Belle Surprise - Near Bergerac, Dordogne

Gite in Aquitaine
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Experience rural France in comfort in our 18th century farmhouse

We named our gite Belle Surprise for good reason. You’ll catch your first glimpse of this 200-year-old French farmhouse shortly after passing the 13th century church in the centre of the delightful village of Carsac de Gurson. Peering through the gaps in the trees, you’ll spy the ruins of the Château du Gurson atop the hill. In summer, the fields in between are ablaze with sunflowers.

The gite itself beckons like some enchanted cottage under a canopy of trees and, as you take the footpath to the front door, you notice the unusual asymmetrical roofline – which you’ll soon discover yields further surprises inside.

Rustic charm with fabulous views

You sense the history of this farmhouse from the moment you step inside. It’s been standing on this spot for two centuries and has lost none of its rustic charm. The house has been sympathetically renovated to a high standard throughout, with great care taken to retain the feel of the timeless partnership of French stone and solid oak and beech.

The furnishings have been selected to offer a tasteful period appearance, coupled with modern-day comfort. On the ground floor, the large room under that long sloping roof is the living room. From here, you can look out through the large floor-to-ceiling window to views through the trees of the distant chateau ruins.

Downstairs accommodation

The living room has two three-seater sofas, tables, a bookcase and a traditional fireplace with a log-burning stove – a great focal point and source of added warmth should your visit coincide with the colder months or evenings. There’s also a wall-mounted electric convector heater. For those times when you’re not out enjoying the local sites or relaxing in the garden, you’ll appreciate the widescreen 40 inch TV, with Freesat box (for UK TV) and DVD player. Naturally, there’s free wifi and, should you need it, optional air conditioning. The kitchen follows a traditional farmhouse style – though you’ll be glad to know all appliances are from the present century. All kitchen units, fixtures and equipment are of the highest quality and people often tell us they wish their own kitchen back home was as nice as ours!

You’ll dine at a lovingly restored, genuine style de ferme pedestal table in solid oak, and enjoy views from the large picture window to the surrounding Dordogne countryside.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

Up the wooden stairs you go, casting an admiring eye at the extensive carpentry and beholding the genius of the renovation architect in adapting the upper floor to modern preferences for considerably more comfort than in days of old. We have oak and beech beams aplenty up here, along with polished wooden floors.

The master bedroom features a magnificent double bed with wrought iron bedstead. The adjoining second bedroom makes clever use of space to accommodate two single beds – but do mind your head! (We also have a cot for use in this room if you have a really young one.)

Downstairs there’s another single bedroom – it’s bijoux-sized, as they say, so we don’t make a big thing of promoting it, but it adds to the versatility of the accommodation and it is especially useful if you have family members who’d rather have their own space. The second upstairs bedroom has an ensuite shower room and toilet. The main family-size bathroom, complete with a bath, is on the ground floor. Here, too, all fittings are of the highest quality – and are kept scrupulously clean and sparkling.


Address: 71 allée Belle Vue
24610 Carsac De Gurson
Zip/Postal Code: 24610
Latitude/Longitude: 44.9464 / 0.091
Nearest airportBergerac35 km
Nearest bar / pubL'un des sens - Villefranche De Lonchat4 km
Nearest beachLac De Gurson2 km
Nearest boulangerieSaint-Martin-De-Gurson2 km
Nearest doctorVillefranche De Lonchat4 km
Nearest ferry portSaint Malo575 km
Nearest marketMontpon Menestrol10 km
Nearest restaurantL'un des sens - Villefranche De Lonchat4 km
Nearest riverRiver Isle10 km
Nearest supermarketMontpon Menestrol10 km
Nearest train stationMontpon Menestrol11 km


Perfectly placed to make the most of south-west Dordogne

Belle Surprise is an ideal base from which to explore the Dordogne’s Perigord Pourpre region. The gite is situated about a 35-minute drive from Bergerac and 25 minutes from Saint Emilion.


Villefranche-De-Lonchat, Saint-Martin-De-Gurson, Montpon-Menestrol

Accommodation, facilities, utilities

All properties
Gite , 96 sq. m.
3 Bedroom(s), 5 Sleeps
Cots: 1
Double bedrooms: 1
Single bedrooms: 1
Twin bedrooms en-suite: 1
2 Bathroom(s)
Baths: 1
Showers: 1
Toilets: 2
Wash basins: 2
Countryside views
Village views
Holiday type
Activity holidays
Family holidays
Romantic holidays
Rural holidays
Rustic holidays
Self catering
Off-road parking
Private car park
1 Cars
Off street
Air Conditioning
General facilities
Garden furniture
Indoor facilities
Air conditioning
Coffee Maker
DVD Player
Fridge freezer
Iron and Board
Satellite TV
Washing machine
Wood burner
Outdoor facilities
Swimming pool (private)
Linen inclusive
Towels inclusive
Local activities
Other activities
Boating (10 km)
Boule (10 km)
Canoeing (2 km)
Fishing (2 km)
Golf (12 km)
Horse riding (5 km)
Swimming (2 km)


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-Nightly rateWeekly rateMonthly rateMin. StayChange-over
Rate summary £80.02 - £151.16 £524.60 - £1,022.53 - 3 Nights -


Check in: 15:00 / Check out: 11:00
Payment options
Bank transfer
Belle Surprise - Accommodation
Booking Terms and Conditions

Your contract is with [ Gregory Caminow ] for the property known as [ Belle Surprise ]. References to "you" or "your" are references to the person making the booking and all members of the holiday party.

