, off-grid cabins secluded in the unspoilt northern region of the Dordogne.
The Périgord Vert region of the Dordogne is full of ancient history and natural wonder. If you remember those school French lessons, you'll know that "vert" means "green", and as soon as you arrive at your Covertcabin, set in the region's National Park, you'll see just how aptly named your lush surroundings happen to be!
There is certainly plenty to explore here, with the fresh, rolling landscape filled with everything from lush valleys and sparkling rivers to intriguing limestone caves and cliffs - not to mention winding footpaths that lead you to historic villages and authentic châteaux.
Featured in the Travel section of The Guardian, and blending perfectly with their beautiful surroundings, each of the three individually secluded homes you'll find at Covertcabin is perfectly unique, yet you'll find each is imbued with an identical blend of thoughtful comfort and natural luxury.
Refreshingly off-grid, you'll need to leave the hair straighteners and the TV guide at home, but we're pretty confident that you won't miss them! Solar panels provide electric lighting, while a warming woodburner heats shower water - and you'll even find a well-equipped kitchen area and a composting toilet inside.
Woodsman's Cabin is a rustic hideaway for two, nestled on the edge of a wondrous wood and cleverly containing everything you'll need to close the door on everyday life for a while.
A cosy first-floor bedroom overlooks the lake, while you'll soon find plenty of opportunities to keep busy, from outdoor barbecues and bird-watching, to lazing in the hammock with a book or exploring your surroundings by boat! Inside, creative types will find plenty of art materials and musical instruments to get pleasingly to grips with.
Head down a nature track, past a 9th century château, and you'll discover Fisherman's Cabin perched on a granite rock - an ideal idyll for up to four people.
Hand-built by the site's friendly owners, Fisherman's Cabin overlooks the lake, with the forest so close that you can almost reach out and touch it! Lovingly furnished and with two comfy bedrooms, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied inside, from telescopes and microscopes to art supplies and quirky junk-shop finds. You'll also find a handy ‘shop-in-a-box', full of essential supplies, while outside, a raft awaits - ideal for paddling across to the mini waterfall!
Meanwhile, Little Rock Cabin represents a true forest oasis for two, blissfully hidden away past a charming lily pond at the far end of...well, a lovely little rock!
Slide open the green doors to reveal a homely seating area, complete with books, games and drawing equipment (along with the aforementioned ‘shop-in-a-box').
Then, why not while away some time on the covered deck overlooking the pond...or curl up in a hammock for that all-important afternoon doze? Your separate wood-fired shower room is partially open, with a wonderful feeling of being close to nature.
Now you've settled in, it's time to explore! Hire a bike and whizz your way into nearby Piègut for fresh coffee and croissants, then say hello to the abundant wildlife as you tread your way through the natural trails this area is renowned for. Discover micro-beaches that are ideal for swimming, or try your hand at canoeing on the local river. Lovers of liveliness will find plenty of markets, summer festivals and indulgent eating places in the local villages and towns.
There is so much to see, do and discover in this delightful part of France, and with a stay at Covertcabin, you'll find it all comes with generous helpings of comfort and thoughtful little touches. We can almost guarantee that one visit won't be enough, but for now, just you enjoy that blazing orange sunset from the natural luxury and sweet serenity of your cabin. La vie est belle!
Things to note
Minimum stay is 3 nights. In July and August, Woodsman's Cabin and Fisherman's Cabin are only available for weekly stays, from Saturday to Saturday. Check in is from 4pm, departure is 10am unless by prior arrangement. Please note the cabins are in three different locations, so the map marker denotes the nearest town which is central to all three cabins.
Tried and tested
"Such an amazing place, really just what we needed to recharge our batteries, Di & Bob couldn't do enough for us and made it so welcoming. Loved our own little raft on our own little lake. So perfect."
Greg and Kelly, Woodsman's Cabin
"The perfect place to realise how little you really need to be perfectly happy. Nature all around you, just the enchanting song of birds, the leaves in the wind, the jumping of fish in the lake, we loved the homely feel of the cabin and were completely unwound after a couple of hours"
Bernard & Vincent, Fisherman's Cabin
"The craftsmanship of the cabin is second to none and the quirky and well thought out details are what really sets it apart. We will be recommending this to anyone who will hear it!"
Laura & Brendan, Little Rock Cabin
Region: Perigord Vert Natural Park, Limousin
Cost (from): £65 per night (Little Rock)
Sleeps: 2 or 2-4
Bedrooms: 1 or 2
Bathrooms: 1 per cabin
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 685
FacilitiesWoodsman's Cabin sleeps 2, double bed, bedding & towels provided, private shower, composting toilet, solar panels, wood burner, well-equipped kitchen, dining table, gas hob, oven, kettle, kitchen equipment, deck, BBQ.
Fisherman's Cabin sleeps 2-4, double bedroom, twin bedroom, bedding & towels provided, private shower, composting toilet, solar panels, wood burner, well-equipped kitchen, dining table, gas hob, oven, kettle, kitchen equipment, deck, BBQ, telescope, microscope, fishing rods.
Little Rock sleeps 2, double bed, private shower, composting toilet, solar panels, wood burner, kitchen area, seating area, books, games, drawing equipment, gas hob, sink, kitchen equipment, tea, coffee, bottle of wine, deck, table & chairs, hammocks, fishing equipment, BBQ.
Bike hire, canoeing, rafting, walks, towers, swimming, art & craft, French markets.
At a glance
- Three unique, individually secluded pet-friendly cabins sleeping from 2-4 people, found in the Périgord Vert National Park in the northern region of the Dordogne.
- Ideal for honeymooning couples and small family breaks. Honeymoon packages are available.
- Fly to Limoges, or catch a train from London to Angoulême.
- The cabins are eco-friendly and off-grid, powered by solar panels, wood heating for shower water and featuring a composting toilet.
- Towels and linen are supplied, along with essential items including tea, coffee and drinking water. Art supplies, books and additional quirky items are also available, along with a boat and/or a raft for exploring the lakes and ponds.
- Bike hire is available from the owners, and the area is rich in wildlife-steeped walking trails. There are many historic market towns and villages nearby for shopping, eating and sightseeing.