Three luxury yurt retreats hidden away amongst the rolling and tranquil countryside of the north Dordogne just an hours drive from Bergerac. Peace, quiet and real relaxation is guaranteed in this secluded space. Magnificent views, stunning sunsets, wildlife on your doorstep and superb star gazing from your terrace! Breakfasts and dinners served on your deck by request. Each yurt has been lovingly hand-made here at Quirky Camping using willow from our own plantation, they are much more than just a bedroom – a living space as well, with a polished wooden floor, rugs, chairs and other furniture which has been bought from local brocantes and restored by us.
Each yurt retreat has it’s own quirkily built and well equipped summer kitchen, dining terrace and BBQ, as well as a solar powered private bathroom and separate compost toilet, so you are getting much more than just a yurt to sleep in.
The three yurt retreats are situated on a small-holding in a beautiful rural location not far from the small but charming town of Verteillac, where the owners, Matt and Wendy are striving to live a sustainable and more self sufficient life-style. The large potager can supply you with a vast selection of organic fresh fruit, veg and herbs, the hens supply lovely fresh eggs, the newly adopted bees are hopefully making their first batch of honey and there may be the chance of home reared lamb and pork depending on when you visit, look out for the sausages, they are to die for!
Each yurt has been built on raised, solid, wooden platforms and are fully furnished to a high standard. Board games, books and local information are provided in each yurt although Matt and Wendy are always keen to advice on places to visit, or which local restaurant fits the occasion.
The kitchens and terraces are well equipped and once night falls really atmospheric with hanging lanterns and solar fairy light garlands fixed across the beams. A homemade cake and bottle of wine awaits your arrival to be enjoyed from the deck whilst admiring the breathtaking views that are yours to soak up for the duration of your stay!
So which is the one for you? Everyone seems to have a favourite but below are a few pointers to help you choose.
La Cabushe was inspired by the architecture of the Soloman Islands where Matt grew up. Sitting on the deck with a glass of local wine and watching the wind flurries through the cereal crops it is easy to imagine you are looking out to sea (although that might depend on how many glasses you’ve had!). With wide open views of rolling countryside, amazing sunsets and clear starry nights it is really a magnificent place to chillax and let the hours drift by.
Les Abris is our double yurt retreat consisting of two yurts for two couples so it is ideal if you want to share your stay with friends, although not obligatory! The summer kitchen and deck is situated between the two yurts providing a place to get together but still allowing everyone their own space. Although positioned a good way from La Cabushe, the views are equally as good and the new raised deck has proved to be a great spot for sun-downers and star gazing!
The Bodgers’ retreat has been designed for people who love trees! Situated on the edge of our small copse it consists of a semi underground roundhouse kitchen and terrace along with a nearby yurt. This unit is the essence of tranquillity, on those intensely hot and sunny days it’s nice to laze in one of the hammocks under the dappled shade of oaks, walnut, acacia, laburnum, hazel and ash trees, but there are also glades for any sun lovers and a pole lathe for the more active! The roundhouse has been constructed with maximum regard for the environment, using wood coppiced from a neighbour’s chestnut forest, straw bales collected from a field a hundred metres away, recycled car tyres as the foundations and willow from their own plantation.
Beds: Each yurt contains a double bed for a couple. However we can always put a single bed into a yurt should it be required but please get in touch beforehand.
Being situated on the Dordogne Charente border you will be ideally placed for access to all the beautiful sites in both departments. There are chateaux to visit, prehistoric caves to explore or pretty market towns to meander around. Not to be missed is market day in Riberac on Friday, canoeing along the river near Bordeilles, Brantome the delightful riverside town with prehistoric caves, and a magnificent Benedictine Abbey or Aubeterre, a beautiful hillside village with its’ Monolithic church, arty shops and river beach.
The cities of Angouleme & Perigueux are both within an hours’ drive, offering an abundance of both sightseeing and shopping opportunities. Further afield take a day out to explore Cognac, Bergerac, the vineyards of St Emilion, or visit the capital of wine, the city of Bordeaux. For those that would prefer not to use their car, cycling is a great alternative as the roads are so quiet.
Matt loves to set you off on one of his cycle tours which incorporate some of the local highlights and a lunch-stop recommendation – bikes can be hired and if you are up for the challenge, there is a tandem, a sure way to get honks and cheers from the cycle-loving french !
Sleeps Maximum – Each yurt sleeps 2 people although it may be possible to add additional beds. Although we are really set up to accommodate adults, not because we don’t like children but because our guests really appreciate the peace and quiet of the place. However if you get together with friends and family and rent all of our yurts, you can then bring the kids along too!
CONTACT & PRICING
- Name : Wendy Meers at Quirky Camping
- Address : Chez Devalon 24320 Nanteuil Auriac de Bourzac FRANCE
- Phone (work) : +33 (0)553918242
- Phone (mobile) : +33 (0)602382777
- Prices Weekly: £450 – £530
- Prices Nightly: £66 – £78 per night (min 2 night stay)
- Web address : www.quirkycamping.com