Unique holiday gite in the Dordogne - AD006173

4km from Champagne-et-Fontaine, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD006173 Advertiser since: 21 February 2018
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L'Hibou at Le Domaine Du Sourire Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2 Cots and put up beds available

About this property

Unique Holiday Catering For All And Non Judgemental. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Domaine du Sourire is a small run holiday complex which caters for the needs of all guests, including children and adults with disability. Onsite facilities include an adapted indoor playroom, soft play room, solar heated swimming pool, sensory garden and sensory room and many other activities available to ensure our guests have a fun and relaxing stay.
The Domaine du Sourire started life as a derelict farm and through raw passion and 4 years of non stop work, is now a complex with 4 wonderful Gites, swimming pool and play areas was formed. The doors were formally opened to the public in 2013 with the first guests traveling from the UK, Holland and Belgium. The Domaine du Sourire is accessible and family friendly, we do not discriminate and welcome everyone.

Jackie speaks kind and honest words about her father Sandy. He was a life long friend of the Camillis family for many years and spent much of his retirement living at Domaine du Sourire. He was responsible for helping transform it from a building site into the wonderful facility it is today. We are all indebted to him for his hard work and enthusiasm on this project which would not have come to fruition without him.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen, with cooker, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and ironing facilities. Separate dining area with table and chairs.

Living rooms

L'Hibou: The lounge is spacious enough for the entire family to gather around the wood-burner and make full use of the dvd player or English/French satellite tv.


Downstairs bedroom with en-suite shower room, consisting of 3 single beds.
Upstairs, bedroom 1 has 2 single beds, and bedroom 2 has a double bed and secret Narnia room through the wardrobe with 1 single bed.


Downstairs, en-suite shower room and toilet
Upstairs, family bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin


L'Hibou centrally heated and woodburner in lounge


Tv with English satellite tv and dvd player

Communal bbq area for all to get together and chat and laugh.

Large selection of books, dvd's , board games, jigsaws, and collection of toys available

Garden and outside

Sensory garden on site.
Shrubbed areas.
Help with the vegetable growing.
Different fruit trees, pick your own.
Large green areas to chill, play ball and the kids can run off their excess energy.
Trampolines, swings, slides and very crazy golf.
Basketball area.
Selection of bikes available for guests and even a tandem for those game enough

Parking and garages

Private parking on site.
Park at the back of your gite.

Visitor suitability

All adults and children welcome, pets are welcome if kept under supervision and not in the main courtyard.
Gite is adapted to cater for the less mobile.

Information about any additional facilities

All linen and towels are included (bring pool towels). Cots, highchairs and babysitting available by arrangement.
Welcome pack provided with supplies for your first night's meal and fresh vegetables when in season.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mareuil: market Tuesday
Distance: 11 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Courgeac
Distance: 25 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: D'aubeterre Pillac
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecuries de chene , chez Martin 16190 bors de montmoreau
Distance: 22 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Various in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion



Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Le maine giraud, 16250 champagne vigny
Distance: 34 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jacqueline Grant

Two years ago Terry and I decided to go and live somewhere warmer in the beautiful French countryside. This was when an exciting opportunity for some hard and rewarding work presented itself, in the form of a Gite holiday complex. After much research and planning, we discussed with the friends Dawn and Mark Camilli about buying into this unique gite complex. Domainedusourire is accessible and family friendly, we do not discriminate and welcome everyone

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? The area has lots to offer and we enjoyed our time exploring Villebois Lavalette as well as the local villiage. Easy short drive to big supermarket and local markets in Verteillac and further on to Riberac.
Poised on a steep hill above the Dronne River, Aubeterre is a very pretty village. The houses are in the local white stone, some with traditional first floor galleries, others with multi-levelled galleries, and many with attractive roofs. A large number of the houses have been carefully renovated.
The rural location and the tranquility of the surroundings and the beauty was so breathtaking that we knew that is where we wanted to be and spend our time enjoying the views.
Unique benefits of property The Domaine du Sourire started life as a derelict farm and through raw passion and after 4 years of non stop work, is now a complex with 4 wonderful Gites, swimming pool, basketball, crazy golf, soft play, play park and area for football. The doors were formally opened to the public in 2013 with the first guests traveling from the UK, Holland and Belgium.
We have sensory room and sensory garden to offer for autistic children.

The Owner Recommends


The village of Villebois-Lavalette is dominated by its chateau sitting above the village along with a few houses and a church. The rest of the village extends below where the streets are lined with typical Chaentais houses with lots to appreciate as you wander round and enjoy the pretty architectural details.

The village is best known for the imposing Chateau de Villebois that stands on a raised promontory above the village. The extensive defensive walls and six incorporated towers, in the attractive white stone of the region, were built in the 12th-13th century* and wind around the hilltop, giving access to the inner castle through a gateway between two substantial round towers.

Chateau de la Mercerie

The Chateau de la Mercerie is in the commune of Magnac-lavalette-Villars in the Charente department, in the countryside around 25 kilomètres to the south of Angoulême.


Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is in the south-east of the Charente department, and 20 kilometres west of Riberac (in the Dordogne department), on a meander in the Dronne river. The village is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Fishing at Le Grand Etang St Saud

Wheelchair access now for all guests


Archery is for everyone!
We are experienced professionals bringing the fun of archery to residents and holiday makers in France.
No matter what your age or ability,
5 minutes from verteillac


Our nearest commercial centre, with pedestrian shopping zone and shopping mall, variety of restaurants, golf course and National Comic-Book Museum; The Nautilus Leisure Centre has several swimming pools, with outdoor slides and wave pool during the summer months. It also houses a large ice-skating rink; A huge lake affords swimming and sailing, with adjacent crazy golf, swing park and go-karting for kids; Many festivals are held throughout the year and a vintage car rally is held annually in mid-September; Paris can be reached in 2hrs 30mins from the TGV train station.


A busy Monday market is held, selling a variety of crafts and regional food/drink; The Chateau, with dungeon restaurant, is an ideal venue for a special evening meal; There is an annual international show-jumping competition.


World famous for wine and architecture. Visit medieval churches, cathedrals and museums or enjoy shopping in town center boutiques. Seasonal activities include the wine festival and river festival.


Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne (slight exaggeration strictly speaking) - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.

Brantome Attractions
The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene.

Look inside the abbey as well (built by Charlemagne in 769 and the main historical highlight of the town) and at the troglodyte section behind the abbey including the famous cave of the 'Last Judgement'. These are the remains of the original abbey and during the summer you can do a night-time visit of the troglodyte section - very atmospheric.