Luxury Villas Dordogne & Bordeaux
The Dordogne has long been a favourite destination for travellers searching for a relaxing break in ‘real’ France. Rich, authentic food, pretty villages and a long history, the region encompasses all of France’s best bits in one fell swoop. There’s the wine – Perigord Pourpre is the winegrowing region around Bergerac – the grand scenery around the Vezere Valley and the chateau-studded countryside that’s interspersed with quaint towns packed with bars and restaurants serving hearty fare. Whether it’s the slightly soggier autumn months or the height of summer, the Dordogne is the perfect year round destination for les grandes vacances.
See our full range of luxury Dordogne & Bordeaux villas below
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Domaine de Thenac, with its original building dating back to 1746, is situated in the heart of the wine growing area known as 'Perigord Poupre' close to Bergerac and the Dordogne river.
Following an extensive recent renovation, this commanding, yet family-friendly estate, surrounded by its own paddocks and separate stud offers elegant Château refinement enhanced by luxurious, modern facilities and activities including a wonderful beach volleyball court, table-tennis, bikes and its own woodlands.
Rates: from £5,225 per week
Special Offer: Book now and save 20% on all remaining weeks in July and August 2015. Please call and speak to a travel consultant for more information. Our luxury property, La Maison des Amis, is ideally located close to Bordeaux and St Emilion's world renowned vineyards and offers a tranquil escape in a beautiful natural landscape of an ancient stone quarry. The fully renovated 18th century farmhouse comprises 5 bedrooms, sleeping 12 guests, a large 16x4.5m pool, multiple family living areas and a spacious garden including a children's play area making it the ideal family property.
Rates: from £2,701 per week
Special Offer: Book now and save 30% on the week of the 4th - 11th July 2015. Please call and speak to a travel consultant for more details. Rated 'one of the most beautiful villages of France' for its flower-laced medieval golden stone houses and historic sites, Domme is a world-famous jewel. Founded as a 'royal bastide' - a fortress village - by Philippe III in 1281 as France and England entered the Hundred Years War, Domme offers commanding views of the Dordogne River valley and surrounding castles and villages. Along its parapets you can now sip the fine wines of Bordeaux and the region and imagine where French and English armies once gazed and battled.
Rates: from £2,806 per week
Special Offer: Book for 2016 before the 31st July 2015 and receive an early bird package at Villa du Cap. For further information, click here or call and speak to a travel consultant. Built in 1903, this stunning beachfront villa is one of the best examples of Arcachon architecture of that period. Recently renovated with a contemporary feel, this property sits at the water's edge commanding expansive views over the Bassin d'Arcachon. The tidal nature of Bassin d'Arcachon means that the spectacular views framed by the floor to ceiling windows are constantly changing throughout the day.
Rates: from £7,607 per week
This holiday villa is a wine lover's paradise, set in grounds overlooking world-famous vineyards and Saint-Émilion village (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The family villa is a leisurely walk from world-class wine châteaux, restaurants, wine bars and art galleries.
Rates: from £5,219 per week
Special Offer: Save 10% on stays between 22nd August and 3rd October 2015. Please call and speak to a travel consultant for more information. Built in the 13th century as a fortification, this magnificent château adds a historic feel to our luxury villa portfolio. This private villa with pool has been thoughtfully furnished to make an elegant and child-friendly vacation home with space to land a helicopter if desired.
Rates: from £4,639 per week
Perched high on a rock face in the very heart of the old Dordogne with stunning views from its twin terraces overlooking the valleys of the Dordogne and C'eau, Villa Belvedere is the perfect private hilltop retreat from which to explore the delights of the Dordogne. It would be difficult to find a more central location in this, the most beautiful and dramatic part of the Dordogne, just 20 minutes from the famous medieval market town of Sarlat, 15 minutes from the ancient hilltop fortress of Domme, 10 minutes from the Chateaux of Beynac, Les Milandes, and Fayac with the spectacular views and gardens of Marqueyssac literally across the valley.
Rates: from £3,190 per week
Special Offer: Save 15% on stays between end of August and end of October 2015. Please call and speak to a travel consultant for more details. Located on the high slopes of the Black Perigord, commanding spectacular views of the Dordogne Valley, Chateau de l'Arche is a medieval manor house with parts dating back to the 14th century, situated within 30 hectares of splendid countryside. Its rustic majesty is placed in perfect harmony with its tranquil settings and pays tribute to the Perigordian architecture.
Rates: from £5,629 per week
Located in the heart of the Dordogne, this 18th century château truly is a hidden gem. Its golden stones glow in the sunlight and its owners have carefully maintained the atmosphere of a warm and welcoming family home. Apart from stunning views over the surrounding hills, this charming property offers the perfect location to explore the Perigord region, while at the same time providing its guests with a secluded and private retreat.
Rates: from £4,372 per week
The region we call Southwest France, includes the popular regions of Gascony and Dordogne and stretches along the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Gironde Estuary in the north to the Spanish border to the south. Our luxury villa portfolio in this area is dominated with traditional properties, all of which have been sympathetically restored.
Unarguably the Dordogne and Gascony have a love of bygone eras. You can visit prehistoric fortresses or explore the medieval villages and towns of Rocamadour, Perigueux, Sarlat and Cahors. The breathtaking scenery of this region is interlaced with gorges, green meadows, winding rivers, and vineyard strewn fields.
Families will love the exciting history, which encourages you to get out and about to visit the caves and parks, such as Grotte du Peche-Merle. But for the more active the coast, the Pyrenees and the lakes offer exciting playgrounds for all ages, especially worthy of mentioning is the excellent surfing conditions.
