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La Borie des Combes
Ranked #1 of 1 Bezenac B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 4, 2010

My wife and I felt compelled to write a review of Les Borie des Combes after seeing several negative reviews posted by others. These reviews are completely unfair and inaccurate based on our 10 day visit.

Les Borie des Combes is a delightfully charming place located in the Dordogne region of France. The property is known as a gîte, which is a French holiday home that is available for rent. The property is divided into a four sections. La Maison and the Artist Loft sections are more spacious sections. Chambre Gold and the Studio are essentially single bedrooms. The weekly rates for each section are very reasonable.

There were three things we liked most about our visit: 1) our hosts; 2) the property; and 3) the region.

Our hosts - The best part of staying at Les Borie des Combes was Paul & Jeri, the property owners. They generally stay in one of the sections because this is where they live. They are warm wonderfully accommodating hosts who made our visit special. From sharing wine in their courtyard to telling us what we should see and do, they were terrific. Our experience was significantly richer because of their presence. The other guests that were there during our visit shared this sentiment.

The Property - The property is a 13th or 14th century farmhouse that sits on the side of a hill overlooking the Dordogne River and valley. Since the property was built in medieval times guests shouldn’t show up expecting all the modern amenities found in a Ritz Carlton in New York City. You go to a place like this to experience the medieval architecture, charm, history, and beauty it has to offer. The property is clean, well-maintained, and oozes with charm. You get the feel of living in a different time and place. We particularly enjoyed the courtyard area. It offers a cozy area to enjoy the spectacular views of the valley and setting sun below, as well as an opportunity to sit, talk and share wine with Paul, Jeri and their guests. We loved being there.

The Region - The Dordogne region has to be seen to be appreciated. We thought it was one of the most beautiful and picturesque places we’ve ever seen. The property is situated right smack in the middle of all this beauty. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time doing some of these things: 1) visiting the cool surrounding towns, like Sarlat, Domme, Saint Cyprien, Belves, La Rogue-Gageac and La Bugue; 2) canoeing down the Dordogne River, 3) Eating at wonderful outdoor restaurants and buying croissants and pastries in the local French bakeries; 4) going to farmer’s markets; and 5) visiting lovely castles and gardens. And contrary to what you may hear in the American press, the people were warm, welcoming and friendly.

Our visit was one of the best vacations we ever had. We hope to return again someday. We loved this place.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

Our trip to the Dordogne River Valley was magical and the most beautiful place we have ever visited in France. There was so much to do and see, yet it was totally relaxing and carefree. We spent two weeks at La Borie des Combes and found the location perfect. The house sits high on a hillside in a peaceful setting with lawn and garden, and guarantees a quiet nights sleep.

Paul and Jeri are welcoming hosts; they were in the yard to welcome us when we arrived, and graciously provided us with our first bottle of local wine. They are exceptionally knowledgeable of the history of the region, and go out of their way to make your stay pleasant.

Whether you seek long walks on well-marked nature paths, boat rides down the Dordogne River, exploring prehistory by visiting the amazing caves of Lascaux II or Font-de-Gaume, visiting chateaus/castles high above the river valley, or wandering in awe through the lovely medieval villages and towns, you will find much to do in the Dordogne Region. La Borie des Combes is a perfect place to base yourself to explore this incredible area….we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

This is such a beautiful part of the world , i understand why Paul and Jeri are so happy to share their lovely property and well equipped Gite's
From a friendly welcome , i was comfortable instantly .we stayed in the big house .With two bedrooms and a beautiful sitting room , large kitchen with everything you needed.
i most loved sitting in those wonderful rooms the peace of it all reading having my morning coffee looking out at the blooming and cared for with love garden.
There are many things to do in the area and Paul and Jeri are very willing and eager to be of help with the answers to your questions., suggestions on places to go if you wish .Do Not miss the Sunday market at St .Cypreian !
I am pleased that i choose to stay at "La Borie des Combes "
The beauty and the history of this part of France makes one weep

Linda
Brooklyn, NY

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank SanFranciscoLola
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Our hosts Paul & Gerri are two of the nicest people you'll meet. Both formally from California now living permanently in France, they made us feel welcome and instantly at home. La Borie des Combes is a delightful farm house offering 3 different options of accommodation. We stayed in CHAMBRE GOLD a lovely cool room (outside temp was 30 degrees plus) with comfortable bed, fully equipped en-suite bathroom and small outside terrace, it made a fantastic base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. My wife and I travel to France regularly, but this was our first time in the Dordogne and we were simply blown away by its beauty. There is so much to do and see here, it has to be one of the most stunning parts of France we have seen.
Paul & Gerri; Thank you for a fantastic stay and we will definitely be back soon!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2009

My wife and I booked the “chambre gold” for three nights two months in advance, putting down a deposit . Our choice was based largely on the written description but even more on the several photos on the VRBO and on the property’s own website.

