Poacher's Cabin - Dordogne
Not suitable for children
Children over 5 are welcome but please be aware that the cabin is next to an unfenced lake and there is a wood-burner plus drops from the decking. Dogs are welcome if they are used to being around farm animals and are frontlined up before arrival - there are often tics, especially in Spring
During holiday wanderings in the Dordogne, Kate Humble and her husband Ludo fell in love with Di & Bob’s off-grid creations, and like many who've seen Fisherman’s Cabin, they wished for one of their own just like it. By a wild coincidence, there was a tumbledown fishing shack on its own lake not too far away, with nothing but a huge fireplace and rustic table. Inspiration struck, and Di & Bob were asked to work their magic once more. A year or so later, good as their word, the cabin has been transformed into a beautiful off-grid bolt hole for two, as creative and comfortable as it is stylish.
Inside, two rooms hold everything you need, and both upstairs and downstairs face south for light and warmth. Bob’s craftsmanship is everywhere: the large veranda with its chestnut-wood shingle roof, the planed kitchen work surfaces, the authentically gnarled door frames are all hand-cut from reclaimed timber. What's more, Bob can tell you exactly where each bit comes from. Home comforts are ingeniously integrated, including a shower wet room (solar, but the wood burner gives it a boost) a dry compost loo and solar-powered lights. The tea-light chandelier is made from twinkly glass yoghurt pots, bird books in the library reflect Kate's interests and the cabin even has its own raft for paddling on the lake (or lounging on the terrace, watching someone else paddle).
Di & Bob will leave you the basics but you can stock up at the fabulous weekly market in Piégut-Pluviers (10km away). Poacher’s Cabin is down a rough track in the woods (you park at the top and it's a ten-minute walk, but Di & Bob can ferry luggage in the 4x4). You're right in the heart of the Périgord-Limousin national park, surrounded by forest and farmland and criss-crossed by off road cycle and walking paths. Discover caves, chateaux and vineyards, or visit Brantôme for some culture, then return to your hideaway to potter in idyllic peace.