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.
- Also Known As:
- La Borie Des Combes France/Bezenac