The room was described as “This beautiful bedroom suite is private, warm, cozy and comfortable. A golden glow permeates the air here.” The several photos seemed to confirm the text.

However, the room seemed to us quite distinct from its description. Rather than a glowing luminous space, the room was fusty, musty, dark and damp (though it was not raining; in fact it was a bright day). Coming back to it after dinner was not something we looked forward to. (We say this as people who have rented apartments, gites, B+B and hotel rooms in France on our perhaps 20 trips.)

The electric lighting actually in the room consisted of two dim bedside lamps, and two 1970’s era cans. The natural light from outdoors was minimal, which was understandable given that the only two openings--a small barred window and a window in the door-- partially or completely face a wall a few feet away.

I looked again at the photos, and the only way I can account for the discordance is that there must have been very substantial use of lighting similar to what one might use in lighting a film or TV shoot.

A few minor points: The “private stone patio” is very small, perhaps 10 feet on a side. It is surrounded by walls on three sides and has a small metal table of the sort that French seem to love but that strike foreigners as devices for punishing wayward children. The loveseat is an antique that might appeal to the expert, but we found sitting in it terribly uncomfortable.

On the other side of the ledger, there is a fine washer and dryer and a very good iron for guests’ use. Paul is an affable person who seemed genuinely concerned that we were sharply disappointed and were leaving. Though we knew that arranging alternate accommodations would be difficult (it was a very busy holiday weekend) and costly, we did not consider staying more than a single night in “chambre gold.”

I cannot speak to the other accommodations at La Borie des Combes, but the description of “chambre gold” is very much at odds with its reality. We were charmed by the prose and the glow. Don’t you be.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2009

We started our 4 week sojourn in the South of France. We had intended to travel around here for a bit then move on to Italy, but once we found Dordogne, we settled in for nearly 2 weeks. The region is a mystical place, offering a rich diversity of natural and rural beauty blended with ancient and historical sites—from prehistoric and Romanesque to Medieval, Renaissance and Classical. The area is bustling with activity—farms, vineyards, markets, villages, caves (eg: Lascaux), restaurants, castle walks, river boating, bicycling, hiking...The food is rustic and sublime—hearty cassoulets, delicate farm cheeses, foie gras, walnuts, olives, wild mushrooms, wild boar, peaches, pears...we ate and ate, and drank the good local wine.

Part of our pleasure here was our accommodations. We stayed at "La Borie des Combes" in the small village of Bezenac in the heart of Acquitaine (check out francestonehouse.com for more details on the region and history). It was so peaceful here—high above the valley floor overlooking the Dordogne River valley, we felt both removed and connected. The owners of the La Borie, Jeri and Paul from California, are delightful people and excellent hosts—making sure we had everything we needed and helping us with suggestions for our tour schedules. We spent time just hanging out there, relaxing and exploring the hillside area. One of our favorite morning walks was to the neighborhood castle—one of hundreds in the region, then down the hill for freshly baked croissants at the local bakery. La Borie itself dates back to medieval times and has been carefully restored to accentuate the natural beauty of the wood and stone walls and floors. It’s charmingly decorated and comfortably outfitted so that you feel at home in the Dordogne. There are options for staying here - we chose a cozy gite with its own bath and kitchenette, but when we return with friends and family we’ll stay in the maison—2 bedrooms with full bath and tub, a salon and fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and dining area, and access to the private courtyard with view (plus, use of the laundry facilities). The price for a week’s stay is very reasonable, but the memories, magic and hospitality are priceless.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Borie des Combes

Address: 24220 Bezenac, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Dordogne > Bezenac
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Bezenac
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
La Borie Des Combes France/Bezenac

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