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Bourgale in Villefranche du Périgord, Nr. Sarlat, Dordogne, France. - Central Dordogne location - 5 minute stroll from village, with shops, bakers, cafés and restaurants.
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.
David and Katie Dean
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About David and Katie Dean
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
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Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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A privileged place in the Periogrd
Bourgale with its guest houses proved to be the splendid treasure described in the VRBO listing. What a privilege to spend a week in such a magical setting close to all the castles, chateaus, formal gardens, medieval hamlets, and extraordinary cave paintings for which the Perigord is justly famous. And yet to also feel you're off the tourist track and being treated like a family friend. Katie and David Dean helped us in countless ways and even made sure we headliner makinggs when we had to drive all the way from Paris because our train was cancelled during the rail strike. The town of Villefranche-du-Perigord itself proved to be charming like so many other historic villages and hamlets but it was the personal attention rendered by our hosts that made the stay so exceptional. Our guest quarters, Les Fleurs were well appointed and with two bedrooms and two baths, perfect for two retired couples traveling together. We enjoyed feeding the chickens each morning and checking on the flock of sheep across the road. Pure Heaven! We are immensely grateful to the Deans because they run their operation with their hearts. We hope to return as many other guests have in the past.
A great family holiday
We spent a week at Les Fleurs in late September as a three generational family for which it was ideal. From a 60+ yr old to 14 mth old.
The facilities were excellent and saved our son and daughter in law from having to bring equipment on the plane. David and Katie provided all that was needed including stairgate protection for the verandah at the front of Les Fleurs.
The location was beautiful being surrounded by the estate parkland and with the woods at the back- all part of Bourgale.
We visited vineyards in both Cahors and Bergerac appellations, as well as the nearby Bastide villages. Sarlat (an hour away) had a great market on Wednesday, with an even bigger one on Saturdays. Nearest Carrefours was 40 mins for a big shop but all day to day items could be bought in Villefranche which is less than a Km downhill. Excellent village butcher as well as two patisserie and general store which had a good selection of local wines and craft beers.
In this part of the Dordogne you are unlikely to run out of places to visit.
The swimming pool was much enjoyed by our grand daughter who loved feeding the chickens and geese (several times a day).
David and Katie were brilliant - offering help and advice when necessary but also being unobtrusive so we were almost unaware of them being there.
They were very kind, helpful and interested and we really enjoyed meeting them.
The real test is, given the number of other possible locations, would we book again?
Within two week of returning I had booked Les Fleurs for a week and Le Noyer for two weeks for early June 2018.
Gorgeous property in the French countryside.
This peaceful property had everything we needed and was close to many lovely French towns and villages. The owners were there for tips and advice on what to do in the region. The pool, property and grounds were excellent.
The location is breathtaking, the welcome so warm it even melted away 6hrs drive with a screaming baby, the accommodation was top notch everything you could need and of a lovely finish, with its own undeniable style. The hosts and their family are naturals all warm welcoming helpful and fun, with great local tips and loads of ideas for things to do and places to go. An ideal Base if you want to go out and explore, but equally so if you fancy just getting away from it all, eating some amazing food and watching the sunset while sipping a great local wine. We'll definitely be going back.
We stayed for a week in late May.
Dave and Katie are excellent hosts. They live on the property and are available to make suggestions and respond to questions.
Les Fleurs met our needs (2 grandparents, 2 parents and 2 children). Shady front porch, outside dining and swimming pool nice amenities.
It's a wonderful place for children - lots of room to run around and chickens to feed.
Villefranche du Perigord has all of one's needs: two fine boulangeries, grocery markets, liquor stores with good wine and locally made artisan beers! It's an historic town with none of the tourism that overwhelms Monpazier.
It is a great area for bikers: lots of side roads with very little traffic. And the famous Dordogne sites are only 30 minutes away.
Beautiful! Well-maintained and well-equipped
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!
.... and we're very much looking forward to seeing you again!
Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: It is an easy journey from the UK whether by car or plane. By Car: When using the excellent French motorway network we are approximately 350 miles from St Malo, 500 miles from Calais and Boulogne. By Air: 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. Distances: 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 Further Details: 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!
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: Rental rates are inclusive of electricity, gas, all linen and towels (swimming pool towels provided). Cots, high-chairs pushchairs and other baby equipment are available on request. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday, guests are asked to arrive after 5pm and leave by 10am on day of departure. For out of season rentals - this can be flexible, please enquire.