La Ferme Fleurie is located about a half mile west of the small town of Vitrac on the road to La Roque-Gageac. Mrs. Brainiac and I found it thanks to a query we posted in the Dordogne Forum on TripAdvisor and, thanks to its B&B style and the online endorsements, we opted to reserve four nights there to use it as a base to explore the Dordogne region. The price was more than right: four nights for two set us back only 160 Euros. Given today’s exchange rate, that is a bargain.
Our first impression of the Ferme was a bit mixed: its B&B atmosphere, its delightful gardens (tip: don’t miss the garden trail through the flowers and the woods), its wide open spaces set away from the road, its peace and quiet and the scenery were very appealing. Our room was initially a bit of a disappointment. While there are accommodations available for larger groups, i.e., separate buildings with kitchens, etc., we stayed in the lodge area on the ground floor. The walls are very thick so the room was quite cool, even sometimes cold, during the warm days but the ceiling was thin and footsteps and creaks above us after we were in bed and before we got up in the morning irritated us the first day. The proprietor and staff do not speak much English; fortunately we butchered enough French to be understood.
That being said, during our remaining time La Ferme Fleurie grew on us. The staff is friendly and kind; the other clientele proved to be diverse and very social and we took long walks with them after dinner around the property. Many of them were from other parts of France, like Lorraine, and were in the area for long distance hiking. Sometimes in late afternoon, the guests would pool and share food and wine and assemble at the picnic tables before dinner at La Ferme which was served around 6:00 pm.
Reports of the food at La Ferme were consistently excellent; we did not eat there only because Mrs. B and I usually eat our main meal much earlier in the day. And while our room seemed initially like a cave, we grew to like its charm, the views and the excellent shower, even though its door was a tight squeeze. Given the age of the buildings, the interiors are dark; the bathroom could use a stronger light, and having a flashlight with you for moonless nights when you can't find a light switch would be a plus! You do need to bring shampoo and similar sundries.
The location of La Ferme Fleurie is excellent if you have a car. Within a few minutes of driving, we were able to explore La Roque-Gageac, Sarlat, Domme, Rocamadour, and many places even further away and also in-between. For the price, one would be very hard-pressed to beat this place.
If and when we head back to Dordogne, we’d stay here again.
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