Bardouly was built in the reign of Henry IV and is situated halfway up a limestone hill above the Dropt river. This Perigordian Manor House brims with the charm and nobility of its 400 year of existence. The house maintains its original features including a panelled dining room that was installed by the same artisan that completed the state rooms at Versailles. The house is brimming with antiques but maintains the atmosphere of a comfortable family home. Enjoy absolute privacy in this meticulously maintained property. The estate includes a heated swimming pool and hard surface tennis court. Table tennis and foosball are provided; there are immaculate lawns for croquet and badminton (included). Activities such as cycling, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, golf, and wine tasting are all in the immediate vicinity. The area boasts many historic chateaux and market towns. Property is ideal for family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays and weddings. The property has Wifi throughout.
Secluded 17th Century Manor House near Bergerac, Dordogne in 60 hectare park
Lisa Le Goater
- english, french
About Lisa Le Goater
We are an American/French family, who have owned and operated the property for a number of years. We have hosted scores of visitors, who have all fell in love with the beautiful setting and luxurious yet comfortable accommodation. We are happy to help organise sightseeing itineraries, give restaurant recommendations, or any other tailored advice your might need.
Lisa Le Goater purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1999
Why Lisa Le Goater chose Saint-Aubin-de-Cadelech
Bardouly is a magnificent gem. Driving through it's gates is like being transported back in time to experience a gracious and peaceful holiday in a completely private setting. The interiors of the house have been designed to a five-star standard and in keeping with a traditional French manor house. At the same time all modern conveniences are provided. Everyone who visits Bardouly wants to come back. You can feel the sense of history here and the many celebrated figures who have spent time at the property from Charles de Gaulle to John D Rockefeller. Although most houses in the area have swimming pools, very few have tennis courts as we do, or the range of games and other sports equipment available to use on site. We have lived in the area for a number of years so we can organise any special outings in which you have an interest. We can arrange wine tasting evenings at the property, local vineyard/winery tours and we even have a foie gras producer who lives down the road who gives demonstrations of the process and tasting. We only work with the very best local chefs who use all locally grown natural ingredients in the food they prepare. You will be delighted with the truly gourmet food on offer, yet not gain a pound! The property boasts a purpose built wood floored 800 square foot indoor yoga studio and a 700 square foot outdoor platform. If you are a dedicated yogi, we can organise sessions for you as often as you would like during your stay. In addition, we run several dedicated yoga retreats every year.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
We enjoy the peace and privacy of our property and the chance to enjoy nature. Children can swim, play tennis and enjoy many other outdoor activities such as cricket, rugby, football, croquet and table tennis. The property is very convenient for a range of activities like horse riding, golf, canoeing, boating, fishing, bowling, visiting chateaux and gardens, walking and cycling. Not many properties can offer the privacy; and land and still have such easy access to so many activities and amenities. Number of guests at the property by agreement with the owner. For special occasions we can make 10 ensuite bedroom/bathrooms available for an additional charge.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Fantastic family holiday
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with our family of 16; 8 grandchildren from 6 to 18 years in the last week in August. Bardouly was perfect for us, providing all the activities and space needed for everyone to have a great time together. Wonderful pool and surrounds, table tennis and table football, gorgeous music room and grand piano for our pianists. Great kitchen to congregate in for breakfast, full size tennis court, lovely park and trees for the children to explore and for games. The house is well equipped and smartly furnished, yet comfortable and full of interest. We didn’t need to go anywhere else. JC was very helpful and friendly. Thank you to him for a wonderful stay.
I felt instantly at home!
From the minute you see the house you're in love. My stay here was like going back in time to a simpler time, though you have all the modern amenities. The house is beautifully appointed - the furniture, the artwork, the availability of books and games - all things you want to surround yourself with during a break, with none of the noises or distractions of a busy holiday house. The yoga studio is perfect and the outdoor deck where we did sunrise yoga was also magical. We had a wonderful time here - it's perfect.
A little slice of heaven
Bardouly exceeded my expectations in every way. The presentation of the bedrooms and public spaces was absolutely immaculate and aesthetically pleasing. No expense was spared in the renovation and decoration, and there are elements of beauty everywhere you turn. I spent a week on a yoga/tennis retreat and found the facilities to be first rate. The indoor and outdoor yoga spaces were perfect and completely conducive to learning and relaxing. The dining areas - both indoor and outdoor - were spacious and pleasing, and the kitchens extremely well equipped. The beautiful medieval villages in the area, with their wonderful markets, are well worth a visit - if you can bear to leave the property. The owners - and their lovely dog - were welcoming and more than helpful. I will be going back as soon as possible.
A remarkable stay, in a magical place.
Where to begin? The house itself is magnificent. I've stayed in French villas and chateaux before, and while the properties themselves are beautiful, you're invariably let down by soft beds, ancient plumbing, posters covering old, unattractive wallpaper; Bardouly is the antithesis of this. No stone has been left unturned when it comes to the detail of the furnishings and the decor: gorgeous White Company towels, thick duvets with cashmere throws, comfortable beds, lovely shower creams and soaps, even hot water bottles (should you need them!). The house offers everything you could wish for a perfect holiday: a gorgeous pool (saline), a games room, a well-tended tennis court, a yoga studio and majestic gardens and woodland with secret meditation spots dotted around the property. The surrounding area is overflowing with things to do, if needed; however, it was difficult to find the motivation to leave the house! Lisa and Jean Claude's concern for the personal comfort of their guests is evident everywhere, and it was a delight getting to know them both. I cannot recommend Bardouly highly enough and look forward to going back as soon as I can!
