Unique village gîte with private garden.
Stylishly decorated throughout in a comfortable, tasteful, modern and clean style you will instantly feel at home in the Joli Canard. The entrance leads you to the lower level of the property and a tidy functional area where you can hang up your jacket and kick of your shoes!
On this level there is a sunny bedroom, fresh linen, and comfy scatter cushions. A romantic french-style antique wardrobe is the statement piece of this room, along with the handmade ticking curtains which frame the window. Accents of calm warm colours throughout the soft furnishings and artwork give this room a truly welcoming and relaxing feel. For those visiting in the cooler months, there is an added bonus of underfloor heating which is a real treat for snug mornings. Also on this level is a large modern bathroom suite, fully tiled, sleek style with walk in shower, heated towel rail and, underfloor heating.
The upper floor, via the original staircase, is a feast for the eyes, deep colour palates are matched with bold statement pieces of furniture, along with notes of travel and interest. The mixture of textures, artwork, modern and traditional pieces work well in this interesting dual aspect functional room.
The comfortable L- shaped sofa seating/television area is a nice space to enjoys views of the peaceful traditional french village, looking beyond the village to the Dordogne countryside and lush green fields. A CD player and collection of CD's enables you to enjoy music, DVD player to watch a movie, or perhaps play a game or choose a book from the varied selection on offer!
The village church is a stones throw away so you can always rely on the chime of the bells, its the only thing that will stop you from loosing track of time in the Joli Canard. Also in this room is the dining area and kitchen, with ample seating for 4, ideal for large meals, boardgames and entertaining, the kitchen very functional and of a modern style with oak worktop, hob top and a table top oven along with essential and some non essential extras!
This room leads us nicely to the patio doors which open directly into the lovely private garden area, outlined with scented lavender hedges, grapevines, honeysuckle and colourful rockery plants. This area is entirely private and enclosed for any dogs who may want to join in on the family holiday! It is important to note that the owners live in the opposite house across they garden and they have a labrador. Their garden is seperate to the Joli Canards garden. Outdoor furniture with cushion pads, parasol and Werber BBQ are also provided for guests.
Enjoying the peace of this garden is wonderful - it's the perfect place to paint or sketch the traditional Perigordian village houses with the lovely roofs that flick up at the end, like a jolly hat! Or perhaps you would just like to do nothing? Then you really have found your perfect spot.
For artists, chateau hunters and alike, the owners who live across the way have a great view of the chateau from their garden. They would be happy for you to enter their garden to take in the view of Badefols chateau, which stands proudly above the Joli Canard, its circular towers and 'jolly hat' roofs are really quite spectacular, whats more is you can see so much detail, being less than 500 metres away!
We have two bikes which can also be hired.
As mentioned the Joli Canard is a dog friendly property and your private garden area can be used by your dog, however larger grassy areas can be found in the village or surrounding countryside. There are some well mapped out walking routes from the gîte. We do however ask that dogs are well behaved, not exercised on site, and are not left on their own at any point.
There is ample parking for cars in the village and are within close walking distance to the gîte.
Interior layout Joli Canard is offered on a self catering basis and is split over two levels. Sleeping 3 in total, with one double bedroom (downstairs) and additional sofa bed in the living room area. This spacious property is well equipped, with a sunny open plan kitchen and living room area which opens directly into a small private enclosed garden. Very large modern bathroom suite with walk in shower and underfloor heating.
Exterior Traditional french style gîte with original features, sage green shutters and stone facade. Small private garden area with garden furniture and seasonal flowers.
Sleeping arrangements 1 x spacious double bedroom (2 x single beds or 1 x super king)
1 x double sofa bed in living room
1 x Travel cot and high chair
Badefols d'Ans is a rural french village, well situated and has all the local amenities that you need to get you started on your holiday within walking distance. Including two restaurants and one Cafe/Bar which is a short stumble down the hill! A small Proxi general store/tabac, Boulangerie and a Charcuterie. Badefols d'Ans is 6km from Hautefort where there is a larger supermarket, Intermarche, Chemist, several restaurants of varying quality, an excellent Boucherie and last but not least La Boulange Gilbert - a must visit! Also within a short drive is' Beau Village' St Robert, which again has a selection of places to eat and really is a lovely place to visit. Popular tourist destinations such as Montignac, Terrasson, Sarlat, Domme and Beynac are no more than a 45 mins drive south of Badefols d'Ans, all within easy driving distance for day trips.
Travelling By Car (And Ferry)
For those driving from the Eurotunnel you can expect to be in Dordogne within 9 hours or so. There is a choice of routes - via Paris or via Rouen tend to be the most popular, depending on where you want to visit. The same applies to those arriving in France via the channel ferries (DFDS and Brittany offer the widest range of times and vessels). There is also an overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to Santander. Perigueux is around six hours drive from there.
Planes and Trains
Until March 2020 the Dordogne region was fairly well serviced by provincial airports and regional railway lines as well as links to the high speed TGV network. We are confident these links will open again once our respective governments learn how to control the Covid19 virus and curb the pandemic. Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways have offered flights from the UK, historically, to Bordeaux, Bergerac, Toulouse and Brive (Vallee de la Dordogne) from departure points across the UK and Ireland. KLM and Air France also offer options from mainland Europe.
