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Restored Cottage in Berbiguières, a Classic Dordogne Village

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Berbiguières is a small, picturesque village in the heart of the Perigord Noir. Its houses cluster along the walls of a 15th century chateau. The entire village is classified and protected from commercialization. It is ideally situated for exploring the Dordogne region.

On the main level of the charmingly-restored, 400-year-old, Non-Smoking cottage is the living/dining area with its original open fireplace. The kitchen has all you need for dining in. Downstairs is the main bedroom, together with the bathroom, toilet room, and laundry. Upstairs is a second bedroom with two single beds. The stone terrace and grape arbor are setup for outdoor grilling and dining. Linens are provided. (Note: the stairs to the upper and lower levels are somewhat steep and may not be suitable for infirm people.)

Berbiguières is within easy reach of a rich variety of historic sites, from the pre-historic caves at Lascaux, to nearly 50 restored castles that date from the 100 Years War (1325-1453), to elegant 17th and 18th century chateaux with their lovely formal gardens. Access to the Dordogne for swimming and canoeing is nearby. There are boat tours along the river if you prefer a narrated approach. The hills beckon with excellent hiking opportunities.

The Dordogne region is renowned for its truffles, its foie gras, and its fine cuisine and Bordeaux wines. The vineyards of St. Emillion, Montbazillac, and Cahors are within an hour or two's drive. Outdoor markets rotate daily through local towns, such as Sarlat, St. Cyprien, and Bergerac, if you want to shop for local fare and eat in. Or, dine in one of the many fine restaurants in the area. Visit fortified bastide towns, such as Domme, Belves, and Montpazier, for a sense of medieval history. In summer, there are excellent theater and music festivals to enjoy.

English-speaking neighbors are ready to help you find your way around the cottage, the neighborhood, or the region. This makes the cottage ideal for holiday and vacation rental. IF MY PROPERTY IS OCCUPIED WHEN YOU WOULD LIKE TO RENT, I MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST WITH OTHER PROPERTIES IN THE VILLAGE; PLEASE CONTACT ME.

Keywords: Cottage, Dordogne

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Katherine De Bruyn
Member since: 2001
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Katherine De Bruyn

My husband and I bought this property to be able to visit friends and family in Europe. It is our second home. When we are unable to be there, we rent it out. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Katherine De Bruyn purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Katherine De Bruyn chose Berbiguières

We chose this area because it is beautiful, offers a wealth of things to do and see, and still retains much of its medieval character. We visit every year and still have not run out of things to do.

What makes this cottage unique

This is an opportunity to live in a medieval village, complete with walls, chateau and a lovely setting, while still enjoying modern household conveniences and easy access to sites and services.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The following is copied from an entry by the rentor at TripAdvisor."Please note that I'm not advertising anything, just making a suggestion for an awesome place to stay in the Dordogne. We rented a cottage in a VERY small town called Berbiguières which is very close to all the great spots along the Dordogne. The cost was very reasonable considering there was 4 of us and was the best place we stayed during our 2 weeks in France. It's a 3-5 minute drive to Saint Cyprien which has a large grocery store and an amazing Market on Sunday mornings."
Mar 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Berbiguières in Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Separate Toilet Room and Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • swimming


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Restored Cottage in Berbiguières, a Classic Dordogne Village
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 29 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this beautiful little cottage. It's a bit of a drive but worth it! It's close to many castles and outdoor activities. There were 4 of us and the place for us perfectly. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage in Berbiguieres France

  • 5 of 5

I discovered Berbiguieres by chance and loved it so much I had to go back. I found the listing and contacted Katherine to make the reservation almost 2 years ahead of time. It was my dream place and I was not let down. The place was a perfect Perigordian cottage. Perfect in every way, the welcome, the ambiance, the convenience, the comfortableness, and the simple beauty of rural France, which to me is infinitely better than the large cities. I would never go to Paris or Province when I can go to Perigord. I am an artist, an Art History and a History buff. This place has everything. The cottage is really special. I recommend it to everyone! And I felt I made a new friend with Katherine who went out of her way to make sure our welcome was impeccable. There was a wonderful terrace and garden, the view over fields and mountains is beautiful, and the amenities like kitchen and bathroom were clean and fully equipped.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poulsbo, WA, USA

