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Chez John was recently converted from a 17th century stone built barn and retains much of its original character. It nestles in the rural, tranquil hamlet of La Tremoulie and has a large garden with a 10 by 5 metre fully enclosed private swimming pool for the exclusive use of those occupying the gite.

The gîte is a short drive, or 10-15 minute leisurely walk along quiet country lanes from the village of Champniers et Reilhac in the beautiful Perigord Vert region of the Dordogne. (

Champniers et Reilhac is a very traditional, sleepy French village, dating back to the tenth century and boasting a bread depot, bar, post office and tennis court. The bar serves a good choice of food. The bar is friendly and welcoming and great places to sit outside and watch village life!

During July and August Champniers et Reilhac alternates with nearby St Mathieu to host a weekly evening street market and barbecue, with live music and dancing!

The small towns of St Mathieu and Piegut Pluviers are less than ten minutes by car and have a choice of bars, restaurants and large supermarkets. Piegut Pluviers hosts the largest street market in the South West every Wednesday throughout the year and is packed with stalls selling everything you could imagine!

Also less than ten minutes drive from La Tremoulie there is a choice of two large leisure lakes with sandy beaches, mini golf, pedalos, bar/restaurants, children’s’ playgrounds and shady picnic areas.

There is everything you could possibly need on holiday within ten minutes driving time and driving in the area is a pleasure as there is very little traffic.

The historic town of Brantome has something to offer everyone and is not to be missed. Surrounded by the river Drome and its little meandering tributaries, it is known as France’s little Venice. Ancient buildings on little cobbled streets house a diverse variety of shops, cafes and brocantes and a large market is held every Friday morning.

If you want to try your hand at canoeing, providing you are over 5 years old, you can be taken upriver by bus, kitted out with lifejacket, plonked in a canoe and left to paddle your way back!

About us
We are Nigel and Janice John and we took early retirement and moved to France in June 2008.

After busy professional lives in the London area we love the peace and tranquillity of La Tremoulie. We chose the area for its rural location, yet easy access to lively market towns, international airports and motorway network to channel ports.

The locals have been friendly and welcoming and we’ve made many new friends within the community. We love our new home and the culture and friendliness of our adopted country – we hope you will too!


Lovely French Gite, sleeps six in comfort. Exclusive use of enclosed 10 x 5m pool. French character accomodation, Generous welcome pack, including first evening meal and breakfast


Property type: Gite

Room details


3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, Local
Clothes drier
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Outside lighting
Private garden


Suitable for
Pets (The garden is enclosed and dogs are welcome.)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Theme Park

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
1st April 2015 to 13th July 2018 7

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 6 Months 10%
Late Booking Discounts
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1st May to 1st September 6 Weeks 20%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
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1st April to 31st July 2 Weeks 8%
1st September to 30th November 2 Weeks 8%


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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 10km
  • Nearest bar: 1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 1km
  • Nearest supermarket: 8km
  • Brie-Champniers Airport: 54.2km
  • Bordeaux Airport: 180km
  • Oradour sur glane: 31km
  • Brantome: 26km
  • Perigeaux: 42km
  • Cognac: 64km


