Sol du Mazel

Sol Du Mazel, Dordogne

Attractive country barn cottages - great for two families sharing, for river trips, for playing in the pool, for running free


2 places


Sleeping from 4 – 6


Families in search of a no-fuss French holiday will love these child-centric barn cottages above the pretty village of St Pompon. There’s masses of kit for children of all ages; indoors all is bright, airy and designed for easy living; outside there’s stacks of space to play and a large, fenced pool. The Tanswells set out to create a kids’ paradise and their renovation of an old tobacco barn, into Rose Barn at one end, Hope Cottage at the other, fits the bill perfectly. Each has a ground floor living/kitchen area with white walls, rugs on pale tiles, a wood-burner, big squashy sofa, wooden dining table and chairs and French doors leading to shaded terraces. Well-planned kitchens have all you need. Attractive, compact bedrooms have striped or gingham curtains, wooden or wrought iron beds, sloping ceilings, low windows. Bathrooms aren’t huge but are pristine and practical. Spoil yourselves and arrange to have a meal cooked for you – great after a day’s canoeing!  There are bikes to hire, adventure parks, castles and caves to visit – that’s if the kids ever get off the trampoline, swing, seesaw, or away from the pool…


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • 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
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Parking on-site.
Caterer available. Restaurants 1.5km.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £699
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 6
From £1145 beds3 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms


We took both properties for our family holiday with our children and young grandchildren. We were delighted with the houses which were extremely well equipped both inside and outside to a very high standard. Our grandchildren are 3 and 5 and there was plenty for them to do and of course the pool was a godsend, particularly with the very hot weather. The location was perfect with lots of land around us and was very private. We would certainly have no hesitation in booking again and would certainly recommend the properties to anyone who had young children/grandchildren.

Barbara, North waltham

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Katie & Andrew Tanswell

  • As soon as you book with us we will send you a link to an on-line information pack (hard copy in the gites) so that you can get excited about your holiday and begin to plan your holiday in advance. Trips, eating, health, activities are all included.
  • Sol du Mazel is situated in a most beautiful, quiet rural setting, yet it is close enough to the village to take a morning stroll down the age old footpath to the local boulangerie for fresh croissants.
  • Kayaking on the Dordogne is very popular with tours that allow you to start upstream and be collected hours later downstream. You could start in the amazing town of Castlenaud where three fairytale castles stand guard over the river beaches.
  • Domme is the enchanting medieval market town which overlooks the river as it bends through the rich landscape below, explore the caves or take the miniature train around the town.
  • La Roque-Gageac, on the northern shore is described as 'outrageously picturesque' and has an artist studio where you can certainly bargain to get a good deal on a beautiful original watercolour.
  • From the end of June to the end of August every Saturday evening the village square and road is taken over by the ‘Marché Gourmand Nocturne’ which can best be described as a street party where everyone is welcome and all sorts of food and drink are on tap