As with many French regions the Dordogne is particularly noted for its gourmet dishes, such as foie gras, magret de canard and entrecote bordelaise. Of course the excellent meals are complimented with some fantastic Bordeaux wines and are ideally finished off with a host of Armagnacs or the southwest's famous Sauternes sweet dessert wine.
- Bordeaux Wedding Fair (Bordeaux)
- Bordeaux International Showjumping Event (Bordeaux)
- Escale du Livre (Bordeaux)
- Bordeaux Spring Fair (Bordeaux)
- Jazz Pourpre Festival (Bergerac)
- La Nuit des Musées (Museum Night - Bergerac)
- Half Marathon (St Meard to Montazou)
- Strawberry Festival (Beaulieu Sur Dordogne)
- Bordeaux International Fair
- Summer Exhibition (till end of August, Sarlat)
- Bordeaux Wine Festival
- La Félibrée (Music, Dance, Theatre and Poetry Festival of the Troubadours - Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière)
- Paths of Imagination (Music and Theatre Street Festival - Terrasson)
- Basket Fair (Wickerwork Fair - Issigeac)
- Ribérac's Le Grand Souk Festival (Jazz and Pop Concerts - Ribérac)
- International Contemporary Mime festival (till August, Périgueux)
- Cahors Blues Festival (Small, Casual Music Festival)
- Antiques Fair (Issigeac)
- Festival des Jeux du Théâtre (Theatre Festival - Sarlat)
- Bataille de Castillon Show (A Sound and Light Play - Bergerac)
- Beer Festival (Saint Leon d'Issigeac)
- Les Abeilles Bergeracoises Flok-Dancing (Bergerac)
- Bordeaux Opera Season
- Bordeaux Heritage Days
- Fête des Vendanges (Harvest Festival - Sigoulès)
- La Semaine du Goût (The National Tasting Week)
- Salon de l'Auto et de la Moto (Salon Auto Moto Trade Fairs - Bordeaux)
Suggested General Activities
- Market - enjoy a trip to market in a town close to your villa and buy fine meats, olives, oils, wines and cheeses of the region.
- Private Art Class - try your hand at landscape painting as a professional artist teaches you the fundamentals in your own villa for a half or full day. Alternatively, painting activities can be arranged for children in Bergerac whilst they tour the town
- Boat trip - why not take an organised boat trip up the river to see the town of Bergerac and the nearby countryside from a different perspective
- Shopping - take a day for a shopping tour through Bordeaux where you find Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest shopping street in Europe
- Wine tour - enjoy an educational day with an emminent wine writer and professor in the Dordogne - take a full day excursion to St Emilion, Pommerol or the Medoc with lunch, mini train trip through the vineyards and private tasting of selected vignoble
- Wine lesson - enjoy a day as a guest of an emminent wine writer and professor in his own home - your day would include a class introducing the vine and its properties, the wine making process, tasting and a five course lunch with selected wine
- Enjoy a truffle tour hosted by the owner of a local truffle farm
Suggested Sporting Activities
- Cycling - France provides wide, empty roads and flat or rolling countryside suitable for biking
- Boules - this typical French game can be played nearly everywhere; many towns provide dirt, gravel, hard-packed sand squares as playing surface for Boules
- Mountain Biking - rent a bike (in Limoges for example) and discover the beautiful countryside
- Golf - enjoy a round of golf at one of the many courses in the region
- Swimming - Beach at Dune de Pilat near Bordeaux, Limoges has an Olympic size pool
- Climbing - find a wall in Limoges
- Tennis - in Limoges, 50 tennis courts
- Sailing - rent a yacht in Bordeaux
- Kite-surfing - go with the wind in Bordeaux
- Windsurfing - about 6 excellent windsurfing schools with rental facilities for equipment
- Horse riding - enjoy the scenery of the Dordogne from horseback. Sessions can be booked to suit a range of ages and abilities
- Canoeing - spend a day canoeing down the Dordogne, a great family activity which can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace and include a lunch stop
Selection of Local Attractions
- Bergerac, Maison des Vins (Wine Rooms)
- Bergerac, The Costi Museum - Open from July to August, rest of the year on demand
- Bergerarc, Chateau de Monbazillac - Open from March to October
- Bergerac, Velines/ Sardy Gardens - Open from Easter to 1st November
- Bordeaux, Palais Gallien - June to September
- Bordeaux, Saint-André Cathedral - Open all year round
- Bordeaux, Casa de Goya - Open all year round
- Bordeaux, Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux - Open all year round
- Périgueux ,Cathedral of St Front - Open all year round
- Périgueux, Amphitheatre - Open all year round
- Périgueux, Musée de Vésunna - Closed in January
- Limoges, Le Jardin Botanique de l'Evêché - Open all year round
- Limoges, Le Grand Théâtre de Limoges - Different program all year round
- Pau, The Musée National des Parachutistes - Open all year round
- Pau, La Cité des Abeilles (bee city) - Open all year round (from Nov to Feb only Saturdays and Sundays)
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The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
The South West is in a temperate zone that is far enough in the north to experience all four seasons. The region has pleasant and warm spring weather. There are hot summers with an average temperature around 30°C. Daylight in the summer averages between 8 and 9 hours. Autumn in the South West is also pleasant, with warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. The days can be quite short during the winter months, with an average number of sunlight hours between 2 and 3 in December and January and temperatures below the freezing mark.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
- You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver’s licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- An international driving licence is not required. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by your passport, will suffice.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (autoroute). Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros. Minimum driving age is 18.
- For use of the motorways (autoroute) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.