Le Clos du Verger is situated in a peaceful countryside of woods, vineyards and grazing meadows yet is only 5 minutes by car from the lovely town of Bergerac. We offer here "Le Chai", one of our two holiday cottages. It was formerly the wine barn on this small farm. It is single storey and sleeps 4 people.
Some guests find such pleasure in the accommodation and its surroundings that they don't venture far at all, but if your aim is to to explore the many attractions of this beautiful corner of France you will find that we are ideally situated as a convenient base.
The area has a rich historical heritage dating back to early man and an active modern cultural life. You will be seduced by the fascinating old villages and castles, the local festivals, the vineyards, the lively markets, the wealth of specialist shops, the walks, the boat trips and canoeing, a nearby swimming lake, and the possibility of bike hire deliveries.
In the colder months, the underfloor heating and the woodburning stove will keep you warm and cosy, the famous sites are still open, and for Christmas stays the Christmas markets and decorations add to the sense of warmth and well being.
It's a great holiday spot and a place of warm hearted international encounters as we welcome people from round the world for their stay in the Dordogne. Recent visitors described Le Clos du Verger as a delightful hamlet, and a great base for a holiday, a rural location yet with easy access to Bergerac and the surrounding areas.
Le Clos du Verger sits in over a hectare of land, with our small herd of goats occupying the paddock areas. The main L shape of buildings incorporates two holiday homes and the farmhouse. Cars are kept to one side so that the gardens and grounds are car free. We are careful that each occupant has their own space, but there is also plenty of space for convivial gatherings when the occasion arises. Outside, you will have your large private terrace overlooking the gardens and countryside beyond. Part of the site remains private for our own use but you are welcome to stroll round the paths that lead away from the main buildings down past the goats and on down to the guest recreation area by the stream and waterfall. Here there are seats for your relaxation and during the warmer months we provide outside games.
Although behind the scenes we pay great attention to providing you with an attractive, clean and comfortable holiday home with pretty outdoor spaces, Le Clos du Verger is all quite low key and relaxing, and that is part of the charm.
"Le chai" is a stylish, single storey conversion of the former wine barn. It is well presented, well equipped and easy to use, and is available throughout the year.There is good WiFi internet access. Beds are comfortable and tend to be higher so that they are easier to get in and out of if you have creaky legs. The kitchen is equipped for real cooking, and outside spaces are furnished for outside living in the summer months.
Facilities are as listed but note that the small guest laundry is located in another building, for your convenience for any dirty washing you accumulate during your stay. It is a shared facility with our other holiday cottage.
When we arrived the buildings had been abandoned for so long that we had to install water, electricity, heating and drainage so, wherever possible, we have set up environmentally friendly technologies. Underfloor heating during the colder months and constant hot water are very efficiently fuelled by heat taken from the ground, and half our electricity usage is produced by photovoltaic panels. The wood burning stove is useful if there chillier evenings between seasons, or a cheerful focus in the winter as a back up to the main heating. We provide a large box of wood as part of the rental price.
We provide a welcome basket of tasty treats and essentials, towels and bedlinen, and we can also provide dressing gowns and swimming towels if you need them. Each property has maps and tourist information, as well as our own guide of local things to see and do and places to eat. We live on the site too so one of us is usually available if you have a question or just fancy a chat.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.