Bergerac Cottage Rental Photos and Description
2 Bedroom each en-suite + kitchen/lounge - sleeps 4/5, on the river Dordogne
Located on the north bank of the river Dordogne a picturesque 2km walk along the tow-path from the centre of Bergerac. 2½ acres of mature gardens with fields to both sides, a quiet, idyllic setting. The accomodation is a beautifully renovated, completely separate part of a large house with charm and character. Plenty of history - originally built by the English as an armoury in the 14th century. 2 Bedroom, each en-suite, plus lounge/diner/kitchen. Beautiful private heated swimming pool, with beach and waterfall – good for children. Salt water based so no stinging eyes! Trampoline / Children’s slide, swing; Wireless internet; English TV; Bicycles – several to borrow including a trailer bike; child seat and various helmets; Good fishing: Salmon, trout, sturgeon and cat fish all caught before; Canoeing – the river is wide but quite calm. Bergerac airport 10 mins away, pick-up and drop off possible. A perfect place to relax and an ideal location to explore the region and its attractions.
Wine, Food,Travel, walking & cycling: We can arrange visits to various vineyards; we have numerous friends who have vineyards (English spoken) plus St Emilion and Chateaux Margaux are 50 mins drive.
Indoor and outdoor tennis courts about 10 mins walk along the river.
Some fantastic local restaurants - some of our favourites: L’Imparfait; La Tour des Vents; Le Vieux Logis; Villa Laetitia; Le Vin'Quatre; Le Bistrot du Presbytére and Le Saint Jacques.
Easy direct flights to/from the UK. Fly direct to Bergerac (just 10 mins away) on Flybe from Southampton; Birmingham; Manchester; Edinburgh; Gatwick & Exeter. Ryanair from: Bristol; Stansted; Liverpool; East Midlands; Rotterdam & Brussels. Jet2 from Leeds-Bradford and Manchester + Bordeaux airport 70 mins away (lots of flights from there including Belfast and Dublin).
We're 5 hours drive from St Malo and www.brittany-ferries.com operate there from Portsmouth. It's a good way to start the holiday as the ferry is overnight - arrive 8AM, stop for lunch and arrive mid afternoon.
Plenty of walking and cycling trails - maps available.
Bird Watching: Thanks of a birdwatcher who stayed for a few days in Sept 2009, here’s a list of what he saw which included 17 kingfishers on a short 40 min canoe ride along the rider:
Kingfisher; little owl; tawny owl; great tit; blackbird; black headed gull; short toed tree creeper; spotted flycatcher; magpie; jay; coal tit; rook; carrion crow; collared dove; stock dove; wood pigeon; grey heron; starling; grey wagtail; common sandpiper; white wagtail (pied) grey heron; night heron; cormorant; little grebe; coot; moorhen; mallard; buzzard; kestrel; black kite; green woodpecker; serim; chaffinch; green finch; cetti’s warbler; fan tailed warbler; house sparrow; house martin; swallow; swift; red kite; sparrow hawk; black cap (f); great spotted wood pecker; blue tit; gold finch.
Prehistoric sites and more: renowned neolithic caves – including things of interest to children - Les Eyzies and Lascaux with their famous cavemen paintings.
Local equestrian centre – excellent horse riding for adults and children.
Nice Chateaux to visit (Monbazillac) – which you can see from here!
Markets to visit in Bergerac – Wednesday and Saturday.
Take the tourist train to Sarlat for the day.
Go to the beach for the day – miles of beautiful golden beaches at Cap Ferret – 2hrs away.
Go swimming at one of the local lakes (setup for the purpose with waterslides etc).
In Bergerac - for smaller children - 'Les P’tits Castors'; for children 7+ 'LaserPlay': for older teenagers and adults! 'Le Windsor' nightclub.
Local museums (National Tobacco museum – they grow tobacco here as well as produce wine), Transport museum.
Rowing (aviron) - Bergerac has one of the top rowing clubs in France http://www.snbergerac.org/ - along the river just before entering Bergerac when walking from Franchemont.
Also of note - Beregrac's Jazz festival in May and the free open air Jazz evenings in Bergerac every Wednesday during the summer!
The 2014 Tour de France, the 101st is coming to Bergerac... The 19th stage will arrive from the Pyrenees (Maubourguet) on Friday 25th July, with the penultimate stage on Saturday 26th July being a time trial from Bergerac to Perigueux. The final stage (21) arriving in Paris on the Sunday.
Our neighbour across the field is a farm run by three brothers who sell fruit and veg at Bergerac market on Wednesdays and Saturdays but also sell direct from the farm on Tuesday and Friday afternoon/evenings.
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
About Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet
Hi! We bought Franchemont 11 years ago. Previously Pascale had spent 20+ years teaching in the UK after growing up in Paris/Brittany. Scott worked in IT and travelled the world. We wanted a slower pace of life and a new adventure – we've found it here and love it, we still feel like we’re on holiday after 10 years.
Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet purchased this cottage in 2002
Why Scott Pearson & Pascale Bizet chose Bergerac
We took nearly two years to find Franchemont and had almost given up looking for our dream when a local lawyer introduced us… We’re close enough to Bergerac to be able to walk in along the river - 40 mins (or more often cycle – 10 mins). Bergerac is a lovely town, not too big, 29,000 people, plenty of culture and history and a real town so not dead in the winter – only 20% of the economy is based on tourism so we have a full market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year whilst in the summer there’s the buzz of tourism. Although we’re close to Bergerac we are far enough out that we have fields on two sides – the river on another – we use the river too – swim, canoe and we’re members of Bergerac rowing club… Of course the food and wine was another draw, but it’s really that this is rural France where it’s like going back in time – people still take 2 hours for lunch – even the big stores shut from midday to 2PM. Quality of life, family, friends and food are more important than consumerism!
What makes this cottage unique
We have an ideal location, a property full of history and next door there’s a farm run by three brothers where we get fresh fruit and vegetables. Plenty of space with our dream pool. Easy access to the UK and Paris – one year Scott went back and forth to the UK 35 times and has even been known to cycle to our great little local airport Bergerac (10 mins drive) – even in the summer there are less than 10 flights in and out each day… We’re far enough south that it’s significantly warmer than the UK with a guaranteed summer on average 5C hotter than London though we still stay green here in the summer – much further south and it’s yellow… The right balance of everything!