Fi Glover a UK BBC TV and Radio presenter, has been so 'mesmerised' by La Bergerie au Bouyssou that she reports on her many holidays here in her column in a UK national magazine:
"Perched high above the lush valleys of the Lot river lies Le Bouyssou, a gite so lovely that I almost don't want to tell you about it.
"The hilltop breeze charms the surface of the pool, the verbenas sway, a swallowtail butterfly wafts through. Everyone relaxes. We have visited with the same friends both years and one of the daily highlights is to eat on the terrace after the kids have gone to bed, looking at the starry, starry night and talking . . ."
Comments left by guests in our Visitors' Book -
Yet again what a fabulous time we have had!!!!
You all make it such a wonderful experience - unlike anything else!
Looking forward to seeing you again! p.s. best cakes yet!!
Katy, Chris, George and Rufus
What an incredible two weeks in a rural retreat beyond perfect.
As soon as we entered the house we felt at home. Not only is it beautifully equipped, lovely to look at but it has a sense of home from home that immediately makes you comfortable.
Every attention to detail has been considered, from lovely soaps, toiletries and bath robes as well as the cleanliness and pretty furnishings.
The area is a pleasure to explore and find gorgeous medieval villages steeped in charm and the incredible views of hills, rocks and rivers along the winding roads are simply breath-taking.
All this said it is Sarah and her wonderful family that makes this place truly special from the home made treats, to their warmth and totally welcoming nature. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know each and every one of you. Be proud of your achievement.
Steve and Becky
Another very enjoyable stay! We have been thoroughly spoilt by Sarah and the family and have been supplied with delicious home-made treats and vegetables. We have felt very relaxed and contented in such a peaceful and comfortable place. See you again next year!
Peter and Nikki
What a brilliant week we have had at Le bouyssou. Beautiful house, lovely gardens and superb peaceful setting. The kids have absolutely loved the outdoor facilities (pirate ship, wagon, swings, the list goes on . . .). The salt water pool is a real treat.
We really appreciated all of the fresh vegetables (best tomatoes we have ever tasted), fruits and cake of course and the children loved going to get the eggs.
Overall, an extremely special holiday house, which is head and shoulders above any others we have stayed in - a beaut!
We especially appreciated the little touches and thoughtfulness of the hosts. We are already thinking about how to return!
Another fantastic year at Le Bouyssou . . . thank you so much to all of you for making this such a brilliant week all of the extra touches were greatly appreciated - thank you. See you next time!
Annemarie, Peter, Elsie and George
Thank you for such a wonderful holiday! This is a wonderful home from home and your thoughtfulness made travelling with a toddler so much easier! All the toys, baby equipment and shopping service meant that you packing was light than it would have been otherwise.
All of the extra touches made it particularly special - the home made cooked food was delicious, thank you! Pippa loved it here: spotting birds and lizards, splashing in the pool and playing in the sandpit. We will definitely recommend it to friends and we will come back soon! Thank you.
James, Natalie and Pippa
We have had a very enjoyable two weeks. La bergerie at Le bouyssou is extremely comfortable and very well equipped. Thank you for keeping us supplied with fresh garden produce and other treats. Until next year . . .
Peter and Nikki
Every year we think that we have had the very best time and then we come back the next year and it is even better!
I know that in this Visitors Book and previous ones - the word lovely is used a lot but I am going to get some more mileage out of it here: you are all lovely, Le bouyssou is lovely, the Lot area is lovely and the kids could not think Millie any lovelier!
Until next Summer we all wish you well. What a truly special place you have created!
Echoing the above, many thanks for another wonderful stay. So good to arrive somewhere that immediately feels like home, only a much nicer home and with much better weather! Sorry to leave, until the next time . . .
Glover Jones and Coe families
Another wonderful holiday, thank you so much for your company, hospitality and such care to make everything perfect. Thank you to Millie for being so kind with the girls - they are so sad to be saying goodbye to her. Lovely time, loved seeing you again . . .
Jude, Mark, Leni and Grace
Thank you so much for a fantastic week staying at your beautiful barn.
We had no idea that a place like this existed!
Your hard work and dedication certainly shows in all of the little touches - the beautiful interior, fantastic play area and lovely swimming pool made our holiday so special and your warm welcome and generous hospitality throughout the week were amazing.
Thank you for the yummy pizza, best cake we have ever had, the dips and to Beris for the chucky eggs for Lily!
Lily has had so much fun just exploring the garden and taking her pick of the many toys available. She loved saying good morning to Kaley the bunny each morning.
