About Les Meygnauds
Les Meygnauds is a unique place where guests can sink in to the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the Dordogne.
The buildings and grounds of Les Meygnauds are nestled on a hill, ten miles northeast of the famed wine-producing town of Bergerac. The 200-year-old chateau is surrounded by eleven acres of meadows, forests, and fields.
In this rustic idyll, guests can relax in the historic buildings of the property, or wander down into the valley, walk to the ponds nearby, or to the North side of Les Meygnauds to the historic road taken by pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
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About the area
The Dordogne region, dotted with chateaux and unique castles, has delighted visitors for generations. Some guests come to experience the unique wines of the region, to try the local cheeses, truffles, and foie gras, and to wander the bustling rural markets. Others are eager to see the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
The area also offers hiking and sporting tours, canoe trips on the Dordogne river, small local music festivals, and historic remains such as the Roman city walls of Périgeux.
Les Meygnauds, then and now
The buildings that make up Les Meygnauds have been lovingly restored in the regional Perigord style. The property came under the ownership of the Bernau family in 1991, after a time when the houses had been uninhabited for over a decade.
Les Meygnauds had suffered from a long period of neglect and disregard. However, the buildings were comprehensively and meticulously renovated, and today guests can relax in the completely restored surroundings, now enhanced with contemporary conveniences.
The buildings are particularly well-suited to groups of friends, or large or extended families, who can feel at home in over 500 square meters of total living space.
The buildings that make up Les Meygnauds comprise:
Grande Maison (Main House)
The main walls of the Grande Maison are over 200 years old, and the house exudes comfort, with accommodation available on three floors. Guests can cook in the cozy kitchen, linger in the salon on the first floor, or relax in the large bath. The Grande Maison has three fireplaces for the cooler months. The terrace of the house, with its large dining table, is perfect for long evenings of great food and good company.
Close by the Grande Maison is the Pigeonnier, originally built as a fortress tower in the eighteenth century. In more recent times, it was used as a pigeon breeding loft, and as a station for changing horses. On the outside of the building, narrow holes built for defensive guns are still visible.
The Grange, like the Grande Maison, is also built around ancient walls, which give the building a solid and snug atmosphere. In the main room of the Grange, the Knight’s Hall, boasts a thirteen-foot-high ceiling, and the large fireplace from the 17th century adds to the cozy and intimate ambience.
The Remise is a little further away from the Grande Maison, and ringed with garden plants. As with the other main buildings, it provides a chance to escape and relax in quiet, natural surroundings. The Remise has a view towards the vegetable plot in the garden, and the house is warmed by a wood stove.
Piscine (Swimming Pool)
The swimming pool was constructed in 1998 in front of the Grande Maison. It is enclosed by a low wall, beyond which are the fruit trees of the main garden. The tiled pool, which is 20 metres (66 feet) long and 4.5 metres wide (14 feet), is lit by the summer sun until the late evening hours. The pool is 60 centimetres (23 inches) deep at the shallow end, which can be well-suited to families and groups with young children. The deep end is 1.65 meters deep (5 feet 4 inches) deep.
Next to the pool is the Pavillon, built around four beautiful stone columns. Guests can sit back in the canvas shade and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden and the pool.
The covered barbecue area is located in front of the Grange, and is ideal for grilling up crispy delicacies throughout the summer months.
All the buildings of Les Meygnauds have been lovingly and conscientiously restored in the local Perigord style. This artisanal approach to construction highlights traditional materials like wooden beams, local stone, sculpted clay and patterned cobblestones. The floors also feature handmade clay tiles, in the characteristic local style.
Since 2001, the property has had spacious covered parking available for cars and other vehicles.See the available dates now »
Les Meygnauds offers accommodation for 20 to 25 guests. All buildings are heated all year round with gas, partly with underfloor heating. Guests can use four bathrooms with toilets.
The Grande Maison has a double bed on the ground floor, two single beds on the first floor, and three single beds on the highest floor. The house has a television with a range of French, German, British, and American channels. Guests can also use the laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
The Pigeonnier has a double loft-bed on the ground floor, and a double bed on the first floor. The house has a kitchen, and a bathroom with shower.
Guests in the Grange have a double bed, a bunk-bed in one room on the first floor, and two double beds on the connecting room in the first floor. The uppermost floor is accessible only via an external staircase. There are two bathrooms on the ground floor with bath and shower. 4 to 6 camping beds can be set up in the large room of the Grange.
The Remise has a double bed.
The three main buildings, Grande Maison, Pigeonnier, and Grange have separate bathrooms and heating, and so they can be occupied and rented by different groups of guests independently. All buildings are secured by an alarm, which, when triggered, automatically notifies a security company.
Details of the facilities in each building
|Ground floor||1 bathroom with bath|
|First floor||2 single beds, 1 pull-out double bed|
|Second floor||4 single beds|
|Ground Floor||2 (one double bed)||1 bathroom with shower|
|First Floor||2 (one double bed)|
|Ground Floor||2 double beds, 2 bunk double beds||Bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, bathroom with tub and sink|
|First Floor||4 resp. 6 camping beds|
|Ground Floor||1 double bed|
The Département Dordogne is located in the southwest of France, about an hour east of Bordeaux and two and a half hours north of Toulouse.
To get to Les Meygnauds, take the D 107 road about 7 miles north of Bergerac/Pombonne. At the entrance to the property, you will see an illuminated door.
The trip from Les Meygnauds to the City of Bordeaux an the City Airport takes around an hour on motorway 89. To get to St. Émilion takes about 40 minutes.
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