France ~ Le Bourdil Blanc
3 to 7 nights staying in a comfortable French manor house, with daily riding. Available late April to late June and September to November for intermediate riders and above.
Where Based from a lovely 18th century manor house not far from the town of Bergerac in the Dordogne, south west France.
What is it like A combination of comfortable accommodation in an elegant French manor house with daily riding out. Riding explores the Dordogne's rolling countryside - forests of beech, oak and chestnut, fields of maize and sunflowers and extensive vineyards. Much is within the private estates of historic chateaux and there is plenty of time, after a day in the saddle, to enjoy the delicious food and wine for which the area is renown and to relax, play tennis or (in summer) swim in the pool.
Who does it suit Its like a French house party, with riding and other activities laid on. French riding guide Antoine is an expert horseman and English host Jane welcomes you into her charming home, introduces you to owners of local vineyards and chateaux, tells you about the local area and makes the whole thing delightfully personal. For a special family and friends gathering, Le Bourdil can be booked privately, with local riding arranged on request.
Why we love it It was our family choice for a 70th birthday multi-generation celebration. Grand but homely, somewhere that feels special but a house you can live in, with lots to do whether your ideal is a chair on the terrace with a glass of wine and good book, or non-stop riding, swimming, boating on the lake, tennis, vineyards, markets and more, all in a glorious setting.
This short video of Le Bourdil Blanc shows the house & grounds
Riding: 3-6 hours a day
Horses: French cross breeds, some Arab crosses and Anglo Arabs
Pace: moderate, with good chances to canter
Riding ability: intermediate riders and above
Weight limit: 95kg (15 stone)
Accommodation: comfortable manor house
Group size: max 6 to 8 (min 4)
Season: April to June, September to November
(July & August also possible for private groups / families on request)
Price: 7 night stays from 1650 Euros (approx £1500) per person
Horses: Mixed french cross breeds many with Arab and Anglo-Arab blood. They are owned by your French riding guide who manages a local riding stable and there is an excellent selection to suit different riders. Saddles are mostly English style, with some lightweight Endurance saddles or 'Maclellans' available. The horses are usually ridden in snaffles and saddle-bags are provided.
Hours: Usually between 3 and 6 hours riding a day.
Pace and experience required: Riding is aimed at those with a reasonable amount of previous riding experience. You should be comfortable, confident and in control on a well-schooled horse at a walk, trot and fast canter. Overall the riding pace is moderate and there are good chances for long canters. The usual rider weight limit is 95kgs (15 stone) although some heavier experienced riders may be taken by prior arrangement.
Riders stay at 'Le Bourdil Blanc' a lovely 18th Century Manor house, set within its own 7 acres of grounds in which there is also a 'pigeonnier' (small cottage), a swimming pool, tennis court and lake. There are plenty of different bedrooms, most in the main house, one in a separate wing and two in the pigeonnier. There are also 3 newly converted double bedrooms in the coach house by the stables. All bedrooms are individual and fairly simple in style with mixed antique furniture and en-suite or private bathrooms. There is also a large, comfortable sitting room with polished wooden floor and a dining room with a long table where meals are eaten, both with open fire place. The house has a relaxed 'house party' atmosphere and you are encouraged to treat it as your own and to enjoy it in your own way. There is a small veranda with lovely views over the sweeping lawn and lake and several shady spots for meals and drinks. During your ride, the horses are kept in well designed stables in a converted barn / coach house a few minutes from the house.
7 nights - Euros 1650
Autumn dates TBC
Average temperature guide
|Itinerary in brief|
|Day 1||Arrive Bergerac where you will be met and transferred to Le Bourdil Blanc for dinner and the night.|
||Breakfast and meet the horses, with a chance to try them in the paddock. Then a visit to a local market and lunch before returning to Le Bourdil for a short afternoon ride. Dinner and night at Le Bourdil Blanc.|
||Breakfast and set off riding through the forest to another beautiful chateau then on to the village of Saint Marcel du Perigord. A picnic lunch near a stream and then ride on to Pressignac - Vicq where the horses remain for the night. Return by car to Le Bourdil for dinner and the night.|
||Breakfast and drive to Pressignac - Vicq to meet the horses. Today's ride takes you down to the Dordogne river for a picnic lunch before riding back to Pressignac - Vicq by a different route. Drive back to Le Bourdil for dinner and night at Le Bourdil Blanc.|
||Re-join the horses and set off riding though forests and fields, stopping for a picnic lunch. Arrive back at Le Bourdil in the afternoon. Dinner and night at le Bourdil.|
||Breakfast and today's ride may take you through vineyards and forests to Chateau Tiregard. After some wine tasting ride back to Le Bourdil for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or for sightseeing. Dinner is not included tonight but your host can book a restaurant nearby. Night at Le Bourdil.|
||After breakfast your final ride takes you through the Cadeau valley to the magnificent chateau La Gaubertie. A picnic lunch at the chateau before riding back to Le Bourdil Blanc by a different route. Farewell dinner and the night at Le Bourdil.|
||Breakfast then you will be driven to Bergerac for your onward journey.|
|Contact us at email@example.com or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions.|
Le Bourdil Blanc is 20 minutes drive from Bergerac airport and transfers can be arranged from Bergerac (airport or train station) at any time and are included in the ride price. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) operate direct flights to Bergerac from London Stansted, Liverpool, Bristol and East Midlands in the UK. FlyBe (www.flybe.com) flies from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle & Southampton. Jet2 also fly from Leeds Bradford & Manchester. British Airways fly from London City Airport. There are also options via Amsterdam and Paris from various UK regional airports.
There are also train services from London St Pancras to Bergerac, changing either at Paris or in Lille and again in Libourne.