Lastly we thank you for making our first holiday abroad with our toddler so easy. Everything that we could possibly need was here. We hope to return to Le bouyssou in the not too distant future!
David, Jodie and Lily
Thank you again for a truly wonderful time. Your help and hospitality is amazing and we have really felt like this is a proper holiday HOME and not just another let. The boys loved the treasure hunt and the babysitting (so did we - thanks holiday Dad for the lifts!). So sad to leave but we will see you next time!
Katy, Chris, George and Rufus
Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we loved staying at your beautiful barn. It was exceptional.
We have very fond memories of our holiday and thank you for making it special.
Back to work and dreaming of your beautiful home and pool. I am already recommending you to family and friends.
Julia and Andy
Thank you so much for everything that you did for us last week on our return to Le bouyssou. We had a lovely week how could we not in such a beautiful house and area. The children in particular really enjoyed exploring and playing with all of the different toys, books, puzzles and games you provided, they were very happily occupied. And we got to see more of the local area too. Thank you also for leaving the barn so welcoming on arrival . . . and for the delicious cake (which we all agreed was the best sponge cake that we had ever eaten) . . . and for the delicious lettuce and strawberries . . . and for the brilliant treasure Hunt and very generous prizes and for all of the useful tips and advice about where to go. Thank you so much.
Annemarie, Peter, Elsie and George
A huge thank you for your amazing hospitality during our holiday; the birthday cake and gift for Charlotte, the Treasure Hunt - it all added up to a fabulous holiday. We had a wonderful time in your gorgeous property and we will be returning next year!
The Benson Family
We've had a wonderful week at Le bouyssou - we're not sure where to start!
The barn is immaculate and so beautifully decorated - we feel like we've had such a treat and this, combined with the children being so happy too, is a rare discovery and we hope we can return to have longer here next time.
Sincere thanks for the vegetables and salad, recipes, cake and other goodies, as well as the delicious pizza - a very talented family!
Lastly your generous hosting - Treasure Hunt was brilliant - Morgan was enchanted . . .
We hope to return and create more special memories.
The Sterling Jones Family, UK
We have enjoyed the most amazing and wonderful 6 days which surpassed all our expectations. The barn is so beautifully furnished, exceptionally clean and well stocked and the hospitality provided by Sarah and family was the icing on the cake.
. . . The children were in awe of the amazing selection of toys, books, jigsaws, play area and loved the treasure hunt and face painting. It made our time here so memorable that we are certain they will not be satisfied with staying anywhere else . . we are therefore certain to return to relive the fantastic time we have experienced at Le bouyssou and continue to explore this wonderful part of France. Until then, all our thanks . . .
Matt, Sally, Freddie and Lucy, Bournemouth
Thank you once again for a wonderful time at a place that we all love so much.
There's something very special about arriving somewhere and immediately feeling at home and relaxed and properly on holiday and that's what you provide here. Along with exceptional hospitality, it remains such a beautiful and welcoming place.
Full credit to you all for everything, from the place itself, the tips on what to do and where to go, the excellent pizzas, all the places to explore here . . . highly recommended - as is the whole of Le bouyssou. 'Til the next time . . .
Coe, Glover/Jones families, London
Wow, wow, wow - how to describe Le bouyssou - relaxation in a physical form - I have never been so relaxed so quickly on holiday, so my family tell me.
The pool is fantastic and the place I spent so much time. Thank you for your hospitality . . . we will be back.
Pat, Cheshire UK
Thank you for your great hospitality which really made this holiday better than the rest. The cake and the pizzas were incredible (best I have had). It has been a very relaxing holiday and hope to come back again soon.
Callum, Cheshire UK
One of the best (actually the best) holiday homes we have ever stayed in. Everything has been thought of. I can't thank you enough for your cake, pizzas, tomatoes, etc., the tips on where to go and just making Le bouyssou such a special place.
It has been a relaxing time! Love the Aveyron (and Lot), we will definitely return.
Louise, Cheshire UK
Thank you once again for a really lovely holiday. The sun really did come out for our second visit and we had such a brilliant time. The house was just as lovely as we remembered and we made the most of the amazing pool. It's not often you get to watch butterflies floating around wild flowers whilst you do your lengths!
We also really enjoyed seeing you again and spending some time with you. You are perfect hosts and both times that we have stayed you have made us feel so welcome. The pizza evening this year was a highlight, chatting to you all while looking out at the gorgeous view of the valley and eating your delicious food.
La bergerie is honestly the best self catering accommodation that I have ever stayed in - immaculate, luxurious and comfortable at the same time. I would really recommend it to anyone, it is a stunning place.
