We absolutely loved our stay at L’Ancienne Ecole, it totally exceeded our expectations. We were a group of nine, ages ranging from 4 to 60+. This was our first large family holiday so it was important we found somewhere that would give us both the space we required and a hassle free stay. We definitely succeeded.
We flew into Bergerac, it took us 25 minutes to drive from there to the house and the route was really straightforward. The house is beautiful, very private and secure, yet a stone’s throw away from the centre of the pretty little village of Beaumont du Perigord. Having previously stayed in more remotely situated properties in France, we were really glad we’d opted for something slightly different on this occasion. The village is close enough to be really convenient but just the right distance away to not feel like you’re right in the middle of it. The handful of little patisseries, butchers, restaurants and cafe/bars situated around the village square were perfect to pick up groceries from or to relax outside of. A slightly larger supermarket was just a five minute drive up the road.
The house itself offered plenty of space, so we never felt like we were under one another’s feet. The interior decor is clean and modern, ideal if you were staying out of season or had a rainy day inside. The bedrooms were all clean, comfortable and surprisingly spacious. The pool area is gorgeous, peaceful and a great sun trap. The built in BBQ and outside dining area easily accommodated us twice a day for long, lazy meals. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and perfect for long walks or runs. With everything we needed and the comfort it offered us, we only ended up leaving the house/village once during our stay! No need to go anywhere if you’re just looking for a relaxing break with family and/or friends.
Isabelle and Paul (the owners) were delightful and very helpful, especially answering our questions prior to the trip and providing us with detailed information in preparation for our stay.
I can safely say we all left wishing we had much longer in this wonderful house. It will be hard not to go back there again as the property and location ticked so many boxes for us.
PS. Don’t miss the Monday night food-market/banquet in the village square, a really great experience (bring your own booze and cutlery though!).