Beautiful Berbiguières - Perfect for exploring the Perigord Noir

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic experience we had. The cottage in Berbiguières was just what we needed to get the full experience of the Perigord Noir/Dordogne Region of France. It's centrally located just south of the river and an easy drive to so many charming communities and chateaus throughout the region. Not to mention that Berbiguières itself is a quaint, country community that is full of charm and relaxation. Our entire experience was top notch - from making the reservation with the owner to working with the local property manager. The cottage is well appointed and has everything you need for enjoying your time at the cottage and resting between outings exploring the region. You're greeted by a quaint covered patio just through the gate, situated along the walking path from the center of the village. You open the door and pass through a thick stone wall that transports you to the past with all the creature comforts of the present. A comfortable living room/dining room/kitchen offers the perfect space to plan your daily excursions or to consume your purchases from one of the local public markets. There are two bedrooms - one upstairs and one on the lower level (three stories) that offered us plenty of privacy as we were two couples traveling together. The bathroom included a wonderful shower that worked well for someone taller like me - not to mention great water pressure. All in all, I cannot begin to say enough words of compliments or thanks for such a great experience and stay. The cottage helped make our trip to the Dordogne special, memorable and down right perfect! Thanks for making it available to us - as our travels allow, we'd love to go back. Merci beaucoup!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Successfull holidays in Berbiguière

  • 5 of 5

First, what a Nice surprise when we discovered the village : so quiet, beautifull and however, full o Life !

Then, we discovered the cottage, built With the beautifull local stone. Each of the members of the familly found its place and appreciate the decoration. I particularly appreciated the spacious shower ( not so Common in France). In general, this place is comfy and easy to live. Outside There's also a Little Bench carved into a wall, massively appreciated by the kids.

The garden enables BBQs and during watering the plants you can make rainbows !

I highly recommend this place for a good stay and would say it is the ideal place to Discover the aera, Lascaux, sarlat la cenada and all kinds of famous other places.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Australia

Delightful and cosy

  • 4 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 2 kids, aged 13 and 15) enjoyed our recent stay in this cottage in Berbiguieres. We felt very privileged to have the opportunity to stay in such a beautiful old village. Our host, Katherine, was very prompt in communicating with us when we were booking the property, and we appreciated that she accepted a shorter booking than usual as we arrived late in the season. Ines, the local who oversees the property, was very friendly and welcoming. The house itself was very comfortable for all of us. The kitchen is small but functional and the living/dining and bedroom areas are a good size. The outdoor courtyard is delightful and great for al fresco dining. The distance from the car park to the property was shorter than I expected from previous reviews, and was not an issue for us. We enjoyed returning to this picturesque, quiet environment every day after our travels. Many thanks to both Katherine and Ines for this unique experience. We also highly recommend spending a day kayaking on the Dordogne - this was a highlight for our family.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, NY

Charming Cottage in an Authentic Setting .. Delightful!

  • 4 of 5

Our time getting to Berbiguieres, including finding it and unlocking the door!!, was an adventure, but once there we were mesmerized with the authenticity of the setting. We felt like we were time-capsuled back to a time of simpler, purer life pleasures. The cottage was well appointed for all basic needs .. the biggest challenge was with the stairs but otherwise, we found it to offer a special, secret, home-away from home. Ines, who oversees the rentals on site, is a warm, very welcoming person who too knows a lot of the history of this very unique village - she was a wonderful source of information and also a very kind host. Great base from which to explore the Dordogne. We absolutely loved the opportunity to partake of this special village and would return in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Brieve (for TGV)
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
St. Ctprien
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Dordogne River
Car: recommended

Historical Sites


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Berbiguières, Dordogne

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £37.79
Property Damage Protection £44.59
Pet Fee £75.58
Refundable Damage Deposit £188.95

Rentals are Saturday to Saturday unless special provisions are made with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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