Now we are home the girls are asking when they can see Sarah and Millie again. We're already looking forward to next year!
Jude, Mark, Leni and Grace, UK
What a truly exceptional place - well, piece of paradise - you have created here; thank you for sharing it with the lucky ones who have discovered you - we feel blessed to have found you!
Thank you for everything that you have done for us this week, which has helped to make this holiday probably our best ever - from the lemon cake, to the fresh fruit and veg., to the provision of extra baby/toddler stuff (including the 'personalised' books left out!), to the recommendations on places to go and the superb treasure hunt - the highlight of the week!
This is such a beautiful and peaceful part of France there is so much to do and see . . we very much enjoyed our trips to Figeac and Belcastel, both highly recommended and beautiful.
We've had a great time being lazy enjoying the pool and play tents and toys - we've all been in heaven.
Hope to see you again next year - think we'd better get booking quickly. Thank you again.
Annemarie, Peter, Elsie and George
Thank you to Sarah and family!!!
We've had a wonderful time staying here and even though Charley is only 10 months old, he still really enjoyed playing with all of the toys, going on the swing and swimming in the pool.
We also really enjoyed your recommendations of places to visit and thank you for the babysitting which allowed us a couple of lovely nights out, just the two of us. Both of the restaurants were wonderful and the food was to die for!
We can't wait to visit again and bring the family . . . Thank you!!
Duncan, Jenny and Charley, UK
It was wonderful to stay in this place, see the countryside and meet you as hosts and friends.
Le bouyssou is incredibly special. We are inspired by your family . . . Each one of you made our stay special. Our stay at La Bergerie and the Aveyron was shaped by you. You guided our stay and our adventures. And with such kindness. Thank you all for sharing your world with us!
A pleasure that will never be forgotten . . . a trip that words cannot explain.
The Thiessen Family, Canada
We've had a really magical three weeks here.
Thanks for all of the wonderful touches that have made it so special.
The house and location are outstanding and the warmth and generosity of our welcome was so nice.
The boys loved the garden and the treasure hunt. I really don't think that we could have had a better time.
The Bowsher Family
Thank you for creating a fantastic holiday retreat. You have thought of everything anyone could possibly ever need or desire! It was lovely to know you were always there if we needed help or advice (or cake!).
The kids have been wonderfully happy and always engaged in something. Our 2 year old was fascinated by watching the field opposite the house changing from tall eaves of corn through to bales of straw over the course of the 2 weeks . . .
. . . Some of our best memories are of the lovely walks along the river, seeing the mills and collecting wild plums and blackberries, as well as the amazing clear skies and sounds of the night.
A special thank you from us all for the treasure hunt and face painting . . .
. . . Hope to be back at some point in the future. Thanks again for creating a wonderful place. You've done an amazing job!
We won't forget the kids' sheer delight at being greeted by the baskets of toys as they entered the house . . . and they hadn't even seen the pirate ship or teepee! Or met Lulu's new best friend in the entire world – the amazing Millie!!
We have been so inspired by the wonderful home that you have created – and it really is a home not just a house . . . Thank you for your generosity . . . and we can't go any further without mentioning Millie – you have been a fantastically fun and patient friend to the kids. Congratulations to you all for creating such a beautiful space and thank you for sharing it with us. Love from us all.
Hovell family and friends
The bad pennies returned and as Arnie once said “we'll be back” . . . our fourth visit and you never disappoint! . . . Thank you all again for a fantastic holiday and your wonderful hospitality.
A truly wonderful week. Blue skies, warm lazy evenings . . . the children hardly left the pool. The house is so beautiful it makes you want to cry. I actually did. Everything you could want for and so much more. Thank you.
The Tait Family, August
Thank you for a very special holiday. Your warm welcome, attention to every detail and frequent generous gifts have made our holiday feel very different and we really appreciated your thoughtfulness. The girls have loved it and have thrived on your company, which you have been so generous with.
The barn is beautiful and comfortable in equal measure and we have loved the pool. We've also found everyone we've met to be extremely warm and friendly.
It's clear that as a family you have invested so much in this and you have created a place where other families can have a very special time. Thank you. Already planning our return . . .
The Williams family, Surrey UK
Thank you so much for an amazing two weeks. We have had so much fun and lots of laughs along the way. We are going home today with so many special memories of the beautiful barn, amazing pool and lovely area.
You have looked after us perfectly and your level of taking care of your guests is impressive from start to finish. We are very sad to be leaving but going home with very special memories. We will be returning next year.