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13 out of 13 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 19 April 2014 with Family
Exceeded all our expectations Nigel & Jan very welcoming and went out of their way to help us - they surprised us with a birthday cake for our son - and the welcome pack was very good. Lovely quiet area with lots of good walks and restaurants within a short drive. Excellent value for money and cannot recommend highly enough. We will return.
Stayed Saturday 03 August 2013 with Family
This Gite is an absolute gem! Honestly, one of the most relaxing holidays that we have had as a family. Nigel and Jan are the perfect hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them and they go out of their way to ensure that your stay exceeds your expectations. We normally holiday in the Mediterranean, I for one was worried that being away from the coast could become an issue, half way through our stay I asked my teenage daughters which they preferred, answer : Chez John!! (There are two beautiful Lakes with man made beaches,and great facilities, just a short 10 min drive away). If chillaxing by the more than ample swimming pool is not for you then there are plenty of places of interest to visit and many beautiful walks/ drives within the Dordogne and Limousin area. We had great weather whilst there in August, however the Gite is fully stocked with games (indoors and out) and library catering for most tastes ...and most importantly WIFI !!! The most disappointing thing about this holiday, was the day we had to go home!! A long drive down from Calais, but worth every mile! (perhaps a stop overnight would break up journey) .. Well Done Jan and Nigel, hopefully see you again soon !
Stayed Saturday 02 June 2012
There were 5 of us in total. Myself, Husband, daughter, father and sister. The Gite proved to be an exceptional find which Jan and Nigel have lovingly decorated . It is beautiful and the “welcome package” is more and above what any one would expect! We really did not need for anything. They are exceptional hosts and really try to help you have a good holiday by providing excellent knowledge of the surrounding areas (and the weather forecast from their computer!!). Nigel was more than happy to let us follow him to the market so we would be able to find parking and not get lost!! The garden is really pretty and really nice to sit out in the evening to have supper, there is a BBQ available. They have provided a couple of shaded areas either by the house or near the pool. The pool is marvellous! There is so much room in it and my daughter had fun in it every day! Jan and Nigel have lots of floats and toys to entertain the children in the pool (and adults a like!!). The village is only a short (slow) 20 min walk away. All flat. A nice walk in the morning to get your fresh bread for breakfast. The main supermarket is only a 10 min drive. As we enjoyed this holiday so much, and there is so much more to see than we could fit in for one week, we will defiantly come again next year.
Stayed Saturday 26 May 2007
We had a fantastic time at this property and didnt want to leave. It was like being home from home.It truly exceeded all of our expectations. Jan and Nigel, and of course Bentley the dog, made our holiday special, they were the perfect hosts and ensured we had everything we needed. The welcome pack on arrival was just what we needed and more! Without hesitation, we would recommend this Gite to anyone.
What a beautiful hidden gem! This gite is the perfect romantic retreat - if you want peace and quiet the sound of birds, scent of flowers. twinkling fairylights, flickering candles, a glass (or 2!) of good wine - then look no further this is the place for you. The gite is very comfortable, the private pool is secluded and gardens delightful. Jan and Nigel are perfect hosts and their attention to detail is amazing. We loved it so much we didnt want to leave and cant wait to go back soon.
This was a glorious retreat for our whole family from aged 51 years to aged 7 years. For starters the wecome pack and the welcome were both very generous. The photos of the Gite do not do it jutice it is very spacious, light and comfortable. The Gite is in a perfect french setting with the grounds spacious, tranquil and private. The bedrooms were perfect, the pool was lovely and there is every aminity you need in the gite. The town is quiet but it is a nice stroll to the town and it has a bakery and restaurant. There is so much to do that by car takes between 10 to 25 mins. We were there for a week and were not able to do everything. Which means we will be back. Jan and Nigel are perfect hosts! At times we did not know that they were there and amazingly (like Mary Poppins) they are there when you do.They are kind and will help with anything you need. As my 7 year old says EVERYONE needs a Nigel!
Our expectations of Chez John were exceeded when we actually arrived. It is a beautiful ,tranquil haven lovingly kept by Nigel and Jan. The Gite was amazing full of everything you need and more, the pool was great and there were plenty of things to discover and watch in the kept gardens. Nigels and Jans help was invaluable and their recommendations were right on the button. We have a very enjoyable two weeks and look forward to returning there in the very near future.
Spent a great week here, we were a family of four. We were well looked after, the gite was accuratley advertised, welcome pack was much appreciated, would defintely make a return visit and recommend it to others.
We had a fantastic holiday at Chez John and it was ideal for us with a 12 month old baby. Grandparents joined us a week later too. The accommodation was superb - the lovely pics here dont even do it justice! The pool is huge, accommodation very clean and beautifully decorated/furnished, garden(s) are peaceful and stunning to walk around (lots of shaded areas too) and the local area is relaxed and inviting. Theres loads to do in the surrounding are if you want but we found the relaxed atmosphere made us want to chill out by the pool most days... We would definitely like to return in the near future. Nigel and Jan (and Bentley the dog) are a lovely, inviting family who really go out of their way to ensure you have a nice stay. The only negative is that Im now sitting at work and the pictures on the site are making me miss being there! :) Merry, Kenny and baby Michael
We arrived to a very warm welcome and were delighted with the accomodation. The owners Jan and Nigel couldnt do enough to make our stay enjoyable. We would love to return in the future.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week - Jan and Nigel are delightful hosts. The house is very comfortable, the pool beautiful - would have no hesitation in recommending Chez John.
The owners are very helpful and caring, nothing is too much trouble for them. In general the property offers all you could ask for,the pool is very well maintained without the over use of chemicals,My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and will be going back.
Stayed at Chez John recently and had a fantastic time, we were all very well looked after by friendly Nigel and Jan. The gite is wonderful, felt very comfortable we will be visiting again soon. Thank you for making our holiday one of the most memorable! Andrew G. and family
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Stayed 26 May 2007
This was the most relaxing, tranquil holiday my family and I have had in years. The location is stunningly peaceful, with the only sound of the neighbours chickens and the garden crickets to be heard, it was awesome! The gite itself was perfect, with a welcome pack of bread and other everday provisions in place after our long journey, including some fantastic local wine! Jan, Nigel and Bentley are the most agreeable hosts, the pool was warm and clean, and very welcome after days out. Lots to see and a visit to Branton is a must. Looking to book again next year!


About the owner
Retiring from busy professional lives in the London area, we found a secluded property in rural France, close to lively market towns and with good access to motorway network and International airports. We have been welcomed into the community and we love the culture and friendliness of our adopted country. We hope you will too!
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Joined: October 2008