Detached farmhouse-sleeps 8, private terrace, heated 12x5m pool, family-friendly
Ken & Bernadette
About Ken & Bernadette
Hello, we’re Ken & Bernadette and, having spent most of our lives working in London, we decided on a complete change of lifestyle. We adore this part of France and fell in love with Boussagou the moment we saw it and we're sure you will too. We live onsite and will be here to greet you on arrival, where we will give you a brief tour of the property and facilities and make sure you settle comfortably into your own farmhouse. Throughout your holiday we are always available if you need anything - from information on local restaurants, places to visit or forthcoming local events. We love the friendly, laid back French way of life. They put tremendous importance on family, friends and quality of living and we aim to share this ethos with you too when you are on holiday at Boussagou.
Ken & Bernadette purchased this Farmhouse in 2013
Why Ken & Bernadette chose Marminiac
This detached farmhouse provides spacious family accommodation or is large enough to accommodate two families who want to holiday together. You enter into a beautiful beamed farmhouse kitchen with dining area in front of a huge inglenook fireplace. The kitchen is equipped with fitted units which hold everything you will need. The spacious lounge area has huge oak beams and an open fireplace too. There are lovely views of the garden and open countryside from the two large windows. Outside you have a private garden and patio area where you can breathe in the scent of lavender and roses and admire the fields and woods that surround you.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
All three gites are built in the local yellow sandstone. They are centred around a beautiful courtyard and each one exhibits its own individual character. We have tried, as far as possible, to restore them retaining their original features. We hope you will find them charming yet comfortable and equipped with everything you would expect to find in your own home.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Ideal extended stay in a charming setting.
My family (wife and two daughters) have just returned from a visit to the Lot/Dordogne (Midi-Pyrenees) region of France. I devoted a lot of time to researching vacation houses in southern France before we chose Boussagou Gîtes for our one-month trip. Best travel decision ever.
Boussagou was an ideal base from which to tour this amazing piece of la France profound. The setting of this tiny hamlet of four cottages exceeded our vision of what a home in France should be. Picturesque, quiet and secluded (but not remote), and lovingly cared for. The horse pasture, gardens (full of rosemary, bay, and thyme) and rolling hill dotted with ancient walnut trees, is like medicine for overstressed spirits. Postcard country villages are a few minutes drive away, and within an hour are enough stunning sites to justify a year-long visit.
The Pigeonnier, where we stayed, is a classic country home, all ancient stone and beam charm, updated with all modern conveniences. Since we visited in March, the two wood-burning stoves (set in beautiful original fireplaces), contributed more than just atmosphere: they took the edge off the evening chill, as well. The kitchen is well-provisioned for preparing meals from the bounty of exceptional products offered at local markets. (Note to serious cooks: you might want to consider bringing your own sharp chef’s knife). Anything the kitchen didn’t have, the owners were delighted to supply on request.
Ah, yes, the owners. Ken and Bernadette, English ex-pats and refugees from the intense London business world, proved to be one of the best parts of our French adventure. Like ideal gîte hosts, this gracious and hardworking couple—who live on the property—were available whenever we needed anything, but were extremely discrete, too. Ken and Bernie’s love for Boussagou is infectious: they have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the property, and it shows. Moreover, they are extremely accommodating—and a lot of fun. We now consider them friends and hope it will not be long before we meet again.
If you need five-star luxury, Boussagou is not for you. But if you prefer authentic, warm, unique, personal, comfortable and independent (which is why you are considering a gîte, of course), then I cannot recommend this special place highly enough. Bon voyage!
Thanks for your kind review, it was a real pleasure meeting you all. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime in the not too distant future. :)
As beautiful as the pictures
It is hard to fault this place. Our large family rented all three gites for a week and loved every second. The area is beautiful and the gites wonderfully appointed. There was a thoughtful welcome pack, and Ken and Bernie have the knack of being available in a very unobtrusive way. They made wonderful suggestions which enhanced our holidays immeasurably, and are themselves absolutely lovely people . We are not really people who return to places as we always like to explore new areas, but there is such a lot to see and do, and this is such a lovely place run by such great people that we are already talking about it !!
Thank you for your lovely review, it's much appreciated. Hope to see you back at Boussagou one day. :)
Fabulous holiday in a stunning gite.
