La Bidonne is a beautiful old stone house perched on the side of the hill overlooking the valley with unforgettable views over the vineyards to the village of Saussignac with its chateau and church on the horizon. Approached along a quiet lane through the vineyards the house rests at the end of the road in its own private grounds. The house, which dates from the 16th century, has been sympathetically restored to include all modern amenities without detracting from its ancient charm and character.

The main doors to the house open into a spacious double height salon with great timber pillars that reach up into the high roof beams. A period fireplace, solid oak floor and local stonework with antique Perigourdine furniture and large comfortable sofas make it a very welcoming room that is the heart of the house. There are 3 double bedrooms and a bathroom and shower on the ground floor and a further double bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the first floor. The large kitchen/dining room opens off a wide passageway that runs the width of the house.

The House
La Bidonne is set within 10 acres of grass meadow and woodland and has a large swimming pool with plenty of space to rest and sunbathe. A large garden dining table, chairs, sun umbrella and barbeque allow you to eat your meals overlooking the pool and valley in the shade of the trees, both during the day and also to watch the fantastic sunsets as the church and chateau at Saussignac are silhouetted on the horizon.

All 4 bedrooms are doubles, with the 3 downstairs having twin beds and a chest of drawers or wardrobe. The first bedroom has double doors opening onto the garden. The second bedroom a washbasin and shower and the third bedroom also has a washbasin. All the bedrooms have wooden shutters and mosquito screens (if needed).


The master bedroom is upstairs off the large galleried landing. It has a queen sized double bed and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. From the windows you look out over the fields and vines and often in the mornings deer can be seen browsing close to the house. The bedroom also has a ceiling fan and is carpeted throughout.

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The tiled bathroom downstairs has a large bath and shower, washbasin and loo. The utility room has a washing machine, sink and loo. The downstairs passageway provides room for the full size folding table tennis table for those who want to play (bats and balls provided).


The house is well equipped and furnished with bed linen and house towels provided. There is a telephone which only operates for local and incoming calls (included in the rental). Mobile phones work reasonably well.

There is electric central heating throughout the house and electricity is provided free in the summer and is charged at cost for the rest of the year.

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Kitchen: Gas Hob with Electric oven, Dishwasher, Deep fat fryer, Fridge/Freezer
Dining Room: Table and chairs for 10, open wood fire
Salon: 2 x 3 seater sofas, comfortable chairs, large traditional fireplace
4 Bedrooms: 3 twin, 1 Double
2+ Bathrooms: 1 en-suite and 1 separate (both with bath, shower, toilet and washbasin). Separate toilet. Further shower and washbasin in twin Bedroom.

• 10 acres of grass and woodland
• 15m x 6m swimming pool with spring board and wide steps in shallow end.
• Sunloungers
• Garden table and chairs

Local attractions
The 15 x 6 metre swimming pool has a safety alarm, a springboard and is set just below the house on the side of the hill. It is paved all around and is excellent for sunbathers whilst providing spectacular views of the valley. There is a deep end for diving and wide steps lead into the shallow end.

There are a number of local walks - Saussignac, for example, takes 15 to 20 minutes along an old Roman road through the vines. In Gageac there is the beautiful Chateau and the superb vineyard of Clos d'Yvigne, recently the subject of Patricia Atkinson's best selling book 'The Ripening Sun'. (Don't miss a tasting of her award winning wines!).

This part of France is a haven for wild birds. We regularly see a wide variety, from great buzzards to golden orioles, and at the right time of year the migration of thousands of storks overhead. Bring your binoculars with you! The fields around the house are full of wild flowers, orchids and butterflies, and, at night, glow-worms.
The area is very popular with cyclists as there are lots of quiet roads (to the door bicycle hire can be arranged). There are also popular 1 to 3 day canoeing trips down the Dordogne with camping provided. Golf at Chateau de Vigiers is only a few miles away and may be followed by an excellent lunch or dinner in their restaurant. Tennis and horse riding are among the many other sports locally available.

The towns of Bergerac (15km) and Sainte Foy La Grande (10 km) are wonderful medieval market towns on the Dordogne and both have fine local markets and restaurants. There are many other places to visit, from St Emilion to the Lascaux caves and Roc Gageac where the Dordogne carves its way through a canyon and houses are built into the vast rock face. Historic castles and chateaux abound some with superb gardens including the famous 11th century chateau at Monbazillac. Nearly all the vineyards in the region will be only too pleased to welcome you into their ‘cave’ for a free wine tasting. Apart from the different local open markets there is a large Leclerc supermarket near Bergerac which has all you may need.

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Arrivals and Departures

The house is available from 4.00pm to 6.00 pm on the first day of your holiday and you are requested to leave by 10.00 am on the departure day to allow time to prepare the house for the next guests.

By air:
The nearest airport is Bergerac some 20 minutes away from which Ryanair and Flybe operate as well as internal French flights. Cars are available at the airport but early booking is recommended. Taxis are also at the airport. Bordeaux Airport is about an hour and a half by road.

By car:
Calais takes about 8 hours and St Malo about 6 hours, both on good motorways.

By Train:
The TGV train runs to Libourne from Paris and there is a good regular local train from Libourne to Gardonne, a small local village 5 minutes away.

Map of the region

La Bidonne
24240 Gageac et Rouillac
Tel: +33 0033553279977


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La Bidonne


For any further information and to book please call:

Nicholas & Judith McMahon Turner
Tel: 01904 400177
Mob: 0780 1691442


Edmund McMahon Turner

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