If the French leg of your journey begins in Paris there are a range of connecting flights to the airports mentioned above and also some options to travel onwards by train. The high-speed TGV drops you in Bordeaux in an impressive two hours (you could stop off in Saint Emilion for lunch..) or Brive La Gaillarde in around four hours or so.
The Voila Villas team have tried all of the above so please do get in touch if you would like to explore your options, we'll be happy to offer our advice from personal experience. We would heartily recommend having access to a car in order to make the most of your Dordogne experience, there are good hire car options at all airports and train stations.
Free parking can be found opposite the Church or at the Salle des Fetes which is a 2 minute ( or less) walk from the property.
31 Jul 2022 Fife
We decided to ignore the axiom “you should never go back” and returned to Joli Canard for our first foreign holiday since covid arrived. Having visited in 2019 we wondered if the old French magic was still about and the moment we crossed the threshold into this gorgeous haven of peace, our minds were instantly put at rest.
For us, it’s the tranquility of the village and the house which makes the place special. We love to go to the table d’orientation and listen to the silence and admire the views over to Hautefort and beyond. Joli Canard has the benefit of a cool bedroom even in the hottest months and it’s well equipped too. We don’t tend to eat out much as my wife is a coeliac but we enjoy cooking all the local foods. The Intermarche in Hautefort is well stocked and there are the local markets too.
Ross and Joni are excellent hosts. Nothing is too much trouble. This was put to the test when our flight home was cancelled at short notice. They were invaluable in helping us with an additional night’s accommodation and advising us of alternative travel arrangements. So professional and caring of our situation.
We look forward to visiting this taste of unspoiled France time and time again. To deny yourself this excellent accommodation nestled within a backdrop of stunning countryside, amazing food and drink plus the well-being this offers to body and soul in an increasingly chaotic world, would be ill advised indeed.
As for “never going back” it’s more “we never want to leave”!
Property manager response (01 Aug 2022)
Hi Graham and Karin, thank you for your wonderful review! We were so happy to have you re-visit this year and are hoping that you will visit for many more years to come. À bientôt!
02 Nov 2019
What a beautiful gite in a truly French village with all the accompanying comforts. The gite was spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished for a relaxing week's stay. My wife is more than happy to cook on holiday. The kitchen was well equipped and easy to serve outside in the quiet and sunny garden. The local auberge was just down the footpath and food excellent for the days to 'eat out'.
We both love walking and local walks were rewarding , and on the hot days, enjoyed a stroll through walnut orchards. A slightly longer walk took us to a lovely viewpoint with 360degree distant sights. Used our car to visit other lovely villages and a local well known chateau all within about 25 miles of the gite.
The village of Badefois d'Ans complemented the peace and tranquillity of Jolie Canard, where the pace of life was so relaxing.
Ross and Joni made perfect hosts and although this was their first year with the gite, were happy to answer any questions or advice, and made us feel very much 'at home'
We certainly hope to return in 2020
Property manager response (03 Nov 2019)
Dear John and Sue, thank you for such a fantastic review, we so enjoyed having you here in Badefols d'Ans and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best Wishes Joni and Ross
08 Apr 2019
We throughly enjoyed our fortnight stay in the Joli Canard, we had all weathers including snow, each bringing a different feel to the village. The walks in and around the Badefols are brilliant, all easily sign posted and have never ending views. The village itself is warm, peaceful and welcoming, the boulangerie was the highlight of our trip - visiting each morning for freshly baked pastries and bread! The property itself is very comfortable, the beds are great, excellent modern bathroom suit and the underfloor heating is a treat. Lovely garden and village views from upstairs, well equipped kitchen and very approachable hosts. We would most definitely recommend the Joli Canard and the area which it is in, can't wait to go back at the end of the year.
Property manager response (08 Apr 2019)
Thank you for your lovely review, we're so please you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
06 Jan 2019
Extremely comfortable and warm gîte, much bigger than expected. Welcoming hosts, live close by and knowledgeable of the area. Walk in shower and underfloor heating- real bonus! Lovely views of a peaceful french village. Definitely recommend!
Property manager response (06 Jan 2019)
Thanks for your review! We're happy you enjoyed your stay at the Joli Canard
Hôte parfait et logement impeccable! Fabrice
- 15 Apr 2021
Had a great stay at Joli Canard. Lovely villa beautiful decorated with everything you need. Cute garden area where we ate, drank and enjoyed the sunshine. Joni and Ross are welcoming and friendly hosts and gave us great recommendations for places to visit, walks and cycle routes, We hired their bikes and despite not having cycled for a long time it was an super way to explore the countryside. Quiet roads and tracks so easy and safe to get about. Highly recommend a meal at the restaurant along the road which serves fresh local produce in a relaxed friendly environment.
- 15 Jun 2019
Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful home. We felt very comfortable and your place is very much furnished to our taste :) We had a lovely time here in Badefols d'Ans and will be back soon!
- 11 Mar 2019
Great Property - loved my stay especially waking up to the peace and quiet of the village. Very comfortable and well equipped. Definitely recommend!
- 06 Jan 2019