Our family of four stayed at Le Pigeonnier in July and I can't speak highly enough of the gite. The pool is stunning and even has an honesty bar with drinks etc at cost price! There is a great children's play area with swings and a trampoline and a barn with bikes toys and a fancy dress box. In the mornings you can see if the chickens have laid eggs and Ken very often lets you take some, our children loved this. The give is in a great area to use as a base to explore the Dordogne and the Lot area as it is right on the border of both. We are already planning on returning next year.
Thanks so much for this review, we're so pleased you had a great time and we're looking forward to welcoming you next year.
Our glorious September holiday at Boussagou.
The directions given to Boussagou Gites were spot on. Our Gite, Le Pigeonnier, was spotlessly clean, well equipped and bathed in sunshine for the whole of September. The setting was superb, surrounded by a chestnut tree forest with miles of tracks and minor roads to explore with our two Border Terriers. We used the good size swimming pool almost everyday and took advantage of the peace and tranquillity of the location relaxing in the sunshine. Ken and Bernadette really looked after us which started with a superb meal on our arrival. I had a slight health problem whilst we were on holiday and Ken helped enormously and ensured I was seen by a very good English speaking Doctor who made life much better for me so I could enjoy the holiday. The Lot/Dordogne is a magical region to explore with many towns with fabulous views over stunning countryside and large rivers. Ken and Bernadette have a wealth of information regarding restaurants, trips and places to explore including local shops etc which proved to be very useful for us ensuring that good food and wine was always on the table.
We look upon Ken and Bernadette as friends and have no hesitation in recommending there Gite complex to anyone. They ensured that our holiday was a terrific one, they are lovely people.
We miss Bousagou and the glorious holiday we had there.
Many many thanks for the help and friendship you gave us.
Roger, Denise and two Border Terriers who also loved the place.
What a lovely review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your month here, yet again September had glorious weather. We really enjoyed welcoming you to Boussagou, and yes, we feel we have made two new good friends, please do keep in touch ... :)
A beautiful place to relax and have fun in.
We spent a wonderful week in stunning Boussagou; a tranquil hamlet full of charm. For us, as parents, we were able to relax amongst the beautiful and immaculate buildings and grounds whilst our young children could play happily and safely in the pool, on the trampoline and play area, collecting chicken eggs for breakfast, feeding the horses, or just running freely on the field and lawns.
We had a very warm welcome from Ken and Bernadette - fantastic hosts throughout our stay. Our meal on our arrival was delicious and they kept in touch daily with excellent tips on days out in the area. The goodies in the hamper were also appreciated, as was the honesty bar/fridge by the pool (ice-creams and cold drinks on hand was a definite bonus!).
We stayed in the two bedroomed 'Pichoutou' gite which provided everything we needed. Our private outlook over a row of lavender to the horses and woodland was a tranquil setting to unwind in.
There are plenty of lovely places to visit within a 30 minute drive: Gourdon, Belves, Chateauxnaud, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, La Roque de Gageac to name a few which were all extremely picturesque with fun entertainment for the children (during the summer season).
We were reluctant to leave but look forward to returning in the future hopefully with family and friends!
Thank you so much for this review, we are really pleased that you enjoyed your time here, that's what makes it all worthwhile for us!
The honesty bar was new for 2014 and we're very happy that it has gone down so well!
Boussagou is the perfect place for a holiday with a group of friends or family and we hope to see you again.
Amazing hamlet in French countryside!
Our family of 4 (with 2 children aged 9 and 11) spent a lovely week in Le Pigeonnier at Boussagou which exceeded our expectations. We were lucky to benefit from a last minute cancellation and booked at short notice in August.
We were delighted with the property (as desccribed inside and outside) and the shared facilities (amazing pool, well equiped games barn with bikes/helmets, outside play area). We were pleasantly surprised by how much privacy we had despite 4 detached farmhouses in the hamlet - with our own outdoor seating area that was not overlooked by other properties.
However, it was our warm hosts (Ken and Bernadette) and the extra touches that made this a great rather than good holiday. We really appreciated our welcome basket (with staples to get us through the first day), our delicious welcome meal, the honesty bar at the pool and recommendations for the area - which made a difference for a busy mother of two.
We couldn't recommend highly enough Boussagou - and hope to return next summer.
Thank you so much for your kind comments and we are delighted that Le Pigeonnier and Boussagou exceeded your expectations! We do our very best to ensure that everyone has a great holiday here at Boussagou.
It was a pleasure to meet you all and we hope to see you again.