The Vardy family, Cheshire UK
We have had such a fantastic week exploring the Aveyron and playing in the garden! The boys have been so happy playing with all of the toys and clambering on the Pirate Ship, peeking at the guinea pigs and running around with water pistols. We have been equally happy pottering around the barn, enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace, admiring the scenery and running around with water pistols! Such a lovely spot and great memories. Thanks!
The Brown family
We have had the most wonderful break at your beautiful house. We were blessed with amazing weather which has made our Spring break feel like a Summer holiday.
Needless to say it wasn't just the weather that made this the perfect break. You have done everything possible to make our stay enjoyable and relaxing. Alexander has loved playing with all of the toys and your attention to detail for each individual child's age and gender is remarkable.
We have been overwhelmed by your friendliness and generosity . . . and for the home made and home grown goodies.
Your hard work to make this a very special place has really paid off. We would love to come back one day. Thank you again.
The O'Neill family, London, UK
Many, many thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us . . . for making us feel at home . . . and for all of the yummy treats in the 'Welcome Basket' . . lovely fresh eggs too!
Our week here in the Aveyron has been fantastic. This house, region, ambiance, views, food and drink have been glorious - truly medicine for the soul.
The Camm party ladies
A beautiful house, beautiful surroundings and so very peaceful. Thank you all for the small touches that made this holiday special. We've had a lovely holiday plus Peter loved all of the toys and activities. A lovely place for a honeymoon! Thank you.
The Wade family
Thank you so much for sharing your stunning home with us. It has everything we could wish for in a holiday home and more. We think the area is beautiful and we hope to come back and explore it lots more soon. The house offers so much as a place to relax we feel well rested despite the 8 month old! Hope to see you all again soon.
The Emmanuel Family
Thank you all so much for a wonderful week in this very special house. We knew that the week would flash by but it still feels too soon to go. There has been so much to entertain us in this home from home. The pool, the garden, the children's toys and all of the beautiful places that we have visited. Our campfire evening with all of you was the most special day for us. We shall treasure that memory and hold dear your attention to detail and thoughtfulness.
Emer, Matt, Malachy and Oscar, Hampshire
The house and setting are stunning but what has made the week even more wonderful has been the warm hospitality and wonderful gifts of food and friendliness of Beris, Sarah and the family. We couldn't think of a nicer place to share our 40th Wedding Anniversary with our family – it has been a real treat.
Thank you for a really wonderful, relaxing holiday. The house is amazingly well equipped for small children, which made our lives so much easier and the girls have adored being here. Lucy's favourite whine at the moment is '”I want this to be my house!”. What more could you want from a holiday home!? Thanks to you all!
Sir Jack and Lady Charlotte and family, Oxford and Andalucia
When we booked for our 'family-moon' with our three boys following our wedding in May we wanted somewhere special!
Le Bouyssou was most certainly this. The house is amazing, beautifully and sympathetically converted. Our boys felt at home instantly and loved the books, toys and outdoor space. Thank you so much for the special touches for them.
Our holiday met our expectations and more. Thankyou all for your fantastic hospitality, advice and thought. We hope to come back again soon.
Siobhan, Louis, Rudy, Gus and Phineas
This is one of the most wonderful places we know – hence why we are here for the 4th consecutive year. Sarah and family – thank you so much for yet another unforgettable stay! Millie – the boys have enjoyed playing with you in the sandpit and the pool – they adore you! Thank you for making our holiday so special. Hope to see you again next summer!
Stephanie, Tobias, Oscar and William
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. I don't know if we can say anything more to what has already been said or that we have said before! I do know that we will never forget La Bergerie or all of you. . . . taking into consideration the beautiful building, the interiors, the location, the climate, the things to do, the pretty villages, the huge private pool, all of the facilities especially for the children and the lovely helpful owners, I could not imagine there to be a better place in the whole of the world to take a holiday . . . I do have to make special mention of 'our' beloved Millie – we will all miss you so much! We hope to see you again one day soon!
Suzy, Chris, Eloise, Blake, Ann and Les, Glasgow, Kippen
We've had a lovely week in this truly beautiful house – definitely the best holiday home I've ever stayed in! We loved the interior decoration and the terrace outside is lovely, together with the pool, which was perfect for Emily to have a paddle and splash on the large steps in the corner! We hope to come back again in the years ahead!
Hamish, Jodie, Emily, Val and Dave
Beautiful home from home, perfectly equipped. Gutted by the weather so the covers haven't been off the pool all week! If it had been possible, I'm certain Sarah and her family would have arranged otherwise, as they have been so very thoughtful and generous with time, eggs, toys etc! Austin did enjoy the chickens, guinea pigs and brand new indoor tent, so he definitely had fun. I very much hope that we will return . . .
