|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
Le Noyer is a beautifully converted detached stone barn. Bright and spacious, it's open plan ground floor offers wonderful views onto the walnut grove, across open meadows and to the woods beyond. The lounge has comfortable furniture, TV/DVD, books and log burning stove. A well equipped kitchen has everything needed for a relaxing stay - gas cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave and toaster. Located on the first floor are two bedrooms (a double and a twin) both en-suite. Directly outside Le Noyer is a shaded seating area, barbecue facilities and secure parking.
Bourgale is perfectly situated to experience the Dordogne, the Manoir is steeped in history, dating from the 12th century, with carvings said to be by the Knights Templar.
Your cottage has been tastefully restored to provide a truly comfortable and independent setting. It is nestled within a private park, extending to some 50 acres of mature woodland, meadows and gardens. Relax by the pool and enjoy panoramic views in any given direction.
Bourgale is five minutes walk from the oldest "Bastide" village in the Périgord Noir - it's ancient covered market is renowned for the sale of Cépes and Chestnuts. The village shops include deli's, butchers, boulangeries, cafés and restaurants.
By car Bourgale is just twenty minutes from the central Dordogne valley with the Vézère valley beyond, both of which offer a multitude of attractions to suit all. Towns such as Sarlat, Monpazier, and Domme are within easy reach, as is Rocamadour, the city of Cahors and much, much more!
In a region famed for it's natural beauty and known worldwide for food and wine, restaurants and cafés are abundant, markets are to be found every day of the week. If your passion is food, we hope you will enjoy the well equipped kitchen, together with seasonal produce direct from the kitchen garden. Bourgale also has numerous fruit trees warmed by the sun - perfect accompaniments for those summer evening BBQ's!
With small children we took a holiday in this most beautiful region of France and never left...
We're now very fortunate to have become a small part of the very long history of Bourgale, falling in love with the beautiful buildings and gardens - so peaceful, so safe, it's own little world.
David and Katie Dean purchased this villa in 2011
"What a holiday! An idyllic spot with everything needed for a relaxing time, thanks to Kate and Dave's thoughtfulness and friendly hospitable nature. Their local knowledge helped us find the best day trips to go with our children and the kids had a ball at the house too, giving us time to read the newspaper (that has never happened before!) Thank you for making this a very special holiday. We'll be back!" The Jamieson's (Scotland)
"From booking our holiday until the very end of our stay you have been outstanding hosts - you couldn't have done more to make our holiday. The house is perfect, we loved sitting on the terrace, particularly in the evening with a glass of wine. The pool is spectacular and deliciously warm. The children are very taken with rural French life!" Nick, Liz, Oliver Joseph and Florence (London)
"A fantastic fortnight spent here. It has been the most relaxing holiday we have ever had." Ade and Lyn (Southampton)
We (myself and my wife) recently stayed for 11 nights at Le Noyer and couldn't imagine in advance just how wonderful a time we would have.
David, Katie and family were perfect hosts - close enough to be available for any questions and tips and far enough away to feel properly secluded. The property itself is of a very high standard and manages to combine feeling cosy with a sense of spaciousness, which is quite hard to pull off! It properly felt like home for 11 days.
In terms of location, it's just far enough away from the village to really enjoy the quiet of the grounds and the woods (not to mention seeing stars like I haven't in years once away from streetlights) but easily close enough to walk in for morning croissants and daily baguettes - which we did most days.
As a base for exploring it's also great - the list of great places to visit within an hour's drive would keep you going for a month, let alone 11 days, which is just one of the reasons that we'll definitely be back in 2017.
Finally - if the option of a meal at Chez Julien is available then grab it with both hands. Lovely restaurant in abbey grounds, with excellent food and assured but relaxed service.
Our two bedroomed, two bathroomed gite had everything we could need to make a perfect stay near to a beautiful little bastide town. The location and its grounds are stunning and the owners are so welcoming and helpful. There are so many places to visit within the area and a swimming pool if you want some down time. A place to return to!!!
We simply can't recommend this place highly enough. Simply put, Book Now! You won't regret it.
