Perfect, relaxing place for all
This is the first time we’ve stayed at Chateau de Bardouly and what a special place it is too. Set in its own large grounds, it offers the perfect retreat for families and friends capable of self-entertainment (with the aid of fantastic regional wine, of course). We stayed for 2 weeks with 9 adults and 4 teenagers. The adults occupied the main house where the large bedrooms have been beautifully renovated by the owner with toile linen walls and curtains, but retain all the character of a 400 year old chateau. Each room has a large bathroom, some with showers and others with baths (you can negotiate with your friends your room selection on arrival based on your personal preference!). The teenager’s stayed in the stunning Pigeonnier located right next to the heated pool which has plenty of lovely teak loungers. The Pigenonnier has its own kitchen and outdoor dining area which proved useful for the storage of cold beers and drinks for the pool. We were a bit concerned about the teenagers (14, 14, 15 & 16) getting bored for 2 weeks and had plans for excursions, but with a superb tennis court, pool, TV/games room, table tennis and football, croquet, petanque and their own space, they had a brilliant time. In fact, we all only ventured out for the food shop and to visit the various markets and shops at Eymet and Issigeac. The kitchen is well appointed and provided the opportunity for those of us who really enjoy cooking to experiment with the wide range of local ingredients and extended range of fresh seafood available at the market, the best of which we found just a 15 minute drive away. Tips: we drove from Cambridge with a stopover, but it’s still a long way. Others flew into Bordeaux and Bergerac and hired cars which worked out better. Note: you don’t need to over pack as there are good washing machines, tumble dryers, and irons. Do bring your own tennis racquets if that is your game. The owners have a really special place, which has been renovated to a very high standard. The house retains its charm and atmosphere but with the benefit of all the modern conveniences. After careful reflection, all in our party rated this as one of, if not the most relaxing holidays we have ever had. We would love to come back!
Chateau De Bardouly