Liz, Jez and Austin
Thank you, Sarah and family, for the opportunity to share your rural idyll for a week. We've enjoyed every minute of our stay at Le Bouyssou and will be sad to leave. La Bergerie and the gardens are of course amazing but we've been particularly touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity. From your suggestions of places to visit, to the festive Christmas tree and Advent calendar, to the fantastic range of toys for Thomas to play with . . . the list is endless. We hope to return . . .
Peter, Dinusha and Thomas
I must say that what we found at La Bergerie far exceeded our expectations. The pictures on the website show a beautiful vacation spot, however, they just don’t do justice nor encompass the ambiance created both in and around the property. The renovated sheep barn (yes, you get to stay where sheep once resided) has been magically turned into a very beautiful vacation house and truly feels like a “home away from home”.
If you are fortunate enough to stay here, I highly recommend you try some of the suggestions on “things to do” left by the hosts. As some days were quite warm, it was a delight to cool down with a “dip” at the end of our day. There is so much to see and do in this area, that we will definitely return….and we hope to be fortunate enough to stay, once again, at La Bergerie. Our heart-felt thanks to Sarah and her family for their contribution to our wonderful holiday experience.
Fred, Tallis and children, Canada
Absolutely superb in every way! Loved everything about the Villa, the French countryside and our hosts! Sarah has thought of every detail. It is simply superb. I would have quite happily just moved in. Sarah and her family were fabulous. They did everything they could to make our stay an enjoyable one. Nothing was too hard. As a foodie I especially loved all the local markets. From New Zealand our French was not that great but we had lots of fun making our selves understood. The locals were very patient with us. It had been on my bucket list to rent a Villa in France. I can say without reservation that it was the best holiday ever. A huge thanks to you all! Hopefully one day we will be back.
Cath, Wayne and friends/family, New Zealand
A special holiday, in a special place with special people. Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. After a summer long sabbatical travelling the world what better end than to stay in our favourite place on the planet with good friends who now very much include the hosts. We have had a brilliant two weeks again – can't wait to return again with friends next year and share the magic.
Steve, Helen, Steve and Jan, Guernsey and Midlands
We would like to say a HUGE thank you for making this a very special holiday in France. The house is beautiful and you have though of every last detail; we wanted to stay longer than our two weeks . . . . Millie was a God send. Thank you Millie for being such a good friend to Isabella and for patience with mischievous Theo! This will be a holiday to remember, in fact the most relaxing, enjoyable time that we have spent as a family ever . . . Thanks again and see you next year.
Liz, Bradley and children, Bedfordshire
Had a fantastic week here- very relaxing, wonderful scenery and a fantastic pool! House is beautiful and is very well equipped with everything that you could need. This is a truly beautiful part of France. . . . and thank you to Millie for being a lovely friend for the week!
Genaya, Jonathan and girls, Suffolk
Wow! I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said! What a fabulous place – the ultimate in 'Gite chic'! So comfortable, well, equipped, sparkling clean and every detail thought of. And such kind and generous hosts – thank you so much for the veg. and the cake YUM! Until next year we hope, a bientot!
Penny, Philip and family, Surrey
We returned for the third year running and we've had a fabulous week. The house and outside areas are as pristine and fab as the first year we came. There really is no limit to what you will do to ensure guests have that 'wow' holiday and it is incredible to have that eye and attention to detail. Thank you all and especially to Millie from the boys for making this such an outstanding holiday. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Stephanie, Tobias and boys, UK
Thank you so much for the wonderful holiday. This was the best holiday that we have had! Everything we have needed is here. Relaxation, peacefulness, good food, good wine, things which keep the children busy (maybe the most important!!). We were so touched by your hospitality – all products from your veg. garden were eaten so quickly! The girls were so excited having fresh eggs that they had collected!! They had a fantastic time with Millie and every day they could not wait to play with her. I think that the beautiful afternoon with the sushi making and party, the treasure hunt and arm painting will stay in their minds forever. Many thanks for this beautiful holiday again. We hope to come back here next year!!
Noriko, David and girls, UK
Thank you so much for a truly lovely holiday in your gooorgeous home. You really have created a beautiful place here – the house is stunning, the swimming pool perfect, the setting stunning and you have been fantastic hosts. You have made this place so child friendly – with all the great toys (both indoor and outdoor), the lovely pool (so nice that it is chemical free) – which in turn lends itself to a relaxing holiday for the adults. A really big thank you also for all of the delicious salad, beans and eggs – such a treat to have fresh food.
