La Chartreuse du Bignac
La Chartreuse du Bignac

Although the delightfully expansive gardens give an impression of a grand country chateau, this is altogether a more modest and intimate hotel with a warm and relaxed ambiance. Perched above two valleys on the former pilgrimage route of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, the hotel is a perfect example of a 17th century Périgordine chartreuse, a country house built originally by Catholic nuns from Bergerac as a retreat from the city and to be close to the nearby Hôtel-Dieu (hospital for the poor).

Now, beautifully restored over the last 10 years by M. and Mme. Viargues, the cluster of golden stoned buildings offers guests a chance to enjoy relaxed accommodation, a swimming pool with spectacular views, a converted mill with its lake as well as picturesque gardens, orchards and shaded tree-lined avenues in which to roam.

La Chartreuse du Bignac
La Chartreuse du Bignac

Together with the main bedrooms and suites in the manor house, there is also an apartment for two in the converted mill and a self-contained gîte in the old bake house. A maximum of 14 people at any time share all these facilities so there is no danger of over-crowding; in fact you are more likely to feel you have rented your own private domain. The owners are keen to create a relaxed country house vibe, so although excellent friendly service is always available and furnishings are elegant, the atmosphere remains homely and warm.

The newly converted barn offers a pleasant and airy space for breakfast and summer dining, with its terrace and open views, while the main house also has cosier rooms for winter breakfasts or dinners, with a fireplace in the lounge.

La Chartreuse du Bignac
La Chartreuse du Bignac

The hotel is about a 15 minute drive south of Bergerac and is also close to the charming bastide town of Issigeac and the chateaux and wine dégustations of Monbazillac.

La Chartreuse du Bignac, 24520 Saint-Nexans. Tel: +33 (0)5-53-22-12-80. This four-star hotel is a member of the Châteaux & Hôtels Collection. Rooms priced from 158 Euros per night in the off season (Classic room) to 240 Euros for a Deluxe room in peak season.

La Chartreuse du Bignac
La Chartreuse du Bignac
La Chartreuse du Bignac
La Chartreuse du Bignac

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