A Bit Of History

A historic Dordogne gîte with a pool and a unique story to tell.

Behind its 19th century gate, l’Ancienne Ecole (“The Old School”) is a well-known building in the medieval fortified town (bastide) of Beaumont du Périgord which is nestled in the south of the magnificent Dordogne region of France.

The house was the village primary school (for boys) and also the main residence of Monsieur Gabriel Joubert, First World War hero and active participant in the French resistance during the Second World War.

Born in 1898 in Bouillac, Gabriel Joubert came from a teaching background and was called up to fight in 1917. Severely injured in August 1918, he had to have a leg amputated and subsequently received the “Médaille Militaire”, the “Croix de Guerre” and was made “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur,” a prestigious and high ranking award.

In 1920 he started teaching and became devoted to the school in Beaumont, where he was headmaster from 1931- 1944. An active member of the resistance movement, on the 23th of December 1943, at 3 a.m. the Gestapo arrested him at his home in L’Ancienne École. He never returned and sadly died in the Nazi camp of Buchenwald in 1944.

Today this gîte near Bergerac has been tastefully and beautifully restored, to provide a tranquil haven for guests. High ceilings and graceful rooms give just a hint of the house’s history and the medieval town provides a gentle reminder of times gone by.

 

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