Tonight whilst getting ready to go home our 3 and a half year old Sophia said "Mummy, why are you packing?" to which I replied "We are going home tomorrow" and Sophia said "Can we come here the next day?"! Sophia and George have had a great time. We hope to return soon. Many, many thanks.
Christina, Chris and Family, London, UK
To a wonderful family and Millie 'Squillie', our gratitude for creating this fantastic environment and for being so supportive making our holiday a blissful event. Our two year old has had the time of her life and is going to miss Millie enormously! We may have to come back next year because I don't believe there is another place like this one. Thank you all.
Sophie, John, Gabriella and Clare, Kent, England
This place is fantastic and we have all had a wonderful week here. We only wish we could stay longer. We could not have had lovelier surroundings to decompress from the rigours of life in the UK and the children have had a ball - from feeding the guinea pigs to splashing around in the pool, visiting the chickens and fighting pirates on board the pirate ship. Huge, huge thanks to you for creating such a sanctuary and for all your help to make this such a special week. Hope to be back soon!
Zoe, Jim and boys, London
We have had a wonderful week in this most beautiful house - with absolutely everything we needed. We loved attempting recipes from the French cook books . . . and going to some of the suggested local places of interest. The things the children enjoyed the most were 1. the swimming pool 2. playing with Millie in the gardens - they have never slept so well so thank you Millie for being such a great holiday playmate. Only one thing - one week is not enough - we wish we could stay longer . . . .
Joanne, Harry and girls, Tunbridge Wells
If Carlsberg did holiday homes . . . . .
Liz, Alastair and family, London UK
Back again for a second year . . . No superlatives could properly express La Bergerie au Bouyssou. A perfect place to spend a vacation away from all of the pressures of life. Thank you for imagining and creating such a beautiful place to stay in the Lot Valley - the most beautiful and friendly area of all of France. Everyone in the group loves Millie and you are all gracious hosts. Hope to see you next year . . .
Martha and Ladies, Utah, USA
What a delightful week we have spent at your beautiful house. I have rented many houses in many locations over 20 years and not one compares to this. You have thought of everything and we really appreciated the attention to detail and comfort . . .
How we so appreciated all of your notes and guidance and warmth. We had a fantastic time roaming the countryside. And then to come home to our comforting, welcoming abode. You have anticipated our every need and we will always remember that. Thank you.
Joan, Nancy and Mike, Wyoming, USA
'What more can we say that has not already been said? We have been fortunate enough to stay in some wonderful places around the world but we have never stayed anywhere where so much care and thought has gone into the accommodation and holiday experience. In particular, Bertie was thrilled to find so many fabulous toys to play with . . a toddlers paradise! The older boys loved dressing up and playing pirates and Indians with Millie. Thank you all (and especially Millie from the boys) for a lovely holiday – we head home happier, fuller and more relaxed . . .'
Bill, Sarah and boys, Kent UK
'This is our first visit to he lovely countryside of France. We have just loved our stay and wish that we lived a little closer to visit regularly . . . Our week has flown by with much yet to experience so we do hope to return to this lovely 'home away from home'. Thank you Sarah and family for providing a truly 'French provincial' experience, we could not ask for more. Every detail has been covered and to a very high standard. We really hope to see you again soon.'
Vanessa and Phil, Queensland Australia
'Another wonderful holiday here at La Bergerie, which we managed to extend. We have been very lucky with the weather between 25-30 degrees each day so we have spent a lot of time in the pool! . . . Thanks again to all for making our second visit here so relaxing and enjoyable. We hope to return again soon . . . .'
Sheila and Kevin, Cirencester, UK
Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous! Gorgeous house! Wonderful welcome! Stunning region! Delicious food! But best of all . . . Sarah . . . you are amazing!! Your attention to detail and genuine ability to please is not only rather refreshing but really made our holiday a breeze. Millie is a credit to you (and of course David) and a real delight to have had around. A big thank you for all our veg (yum! wish you lived near us Beris). You are all simply FAB. Huge thank you.
Michelle and teenage girls, Milton Keynes, UK
Our second year here for two weeks and every bit as good as the first. A beautiful place run to perfection by talented people. We hope to be back next year.
BBC Presenters and families
Back for the second year and what a great week it has been! This house is still as gorgeous as we remembered last year and it is with great pleasure and anticipation that we plan to return again next summer. Thank you all for making this holiday so special. We will keep recommending your home to friends - although perhaps selfishly we should keep it a secret . . .
