Sol Du Mazel is the main site of our child friendly holiday cottages in the Dordogne. Nestled in 4 acres of its own land the two family gîtes overlook a walnut orchard and wild flower and grass meadow. On the other side of the valley the woods are the home to deer and wild boars which can often be seen at dawn if you manage to get up that early. If you are on holiday with babies or young children, early mornings are not unusual!
We set about not just restoring but re-invigorating. The two family gîtes at Sol du Mazel are Hope Cottage and Rose Barn. Both have huge open-plan downstairs rooms built to the highest of standards and quality. Large doors connect you with the outside family living space where many a meal is enjoyed in the cool of the morning or warmth of the evening sun. The bedrooms, with the chestnut wood floors and wrought iron beds are so quiet and peaceful it is hard not to have a wonderful night of sleep.
Sol du Mazel is nestled into an idyllic rural setting, with the two family gîtes looking over the meadow up towards a small woodland from which deer and wild boar can sometimes be seen at dawn. Sol du Mazel is just a short walk from the beautiful village of St Pompon, is nestled into the lovely mix of undulating land covered in woods and meadows, where poppies add a splash of colour to every roadside. The textured sandstone houses of the villages in the area are so picturesque they could easily be described as the ‘Cotswolds’ of France. Yet when we bought the place in 2010 the property was a far cry from what it is now. The cottage was, to say the least, in ‘a state’ and the barn was just that, a barn which years ago had been used to dry tobacco.
The 12m x 5m heated swimming pool is fully surrounded by fence and is in clear sight of the Barn so parents can watch their kids splash around to their hearts content close up or from a distance. Guests can sun bathe on the pool patio or shade under umbrellas or the ‘pergola’ which gives a lovely dappled shade. Just as the woodland starts at the far edge of the property an observant explorer will discover part of the ‘chemin des Anglais’ – an ancient path that reportedly dates back to the times when France was in the hands of the English! While the land itself is worth exploring, nothing can beat a good old trampoline. But Sol du Mazel does not have an old trampoline –it has the largest and bounciest trampoline you can get. Safely protected with netting, kids and adults alike can spend hours bouncing away simply for the fun of it.