The peace and tranquility of the gardens and beautiful views made this the most relaxing holiday we've ever had. We ate every meal outside, the swimming pool is a great size, the accommodation is well equipped, very comfortable and tastefully done, Dave's fantastic recommendations of places to visit were all bang on, the kids loved feeding the chickens, ducks and geese, the Dean's are a lovely family, our 4 year old said excitedly that 'he didn't realise he was going to make new friends on holiday!' but also strike a lovely balance of being there for advice and recommendations but without being overbearing.
Villefranche du Perigord is a lovely little village, well stocked with cute cafes, delicious boulangeries and even a couple of restaurants.
Days out to Beynac Castle, Limeuil and Bridoire Castle were all firm family favourites.
We're already planning a return trip and can't wait to come back!
A wonderful oasis of calm, beauty and relaxation in a truly great part of France. A third week would have been simply wonderful, what a shame real life has to intrude! A heartfelt, sincere thanks to Dave, Katie, Martha, Jude and Roberta (And Emily the duck!) for being gracious, discrete, friendly and helpful hosts. We will miss Bourgale and its our real hope that life will allow us to return someday.
A nicely converted, fastidiously clean, gite with just about everything needed for a relaxing break 'away from it all' yet within easy distance of both the Dordogne or Lot valleys and their chateaux. Excellent wi-fi but bear in mind there is no TV or radio. A fascinating area with a wealth of history to explore, Dave and Katie were attentive hosts and were able to recommend activities and venues for all weather conditions! The Verzere valley, and St Leon in particular, was our favourite destination (one of Dave's suggestions) and the market at St Cyprien (Sundays) provided provisions including real ales.
Definitely a property we would recommend, we are already looking at next year.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at La Bourgale Manor house. Each day we took a walk into the village of Villefranche du Perigord for coffee and buying supplies for our meals.
David and Katie Dean were excellent hosts who picked us up from the train station and did some shopping for us before we arrived to get us started. We enjoyed many conversations with Dave about the history and attractions of the Dordogne.
The cottage we stayed in was very comfortable and had everything we needed supplied.
It was a wonderful experience that we will never forget.
A little over 2 hours drive away is the Atlantic Coast with the stunning Baie d'Arcachon, famed for their oysters. In this same location is the highest dune in Europe, La Dune de Pyla.
Within 20 minutes drive of Bourgale are numerous river beaches and fantastic swimming lakes.
It is an easy journey from the UK whether by car or plane.
When using the excellent French motorway network we are approximately 350 miles from St Malo, 500 miles from Calais and Boulogne.
Bergerac - 40 minutes with direct low cost flights from Stansted, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton or Bristol.
Bordeaux – 2 hours direct flights from Manchester, East Midlands (Nottingham) and Gatwick
Brive - 1 hour 30 minute with flights from London.
Monpazier: 12 miles
Roque Gageac: 21 miles
St Cyprien: 22miles
Le Bugue: 27 miles
Baynac: 27 miles
Sarlat: 26 miles
Les Eyzies de Tayac: 28 miles
Perigueux: 53 miles
Lascaux: 68 miles
Cahors: 26 miles
Rocamadour: 43 miles
Villefranche du Périgord, offers a selection of shops, bakers, cafés, bars and restaurants, all within walking distance. There is also a tourist information centre, bank, post office and doctors surgery. During the summer the village hosts a weekly marché nocturne in the town square, as well as many summer festivals and an open air cinema.
The Dordogne and Périgord Noir in particular, is famed for it natural beauty, fabulous rivers and a long history. Humans have long settled, thrived and fought over this land. From CroMagnon man to the hundred years war, all have left their mark, which make this a fascinating area to visit. There are breathtaking châteaux, beautiful villages, formal gardens, prehistoric sites and cave networks.
For those seeking adventure, all outdoor pursuits are catered for; hot-air ballooning, pleasure flights, horse riding, canoeing, quad-biking, air-parks, fishing etc!
There are numerous Theme and Adventure Parks, Museums and Galleries.
Food is life to the region, famed throughout France for the quality of its produce and central in location - to the best vineyards in the world. Every day of the week it is possible to visit a bustling French Market in a local village offering a spectrum of products to tempt all.
However, it may be argued that the space, freedom and pace at which to enjoy life - is all that is needed here! Take time to enjoy the simple act of swimming in a river, sitting in a café, or lying in a field with the sun on your face - the choice is yours!