Stephanie, Tobias and boys
We have had a wonderful 2 weeks here at La Bergerie. Everyone of us is thankful for our wonderful hosts and the girls are in love with Millie! They will miss her greatly.
The pool was enjoyed by all and the girls have enjoyed choosing which pool toy to use.
The house is equipped with everything one could need or want and has been decorated with such taste - it's really perfect. Thank you all for a memorable, relaxing and fulfilling 2 weeks
Nicole, Brett and girls, Hong Kong
"Thank you all and especially Millie for making this holiday so special. Your kindness and efforts to please will never be forgotten. We have been so blessed to stay at Le Bouyssou: a haven of good taste and luxury within and natural beauties outside. We sincerely hope to return to a place that has a special place in our hearts."
Best selling Scottish writer and family
"This place beats everywhere we've stayed previously (in 25 years plus) by a mile and then some. We all loved our stay and plan to return. A wonderful part of France but one that made our friends ask - where? (that makes it even better!). Sarah, Beris and family so friendly and helpful, every need anticipated, on a rating of 5 stars it clearly scores 6!
Such high levels of interior decoration, equipment and comfort do not normally come with a really child friendly environment, except at La Bergerie au Bouyssou. Here, those polar opposites work perfectly.”
The Leighton party, UK
We've had a truly lovely stay in 'La Bergerie. I think it has all been said before but what a wonderful place! Such attention to detail (which makes everything run smothely and with some style). We would love to come again. Thank you so much.
The Gough family, East Sussex UK, June 2011
Back again this year for another wonderful holiday . . .
The Madden Family
"Thank you for a wonderful holiday; we felt that nothing was too much trouble for you. You have made a wonderful place, but it is not just the picture-book location (an unspoiled valley, in a wonderful part of France) and architecture which makes it magical, it is the complete dedication you show to making guests welcome and relaxed. A special place. We hope to see you again.”
The Williams family, Wiltshire
We love your French country home and we have thoroughly loved all of the little French villages, the green fields and beautiful animals.
We had such a wonderful time . . . you made us feel so welcome. Your desert was superb. You had attended to every detail to make us comfortable, thank you . . . you have a precious daughter!
The McBrides and the Cleggs, USA
“I've been trying to figure out a way I can pack up this entire house and stuff it in my suitcase. It won't fit so I guess I will just have to return and savour every moment of another vacation here at la Bergerie. Absolutely everything is perfect here. The apple tarte was amazing (thank you Sarah!), the kitchen was a dream to work in and I loved my soaking baths in the lovely bathtub. Every detail is so completely appropriate in what you have created here – a perfect holiday home.”
The Schickedanz party, Utah, USA
Words cannot describe the pleasantness of our stay chez Le Bouyssou. The house is so cozy, comfortable and detailed with every possible anticipated need. I'm not sure we've ever been so warmly welcomed at a vacation rental! In fact, staying at Le Bouyssou has been more like visiting friends. We have travelled and rented vacation rental houses quite a few times and this one is by far the nicest ever! We hope to return again to this lovely region and would definitely choose to come here to Le Bouyssou, to this marvelous bergerie and this very special, welcoming family. Thank you for a very special visit!
Cheri and Jim, New Hampshire, USA
"A really fabulous autumn half term break. The house has everything that you could want and more. The care, attention to detail and the level of service exceed anything else that we have ever seen in a holiday home. Our children are already demanding that we return - not that we will need much persuasion! The Halloween party was much appreciated and Isobel and Evie loved playing with Millie. You have achieved something magical here! Many, many thanks to you all."
Sue, Ed and Isobel, Evie and Harry, Cambridgeshire, UK
Another very satisfied customer! You have created a beautiful holiday home for those of us fortunate enough to have found you. Thanks for your discreet company during the week, your advice, cake and vegetables and the loan of your walking stick! We are looking forward to seeing you again.
Sheila and Kevin, Gloucestershire
What a fantastic base to explore this interesting area. We could easily have spent another few weeks here! The house was perfect - everything so thoughtfully done. And Lily had such fun - she was sad to say goodbye to Millie . . . THANK YOU!
Debbie, Travis and Lily, Abu Dhabi
"La Bergerie au Bouyssou is quite simply the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. I decided within five minutes of arriving that we were coming back next year. The setting is stunning, the pool and gardens beautiful and the house exquisite. You have been so kind and all the little extras (fresh vegetables, eggs, the incredible tarte aux pommes, perfume, candles etc.) have made us feel totally spoilt. Will (14 months) has adored the endless supply of toys, the pirate ship, the chickens and the pool and what a joy to only have to bring clothes for him and absolutely nothing else. You have created the most incredible place . . . . an enormous thank you."
