Bourdeilles is a wonderfully sleepy little village in the backcountry of Perigord Vert in the Dordogne. Nestled around an ancient chateau on a rock outcrop above the River Dronne, Bourdeilles is best reached by canoe, although if you are arriving for the first time with all your bags, a hire car is probably more use! Whatever you decide to do from your Bourdeilles holiday rental, you will find it very hard to leave, as it is impossible not to completely relax and let it all go when you stay in Bourdeilles.
The Bourdeilles Chateau is a remarkable attraction. Open daily, the chateau is actually two distinct buildings, the 13th century fortress and a beautiful renaissance chateau, which now houses a wonderful collection of antique furniture, with important pieces from across Europe and throughout the ages. The climb to the top of the octagonal keep is hard work, but the views from the top provide instant reward for your efforts. Guided tours are available during the summer months.
Bourdeilles is a fantastic town for sport. There are tennis courts and riding stables available for the public, and there are some beautiful bridle paths to take, especially those that run along the lush banks of the river. Canoeing along the river is particularly special, and there can be no activity as relaxing as gently paddling along the river channel, watching the abundant wildlife and seeing the dramatic chateau and impressive castles from an entirely unique point of view. Walkers will also be thrilled with the range of routes available from a holiday rental villa in Bourdeilles, as you can enjoy everything from a casual after dinner stroll to a full day hike.
There is a wonderfully rich gastronomy in the Bourdeilles area. The famous vineyards of Bergerac are close by, providing the perfect accompaniment to the hearty local cuisine, as well as some excellent vineyard tours and wine tasting experiences. Those wishing to learn to cook Dordogne cuisine are well catered for too, as there are a great range of courses available in the area, and the weekly markets in Brantome and Perigueux provide all the fresh ingredients you may require.
The town of Perigueux is just 15km from a holiday rental property in Bourdeilles, home to much of the most impressive art and finest historic artefact collections in the Dordogne. The museums of Perigueux, especially the Gallo-Roman Museum, are absolutely fantastic, and the golf course is absolutely fantastic.
Whatever time of year you wish to escape to a Bourdeilles gite, the weather will certainly not stop you. Spring and autumn are magnificent times to visit, as you will have much of the area to yourself, and the harvests are just coming in, giving you the best of local food. During the summer months, temperatures hover around 26˚C most days, perfect for canoeing, walking and riding holidays.
Bergerac International Airport (EGC) is just 50km from a self catering Bourdeilles villa. There are a surprising number of direct flights arriving from the UK on a daily basis, with Ryanair and Flybe services arriving from airports throughout the UK, both big and small.