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Join Laura Gilmore to explore your own internal landscape amidst the beautiful vineyards and protected nature of the Dordogne, and make time to give your body and mind the care and rest that they deserve. This retreat promises to be your most exciting new retreat of 2017 and an incredible opportunity to practice with a teacher with over 20 years experience in a venue with over 400 years of history.
Chateau de Bardouly offers nine en-suite bedrooms. They all have a unique interior design comprising a mix of modern amenities, antiques, and elegant fabrics. The rooms are equipped with clocks, iPad and iPhone docking stations, armoires, chest of drawers, writing desk, and comfortable chairs for reading. All bath and shower rooms are fitted with blow dryers. Towels, linen, and cleaning are included.
The Manor has two formal living rooms with French doors opening onto an east-facing, lime-tree shaded terrace, two informal living rooms, a family room, and a games room. For dining areas, there are several options both indoors and outdoors where meals will be eaten in luxurious comfort.
Laura’s classes are usually two hours long to allow time for both posture work and pranayama (breath practice) alongside mindfulness practices and deep relaxation. During this retreat, the morning will invite an invigorating and dynamic session, while the evening leaves time for more restorative and recuperative practice.
Laura Gilmore has practiced yoga since 1990 and has been teaching since 2002. She is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and teaches with warmth and humor to bring the ancient wisdom of yoga alive. Her classes include opportunities to release and relax deeply, as well as to challenge oneself on a physical level, finding greater ease and understanding within body and mind.
Bardouly was built in the reign of Henry IV and is situated halfway up a limestone hill above the Dropt River. This Perigordian Chateau brims with the charm and nobility of its 400 years of existence. The house maintains its original features including a paneled dining room that was installed by the same artisan that completed the state rooms at Versailles. Michel de Montaigne’s historic estate is nearby and is the place where he wrote extensively about the area and other topics in his famous ‘Essays’.
The house brims with antiques but maintains the atmosphere of a comfortable family home. Enjoy the absolute privacy in the meticulously maintained house and park. The estate includes a heated swimming pool and a hard surface tennis court as well as a lake surrounded by ancient oaks.
Situated in South-West France, Chateau de Bardouly is located between Bordeaux and Toulouse in the Dordogne Purple region which makes it the perfect central location from which to explore the region, also known as the ‘Pays de Bergerac’. Chateau de Bardouly is centered in a region rich in vineyards and fortified ‘bastide’ towns, an extraordinary range of natural and historical heritage sites, fabulous, protected countryside, the beauty of the Dordogne River, the renowned gastronomy and wines of Bordeaux and Beregerac, a rich cultural life, numerous leisure, and sporting activities.
From Chateau de Bardouly, benefit from easy access to the entire region. The Chateau is located between the market towns of Eymet and Issegeac. From the base of Bardouly a large choice of outings, visits, and activities is open to you, including a concentration of pleasures to be enjoyed without delay.
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The price of this retreat includes daily meals. Food is lovingly prepared by the Chateau’s own chef, serving delicious and nutritious French vegetarian cuisine including croissants!
The Manor’s beautiful grounds, swimming pool and exquisitely comfortable rooms provide the perfect setting for relaxing, reading a book, and allowing the stresses of working life to melt away. For those looking for other activities to pass the time in between the two daily yoga classes, the Chateau and its surrounding area has plenty to offer. A range of unique experiences and adventures are available to book in conjunction with the scheduled activities for an extra cost.
Please note that the external activities are not included in the price of the retreat. You can take time off to explore these places either on your afternoon off during the week, a day before, or after the retreat takes place.
The region is recognised globally for its trade in antiques. Many visitors wile away many days searching through a plethora of antique, brocante shops, and specialized markets.
Nothing more fun than an afternoon of play on the beautiful front lawn
The shores of the Dordogne and several lakes offer proper sandy beaches with lifeguards and areas buoyed off for swimmers and small children.
%Gravel courts provide an excellent surface to play Pétanque which is a game of dexterity and technique, but also of gamesmanship, bad behavior, and sheer animal cunning!
The two great rivers of the area are the Dordogne, which the department takes its name from, and the Vezere. Canoe past historic villages and medieval castles on the Dordogne and discover some of the most beautiful countryside in rural France on journeys down the Verzere.
