La Chartreuse du Bignac
What We Love
- An idyllic stay with vineyard views at a refined, artfully-decorated country abode near BergeracThe inviting guest rooms, packed with unique features
- Experiencing the restaurant’s authentic flavours and local ingredients
- Exploring the hotel’s extensive grounds, which include a lake, an orchard and herb garden
What To Know
- Hotel owners Brigitte and Jean Louis Viargues live onsite
- Nearby must-sees include the Castle of Monbazillac and the Caves of Lascaux
- Free WiFi and complimentary private parking are included
Follow live-in hoteliers Brigitte and Jean Louis Viargues to their rural Dordogne hotel, La Chartreuse du Bignac, and you’ll find as many gourmet treats, beautiful natural surrounds and endearing decorative touches aplenty. This 17th-century manor house near Bergerac, in the heart of the Périgord Pourpre, has been lovingly restored to its original glory, and its communal spaces are both magical and elegant, while guest rooms feature soft lighting, exposed beams and embroidered bed linen – all adding to their individual charms.
It’s no surprise that the culinary experiences at the on-site restaurant are well worth indulging in, too. While the terrace views command your attention in the warmer months, you’ll find chef Rémy Le Charpentier and his open kitchen offer plenty entertainment on their own. With truffle, vinegar, walnut oil and wine producers among the neighbours here, you’ll be sure to discover that local flavours top the menu. A panoramic outdoor pool, 12-hectare park, lake and orchard complete the picture, offering a chance to swim or walk off some of the hotel’s edible delights.
How to Get There
We stayed here as it is close (10 min drive) to Bergerac airport and we had a morning flight home so it was all less hassle. I found it on the internet and booked a superior room, which was superb. The hotel is set in it's own grounds in a very quiet village and has some really lovely views. Our room had doors opening out to two relaxers and a view over the woods and small lake. It was furnished with contemporary fittings in a wonderful traditional building.
We arrived mid afternoon and had missed out on lunch and they when to some lengths to get us some wine, water and an excellent cheese plate which we shared sitting out under the trees at the front of the hotel. Really excellent service!
We had dinner in their gastronomic restaurant selecting the smaller taster menu and, although we found some of the flavour combinations a little lacking and not as good as some of the fine dining experiences on the trip, the service and setting was very good.
We would be very happy to return.
Enjoyed an excellent couple of nights in November. A warm welcome and a great place to kick back following long haul flights. Very spacious room, divine views and an excellent restaurant. We look forward to a return visit!
The hotel is in lovely surroundings and our room was very comfortable. However we did not feel that there was a very warm welcome. Possibly because we were only staying for one night.
We booked a meal in the restaurant but were amazed by the very narrow choice of the main course, pigeon, octopus or a vegetarian option.
We ordered a very expensive bottle of St Emilion but the lady maitre d was very slow in topping up our glasses and as a result there was about a third of a bottle left at the end of the evening.
We would also have welcomed a smile and some friendliness. A few matters requiring attention!
Our group of 12 stayed and dined one night at La Chartreuse du Bignac. It was an exceptional experience. Apparently this is a restored hunting lodge / summer home venue. This property does not have all the high end finishes of others, but the overall effect is magical.
In addition to dining at Bignac, the chef orchestrated a hands on cooking demonstration, sharing with our group the proper way to smoke duck breasts. Fabulous.
The grounds are magnificent, the dining a trip through the chef's imagination. Breakfast was more than satisfactory.
If you are riding bikes to LCB, as we were, be prepared for the last uphill section. It's a Beast!
This is a jewel of a place. High quality of service, an excellent restaurant, friendly and helpful personnel in an oasis of calm. Good walks and bike rides in the area and close to Bergerac. The gardens and grounds are vast and interesting with a large pool to work off the calories. Alice the Gérante is omni present and very professional