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  • Charming 19th-century house
  • Beautiful country views
  • Family friendly with private gated pool
  • Shops/restaurants 5-minute drive

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If you yearn for space and peace on holiday, the charmingly elegant Les Boulvènes is ideal. Close to the Dordogne/Lot-et-Garonne border, it comes with uninterrupted views across vineyards, open countryside and working farmland for a taste of rural life at its most inspiring.

The building is 19th century and still retains that rustic ambience that makes it so warmly welcoming. However, a recent refurbishment means that those traditional shutters and gables are now more colourful and the traditional wooden beams, impressive fireplaces and stone walls inside have taken on a stylish turn with contemporary touches.

For breakfasts al fresco, there’s a patio with a gazebo just outside the kitchen, making it easy to slip outside with your morning coffee and croissant and enjoy the sun. Beyond the patio, extensive grounds provide masses of play space for little ones amongst the lawns, flowering shrubs and shady trees, and the private free-form pool is a blissful spot for all ages. And if you’re feeling competitive, there’s also the option for croquet, badminton and table tennis.

For many, the true appeal of this area lies in its legendary gastronomy. To make good use of your summer kitchen, the Ste-Foy-la-Grande and Lalinde markets are particularly inspiring. Or if you’d prefer to stay put without lifting a finger, we could arrange a chef service for part or all of your stay.

The local area

Les Boulvènes is 3km from the pretty village of Sigoulès, where you’ll find a range of restaurants, shops and services. For a real flavour of the region, the stunning medieval town of Bergerac is just 19km away, with an abundance of wine cellars, shops and restaurants serving the very best of the region’s produce.

If your appetite runs more to outdoor activities, you can hire bikes in Bergerac, play golf at the Château des Vigiers, 7km away, or take a canoe out on the Dordogne at Port-de-Ste-Foy-la-Grande, 25km away. The Château de Bridoire at Ribagnac, 11km from the villa, is a great day out with plenty of activities for the whole family, including special events for children throughout the summer.

Beautiful scenery greets you at every turn: with castles perched high above the Dordogne, the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac caves, and tranquil rivers winding their way between dramatic limestone cliffs. From the 20,000-year-old cave paintings at Lascaux to the numerous medieval bastide towns, it feels as though every era in history is represented here.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Emilion is 54km away and sits at the very heart of the world-renowned Bordeaux wine region. Famous for its Grand Cru, the earliest vines were planted here in the 2nd century and there are excellent tours and tastings available at the local wineries. Saint-Emilion itself is a pleasure to explore, with its elegant cobbled streets, Romanesque churches and appealing boutique shops, and no visit here would be complete without enjoying a glass of the local tipple at one of the many excellent bistros.



  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-8)

Ground floor

  • Sitting room with fireplace
  • Dining room/kitchen area
  • Kitchen includes hob, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher; opens onto patio area with gazebo
  • WC

First floor

  • Master bedroom with en-suite shower
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • WC

Second floor

  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room with WC


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative 
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Satellite TV (French and English Freeview channels) with DVD player
  • iPod docking station
  • Central heating (extra charge)
  • Complimentary cot and highchair available
  • Board games
  • Croquet, badminton, table tennis
  • Plancha
  • Private freeform gated swimming pool (10x5m, depth 1-3m) with corner steps
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  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly bed linen and towel change for stays of two weeks or more
  • End of stay clean included
  • Additional cleaning available on request (extra charge, minimum 2 hours)
  • Cook available on request
  • Services are payable locally

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bergerac 19km
    Bordeaux 125km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 150km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 626km
    Caen-Ouistreham 610km
    Le Havre 677km
    Cherbourg 796km
    Calais 895km
  • TGV stations
    Libourne 60km
    Agen 81km
    Bordeaux 96km

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am


  • Dordogne region
  • Restaurants (Sigoulès) 5min drive
  • Shops (Sigoulès) 5min drive
  • Bergerac 25min drive
  • Saint-Émilion 1hr drive
  • Bergerac airport 20min drive


Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bergerac 19km/25min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 25 Mar – 21 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 26 May – 29 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sunday 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday All season

Bordeaux 125km/1hr 35min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun 12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May – 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May – 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 31 Mar – 2 Sep

Brive-la-Gaillarde 150km/1hr 45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 21 Mar – 27 Oct

Customer feedback

Les Boulvenes was the perfect holiday villa. Quiet, restful and comfortable and a wonderful location. Rural France at its very best.
The McKenzies – June 2019

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

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