|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
Pamela Goodman, Travel Editor, House and Garden
'What a wonderful house; what a wonderful week. Late nights and - lots of fun. And, of course the sun shone every day - a welcome relief after the terrible English summer. This house has everything to offer young and old alike. Thank you so much; will be back.
Bardouly is an enchanting place....
What a fantastic place! We had the most amazing time here. Lovely house, great facilities and a wonderful setting. Everyone has said this is the most brilliant house in which they've stayed abroad. Will be back next year.
Bardouly felt like home and perfect site for a family reunion and a classic picture of a French manor. Great kitchen, pool, orchard and with plenty of space for everyone - the whole family wants to return next year. Enjoyed all the help and information from JC; including personal help at a French restaurant which made the dinner much more fun. Will return again soon.
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.
Country living at its best. The perks of very comfortable enormous bedrooms with bathroom en suite with lovely linen, half the guests had to be torn from their bedrooms, enjoying the luxurious experience they offered. Thoughtful extra cosy wool blankets when needed and shower gels and shampoo are provided by request so one less thing to pack in the luggage. The house boasts a swimming pool under the pigieonnier and a secluded tennis court and acres of land for beautiful walks nested in gorgeous countryside. A large house where one never feels crowded, and always space to find oneself, whether tinkling on the piano in the well proportioned drawing room, or my favourite space in a divine walled garden.
Bardouly is situated in the Perigord region, the heart of gourmet cooking and wine in France, where one finds oneself exploring the local villages which were charming. It was enchanting to explore the local restaurants if not lured by the cooking at Bardouly, done in our case by a local french cook, whom we hired which was magnificent. A pleasure to dine in the elegant panelled dining room, or breakfast in the enormous kitchen.
We have left feeling completely rested and at peace...
Chateaux Bardouly is beautifully tucked away affording privacy and a calm retreat in a stunningly appointed and luxurious setting .
From my en suite chic bedroom in 18 century classic style and charm I woke each morning to birdsong . The Chateau is a perfect family retreat or special place to celebrate long French lunches with old friends savouring the delights of what has to be the most irresistible (perigord) region of France .
Taking little breaks in between breakfasts of croissant laden tables and cups of fine French coffee in the airy well stocked kitchen before lunch , we were able to discover the delights of the Bastide villages , the stunning medieval streets of Issigeac nearby .
Short trips to Eymet , Castionnes and half an hour away to my favourites of Monpazier, and the must see Cistercian Abbey of Cadouin provided easy diversions to forage in the markets before returning to leisurely lunches with friends . The panelled dining room is simply redolent with the beautiful style of chateau bardouly where many hours were spent in vibrant banter with our friends and the other visitors, whilst savouring the chestnut full bodied flavours of the Bergerac wines over wonderful local cheeses .
This is a gourmet paradise from which to explore the perigord region, the enchanting hanging gardens of Marqueyssac in the belvedere of the Dordogne with its 1000 chateaux . I so appreciated the luxury of playing on the grand piano whilst beyond the fire crackled in the drawing room with chatter and laughter, before dinner in the evenings.
The wildlife is a joy with woodpeckers, exotic zimbabwean hoopoos flitting across the lawns , hares and rabbits in the fields and an abundance of deer . I was amazed at the extraordinary number of birds of prey we saw , hawks and kestrels in abundance hovering over scattering mice. This is a nature lovers retreat , a place to stop, recharge, indulge and be creative, with loads of space to escape the party and find some sunny or shaded spot to read quietly with the gentle hum of bumblebees darting between the lavender and the stone walls in the secluded walled garden .
The Pigeonnier is a great spot to also stay and perfect for a family or teenagers on a party. Its absolutely self contained within close proximity of the main chateau , overlooking the pool. I suspect that in the summer months one would be more inclined to simply lie around the pool with chilled glasses of lillet ( a local aperitif on ice) and drift off and dream of fo
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.
This is the first time we’ve stayed at Chateau de Bardouly and what a special place it is too. Set in its own large grounds, it offers the perfect retreat for families and friends capable of self-entertainment (with the aid of fantastic regional wine, of course). We stayed for 2 weeks with 9 adults and 4 teenagers. The adults occupied the main house where the large bedrooms have been beautifully renovated by the owner with toile linen walls and curtains, but retain all the character of a 400 year old chateau. Each room has a large bathroom, some with showers and others with baths (you can negotiate with your friends your room selection on arrival based on your personal preference!). The teenager’s stayed in the stunning Pigeonnier located right next to the heated pool which has plenty of lovely teak loungers. The Pigenonnier has its own kitchen and outdoor dining area which proved useful for the storage of cold beers and drinks for the pool. We were a bit concerned about the teenagers (14, 14, 15 & 16) getting bored for 2 weeks and had plans for excursions, but with a superb tennis court, pool, TV/games room, table tennis and football, croquet, petanque and their own space, they had a brilliant time. In fact, we all only ventured out for the food shop and to visit the various markets and shops at Eymet and Issigeac. The kitchen is well appointed and provided the opportunity for those of us who really enjoy cooking to experiment with the wide range of local ingredients and extended range of fresh seafood available at the market, the best of which we found just a 15 minute drive away. Tips: we drove from Cambridge with a stopover, but it’s still a long way. Others flew into Bordeaux and Bergerac and hired cars which worked out better. Note: you don’t need to over pack as there are good washing machines, tumble dryers, and irons. Do bring your own tennis racquets if that is your game. The owners have a really special place, which has been renovated to a very high standard. The house retains its charm and atmosphere but with the benefit of all the modern conveniences. After careful reflection, all in our party rated this as one of, if not the most relaxing holidays we have ever had. We would love to come back!
Bardouly is a characterful French Manor House, full of history, set in beautiful grounds. It is surrounded by lovely countryside with many Medieval villages and Vineyards to visit and interesting markets. However, you can happily stay within the grounds of Bardouly as everything is provided for young and old including a beautiful swimming pool, tennis court and children's playroom and you can see the wonderful countryside just by walking within the grounds of Bardouly. We were a family of 11 adults and 5 children joining together from the UK, Dubai and Germany. Every night, with the children in bed, we ate outside under those amazing stars - a sight you do not see in the City. A truly magical week.
Special interest holidays:
We offer yoga retreats and rent the property to yoga teachers/companies for yoga/wellness holidays. We have an 800 square foot purpose built indoor yoga studio and a 700 square foot outdoor yoga studio. 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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,249|
A 25% deposit is required at time of the booking. We will send a two signed contracts; one for the tenant to keep and one to be returned to us. Full payment is required eight weeks before taking possession of the property. We require a security deposit of £1,000 prior to taking possession. We charge an end of stay cleaning fee of €300. Cancellation is minimum 120 days in advance or deposit lost. For summer bookings cancellation is by 1 December of the prior year (if booked more than a year in advance).
We are generally flexible, but we would prefer a Saturday changeover. Check-out is at 11am on Saturday and arrivals from 4pm on a Saturday.
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Notes on prices:
Long lets are available - please contact the owner directly for details. If prices are not listed for a specific date you are interested in - please contact the owner directly.