Surround yourself with animals

Stay At The Sanctuary

The perfect place to rest, relax and reconnect with nature

The Cottage at Mudita Sanctuary is a wonderful place to stay if you love animals, nature and farniente.

In a fast-paced world filled with technology and constant distractions, sometimes what we really need is to slow down, disconnect and take the time to breathe. This is precisely what’s on offer at the sanctuary: an oasis of calm, abundant fresh air, stunning nature and some top-notch animal therapists too; They’re very good listeners and have a lot to teach us about being grounded and appreciating the little things in life.

What To Do

 There are plenty of animals to pet, observe, admire and love. When your cuddle session with one of our furry therapists is over, there’s a pool for you to enjoy when the weather is nice and warm, or to take a refreshing cold dip in during the winter months. The Dordogne region is famous for its many castles, vineyards and beautiful villages. In the summer you can enjoy some of the numerous markets or go kayaking down the Dordogne river. 

You’ll be surrounded by 9 different species of rescued animals. An animal lover’s dream holiday! We guarantee it’s an experience like no other. Check out our resident guests with whom you will be sharing the property.

About The Property

La Roffie‘ is a 16th-century farm that was lovingly renovated over the course of 30 years by Ariane, the founder of the sanctuary. Ariane moved here in 2014 with the intention of switching careers from being an interior architect to hosting people in a Bed and Breakfast. As soon as she arrived, her love of animals combined with an abundance of abandoned, mistreated and unwanted souls in the region meant she accepted many of them into her home to live out the rest of their days in peace. Instead of a B&B, Ariane decided to follow her calling and rescue as many animals as she could. Four years later, in 2018, Mudita Sanctuary was created. 

In the summer of 2020 we decided to host people in ‘La Houlette’, an independent cottage next to the farmhouse, to allow them to experience this peaceful nature and these incredible animals whilst at the same time bringing in funds to keep the operation afloat. Your stay is a donation to the sanctuary for which we express our gratitude by hosting you at the property.

Cats, dogs, chickens, ponies and donkeys roam freely in the garden so if you’re scared, allergic or don’t like animals, this is not for you !

About The Cottage

Separate from the main house, the cottage (80m2) offers all the privacy one could hope from a guesthouse. It has a kitchen, living room and dining area, a bathroom (no shower), separate toilet and a large room on the first floor containing 2 beds, a double and a single, thereby accommodating 3 people in the same room. The single bed is a real bed, not a pull-out or sofa bed. Check out the amenities in the list below.

The cottage is very much a part of the property and is in the center of the sanctuary so you will see the owner and the animals moving about. It’s the little house on the right when looking at the aerial photo.

Check out the amenities in the list below. You can find a list of FAQ’s at the end of the page.



  • 1 King Size Bed
  • 1 Single Bed
  • Bed linen
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking


  • Bathtub
  • Separate toilet
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Essentials


  • Fridge
  • Electric Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Pots & Pans
  • Crockery
  • Utensils
  • Basic spices (Salt, Pepper, Oil)


  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking 

The Cottage

€180 per night

for up to 3 people

100% of the proceeds of your stay goes to the sanctuary.
Staying with us is therefore a charitable donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The cottage is a freestanding building next to the main building. 

Yes. The cottage is very much in the middle of the sanctuary. Ariane and volunteers will be walking around the property, busy with their daily tasks.

The sanctuary is in a very quiet countryside area. Dogs do bark, horses neigh and the rooster does call the chickens numerous times in the day. It’s certainly not devoid of sound, but it’s spread out and very organic. 

No. There are no animals inside the cottage.  There are plenty of animals roaming freely outside in the garden though: Chickens, cats, dogs, ponies.

All basic kitchen amenities are present to allow you to cook all your meals.

No. We do not provide any meals. However, the cottage does have a kitchen.

There is free WiFi but there is no TV. Look outside and you will witness the greatest show on earth. 🙂

There is a 5 night minimum stay. 

We do not recommend coming with children under the age of 10. The pool is not gated off, so it is unsuitable for children who can’t swim or who aren’t under constant supervision. Do let us know if you wish to come with young children. 

At this stage we do not have the amenities necessary to host infants and very young children (baby bed, high chair, etc)

Pets are not permitted at the sanctuary. We have animals roaming freely around the property. We do not want to risk injury and trauma to our animals or yours in case they do not get along. 

Check in is from 14h (2pm) to 22h (10pm). Check out is at 11am. 

Yes! Always be careful when approaching the animals, make sure they see or hear you coming towards them. Don’t make loud noises or sudden movements as they may be startled and could potentially hurt themselves and you. Don’t force the animals to do something they don’t want (eg: picking up the cats- some like it, most don’t). They all generally love a good scratching and pampering. Feel free to ask us if you’re unsure whether it’s safe to pet an animal.

Smoking inside is forbidden. You may smoke outside, away from the animals. Please always use an ashtray to dispose of cigarette butts as they are dangerous to wildlife who sometimes mistakenly eat them.

The pool is shared with others.


For any inquiries please email