Ref: DL172, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, £1500 to £3500 pw
Set in lovely rolling farmland and vineyards near the border of the Dordogne and the Lot-et-Garonne, this is a charming, stone-built 19th-century "Maison de Maître" offering the most peaceful and private holiday atmosphere you could want. It is well placed to explore the famous sites of the Dordogne, and within easy reach of the charming town of Bergerac, as well as the famous vineyards of Bordeaux and the Gironde.
Living room, kitchen/dining room, outdoor summer kitchen with seating, 3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom with separate shower, 1 bathroom, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 shower room, 2 separate wcs
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot (linen on request), highchair, no telephone, good mobile reception, WiFi, satellite TV (French and English Freeview channels), DVD, iPod dock, open fireplace, central heating (25 € per week), plancha, croquet, badminton, board games, table tennis
Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change. Cleaning (minimum 2 hours) 25€ per hour. The services of a cook may be available on request. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change
Les Boulvènes is set in 4500sq metres of lovely grounds consisting of lawns, flowering shrubs, and shady trees, and enjoys uninterrupted views over open countryside and vineyards. Cheerful and colourful shutters and gables overlooking the entrance drive give the house a welcoming aspect, and the area is extremely quiet and tranquil, with only an occasional rumble of farm activity. The pleasantly-rounded swimming pool is set in sunny lawns within a hedge-enclosed gated garden, and surrounded by a paved sunning area. To one side of the house is a delightful covered terrace with a full summer kitchen, ideal for pleasant outdoor relaxing and dining out of the heat of the summer sun. There is a dining table that seats eight, and a 3-burner plancha for tasty barbecues. Off the kitchen is a small patio with a pergola for breakfast and small meals. Sun loungers and other outdoor furniture is provided, along with croquet and badminton sets. There is shaded parking for two cars, and plenty of parking for others along the entrance drive.
The house is comfortable and pleasantly furnished in a mixture of styles, mostly rustic modern. There are some nice authentic features, like the imposing fireplace set in a stone wall, and beamed ceilings. The main entrance leads into the comfortable sitting room with fireplace and wide-screen television. Off the sitting room is a large dining room with kitchen to one end which opens onto a patio/breakfast area with gazebo. Also on the ground floor are a bathroom with a separate shower unit and a separate wc.
On the first floor is the master double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and dressing area, overlooking both the front and rear of the property, a further double bedroom opposite, a bathroom, a shower room and a separate wc. On the second floor are a third double bedroom overlooking the entrance drive, a twin bedroom, and a bathroom with a wc; both these bedrooms have beamed ceilings. There is a fifth bedroom on the ground floor level which may be opened on request if required for persons of limited mobility.
9 and 18 hole Château des Vigiers, Monestier 7km
18 hole Tombeboeuf 30km
Les Boulvènes is located near Monbos, 3km from the small village of Sigoulès, just southwest of the lively Dordogne town of Bergerac.The Dordogne region, in the heart of the southwest, has been fought over for centuries by the English and the French – some would say they’re still at it – and no wonder. It is an area rich in all the delights France has to offer. Beautiful dramatic scenery greets you at every turn: castles perched high over the Dordogne River valley, the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac caves, tranquil rivers winding their way through limestone cliffs. Our earliest artists descended 17 thousand years ago into the caves near Lascaux, on the Vézère River, to paint in breathtaking colour the animals they hunted; you can visit a replica cave, as well as many other prehistoric sites in the area. The fortified “bastide” towns of Monpazier, Eymet, Villefranche, and others are remarkably well-preserved witnesses to turbulent times. The mighty donjon of Bourdeilles castle looms imposingly, while Brantôme (the “Venice of France”) wears a more serene aspect, the beautiful Benedictine abbey gazing contemplatively down onto the river Dronne.
Sigoulès (3km): All shops and services, supermarket, bakery, chemist, doctor
Bergerac (19km): Large selection of shops and services including supermarkets
Sigoulès (3km): Small market on Saturdays
Eymet (10km): Thursdays
Bergerac (18km): Wednesdays
Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (21km): Saturdays, very busy with plenty to see and buy
Miramont (21km) and Duras (22km): Mondays
Castillonès (22km): Tuesdays
Issigeac (25km): Sundays
Lalinde (38km): Thursdays, very busy and plenty of stalls
The owner recommends the following:
Chepaou, Sigoulès (3km): Simple well cooked food and great pizzas
Le Code Bar, Sigoulès (3km): Known for their 'plat du jour'
Château de Vigiers, Monestier (9km): The Brasseries are perfect for lunch and the château's dining room is perfect for special occasions
L'Imparfait, Bergerac (19km): Michelin recommended
L'Antre Deux Verres, St-Emilion (53km)
Le Bistro du Coin, Rue du Colonel de Chadois, Bergerac (19km): Great for lunch/dinner with outside terrace.
L'Entre Deux Verres, 1 Bis Rue Porte Ste Marie, St-Emilion (53km). Great food and ambience with lovely views across the village.
Chez Le Gaulois, 9 rue de Tourny, Sarlat-la-Canéda (89km) Sarlat is a great day out and this is a must for a Savoyarde lunch – get there early as no reservations and usually a queue! An early departure for Sarlat is also recommended as traffic can get particularly heavy along the route through Beynac. (Usually about 1½ hours without heavy traffic.)
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
Eymet (10km): Beautiful 13th century medieval fortified town
Duras (20km): Famous for its castle and good wines, and has extensive sports facilities
Miramont-de-Guyenne (23km): Lovely main square and church
Issigeac (25km): Charming village
Saint-Émilion (51km): Famous for its vineyards, beautiful village
Bastide villages of Monségur, Monpazier, and others all nearby
Grotte de Lascaux, 24290 Montignac (115km): fascinating replica prehistoric cave paintings. About 1½ hours' drive without heavy traffic.
Grottes de Fontirou, 47340 Castella. For a closer ‘grotte experience’ with fabulous underground caves of stalactites and stalacmites head down RN 21 (between Agen and Villeuneuve sur Lot) for about a 1 hour drive (70km).
The area is famous for its foie gras, duck and truffles.
The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas.
Les Vignerons de Sigoulès, Mescoules. The local wine co-operative in Sigoulès (Cave de Sigoulès) on the way out of the village towards Bergerac. Well worth a visit with free tastings and a large selection of very good quality (many award winning) wines made from grapes from local vines at extremely competitive prices!
Maison des Vins, 1 Rue des Récollets, Bergerac. Open July & August: 7/7 10h-19h. Introduction to wine tasting: 5€/pers
Tennis court (22km): Tennis de Bergerac
Bicycle hire (18km): Apolo SARL, Bergerac
Horse riding (6km): Paul SALADIN, Pomport
Château des Vigiers, Monastier (7km): 9 hole golf courses
Château des Vigiers, Monastier (7km), Tombeboeuf (30km): 18 hole golf courses
Canoeing and kayaking on the Dordogne River at Port-de-Ste-Foy-la-Grande
Château de Bridoire, 24240 Ribagnac (11km). Great day out with plenty of activities for the whole family. Special events throughout the summer for children.
This property has only just been restored and has not been rented before. We are confident that many good client comments will be available at the end of its first season.
A wonderfully peaceful and welcoming Dordogne property in the midst of vineyards surrounded by delightful landscape near charming bastide towns, and only 20 minutes from Bergerac airport.