Stay on a beautiful estate in the famous bastide region of the Dordogne 

After a very long search we eventually discovered Domaine des Faures. Our criteria had been to find a very private and peaceful country home where we could enjoy all the benefits of a rural way of life while being within easy reach of the UK.

When we arrived in September 2006 Bergerac airport was little more than a shed with parking in the nearby field. Now it is being developed into a still charming, but more modern airport with excellent parking and easily accessed car hire for visitors.

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It is approximately a 30 minute drive to Domaine des Faures passing through the beautiful vineyards and then bypassing the delightful villages of Issigeac and Villereal, turning off the country road just before the beautiful bastide (walled) town of Monpazier.

Domaine des Faures was once a bastide farm and is perfectly situated in 100 acres of meadow. Dating from at least 1673 we have spent the last two years completely renovating and repairing the manor. As is often the case it was a slightly bigger task than we first envisaged but we are delighted by the excellent standard of work of the local artisans who have been so friendly and helpful.

We have been keen to learn more about the history of Les Faures; its links to Chateau Biron, its previous occupants and have been lucky enough to have had two unannounced but welcome visits from previous occupants. One  lived here as a child from 1933-1939, the other as a refugee from Alsace during the second world war. They loved it here so much they couldn’t resist a trip down memory lane. One has become a particularly good friend and has shown us how to preserve  our own pate in cans, which is great fun.

Domaine des Faures really is a very special place where guests can be assured of privacy and peace in the beautiful Dordogne. They are welcome to roam among the meadows or fish in the small lake.

We hope you will also pay us a visit and share our beautiful home with us.

A Bientot.

Ray and Jacinta Standen

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+33 (0)6 73 46 92 42

+33 (0)5 53 27 98 08

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