|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This former farm worker's cottage has been extended to include adjoining barns. With a huge vaulted ceiling, a bright luxurious lounge provides a spacious area perfect for relaxation. Opening directly onto a large covered terrace, overlooking fruit trees and spectacular views extending far across the valley. A wonderful space for 'outdoor living', for sitting and watching the world - especially the glorious sunsets! A well equipped kitchen is provided with everything needed for easy living! A ground floor bedroom shares wonderful valley views - beds can either be twin or double. There's a ground floor bathroom with WC, basin, bath and overhead shower and a further ground floor bedroom containing twin beds. On the first floor is a double bedroom with en-suite WC, basin and shower. This cottage has a gas barbecue, and large private gardens leading directly onto Bourgale's private parkland. A truly beautiful setting.
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 cottage in 2011
We had the most wonderful holiday back in June. From the pictures, we were expecting the property and grounds to be lovely (and had spent a long time searching for a holiday property) but it was even better than we imagined.
We had a very warm welcome from Dave, Katie and the children (complete with wine and nibbles) and felt immediately at home. There was everything we needed for a relaxing holiday and, importantly for us, the property had everything we needed to keep a toddler safe and well looked after: stair gates around the terrace, a highchair and a very sweet children's bedroom with a travel cot.
Our daughter absolutely loved running around the gardens, feeding the chickens and having a miniature tractor ride with the children and ducks!
The surrounding area had plenty to offer - lots to see and do.
This is clearly a property that has been very thoughtfully and carefully renovated and maintained and having such friendly and helpful hosts (and playmates for our daughter!) was a real bonus. We will definitely be returning!
A great Gite in a lovely location, near enough to the village to walk but far enough away to be tranquil. Entertaining Geese and chickens who produce eggcellent eggs
Thanks David and Katie for your hospitality
We stayed in the larger of the two gites and were delighted.
Spotless, well equipped and comfortable. We were travelling with two teenagers and a 9 year old and the entire group were very satisfied.
Katie and Dave were informative, helpful and entertaining from the first email, until we left.Together with their children, they are the perfect hosts, absolutely 5 🌟.
Les Fleurs comfortably sleeps 6 with 2 bathrooms, is nicely furnished and very clean. The pool is shared with one other cottage and the main house. It has all the ingredients for a secluded 'away from it all' holiday and the English owners are extremely helpful and friendly. We were a little unlucky with the weather (it was cold and wet) which meant that we were unable to benefit from the unheated pool and the lovely veranda which would have been super on warm days for breakfast and dinner. The owners keep chickens so fresh eggs are available and ready made entertainment from their very lovely children should you have children of your own.
The local village is actually quite large with several shops, a few restaurants and its own tourist information.
We found that the property was a good 40/45 mins from the Dordogne river and the various places you might want to visit - not a problem but just something to be aware of especially perhaps if you are likely to have passengers as the roads are quite bendy! As the weather was cooler than expected we were able to cycle, there are plenty of good cycling routes available some of which are flat and offer a great opportunity for families as there is very little traffic and large parts of the route are on dedicated cycling paths. The area is very green and lush with plenty of cafes and places to visit. Overall I would recommend this gite to anyone wanting to visit the area and would hope you get better weather than we did! By all accounts it is usually very hot.
Absolutely fabulous. Our friends arrived before us and they texted to say "Beyond Fab". The gite certainly lived up to this description and a wonderful time was had by the four of us. David and Katie were more than helpful and they made the stay more enjoyable particularly due to the great advice they were able to impart. No hesitation to recommend.
I just wanted to write on behalf of us all to thank you for making this years holiday such a success. I can honestly say that this was our best family holiday to date - without exception.
You have created a fantastic environment in La Bourgale. Everything from the house to the pool, from the view to the weather, from the chickens to the sheep and the frogs was first class. Of course, all of this would be nothing without the atmosphere created by yourself, Katie, Jude, Martha and Berta. You were fantastic from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. The recommendations you made helped to make the holiday even better. Your children are a credit to yourself and Katie - they are so well behaved and they were so friendly towards our two (despite being stalked on a nightly basis for fear of them missing putting the animals to bed).
All in all we really enjoyed ourselves and we'll be recommending La Bourgale to all of our friends and family - there has even been a discussion on returning next year with family so watch this space.
Thanks again for everything and I hope you have a very successful season.
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!