This fortified castle dates to the 14th century and was the family residence of the Renaissance philosopher and thinker, Michel de Montaigne from 1571 until his death in 1592. Michel de Montaigne wrote his famous essays and major works of humanism which were the fruits of a lifetime of reflection and reading.
The Dordogne and Vezere valleys are renowned for the many caves and sinkholes that are scattered across the area.
Compete at your leisure on the areas set out for ideal playing conditions.
Use the two bicycles available or hire more to cycle along one of the many hilly country lanes.
Dorned with some of the most beautiful and important human and animal images dating from the Palaeolithic area.
Fifteen places in the Vézère Valley have been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Take a randonnée (ramble) on one of the many established and marked walking tracks that criss-cross the area. Enjoy a picnic lunch while observing the beautiful wildlife around several protected lakes.
The castles and villages of the Perigord have survived and the ancient stones tell their story. View meticulously maintained architectural examples from the middle ages and the Renaissance, as well as splendid 18th and 19th century properties. Ten local villages have had the honor of being ranked among the most beautiful villages of France for their historic importance and exceptional preservation.
As you explore these castles and villages, experience the medieval in the heart of Périgord, mazes of small streets and alleys, romanesque and gothic sculptures of the abbeys, and the original dungeons that exist to this day.
This vicinity of the Lascaux caves houses many treasures from prehistoric eras found in the area. You can learn about the history of the region and the early humans and animals that occupied the site.
Fifteen sites of the Vézère Valley have been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1979 including the Cathedral Saint- Front de Périgueux, the ancient Abbey of Cadouin, and the church of Saint Avit.
Channel your inner warrior in a two-hectare course encompassing fields, woods, and castle ruins.
La Chambre de Métiers Dordogne established a route crafts marked sixty craft workshops. Work of earth, wood, glass, iron basketry, leatherwork, weaving, jewelry, sculpture, framing, fashion, and all artisanal skills are represented.
Sarlat is one of the most famous market towns in the Perigord. It dates from the 14th century and has many sites of historical and architectural importance. The shopping is fantastic and you might even be cast as an extra in one of the many major studio films that are shot in the city and surrounding area.
You can sit by the pool on the comfortable lounge chairs in a completely private secluded area and swim in the deliciously heated pool.
Enjoy a game on the top condition hard court. Long daylight hours allow for early morning and late evening play.
These caves are adorned with some of the most beautiful and important human and animal images dating from the Palaeolithic area. In addition, there are more than 50 additional caves and shelters, habitat plots, and burial sites than can be visited.
This is one of the most beautiful romantic gardens of France and today, it is the most visited garden in Périgord. Listed as a national historical monument thanks to its 54 acres of park, Marqueyssac’s gardens offer more than six kilometers of shaded paths in a maze of 150,000 hand-pruned boxwoods. From the belvedere, at 130 meters above the Dordogne river, you will see the most spectacular panorama in Périgord.
This is the testimony of a rich bygone history and a gorgeous natural heritage. It’s also the most exceptional view of the Dordogne valley you will see its most beautiful villages, including Domme, Castelnaud, Beynac, Fayrac, La Roque-Gageac, and its castles.
Markets in various local villages (including Eymet and Issigeac) are the best place to find fresh, local produce, many regional delicacies, and ingredients required in Périgourdin gourmet meals.
Enjoy local fresh produce from the weekly markets in various local villages, including Eymet and Issigeac.
You can book a massage on site with a reservation for an extra cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC).
Travel time from Waterloo Station, London, UK to Gare du Nord, France is approximately three hours. Then at Gare Montparnasse in Paris, take a train direction Bordeaux, change at Libourne where you can rent a car and you will arrive in Bergerac within another four hours. From Waterloo Station, London, UK, you can also change at Lille for Libourne.
The time it takes to drive from the UK depends very much on which ferry crossing one takes (Caen is the nearest) and how leisurely one's approach is to touring through France. It is possible to easily drive down in one day, some 300 to 450 miles of motorways.
Hire cars are available both in Bordeaux and Bergerac either at the station or airport.