Les Chauprenades

Ribagnac, Dordogne

In beautiful Dordogne, a secret bolthole for two with suntrap courtyard, grounds, spa, views... Generous hosts, vineyards and markets too


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Your lovely hosts have converted their barn with a warm palette of ochres and yellows: it’s the kind of gîte they have often looked for in vain. Flooded with light, the living space feels big and airy and the décor is original, comfortable and unfussy. You’ll feel immediately at ease, ready to take a bottle of wine and a nibble from the welcome basket and relax on the terrace – or slide directly into the hot tub – with its long view of Dordogne countryside. On the other side, the courtyard garden makes an enchanting stonewalled suntrap; you’re surrounded by four acres of fenced grounds too – perfect if you wish to visit with your dog. Indoors, you have convivial sitting, eating and cooking spaces, all neat and pleasing with every kind of coffee-maker you could desire. The walk-in shower is generous, too. Up quite steep stairs (tall folk must mind their heads, but all will appreciate the views through the skylight of unpolluted starry night skies) find a mezzanine bedroom – not huge but with a king-size bed and a chest of drawers. Cycling, river sports, wine visits, fabulous markets and much historical beauty will entice you to explore.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Welcome basket with items for first breakfast provided. Dinner available on the first evening. Restaurants 7-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £500
Damage deposit
1 House for 2
From £711 bed1 bedroom


This is the kind of gite you really do appreciate. Everything you want is there including a generous welcome basket and bottles of wine. Brian and Hilary made us feel very welcome and were kind and generous hosts. We look forward to returning in the future.

Colin, Manchester

We had a fantastic week at Les Chauprenades. The gite is beautifully appointed and well maintained. It is set in peaceful and beautiful countryside, and has an enclosed courtyard off the back door and a huge fenced paddock at the front of the property. Brian and Hilary were warm and generous hosts. Our two small dogs were also made very welcome. An excellent experience. Fully recommended.

John, London

Great hosts, wonderful location. A really special week thanks to great recommendations. We don’t normally repeat locations but probably will this time.

Andy &lorraine, Doncaster

This gite exceeded our expectations, the photos don't do it justice. Brian and Hilary provided a very generous welcome pack of basics and wine, and were very helpful throughout our stay. The best thing I can say is that we would return! I've given 9 out of 10, purely because I like to swim and there is no pool- although we did enjoy the hot tub.

Paul, Cirencester

We spent 2 weeks in Les Chauprenades in 2016 and again in 2017. This is the most peaceful place we have ever visited. Hilary and Brian are exceptional hosts who have thought of everything. We have taken their advice on places to visit and have not been disappointed. Lily is full of life and so so entertaining. The highlight of our visit this year was sitting in the courtyard garden with a full moon lighting up the countryside, listening to owls hooting. We love this place so much that we are planning to visit again in 2018.

Clare, Dublin

We had a fabulous week in Brian and Hilary's superbly equipped and comfortable gite; a real home from home. Best welcome basket that you are ever likely to receive and we would definitely recommend booking an evening meal from Hilary for the first night alongside Brian's well selected wine. Our holiday was made all the more time enjoyable by our great hosts who gave us lots of information on this beautiful area and were great company. Really genuine and friendly. Use the bikes whilst you are there, good quality and a good way to explore. You will also meet Lily who is a lovely, friendly dog.

Karen, Braunton, devon

Our second visit to this lovely, well-appointed gite in a beautiful peaceful location. Very welcoming hosts, always available but not intrusive. Lots to do locally or just relax with a book in one of the several sitting areas around the property. We had a very enjoyable fortnight holiday and would thoroughly recommend Les Chaupenrades.

Catherine, Woking

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Hilary & Brian McElroy

  • Explore the towns and villages of Cadouin, Lemeuil, Tremolat, Marqueyssac, Sarlat, St Emillion and the City of Bordeaux. The famous chateaux of Bridoire, Monbazillac, and Biron are all local and give a real insight into the area's colourful history.
  • Visit the Sunday market at Issigeac where you can mix with the locals. Pick up some delicacies for lunch on your terrace. A real flavour of rural French life.
  • Bergerac has charming medieval architecture, pretty streets, shops, bars & restaurants. The beautiful villages of Eymet, Issigeac, Villereal, & Monpazier, are within a short drive. In summer months the villages host musical events, fetes and brocantes.
  • We are not wine experts but do enjoy wine and have local knowledge. If you would like to visit the vineyards, but are not sure what to expect, are concerned about the language, or would just like a driver, we are happy to take you wine tasting.
  • Enjoy relaxing treatments, reflexology, hot stone therapy, massage, or have your hair styled at Les Chauprenades. We would be pleased to arrange an appointment for you with our popular, mobile, English speaking stylist/therapist. Please ask for details.
  • A welcome basket will be waiting for you containing local wine, produce, and items for your first morning's breakfast. Would you like dinner on arrival? We offer our guests a freshly prepared meal for the first evening.