A beautiful gem
We just spent an amazing week at Chateau Bardouly that exceeded any expectations that we may have had. The building is incredible itself with beautiful architecture, history and breathtaking grounds. The rooms are decorated with beautiful details as well as very comfortable beds. There are new bathrooms that make this a great combination of old and new. This is the perfect place to use as a base while taking in the local towns nearby. There are beautiful wineries, incredible food, and great little shops that are easily accessible by car or you can just enjoy the the property itself with a great book and a glass of wine. There seemed to be as much or as little activity as one would want depending on your age and mood. The Chateau has a well equipped kitchen or you can request the owners to situate a chef for your stay. The owners are very helpful and navigating the area is quite easy. We can't wait to come back and hope you get a chance to enjoy this gem for yourself!
Ruth,Brian and Faylenn M.
Santa Monica, CA.
A beautifully restored manor house, in the heart of some of the most spectacular countryside in France, Bardouly lives up to both the property description as well as other visitors' 5-star reviews. It was a very, very special place to spend Spring break. The house has been lovingly restored, with many of the original features, and retains its charm and authenticity, while also providing a modern level of comfort and convenience. Each bedroom is individually decorated with beautiful furnishings and antiques, and all of the bathrooms are modern and luxurious. The common areas are spacious, and also tastefully furnished. The kitchen is modern and well-equipped, although larger groups should definitely think about hiring a cook. Both the house and the grounds provide a great deal to do for guests of all ages -- tennis, swimming (although the weather in early April was decidedly chilly), etc. The game room has games, activities and TV.
A car is a definite must if you have plans to explore the surrounding area, the only difficulty will be deciding in which direction to head--vineyards, outstanding restaurants, charming market villages, beautiful churches, and the like can be found anywhere from fifteen minutes to two hours away. The owners are quite knowledgeable and helpful in suggesting outings and providing advice and directions, as well as being very responsive to any issues or concerns that might arise during your stay. I really can't say enough about what a beautiful time we had, and how very much I hope we can return again.
Special interest holidays:
We offer yoga/Pilates/wellness retreats and rent the property to yoga/Pilates/wellness teachers/companies for yoga/wellness holidays. We have an 800 square foot purpose built indoor yoga studio and an 800 square foot outdoor wooden platform (for yoga and Pilates). See our website for the retreats offered in 2016. We are able to organise wine tasting tours, Pilates, painting, writing and French language courses upon request. We can provide daily maid service, chefs, nannies and taxi service upon request. The property is ideal for family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. We have access to excellent catering, DJ, and fireworks. We can provide photos and recommendations for guests that have used the property for special events. Bergerac hosts a world re-known music festival the month of July including classical, pop/rock, folk and other types of music.
Beautiful riverside beach on the Dordogne is 5km from the house.
Spectacular lake with bird preserve 2km from the house.
2 small lakes on the property.
Atlantic ocean beach is about an hour and a half drive to Bordeaux.
Car hire or use of a car is essential for shopping, sightseeing, etc. Bergerac airport is 19km from the house. Toulouse airport is a two hour drive; Bordeaux airport is an hour and a half drive. Cars can be hired through all the major agencies at each airport. If driving from London, it is most convenient to take the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo; the house is about a 6 hour drive from the port of St. Malo. There is a fast train from Paris to Libourne. House about 1 hr drive.
Bergerac (19km), Bastide town of Eymet (10km; 10 minute drive), market town of Issegieac (12k; 15 minute drive), Sarlat (one hour), Perigeiux (1.5 hours), Bordeaux (1 hour 15 minutes).
In the immediate area is a horse riding school, canoeing, fishing, and boat tours on the Dordogne. A balloon ride is a great way to get a panoramic view of the exquisite Dordogne valley. A 10 pin bowling alley is 15 minutes by car. We provide maps of historic walks, which showcase the natural beauty of the region and many of the churches, bastides and other buildings of note. The valley is ideal for keen biking enthusiasts because of the gently rolling hills. A spectacular son et lumeire show of the re-enactment of the 100 years war battle at Castillon is a short journey by car.
A trip to the world famous Marquessac Gardens is a must. About an hour and a half drive from the house, these ancient box trees have been magnificently laid out of a flattened hilltop which affords 360 degree views across the Dordogne Valley. It is just a short hop from there to the market town of Sarlat where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch, stop at a few of the market towns along the way back to Bardouly and be home in time for dinner.
We organise special wine tastings with local experts at the house as well as foie gras tastings for anyone interested.
Wine has been produced in the region for well over 400 years. Wine enthusiasts will find similar grapes to those found in Bordeaux. Many vineyards welcome visitors and offer tastings. Historical chateaux, gardens, and bastides abound. The prehistoric Caves of Lascaux are 90 minutes by car. Sight see and shop for antiques in the ancient market towns of Sarlat and Perigieux.
There are a plethora of restaurants in the area from the Michelin starred gourmet experience to the local pizzeria and brasseries that specialise in local Perigourdine fare.