Poacher's Cabin | Dordogne | Canopy & Stars

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Poacher's Cabin - Dordogne

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Covert Cabin

Not suitable for children

Pets welcome

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

Stay in Kate Humble's woodland cabin, a rustic work of art on its own private lake

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.

Our guests say...

We had a wonderful time. The place is idyllic and the workmanship is absolutely amazing. Di made us feel very welcome and was very helpful. If you want a totally 'away from it all' holiday this is the place to come and if you are a fisherman as well - apparently it is heaven!



"We had a wonderful time! The location was beautiful and the cabin was amazing, so individual and creatively designed. Our stay was peaceful and relaxing. We saw lots of wildlife just outside the cabin and around the lake, deer, kingfisher, edible dormouse, dragonfly, butterfly, red squirrel and lots more"



"I stayed at the poachers cabin for 4 night as a mini honeymoon with my wife, not having time to have a long honeymoon. it was a nice relaxing stay. The cabin had a full gas cooker and oven, but I quite enjoyed using the wood burner oven and stove instead.  the building has lots of little details and always seemed to be spotting new details.  with the property come a lake with a small boat, it was quite nice to chill out floating around on the water.  Bob and Di are nice and friendly, very easy to talk to and keen to help you with anything you need.  all in all I can say we had an great time, it was just what we needed after all the rushing around for the wedding."



"We had a great time in this beautiful hand crafted cabin in an idyllic woodland setting with its own lake. Nights were chilly and dark however and we would prefer the summer months next time. We enjoyed some cosy nights in warmed by the wood burner and days out exploring local villages and towns."



"Perfect stay - amazing hosts and really easy to book. So accommodating and felt extremely safe even though in the middle of nowhere!!"



"Absolutely lovely, brilliant place to stay. Best thing: the lake and quiet location, beautiful building."



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