These Booking Conditions form the basis of your contract with us so please read them carefully. Nothing in these Booking Conditions affects your normal statutory rights.

1. Making your booking

When you book the Property with us you should return the completed Booking Form.

Your booking is made as a consumer for the purpose of a holiday and you acknowledge that no liability can be accepted for any business losses howsoever suffered or incurred by you.

Once the completed Booking Form and the Initial Deposit have been received and accepted by us, we will reserve the required dates for you. You will receive confirmation of receipt of the booking form. We reserve the right to refuse any booking prior to the issue of our written confirmation. If we do this we will promptly refund any money you have paid to us.

2. Paying for your booking

You are required to send to us your payment for the balance of the Rental and the Security Deposit at least [six] weeks prior to the Arrival Date as set out in our written confirmation. If you fail to make a payment due to us in full and on time we may treat your booking as cancelled by you.

We will hold the Security Deposit to be applied against the reasonable cleaning and/or replacement of the property, furnishings, fixtures and fittings. We will return the Security Deposit to you within [14 days] of the return of the keys to us, less (if required) any deductions concerning the above.

3. If YOU cancel or amend your booking

If you need to cancel or amend your booking you must contact us as soon as possible.

You will also be required to confirm your cancellation in writing or by email to the addresses shown. A cancellation will not take effect until we receive written confirmation from you.

It is imperative that you have Holiday/Travel insurance in place for your stay at Belle Surprise. This must cover cancellation and reimbursement of rental fees . This will ensure that you do not incur losses as a result of cancellation of the booking.

4. If WE cancel or amend your booking

We would not expect to have to make any changes to your booking but sometimes exceptional problems occur and we may be forced to cancel your booking. This has not happened to date and it would only take place in extreme circumstances.

If this does happen we will contact you as soon as is reasonably practicable and we will inform you of the changes to your booking or of the cancellation of your booking. If the circumstances make it necessary to cancel your booking we will refund the balance of any money you have paid us.

5. Your accommodation

You can arrive at your accommodation between 15:30 and 20:30 hours on the Arrival Date of your holiday and you must leave no later than 10:00 hours on the Departure Date.
A charge of €30 is made for arrivals after 20:30 unless agreed in advance.

If your arrival will be delayed after 20:30 you must contact the person whose details are given on our Booking Confirmation so that alternative arrangements can be made. If you fail to do so, you may not be able to gain access to the Property. If you fail to arrive by midday (12:00) on the day following the Arrival Date and you do not advise us of your anticipated late arrival, we may treat the booking as having been cancelled by you. (Arrival day, arrival and departure times may be more flexible in low season).

6. Your obligations

You agree to keep and leave the Property and the furnishings, fixtures and fittings clean and in good condition.

You agree not to cause any damage to the walls, doors or windows of the Property. Nor to do anything that may be reasonably considered to cause a nuisance or annoyance to us or to any other occupier of neighbouring properties.

You agree to take all necessary steps to safeguard your personal property. No liability to you is accepted in respect of damage to or loss of such property, except where the damage or loss is caused by our negligence.

Should you arrive with a household pet (only as previously arranged) you agree to clean the property and remove any evidence of its stay .

You agree to ensure that each member of your party is covered by Comprehensive travel insurance.

You cannot allow more people to stay in the Property than expressly authorised, nor can you significantly change the make up of the party during your stay in the Property, nor can you take your pet into the Property unless it has been arranged in advance and it is detailed on your Confirmation. If you do so, we can refuse to hand over the Property to you, or we can require you to vacate it. We will treat any of these circumstances as a cancellation of the booking by you.

You agree to allow us or any representative of ours to have access to the property at any reasonable time during your stay for the purpose of essential repairs.

If you or your party fail to comply with the obligations placed upon you whilst at Belle Surprise we have the right to terminate your rental agreement and you may be asked to vacate the property.

7. Complaints

Every effort has been made to ensure that you have an enjoyable and memorable holiday. If however you have any cause for complaint it is important that remedial action is taken as soon as possible.

During your stay at Belle Surprise it is essential that you contact us if any problem arises so that it can be speedily resolved. It is often extremely difficult (and sometimes impossible) to resolve any difficulties properly unless we are notified promptly. Discussion of any criticisms with us whilst you are in residence will usually enable shortcomings to be rectified straight away. In particular complaints of a transient nature (for example, regarding the preparation or heating of the Property) cannot possibly be investigated unless it is registered with us whilst you are in residence.

If any complaint cannot be resolved during your stay at Belle Surprise, you must write to us with full details explaining the nature of your complaint within 28 days of your leaving date.

8. Our liability

This does not include or limit in any way our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or for any matter for which it would be illegal for us to exclude, or attempt to exclude, our liability.

The contract between you and us is governed by the laws of France and we both agree that any dispute, matter or any other issue which arises between us will be dealt with by the Courts of France.
Security deposit
200 Euros
Pets: Some pets, please enquire
Smoking: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: Yes
Elderly or infirm: Yes
Wheelchair: Yes
Adults only: No

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