Rachel, Robin, Kate and Will, London
Beautiful house and pool, so comfortable and amazing attention to detail. We've enjoyed a really relaxing family holiday and have hardly wanted to leave the home!
Best bits - the veranda/terrace and candle lit dinners, the beautiful pool and watching our baby enjoy the water, the quiet and privacy, the local airfield conveniently close, the fresh eggs and delicious apple tarte.
The worst bit - having to pack the car to go home . . . Thank you from us all.
Kirsty, Andrew, James, Christine and James
This place is wonderful and beautiful - it's a small chunk of paradise that we are all mesmerised by. The attention to detail has made our holiday fabulous and what amazing generosity of spirit (and what amazing vegetables!). It was, quite simply, the best family holiday we have had.
We have loved visiting Cajarc and the market in Villefranche, the Sunday market in Villeneuve, Bar de L'Ete was super for all of the children (5,4 and 2) and we thought all of the hilltop villages are a treat. The daily run to the bakery is a joy. Millie (the owner's daughter) has been a brilliant 'spy master' to our boys. We are so sad to go but we shall return!
BBC Presenters, previous TV Travel Show host and families
"Well without sounding too 'mushy gushy' I can only reiterate what your previous guests have said. The house and surroundings are stunning - even moreso than we'd expected. I loved the exclusivity of the beautiful pool which Sarah assured me would be warm enough and indeed was perfect - I will miss my daily dip! Fabulous hosts who really have got it right - personable and friendly. Generous supplies of fresh eggs, raspberries, courgettes, pate and the wonderful surprise of Sarah's home-made birthday cake for my niece (best cake we'd ever eaten!). Thank you to a charming family. Hope to see you all again soon."
Helen, Steve and family, Guernsey
"Wow, what a week it has been! A perfect holiday in a perfect setting - a luxurious house, tastefully decorated with everything you need. Thank you so much for being such hospitable and friendly 'hosts'. We really appreciated all the little touches (the homemade tarte and pate, the raspberries, the eggs . . .) that made our stay at La Bergerie even more special. Oscar also loved playing with Millie - she's such a lovely and friendly Mademoiselle. What you have created here is truly exceptional and one of the top places we have ever stayed in and there have been many! No doubt you will see us again . . .Thank you!"
Stephanie, Tobias and family, London
"A magical place to stay with our every whim catered for. The house is absolutely beautiful and so thoughtfully equipped. Such a friendly welcome - such beautiful countryside - and so much to see and do. We hope to come back . . ."
Nicole, Andrew and family, London
"Thank you for a lovely holiday. The gite is stunning and the nicest accommodation we have stopped in . . . . from the beautiful character features to the hand made kitchen and striking decor . . . no detail has gone unmissed. We love the pool and felt very spoilt that it was ours.
Aveyron is a beautiful area with lovely scenery and places to visit . . .
It was a pleasure meeting such a kind and warm family (Mia, (our daughter), was very taken by Millie and we have named her new teddy after her!)
You have catered for our every need and more, for which we thank you. We will be back . . ."
Nicola, Neil and Mia, Leicestershire
"What an absolutely wonderful week we have had at La Bergerie au Bouyssou. Sarah, David, Sarah's parents and Millie have made us feel so welcome. We've had beautiful fresh eggs and home grown strawberries all week; Sarah even kindly came over with some delicious home made pesto for the boys after learning they loved it. The villa is the best equipped we've ever stayed in (and there's been a few!) with beautiful crockery in the kitchen and every utensil you could think of. Sarah obviously has lovely taste!
We're definitely going to book again next year as we had such a wonderful time . . .Finally just to say a huge thank you to Millie who kept our boys entertained and who has bewitched our youngest; she is a very special little lady."
Hellen, Peter and family Surrey
"Having travelled extensively around the world this is the first holiday to exceed our expectations. A truly beautiful home from home set in picturesque countryside. An idyllic holiday with our every need catered for. Many, many thanks to you all and we hope to see you next year!"
Vicky, Blake and Family, Wiltshire, England
"It was such a pleasure to have stayed at La Bergerie au Bouyssou this summer. We were pleased to be the first guests in your 'petit bijoux'. We spent two fabulous weeks, which was not enough. Everything was perfect - warm welcome, beautiful barn, so well restored in a glorious place. This is one of the nicest holidays we have had in France. Thanks to all at Le Bouyssou. We will definitely be back next August."
Sandra, Thomas and family, Shanghai